Review: Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall ★★★★

Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall
Genre: Paranormal Romance (Vampires, immortal warriors, explicit sex scenes, strong female protagonist)
Series: Book one in The Immortal Guardians series
Original Language: English
Publisher: Kensington
Country: United States
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
ISBN: 1420118617
Page Count: 345
My rating: ★★★★

Summary

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...

REVIEW


My first reaction after finishing this book is a resounding "Awwwwwwwwwwwwww!"

It was such a touching love story! Don't get me wrong it was sexy too, as all these paranormal romances tend to be, it's not all mushy lovey dovey stuff, but the connection that developed between the characters was so compelling I totally fell in love right along with them. It has me in a kind of ooey, gooey state of contented bliss as I close the final pages. 

Both the hero and heroine were refreshing and extremely endearing. Roland (Nice guy, shame about the name) is a 937 year old Immortal Guardian. Unlike some of his counterparts out there in paranormal romance land, he has a rather quiet, shy, vulnerable personality. He has the prerequisite tortured past and resulting ingrained lack of trust we've seen often, but instead of making him a brooding (sulking) nasty piece of work as others are, he just comes across as...kinda sad, lonely and a little bit tired of the slog. 937 years is a helluva long time to be alone.

Enter stage left Sarah Bingham. It's like she suddenly turned all the lights on in his world. She's smart, funny, caring, brave, and he couldn't be more shocked by his reaction to her if she'd whacked him upside the head with a shovel. Luckily, she saves that little treat for the guys chasing him instead.

The vampires and guardians here were interesting too. Basically they are both infected with the vampire "virus" (Vampiritis?) but those that become guardians instead of the shorter-lived and eventually insane vampires, are the ones who were "different" even as humans. Maybe they could read minds, see ghosts, heal with their hands, that kind of thing. They have recently been established as having different DNA, although they still don't know the why of it.

And impressively still, even the bad guy was interesting! Instead of the often seen, 2D, bad for being bad's sake, Dr. Evil wannanbe, he had an interesting tale to tell as well.

There were a number of subplots introduced which will no doubt see fruition in future books. I have to say I am greatly looking forward to reading more from this author and this exciting new series!

Recommended to all PNR fans.

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