Friday, May 16, 2014

Review: Darkness Dawn ( Immortal Guardians #1 ) by Dianne Duvall

Darkness Dawn by Dianne Duvall

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


Paranormal Romance


This one is a very pleasant read albeit I find both the H/h a tad too sweet and too perfect for my taste. There is a lack of surprises and intensity in the romance, but the action scenes did help to speed up the pacing of the book. The thing that irked me most is the short time frame that it took for Roland and Sarah to start proclaiming their love. I just can't wrapped my head around on the fact that they get all chummy and start trading life stories within 24 hours and then planning the future in less than a week. 

Roland is an immortal guardian who hunt the vampire that threatens the humanity. He is known to be an antisocial person, but he grown attach to the human woman who save him pretty quickly. It was implied that he had serious trust issue due to having been betrayed repeatedly by his loves one. Honestly, this man is simply too nice, too sweet and too perfect. I felt like corrupting him a little. If you like gentlemanly hero, Roland is your man. 

Sarah is a music professor who lives in the middle of nowhere. She came across Roland when he was brutally attack and decided to save him. Her life turn upside down upon knowing this strange man who is actually an immortal who drank blood. Sarah is also too nice, too accepting and too trusting. The way she manage to deal with such a big revelation by Roland, I don't know is something good or bad. I thought she should freaked out for a much longer period.

Roland and Sarah together is a sweet and endearing couple, though I find they lack the emotional intensity and the WOW factor. 

In order to keep Sarah safe, Roland decided to keep her with him until they manage to sort of the situation. There is a villain named Bastien who was leading an army of vampire and human to attack Roland and his pursue is relentless. I'm trying to understand why he wanted Roland to be dead and what's the deal with all the scientific research going on. 

The surprised I got from this book is actually Marcus. I love that guy. He is Roland's buddy, though they were not exactly chummy, but definitely someone you can depend on when the need arises. He is supposed to be bitter because he lost his lover, right? But he was full of sarcasm and humor. Everything that came out from his mouth make me laughed or snickered.

What Marcus got from public upon learning his identity,

"We get shrieks, curses, pants wetting, bowels releasing, religious recitation...
'Get thee back, ye spawns of Satan. Return thee to the bowels of hell where ye belong!"

Even Bastien intrigued me. I find myself more interested with the side characters much more.

Overall, this is a decent debut PNR series, but I was not blown away. The action was engaging enough to keep me turning the pages. I'm looking forward for the next one, which is Marcus' story. I hope the romance is better. Give me more UST or some conflict.

Rating 3.5/5