In my attempt to do all i have to for June, i've seen that i forgot to do my participation for the challenge hosted by Reading romances. The topic of this month was read a book by an author with a first and last name starting by the same letter.
Surprise i had one in my to be read pile: Dianne Duvall and it's with pleasure that i share with you my review of " Darkness Dawns" first book of her immortal Guardians series.
Publisher: Zebra paranormal romance
Genre: paranormal romanceSource: bought
Short description from goodread :
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
I really enjoyed this book. Dianne Duvall’s writing style is captivating and the universes she created is fresh and has a great potential.
I loved her idea of the gifted ones and the impact of the vampirism virus on them however I’m really intrigued by Seth now seeing as it seems he is really, really special and doesn’t explain the origin of the gifted ones, those who look like human being but have a difference in their DNA that gave them one special ability (empathy, telepathy, healing, mind reading, etc). So the red line of the series is more than interesting and makes me want to read the following book quickly to learn more. There isn’t really a cliffhanger because the story of this book is centered on the romance between Rowland and Sarah and with have this one complete but there are allusions about much more and that’s make the book a good start for the series.
I appreciated discovering what is the difference between vampires and immortals with Sarah, it was instructive, needed and completely normal in the story, no interruption of the action just a normal course with characters like those two. It’s also something important and specific in this universe as Dianne created it. Each immortal has his own history marked by the time where and when he is born and how he became an immortal. Adding to that the fact that their gifts are quite unique, you get characters with different psychology and this part is really great. In this book we are learning about 3or4 different gifts, other are cited but with no explanation we also discover the past of 3 immortals while a lot more are cited and/or are second character is this story. It’s really promising.
Rowland has suffered a lot and suffered many treacheries, the result is that he has deep trust problems and prefers to live and fight alone. While he is saved by Sarah he is surprised and has some difficulties to adapt. However he is also an healer, that is gift and he has the need to save and to heal even he it means suffering for him. Sarah reminds him of some of the treacheries he lived but she also act so differently that he start opening himself under the surprised look of his immortals “friends”.
Sarah is a teacher; she is a logical person and has a lot of sensibility. When she heard and see a man beating to death she interferes and do her best to help him without thinking. When she learns Rowland’s real nature she is a bit afraid but soon tries to learn more and ask questions. Her view isn’t biased and that help him to confront his own past.
It’s really a great book for paranormal romance fans and someone who wants to read books with vampires. I really enjoyed and will be very happy to read the following one.
Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review
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Book read for the Reading Challenge 2012