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"Simmons exhibits a very straight forward and stylized job with narrative, and succeeds in incorporating originality and substance in a genre which sports its clichs to the point where we all either yawn and yearn for something new, or love the genre so much that we appreciate virtually any work involving vampires or werewolves. This particular novel is as fresh and origin ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Authorhouse
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Jan 10, 2015 Jeanette rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This is a series definitely not for the faint of heart. The books have action, violence and graphic sex. The amount of violence was extremely large in this book. Our heroines' acceptance of paranormals feasting on others (even if evil) is pushing a boundary that I am not sure I can believe. The other is the paras' constant glorifying of her as 'so wonderful'. This has been compared to Anita Blake series and I couldn't finish that series either, but I also know I'm in minority. So if you liked An ...more
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
This book was part of a blog tour, I received a copy for my honest review

This is the second book in the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles; Natasha is trying to get a grasp on her psychic abilities when Darian is accused of murder. Xavier, Natasha and a few others have to prove that Darian is not the killer and they don't have long to do it. I started reading this book and felt a little lost, so I went and read the first book in the series. It helped a lot, I liked Natasha in the first book but
Jan 27, 2012 Melanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from Goodreads and I did enjoy it, however, I just didn't like the whole threesome thing between Natasha, Xavier, and Darian. I guess I'm just more of a fan of the more traditional romance. It did remind me of the Anita Blake series and it was quite good. Lots of action, suspense, and romance.

Natasha Hemingway is a psychic and clairvoyant, who works as a photographer. Her world is turned upside down when she finds out that her best friend is murdered and one of her lover's, Dari
Jacquie Talento
Mar 08, 2013 Jacquie Talento rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy from the author for an honest review.
In this second book of the series, Natasha is trying to find the one responsible for the murder of her best friend, Annette. Why would someone want to kill such a kind, wonderful person? With Darian being the accused, she refuses to believe he’s responsible and has to team up with Xavier and Warren to find the responsible party to bring them to justice. But teaming up with Elise isn’t going to be such an easy task with her snarky comments co
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Nov 10, 2011 JustJen "Miss Conduct" rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, paranormal, vampire
Book 2, more of what I loved in book 1. Natasha is taking more of an active role in this one, as it is told from her perspective. I enjoyed the plot and all the characters, but was disappointed that Darian was separated from the story most of the time while he was stuck in jail.
Jan 13, 2015 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow, let me just say that the interactions in this book had me blushing, laughing like a fool and blushing again. Ok, no spoilers, but can I just say that is the most unusual place for a LISTENING DEVICE. Poor Sergio! God it was almost "pee your pants funny". Then there is last interaction in the book, OMFG SERIOUSLY!!!! I think I was reading the whole thing from behind my interlaced fingers. Thank god I was alone in the room otherwise I would have looked like an idiot. I am so in lov
Mar 18, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

Picking up the storyline roughly four months after the end of the events in Desires Unleashed, D.N. Simmons continues her world building in The Guilty Innocent, the second book in the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles series. Featuring many of the characters we met in the first book, we become more immersed in the supernatural world, the continuing confli
Feb 20, 2011 Bookmom rated it really liked it
D N Simmons once again takes us on a fabulous journey into the world of the supernatural, the second book in the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. In the first book, Desires Unleashed, we are introduced to vampires, shape shifting wolves and leopards, the special police task force which deals with supernaturals, and Natasha, a woman who learns of her own unique `dreaming' abilities. The characters are well written and the story is just plain excellent.

This second book is told from Natasha's pe
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Original review here:

The Guilty Innocent is book two in D.N. Simmons' Knights of the Darkness Chronicles series. I absolutely loved the first book, Desires Unleashed, so I jumped on this very quickly. This time around we follow Natasha after tragedy strikes someone she loves. To make matters worse, Darian has been framed for it. She now has seven days to prove his innocence, if not, Darian goes to trial and
Nikki McCarver
Jul 16, 2013 Nikki McCarver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series keeps getting better and better!!! This is book 2 and even though I read book 1, you don't need to read them in order to be able to follow along. It does give you more insight into the characters personal stories, and I would suggest it (just because I like meaty stories and details), but not necessary. This book is all about Tasha getting her hands dirty in the supernatural world. She has started to get better control of her visions, and now can tap into specific people when she con ...more
Jun 13, 2013 Carin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While The Guilty Innocent is the second book in the Knights of Darkness Chronicles the prologue to this book catches you up pretty well and it can be a stand alone story. Some of the nuances of the relationships between the characters will be lost by not reading book one first however.

The Guilty Innocent takes up right where Desires Unleashed (book #1) left off, We have a mystery to solve in this book as well and it will take us around the world to search for the killers. This world that Ms. Sim
Mar 20, 2013 ILVN rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the second installment of Ms. Simmons Knights of the Darkness Chronicles, The Guilty Innocent, she further explores the budding relationship of Natasha, a psychic with precognitive talents and Darian, the Master vampire of Chicago and his second in command, Xaviar. Just as this book gets started, Natasha world is rocked from all sides. Her soon to be lover is accused of a murder he did not commit and Natasha and Xaviar must enlist help from the entire supernatural community to solve the murde ...more
Dec 10, 2013 Autumn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this book 4 stars
I have to say that the author did a better job getting the story going this time around. I was so sad that Annette was killed off right away but I see why the author decided to do it this way. Natasha had to grow into her own and she does because she is trying to save Darian and trying to bring Annette justice at the same time. In the first book we briefly meet Elise (who was Darian's lover) and Sergio(in love with Elise). In this book we see more of their relationship. I
Bex 'n' Books
Reviewer: Brittany
Rating: 5 out of 5 Fairies

Holy Hannah! I cannot express enough how much I loved this book. I read the last one and thought I'd love for this to be a series. And what do ya know...EUREKA! I was informed it was. Imagine how giddy I was when I learned of this and received the book. I was entranced from beginning to the end. I was even called a giggly little school girl at work I loved it so much. I think my stomach got quite the workout from this lovely novel.

The dialogue is so
Jun 01, 2013 Gretchen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Darian has been framed for the murder of Annette. Can Natasha, Xavier, and their friends find the killer before his seven days are up?

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Desires Unleashed, and sat down thinking that this novel would be much the same. I was wrong. The Guilty Innocent took plot, character development, and over-all action up a notch. All of the things I liked about the first book were continued and the probl
Billy Masters
Jul 08, 2013 Billy Masters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book from a great writer/author who is fast becoming one of my favorites.
If you like Gangsters, shape shifters, vampires, suspense, revenge, romance, great sex and lots of violence & bloodshed, then you will absolutely love this book.
The book description tells you what the story is all about, so I won't elaborate. Only to say, we get to learn a lot more about Sergio & Elise the leaders of the leopards and Natasha, the clairvoyant physic.
Will Sergio and Elise ever consumma
Kirsty Vizard

Even if I hadn't been reviewing this book I would have immediately needed to read it after Desires Unleashed as I was addicted to the story! However, for those not familiar with the previous Knights of the Darkness Chronicles story, D.N.Simmons does offer her reader a quick recap of events and characters, meaning it is possible to delve straight in!
In Desires Unleashed D.N.Simmons spent a lot of time explaining histories of packs and covens but as she does not need to do this in The Guilty Innoc
Apr 29, 2013 Nicholas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has probably been well over a year since I’d read Desires Unleashed and relinquished my thoughts about it to those who’d give a listen, and The Guilty Innocent succeeded in bringing it all back:
The human character of Natasha and her relationship with two elite Chicago vampires Darian and Xavier in a contemporary world where such supernaturals including shapeshifters are a part of everyday society……. elite sector of law enforcement aptly branded the acronym S.U.I.T.s (Supernatural U
Jonel Boyko
Mar 31, 2013 Jonel Boyko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a brilliant sequel to Desires Unleashed. It kept me even more captivated than its predecessor and knitted together some of the loose ends left over from the first novel. The characters returned with a vengeance and I could barely put it down.

I appreciate that Simmons fills the reader in on all of the pertinent details from the first novel, while continuing on with the new story. It allows past readers to refresh themselves on what had previously happened. There is also enough detai
Jun 28, 2013 Furio rated it did not like it
read in Apr. 2006

I guess I could just copy the review I wrote for Desires Unleashed, praises and criticisms being largely the same for this second episode as well.

First this book is outrageously pricey for a common paperback and in desperate need of a good editing: typos are just as frequent as in the first volume but there are grammar mistakes, inconsistencies and name switches as well.

The book is not entirely bad: it can be a good easy read (not always easy because of the typos, actually), qui
This is the second book in the "Knights of Darkness"-Series and is told by Natashas POV who is still learning to master her new found psychic abilities with Darians help. When someone in Natashas personal environment is killed and Darian is accused of murder Natasha and Xavier move heaven and earth to find the real killer and help Darian. They only have a couple of days to prove Darians innocence before his trial and they know Darian would never let himself be sentenced to death – a massacre wou ...more
Part of a blog tour. Steamy, gritty, urban paranormal with smokin' hot characters. Review to come!

This series is HEATING UP. Sadly, this one starts with the murder of Tasha’s best friend and roommate, Annette. Her body is found in the trunk of Darian’s car, framing him for the murder. Tasha, Xavier, Warren, Matthew, Elise, Sergio, and their supernatural allies together have only 7 days to prove his innocence before Darian will be executed per law. (Supernaturals are not privy to the same rights
Lisa Markson
Mar 26, 2013 Lisa Markson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok now I have not read book 1 but after reading this one I will be going back to it. What more can you ask for than shapeshifters and vampires. Wouldn't life be devine stuck in a love triangle with 2 hot vampires. Well downside is that Natasha was human. This was one book that kept me engaged from beginning to end. I do need to say that it is for 18+ there is sex scenes involved. I cant wait to read book 1 and future books in the series. It has everything mystery, sex, romance, and above all par ...more
Mar 24, 2013 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I'd like to thank the author and Innovative Online Book Tours for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I wasn't too pleased with the first book, though I gave it a good review based on the writing style, action and characters. I'm going to do the same here, although, the author did cut back a lot on the sexual scenes.
The writing is phenomenal. The author really knows how to write well. The characters are enjoyable. The plot twist in the beginning was unexpected. I like
Melanie Ramey
Mar 04, 2013 Melanie Ramey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading book 1 I was so ready for book 2! Natasha is human and falls in love with both Darian and Xavier who are vampires. Hot sexy vampires at that. This book had so many ups and downs throughout that keep me anxious to read more and more!

I honestly thought reading book 1 that this wasn't my type of book to read but non the less I loved it all the same. This is the first series of books I have read that most of the sex scenes were m-m. But this helped me understand the characters feelings
Miranda Wood
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story kept my interest all the way through. The charters were very interesting and I love the way they relate to each other. There is tenderness and strength in each of them that I could easily relate to, and a dry humor that I find very refreshing and real. Although I haven’t read the books before this one in the series I was still able to make complete sense of everything. I very much want to read all of these books and am looking forward to another ...more
Loved book 1 and book 2 is even better. Two hot sexy vampires in love with a lowly human, add a touch of danger and murder and a sexy wolf and you have the basis for this story.

This is a romantic paranormal vampire, shifter, seer murder mystery. I loved how all the elements came together to form a story. It was so much better than the first one, which I loved. I can’t wait for books 3 and more.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 clouds.

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Mar 06, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
"The Guilty Innocent" is the second book in the 'Knights of the Darkness Chronicles'. D.N. Simmons pens his plot totally addicting with vampires, shifters, mystery, action packed with a bit of sexual romance. I was totally engrossed in the story line and I'm hoping there is a third book to this series.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Maria Kiguthi
May 29, 2013 Maria Kiguthi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written book. The human surviving in a world of supernaturals. Of cause everyone loves her. That was the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I don't really feel like Natasha is so lovable of extraordinary that all these vampires and shape shifters should be in love with her. I received a copy through Goodreads First Reads.
Apr 18, 2013 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
D. N. Simmons has a unique way of writing that draws you in and is impossible to put down until finished. I love the detail of the characters and the unique personalities you either love or hate. I recommend this book anyone that is tired of the ordinary and loves vampires and shape shifters. You will not be disappointed.
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