?Review: In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall

Posted on September 25, 2019 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 27 Comments

?Review: In Still Darkness by Dianne DuvallTitle: In Still Darkness
Author(s): Dianne Duvall
Series: Immortal Guardians #3.5
Also in this series: Darkness Dawns , Night Reigns , Phantom Shadows , Darkness Rises, Night Unbound , 🎧︎Phantom Embrace, Shadows Strike, Blade of Darkness, Awaken the Darkness
Published by Zebra Books on July 29, 2014
Pages: 98
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchase
Format: eBook
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star
Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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

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Richart d’Alencon intrigued me (I think it may have something to do with him being French ?), and after reading Phantom Shadows I wanted to learn more about him. However, it disappointed me to learn that this would be a novella. On its own, In Still Darkness was a good read, but when compared to the previous books, it was mediocre.

This installment occurred around the same time as Night Reigns and Phantom Shadows, resulting in jumps in the sequence of events. Some of the information contained in this installment is basically a repeat of what happened in books 2 and 3. I felt cheated as a result and because the story lacked depth. The length is no excuse for there being no depth.  In addition, I felt the author rushed the story. Just as things began to get interesting it was over. It did not pack the punch I expected.

I thought Jenna and Richart made a great couple and believed they were warranted a longer story. I loved how devoted they were to each other. Their romance was simple. No unnecessary drama or obstacles to cast any shade on their feelings for each other.

It would have been nice if there were more to Jenna’s back-story.  The information provided regarding her past came unexpectedly at the point when the story almost ended.

It was refreshing to have 37-year-old hero who had a son in college.  I hope he will be seeing him in the other books.

Conclusion / Recommendation
Overall, a sweet romance featuring likeable characters.


About Dianne Duvall

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series. Her debut novel Darkness Dawns, Book 1, 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. Night Reigns, Book 2, was declared an “utterly addictive” Top Pick by RT Book Reviews and was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance 2011 by The Romance Reviews. Phantom Shadows, Book 3, was named 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 in May 2013. Darkness Rises, Book 4, was also nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance. Night Unbound, Book 5 in the series, will be released on September 2, 2014. When she isn’t writing, Dianne loves all things creative. When her nose isn’t buried in a book, she is very active in the independent film industry and once even appeared onscreen as a machete-wielding maniac not unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.

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27 responses to “?Review: In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall

  1. I would feel jipped, too, if it covered the same ground as the other books and especially since it was a character that you really wanted his story.

  2. Kati ??

    Great honest review, I’m sorry this book didn’t work out for you I hope your next read is a much better one. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  3. kindlemom1

    It is nice to have a different age group when reading so everything isn’t always so same old same old. Glad you liked this even if it didn’t blow you away.