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Darkness Dawns: Immortal Guardians Series #1 | [Dianne Duvall]

Darkness Dawns: Immortal Guardians Series #1

Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control...
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Publisher's Summary

Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control...

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible---when it means forfeiting the world she's always known, and the life he would do anything to protect.

©2011 Dianne Duvall (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"This is a strong start in what looks to be a thrilling and chilling new paranormal series. Fantastic!" (Romantic Times)

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    Suzanne Iantorno Denver, CO, United States 08-10-11
    Suzanne Iantorno Denver, CO, United States 08-10-11
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    "Meh, it's ok"

    Not very original, not the greatest writing, but a good narrator. The author does what so many romance authors do and make the two main characters fall in love right away without the reader getting a sense of the characters and why they would fall for each other. The author races right to the physical relationship and sacrafices character development. I won't read any other books in this series and don't recommend it.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    barrotsmom 01-12-15
    barrotsmom 01-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Bad enough to write my first review!"
    What disappointed you about Darkness Dawns?

    okay okay, I know....we should eat organic, drive a prius, and not use deodorant..but come on! This was supposed to be a romance and entertaining. The focus on this whole vegan, goat cheese, crap, made the characters seem unlikable, unrelatable, and borderline, intolerable. My husband drives a Prius...I want my sexy, hero to drive a Harley, or at least a muscle car! This will be the first series I have started and have no intention of finishing.


    What could Dianne Duvall have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    leave out her vegan, tree hugging, opinions


    What aspect of Kirsten Potter’s performance would you have changed?

    match the accents to what was described


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not really...i got it through one of the audible sales, so at least I didn't waste much money on it


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-10-14

    Fantasy and romance junkie!

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    "Not impressed."
    What would have made Darkness Dawns better?

    Deeper character developement. Too much time spent talking about "vegan/organic" food and environmentally friendly cars.....I was very disappointed and I struggled just to get to the 4th chapter..


    What could Dianne Duvall have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't know if it would be possible.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance seemed to stiff and stuffy for what the characters were saying....Such as ...he said in a suprisingly casual tone....but she used a stuffy and haughty tone.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The plot was interesting but it seemed she took forever to get to it with all of the discussion of organic/vegetarian food.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 05-07-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 05-07-14 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Wouldn't Tofu get stuck in the fangs?"

    Darkness Dawns had all the makings of a typical paranormal romantic vampire book, which made it an okay book. There just wasn't any "POP" factor to it and was a predictable story. The main characters were fine, except they were very yuppie and had no differences. I thought that was annoying. I didn't feel like the author was preaching her lifestyle as much as other reviewers said, but it was in the eye rolling department. There was enough action that I wasn't bored listening, it was just a mediocre story. I had no problem stepping away from the story, the hard part was coming back to it. I'm not saying not to try this book but my recommendation for this book is to wait for a sale if you really want to listen to it, there are lots of reviewers that do seemed to like it. It seems to be a hit or miss for most folks. Narrator was pretty good. I might read the next one, but only if there was a really good sale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Lumberton, TX, United States 04-08-14
    Kindle Customer Lumberton, TX, United States 04-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Eating disorder."
    Any additional comments?

    Wow. The main character seems to have an eating disorder. I think it could have been an interesting story, but all the food references were distracting. I get eating healthy, but this was weird.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl 03-31-14
    Sheryl 03-31-14

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    "A little preachy"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book is a conundrum, some parts were well written and had an adult theme and style, including descriptive sex scenes between the two main characters. The conflict between the various sects of paranormal was interesting and you certainly root for the hero/heroine. But then the author would dive into passages more suited to teens that were shallow and predictable . I don't know who i would refer the book to. Perhaps to those that want vamp theme regardless of depth and character development to escape from the worries of the real world for awhile. There was also a strange current of do-gooder, pro-organic, vegitarianism that distracted from the story.


    Has Darkness Dawns turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I still love the paranormal/vamp genre, but it has been a difficult feat to find a 10+ hour book that is fresh while maintaining an interesting plot, thought provoking issues and characters, without falling into tawdry porno style sex. Not that this book had that, by no means. The romance was fairly well done, just not very imaginative.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kirsten Potter?

    Kirsten is passable, and did not butcher the characters, but still did not have enough individual narrative distinction. I found her voice to be too masculine and somewhat over-dramatized. I would not search out a book just because she was narrarator


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 03-15-14
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 03-15-14 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Kirsten Potter kept me going..."

    Immortal plus human.....much, much, much better out there. I bought it on sale or I would return it. Not even the cliffhanger leaves me wanting more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yoli 03-15-14
    Yoli 03-15-14
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    "stupid stupid stupid"
    What would have made Darkness Dawns better?

    Less talk on life style choices and more about the story line


    What was most disappointing about Dianne Duvall’s story?

    Vegetarian immortals (vampires) that survive and live off the BLOOD of humans Stupid. Stupid stupid. The whole book is designed to turn your lifestyle to all natural vegetarian
    UGH!!!!!


    What character would you cut from Darkness Dawns?

    All vegetarians


    Any additional comments?

    Don t waste a credit I am pissed

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jo 10-22-13
    Jo 10-22-13 Member Since 2011

    Sunny San Diego

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    "Fell for the High Ratings"

    Story: 1 star
    Darn. I fell for all high ratings. I just finished listening to this a couple days ago and I really have to think hard about the positives. I won’t re-hash the odd veggie, eco-friendly theme that the author worked into every other chapter. It really does take away from the story. If the other books carry the same theme, I don’t think I can take it. Sarah started out strong, but caved by chapter 3. Roland just didn't fulfill the bad ass image, he was just putty in Sarah’s hands and soft through the whole story. There’s a lot of fluff in the book. Long drawn out descriptions….I spaced out during these and sometimes I'd have to go back a bit to figure out what was happening.

    Performance: 3 stars
    Kirsten Potter did a fair job with the material she was given.

    Overall: 1 star
    I’ve never rolled my eyes so much while listening to an audiobook. I didn’t finish the story.
    Unfortunately, I purchased another book in this series at the same time based on all the high ratings. Hopefully that book has stronger characters and NO references to veggie eating vamps.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marian 08-13-13
    Marian 08-13-13 Member Since 2008

    Daydreamer

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    "Liked it more than I anticpated"
    Where does Darkness Dawns rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For PNR, not too bad. The twist in the plot of this one is that there are Immortals and Vampires. Both drink blood, both sensitive to light blah blah blah, but apparently all Immortals are just good, and Vampires can't help but become bad. I'm waiting for that mold to be broken at some point in the series if it continues, but for now, thems the brakes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In general the quality of the story was good. No unnecesary character drama, no insipid heroines, just straight forward PNR (heavy on the romance) with a little suspense/ mystery thrown in for good measure.


    What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ms. Potter does a good job of reflecting her narration pace with the pace of the story, so when stuff gets heavy, she gets heavy, etc. She also does Brit accents very well (I know she does a lot of highlander stories) so that's a sweet bonus.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sadly, no. I got a little bored halfway through so I had to step away for a bit before I could finish. That being said, it picked up pace toward the end and I'm probably going to get the second book in the series with my next credit.


    Any additional comments?

    Here are my negative comments that made it not a 5-star rating:

    1) As others mention, there is a LOT of heavy-handed promotion of the organic lifestyle. I'm totally down with all of it, but it's not only jarringly out-of-place in a PNR, it really disrupts the story. If it had been brought up once or twice when Sarah and Roland first get to know each other that would be fine, but Ms. Duvall has to drop not-so-subtle hints throughout the entire book, at which point it's like, OK, I GET IT. The Horse is dead. Please Stop Beating It.

    2) PRIUS ENGINES DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT ROAR TO LIFE. THEY ARE SILENT UNDER 10 MPH. DO BETTER RESEARCH NEXT TIME, KTHX.

    3) I'm sure many, many, many women love men who are all sensitive and talk about their feelings and such. I guess I have too many strong and silent men in my life, because I actually find it to be....too much. Too mushy? Too metro even? I dunno. Feel like their actions, not their words, should be the demonstration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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