Dark Protector (Paladins of Darkness, #1)
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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...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Pocket Books (first published June 27th 2006)
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Christel
Mar 28, 2009 Christel rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: paranormal romance readers
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WOW!!

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...more
MK (Consultant, Corporal Therapist)
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....more
Zeek
Feb 17, 2010 Zeek rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: pnr, own
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...more
Shannon C.
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...more
Mitabird reviews at BookLikes
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...more
Felicia (Ferishia)
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Spacklefritz
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...more
SATIN SUE
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Erica Smith
I miss reading paranormal romances and Alexis Morgan's Dark Protector gave me all I needed: supernatural, honorable males, smart women and a fantasy backdrop with interesting creatures. Where Dark Protector fails, however, the next book in the series could make up for.

The Story
Devlin Bane is a Paladin- a warrior who dies and comes back to life many times to fight the Others. The lovely Dr. Laurel Young is his Handler. She takes care of Paladins after they die and come back to life.

But this time,...more
Ana T.
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...more
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
Kelly
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
Leslie
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...more
Laurie (Bitten by Romance)
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...more
Catherine
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
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...more
The Flooze
Meh.

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.
Miranda
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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.
Daelith
This was a so-so read. I wasn't inspired to continue on with the series.
Dren
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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...more
Betlehem Fekade
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...more
Kelly *that's me*
I really liked this book. It felt fresh and a bit different than the usual alpha male warrior defending/saving the world type book.

The story moved quickly, but not so fast that it felt rushed. You end up falling in love with the other characters in the book, not just with Laurel and Devlin. Laurel didn't get on my nerves, stayed true to herself and didn't whine. Total plus in my book!

I could see why Devlin fell in love with her, and I loved how it seemed that she was the only one that seemed to...more
Lauren
Dark Protector by Alexis Morgan
Book #1 in the Paladins of Darkness
4 Stars

Synopsis:
Devlin Bane is a Paladin, one of an ancient race of warriors born to defend the Earth from deadly invaders known as the Others. The Paladins of renowned for their fighting skills and for their ability to rejuvenate after death, however, each resurrection results in additional losses of their humanity until they ultimately turn into the monsters they are destined to fight. Now, Devlin has finally found someone to l...more
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
"Dark Protector" by Alexis Morgan was a fast-paced, action, mystery, and romantic read that made it hard to put down until the end!

Devlin is a Paladin, a warrior born to protect this world from the dark entities called the Others from invading and ultimately destroying our planet even if he must die and be revived again to battle his enemies. As time goes on and he dies more and more, Devlin loses more of his humanity each time which is the way of the Paladin life. Eventually, he will turn Othe...more
Shell
The premise of this novel is intriguing...that everytime an earthquake or natural disater occurs, it creates holes in barriers inside the Earth's core, allowing "Others" creatures that live inside the Earth's core to be freed to make their way to the Earth's surface. When to many others are freed, their "Other-ness" (chaotic feelings: evil, badness, etc) rubs off on humanity and chaos insues. Paladins, Protectors of humanity, become the last line of defense at the barriers to prevent the Others...more
Laura Young
Dark Protecer (Paladins of Darkness #1) by Alexis Morgan. 5 out 5 stars. I was a little weary of reading this because I ordered it from my library in a random need of more paranormal romance. I clicked a couple books and ordered a bunch of books some weren't even the first. That was my little rant. Thanks for listening
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So the main characters of this story were Dr. Laurel Young and Devlin Bane. Laurel is a handler someone that revives the fallen Paladin when...more
Niina
Paladins are warriors fighting to keep the Others from entering our world through the barriers at all major fault lines across earth when they move - the warrior can die but also be revived by their Handlers. Toughest Paladin to date is Devlin Bane, and he is coming towards the end of his life, even though they cannot die, every revivement brings them closer to turning into the Others.

Dr. Young is Bane's Handler, she revives him and tries to find out just what makes these men special why they ca...more
Jenne
3.75
The Paladins are Earth's guardians. Anytime the others break free and cross the barrier to Earth it's their job to kill them before the wreck havoc on Earth. Devlin is more or less the leader of The Paladins. They have medical and research teams that monitor everything because while they are able to come back from death one of those times they'll come back insane and have to be put down. Laurel is Devlin's doctor/handler and there's no denying the sparks between them. But what if the person...more
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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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