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Dark Promise

(NightWalkers #1)

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A love story between two people who live in two very different worlds; is it right to keep a promise when it hurts the one you love? Can the darkness survive in the light?

Mare's life is in danger. An unknown enemy seeks to destroy her, only months after her mother's brutal death. When a handsome stranger saves her life everything she has ever known will be put to the test.
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Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published July 23rd 2016 by Dark Arrow Publishing
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Nikki Landis
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Andre and Mare's story is one of long suffering and denial, love and passion, betrayal and sacrifice. Set in a modern world of vampyres whose old heritage demands a strict adherence to rules and bureaucracy and the single diet of human blood, where humans live without knowledge of what lurks in the shadows, Dark Promise will make you reconsider what you know about 'bloodsuckers'.
Dianne
She lives in the world of humans and her life is in danger from an unknown evil hunting her, stalking her. He is from the world of powerful vampires and it was fate that made him her savior that night and shattered the world she thought she knew with his dark truth. Is it possible that she has re-kindled a dark and dead corner of his soulless heart? Two beings, finding love in most unlikely of circumstances find passion and the need to fight to be together against all odds.

DARK PROMISE by Nikki
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J.B. Trepagnier
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, I read this series out of order. I read the second book first, then this one. There is really no logic behind the things I do, so don't ask.

This one really filled in the blanks from the second story regarding how Mare and Andre met and what happened with her mother. While I enjoyed both, they both bring different things to the table. If you want a crime drama with a vampire romance tied in, this is your book. If you want vampire lore wrapped up in a vampire romance, that's what th
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Claire
This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.

Andre is a vampire, but not just any vampire he’s one of the elite, from a royal line. He does his best not to mix with human’s seeing them as little more than vermin. Then he catches the scent of Mare one night, a human woman in danger, after he saves her from an attack he feels drawn to her and from here things get weird and complicated for him.

I haven’t read a paranormal romance in a while so it was nice to brush off those vamp cobwebs and
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Ravenna Young
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stranded but in Awe

Let me first say, I dislike vampire fiction...mostly I become bored with the same old, same old, and I worried I would become bored with this one. Not even close. I came across this book, somewhere on Facebook, so I read the sample and was blown away. This lady can write, beautifully, weaving a tale of epic love between a soulless vampire and a human woman. I loved having both points of view; the character builds are as strong as their bond. Their love is conveyed artistically
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K.A. Denver
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let me see...where to start!



Well, would it be a teller if I was to say I have just finished Dark Promise and I have already bought Dark Vengeance (NightWalkers #2)?

There are a few things I love when I have the time to read and two of them are Vampires and HOT protagonists.

This story pushes your buttons right from the start. We are introduced to Andre and his world of Night Walkers. How he can feel and sense where danger lurks and how his heightened sense brings him into contact with Mare. A na
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J. Saman
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, I was a bit apprehensive about this story. Mostly because I sort of felt like if you read one vampire book, you've read them all. So very wrong. This book was wonderful and not just the story, but the writing and story telling had me turning pages, unable to stop. The world of humans and vampires collide and in this story in the best possible way. The suspense had me on the edge of my seat. The romance had me sighing and pining away for more. All I can say is buy this book if you ...more
Julie Powell
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story about a vampire and human delves into the difficulties of relationships, especially those from different backgrounds. Okay, I know it's a fantasy, but it did highlight the tension of what could be any relationship...this was believable.

It was well-written and the first-person perspective helped to be inside the head of the characters.

A good read for those who enjoy paranormal romance.
Kat Gracey
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mare is rescued from an attack by vampire Andre who falls for her. Her mother was murdered and she gave testimony against a man which spurred the attack. The book was well written and there were some good characters but I do think Mare's reaction to a strange man in her apartment wasn't too realistic. The heroines seem to be all too accepting to vampires etc appearing in their lives. Worth a read if you are a vampire fan.
Melinda
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Format: Kindle Edition
Dark Promise is one of those stories that makes you make time for reading. The characters are deep and poignant. The plot will keep your hands fussing with each other until you reach the last page and then you'll want more. I enjoyed the first part of the story's journey immensely. A very good read.
Joel Crofoot
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Andre knew something was different about Mare from the moment he met her. He had to get to know her, and he had to protecter her from whomever was trying to kill her. After testifying about her mother's murder, Mare becomes the victim of a psychopathic stalker, who not only wants her dead but enjoys keeping her scared too. Soon Mare is pulled into a world of danger, vampires, and an upcoming war all the while trying to resist the strange pull of the sexy man who has become her bodyguard. Can the ...more
Connie Lafortune
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'Love comes in all shapes and forms. Be open and ready for it. Don't obsess about it being a certain way or you'll miss it.' SayQuotable.com

Andre is an elite vampire who is better known as the guardian of peace. He walks the night in search of the guilty, who need to be tried before the tribunal. The ones who wreak havoc on society and need to be punished for their crimes. One night while he's out on patrol, he stumbles upon a beautiful woman. Her scent is so intoxicating that he can't bring him
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K.M. Lowe
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good

This was the first book that I've read by Nikki Landis, but I love PNR and I knew I'd enjoy this from reason the blurb. I was right, I did enjoy it. It was a slightly different take on vampires and there is never a dull moment in the life of Andre and Mare. This book ends leaving you wondering what will happen to Andre? What will happen to Mare? Will they overcome the obstacles in their way? I look forward to reading book 2.
Kerry Williams
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this vampire story. It was different than most vampire stories. The mystery of what happened to Mare's mother drew me into the story along with Andre's obsession , and I couldn't put it down until I reached the end. Mare's and Andre's bond and love was great to be apart of. Andre did break my heart at the end, but left me wanting to read the next book in their love story.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Joyffree
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Entertaining first in series

The plotline was smooth, flowed easily from scene to scene
Full of action and suspense with some surprising twists
The characters were well crafted
Our H and h do suffer the Insta-bond right from the opening scene - but as the story progresses their relationship matures in a way that allows the reader to feel the chemistry between the characters
I liked the council and the guardians - a well-crafted plot 💡 that opens the way for future twists and enticing new stories
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Tracey Crawford
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little slow at the start but once I got moving wow. Interesting plot with lots of twists and turns. Intense characters and an unlikely Romance. Can't wait to read the next one.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Briana Michaels
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fast-paced, action-packed, whirlwind romance this was! It took me a little while to get into the groove, but then WHAM! I was sucked in and eager for more. This book has mafia, vampires, romance, and one doozy of an ending. I literally yelled when I got to the end. Loudly.

If a book can make me scream, give me a big surprise, or make me grip my kindle with some white-knuckle fever, I label that book as fantastic.

Nikki Landis, you just made my night. I cannot wait to read the next one. HUR
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Louise Jackson
Super start to what is clearly going to be an epic series!

Andre and Mare's relationship is off to a difficult start. With Mare in terrible danger, Andre discovers that though a fragile human, she is his one true mate. How can he protect her from her own kind let alone from the envious and jealous creatures hiding in the shadows?

Loved the tension created in some of the creepy scenes. Freaked me out that some guy had been in her apartment while she slept. Brilliant descriptions keep you turning th
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Candace Nicole
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a nice story and never a dull moment. Andre is a vampire who is infatuated with a human named Mare. Mare’s life is endanger and Andre decides he must protect her. As the story progresses they fall in love, while dealing with the murder of Mare’s mother and the attempts on her life. There was a lot of deception and you didn’t know who you could or couldn’t trust.

What I didn’t like about this book was that Andre’s POV was in third person while Mare’s POV was in first. I wish they both wou
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Diane
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read. I couldn’t put it down. Love the characters and world that Nikki has created. It has some great twists and turns. Readers will be drawn into the story from the first page. It is definitely one to add to your TBR list. I look forward to reading more of Nikki’s books.
Saurabh Lal
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Vampires and humans - an ancient tale retold


I have not been much of a fan of vampire-lore, but Nikki's Dark Promise has changed my perception. The powers of vampires and their dealings with humans today are told in a manner which reveals little and keeps one hungry to learn more. Her style is short sentences and dialogue is quite different than most other writers but very effective in this setting. The plot keeps twisting and newer intrigues are introduced. The narrative is fast paced though som
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Erin Riley
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dark Promise is book 1 in the Nightwalkers series, and the first book I've read by this author. Andre is a thousand year old vampire who finds himself strangely drawn to Mare, a human woman in need of a protector. Andre must reluctantly introduce Mare to the Vampire underworld in order to ensure her safety from the human threat, which only leaves her vulnerable to more danger from the Vampire world. As their feelings deepen, each struggles with the reality of Mare's mortality. Can their love sur ...more
HookedOnBooks
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think I would get pulled in as much as I did but I could not put it down (even when at work) and I can't wait for the second book. I've got to see what's next and I loved the conflicted character, Andre. I’m a sucker for romance novels, but there’s something about two people falling in love that’s hard for me to resist. Combining romance with vampires, or anything fantastical, and my doom is totally sealed.
K.S. Marsden
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
When Andre stops an attack on a mysterious human woman, the ancient vampire can't resist the urge to protect her, to love her...

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book felt like an adult Twilight.
If star-crossed lovers and love at first sight, with a paranormal twist appeals to you, I would recommend picking up this book.

Personally, I struggled with Dark Promise. Which is a shame, because there is a promising story behind it all, with the threat of the mob. Landis has a
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Coco.V
Aug 03, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Blurb:
A love story between two people who live in two very different worlds; is it right to keep a promise when it hurts the one you love? Can the darkness survive in the light?

Mare's life is in danger. An unknown enemy seeks to destroy her, only months after her mother's brutal death. When a handsome stranger saves her life everything she has ever known will be put to the test. Dare she trust her life - and her heart - with a man who walks the endless night?
And
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Cora Hook
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Andre knew something was different about Mare from the moment he met her. He had to get to know her, and he had to protecter her from whomever was trying to kill her. After testifying about her mother's murder, Mare becomes the victim of a psychopathic stalker, who not only wants her dead but enjoys keeping her scared too. Soon Mare is pulled into a world of danger, vampires, and an upcoming war all the while trying to resist the strange pull of the sexy man who has become her bodyguard. Can the ...more
Rhonda Hicks
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a rule, André did not like sweet smells. He preferred the intensity and metallic linger of hot pulsating blood. Bitter. Copper. Wet. He gave little thought or credence to the sweet smell of innocence or naivety. In his thousand years he never smelled a scent as delectable and enticing as hers. That's why he chose to follow her. A female, all curves and fluid grace, with an hourglass figure to draw the eye of any man, human or vampyre.
Her name was Maureen. She and her mother were at a gas sta
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Debbie Caswell
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mare's life is in danger she testified against her mother's murderer and now she a psychopath after here and her stalker isn't going away. Andre is a elite vampire a guardian of peace its his job to bring to trial anyone causing havoc. When he stumbles o Mare his life will never be the same he is attracted to this human woman and will do whatever he needs to keep her safe. Will Mare be able to accept him for what he is and is there any chance of a future together.

The writing in this book is exqu
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Jenny Hockings
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW !!!! I love this book, the story line is amazing !!
to love someone from a totally different world is difficult ! is it right to keep a promise when it hurts the one you love ?
Can the light and darkness survive together ??
Mare's in danger from an unknown enemy who is out to destroy her only months after her mothers brutal murder !! Who is it??
Andre rescues her while she is being attacked by the unknown stranger and he is drawn to her innocent beauty ! His existence has never meant so much or
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Lucretia
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I do love vamps. I mean a lot. So going into a vampire romance from my favorite romance author was very exciting. She didn't let me down. Right from the start I was worried for Mare. After she lost her mother, she gets attacked. Thank god for Andre, but then other things start to happen and it gets really intense. There is a part where she is watching a video, OMG I would have died. Andre and Mare have such a great chemistry and in spite of the dark things that are swirling around them, there is ...more
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