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Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall

Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: July 29, 2014

It’s not the first time Immortal Guardian Richart d’Alençon has saved a human life from eternal damnation. Usually, he moves on, a nameless savior like a ghost in the night. But this time he can’t seem to forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he rescued her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist…

Jenna never imagined she’d end up a single mom working overtime to put her son through school. But she might have daydreamed once that a devastatingly gorgeous Frenchman would sweep her off her feet. Now that a package of tall, dark, and handsome seems intent on doing just that, doctors are telling her she may not have long to live. But Richart is telling her just the opposite. All she has to do is abandon her humanity…

Why have I not read Dianne Duvall before?!

Richart d’Alençon has spent years saving unsuspecting humans from losing their humanity at the hands of vampires and he’s never given it a second thought. Until one night he saves a woman who makes an unforgettable impression on him.

Single mom Jenna doesn’t remember the kiss she gave her savior on the night she was attacked, in fact, she doesn’t remember that night at all so when Richart begins to court her, she doesn’t think anything of it. Suddenly she finds herself thrown into a world of immortals and death.

Aside from my favorite authors, I had been in a paranormal romance slump for a few months. I just couldn’t muster up the interest to read the genre. Then I saw that In Still Darkness was a novella and thought “It’s a short read, I can get a sample of the author’s work and hopefully snap out of my funk.”

I’m still not out of my funk but I have added author Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians series to my list of books I need to catch up on!

Broody heroes are great in moderation and with a bit of a balance and I feel that Richart was a pretty balanced immortal. He’s seen a lot in all his years but he hasn’t forgotten to how to have fun or how to live life. I love how loyal he is to his brothers and sister and even the camaraderie with his fellow guardians. They tease, they laugh and they get annoyed with each other. They also seem to socialize with each other, none of the “We always do things alone” mentality. That’s what really got me curious. How does this organization, for lack of a better term, work as a whole since it seems that they have many members who have to coordinate attack plans and back each other up. It has the potential for some good natured teasing and the occasional sarcastic barb.

I was glad to see that Jenna is a bit older than the usual heroine and that she had a grown son instead of a young child. I don’t mind young children in my romances, so long as they actually serve a purpose aside from an “cute” factor. I am curious though, will Jenna’s son get his own book because of his connection to Jenna?

Final Verdict: In Still Darkness gave me just enough of a sample of Duvall’s style of telling a story to get me hooked and kept it short so that I wouldn’t lose interest, which was the problem with other paranormal romances. I was losing interest because they were too long and too slow to develop. If Duvall’s full length novels contain the same brisk pace, humor and likable characters as In Still Darkness then I’ll be one happy new fan.

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1 comment:

  1. That sounds interesting, this series is already on my list, now I'll give it an up ;)


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