Ecstasy by Jacquelyn FrankEcstasy by Jacquelyn Frank


byJacquelyn Frank

Mass Market Paperback | January 1, 2009

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At one with the darkness, the mysterious Shadowdwellers must live as far from light-loving humans as possible in order to survive. Yet one damaged human woman will tempt the man behind the Shadowdweller throne into a dangerous desire. . .

Worlds Couldn't Keep Them Apart

Among the Shadowdwellers, Trace holds power that some are willing to kill for. Without a stranger's aid, one rival would surely have succeeded, but Trace's brush with death is less surprising to him than his reaction to the beautiful, fragile human who heals him. By rights, Trace should hardly even register Ashla's existence within the realm of Shadowscape, but instead he is drawn to everything about her--her innocence, her courage, and her lush, sensual heat. . .

After a terrifying car crash, Ashla Townsend wakes up to find that the bustling New York she knew is now eerie and desolate. Just when she's convinced she's alone, Ashla is confronted by a dark warrior who draws her deeper into a world she never knew existed. The bond between Ashla and Trace is a mystery to both, but searching for answers will mean confronting long-hidden secrets, and uncovering a threat that could destroy everything Trace holds precious. . .
Jacquelyn Frank is the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightwalkers series, the Shadowdwellers novels (Ecstasy, Rapture, and Pleasure), the Gatherers series, and the Three Worlds series (including Seduce Me in Dreams and Seduce Me in Flames). She lives in North Carolina. Visit Jacquelyn at
Title:EcstasyFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.71 × 4.19 × 0.87 inPublished:January 1, 2009Publisher:KensingtonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0821780700

ISBN - 13:9780821780701


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Start!! In my eyes this book was a hit, and I am investing in all the others in the series. I will say this again I am a huge fan of Frank’s writing, she always seems to capture my interest. The Shadowdwellers series has captured my interest and I wanna know all about the nightlife, and the sexiness that is shadow dweller. Ashla is worried about driving on new years, because she knows there will be drunk drivers, as the designated driver her eyes are clearly on the road but has faith will have it Ashla’s car is struck by a drunk driver. Leaving Ashla in a coma and trapped in shadows cape, what is shadowscape? A place where the soul of a someone goes an wander, never knowing they might be dead and they no longer living in reality. Yet shadowscape co-exist with realscape and they form an interesting intertwining bond. Trace is shadow dweller and a powerful one, there are those seeking to destroy him and all he holds dear. While battling a traitor of their people in shadows cape he is injured and his wounds are fatal. The woman who comes to his rescue should not be able to acknowledge his presence, but this fragile human woman not only sees him but heals him with the touch of her hands. One thing that is clear is that Ashla should not be able to see him, or feel so warm so real. Trace knows this human female is something special but he has to find out just how special. The story then becomes an education in shadow dweller, their customs and belief, and a look into the political war of their world. Trace discovers some important truths about Ashla, and Ashla comes to know about the world she belongs in, and finally about herself. I don’t wanna get into too much detail about the book, so all I am gonna say is that I liked it a lot. I loved Trace and he made my stomach do some swan diving, it was all types of good. I liked Ashla and that’s it, not in love with her as a character. I am really interested to see what becomes of other characters, so fa sure I will be continuing the series. I squealed like a pig, when Gideon made an appearance love me some Nightwalkers and I was a lot more interested in Gideon in this book, than his own book. 2010-58
Date published: 2010-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from And from the shadows....romance! I enjoyed this book tremendously, a nice switch from the usual vampire and werewolf fare! The shadow-dweller jargon was a little confusing at first but I was quickly caught up with the characters and practically devoured the book!
Date published: 2010-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty good If you liked Jacquelyn's the nightwalker series, you will like this series as well. With this book, I wasn't right into it mostly because it had alot of setting up in the beginning. Learning all about shadowdwellers and some of the history you could say, but it is important for this book and the ones to follow. Once it started to get more into the heart of the book, it was getting harder to put it down. You feel for Trace because of his past and wonder how he survived and still is sane. Ashla is also someone you can feel for or maybe even relate too. Once Ashla and Trace learn that she is not just human, but half shadowdweller, then both of their lives are changed.
Date published: 2009-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad I must say that when I first started reading this book I was a little lost with the terms they used for different times and worlds and i amost put the book down. But I kept reading and the book was OK and got better towards the middle and the end. Jacquelyn frank has written better...
Date published: 2009-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Complex and Erotic Jaquelyn Frank has created a dense and complicated new society in ECSTASY. I tried very hard to like this new world but it was a tough read and fans should be warned that this is not a continuation of the Nightwalker series. After a horrific car accident our impish heroine Ashla awakens to find herself in Shadowworld. A strange version of New York City without any lights or people. It is also a place of endless night. Just as she grows accustomed to her solitary, dark world Ashla is confronted by a sword baring warrior named Trace. He is a Shadowdweller. A being able to exist in two demensions; Realscape (our world) and Shadowscape (an in-between world i.e. ghosts, spirits, coma patients). 'Dwellers' are unable to tolerate even the smallest amount of light and therefore must live in the shadows of Realscape as well as being able to fade into Shadowscape where there is no risk of light. If a Dweller however remains in Shadowscape too long he risks 'Euphoria' a deadly form of selfish lustfulness. Trace has been followed into Shadowscape by a conspirator against the Shadowdwellers. He manages to kill his enemy but is mortally wounded in the process. Normally those stuck in Shadowscape such as Ashla are unaware of Shadowwalkers such as Trace but fortunately for him she not only sees him but possesses the ability to heal with her touch. After healing Trace Ashla takes on his injuries and Trace, feeling responsible as well as an unexplainable connection to her lingers in Shadowscape and begins experiencing Euphoria. Ashla accommadates Trace in his sickness and they both discover that she is turned on by submission. In Trace's culture selflessness and gentleness while making love are paramount and much time is spent schooling the youngsters in all manners of lovemaking. However Trace is so filled with Euphoria that he has all consuming, selfish sex with Ashla for days on end without relief. Evenually Trace is brought back into Realscape by two Shadowwalker warriors sent to rescue him. Leaving poor Ashla alone again in her gloomy spirit world. As Trace recovers back in Realscape he is filled with guilt and vows to return into Shadowscape, find Ashla and make amends. Unfortunately his people have begun their annual migration to Alaska and when he recovers enough he is expected to lead them. I was initially intrigued by the idea of someone living in an in-between world of darkness and solitide but when I had to read a whole paragraph explaining what a lie means in Shadowese culture and every single detail regarding that society including sex education, history, religion and politics. I was frankly overwhelmed and became bored with the complexity of the world Jacquelyn Frank has created. There is little character developement with Trace and Ashla and I didn't ever really get a feel for their characters. The many pages spent on their lovemaking are crass and border on erotica more than romance. Fans of the Nightwalker series will be thrilled however by a scene in the final pages when Gideon makes a brief appearance. This book is not a continuation of Jacquelyn Franks Nightwalker series and I would have a trouble recommending it to anyone except her die hard fans.
Date published: 2009-07-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It's Alright Nothing to make a fanfare about - it was just another paranormal romance. The characters were okay; the sex was okay. It was mildy hot and not the "squirming in your seat" hot. After reading some other authors out there, the sex scenes in this book is nothing compared to other books. Obviously this is a series because the story ended with an incomplete ending. In other words, you'll have to read her next book to keep the storyline going. Since this book did not capture my interest, if I read her next installment, it will be from the library. I find books from JR Ward, Lara Adrian or Sherrilyn Kenyon more interesting.
Date published: 2009-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Invigorating, Enticing and Exciting This book combined every possible supernatural aspect, yet added new ones, and pushed them all towards their most possible barriers. I thoroughly enjoyed it from the moment that I started reading it, will all this twists and turns and the heart warming love between Ashla and Trace. It was most definitely a different spin on supernatural, but one I found myself falling easily into. It was a great read and I suggest it to anyone looking for something hot, steamy and pulse pounding. Awesome novel!
Date published: 2009-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! I loved this book, I find it incredible that Jacquelyn Frank can write about five different races and still keep it fresh and not mix character traits to much. Out of all the races this one to me is more with the times. There are a few similarities with the other races but for the most part the Shadowdwellers do their own thing, I hope to see more of the other previous characters introduced into the future books on the Shadowdwellers. I am very excited to see where Jacquelyn Frank takes this race of people and what she will do with the others. I am looking forward to the next novel In this series and it characters.
Date published: 2009-02-02