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The Dark Gate (The Esri #1)

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Larsen Vale has a secret: she sees things. Terrible things. Deadly things. And her latest vision features a strange albino man...and her own death. Haunted and afraid, she trusts no one, not even the handsome cop who seems fascinated with her.

Washington, D.C., detective Jack Hallihan has one mission: find the man who is assaulting young women. But the police have no clues,

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ebook, Silhouette Nocturne #13
Published October 1st 2007 by Harlequin (first published April 1st 2007)
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Shurrn
I binge read this book. It wasn't my intention to read cover-to-cover in one sitting; I simply didn't want to put it down.



The Dark Gate was a satisfying mix of paranormal and suspense. I was pleased with the fresh plot - A being from an alternate dimension has slipped through an ancient hidden portal and is terrorizing his way through Washington DC unchecked and seemingly invincible. - a fun ride from an author I'd never heard of before receiving the book.
"The night air crackled with malevole
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Jane Stewart
I enjoy this elf world setup, but I did not like the development of the story and sources of conflict.

I like the plot, how the Esri affect humans, and the Esri plans. Esri are elf creatures from a parallel dimension. I like the character definitions. Some humans are immune to the Esri because their ancestors had elf blood in them. The Esri call these humans Sitheen. This is book 1 in a 4 book series.

The story suffered due to weak plot devices and false assumptions to create conflict. It could ha
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Charles
First Reads Review - The Dark Gate by Pamela Palmer

This is actually the second book I've read by Pamela Palmer, and I didn't realize when I signed up to win this one that it was the same writer (because I apparently don't pay attention too well). If I had noticed I might have avoided it, because the vampire romance that I read of her's, A Blood Seduction, was not good. It was creepy and rape-y and, well, I guess I shouldn't preface this book with talking about a different one, but I just want to
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Raven Carluk
This book was so formulaic, it could have been a Mad Lib. There aren't any flaws with the writing. There's just nothing to the plot or the description of the romance that does anything to make the story really pop.

It could be worse, but it could be so so so much better. Lost races with better powers than humans, and people with ancient bloodlines are interesting concepts and potential plots.

But if it weren't being written to fill a specific formula, those potentials could have really taken off,
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A.S. Johnson
Sep 13, 2013 A.S. Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't give spoilers, so if you want to know more about this novel, read it!! Nicely written fantasy/paranormal romance. Smooth transitions, good pace, and likeable characters. Descriptives were excellent and the conflict of emotions between the hero and the heroine kept me reading nonstop. The only negative thing I can say was the ending did feel a little rushed. ~A.S. Johnson, author
Caro
Dec 02, 2014 Caro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: h-mnb-s
This was a really good book and it definitely got me wanting to read more in this series. I liked the characters, even if they did get on my nerves a little, and the story line was good. There was plenty of stubbornness, emotions, suspense, good imagination and creativity, a dab of steaminess, and a good ending that leaves you wanting to see what might happen next. I liked the way this was written and it kept me turning pages. This was a surprising good read that kept me on my toes and waiting f ...more
Kim Wright
Sep 10, 2013 Kim Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I WON THIS BOOK FROM GOODREADS GIVE AWAYS.

THIS BOOK IS CRIME-DRAMA, MEETS PARANORMAL ROMANCE, VERY FAST, THRILLING READ.HARD TO PUT DOWN. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO READING MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR!!!!
Kathleen
2.75 stars. I didn't care too much for this book, but I liked the series, especially books 2 and 3.
Penny
Jul 28, 2008 Penny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't even bother reading the back cover. This one's a stinker.
Tracy
Mar 18, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~* 3.5 Stars *~
I was surprised by this suspenseful paranormal romance. Larsen Vale and detective Jack Hallihan are both strong and reasonably developed and the plot was tense and imaginative. I believed in the chemistry between Larsen and Jack and liked that the development of that relationship seemed to follow a natural course instead of getting pushed into it too soon in the story. There was a real sense of danger here, too, that I enjoyed.

The Dark Gate isn't a flawless book by any means, and
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Tina
Sep 29, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pamela-palmer
Umm... I liked this book but was often confused. I loved the romance between Larsen and Jack. I thought their characters were well developed. However, I was not a big fan of the suspense. I felt like the reader was kept in the dark too long! I get the build up of suspense; however, the reader is not told much of anything about the nemesis (you are kept in the dark right along with the h/h). I'm sure your saying what is wrong with that, well I just felt like it took too long and then quickly wrap ...more
Breanna
Aug 18, 2014 Breanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
*I was lucky enough to win this book in a goodreads contest. My review is my review and is not the authors/publishers/etc. I was not payed to review this book and it is sorely my own thoughts and opinions of the work I won.*

Larsen see's things, and see's a albino man one day, along with her one death. (albino man : spoiler alert! ha). Jack Hallihan is on a mission to find a man who was been assaulting women/raping them, without the women actually seeing the man's face.

A necklace goes open that
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Donna Zink
Nov 07, 2013 Donna Zink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, urban-fantasy
Absolutely, without a doubt, Loved this book! "The Dark Gate" is an urban fantasy sure to keep you turning pages. Read this in one setting not willing to put it down until finished. Fast read, fast pace, fascinating novel.

As you start reading you think it's going to be a police mystery but it's so much more. Jack Hallihan is a Detective in the Washington, D.C. Police Department with a crime that consumes him with it's seemingly impossible execution. Brutal rapes committed in front of witnesses t
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S.L.
Aug 09, 2007 S.L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recentlyread
I cheered for the Nocturne line when it was first announced. I have been reading along, sometimes finding fantastic books, other times disappointed.

I was thrilled by The Dark Gate. This, finally, was the sort of book I thought Nocturne was looking for. I think it's a fantastic debut novel and I can't wait for the sequels to this book.

Larsen Vale is a high-powered attorney, known as an Ice Bitch. She doesn't connect with people, always remaining aloof and apart. The reason? She has a secret: she
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K
Apr 05, 2010 K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of romance, especially suspense/thriller
I must admit I was uncertain about this book, but since I thoroughly enjoyed her Feral Warriors Series books I thought, why not? Normally not a suspense/thriller fan, I was suprised at how much I enjoyed this book, and found that once I started, I couldn't put it down. Even more suprising was how much I enjoyed the suspense/thriller elements. In an nut shell, the story centers around the Esri, an enchanted race of immortals who are looking to unseal the gates to the human world; and the small ba ...more
WildAboutBones
I was rather disappointed in this book. The plot line was good but it gets pulled down by rather irritating characters. The heroine has a reputation of being the Ice Bitch of the divorce lawyer set and yet she comes off as a simpering idiot and coward. The hero starts off as a potentially alpha male type but flounders his way into helping to save the day against the Esri - mythical creatures who are supposed to be "an ancient evil" who "has found its way back into our world". Instead the antagon ...more
Stacie
May 29, 2007 Stacie added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance
This is from the Nocturne Silhouette series. It is good for a quick read. It is about a man and woman who join forces to keep an evil elf from coming though a dark gate to hurt mankind. The elf has the ability to control minds and those that he can not control - he tries to kill. The hero and heroine can not be controlled. So they are trying to stop the Elf and not get killed themselves. The story was pretty good and was not "silly" as it might sound. The author did make it sound like a reasonab ...more
Netanella
A quick paranormal from the Silhouette Nocturne line that's heavy on the romance and action and light on the sex. The story is engaging and not as ridiculous as it sounds, considering our evil villain is a dark albino elf who's crossed the dimensional barrier to retrieve a magical amulet and boatloads of virgins. Our heroes are both immune to the elf's enchantments, and spend most of the book keeping secret from each other their own special abilities. Despite these drawbacks, however, the book i ...more
Clara
Jan 04, 2013 Clara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book and literally could not put it down. The first chapter or two are a bit slow, but the story quickly builds momentum to where you need to know what will happen to these characters. I also loved how the point of view would change between Larsen and Jack and how they ended up helping each other in the end. I will admit I stayed up way too late to read this one and I was happy I did despite being a little tired today. I definitely look forward to reading the rest of the series (a ...more
Barbara ★
Lauren Vale has death visions and Jack Hallihan hears voices. It seems that Lauren's gift quiets Jack's...so what a perfect relationship, if they can learn to trust each other. Baleris, a dark elf (read evil), has come through the gate for the key and once he returns to fairie, he will release hell on earth. Jack and Lauren have to use their gifts together in order to stop Baleris.

This book is action filled from the first page. I enjoyed the romance as well as the mystery. My first book by this
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Linda
Feb 09, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Larsen is suffering from visions showing her loved ones dying. This has made her withdraw from most people not to get hurt. Jack has heard voices all his life but now theyre just getting louder and louder, hes afraid hes going to lose it. When a threat appears, someone is targeting women and paralyzing the witnesses, Larsen and Jack join forces since they seem to be the only ones not affectable by the albino man and his minions.
Suspense, angst, action, romance and elves, a paranormal book with m
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Laurin
Jan 30, 2008 Laurin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, love, love this book! Okay, Pam is a good friend of mine, but even so, this is an excellent contemporary paranormal romance. Better yet, it's the first in a series about the Esri. I've gotten a sneak peak at the next two and they are fabulous, too! My recommendation: if you like a great romance, a unique paranormal world, and a plot that keeps you guessing put Pamela Palmer on your must read list.
Rachel
I enjoyed this book and I liked the suspense but in my opinion they kind of rushed to the end. When did the characters fall in love ? I didn't see it. They just suddenly were .
Sharon
Feb 19, 2009 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The hero and heroine (Jack and Larsen) must stop a dark elf from taking a magic jewel to fairyland through a magic portal.
Deborah
Jul 14, 2011 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
3.5 stars. Enjoyable story and characters.
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