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If Angels Burn (Darkyn #1)

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Dr. Alexandra Keller is Chicago's most brilliant reconstructive surgeon.

Michael Cyprien is New Orleans's most reclusive millionaire--and in desperate need of Dr. Keller's skills.

Beneath the foundation of a mansion in the heart of the Garden District, Alexandra will perform an illegal surgery.
Paperback, 291 pages
Published April 5th 2005 by Signet
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5 stars – Vampire/Urban Fantasy Romance

I’ve had Viehl’s Darkyn series on my TBR shelf for quite some time now, but I’d made a decision not to start on any new series until I’ve caught up with all the others that I’m following. Oh well, resolutions are made to be broken, right? I have to say that in this case, I’m glad because I found this to be an engrossing and chilling read.

As some other reviewers have noted, it leans more towards urban fantasy rather than straight paranormal romance due to th
Shannon C.
Jun 25, 2011 Shannon C. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: paranormal romance and urban fantasy fans
Series gets better and better with each book

I had put off reading this, based on the mixed reviews on Amazon. After reading the book, I thought it was more of a dark urban fantasy with some romance, rather than a paranormal romance as its marketed. The romantic relationship is not the primary storyline in book one. I suspect that might be the reason for so many mixed reviews--the book missed its target market. However, now that I've read more of the series (I'm through book 4) I learned that as
I was standing in my local Borders one day looking for someone new to read. I was in the mood for something from the Paranormal family having just finished reading two of JR Ward's books back-to-back. I had soured on Laurell K. Hamilton. JR Ward wasn't due for a new book for a six months. And who knows when L.A. Banks was coming out with her next one. I had enjoyed Richelle Mead and was waiting for her next one to come out as well. I was on the library waiting list for unread Marjorie Liu's and ...more
Opening line: "Got another letter from that Cyprien guy" Grace Cho said as she placed the office mail on Dr Alexandra Keller's desk."

Dr Keller is a reconstructive surgeon, and a really fast surgeon at that. She has a booming practice and with her skills in demand she can afford to choose her cases. One patient in particular, Michael Cyprian won't take no for an answer and eventually has his people kidnap Alex, flying her to his mansion in New Orleans and forcing her to reconstruct his horribly
Nichole (Dirty H)
My god, this book is terrible! I am baffled by all the good reviews.
First of all, I don't think I'd call this a romance novel, because there's no actual romance in it. There's some sex, but there was never any emotional connection between the two main characters. I think on the last page, one of them said "I love you" while tossing the other a weapon or something. Wow.
The rest of the story was gory, gross and disturbing. Rape, torture, decapitation... I'm not afraid of a dark tone, these types
MK (Food actvist)
Jan 30, 2009 MK (Food actvist) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of vamp-themed romance, dark romance
Recommended to MK (Food actvist) by: Paranormal Romance Group
This is the first vamp-themed romance, for me, in which the vampire (Darkyn) are the dominant characters in the story. I also enjoyed the story. Perhaps the somewhat darkly painted world aided in cultivating my pleased feelings for the Darkyn.

The story between Michael and Alex had merit and carried well through the severed views of alternate characters telling the story from their POV. Sometimes this can throw the story if done to often but Lynn Viehl wove the pieces masterfully. For me she giv
Jun 01, 2008 Heather rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody...
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
**Bad review ahead***

This book had a really stupid plot and I didnt even really like the characters... the 2 main characters seemed to fall in love as an afterthought at the end of the book... wtf?? Sorry if others really liked this book, it just didnt do it for me...
Incredibly boring and just sloppy: either the main character can pass for white or she gets teased for being black, which is it? Put the book down when she literally transforms into a white woman. Fuck that noise.
Jess the Romanceaholic
This book was... interesting.

I agree with the other reviewer who said it felt more like UF than PNR, because there's no definite HEA at the end. I mean, yeah, there's the ILY's, but things didn't feel resolved between the H/h at the end. Which, considering there's a bunch of books in the series, really isn't that big of a problem.. Though honestly, while the UST was nice and thick between Alex and Michael, I never really felt her falling in love with him. It was kind of like "I hate you, I hate
Mar 28, 2009 Christel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: paranormal vampire readers
Shelves: lynn-viehl
ok, New series by author Lynn Viehl. This is the first I have read of her writing.

Alexandra Keller is a brillant reconstructive plastic surgeon practicing in Chicago. She had a booming practice, a boyfriend, a fulfilling life in most ways.

Micheal Cyprien is from New Orleans and is one of the most reclusive milllionaire's in Louisiana. But he does have a secret, he is a centuries old vampire. He has been horribly scarred by an order of priests called the Brethren. He needs Alexandra to reconstruc
I thought this book was definitely different. I really liked the heroine and the interesting setup. The first several chapters had me hooked when she performs the surgery and everything is a big mystery. However, I thought it kind of went downhill from there. It started changing POVs and I didn't care for who it changed to. I thought the book was also too short for my tastes. I did enjoy it as a whole though and kept me interested enough to read it to the end. I will probably read the next book ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
Slow start, but it made up for it. I didn't totally understand how they fell in love, but it kind of worked with the story. The author has great world building and an ability to twist your mind like a pretzel, but to solve it all in the end, so it's good :D
I've re-read this book (and Dark Need) trying to understand how I could love this author's voice, but not her books. Yes, they are difficult to categorise, but it shouldn't be such a problem. Alas they seem to be for me.

They have a stunning world-building and convoluted plots. But I believe that their lack of clear focus are what disturbs me. I can't feel nor figure the romantic elements, I'm told they love but it's never evident nor acceptable to me. I really never see how they came to love. I
Pamela / SpazP
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews
4.5 Stars
I have to admit, I’d not heard of this author before. I have no idea how I missed her. I saw a promotional post on her latest release Nightborn (Lords of the Darkyn) spinoff the Darkyn series, and it sounded so good! But because I am really particular about reading series in order, I picked this first book in the series up immediately. Once I started If Angels Burnand updated goodreads status to Twitter, everyone was like ARE YOU JUST NOW READI
Laura V.
2015 Reading Challenge #46 Un libro de un autor con mis mismas iniciales

Esto no es romance y reto a un duelo a muerte a quien afirme lo contrario.
Pero, pero, PERO se lee. Trata de los hermanos Keller (creo) que por diferentes circunstancias terminan involucrados con los Darkyn y los Bethren (o algo así) y la guerra jurada de éstos. Los hermanos Keller no se llevan bien, Alexandra siente una gran antipatía por John, quién la abandonó a su suerte cuando era adolescente. Alex no se lo perdona, y J
Not the best in the series- shame too because it's the first, but it's a wonderfully intricate story that I recommend!

Warning: the Darkyn series is mostly Urban Fantasy with romantic elements. There is a different couple for each book but the first couple's story, Michael and Alexandra from this book, archs throughout the series. (Don't expect your typical HEA at the end of this book!)

I liked this book, but I think potential readers should keep one thing in mind; this, despite the classification, is not a romance. Yes, there is a love story, but the primary focus of the book is world building, and the story is a paranormal thriller with a romance sub plot. If I judge the book this way, I like it a lot. If I were to judge it as a romance, it would fail, because Viehl's primary purpose is not developing romantic love; it's the story of one a woman and her brother and their dang
I keep hearing/reading a lot of good things about Lynn Viehl, so I figured it was time to give her writing a try.

Let me just say - as many have already mentioned in reviews for this book - that this book is uber-DARK. If I were to categorize it as a stand-alone book, I'd say that it absolutely belongs in the Urban Fantasy genre (where the story revolves around a conflict and romance - if any - is secondary to the storyline). In fact, there is practically no romance here. I happen to enjoy Urban
Sep 02, 2008 Anita rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fan of violent urban fantasy
Recommended to Anita by: Paranormal romance group
This is the first book in the Darkyn series, and boy, am I disappointed. I've heard Lynn Viehl's name repeatedly on the Paranormal Romance group, so I thought I'd give this series a try. It's a vampire series, and it has a couple passionate scenes in it, but it's not the least bit romantic - more like dark and evil. It's more accurate to bill this book as an exploration of torture techniques than a romance. Really - I kid you not - graphic descriptions of torture is fairly common in this book.

Very disappointing. There was no real romance. I mean, their dialogue usually went something like this:
Vamp hero: "Stay with me."
Almost vamp heroine: "No, I'm an independent woman who doesn't need a man."
VH: "Stay with me."
AVH: "No, I can take care of myself even though I have no idea how to handle what has happened to me and am slowly starving to death."
Vampire Servant: "You just need to give her time. Let her chooe you."
VH: "Okay, I'll try. I need you, I'll help you, I'll take care of you."
This book should not be categorized as romance. There really is nothing romantic about the story. Alex is a doctor who is called to perform a medical miracle on Michael.

Since this book is first in the series it talks a lot about the Darkyn and the Bretheren who are out to kill the Darkyn. Alex is a very outspoken woman and pushes Michael to his limits. However I really did not feel as this was a romance. She meets him, helps his other Darkyn. If your looking for a love story I don't think you'l
Erotic Horizon
Dr Alexander Keller is not only a dedicated reconstructive surgeon she is also known as the fast surgeon with the blade. That is not necessarily a bad thing as her waiting list is a mile long and shows no sign of easing up, it’s not necessarily a good thing either as she has come under the microscope of Michael Cyprien – A reclusive millionaire desperately in need of a one of a kind job.

Dr Keller is not easily persuaded to meet Mr. Cyprien’s request and matters are taken out of her hands, which
Kenya Wright
This book was not what I expected. I assumed this would be a paranormal romacne. NOPE. But still a cool read.

It was really dark and gritty. The (kind of) romance came towards the end of the book.

However I couldn't give this book more than three stars because:

1- There was a whole lot of sadness and depressing things at the beginning and throughout the book. Really? For godsakes, the author should have given the characters a little joy. I mean maybe one chapter the characters could have gotton to
 ♥ Rainy Day Reader ♥
This book was very unique. I really enjoyed it. There are so many vampire books out there that sometimes it gets old. I can't say anything about the rest of the series as I haven't read it yet but as far as this book goes it was different, which is good. I will be reading the second book and hoping it is as good.

As heroines go I liked Alex. She wasn't perfect, didn't think she was perfect. I liked the empathy she had and found her job as a surgeon very interesting. Michael was a bit of an ass bu
Denise~The Procrastinating Book Diva~
Having been introduced into the Paranormal romance genre via J.R. Ward and Lara Adrian I was expecting "If Angels Burn" to follow the same outline. Sexy vampires, lots of "plot driven" hot sex, fast paced action, and worlds that were dark but alluring. Needless to say Lynn Viehl's world of vampirism was worlds away from this, and eventually I was able to appreciate it. Like other reviewers have stated the book was very difficult to get into, and had it not been for Dr. Alexandra Keller's feisty ...more
Cláudia Rocha
Interessei-me por este livro porque nas críticas aqui no Goodreads chamam a atenção para o facto de não se tratar de uma mera história de amor entre uma humano e um vampiro-macho-alfa. Bem, de facto, os ingredientes estão todos lá: a humana (mais ou menos), o vampiro-macho alfa e a paixão entre os dois. Mas, por vezes, o mais importante não são os ingredientes, mas a forma como eles estão misturados. E a mistura não me desapontou.

A escrita é acessível sem ser simples. A autora segue a máxima do
Jodi Aubihl daume

So, there are the Darken (vampires) and the Brethren (guys that want to kill the vampires). These vampires consume blood (can do it without killing), are immortal of course, can go out in the day, and are almost impossible to kill - copper works best on them as an fyi.

Alex is a cosmetic surgeon in Chicago who was raised by a foster family along with her brother, who left her after they died. She has been referred to as the doctor with the fast hands so that's why Michael (vampire) needs her to f
Roxy the Fury
Alexandra is a plastic surgeon and her brother John a Priest. She and her brother John had a bad childhood after their parents died. They were homeless for a while before a priest took interest in them and had them adopted by a wealthy couple. The couple die after a few years and John is convinced by the priest to join the priesthood, sticking Alexandra in a boarding school. Alex harbors much hate and bitterness towards her brother because he left her. John finds it hard to adhere to the rules o ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was a good story and I really like the world Viehl has created. However, it took me forever to read and I'm not sure why. I had to keep going back to it, but I wasn't sucked into it and trapped there like I often am with a book I really like. I don't know if I would reread it, but I certainly want to know more about the world and will be buying the sequel. I'll see how that one goes before making any final decisions about reading or not reading more book ...more
Carolyn F.
Warning - Spoilers galore I liked Michael much more than Alexandra. What a complaining bitch! I know he kidnapped you but he really did need surgery and you realized that and complained about it at the same time. And when he accidentally attacks her after the super long surgery, he saves her but by changing her over. Yes, life as you know it is gone. Then she seems to be more accepting about it and then turns around and freaks out again and then becomes accepting and then freaks out all over aga ...more
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Also see S.L. Viehl, Gena Hale, Jessica Hall. Rebecca Kelly.

She writes mostly novels in a variety of genres and under several pseudonyms. Among them are science fiction (as S. L. Viehl), romantic fiction (as Lynn Viehl, Gena Hale, and Jessica Hall), and Christian fiction (as Rebecca Kelly). She has described herself as primarily a writer of romance: no matter what genre she is working in, an eleme
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  • Stay the Night (Darkyn, #7)
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