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In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall [novella review] (2014, paranormal romance)

In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall [novella review] (2014, paranormal romance)Author: Dianne Duvall
Title: In Still Darkness
Series: Immortal Guardians #3.5
Publisher: Zebra Books
Pages: 98
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance

Originally published in "Predatory"

"In Dianne Duvall s world of Immortal Guardians, the stakes for mortals are high, but the cost especially to the heart might be higher "

It s not the first time Immortal Guardian Richart d Alencon has saved a human life from eternal damnation. Usually, he moves on, a nameless savior like a ghost in the night. But this time he can t seem to forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he rescued her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist

Jenna never imagined she d end up a single mom working overtime to put her son through school. But she might have daydreamed once that a devastatingly gorgeous Frenchman would sweep her off her feet. Now that a package of tall, dark, and handsome seems intent on doing just that, doctors are telling her she may not have long to live. But Richart is telling her just the opposite. All she has to do is abandon her humanity

Includes a special sneak peek of Night Unbound

Duvall is a major player. "RT Book Reviews"

The Immortal Guardians series is one you ll want to follow. "The Romance Review"
Format: eARC
Also by this author: Darkness Dawns, Shadows Strike, Night Reigns, Phantom Shadows
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

IN STILL DARKNESS is a novella in the Immortal Guardians series by Dianne Duvall.

Goodreads lists this as #3.5 in the series. However, the events in the story seemed to cross over books two and three because some scenes were in those books, told in this story from a different perspective. The events start around the same time Ami became Marcus’ second, which I believe was in the second book in the series.

This story was originally published in the Predatory anthology. It was re-released as an ebook.

“In Still Darkness” is told primarily from Richart’s point of view in third person, past tense. Richart saves a woman named Jenna from three vampires. He becomes a little obsessed with her, and visits her repeatedly at her work, even though she doesn’t remember the attack or him.  He woos her, and eventually has to tell her everything.

I really enjoyed reading this story. Richart is so sweet with Jenna. They are both likable characters. Jenna is a single mom of a young man who is in college. I liked that she was a mother and older than many characters in paranormal romance stories. It shows that anyone can find love; age is not that big of a deal.

“In Still Darkness” can be read as a standalone story. It’s not necessary to have read any of the books in the series. Dianne Duvall gives the reader all the information needed to read the story.

Even if you aren’t already a fan of the Immortal Guardians series, I strongly recommend reading this story. I give it 5 out of 5 stars for a believable romance that progresses naturally, fast pacing with plenty of action, and well-developed and likable characters.



Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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