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Quickie Book Review-Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall

by | Jun 7, 2022 | Book Reviews, Quickie Romance Review | 2 comments

This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.

About The Book

In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts…where passion can last forever, if you’re willing to pay the price…

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…

My Review

Darkness Dawns is the first book in this series, and this is an author that I have been wanting to pick up for quite a while. As she also has a good sci-fi series she has started to write. I feel like I had read this book or at least started it last year or maybe even the year before as the first few chapters felt so familiar but I decided to finally read this all the way through and I am glad that I did. I really liked this style of paranormal that this author writes and I was so intrigued by the way in which it was written The story does draw you in pretty quickly, it starts off with the heroine saving her hero who is an immortal guardian, and gets jumped by vampires and is being staked to the ground. Sarah is brought into the world of vampires and immortals and introduced to a love she never imagined. There is a bright connection between Sarah and Roland, but they also have a fight on their hands with an enemy who is one of their own but commands an army of vampires. I really got a kick out of this story and saw the way that this author introduces the reader to the world. The world-building is light and not plot-heavy which I really enjoyed. Sometimes the first books can be a brain overload, but in this one, it was more balanced with the story and the romance which I really enjoyed, There is plenty of action and some fun character building and plenty of laughs along the way. There is a bond between these immortals that was beyond charming and I am eager to explore this series and see what more this author delivers. A great start to an intriguing paranormal series!

Title: Darkness Dawns

Author: Dianne Duvall

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Format: eBook

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Length: 353 Pages

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Book Evaluation

Storytelling Quality: 4

Story Itself: 4

Character Development: 3.5

Writing Style: 3.75

World Building 4.5

Feels + The Romantic Heart 4

Pacing 4

Plot 4

Cover Art 4

Ending 4

Book Ratings

Overall Rating of the Book

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Steam Level

Simmering—soft warm touches and light intimacy

Warm- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.

Steamin’ up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.

Blazing fire to the building-The prime focus is the sex scenes, scorching hot, and could burn one. Less focus on the emotional intimacy to the relationship.

Series Order

Immortal Guardians

Darkness Dawns-Pub 2011 #1 in the Series

Night Reigns-Pub 2011 #2 in the Series

Phantom Shadows-Pub 2012 #3 in the Series

Darkness Rises-Pub 2013 #4 in the Series

Night Unbound-Pub 2014 #5 in the Series

Shadow Strike-Pub 2015 #6 in the Series

Blade of Darkness-Pub 2017 #7 in the Series

Awaken the Darkness-Pub 2018 #8 in the Series

Death of Darkness-Pub 2019 #9 in the Series

Broken Dawn-Pub 2020 #10 in the Series

Cliff’s Descent-Pub 2021 #11 in the Series

About The Author

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne’s books “fast-paced and humorous” (Publishers Weekly), “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews), “extraordinary” (Long and Short Reviews), and “wonderfully imaginative” (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and/or Night Owl Reviews.Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn’t writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she so loves to create in her books.


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