• Kissed by Darkness

  • A Sunwalker Saga Novel, Book 1
  • By: Shéa MacLeod
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (463 ratings)

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Kissed by Darkness

By: Shéa MacLeod
Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
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Publisher's Summary

Bounty hunter Morgan Bailey is still recouping from her latest vampire kill when she receives a new assignment: hunt down the sunwalker who stole a priceless amulet from a mysterious millionaire. Sunwalkers - vampires who are immune to sunlight - are notoriously difficult to find, let alone kill, but Morgan’s not worried. She’s never met a vampire she couldn’t dust. But when this particular sunwalker comes looking for her…well, all bets are off.

Because not only is he cunning and charming, he is undeniably gorgeous - and in possession of an ancient secret that, if unleashed, could destroy the human world. Making matters worse, a strange darkness has awakened inside of Morgan, threatening to overwhelm her unless she can uncover the truth about the amulet everyone so desperately wants.

With a kick-ass heroine and captivating supporting cast, Kissed by Darkness launches an addictive new series for fans of urban fantasy.

©2012 Shéa MacLeod (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Naff cover interesting original twist/plot

I purchased this free with a credit needing something for a long journey. Really interesting twist in the vampire genre with an even more interesting twist.

Alrerady put book 2 in my wish list.

Wont give the twist away but story set around young woman being attached and bitten, she is the only Human not to turn but instead to gain a few useful skills. She decides to take revenge on the whole vampire race by becoming a hunter. Her best friend is a fortune teller and the super hot friends brother is something?

She is commissioned to execute a sunwalker (thought to be a Vampire who could live in the sun) everyone tyhinks they are a myth. This story takes you though her journey to work through myth and truth and if true how she will find him?? I cannot tell you anyome without ruining it for you!!!

My only moan is that I like a narrator who brings her characters to life with their own voices and accents. There is ver little change in Emily Sutton-Smiths narrative : (

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Inconsistent narration but good story.

I thought this writer did a good job with introducing a twist in P/R. The narration at times was really good, then had trouble with changing pace to often, so the timing of humor and action seemed off. The thing that was a maddening distraction what the fact that the mysterious male hero started with a great russian accent, then mid conversation would have an english accent, then an American one. After a short time couldn't tell the difference between characters. The male characters personality really left a lot to be desired. He started with promise, then just fizzled out! Very distracting. Oh well...

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Disappointing Main Character and Story line.

Narrator is OK,Story line is very frivolous and weak. Main character is a little disappointing and basic. If you are on a road trip and just need some light mindless background noise, then this book is great! If your looking for strong characters, rich plot and stimulating events. This book isn't for you!

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kissed by darkness ROCKS !1

What made the experience of listening to Kissed by Darkness the most enjoyable?

will i rely liked this book it has vamps demons and other super nats the story pulls you to it i cant explane the fights the romance and the story line women that are sexy kik other badys behinds

What about Emily Sutton-Smith’s performance did you like?

yes she puts feeling in the story and life

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yes it made me want to now and what will happen next it made laugh and excited

Any additional comments?

to any listener u need to hear this book it has the same quietly as Kim Harrison or jeaniene frost .

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Not bad for a bargain book

Would you try another book from Shéa MacLeod and/or Emily Sutton-Smith?

This was an okay start to a series. Most of the book was pretty good, but it unraveled a bit at the end. I had not problem at all with the narration.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was so frustrated to see the book fall apart at the end.

Have you listened to any of Emily Sutton-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not.

Was Kissed by Darkness worth the listening time?

It was a quick listen, so it was worthwhile. The real test will be to see how the next book plays out.

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too bad....

Several good plot ideas poorly executed. Characters get a C. Like the rest of this book some real possibilities that fell flat. My real quibble is the conversation and how poorly it was written.

Narrator was all right. I'm guessing she did the best she could with the material she had.

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Fun read

This book was just what I needed, a fun read. I am in love with the characters and enjoyed the unexpected elements in what I thought was just another vampire story.

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Boring

The story was dry, the action scens were repeated as well as London, polite pass.

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A Really Bad Vampire Hunter

The heroine is supposed to be a kick-butt Vampie Hunter but time after time she misses the heart. She seems to have terrible aim. Every single battle is more drawn out and difficult than it needs to be. One time it is because the vampire is younger than she expected. Next time the vampire is older than she expected. One time she uses a nasty weapon and stands there complaining because the vampire is taking too long to die and his suffering cries are loud and tormented. Why she doesn't just dust him quickly and put them both out of their misery I don't know. The fact that she heals fast is really all she has going for her until her extra powers awaken.
Despite alot of poorly thought out plots and scenes this book was ok. Not great but ok.

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Great story, perfect narration!

This is a fascinating tale and great beginning for the series. Amazing narration adds even greater depth. I listened straight through over a couple of days, and have already purchased the next two installments, which is the highest praise I can offer. Worth the price.

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  • Suzy GM
  • 03-20-15

Great

Loved this book! Good story even if Morgan is a bit slow at times lol. Didn't spoil the story at all.

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  • Joga
  • 06-12-22

New Wings of Imagination

Am so pleased by this book. A new favorite author found, a lot a new ideas, fantastic writing style, same as world building and storytelling, and good character building as well. New take on vampires, one I have to declare as my favorite as of yet. More in line with Ilona Andrews, a big favorite, so my fandom is maybe not a big surprise. But, I love this book. How Shéa MacLeod takes old myths and history, and reshapes to fit and build her story. Absolutely love her view and how she tells it. The drama of it calls to me in a big way. At the same time how she tells the story and her choice of narrator is so amazingly down to earth. I believe every word and love the heroine. Furthermore the surrounding cast is superb, have to mention that as I have never heard or seen such normal warmth in a side kick as here. Love how the side kicks are written in this book. And it adds to the story in a wonderful way. Amazing story, author and narrator. So much to love. Enjoy!

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  • MadHatter
  • 04-24-22

Poor narrator

The story seems good and I will finish it in written format, but this narrator had me quitting in chapter 7, when I was sure I was listening to a serene priestess - instead it was frantic king. If you can’t tell the sex of the characters and their vocal emotions don’t match the written description, it is time to try for something better.