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Our story begins the same as any ill-fated romance. Two households, two families, two species that should never be together.

These are the recipe for tragic, beautiful love, fated to end in flames.

She is my doom. She is my destiny. Unavoidable, impossible to deny, and painful to ignore.

They call me Bastard Prince, a half-breed unworthy of a true title. But I still have to follow the rules. Serve the Blackthorne vampire bloodline.

A shifter and a vampire are forbidden to be together. The law declares it so. But Briar is mine, and I’ll fight family and constitution to the death in order to keep her.

Midnight Prince is the first of an all new series in the Blackthorne Vampires world. It contains a cliffhanger and can be listened to without listening to The Blood Trilogy, but it's recommended to listen to all three previous audiobooks (Blood Captive, Blood Traitor, Blood Heir) to avoid any minor spoilers.

©2020 K Loraine (P)2020 K Loraine

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Lucas Blackthorne is here!

This is K. Loraine's best book yet. Lucas and Briar's story was fantastic. This was sort of a taboo relationship because of their different species and existing problems within their groups. Even through all that they can't help but be drawn to each other. I ended up listening to the audio book twice because the narrator's were just so good at performing with the authors words. So many different accents and both narrators pull them off perfectly. Stella hunter is a new to me narrator and is fast becoming a favorite. She did such a good job as Briar and really brought out her tough side and showed how much of a fighter she was. Stella really made that come across in her performance. This was THE the best Shane East performance as a vampire I've heard so far. He was at his absolute best in this book with that growly sexy voice that just embodies Lucas Blackthorne. Both narrators put so much emotion into their performances I really didn't want to stop listening.

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Powerful!

All I have to say is, WOW!
K.Lorraine has no doubt hooked me as a listener! The emotions, the settings, the storyline, it all played out wonderfully in this compelling paranormal romance. I was on the edge the whole time and the pleasure scenes were just enough to not make it over the top.
Shane is just as power driven as a vampire as he is in any genre he narrates! Stella Hunter brings the hidden emotions from within the characters and keeps us wanting more!

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Loved It!

Midnight Prince is my first audiobook/listen by K. Loraine. I loved it and highly recommend it. Amazing narration by Shane East and Stella Hunter.

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Completely Captivating Tale!

Beyond 5-Star Narration for a book that I was captured by the story line and characters and I could not put the book down! Sucked completely into the world of Lucas and Briar, I had to keep listening to find out what would happen to them.

This book gives you all the forbidden lovers feel with the vampire twist that Kim Loraine writes so well! Falling into Lucas’s story, you see the struggle with his father the King who only wants him when necessary. We meet Briar, the beautiful shifter whose family has their own secrets and agenda as they move next door to the ruling vampire family. A fantastic duet narration that had me feeling all the passion and fears of the two star-crossed lovers, with the twists and turns I love in a great romance!

Ms. Stella Hunter is a new-to-me narrator and I would definitely come back for more of her story telling. Her switch between American and British accents was graceful. I really liked the emotion and power that the longer dialogues provided her time to produce. Then there is Mr. Shane East...whom I believe gave one of his best romantic performances in this audio. I felt like he just enjoyed and really played with the tones and delivery so well for Lucas. But again, he SHINES as the side characters, giving the King so much vitriol that you want to hate him, and then a surprising turn at Gabriel that no other voice could ever be that character for me. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!!!

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Awesome paranormal romance with great narration

I'll be honest, paranormal romances are not my usual and I'm generally a rom-com or contemporary romance girl. But after devouring The Blood Trilogy (the first 3 Blackthorne Vampire books) after they were recommended by some book friends, I knew with 100% certainty that I needed to jump in to Midnight Prince and start Lucas and Briar's story.

Midnight Prince starts in the present, and then goes back in time to when Lucas and Briar first met. It is the first half of a duet, so you will need the follow-up, Midnight Hunger, to get the complete story. Good news - Midnight Hunger is already out now, so NO WAITING REQUIRED, which is good because trust me, you want to know how this all ends!

Kim Loraine writes really intriguing, original paranormal storylines. I'm definitely going to go back and listen to or read all of her other other works as well. Why? Because they are WELL WRITTEN!!! Well-developed plots, character development, stories that actually advance rather than getting into iterative loops, drama that serves a purpose rather than just drama for drama's sake, I could go on and on on why they are well-written books, but trust me when I say that I am a stickler when it comes to the quality of the writing. Kim gives us characters that we simply crave from start to finish. We must know about them. We must know what drives them. We must know and soothe their hurt. We must experience them falling in love. We must root for them, even when on paper they seem slightly irredeemable. Lucas is a smarmy, witty, droll vampire that we got to know a bit in the original Blood trilogy, but we come to know him much more intimately here, and now we want him to have his own happily-ever-after.

From a narration standpoint, you simply cannot go wrong with Stella Hunter and Shane East. Shane has been a favorite of mine since I started listening to audio three years ago. Stella is relatively new to me, and she's fantastic. They both bring so much humanity and emotion to their characters (which is funny considering they are a vampire and a werewolf, but you know what I mean).

Five ENTHUSIASTIC Stars because you don't want to miss this one, trust me!

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Lucas Blackthorn is one sexy vampire!

This story is PNR with Vampires, Shifters, Witches, and a lot of history. It helps if you have read/listened to the Blackthorne Vampires Series, but is definitely not necessary. I really enjoyed this first part of Lucas and Briar's story! It is fraught with forbidden love, secret meetings, undeniable connection, intrigue, and devastating consequences. Beware that this story ends in a cliffhanger, so you will need to read/listen to Midnight Hunger next. Lucas is a deeply layered character and Kim does a great job of peeling them back so you will fall in love with this sexy vampire. Briar is young, sheltered and has a lot to learn about the world. Unfortunately, there are some tragic circumstances I found myself frustrated with her character, but when I remembered she is young with a lot to learn it made sense. Well worth your time!

Narration in duet is my favorite. Stella and Shane blend together and deliver great performances in this audiobook! I have listened a few times and will do so again.

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Fantastic!

This is the first installment in the Blackthorne Bloodlines, a vampire romance. This Series is set in the in the Blackthorne Vampires world, and is interconnected with The Blood Trilogy. I was looking for Lucas's story, the Bastard Prince, after listening to The Blood Trilogy. Briar, is a shifter, and Lucas, is a vampire, and they are an amazing and unexpected couple! The storyline is intriguing, sexy, and suspenseful. Looking forward to listen to the next installment in the Series, Midnight Hunger. Shane East and Stella Hunter did a fantastic job with the narration. I enjoyed it.

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Wonderful!

I loved this story. Although i didn’t read the others about the families to get some background on them, I didn’t feel lost in the story at all. Extremely well written, awesome character arcs, and a story that holds and keeps your attention from start to finish! I usually don’t go for vampire-werewolf stories anymore, but with this story, I fell back in love with them! If you’ve listened to the story as I have, the two narrators completely bring the story to life! Stella Hunter and Shane East absolutely slay the narrations! They make you feel like you’re right there with them. In my opinion Briar and Lucas couldn’t be narrated by anyone else! Although each narrator performed multiple characters' voices, each had their own tone that they stuck with throughout the story, I was easily able to tell them apart.

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Captivating Vampire Tale

A Vampire Family ~ A Rival Shifter Family.

Star Crossed Lovers

All of this had me from the get-go. The book started and took off and I was all in on the ride.

Shane East and Stella Hunter deliver wonderful performances in this Duet style audio. Shane does all the male characters, and Stella the female characters. I loved every minute of it.

I don't want to spoil any of the tale, I've listened to a lot of paranormal books in the past, and I love the world that Kim Loraine has made for us in this series. The Bastard half breed Vampire, The Wolf Shifter betrothed to another. What could go wrong?

I can't wait for the next installment of this series, yes it does end in a cliffhanger, but the story is well worth it.

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I absolutely love love the Blackthorne vampires

I really enjoyed the last series and even the Coven short stories. Absolutely FANTASTIC please continue these series please!!!!
Devin sounds like a trueblood vampire lol.😊😆🧛‍♂️

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  • Jing
  • 07-25-20

5 “Kilig” (Spine-tingling) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Paranormal is not my go to genre. I chose this book for narrator Shane East and I got sucked into the world of the Blackthorne’s as soon as I started reading the series. Lucas intrigued me right from Blood Captive and I fell in love with him in Blood Heir. He’s a bad boy with a soft heart and I’ve been rooting for him to have his HEA.

His love story with Briar did not disappoint. Their chemistry were undeniable from the start. Star-crossed lovers/forbidden love is one of my favourite trope. I had “Kilig” throughout this book.

An outstanding narrations from both Stella Hunter and Shane East. Both their narrations transported me and made it easy to follow the story. This was my first time listening to Ms. Hunter and she did a great job in captivating me the entire time. Mr. East’s narration was faultless. I can identify individual characters distinctly and he brought every single characters to life. A first-rate performance as always from Mr. East.

Ms. Loraine clever writing enthralled me and kept me turning page after page to find out what happens next. This book gave me all the feels and left me at the edge of my seat, wanting more.

I’m dying to see what happens in the next book, Midnight Hunter.

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  • Rachel T
  • 07-17-20

Vampires for the win!!

My love for Shane East is SERIOUS... his voice is so easy to listen to, and his storytelling is impeccable. I loved reading this book, but listening to Stella and Shane was PERFECT. Stell is a rising star for sure she is killing it in this book.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 07-16-20

You have to listen to this!!!

I was waiting for K. Loraine to give us Lucas's story and she did not disappoint. Pull me in and keep me hooked, I could not stop listening. Lucas is a half breed and because of this, the expectations of him are different. He has been given a task, but he can't even complete it the way his father intended. Briar is a shifter, and finds herself drawn to Lucas. But the two can't be together. Different species, families that will never be together, these two are fated for failure. Plus her family has already promised her to someone else. What will become of this couple? I can't even begin to say how much I love this book. It's smart, sassy, sexy, and the plot captured my mind. Weaving the watchers in, letting us enjoy seeing characters from other series is just icing on the cake( this book does not require you to have read the others). This is my kind of entertainment and I am not even a paranormal listener! I can't wait for Midnight Hunger to see how it all plays out!

K. Loraine picks her narrators carefully and casting Shane East and Stella Hunter is gold. East is the perfect voice for Lucas. He is warm and passionate, yet can instill fear in a heartbeat. I love his playful charm. Stella Hunter is fast becoming a favorite of mine as she finds the heart of her characters. As Briar, she is so strong and confident, and feels a fierce passion which is easily felt in her inflections. Fantastic performance and incredible team!