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Ruby Shadows

Born to Darkness Series #3
Series: Born to Darkness, Book 3
Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
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Nothing is for free when it comes to demons. Gwendolyn LaRoux finds this out the hard way when she summons Laish, a minor demon from the Shadow Lands, to help her cook up a little black magic. Unfortunately black magic has a way of growing, and soon Gwendolyn finds herself drowning in darkness. But when a creature from the Abyss enters our world and threatens her beloved grandmother, Gwendolyn has to admit she needs help - which means summoning the infuriating Laish.

Answering Gwendolyn's incantations in a moment of boredom was a mistake for a demon who keeps what little heart he has left under lock and key. Laish immediately fell for the Creole beauty with jade green eyes and creamy, café au lait skin and now he's determined to have her. And thanks to Gwendolyn's dilemma, the price just went up. When it turns out that the intrepid witch must travel through the Shadow Lands and close the door she left open to the Pit, she knows at once she can't make the journey on her own. Of course Laish is more than willing to act as her escort and bodyguard...for a not-so-small fee.

Gwendolyn doesn't want to use her body as a bargaining chip, but the demon will accept no other form of currency. Because her grandmother's life is at stake, she has no choice. As Gwendolyn and Laish travel into the interior of hell, will he be able to keep her safe? And will she be able to keep her innocence? Or with they lose themselves and each other among the Ruby Shadows?

©2015 Evangeline Anderson (P)2015 Tantor

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  • Cheri
  • 30-09-2015

Wow, What a Great Story and Performance!

What made the experience of listening to Ruby Shadows the most enjoyable?

Evangeline has such a great imagination! Each story has it own unique plots that make listening to her stories such a treat.

What did you like best about this story?

The trip through hell. Crossing each realm of Hell was an adventure in itself.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were too many scenes I loved but I especially love how Laish always looked out for Gwendolyn and saved her too many times to count.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I hated that I had to take a break from this story and actually go to work.

Any additional comments?

Oh, please don't make us wait to long for the next story in this series! :)

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  • Robin Manor
  • 13-10-2015

Sexy Hard To Resist Demon & His Witch

If you could sum up Ruby Shadows in three words, what would they be?

Hot Sexy Adventure

What other book might you compare Ruby Shadows to and why?

As exciting and hot as the other books in the series and loved this new world the author has created, each level of Hell was another unique adventure

What does Mackenzie Cartwright and Jeremy York bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I loved having the male and female voices reading their characters perspective, made it so much easier to feel and "see" the characters as I was reading.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A Hell of A Sexy Hot Ride

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Evangeline Anderson's imagination mixed with her storytelling skills and phenomenal world building are wonderfully enhanced in these audiobooks. A great paranormal adventure romantica series to read and/or listen to. Listeners will love experiencing having the lead roles read by a male and female narrator.

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  • Boundless Book Reviews Sara
  • 20-04-2017

Couldn't stand the female lead character

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I purchased the Audible version of Ruby Shadows, after getting a brief glimpse of Gwen and Laish’s story at the end of Scarlet Heat. I was really looking forward to it. A witch and a gorgeous demon... yummy!

Unfortunately, I was left disappointed, again. I am not sure what it is with this series, but Gwen is the second female lead I couldn’t stand. I didn’t hate her as much as Addison, from Crimson Debt, but I didn’t like her AT ALL!

I will say that Mackenzie Cartwright and Jeremy York did a brilliantly fantastic job bringing the story to life. However, I am not sure if I liked the way the dialog was read. I think I would have enjoyed it more if Mackenzie took all the female roles, and Jeremy took all the male roles, instead of narrating based on the POV of the chapter.

I am not sure why Evangeline heroines are always so sexually naïve, and thrown with males they are reluctant to be with. This story reminded me very much of her “Brides of Kindred Series.” In that, the males are gung-ho and the females are hesitant, but eventually coaxed into every sexual situation, culminating in sex almost towards the end of the book.

In Ruby Shadows, Gwen has to venture to hell to close a door to the abyss she left open in book two, Scarlet Heat. Laish, a demon, volunteers to guide her and protect her on her journey. The reason why I can’t stand Gwen is; Laish is incredibly sweet and caring and willing to help her, however, Gwen is nothing but an obnoxious bitch to him. She treats Laish like his is a piece of filth, I can’t stand it. It’s so obvious that he cares for her greatly, but she has got her head so far up her own ass, she can’t see it.

Even when she starts to realize all the things he has done, and is doing for her, she still doesn’t treat him the way she should. Gwen is also clueless and naïve; she is in Hell, yet she is acting like she is walking through regular streets. Her constant defiance and distrust in Laish keeps getting her into trouble. Thus, forcing Laish to repeatedly have to save her. I just want to slap her! If I had not paid so much for the Audiobook, I would have stopped halfway through, due to my complete disgust with her!

Gwen somewhat redeems herself towards the end and the book improved. But it's hard for me to love the book when I can’t stand the female lead. Due to this, I give Ruby Shadows a 3. It was good, but not my favorite from Evangeline....Sara

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  • KGLP host/producer & traveling therapist.
  • 08-10-2015

bwwm? Male demon w female (naive) witch in series.

Interesting story with(younger) woman of color witch needing help to assist her friend, She calls demonic help who turns to be smitten with her (why??? I don't know) The(older) demon male keeps helping her, fighting for her & bleeding for her but she pushes him away. If she losses her virginity without love she losses 1/2 her power. This story continues the story about a group of friends(supernaturals) People like me are DESPERATE for W.O.C. characters so this female might be weak, whiny & needed to be slapped but, the for play sex the demon did was steamy. Will buy the next book in the series..Hope the female witch grows up.

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  • nameka
  • 15-12-2015

story awesome but characters lacking

I really enjoyed the story...even more than the book before it. I was disappointed in a few things however...well more than disappointed...a few things bugged me. First..it was hard to disconnect the character of Gwendolyn from the one of Taylor because the narrator did not give them their own distinct voices as she did in the previous book. In the previous book Gwendolyn's voice was deeply Creole. The same with Victor and Laish. I was discontented at the fact that Victor and Laish had some of the same speech even though they were so different. A mortal werewolf should not have had any of the same things to say as an immortal such as Laish. An example being "honey from the source", which was repeated a lot. If there had been more originality in the characters...for me..this book would have received all the stars I could give it. Gwendolyn was also given some of the same mannerisms as Taylor. I guess my only problem with this book is how similar the characters were to one another when they should not have been. Laish..being my favorite character of the series..should have been delectably unique in every way. It would be nice if each book had New narrarators to help separate the characters effectively..overall though..very nice!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-2020

suuuper rapey vibes

the whole series has been SUPER shitty about consent and grooming behaviour. physical arousal is not consent! someone saying "no no no stop" is for sure not secretly consent! yikes! sure, I've listened to them to this point, but mostly because the writing is bad enough that theyre not particularly immersive, and I can ignore it because I know the author is (hopefully) oblivious and just thinks it's romance? Unless I've stumbled into a rape fetish book in which case spot on?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-2019

This Book is Good!

In all my years I have never ever wanted to think about Hell like this. She got on my ever-loving nerves! You are in HELL! If the only good Demon you met tell you not to open the door you don't open the damned door! Those devil-kins should have bit her dumb head off. As if that wasn't a lesson learned then she goes and does it again. He tells you they are not what they look like and they are in HELL for a reason, don't trust anyone,,,I swear it went into one ear and out the other. The average thinking person would know to listen and follow directions because... YOU'RE IN HELL but not this trick. Quite a few times I stopped myself from actually saying out loud that " you are a dumb *****". Everything started with her mess then she got the nerve to be stuck up to the only one who was looking out for her. I got so sick of her and granma too. In spite of it all I did love this book it grabbed me from beginning to the end. The narrator did a good job. I loved it!

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  • Karen M Hewett
  • 30-01-2018

Irritating heroine.

It was hard to take the constant stupidity of the heroine. Not to mention selfishness. But the story line was enough to keep me listening.

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  • FARAH B
  • 06-01-2020

PURE PARANORMAL GOODNESS

"If darkness had a name it would be Laish and i would be completely consumed by him"

Beautifully written, beautifully Illustrated, narrated and captured... The entire series is a damn good read.... Strong Heroins, who are down right obnoxious about following their hearts(which is like a norm in most romances) and the heros, Oh Larah, they are built solely on every womens fantasy :-)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-2019

The best book in this series!

Out of the 4 books I’ve listened to so far this one has been the best. All of them are great though so I suggest starting from book 1. Gwendolyn and Laish’s journey together was a tale of exploration and overcoming fears. Though as in all of this series the H falls 1st and the h fights her own emotions in this book i wasn’t annoyed with the h. She was a lot more open with her desires and would say so out loud. I probably connected more with her character because of the way I was raised I know the internal dialogue that she was struggling with very well. It did end as the others did, by introducing new characters so I’m excited that it means there will be another book! Sadly in audible this is temporarily the end of my journey with this books until the next one is posted. If you’re looking for a steamy romance that doesn’t hold back in sinfully erotic explorations this one will leave you panting for sure! The narrators were on point and made the story come to life!

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  • J bird-Andrews
  • 21-12-2015

wow!

Excellent story excellent narration
A must for any preternatural story lover !
Don't miss this thrilling story

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  • Miriam
  • 17-04-2017

My favourite so far!

This is an imaginative story with likeable characters. The world created in this book is believable without being over the top. I also enjoyed the narration done by male and female narrators, they were both equally convincing performing either male and female voices. I have read the other two in this series and very much hope there will be a book four, with Shadowlock and Erin! I did find the use of the 'C' word jarred especially at moments that were meant to be tender but aside from that I liked it very much.

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  • Caron Tremaine-Tucker
  • 15-04-2016

Great story line

What made the experience of listening to Ruby Shadows the most enjoyable?

It was a very good story line and kept you on the edge of your seat at all times.

What did you like best about this story?

Laish is a really great character and going through hell was very imaginative.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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it would have been much more enjoyable if the "C" word had not been used, everytime they used this term it made me flinch, I am not a prude far from it, but that is one of the crudest words ever and books can still be erotic (even more so) without the need for it. It would have then warranted a 5 star.

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  • Boo
  • 24-03-2016

Easy listen - excellent narrator's

Easy listen - excellent narrator's
i really liked thecmain two characters on the whole, exvluding the weakness of occasion of the female lead character