When Darkness Comes
For 341 years, Dante has stood as guardian to The Chalice, a mortal woman chosen to hold back the darkness. A ter ...more
Honestly, this is not a bad book. It's just underwhelming to a die-hard paranormal fan who has some favorite series that Bring It. I know that it's First Book Syndrome, because there are some ideas that I like about this series, that will make me keep reading (which is a ...more
Abby isn’t having a good day. First she broke an expensive Ming vase, then her employer is murdered and she suddenly finds herself thrown in the middle of a paranormal war between good and evil, when she didn’t even know paranormals existed. And her only protector is the very sexy vampire Dante, who’s been driving her crazy for months.
Dante has been imprisoned for 341 years, forced to be the guardian of The Chalice, a mortal woman who hosts the Phoenix which is the only thing capable of keeping...more
I would recommend this novel to those who enjoy the writing of Christine Feehan, J.R. Ward, or Jeaniene Frost.
Obviously, this book didn’t appeal to me, nor did the works of the writers listed above, but they are still very highly rated books. So, not my jam but very appealing to others. I’m not a big fan of the damsel in distress, so that’s part of my problem here. Abby seems desperately passive to me, staying in a job that she hates and putti ...more
By the looks of other reviewers you’re either going to love this book or hate it. I’m in the former category, I loved this book. There’s not many books that can keep me riveted to my seat to do a 12 hour marathon cover to cover read; “When Darkness Comes” was one of them.
There’s just something about the hero and heroine, Dante & Abby, constantly being pursued by all manner of demons, and finding time for sex in all types of places that I just couldn’t get enough ...more
Sadly this was a DNF for me. That’s not to say at all that it’s unfinishable because it appears that some reviewers really liked it. It was more ICBBTFT (I can’t be bothered to finish this) when I have so many other books waiting for me that I know I’ll enjoy more and won’t have to force my way through.
I really hate not finishing a book though (especially when it's been sitting on my shelf for 2+ years and I’ve already bought the s ...more
I wanted to try to get a review in real quick before I head off to work. So this will be a bit shorter than normal. I have of late been on the hunt for some good vampire romances lately, its been the type of trope I have been in the mood for. And when I saw a review for the most recent book in this series, I realized I hadn’t read this one yet…and that I needed to get a head start on it. So I grabbed it on B&N and started reading…and w ...more
“And I can’t enter without an invitation.” She jerked her head up. “You’re kidding me?”
“You don’t live in a crypt and you can’t turn into a bat, but you have to have an invitation to enter a house?” Abby hissed.
A reluctant amusement softened the flat eyes. “You wanted me to be vampirish.”
“Not when it’s inconvenient.”
Was this the best story. No. Did I read it in one sitting. Yes. Abby and Dante were cute together. The story was interesting. I absolutely h ...more
I have this pet peeve when it comes to any kind of rom ...more
I reeally enjoyed this story of Dante and Abby. Poor Abby has no idea what she has gotten herself into but the stranger, Dante, that stays at her employer's house is hot, mega hot. But then the house explodes and Selena is dead and now Abby is the Chalice. She has a mysterious power inside her body and the hunky vampire is now her protector. From wizards, to witches to demons to another vampire name approx Viper. This one keeps yopu interested to the end. Next ...more
This was my second time reading this and as noted below on my comments, I'm realizing my cheesy fun doesn't hold up well under the scrutiny of a second reading.
That said Ivy is a capable writer. Launching the Eternal Guardian series, I originally rated this book 4 stars. What a difference a year of reading PNR and UF makes!
The plot is not super original but it's fun. Abby Barlow, our heroine, is a young woman with a pure soul (so claims any vampire that gets a look at her, otherwise we readers...more
This book was published in Jan 2007. I only heard about it recently. I read it because I was looking for a strong vampire series. This is NOT it.
First, I don't like books with a lot of sex, or panting about sex, or lusting for sex without some ...more
I read many reviews about this story. And, I guess as one of them said you'll either love it or hate it. Well, I really liked it. The best thing I can say in favor of this witty tale is, it was about the good old fashioned real kind of Vampires. You know what I mean, no day light, no reflection, like a Bella Lugosi Dracula.
Some of the reviewers said they found Abby's character whinny. I found her snarky, cranky, irritable and funny, but not whinny. The only little thing I found annoying in this ...more
This book started out as a three star one but all of a sudden it seriously just smacked me in the face. Somehow the author managed to m ...more
yeah, I know I said I liked it in my status post, but then I was nearing the end and I couldn't help it...as much as I wanted to get into it...I couldn't
I didn't like the HERO/vamp Dante (300 smth old vamp) - he had features that didn't appeal to me and I could only invision him as this...
and unfortunately I don't like that guy, like at all
so that was a bust!
a heroine's shown some hope, she was funny, had a few good joking remarks...BUT that wasn't enough to hold my interest :(
and the constant g ...more
Abby Barlow is a woman that goes through life blissfully ignorant of all the unusual things that surround her, until one evening, the woman she works for is suddenly killed in a violent manner. Little does she know that her entire world is about to change.
In comes Dante. Hot vampire sent to protect Abbys former boss, now entrusted to protect Abby after this horrible acciden ...more
Heat Rating: 3/5
Narrator Performance: 3.5/5
This has been in my library for years and I'm happy that I finally got to it since I really enjoyed it. It was written 13 years ago and I think it's held up well. Ivy didn't put in any details or pop culture references that would make the story feel "dated".
It's been a hell of a day for Abby Barlow. In just a few hours, she's survived an explosion, watched her employer die, had a startling dream, and now she finds herself in a seedy Chicago hotel with the sexy, unearthly Dante, a man she both desires and fears. For 341 years, Dante has stood as guardian to The Chalice, a mortal woman chosen to hold back the darkness. A terrible twist of fate has now made Abby that woman. Three hours ago, Dante would have used all his charms to sedu ...more
This story is about Abby, who inherits the power of Phoenix (a good creation keeping the Prince of Darkness at bay), when her employer dies. Dante, the protector (or beast as referred to in the story), is a vampire and magically chained to that power to protect the Phoenix ...more
I have to admit that Abby really annoyed me at the beginning of the book, but she grew on me as the story moved along. She was suddenly hit with a bunch of mayhem and she coped fair ...more
I'm not keen on the romance between the Dante and Abby - it feels like an amalgamation of everything I ever read before in this genre but without any depth to the characters. I find it hard to read books where they love each other from the word go, without question. It feels a little lazy, and the entire sto ...more
Enjoyment level: 4/5 stars
My second time reading this one. Thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon spent with Dante and Abby. There were a couple of plot points that pulled me from the story now and again, but to be honest, now I have finished I can't remember them. It was a thoroughly entertaining read.
I give "When Darkness Comes" a 2.5-3 stars. It was an ok read. It's not a book I'd read again. It did not pull me in and make me want to keep reading. ...more
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The dark wisard and I had a mild disagreement." -Viper
What sort of disagreement?" -Dante
I thought he should be dead and he disagreed." -Viper”