Krysta is used to getting the drop on vampires. Her "special abilities" aren't much, but the plan is simple - she plays helpless pretty young thing to lure them in. Then her shoto swords come out and it's bye-bye, bloodsucker. Until one night she finds herself with an unexpected ally. He's a vampire, all right, but different. Mysterious. Handsome. And more interested in saving her skin than draining it. Etienne has been an Immortal Guardian for two hundred years-long enough to know that Krysta is special. He can't stop thinking about her long legs, even more than her short swords. Then he discovers the vamps she's exterminating have friends in high places, and the Guardians are in danger, too. He'll have to accept Krysta's help to save them. The stakes for a mortal are high. But the cost to his heart might be higher . . .
©2013 Leslie Duvall (P)2013 Tantor
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I love love love this series! This is book 4 and I hope there are 100 more! I never thought I would love a series more than the black dagger brotherhood but I do!
Once again we are in the world of the immortal guardians....this is a wonderful world that is full of humor, full of steamy scenes, and just plain fun to be in. In this world, set in present day, there is a virus that causes vampirism. Once someone is infected things can go one of two ways, become a blood thirsty vampire who looses their mind within a year and becomes a savage without a conscience OR if you have the special DNA you are turned into a fanged, glowing eyes, rational vampire...known as an immortal guardian. The IG's have a network of humans that help them and they protect man kind from the vicious deadly vampires.
I laughed so hard I cried! The writing is wonderful and each character has their own special personality that springs to life. If you haven't started this series you need to, just buy the first one....or use a credit....I swear you won't be disappointed!
Dianne Duvall's a Maestro at creating a fascinating paranormal world, then floods it with interesting characters, breathes life and personalities into each of them for us to savour and drool over and finally gives us an incredible, action-packed, funny, intense, adventure with twists, humor, intrigue, sizzling sex scenes and, of course, an intense romance.
Book by book she seamlessly orchestrates love matches, battles, villains, good, evil and questionable characters, shocks and surprises whilst all the time building and building towards the inevitable final battle. Krystal and Etienne's story was a non-stop entertaining and enjoyable listen and only added to the intrigue and mysteries that is the Immortal Guardian's world.
Worth a credit? There's WOWS, POWS, PHEWS and WHO KNEWS so I think I've said enough to let you know that my answer will not only be a YES, but a HELL YES written on 100 shiny Helium balloons all leisurely floating skywards. A good runner-up to J R Ward's BDB.
I wasn't sure. Etienne wasn't one I was very curious about his story. But the story line of the book the weaving in of loose threads from the other 3, Dianne Duvall did an excellent job that really brought the French Immortal to life and less of a background character. I was impressed at how quickly he became a favorite of mine. The further development of other central characters just increased my interest in the book.
Kirsten Potter was as she has been in the last 3 an excellent choice of narrators. I do enjoy her telling of stories
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was another great addition to this series. Krysta and Etienne are perfect for each other and I love them both. The storyline is interesting and engaging (as usual) and my only issue with this book is it ending and having to wait for the next book to come out to see what happens next! *sigh*
Krysta is pretty kickbutt. She's a Vampire hunter (with the help of her brother as backup) and has been doing it for 6 years. She's never met a sane vampire before but one night when she encounters more Vampires than she can handle on her own, she ends up getting help from what appears to be a good Vampire. She's unwilling to trust him at first and flees as soon as she can. She doesn't realize that she didn't get away.
Etienne is French and a 200+ years old Immortal (a Vampire-like paranormal that is sane and hunts Vampires to protect humanity). Etienne is out hunting Vampires one night when he sees a woman (Krysta) being tailed by Vampires. He's surprised when the woman turns around and starts fighting and killing them. He helps when she gets in trouble but isn't sure who she is or her intentions, and for some reason his telepathy doesn't work on Krysta. Fearing she might be an enemy, Etienne follows her home and spies on her to find out who she is.
Etienne spends some time figuring out who Krysta and her brother are. He starts shadowing her while she hunts and tries to keep her safe while keeping it from her. When she finally figures it out, they end up in a confrontation and she realizes again that Etienne isn't a regular Vampire. At one point, Krysta and Etienne end up getting attacked by mercenaries and Etienne is drugged and almost captured. Krysta ends up helping him out and, consequently is seen by the mercenaries as a target. When the mercenaries destroy her home, her and her brother decide to stay with Etienne until things are settled.
Krysta is able to keep hunting with Etienne and they get to know each other and start to get close but still don't give in completely to their feelings for each other. When they finally do, they both fear it's too soon but don't want to fight their feelings any more. It was actually kind of cool seeing Etienne trying to figure out Krysta and how she feels about him without his telepathy working on her....poor guy. Krysta and Etienne really do end up being pretty perfect for each other though and I was very happy to see them get together. Meanwhile, the action plot heats up as they're able to track the base of the newest threat. Unfortunately, they don't know the true enemy behind unleashing the most recent threat so there are still things unfolding that make me very anxious for the next book in the series. As the action plot is being concluded, Krysta and Etienne get a great HEA (loved the visit to Krysta's parents!).
This was a great book from a great series. I love the characters and the storyline is always interesting and makes me want more because it's just so good! I will be waiting for the next book in the series but I have and will be rereading all of the series in the future. I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up! :D
I simply love this series. Some have compared it to Black Dagger Brotherhood, but I think that Duvall has set this series apart from all the others. Her characters are original, diverse and believable.
In this installment Etienne stumbles across Krista, a human vampire hunter. He can't keep her out of his mind and stalks her till he falls for her. It's a great story and we get plenty on the other characters as well. There's lots going on and I stayed interested and engaged the entire time.
Kristin Potter is an excellent narrator. I will give this an adults only rating and worth the cash or credit.
The character interaction is humorous and compelling.
There were so many. The growth of characters through the series makes you want to know them, everything about their past and all their thoughts.
I actually started this series because I was looking for books she narrated. She is one of my top three favorites out of hundreds. She does men and accents amazingly!!!
Yes, and I did. I am going to wait a couple days and listen again. My garden and house have never been so maintained.
I literally can not wait for the next book. There is only one other author I feel desperate for their next book.
Darkness Rises continues to envelope you into the world of these drool worthy immortal guardians! This fourth installment is Etienne's story, and who doesn't love a sexy Frenchman?!?! (SIGH)
I enjoyed Etienne's and Krysta's romance, however it didn't make my heart race as some of the other stories had, but it was definitely an enjoyable listen. One of the best parts of the book however, were the other plot lines being developed, involving Seth, Zach, Amy, and Lisette!! Wow! I can't wait to see what happens next with all four of these characters, I really hope that there is a fifth book in the works. You won't be disappointed!
First of all let me say this is one of my favorite series- so by all means a good story. My personal taste is more towards friction and a slower build up to the characters falling in love - and in this story it happened a bit too quick for my preference.
The surrounding familiar characters and continued back story with Zach, Amy and Seth kept the pot brewing. Kristen Potter in my opinion makes the entire listen come to life- she is amazing!!
I just missed the struggle and interactions that blend suspense with the dance of two coming together- perhaps I wanted more of a tango and that is just unique to my taste. If you are similar- this one may seem a tad less exciting- but still a fun continuation of a great series.
Oh my what a great book! The whole series is just fantastic. This may have been my favorite. I totally loved Etienne. I cant wait for the next book. The narration has been one of the best I have listened too. The narrator does all the accents so well and I like how she keeps the accents in all the book and does not change them up. OMG its going to be a long wait for the next book!
It's been a while since I dropped into the Immortal Guardian world and I had forgotten just how much I love it. This was a great book to get me back into it.
Sean and Krysta made this book for me. I loved the siblings who have been fighting vampires together with no real training or experience for 6 years. And they really have been working blind. They have no idea about the Immortals or Seconds although Krysta has heard rumblings from the vampires as she battles them. Both Krysta and Sean are "gifted ones"...they have other powers. For Krysta, she can see auras and with vampires that means she can see their aura shift in battle telling her which way they are going to move before they attack. Sean is a healer. He's the one who puts Krysta back together after a night of hunting. They believe in what they are doing although it's running them ragged to hunt on top of med school for Sean and jobs for both of them.
Etienne runs into Krysta during a battle and is shocked at how well she handles herself. But she's still human and therefore vulnerable so he begins to follow her at night to "help her out"...something that Krysta doesn't appreciate especially since she thinks he's a vampire too.
These books have everything. The romance is always stellar, the paranormal world exciting and interesting, but the group dynamic is perfection. I love the scenes where all the characters in this huge cast are together. The characters have a wide mix of personalities, but they are all quick-witted and the back and forth between them is all so much fun. Whether it's conversations between the various siblings or the Immortals or the humans, they all have a great snarky wit that I just love.
Reading these books are fun and listening to them on audio just enhances that. Kirsten Potter is an incredible narrator and she masters ALL the different voices and accents perfectly. This is one of my favorite series to listen to on audio and her talent is a lot of the reason for that.
I highly recommend the entire series and definitely this book too. If you can listen to it on audio, I think it's even better, but the books are good and action-filled so I'll tell you right now that you may want a copy of the book too because there will be times when you want the speed of being able to read it yourself because you have to know what happens next. A superb installment to this series.
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