Title: Night Unbound
Series: Immortal Guardians #5
Author: Dianne Duvall
Format: eBook/Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Publication: September 2nd 2014 by Zebra
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from Authors Taproom and the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.
Lisette d’Alençon is a Guardian and she seems to have a constant shadow. Zach is someone who is in a lot of pain. He has had to deal with a lot from Others but Lisette seems to ground him. Lisette has a great friend in Tracy but watch out because she’s a scene stealer. Another scene stealer is Ethan. He’s someone that knows Lisette very well. And all this scene stealing is one reason that this is a great read.
Even though this book is part of a series, and characters from previous books make an appearance, you could read this as a stand-alone. I don’t think you will get lost. But I hope that you will feel the need to read this series in order so that you will understand more about all the characters. The author shows the amount of pressure that all our characters are under. Most importantly, don’t think you can finish this book in just one day – there’s just so much to process and it’s not a book to rush.
There are lots of twists and turns that will keep you riveted. I had a hard time putting this book down because I didn’t want to miss anything and I just couldn’t find the perfect place to stop. Lisette is strong both in the physical sense and in her mind – she stands by her convictions. Zach also needs to be strong but he has moments of tenderness which is nice to see. And yes, they do have some love scenes together.
Dianne also makes me jealous – I would love to have some of the character’s powers especially if their enemies actually did exist. But with those powers comes a lot of responsibility and as you read you will see what that entails. It takes a very strong person to handle that kind of pressure and be able to sleep “at night”. Yet they still have time to show another person that they want to spend some quality time together – they are not defined by what they must do to keep us humans safe. And with all that, the reader can still have an ending that will have you smiling.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Dianne Duvall earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of St. Thomas, where she studied fiction writing, playwriting, and poetry writing. Darkness Dawns, the first book in her Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series, was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews and for Best Paranormal Romance – Vampire by The Romance Reviews. It was also deemed a Top Pick by The Romance Reviews and a Best Book by Long and Short Reviews. Night Reigns, the second book in the series, was nominated for Best Best Book of 2011 – Paranormal Romance by The Romance Reviews and declared an “utterly addictive” Top Pick by RT Book Reviews. Phantom Shadows, the third book in the series, has been declared a Top Pick by both The Romance Reviews and Night Owl Reviews. Her Immortal Guardians novella In Still Darkness was released in the Predatory anthology on May 7, 2013, and has received many fabulous reviews. Darkness Rises, the fourth book in the series, hit the USA Today Bestseller list, has been nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews and was deemed a Night Owl Reviews Top Pick.
Dianne has also completed two not-yet-published paranormal romance novels that are prequels to Darkness Dawns. A Sorceress of His Own is a medieval romance with paranormal elements that won awards in the Lone Star, Where the Magic Begins, Southern Heat, Picture This, Book of Your Heart and Suzannah national writing competitions. Rendezvous With Yesterday is a time travel romance and won second place in the Picture This writing contest.
In addition to writing romance, Dianne has completed a one-act play (comedy) and teamed up with an award-wining screenwriter to write a spec script for a new situation comedy. Several of her poems have also been published in anthologies.
When she isn’t writing, Dianne is very active in the independent film industry and once even appeared on screen as a machete-weilding maniac not unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.