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  • Heart of Thorns: A Dark Vampire Romance

  • Vampire Royals of New York: Gabriel, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Piper
  • Narrated by: Shane East, Vanessa Edwin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Summary

Gabriel...

They say Gabriel Redthorne is the most ruthless royal vampire of all.

They say he tore out a man’s throat just for spilling his bourbon.

They say his heart is so cold, the women he beds turn to ice.

Good. Let them talk.

The vampire prince has always known it’s better to be feared as a monster than loved as a fool, no matter how cold his bed is.

But then he meets her.

The woman who conspired with the enemy to take down the royal family.

Dark and devious.

Fire to his ice.

His prisoner.

And after one forbidden taste, the addiction that will utterly ruin him.

Jacinda...

For seven years, Jacinda Colburn has been preparing.

Preparing to betray her brutal family.

Preparing to change her identity.

Preparing to disappear.

But for all her careful scheming, nothing could’ve prepared her for the heartless vampire prince - or for the punishment her wicked sins have earned.

They say Gabriel Redthorne is vicious. Filthy. That he can kill a man with just a touch.

But now that he owns her, all Jaci wants to know is...

What can that vicious, filthy touch do to a woman?

Heart of Thorns is the first book in a new trilogy in the Vampire Royals of New York world. It's a steamy enemies-to-lovers paranormal romance featuring a filthy-mouthed, smokin' hot British vampire prince and the woman he's stolen from his enemy.

©2021 Sarah Piper (P)2021 Sarah Piper

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The bitter ashes of betrayal!!

The beginning of another trilogy, although it's a continuation of "Vampire Royals of New York," and a great start of Gabriel's and Jacinda's story.

We first have a brief meet of Jacinda during the charity ball, with Renault Duchanes, during the trilogy of Dorian's and Charlotte's story. But other than a few more mentions of her name in that trilogy, that was it!!

But now we're learning all about her and the complex nature of her being a witch-demon hybrid, while also watching as Gabriel because obsessed and fall in love with her.

That is until her half sister joins the party, to which Gabriel finds out that Jacinda has been lying to him!!

However that's not all!!

Not only has Jacinda kept her true nature from Gabriel, which is bad enough, but also finds out that she had been purposefully, keeping information about the curse from him too!!

Now to bring this story to life, we yet again, have the talented Shane East narrating Gabriel's parts.

However instead of Mackenzie Cartwright narrating for Jacinda, we have the equally talented Vanessa Edwin.

This is again a collaboration of two amazing narrators who have worked together for other authors and go really well together. A great choice really, albeit that after three prior books, it would have been nice to have kept both narrator's through the whole series, but not a huge issue.

I definitely recommend both book and audio. Trust me, you wouldn't regret it.

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Fantastic

First book in Royal Vampires of New York series by Sarah Piper narrated by Shane East and Vanessa Edwin.
OMG what fantastic book. Shane East has the sexiest voice that melts panties. Vanessa Edwin does a surprisingly great job doing a male English voice.
Gabriel is a cursed vampire that ends up asking for help from a witch JC.
I absolutely loved both characters and I loved the story. This does ends on a cliffhanger which I absolutely hate but Sarah Piper write so well I can’t mark it as 4 stars because of the cliffhanger.
Can not wait for next audiobook

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Amazing

Sarah does witches so well and pair that with a sexy vampire and I’m happy. The chemistry between Gabriel and Jacinda is off the charts and no matter how much either of them try to deny it we all knew it was going to happen. Shane embodies Gabriel so well the darkness and the gentle side Gabriel tries so hard to hide . Vanessa is perfect as Jacinda and she does Jacinda’s snark so well. I am looking forward to listening to the rest in this series.

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Great narration

this is book 4 in the series and does end on a cliff hanger so expect to spend a few credits on the series, I think there worth it as I'm enjoying getting to know all the characters and the story progresses at a good pace. the narration has been great throughout the series giving life and depth to the characters.

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  • Ruhla1
  • 23-08-21

Fan-freaking-tastic story & narration

I have been in love with Sarah Piper´s New York Vampires since her Dark Trilogy, the first 3 books of this series that resolves around Damian Redhorne, Gabriel´s older brother.

Now we get to Gabriel Redthorne and HOT DAMN, holy vampire, what a way to start his story. I mean enemies to lovers is my favourite trope and what a hot-hate-lust infused wild ride this is.

Heart of Thornes fates into where “Dark Obsession” ended. Gabriel takes Jacinda as his “prisoner” and offers her protection in return for locating Renault Duchanes whereabouts and finding a way to eliminate him.
Jacinda has her own dark secrets and crazy twisted family issues but even though she loathes the Vampire Prince she finally gives in as she needs to find a way to also save her dad.

Gabriel and Jacinda´s chemistry is explosive. Their sexual titter tatter is very entertaining and killing me with anticipation at the same time but deliciously sexy! The heat is ON from Chapter 21, oh sexy time here we go but, well, there is one scene I was like “Really?” he just did that? Their teasing is taking new highs, but they also realise even though they loathe each other that other feelings scratch the surface than hate.

It’s amazing how Sarah can pull you into her stories and keep you there spellbound. Her writing is so vivid, her character development so interesting and I was fixated the whole time that I didn’t really realise when the final chapter stopped and I was like, Whaaaat!? Noooooo….!!! So yes, it´s a cliffy.

I seem to be on a #Shanessa trip lately. Shane East and Vanessa Edwin hit this one out of the park again. They are fan-freaking-tastic expressing Sarah´s written words and the different characters. They really have great chemistry, and they are so good at setting the right tone and mood. Their impression of Gabriel and Jacinda and their back-and-forth lust-loathe teasing gave me goosebumps a few times. Whereas Shane is a master of seductive whispers, Vanessa´s performance of an angry annoyed Gabriel is panty-melting. I also loved the way Jacinda loved to tease Gabriel and Vanessa just brought this across perfectly.

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  • Chris Cox
  • 31-12-21

5 Explosive Stars!

I could not get enough of Jaci and Gabriel. They were absolutely combustible! I loved their smart alec responses to each other and that he calls her his little moon flower. The wine cellar and then barging into her apartment. Then that ending! Just wow!
Shane East and Vanessa Edwin really just killed it in book 1, and I can't wait to see what they do with the next one. There was some Angry Shane in this that left me feeling like I was the one in trouble.

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  • Michelle S.
  • 01-11-21

Loved this vampire prince and his forbidden love!

This book is part of the Vampire Royals of New York series and tells the story of vampire prince Gabriel Redthorne. Like each of Sarah Piper’s books that I’ve read, it hooks you from the start and continues with non-stop action throughout.

When I read the first series, I was so curious about Gabriel, the younger brother of Dorian, the vampire king. Gabriel is ruthless and doesn’t think twice about eliminating anyone who dares to cross him, but it seemed like there was so much more to him. As this story begins, Dorian has enlisted Gabriel to help take out one of their biggest enemies. To accomplish that, Gabriel needs the help of Jacinda Colburn, the witch who once worked for their sworn enemy. Jacinda finds that she needs Gabriel as well. As they both end up facing yet another foe in the form her sister, they not only work together but their attraction becomes intense and all consuming. I loved this forbidden romance and all of the sexual tension and witty banter along the way. A secret is revealed that changes everything and ends this story in quite the cliffhanger that will leave you desperate for the rest of their story.

I listened to the audiobook and was completely transfixed by the narration. Shane East perfectly portrays the broody, sexy vampire prince. He brings out Gabriel’s anger, intensity, sarcasm, desire and vulnerability. Vanessa Edwin is wonderful as Jacinda, the witch who is torn in so many directions and is trying to do the right thing. She makes you feel her fear, uncertainty, sensitivity, strength and resolve. This gripping story is made all the better by the incredible narration. I love Sarah Piper’s writing, her world building, her characters and her choice in narrators.

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  • Jen - Audible Addict
  • 31-10-21

Exciting PNR Vampire Romance - Don't miss it!

Vampire Royals of New York: Gabriel by Sarah Piper, narrated beautifully by Shane East and Vanessa Edwin is the second trilogy in this series - dark paranormal suspense, mystery, with sexual tension like crazy - SOOOO GOOD! Vampires, werewolves, demons, shifters, witches, magic galore and SUPER sexy with extravagant fuckery (hopefully that's okay to say). I definitely recommend the whole series - but it's definitely NSFW - requires headphones hotness! It's well written with great dialogue, action, evil plot twists, and so much sexual tension you might combust just listening to it.

I'm posting this review for each of the 3 books because they are a trilogy. Don't pass up this series!!

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  • Bianca Stracquadanio
  • 20-11-21

Keep your enemies closer

The Heart of Thorns is the first book of the Vampire Royals of New York: Gabriel trilogy by Sarah Piper. This story is an enemies-to-lovers, dark vampire romance and, since it is a trilogy, be ready for a huge cliffhanger.
Gabriel Redthorne, a cursed and ruthless vampire prince, amazingly narrated by Shane East. He captures a witch that had poisoned his brother and bullies her to work with him against two of his biggest enemies: a course that is slowly killing him and a vampire who wants to vanish the Redthornes from this plane.
Jacinda is a half-witch half-demon woman, powerfully narrated by Vanessa Edwin. She is doing everything in her power to conceal that information from the world, at least until she can get her father's soul back from Hell.
Gabriel and Jacindo take the "keep your enemies closer" saying way too seriously and they fall hard while doing a love and hate dance around each other. This is a must listen audiobook, with mesmerizing interpretations and a compelling, emotional and gripping story.

"Vita mutatur, non tollitur. Life is changed, not taken away. The dead shall rise. The dead shall return. Three of Knives, Death, Ten of Knives. Blood and vengeance. A severed heart. Death. Resurrection. Blood on the sheets. Betrayal."

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  • Brooke
  • 31-10-21

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I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for more. Like the chemistry between Gabriel and Jacinda is unreal. There are secrets being withheld and well the truths ever be revealed. If you want to know if they I guess you well have to pick up this book to listen to to find out for yourself. Shane East and Vanessa Edwin did an outstanding job narrating this book.

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  • Diana
  • 28-10-21

Ice v Fire... Oh, yeah. Bring on the Steam

Being a prisoner of the Redthorne prince isn't all it's cracked up to be. A golden cage is still a cage. Bit by bit, Jacinda begins to thaw Gabriel's icy exterior, but will her past ruin any chance at warming his heart? A great continuation of the Vampire Royals of New York series. Sarah Piper has succeeded in making readers invested in her characters once again. Great world-building, suspense, danger, and sensual buildup. The tension between her main characters will have you dying to find out what happens next. Flawless casting has once again brought us narrators who portray these characters to perfection, draw out their emotions and bring the author's story to life. This steamy, emotional rollercoaster makes you want to buy a ticket to ride again and again.

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  • LAS
  • 26-10-21

Fantastic start to a new trilogy

I've been drawn to Gabriel since I read and listened to the original Vampire Royal's trilogy about his estranged brother, Dorian. To say that Gabriel is swoony, moody vampire is an understatement. He is definitely a bit broken and has experienced a lot of darkness, which is to be expected for a vampire. When his family is attacked, he finds himself tied to the bonded witch of his sworn enemy. And Jacinda, said witch, is determined to keep Gabriel at arms length and use him for her own purposes.

Gabriel and Jacinda's chemistry and attraction is off the charts! Their banter, when they square off against each other, when they finally open up to each other - it's all loaded with begrudging attraction and caring. As the continue to learn each other, they come to lean on each other and really form a bond. A bond that is sorely tested in the cliffhanger at the end of this book!

Yes, this book ends on a cliffhanger. It is part of a trilogy that must be read in order. I can't wait for the next installment.

The audio of this book is fan-freakin-tastic. Shane East is the best moody vampire, positively oozing appeal, sarcasm and disdain, and then wonder, vulnerability and true interest. Vanessa Edwin is a perfect Jacinda. She's got the strength and determination that this witch needs to not only survive, but thrive.

Loved this story, loved this listen, and can't wait for more in their trilogy.

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  • VIRGINIA JUST
  • 23-09-21

Intriguing

I was looking for a good vampire romance novel and this one fit the bill. Jaci is a great female lead character. Gabriel can be a stiff and seemingly boring vampire but I love him.
I cant wait to read the next 2 and then Sarah Piper's other books!

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  • mourese
  • 04-09-21

Not that great

It needs some work I don’t know what it is but it just doesn’t feel good as a story to me there’s something missing I wish I know what it was
but I just don’t feel it

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