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If Angels Burn

(Darkyn #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  6,738 ratings  ·  433 reviews
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.
Mass Market Paperback, 291 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Berkley Books
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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
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I was introduced to Ms. Viehl's work through her science fiction series, STARDOC, and the standalone, BLADE DANCER. She wrote strong, sassy women who were often involved in a medical profession (because, surprise, surprise, the author is a U.S.A.F. veteran who worked in civilian and military hospitals). When I found out that she wrote urban fantasy/paranormal romance under another name, that went onto my to-read list faster than you can
Jun 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Shannon C.
Mar 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 02, 2010 rated it liked it
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 (DirrtyH)
Mar 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
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...
Dec 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Nov 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of vamp-themed romance, dark romance
Recommended to Unapologetic_Bookaholic 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
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
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
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
Jun 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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!)
Aly is so frigging bored
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
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
Nov 25, 2014 rated it liked it
It was ok. I liked the idea of Alexandra being a plastic surgeon and healing vampires. However, I have mixed feeling about the tribute to Anne Rice and the religious part of the story. Sometimes it felt like reading Anne Rice fanfic.
Pamela / SpazP
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
May 19, 2008 rated it liked it
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.

A Top 5 favorite series. Dark, yet enthralling! Re-read.

Dr. Alexandra Keller is Chicago's most brilliant reconstructive surgeon. She ignored messages from M. Cyprien who kept asking for her to travel from Chicago to Louisiana to assist in a reconstructive surgery. After many refusals, Dr. Alex was kidnapped and forcefully brought to Louisiana. There she was introduced a different race named the Darkyn, humans cursed to drink blood and hunted by a religious group as an abomination.

Alex's abducti
Shanna Matheo
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: in-ma-kobo
I'm kind of on the fence with this one. It was well written and definitely had a very fresh and interesting take on vampires, but it did not blow me away. I really liked Alexandra. She was smart, sharp and sarcastic, but the romance between her and Michael didn't sit well with me. He was an alpha jerk to her, she was a bitch to him and then all of a sudden, with minimal explanation, they love each other? It just wasn't believable to me.

I kinda want to check out book 2, but I'm not all that press
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
Jan 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
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."
Oct 23, 2009 rated it really liked it

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
Tutti Dolci
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
Jul 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book was a total waste of time.
The plot wasn't interesting and waaaay too unbelievable, a plastic surgeon who can build a new face from scratch?, and a super handsome face at that... come on?!
The writing was awful!, the characters didn't make sense most of the time...

I hated both of the main characters... Alex was not smart or witty or sassy, she was a mean, senseless, stupid bitch... and Michael was so dull and insipid, I wouldn't have care if he was killed.
And we didn't even get to see Al
Nov 04, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was very The DaVinci Code meets Anne Rice lol. I did enjoy it and even though it's romance that's not the entire story which I can appreciate. Gives the book more depth IMO. It did have one of my typical deal breakers, change of POV without a break of some sort. Fortunately I was sucked in to the story and liked the characters enough that I could deal. I did have to go back and reread a few paragraphs often which is annoying. But all in all a very solid and well delivered book. I will be pi ...more
Nov 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires
Very dark, with torture scenes I just had to skip over.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Barely a few pages in and there are references to a "tranny" and a "large black woman" who fosters children "so she doesn't have to work." Seriously? Hard pass.
Jodi Aubihl daume
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was ok

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
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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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Is that French for 'You stink'?"
It means 'lavender'."
Huh." She sniffed at her wrist. "I thought I smelled more like a grape Popsicle.”
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