Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle betwe ...more
Val's Reviewing Alcohol Cup Count: 4 glasses, pinot grigio (don't hate, high tolerance)
I should title this review, "That Time When the Side Character Stole the Show."
Seriously though, I was really liking this story already...then Seth showed up.
And my inner Tom Cruise got all excited.
The only problem with how much I liked Seth...is that this was not Seth's story.
It was Roland's.
And, don't get me wrong, I liked Roland...
...I just wanted Seth to be in every single scene too. ...more
Why, you may ask? Let me give you a few quotes and see if you can capture an underlying theme:
"Those of us who are older (immortals) have a diet similar to your own. Lots of vegetables and fruits. Very little meat. Organic chicken, turkey, or other fowl. None of the heavier meats, processed, or artificial foods that contain known carcinogens or other harmful chemicals."
After peeling off the label, he rinsed the can out and dropped i ...more
first read 5/2014
I have been a moody reader lately. I don't know what my deal is, but I have started and stopped a number of books. Nothing was hitting the spot, so I decided to go back and do a reread. As I was going through my list of books I want to reread I came across Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians and seen a few books have came out since I first read this series. Figuring now was as good as any to catch up, I went to Audible and downloaded Darkness ...more
Heroine Sarah is a organic nut and school teache ...more
This is one of those times where the narrator makes the book better than it actually is :)
I think it would've been a 3 if I've read it, but listening made it more interesting and I am dying to read the second book so there :) ...more
It's a bad sign when before you get to 5%, you are already hitting your head against something hard - and if you end up pissed and frequently ranting for 95% of the book. Granted, this was partially due to my general crankiness for the majority of the time I was reading this, which may have affected how I perceived this book, but it also had to do with the things I've read previously. Or maybe it was just the book.
Within the first 5%, I immediately saw the world's resemblance to the wo ...more
I absolutely loved it. I could hardly put it down and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I now have a new and great vampire series I am addicted to. I loved the concept of these Immortal Guardians and how they slightly differ from the vampires. The romance erotica scene between Roland and Sarah is absolutely fantastic and so HOT! Their romance story had me smiling all through out the book and I even laughed out loud when Sarah stabbed one of the Immora ...more
This one is a very pleasant read albeit I find both the H/h a tad too sweet and too perfect for my taste. There is a lack of surprises and intensity in the romance, but the action scenes did help to speed up the pacing of the book. The thing that irked me most is the short time frame that it took for Roland and Sarah to start proclaiming their love. I just can't wrapped my head around on the fact that they get all chummy and start trading life stories within 24 hours and then planning t ...more
The characters drew me in and held on tight and I didn't mind one damn bit. They are quick witted and intense and so engaging. I loved the world building, it was so easy to follow, not once did I h ...more
Rating NC-17 for the sexiness of it all.
Thumbs Up 5 shiny stars
Overall: Brillant read!
Characters: Love the characters.
Plot: Fresh look at old tale.
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes, definately.
Book Boyfriend: Roland
SUMMARY (50 word or less)
Dianne Duvall is truly a gifted writer. Darkness Dawns is a fresh take on an old legend. Diane has breathed life into vampires without making them sparkle. Her vision is a mesh of the old and her own vision of the new. ...more
I cannot lie. There is no way I thought this book would get 4 stars from me. I just was not diggin' it. The dialogue was strange. The H and h had no time to bond or really be together because of constant attacks by vampires. And the overall premise was pretty different f ...more
Many reviewers have enjoyed this book. I am happy for them. Really. But I do not understand why. Maybe if this were my first pnr book ever, I would have found something resembling originality. This i ...more
Ok, of course there are all those stuff you expect from a vampire story: from the "love at first site" to the "good vs bad" vamps, they're all there.
But you know the good thing? I didn't mind! I really liked the main female character, she was pretty funny and I liked her attitude. The male char wasn't special but he wasn't bad either.
The story was ok, there were some interesting factors, but I absolutely loved the overall plot. It made me so damn curious, ...more
I enjoyed the world and the ...more
Sarah Bingham was a hoot. I love strong, independent, kick-ass, take no shit woman. S ...more
So many angsty romances be like, "He betrayed me ten thousand years ago and now I will kill him! But first, lots of sex. Ooh, now I love him, though I will continue to verbally abuse him!" And vice ve ...more
safe (view spoiler)[Roland was married centuries ago but after he was turned vampire his wife tried to kill him. No love lost there. They had kids, and he's kept an eye on his descendants. Sarah has had relationships but nothing special. (hide spoiler)]
I stumbled across this cute little extra of Roland and Sarah on the author's website;
Not a bad read at all, just not what I was looking for at the time. ...more
I loved this book. Roland and Sarah are great! I've actually read it a few times (this is just the first time since I started reviewing book) and it's still a fave of mine and always worth the read. :D
Sarah is a music professor living in the boonies in North Carolina. She's a good woman and she has courage as well. Sarah's outside one day at the break of dawn to dig a garden when something draws her attention. When she investigates, she finds that 2 men have another tied down and are stab ...more
I gave this a 4 on first read on the basis of the PNR. It has a lot of world building for the UF over plot that I missed on first read as it pertains to the later books. The woman they rescue, Amy, becomes a big part of the team and she ends up with her own book. The immortal that they are fighting also appears in most of the rest of the books and again, gets his own book. This is a set up for the next books and my first read passed it over as I didn't connect with any in this bo ...more
Even though I am no longer a huge fan of vamps, I actually really enjoyed this debut effort. Author Duvall brings some science and enough of a twist to the vampire mythos here to avoid some of ...more
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Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and "wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers' Choic...more