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Nightshade Series by Michelle Rowen

Accidentally injected with a formula that can kill vampires, Jillian must get rid of it before it’s too late. Her only choice is to go with her kidnapper. An emotionless Dhampyr that’s trained to kill its target.

Series Title: Nightshade
Author: Michelle Rowen
Genres: Fantasy > Paranormal > Vampires
Read Format: Kindle Edition
Total Pages: 729
Reading Date: 16th May ~ 24th May 2021

The Reading Order – How to Read Nightshade Series by Michelle Rowen

  • 1 Nightshade
  • 1.5 Primal – Bleeding Heart (About 100 Pages)
  • 2 Bloodlust


Jillian Conrad always believed vampires weren’t real. But when she’s attacked by a desperate scientist and injected with a serum meant to be a deadly poison against the undead, she realizes it’s all true. And when the scientist is shot dead in front of her, his secrets die with him.

Declan Reyes hates vampires with all his heart—despite being half-vampire himself—and he knows the poison in Jillian’s veins could finally destroy the vampire king and his subjects. The serum makes her blood irresistible to all vampires—including Declan. One taste means death.

Driven by duty to protect her, Declan pulls Jillian into his secret world of blood and battle. But what will Jillian do when she realizes his strong craving for her may be a different kind of hunger?

My thoughts…

Stockholm syndrome alert!

Honestly, I didn’t immensely enjoy the story. Especially when knowing that it only has two books in the series, it didn’t let me learn more about the characters.

It would be interesting to hear more about the hero and heroine’s life before the drama happens. We knew something about the heroine’s depression, but beyond that is nada. How she overcomes it would be an exciting fact to determine her current mental status 🤣.

Declan also must have had his reason why he suddenly changed his mind about the serum after being told off by Jill? He’s still a stone-cold Dhampyr, and I couldn’t decipher his morals and behaviour. Especially after the last permanent serum. Guess that’s the mystery to find out in the next book!


This book contains four short stories written by four authors. Lora Leigh, Michelle Rowen, Jory Strong and Ava Gray.

In the short story – Bleeding Heart written by Michelle Rowen, Declan puts his trust in his old friend, who claims to know someone that could cure Jill.

The blind trust could either solve Jill’s problem or they could both die in the quest, for what they didn’t know was that the research facility held more secrets, and they were about to learn all its mystery.

My thoughts…

Jill and Declan’s quest to get rid of the nightshade continues in this short story. The event unfolding here does not affect the main story since there’s no development at all. But, we got an insight into what happens when a Dhampyr contracted with nightshade 😉.

P/s: I only read Michelle Rowen’s short story – Bleeding Heart.


For vampires, Jillian Conrad is a fatal attraction. After being injected with a poison that made her blood both irresistible and deadly to the undead, she was used as a pawn to assassinate the vampire king. Now all vampires want her eliminated.

Hunted and unable to return to her old life, Jillian desperately seeks to prevent the formula in her veins from ending her life. And she must find a way to help her Dhampyr protector, Declan, whose exposure to the poison has split his personality into one part uncontrolled desire and one part emotionless killer.

But an even greater danger is rising. A secret society of vampires searches for the infant daughter of the slain vampire king to complete their quest for true immortality. And if they succeed, will anyone—living or undead—escape the darkness?

My thoughts…

Declan or Matthias? This book had me guessing which direction it would go, and I have to admit that Michelle surprised me with the plot twist. Just when I thought I had the story figured out, she twisted it on me again. Well done, and I loved this book more than the first or the short story.

My only dissatisfaction with this series is not having enough books😁. It has so much potential for a continuation story such as Sara’s story, Noah or breaking the soul mate bond.

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