Darkness Dawns

Darkness Dawns

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 betwe...

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Darkness Dawns Reviews

  • Laurie Garrison

    Darkness Dawns is a must read for 2011! This is the first book in a series called Immortal Guardians and its a phenomenal start. Action starts off at the get go and leaves you on the edge of your seat through the whole book. I loved how everything is explained where you have no questions, but yet the author didn’t skip out on the passion or action with this adventure. These Immortals have different ability gifts and are like vampires with a twist.

    Heroine Sarah is a organic nut and school teache

    Darkness Dawns is a must read for 2011! This is the first book in a series called Immortal Guardians and its a phenomenal start. Action starts off at the get go and leaves you on the edge of your seat through the whole book. I loved how everything is explained where you have no questions, but yet the author didn’t skip out on the passion or action with this adventure. These Immortals have different ability gifts and are like vampires with a twist.

    Heroine Sarah is a organic nut and school teacher that never thought her life would be turned upside down in a flash one morning while trying to find a spot for her garden. In the dangerous events to come Sarah will be changed forever, while losing a lot, then gaining so much in return.

    Hero Roland is a Immortal recluse that has been burned by a few loved ones in this past. So he tends to stay or work alone. Until one day another Immortal decides he is in need for revenge and Roland is his target. How much damage can one Immortal cause to another? You have to read and find out.

    Roland and Sarah doesn’t have a chase romance, but it’s not a boring romance one bit. I loved reading them both and the sex between them is awesome once Sara caves. There are two scenes I really enjoyed, one was their first one, it starts in the shower, and the other involves a wall of mirrors it was really sexy and hot;)They get a great HEA.

    I loved reading about the other Immortals and cant wait to read their books. There is a mystery lady and the cliffhanger at the end is about her, so I am now on edge to find out what happens to her and who or what she is. I recommend this book for those that loves a hot paranormal romance and action.

  • Ronda  Tutt

    Excellent! Brilliant Writing! HOT Erotica!

    I absolutely loved it. I could hardly put it down and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I now have a new and great vampire series I am addicted to. I loved the concept of these Immortal Guardians and how they slightly differ from the vampires. The romance erotica scene between Roland and Sarah is absolutely fantastic and so HOT! Their romance story had me smiling all through out the book and I even laughed out loud when Sarah stabbed one of the Immora

    Excellent! Brilliant Writing! HOT Erotica!

    I absolutely loved it. I could hardly put it down and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I now have a new and great vampire series I am addicted to. I loved the concept of these Immortal Guardians and how they slightly differ from the vampires. The romance erotica scene between Roland and Sarah is absolutely fantastic and so HOT! Their romance story had me smiling all through out the book and I even laughed out loud when Sarah stabbed one of the Immorals in the Ass - LMAO The book was filled with action pack - kick ass action that kept me glued to the page and best of all it had a great HEA for Roland and Sarah.

    This is a must read, if you are a fan of J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole etc... than you will love this author's writing just as much if not even better. Dianne Duvall definitely has a new fan and I can't wait to pick up the next book of hers to find out what becomes of Ami, the NOT human/vampire/immortal guardian being they rescued and all the other characters involved in this series.

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

    I have been a moody reader lately. I don't know what my deal is, but I have started and stopped a number of books. Nothing was hitting the spot, so I decided to go back and do a reread. As I was going through my list of books I want to reread I came across Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians and seen a few books have came out since I first read this series. Figuring now was as good as any to catch up, I went to Audible and downloaded Darkness D

    I have been a moody reader lately. I don't know what my deal is, but I have started and stopped a number of books. Nothing was hitting the spot, so I decided to go back and do a reread. As I was going through my list of books I want to reread I came across Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians and seen a few books have came out since I first read this series. Figuring now was as good as any to catch up, I went to Audible and downloaded Darkness Dawns. I am so glad I did because this is the first time in about 5 days that a book has held my interest. There is something so compelling about Seth and all his Immortal Guardians.

    Roland was gruff, anti-social and broody. He had been betrayed many times in his past and that had left it's scars. I love how drawn to Sarah Roland was. How he let his guard down with her. Roland really was sweet and at times funny. He made a great hero. Sarah was amazing. She wasn't one of those air head heroines that you read and think god how stupid can she be. Nope Sarah was smart, had common sense, and compassion. She was brave and a fighter. She also knew when she was in over her head and how to ask for help. I loved that she learned to fight and shoot. Roland and Sarah made a really cute couple. Their chemistry was off the charts. They really fell hard and fast for each other.

    The secondary characters in this book were intriguing as well. Seth, Ami, Bastian, Marcus and David were very fascinating to me. I can't wait to learn more about them. The plot was easy to follow and I never felt confused or lost which I appreciated. I think the only thing I didn't care for in this book was the super healthy, environmentally safe, all organic lifestyle that was really hammered home. It was eye roll inducing and a bit cheesy. Don't get me wrong I'm all for eating healthy and taking care of the world but it really tap danced on the border line of preachy. That being said everything else was great and I really enjoyed this book.

  • Blacky *Romance Addict*

    This is one of those times where the narrator makes the book better than it actually is :)

    I think it would've been a 3 if I've read it, but listening made it more interesting and I am dying to read the second book so there :)

  • Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy  ⚓️

    4 glasses, pinot grigio (don't hate, high tolerance)

    I should title this review, "That Time When the Side Character Stole the Show."

    Seriously though, I was really liking this story already...then Seth showed up.

    And my inner Tom Cruise got all excited.

    The only problem with how much I liked Seth...is that this was not Seth's story.

    It was Roland's.

    And, don't get me wrong, I

    Roland...

    ...I just wanted Seth to be in every single scene too.

    4 glasses, pinot grigio (don't hate, high tolerance)

    I should title this review, "That Time When the Side Character Stole the Show."

    Seriously though, I was really liking this story already...then Seth showed up.

    And my inner Tom Cruise got all excited.

    The only problem with how much I liked Seth...is that this was not Seth's story.

    It was Roland's.

    And, don't get me wrong, I

    Roland...

    ...I just wanted Seth to be in every single scene too.

    A

    .....

    Can't...

    Contain...

    Inner Squeeeeeeee...

    LOLZ.

    *cough*

    Sorry.

    Let's just say...it's a good thing this wasn't a

    scenario.

    Cause ya'll remember the major...

    with that show, right?

    And my ass would TOTALLY be voting for Seth.

    Sorry Roland.

    And being that, again, this was Roland's book...

    But anyway...enough about Seth.

    This book.

    Roland and Sarah's bok.

    I really liked this story.

    There was a lot of the first-book-in-a-series world building, which can sometimes make a book suffer from the info dump phenomena, but I didn't feel like such was the case here.

    In fact, I really liked how the author laid out the way in which Sarah "discovers" the truth about the whole Roland-not-being-a-human thing.

    A lot of times, this moment - the moment where a normal, intelligent female - whom you are supposed to respect, finds out someone is an alien/vampire/immortal/angel/what have you - is totally ridiculous and you are thinking to yourself....

    Pffffft.

    There is no way any intelligent woman would believe that so easily.

    Yeah right.

    That's great and all....but

    wouldn't believe someone telling me that kind if shit so easily, so if my heroine does...

    IDIOT.

    Thus, my respect?

    But, they way the author has Sarah "find out" here was very well done.

    Seriously, I was impressed.

    And I read a

    of PNR.

    So there's that.

    Also, I like the overarching

    story line.

    So I look forward to more.

    All in all:

    A solid start to an exciting PNR series.

    Already started the next one...

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  • Jilly

    This vampire romance novel brought to you by Captain Planet!

    Why, you may ask? Let me give you a few quotes and see if you can capture an underlying theme:

    This vampire romance novel brought to you by Captain Planet!

    Why, you may ask? Let me give you a few quotes and see if you can capture an underlying theme:

    That's right folks, our immortal guardians are environmentally conscious. Sure, they drink blood. But, only the blood of the evil, like pedophiles, rapists, and litterbugs. And, once they kill them, they compost their dead bodies for their organic veggie gardens. Oh, did I mention that our main character drives a Prius?

    I don't know about you, but I like my immortal vampirish guys to be dark and mysterious. I don't want to think about him worrying about his cholesterol levels or spending hours in Whole Foods reading food labels. That's what us normal chumps have to do! The urban fantasy world is supposed to whisk us away from boring mundane concerns like eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise. My vampire boyfriend should not be concerned about his fiber intake! That's just wrong!

    And, another thing: what's the point in being immortal if you live like a guy who is trying to reverse his heart condition? If I was immortal, you can bet I'd be living in Vegas, eating deep fried Twinkies for breakfast with a Martini, a pack of smokes, and a couple of hookers on each arm. Screw the free-range, grass-fed, organic egg white veggie omelet!

    Actually, I think the "immortal" guy is really only 30 years old. It just feels like he's been around forever because he won't shut up about the evils of Monsanto and the genetically altered corn and wheat seeds they sell.

    But, in spite of all of that. I still really liked the book. Both the H and h were likable characters, and although they had the insta-love, I thought they were cute. The sex scenes were pretty hot, too. Much like Global Warming. And, his sweetness made my insides melt - much like the polar ice caps.

    Okay, I need to go now. I don't know why, but I suddenly have the urge to join Greenpeace.

  • MelissaB

    Holy crap this was boring! The relationship had no passion and made me yawn as they waxed poetic about how organic food is the awesome. The story just meandered along, I was not excited to read it because I was never drawn into the main characters. The author also had a really annoying trait of adding random sentences in quotation marks (just like this) which should have been taken out by an editor. The only intriguing part was the wannabe Acheron character (named Seth here - see I can use paren

    Holy crap this was boring! The relationship had no passion and made me yawn as they waxed poetic about how organic food is the awesome. The story just meandered along, I was not excited to read it because I was never drawn into the main characters. The author also had a really annoying trait of adding random sentences in quotation marks (just like this) which should have been taken out by an editor. The only intriguing part was the wannabe Acheron character (named Seth here - see I can use parentheses too!). There was another Dark Hunters ripoff, the "immortal guardians" have a website they all use! How unoriginal.

    I am so glad this was free, it was a paranormal with no excitement, a boring romance and an annoying public service announcement about the evils of non-organic food. Blah!

  • Kat Kennedy

    The

    are in and, unsurprisingly to most people, Romance Novels are pretty much beating out the competition. Despite the poor economy and almost every other genre of book experiencing a general reduction in sales, Harlequin still managed to post a 32% sales increase in 2009. Stats for 2010 show that romance novels account for more than 13% of the market, easily beating out every other genre. Their ebook sales are even better with romance ebooks sitting in second place sales as of 2010.

    What

    The

    are in and, unsurprisingly to most people, Romance Novels are pretty much beating out the competition. Despite the poor economy and almost every other genre of book experiencing a general reduction in sales, Harlequin still managed to post a 32% sales increase in 2009. Stats for 2010 show that romance novels account for more than 13% of the market, easily beating out every other genre. Their ebook sales are even better with romance ebooks sitting in second place sales as of 2010.

    What does this teach us kids? Sex sells.

    Darkness Dawns is yet another Paranormal Romance, the rising bastard child of the Romance industry whose men go longer, harder and have an excuse to be perfect through their immortality, wealth and badassery.

    It follows the predictable formula of perfect (immortal) guy:

    Meeting average, beautiful yet unfulfilled woman.

    Danger abounds. Our couple is targeted by evil. Trust begins forming. Bosoms heave. Loins aflame. Climax is reached (in more ways than one). Danger abated. Love fulfilled. Life is perfect. Cue riding into the sunset.

    Duvall doesn't offer anything new or original to this formula and the story plays out rather predictably. Though, to be honest, that usually wouldn't be a problem or really a cause for complaint from me. I mean, I'm not expecting Pulitzer prize writing here. Nor am I expecting ground-breaking, thought-provoking storylines and prose.

    After all, I've read quite a few Paranormal Romances now. I don't MIND the formula. The formula works and giving this book two stars simply because it follows a highly successful formula, wouldn't be fair.

    No. But when you use a very successful, proven and fool-proof formula (that includes sex. I cannot stress this enough) and your book is still boring and painful to read, then you have a problem and I don't think the formula is to blame.

    The problem with this book is that it's all so delightful. So delightful that there isn't really a compulsion to read to the end since you're quite certain that, whatever happens, they'll sort it out because they live in Perfect World. A place where problems only exist to display the unshakable love that two complete strangers have formed for each other over a matter of hours.

    I don't want to bash a book because the perfect immortal lead only eats organic, has a cat, a house that he built himself, has an interest in interior decorating as well as being a fearsome warrior who heals you with his hands and loves you completely after a few hours of knowing you.

    First of all, that wouldn't be fair because I like characterization of men that doesn't restrict them to caveman Neanderthals who like cleaning weapons, whores, alcohol and couldn't read Dr. Seuss if their masculinity depended on it.

    But still, when you spend pages reading about a couple's love for Tofurkey and Eggplant Parmesan (This is her favourite dish and he just happens to make it) you can't help but start rolling your eyes. Most of this book is spent showing you how perfect, in a very boring and PC way, this couple is for each other.

    In fact, I was wondering if the author wrote a story about two of the most boring characters to ever meet and bond over organic produce, only to be forced to add a couple of hastily slapped together actions points in order to publish it.

    I know way more about Roland's love of green, and perfectly designed architecture, and organic eating habits than I do about the actual damn plot of this book. Yes, there is supposed to be an element of perfection and fantasy surrounding a PNR couple. I get that. But never before have I found perfection so unspeakably boring and bland.

    If you love PNR and you don't mind predictability meets absurd perfectionism (blended with copious detail) then feel free to read. You'll probably enjoy Sarah as an intelligent female protagonist. Otherwise, there's no harm in giving this book a skip. It's got nothing you haven't read before.

  • The UHQ Nasanta

    It's a bad sign when before you get to 5%, you are already hitting your head against something hard - and if you end up pissed and frequently ranting for 95% of the book. Granted, this was partially due to my general crankiness for the majority of the time I was reading this, which may have affected how I perceived this book, but it also had to do with the things I've read previously. Or maybe it was just the book.

    Within the first 5%, I immediately saw the world's resemblance to the wo

    It's a bad sign when before you get to 5%, you are already hitting your head against something hard - and if you end up pissed and frequently ranting for 95% of the book. Granted, this was partially due to my general crankiness for the majority of the time I was reading this, which may have affected how I perceived this book, but it also had to do with the things I've read previously. Or maybe it was just the book.

    Within the first 5%, I immediately saw the world's resemblance to the world of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series:

    Given the fact that I have for a few years now been tired of the Dark-Hunter series (although it mostly had to do with the distinct author's voice), this resemblance was an unwelcome surprise to me.

    My first thought?

    In the interest of fairness, I will say that I really liked the author's efforts to explain vampirism/immortalism in terms of science and whatnot. It was pretty interesting, and on the surface, made a bit of sense. But the author pushed it too far when

    So, this explanation to make her fanged ones extra speshul? 0.5 star. At least they don't sparkle.

    1 star for entertainment value. There were a few funny parts, and when things didn't irritate me or reminded me too strongly of the Dark-Hunters, I enjoyed it.

    Aside from the irritating similarity to Kenyon's Dark-Hunters, there were several other factors that kept me from enjoying this book - and close to DNF'ing it (and I really try not to DNF books).

    1. The author seems to think heroines should be small and delicate. The heroines, not just the main one but the other ladies of interest - at least the more human ones - are all described as being small. Small hands this, tiny feet that, small and delicate bodies. I remembered reading other readers' opinions complaining of this but had never really came across it until now.

    What-the-hell. Heroines apparently should also weep in sympathy for the hero's pain when they don't even know said hero to show just how

    she is. Eye-roll moment here.

    2. The author used this book as a vehicle to preach about vegetarianism and eating organically. When I read a paranormal romance, I don't want to be lectured and told I eat artificial crap, thank you very much. It puts me in a bad mood, makes me have very unhappy feelings about the book, and encourages me to write a very ticked off review accompanied by a really low rating.

    But the part that made me

    close to toss in the towel?

    The author also felt it was important to mention that the Immortals used "environmentally safe dishwashing soap". When I read this part, I was cranky and hadn't had my morning coffee yet. You can imagine for yourself how well that particular line was received.

    The way everything fell in to place was not unexpected. After all, it was a paranormal romance, and an HEA was a requisite. But silly me, I'd hope that there was another way to resolve this than a deus ex machina in the form of Sarah's abilities that had

    until the very end. And the mention of time traveling in this world? Not a bonus since I am not fond of that plot device, and the author never explained it - guess she was waiting for Marcus's book, which I most likely will not be reading.

  • Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠

    Meh, it was ok. I got tired quickly of all the extraneous details put in, like the fact that they were eating

    pizza with

    goat cheese and

    tomatoes while drinking

    juice. How many times do you need to put in organic? I'm pretty sure all of us can deduce if the pizza is organic then all the ingredients on it are organic as well. But more to the point, who gives a flying flapjack? This is a paranormal book about bad vampires and good vampire-ish people called Immortals

    Meh, it was ok. I got tired quickly of all the extraneous details put in, like the fact that they were eating

    pizza with

    goat cheese and

    tomatoes while drinking

    juice. How many times do you need to put in organic? I'm pretty sure all of us can deduce if the pizza is organic then all the ingredients on it are organic as well. But more to the point, who gives a flying flapjack? This is a paranormal book about bad vampires and good vampire-ish people called Immortals, do you really think I read this book just to find out if they ate organic or not? No!

    Way too much detailed talk about food. It was boring and annoying. I could've reduced this book by 20 pages if I'd cut out the food talk. Just effing say they eat healthy and the only meat they eat is chicken and fish. How hard was that?! The whole book was a lot of detail I could've done without and in a way that annoyed me. I was ready to read action, they were giving me real estate brochures about the decor of each house visited. Another 20 pages could've been edited out that way.

    The main couple was Sarah and Roland. She's a music teacher who saves him from being murdered outside her house and nurses him back to health. They fall in love cuz they're both hot and lonely. I didn't enjoy the romance because it was just too cheesy. Too too cheesy! Like choke a wheel of cheese cheesy. It probably didn't help that I

    reading this book due to the overload of detail. The smutty parts were better than the romance. Several of those. As to the characters, I liked both of them. Roland was a good hero, knight in shining armor type and had a backstory of all the people who'd betrayed him. Sarah was cool in how she rolled with the punches and could shoot a gun well. I liked her attitude and active participation in the fighting.

    The action - there was a lot of fighting going on because the leader of the vamps has a vendetta against Roland and keeps trying to kill him over and over. A lot of attempts, with Roland, Sarah, and other immortals all fighting against the bad guys. I think more detail could've been used here. I know I rather read about the fighting than the paint selection of the walls (there is a time and place for paint sample discussion and that's in design magazines,

    paranormal books!)

    The best and most interesting parts about this book were the secondary characters, specifically Seth and the mysterious person he rescues. Also David, the pharaoh looking dude with dreds sounds like a bag of Egyptian mystery. I want their stories. So I might continue the books in order to find out what they're all about.

    The book was short and I liked both characters, but I wanted to slap someone over how much detail was put in that it didn't need + the romance was very insta-love and cheese. Not bad, but not winning any medals from me. Maybe the next book is better. I will cut someone if I have to read the word

    fifty times in a row again in the next book. Just saying, watch out book two.

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