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. . .
"These dark, kick-ass guardians can protect me any day!" --Alexandra Ivy
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(Thursday, October 3, 2013)
Reviewer: ardent reader
this book held me captive until the very end it was very passionate.my only regret was that Ami's secret wasn't revealed.
Hot, Humorous & Action-Packed
(Sunday, January 29, 2012)
Reviewer: I'm A Voracious Reader
Sarah Bingham is a music teacher at UNC-Chapel Hill. Roland is an Immortal Guardian protecting innocents from vampires. Their paths cross one very early morning when Roland is staked to the ground in a remote area by enemies who torture him while they wait for the sun to come up and burn him to ash. Sarah, out before sunrise to beat the heat, is digging up a place for her vegetable garden in a field adjacent to her home when she hears a loud commotion. After sneaking up in the trees to see what’s going on and witnessing the torture of a naked man she decides she doesn’t have time to go home to phone 911. Taking her shovel firmly in hand she whacks the bad guys in the head, unties Roland and helps him to her house thus saving his life. And that’s just the beginning.
From the very first pages I loved this book. The characters are well-fleshed and interesting, the writing flows smoothly, the plot unrolls at just the right speed and there’s humor, action and sexual heat aplenty. A big plus for me is that this book is set in North Carolina, not far from where I live. I can count on one hand, maybe two, the number of books I’ve read that are set in North Carolina.
Roland and the other Immortal Guardians are HOT, interesting, honorable, strong and yummy. Sarah is no shrinking violet and is gutsy and quick thinking even when she’s scared. Even secondary characters are well-fleshed. I very much look forward to continuing the series and with so many interesting characters I hope this series will be around a very long time.
(Thursday, December 15, 2011)
Reviewer: Toni S
Vampires are real!!
You may not know this, but it is true. It is actually a rare virus that once contracted causes an intense craving for blood and will eventually lead to madness. There is the extreme rarity that if you are one of the lucky ones that have “special gifts”, the virus mutates. If that is the case then your “gifts” will improve and as a whole you become more than expected, basically immortal.
So there are things that DO go bump in the night and you need to be careful out there. On the plus side, the “special” individuals are out there to protect us. They call themselves Immortal Guardians. Be very thankful that the Guardians are out there because something sinister is in the air. The vampires are changing their patterns and things are not looking so good for us humans.
Roland Warbrook has been an immortal for over nine centuries. In all those years he has learned a few things. One of them is that people can’t be trusted. The only person you can trust is yourself and that is why he tends to be by himself. The other Guardians have dubbed him as antisocial. One of Roland’s best lines is, “I’m not antisocial. I just want to be left alone.” His world is turned upside down the moment he actually plows into Sarah Bingham. Tall, dark and deadly is captivated and bewildered by Sarah. She is a little spitfire and while she maybe small she knows how to handle a crisis and a gun. Now HE doesn’t know what hit him!
Sarah lives a quiet life in North Carolina. On a quiet, VERY early morning, minding her own business trying to prepare a garden plot, Sarah is literally ran over by what she suspects is a bear, a bear in North Carolina??? Her assumption can’t be further from the truth and in an unexpected turn of events, she takes matters into her own hands and saves Roland from certain death. Now her life is filled with danger, death and…vampires?
The story of grumpy Roland and resourceful Sarah is funny, sexy and exciting. Darkness Dawns has non-stop action and once the two of them fall into bed, watch out and be prepared not to get anything done. Ms. Duvall captures your imagination and doesn’t let go. While the story of vampires has been told a million different ways, she has developed a nice new spin to it and I found it extremely thrilling.
If you love vampires then Darkness Dawns can’t be missed. Fast paced action, sizzling love scenes, snarky kick-butt characters and smokin’ hot men. What more can a girl ask for? Well she could ask for an Immortal Guardian all for herself. Well get in line ladies, this girl is first in line!
(Friday, February 25, 2011)
Suffering from insomnia, Sarah decides to work on her garden late at night. But after a strange incident happens, she ends up saving a man's life, and in an instant is now in danger. Who is this mysterious sexy stranger Roland? Why were the people after him? And how could she be so attracted to him, despite the fact that he has secrets?
Roland is thankful for Sarah's help, but now he fears she will be dragged into the troubles he's in. Could he trust her with the truth? What would her reaction be if she knew who and what he really is? But there is no other choice, really, but to tell Sarah everything, and hope that she can handle it.
Dianne Duvall's debut paranormal is a fast paced, witty and adventurous read. Duvall's well created characters are fun and well rounded. There's moments in the book that have great humor. If you're a fan of paranormal romances with vampires, wit, danger, and falling in love, then don't miss Darkness Dawns.
I can't wait for more books from Dianne Duvall, who's an author to watch.