Synopsis: In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts…where passion can last forever, if you’re willing to pay the price…
Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control…
In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible—when it means forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect
About the Author:
Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series. Her debut novel Darkness Dawns, Book 1, was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews and for Best Paranormal Romance – Vampire by The Romance Reviews. Night Reigns, Book 2, was declared an “utterly addictive” Top Pick by RT Book Reviews and was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance 2011 by The Romance Reviews. Phantom Shadows, Book 3, was named a Top Pick by both The Romance Reviews and Night Owl Reviews. Her Immortal Guardians novella “In Still Darkness” was released in the Predatory Anthology in May 2013. Darkness Rises, Book 4, was also nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance. Night Unbound, Book 5 in the series, will be released on September 2, 2014.
When she isn’t writing, Dianne loves all things creative. When her nose isn’t buried in a book, she is very active in the independent film industry and once even appeared onscreen as a machete-wielding maniac not unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.
I’m always looking out for different PNR novels, and lately I’ve been finding a lot that are very cliche. Darkness Dawns isn’t a horrible story; in fact I rather enjoyed it. Roland is pretty hilarious, and the way that Sarah acts towards him pretty much solidified that Dianne Duvall is capable of creating amazing characters.
The world is even fantastic! Roland is considered an Immortal, which is quite different from the average vampire. They’re special and have stronger, more accurate abilities than a vampire. The imagery is beautiful, and the vocabulary that Duvall uses is far from sophomoric (as I’ve read another reviewer describe her as).
Beautiful, brave, and possessed of violent tendencies. I like her.
Yet there are problems that I have with the story, which is why I didn’t give a perfect review.
First of all, everybody is so ‘perfect’. Even Sarah, who is supposed to be human, has perfect hair, a perfect face, a perfect body, etc. There is no flaw on almost anyone in the story. I remember reading a certain paragraph in it that was something comparable to this: There was a guy, standing about 6 foot 8 with long black hair and golden brown eyes standing on the roof. He was so beautiful that many a passerby had paused to admire him. And next to him, standing an inch shorter, was a guy with skin as dark as midnight, long thin dreads falling down his back, and similar brown eyes. He too had many stop to admire his looks. Something like that lol. Anyways do you see where I’m going? I understand they’re supposed to be kind of like vampires, but it was never explained that they were all supposed to be beautiful (like in Twilight how their looks change once they’ve transformed). Shouldn’t there be an ugly person or two in there?
Also, the whole spread of the story is about 2 weeks. That’s approximate. Meaning it could be less….Yet by day 2 Roland and Sarah are so completely infatuated with each other, that they can’t imagine being separated. It’s rather…odd. Don’t get me wrong, it was refreshing in a way, but I like a story that has some believable aspect factored into it. And the way she handled what he was *shaking my head* very reminiscent of Twilight. And somehow the guy is supposed to think that it’s so amazing that this girl believes in them. “She’s strong.” is always the reaction. Ummm…no. Wouldn’t you think she was nuts if she just accepted that everything in the world wasn’t the way she imagined?
“My life was so barren before we met, Sarah. I couldn’t feel anything anymore. Didn’t let myself fell anything.” Reaching up, he stroked her lovely face. “Then you came along with your courage and teasing and passion and woke me up.”
“Now I feel so much that, at times, it overwhelms me,” he admitted. “I laugh. I want. I live, Sarah. Because of you.”
Overall, I would recommend this story to fellow PNR lovers. If it has an interesting story-line and some awesome characters in it *shrugs* why not? Just be prepared for some cliched scenes, and the unrealistic portion of it. Although…what is realistic about vampires in the first place?
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