Darkness Rises

Dianne Duvall
Darkness Rises
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Release Date
October 2013
Book 4 of Immortal Guardians
Paranormal Romance

Dianne Duvall returns to the world of the Immortal Guardians, where danger--and desire--make every decision count. . .

Krysta is used to getting the drop on vampires. Her "special abilities" aren't much, but the plan is simple--she plays helpless pretty young thing to lure them in. Then her shoto swords come out and it's bye-bye, bloodsucker. Until one night she finds herself with an unexpected ally. He's a vampire, all right, but different. Mysterious. Handsome. And more interested in saving her skin than draining it.

Étienne has been an Immortal Guardian for two hundred years--long enough to know that Krysta is special. He can't stop thinking about her long legs, even more than her short swords. Then he discovers the vamps she's exterminating have friends in high places, and the Guardians are in danger too. He'll have to accept Krysta's help to save them. The stakes for a mortal are high. But the cost to his heart might be higher. . .

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Oct 16, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
129 people found the following review helpful
Dianne Duvall has established herself as a star of the paranormal romance, and this book only solidifies her place in the pantheon. Not only is the love story at the center of this book wonderfully steamy and fulfilling, but the subplots and secondary characters kick this series into a whole new realm that will enchant fans from beginning to end.

Krysta and her brother Sean have always known they were different. With her talents for seeing auras and his gift of healing, sister and brother have pledged themselves to wiping out the vampires that roam their city. But when she is out hunting one night, Krysta comes face to face with a man she can't understand. Though he has fangs, his aura is nothing like the villains she faces. Though he has fangs, he fights for Krysta's safety.

Etienne has been an Immortal Guardian for centuries, but he has never met a woman like Krysta. Her fighting skills are formidable, but the hint of vulnerability he senses tell him that there is far more to this human than her ability to slay vampires. Every night, he finds himself returning to her, to fight at her side—-whether he is wanted or not. But when a fearsome enemy resurfaces with a powerful weapon to use against the Guardians, Krysta and Etienne find themselves forced to work together in order to get to the heart of the menace.

But revealing Krysta's gifts also means putting her in grave danger. Will Etienne be able to focus on the fight at hand—-or the woman who has won his heart?

I love Dianne Duvall's heroines, and Krysta is a perfect example of what makes them so commendable. Smart, sassy and admirably courageous, Krysta is devoted to killing vampires, and though she is very, very good, she is always aware of the danger her calling poses to her and her brother. They are an incredible team, and their devotion to each other is touching.

For his part, Etienne realizes at once how special Krysta is and never discounts her talents or her ability. Though he will clearly do anything, even put his own life in danger to protect her, he never treats her as anything but an equal. Etienne has been part of this series from the beginning, but the opportunity to get to know him in-depth, and to see him interact with the other Guardians and their mates, was a real treat. He is not a traditional alpha male hero I've come to expect in paranormal romances, and the change was wonderfully refreshing. The tension between Krysta and Etienne is simply sensational and the chemistry they share is electric, but the humor and snark in their banter adds another level of emotionality to their exchanges that are wonderfully charming.

The pace of this book is as fast and breathless as the other series installments, but this book develops several secondary storylines that hint at enormous developments in future books. These secondary plots were absolutely sensational.

Though new readers will definitely need to start at the beginning to understand the gravity of some of the twists in the story or revelations amongst the Guardians, series fans will be utterly riveted by the choices that the author has made. The prospect for more romances and changing relationships promise much for the series installments to come. As always, her trademark humor keeps every scene memorable (keep an eye out for the kittens!) and her insight into her characters makes every new relationship rife with potential.

Dianne Duvall has done an excellent job making this fourth installment of her series feel fresh and full of promise, and is sure to keep her fanbase captivated and hungry for future books. I know I will be waiting with bated breath to see what adventures she provides next for her Immortal Guardians. The stakes have never been higher, but neither has the excitement, and I for one can't wait for more!
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