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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  2,136 ratings  ·  300 reviews
First in a stunning new post-apocalyptic paranormal romance trilogy.

Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought in her wildest nightmares that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her-one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote
Paperback, 327 pages
Published July 2nd 2011 by Berkley Trade (first published June 6th 2011)
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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Not The Worst Re-Read*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Second re-read: 15.03.2019
Strangely, this book isn't actually so bad. After my last re-read of another book of M/F, I thought this re-read would go to hell as well, however, I am pleasantly surprised that it kept my attention. It's filled with action, and some badassery (is that even a word?), and a making of pack. Though as usually, there's some thing that bothered me. I find that the book lacked the depth and closeness that the pack in the making should
*3.5 Stars*

The absolute best thing about this book was the world. I have never read a Romance like it and it rocked my world. It felt so fresh and different from the usual Paranormal Romances. There werent any zombies in it (although they sure seemed zombie-like), but it read just like a zombie movie. It had all the tension and excitement inherent to those movies. Because the dawning of the Dark Age was occurring as we were reading the book, we (the reader) faced the same uncertainty and nerves
Mandi Schreiner
May 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr
Favorite Quote: If survival means kissing somebody who smells like you, I want no part of it.

The world is coming to an end. Changing in ways people can not comprehend and that is if you can live to see tomorrow. Technology is failing. Cars wont start. And maybe the scariest, there are what people refer to as demon dogs - hunting, eating, and devastating the human population. It started in eastern Europe and has slowly made its way west. Because there is no communication, and worse, not many
I tried.  I really did. I wanted to like this way more than I did because I loved the premise.

The urban fantasy storyline worked for me. A changing world with failure of tech and the beginning rise of magic, a group of people trying to survive in the new world--all good. What didn't work for me was the romance angle.  

Let me comment on Mason first.  I really don't care for the tortured hero love interest--ugh. It just seems dated; that is my bias so I tried to look past that to the elements of
Lisa Kay
★★★½ ✩This is the best ★★★ star book Ive read this year, and for that I have to give it another ½ star. I really liked this book, when I wanted to love it. It is like one of those B movies you know, the classic kind that turn into a blockbuster. There are so many neat things in it. However, there is something off about it too. When I found out it was a collaboration of two authors, this made total sense to me. Still, I would recommend it to anyone looking for an apocalyptic sci-fi romance or a ...more
Ashley Daviau
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adored this book! I had no idea what to expect when I picked it up and I was pleasantly surprised. I always enjoy anything to do with the apocalypse and anything remotely zombie like and this was no different. It was a unique take on zombie like creatures and I loved it! And the book was so action packed, I couldn't stop turning the pages because I just needed to know what happened! The only thing I could have done without was the romance aspect but even then it wasn't over the top ...more
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow, never in a million years would I have imagined I'd love a book this dark and scary. This was unlike anything I have ever read before in the romance genre. Nightfall had two incredible leads and wonderful secondary characters that I'm looking forward to reading more about in books 2 & 3.
This was just off the charts scary and thrilling and steamy as hell.
Thanks for the recommendation Shawna!

Weird Factor - off the charts insane! LOL
I attempted to read this book several months ago. Ultimately, this book was not for me despite the fact that I love Ann Aguirre as an author, I love post-apoc books and I had marked this as highly anticipated almost a year before its release. I ended up not finishing this book and abandoning it after about 20%.

There are some things I did like about the book. I liked the idea of it, I liked a few parts but other parts just did not work -- to me this may have been as a result of the collaborative
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, best-of-2012
Imagine living in a post-apocalyptic world. Europe and the Far East haven't been heard from in years. The United States is split between the decimation of the East Coast and the "survivors" living on the West Coast. They still have technology but it's controlled and limited, almost like living in a modern day dictatorship with no one single leader. Scary stuff. Now imagine being kidnapped by a strange man who wants to "save" you from the coming prophesied change of the "The Dark Age" - a ...more
Sep 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-futuristic
Waffling between 3 and 3.5 stars. I think having two writers who write in very different genres is forcing me down to the 3.

Interesting concept, the story definitely held my attention, and I was invested in the characters, but I felt like I could clearly see when one author would leave off and the other would pick up the story. It went from an apocalyptic sci-fi to extreme PNR and swung back around a few times. Kinda gave me motion sickness. I didn't feel like the stories wove together very
I went through phases with this book. At first I almost abandoned it, then got really into it, and then skimmed through the last part. So I wasn't sure how to rate this. I had been looking for something post-apocalyptic, with a Mad Max feel. This was more about the demon dogs and shifting so it wasn't quite what I had been looking for and definitely not my usual fare, but there were still some good parts, so I'm just going to rate this middle of the road.
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
First in a stunning new post-apocalyptic paranormal romance trilogy.

Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought in her wildest nightmares that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her-one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest.

The mysterious ex-Marine named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna's father. Skilled and steadfast,
Vanessa theJeepDiva
I love the self-torture of reading post-apocalyptic books. I typically start making out a supply list while reading them. The main aspect that draws me to this type of book is the how. There are so many different ways an author can bring on an apocalypse. Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty give the reader a very original take on how it will happen, Dark Magic. This Dark Magic does not only affect people, but it has a major impact on technology. I loved the originality of this book. I have been ...more
Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. Above average for romantic suspense with lots of adrenaline excitement in an apocalyptic and magic world.

The author name Ellen Connor consists of a writing team of two people (Ann Aguirre/Ava Gray and Carrie Lofty). They were inspired by the bad-ass female sci-fi characters in The Terminator and Alien movies. The name Connor is from the character Sarah Connor in The Terminator. Ellen is from Ellen Ripley in Alien. This book has a feeling like the Terminator movie: the
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Forget the zombies, here's the werewolf apocalypse...

The Eastern United States and parts of the world have fallen to a failure of technology and the rise of some nasty magic, but in the West the people have lived in semi-blissful denial despite shortages in fuel and such. But that is about to change and a Warrior has a promise to keep, even though Mason's methods are going to seem extreme to Jenna, the woman he's pledged to save, and his motivation for kidnapping her are going to sound insane -
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it

I really loved the premise of this book, most of it is action packed, intense and vivid.

Without giving spoilers, I had problems with the consistency of the world building that began with the prologue. Because of that I had a hard time immersing myself in this book.

If you can get beyond that and 'buy' the cause of the apocalypse and the re-emergence magic and the death of some science - you will find that this book does have a ton of action, vivid details (though sometimes over the top) and I
Enjoyed this post-apocalyptic journey a lot! It very different than I thought it would be at the beginning, but it ended up exceeding my expectations. It felt very cinematic with tons of action and peril. I wish there had been a little more background given, and just a tad more character development. I am looking forward to the next books in the series!
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Not bad. A dystopian romance. Found it weird that the heroine got pissed at hero at times when they should have been thinking of survival but enjoyable.
Sep 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
I know, I know. You are probably all looking at my rating and thinking What the hell is wrong with that Julie?! *sigh* I have come to the conclusion that Nightfall by Ellen Connor is going to be that book to me. That one book that everyone adores but that I just couldnt find that love for it. I think the writing was superb and the world was interesting, but Well, lets just start at the beginning.

Nightfall by Ellen Connor is book one in the new Dark Age Dawning trilogy. Its a series about what
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars Excellent mix of apocalyptic horror and paranormal romance. This book is like going to the movies. Adrenaline-packed action, fresh take on the werewolf genre, and great characters.

After the world falls into darkness, Jenna is kidnapped by a man who is sent by her late father Mitchell. Mason is a soldier, rescued from the streets by Jenna's father and trained to face the coming apocalypse. Mitchell only asked one thing of him, 'Save my daughter'. Mason takes her to the woods where they
All Things Urban Fantasy
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

NIGHTFALL is the first in a new Paranormal Romance trilogy from Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty (who combined Ellen Ripley from Alien and Sarah Connor from The Terminator to create their pen name Ellen Connor). Co-writers can be hit or miss for me. Ilona and Gordon Andrews, and also Clay and Susan Griffith combine the strengths of both writers to produce books that are better than one writer could pen by themselves. But others tend to be a clash of ideas
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! I mean damn, seriously I didn't think that I would be into this book with all the end of the world , everyone dying stuff. I was so wrong. I fell in love with Mason right away and by the end of the book I just wanted to throw him down and have my wicked way with him! Is that bad?? lol Jenna was pretty good too. lol but Mason, Mmmmm... ok anyway this book was pretty serious and kinda creepy but no zombies so I was cool.

OMG one of my favorite parts was when Jenna was so fed up with Mason
Jacqueline J
This book didn't fall neatly into any category. I consider it mostly a post apocalyptic and survival story wrapped around a romance. The world surely does end but in a manner different from any seen before. Dark things are abroad in the changing world. The tension level is high. The story revolves around John and Jenna and their escape from the city and struggle to survive the ravening beasts in the wilderness and understand the rules of the new world. The hero and heroine are both well drawn. ...more
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I will confess I expected this book to be all romance with a small side order of paranormal action, especially as it's classified as Paranormal Romance. But being an absolute sucker for post-apocalyptic settings and knowing one of the two authors behind the name Ellen Connor was Ann Aguirre (the other being Carrie Lofty), I was curious enough to want to give this book a try.

And I was proven wrong in my assumptions once again!

This book is a seriously awesome post apocalyptic adventure and totally
Jun 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
The story is fast-paced and action-packed. The characters meet as strangers and struggle together to stay alive on the brink of a world that has irrevocably changed. Winter comes and there is no technology, death all around, monsters come to life and magic stirs.

It's been a little while since I've read a whole book in almost one sitting. The premise of this story snagged me from the prologue, and the action kept me hooked long after bedtime. The characters were fleshed-out well during
Jan 18, 2016 marked it as sampled  ·  review of another edition
It might have been good, but the sample lost me when the heroine doesn't really try to escape her kidnapper. In a few hours she basically believe him. With such a beginning, I need a stronger theme. ..and (let me be honest) a cheaper price.

For 8 bucks you really need to convince me you are going to be good.
Excellent book, really enjoyed it very much.
Kira Simion
Jul 25, 2017 marked it as to-read
Because I read Nobody's Hero (still learning html :/), Goodreads recommended this story. I dig that.
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Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jenna Barclay is kidnapped and taken to a cabin where she is told by Mason - a man who she thinks is crazier than a loon - that the world is gonna end. She wishes that she'd never heard it before but unfortunately her father, when he was around, spouted the same crap and she just didn't want to hear it. Sure, Europe hadn't been heard from in a while and the east coast had it's share of trouble but the government had assured the people west of the Mississippi that all would be well. Why would she ...more
Valerie ~ Val Hall ~
It was an interesting read. I have read precious little books with an apocalypse/desaster theme. I'll limit myself to observations rather than a review. The initial setting is about technology failing globally and what asmall group of people will do to survive in this new Dark Age. Funny, the first thing that pops in my mind is the feel of a good zombie movie or series like the Walking Dead. Mind you there is no zombie in this book (well not the slow brain dead ones anyway) and all the evil ...more
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Who are we, you might ask? Well, were a collaborative writing team comprised of Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty. Our pen name comes from two bad-ass female SF characters: Ellen Ripley (from Alien) and Sarah Connor (from The Terminator). When you put them together, you get Ellen Connorand we hope to rock your world. ...more

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