Review: Darkness Rises by Dianne Duvall

darkness risesReviewed by Jen

I have yet to meet an installment in this series that I didn’t like. At the risk of gushing a little, I have got to say that the Immortal Guardians has quickly become one of my favorite paranormal romance series. There are many reasons why, but the top three are easy: the characters are engaging and well-drawn; the romances are easy to root for; and the worldbuilding is interesting without being overly complex. There’s also great pacing, fun sexytimes, and plenty of action. Really, what’s not to love?

This is Etienne’s story. I wasn’t super-excited about him the way I was about Sebastian, since he’s not particularly angsty, nor did Dianne Duvall lay the groundwork for his romance. But then I got to know him. He is sexy and French and best of all, he respects the strength of his heroine. In so many PNRs, the hero practically smothers his woman for her own good. And if she doesn’t like it, she gets a spanking and the guy gets his way. (I wish I were joking.) Etienne is different and I love him for it.

Krysta has no idea that Immortal Guardians exist, but she knows all too well about vampires. She has been hunting them for the past six years, ever since they brutally attacked someone she loved.  Thankfully, she has a brother with healing gifts who can patch her up every night when she comes home with cuts, bruises, and broken bones. I can’t tell you who is more surprised when Krysta and Etienne cross paths, her, for running across a “good vampire” –or him, meeting a human who risks herself nightly against the vamps and lives to fight another day.

The two end up working together, and inevitably stop fighting the attraction to one another. What I love is that Etienne recognizes how important Krysta’s mission is to her. Even though her hunting puts her at risk –even though it puts him at risk– he doesn’t try to take it away from her. He stands with her and is only more attracted to her for her strength. At the same time, I love that Krysta is able to ultimately see her own limitations, instead of clinging to illusions. She ultimately makes the right decisions for the right reasons.

In the meantime, Duvall is laying the groundwork for a Lisette and Zach pairing. I am so excited about this one. The secondary characters in this series excite me in every book. Not only do I want more of this couple, I want more Seth, more David, and I can’t wait for the big Ami delivery!

This one doesn’t have quite as much fire as the previous romances, with a definite lack of internal conflict. But I like that the different romances in the series all have a different vibe. It’s not my favorite in the series, but I still liked it quite a bit.

You could still enjoy these stories as standalones, but the series is so much better when read in order.

Rating: B

Click to purchase: Amazon

Darkness Rises
by Dianne Duvall
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Zebra


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