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Dark Protector (Paladins of Darkness #1)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,346 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
Devlin Bane: Born a Paladin, he is a member of an ancient band of warriors locked in a centuries-old war against evil.

His destiny: To die over and over again to protect mankind from the Others, only to be revived each time by his mortal Handler.

But his fierce strength and courage cannot save him from gradually becoming one of the monsters he was born to destroy.

Dr. Laurel
Mass Market Paperback, 322 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Pocket Books (first published June 27th 2006)
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Mar 28, 2009 Christel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: paranormal romance readers
Shelves: alexis-morgan

A very different Paranormal read. I really enjoyed this book. It is different from all the others that I have read. It goes on it's own tangent and it's not a rehashing of some other series.

Devilin is a Paladin, a member of an ancient brotherhood of warriors. They battle against the Others, monsters from a different dimension. Devilin is the leader of the Seattle branch. Paladins are guardians of "The Barrier", an energy barrier between our world and the Other's world. The barrier is the we
Jul 03, 2015 Zeek rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr
Brilliant Doctor Lauren Young has an unusual job- she is a "handler" for a group of men called the Paladins, a band of immortal men who fight along a barrier that separates us from the evil "Others". Although immortal, the handsome, rangy warriors can die- and as their physician, it's her job to bring them back.

Devlin Bane is one of the oldest of the Paladins and he knows he only has a certain number of deaths left in him before he turns "Other". But when Lauren revives him after his latest brus
Shannon C.
Jun 12, 2011 Shannon C. rated it it was ok
2.5 stars: an OK read

What I liked:
1. Overall premise of the series--Paladins protecting the world from the Others
2. Lead gal is a doctor--smart, likable, hard working
3. Lead guy is a hot alpha warrior type
4. Setup of the group of Paladin heros working together--I liked the scenes of them interacting but would have liked more of that

What could be improved:
1. Emotional depth--one of the critical things I look for in a great romance is the ability to make me feel emotion and emphathize with the ch
Jan 28, 2010 Unapologetic_Bookaholic rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy, PNR
Dr Young is a Handler. She fixes the Paladins when they come back from battle. Devlin is a Paladin, a protector of humanity from the Others an alien race. Dr. Young starts falling for Devlin even though she knows she may have to end his life if he turns Other due to his coming back from the dead. Then there is that pesky "who is that human who killed me while I was fighting the Others" Delvin has to figure out.

While I like the main characters. The story (The Others, the plot) fell a litte flat.
Sep 17, 2009 Mitabird rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

This book was pretty ho-hum. Paladins protect the world from the Others. Paladins die, but can be revived. However, there is no explanation on what exactly the Paladins and Others are. We know the Others are bad, but that's it. We don't know what makes them bad and it's very sketchy where they come from. What makes the Paladins tick? Are they born this way? Is there something in their DNA? What? It was very poor world building, in my opinion. None of the characters had any depth and I d
May 19, 2011 SATIN SUE rated it it was amazing
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Andrea Hussey
Jan 05, 2015 Andrea Hussey rated it it was ok
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Aug 06, 2012 Spacklefritz rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, paranormal, adult
2.5 rating because there were parts that were kind of interesting.

The Paladins are a group of warriors, able to regenerate, that fight against the Others that try to crossover into our world. Devlin is one such warrior. The only problem is, that each time he comes back from the dead, he (and Paladins on a whole) progressively loses more and more of his humanity.

Enter handler and doctor Laurel, with whom he shares an attraction, which causes some amount of conflict. Oh and there's a guy out to of
Ana T.
Jan 21, 2013 Ana T. rated it liked it
I was feeling like reading something different (meaning non historical) and found this one in the TBR pile. I hadn't heard much about Alexis Morgan before but I found the blurb interesting and decided to give it a try.

I must admit I had some trouble understanding who the Others were and why they were attacking mankind. But they are and the Paladins are the warriors who defend the human world. They can be killed in battle and revived several times but eventually they loose all their humanity and
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
I decided to read this book because I am totally into this author's Warriors of the Mist series. I knew it was not going to be anything like those books, but since it involved swords and such I decided to try it. It probably is better than a three star read for those who read and enjoy romance novels and especially ones with a supernatural twist. Although the premise of the story was good, there were some things I that are just not my taste in reading. I liked the two main characters, one being ...more
This was exactly what I was in the mood for when I picked up this book. Metaphorically speaking because I read it on the computer. Which, for the record, it not really the point. What I'm trying to say is that this book gave me everything I wanted and more. I wanted something with action. I got that. I wanted something with sheet-twisting shenanigans. I got that, too. I wanted a group of bad-ass, hard to kill warriors who protect the world from nasty critters. I totally got that. Bonus: These ba ...more
Aug 23, 2008 Leslie rated it really liked it
Dark Protector is a refreshing take on the paranormal romance genre. Paladins secretly protect "our" world from the world of the Others by defending the barrier that divides them. The barrier is prone to the fluctuations in its environment especially in volcanically active areas. The Paladins can sense when the barrier will fall and they scramble, swords at the ready, to take on the Others who want to invade our world.

The interesting twist on the Paladins is that they "die" and then come back. S
Jun 14, 2011 J. rated it did not like it
I put this one down in November 2010 and have yet to pick it up again... I'll read it eventually perhaps, but the little that I read was just too rushed. I can understand a 'relationship' moving along quickly, but come on.

It had potential, the premise has potential, but the story/characters had no build up. I'm not even talking about Morgan's 'descriptive' talents here. Again, of the little I read... I was reminded of a really bad movie I saw years ago where the director obviously suddenly deci
Feb 21, 2014 Miranda rated it it was amazing
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Megan Lillian
Dec 31, 2010 Megan Lillian rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2010
YUCK! Seriously proud of myself for even getting through this one, and yet not somehow since it was such utterly awful writing. Would have been prouder if I had stopped reading. Or better yet, never started. Damn reviewers who gave this series high ratings! What do you see here??? Maybe I am spoiled by the world-building of Nalini Singh or Marjorie Lui, but wow! There is no connection between the main couple, their attraction lacks any genuine spark whatsoever, plus I kind of hated both of them ...more
Laurie Garrison
Jan 30, 2010 Laurie Garrison rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It had the right amount of excitement, danger and romance for me. What I liked most was how the author wrote the sex scenes they are done with great taste, she left out the words most ladies don’t like to read in a romance storyline. The downside is you don’t get to know much about the Paladin or the Others, I hope this is cleared up in the next book, but what is there is really good.

I really liked Dr. Young she really cares about how these warrior’s are treated handle
Laura the Highland Hussy
Jan 03, 2010 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it really liked it
The Paladins are so cool, I love what they do and I hate the Ordnance that manages them. I hope that they can bring Trahern back from the brink, and I like the way that Laurel and Devlin fell in love. great series and I'm excited to read the rest...Alexis Morgan left just enough threats against them to ensure the sequels, but still give us a happy ending. I thought the ending with Barak (the Other who slipped out) was great. I am really excited to read more about him. He seems too much like the ...more
Jul 03, 2013 Catherine rated it really liked it
I finished this book and still felt confused about the ins and outs of the world and why the Paladins exist and why they let themselves be treated like that by Regents and Handlers when they hate it so much. I enjoyed the story and the main characters a lot but it definitely suffered from the fact that it was a new world that needed more work to be truly understandable to the reader. I still plan to continue with the series and check out the rest.
Michelle Cristiani
Feb 03, 2014 Michelle Cristiani rated it really liked it
I'm a little embarrassed by the cover of this book; you won't believe me if I told you I ordered it from the library before I saw that cover, but that's the truth. So that guy is hot and has a sword. Whatever. I'm over it.

The writing is a little clunky; the bad guys are predictable. The hero diversity is contrived; the plot is more or less expected. BUT. The premise. The premise is so good, so original, that everything else could have been terrible and I would have kept going. The idea that natu
The Flooze

The romance portion was relatively hot. And the idea that the warriors can come back from the dead was interesting.

But what is this barrier? Who are the Others? Why does their very presence in this world create an ecological breakdown?

Sigh. I guess I'm just not a real romance girl...I demand too much in the plot department.
Jan 04, 2016 Samantha rated it liked it
This book has a very original idea to it! The Paladins protect Earth from the Others who live on the other side of some sort of barrier. I had two problems with this book. First off, I have way too many unanswered questions as to what is going on in the world around the two characters. I understand the Paladins are protectors and the Others are evil, but I want to know more about them. Maybe some background and where they came from would be nice. But, this all could come in the next novels. Seco ...more
Feb 27, 2009 Sheri rated it did not like it
Read like a cheap Harlequin romance IMO. No real depth to the story or development of the characters. I couldn't even force myself to finish it.
Emily Muns
Mar 02, 2013 Emily Muns rated it it was amazing
Yummy! great action, great story, amazing characters and enough suspense to get me excited. cant wait to read the next one!
May 03, 2013 Jodotha rated it did not like it
Good premise, lukewarm execution. Hopefully, the author will improve over time. Predictable, and... Well... Not really hot.
Jenny Rebecca
Giving this author a try. So far so good. O.k. bored. I may finish this later, but right now, no real desire.
Sarah Bellum
Aug 08, 2016 Sarah Bellum rated it really liked it
I love her characters and her snarky sense of humor. I have a hard time not giggling out loud.
The books are quick reads, but I did still have nights where I had to tell myself, 'Look, you need sleep. The last fifty pages can wait.'

I've actually just finished the series. So maybe I'm sensitive to this, not sure, but despite being in a different character's head, she still uses similar phrases. Yes, there are only so many ways to say certain things, but it sort of takes you out of the moment whe
May 12, 2008 Daelith rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookcrossing
This was a so-so read. I wasn't inspired to continue on with the series.
May 21, 2011 Dren rated it really liked it
See full review at Dren's B-Spot

Dark Protector introduces readers to the life of a Paladin. You fight. You die. You come back. A Paladin's sole purpose is to defend areas that have been identified as portals to another world where human-like beings known only as Others break try to break through. Every Paladin has a medical Handler. Someone who monitors their health and looks out for the telltale triggers of Paladin madness. Each life they lose brings them closer to the end.

Devlin and Laurel are
Betlehem Fekade
Nov 22, 2012 Betlehem Fekade rated it really liked it
Lately I've been lucky with the books I chose, it seems my shallow love for pretty covers have finally manage to retreat if only just a little bit. This book is not a classic but an old favourite, every now and then when I don't wish to over crowd my already buzzing head, this would be one of the books I pull out.

I really love this book, it's not the usual boy meets girl, boy or girl are in human and they fall in love kind of book. Well mostly anyway. Yes, boy meets girl and boy is not human but
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Alexis Morgan grew up near St. Louis and received a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She and her husband have made the Pacific Northwest their home for more than thirty years, where she launched her career as a writer. She is published in paranormal romance, fantasy romance, American West historicals, and most recently, contemporary romances with her new Snowberry Creek s ...more
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“The ping of the elevator door signaled their arrival at the bottom, just as an image flashed through his mind of Laurel huge with child--his child, their child. The very thought should scare him, but he found himself grinning.
Trahern was staring at him as if he'd grown a second head. "I don't know where your mind is, Devlin, but it better be right here in this elevator with me.”
“I think he wants to use you to get to me, because I'm hard to corner." Devlin picked up her suitcase. "Maybe if he figures if he threatens you, I'd walk into a trap bare-ass naked with my hands up."
"And would you do that?" she asked, already knowing the answer.
"In a minute and with a smile on my face.”
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