Broken Dawn by Dianne Duvall

Broken Dawn by Dianne Duvall
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

Nick Belanger can’t stop thinking about the single mother who lives next door. She’s smart. She’s funny. She’s so beautiful he can’t stare at her too long for fear his eyes will start to glow. But Kayla thinks he’s just an ordinary guy who works in security. Finding out he instead is a powerful immortal warrior who hunts and slays psychotic vampires for a living may not go over well, particularly since she has a daughter she doesn’t want to endanger.

Kayla Dorman can keep neither her gaze nor her thoughts from straying to the man next door. Who can blame her really? He is the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome with smart, charming, and honorable thrown in. He’s also a few years younger than her and surely would not be interested in a single mom who hasn’t dated since her divorce. At least that’s what she thinks until an accident nearly takes her life and Nick risks all to save her.

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I am so happy to be back in the world of Immortal Guardians. I was ecstatic with Seth’s story but it seemed like it might be a while before I’d get to enjoy more in the series. Color me tickled pink to find Broken Dawn not only introduced me to Nick and Kayla, but my favorite Immortal Guardians popped in to help out. Once again, I feel like I’m figuratively embraced by a large, loving family whose lives I care about. How many book series make a reader feel like that? I know they are out there, but I’m adding Ms. Duvall’s Immortal Guardian series to that honorary list.

One intriguing aspect was the exploration of the question – what would happen if one of the long-lived Immortal Guardians met someone from their quasi-recent past? And what would that person’s reaction be? The author answered that question with one possible outcome in Broken Dawn. It provided a great plot to carry the romance of Nick and Kayla. Their relationship was already there as they were neighbors but crises can act as catalysts for change and that certainly was the case in this book.

This was a smooth romance, and by that I mean that I didn’t have to deal with any heavy-handed internal conflicts. That it was a pleasure to read because I felt the tone was positive, upbeat and the focus was on the growing romance between Kayla and Nick. It was at times sweet, humorous, intriguing, surprising and even suspenseful. It was all around wonderful.

The reason that I didn’t give this book the full 5 stars is because of the actions surrounding the villain. Yes, there was a villain who effectively contributed to the suspense and action that did occur. I am referring to the guys that were employed to get answers and to secure the captives. I understood in the previous showdowns with evil-minded mercenaries with government-like ties, that it was necessary to eliminate the enemy because they were violent bad guys definitely guilty of crimes of moral turpitude. They had no mercy, and had no compunctions about killing. In Broken Dawn, I didn’t get that crucial feeling of the end justifying the means – that getting rid of them was removing depraved, violent people who killed innocents without qualm. I didn’t get that feeling because of the nature and circumstances surrounding the villain. I don’t believe the author convinced me that every hostile in green and gray warranted that level of removal. Perhaps because of past events in previous books that not doing so later bit them in their butts? I suppose that’s possible. I guess it’s up to readers to decide for themselves if they were convinced. I wasn’t.

That was a big paragraph explaining why I didn’t go that extra half of a star, true, but in actual time spent involved with that dramatic plot twist, it’s actually a blip in the over all scheme of things. I stand by my earlier statement that this is truly an upbeat romance. That watching Kayla and Nick discover that their feelings for each other weren’t as one sided as they each thought was a joy and made for great entertainment. If I remember correctly, many gifted ones who are love interests of Immortal Guardians don’t always have a choice about when they’ll make the transition. Nothing is ever easy and Kayla carries on that tradition. Speaking of the afterwards, there is this one sentence that created a sound track in my head for Nick and Kayla’s HEA. Their “I don’t think forever will be long enough” triggered the end song of the second Mummy movie, “Forever May Not Be Long Enough”. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten an earworm while reading before. It was perfect. So, while I’m writing this review, guess what song I’m listening to …? *GRIN*

I am a very happy and satisfied reader. Broken Dawn is the 10th installment in the series and is just as fine a read as all the previous. It’s a keeper and a wonderful addition to the Immortal Guardian family. Fans of the series surely must be as happy as me.


  1. Mary Prigge says

    Love all Dianne’s books

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