Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall

UNBOUND
Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall
Publisher: Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp.
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (425 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

For centuries, Lisette d’Alençon has been a warrior against the dark. She fights alongside her brothers and comrades. But when the dreams start coming, she can’t bear to confess them to the Immortal Guardians’ command. Dreams of a dark-haired man with soft eyes and brutal wounds, a man her heart aches for–and a man she knows has been declared a traitor.

Zach is an exile, a loner. He won’t defend himself against false accusations or grovel to those who should have faith in him. But he’ll damn sure defend the woman who kept him sane against a plague of super-vamps that seems to have appeared from nowhere. The Guardians will blame him, and that will make Lisette suspect, too. With life, death and eternity on the line, who can they really trust?

Fans of paranormal romance who haven’t discovered this series yet are really missing out on something extraordinary. Ms. Duvall has consistently proved her talent with every installment by delivering heart stopping action, thrilling escapes, sizzling romance and heroes and heroines that touch and engage the emotions of a reader. Every single book so far has been almost impossible to put down once I started and Night Unbound continues the tradition. I read it in one day, all 400+ pages. It was that compelling.

If readers like a bad good guy who is misunderstood, Zach is their man. If readers are looking for a romance that embraces sweet and naughty, that can be tender or frenzied, and defies all odds, including threat of death, then this is the book to read. If a race against time and the drama and suspense and all that that entails piques your interest, then a reader should feel right at home. If reading about a strong man who is not intimidated by a strong woman but is turned on by it, who acts like an adorable puppy with the heroine but can wield power better than Darth Vader, then Zach might be the man of your dreams. Zach’s personal growth in this story is tremendously painful but worth every angst filled page. What he turns into is worthy of a swoon – and a rousing cheer.

Lisette is the heroine who teaches Zach to crave a woman’s touch. She’s a warrior and has a wicked talent with swords. She’s also a very brave woman because she stood up to the threat of death in order to be with the man she loved. At no time did the author fall into the trap of making Lisette less than what she started off to be – a strong, independent woman with a confidence to match. Doesn’t mean she doesn’t make mistakes. But the make-up sheet fun was worth reading; every single scene. Well, there was that part that some would consider embarrassing, but I found tremendously funny. I don’t think her brother will recover any time soon. I giggle every time I remember that part.

Secondary characters are too numerous to mention. Perhaps a new reader might get lost when it comes to some of the deep emotional undercurrents between them, mostly because they are much more effective if a reader has the background. But Ms. Duvall did include enough backstory in the natural telling of this tale to catch a reader up to speed so I’m not too worried about calling this a standalone read. In any event, the secondary characters to keep an eye on for future stories are Seth and Aiden. I don’t know too much about Aiden yet but I recognize a wonderful hook when I see one. But Seth, Seth is special. In this novel readers will find out more about him then they ever dreamed they would all in one book. Now I know he is a man in need of love even more than the men I’ve met so far. It’s not too strong of a statement to say that I’m enamored of this series. It’s so rich and meaty!

As for bad guys, Ha! Get ready to be turned around upside down. I was as discombobulated as Zach and as frustrated as Seth. Who could do the impossible and do all that was done? The suspense and mystery of it all had me gripped by my short hairs. I’m still reeling from the ramifications. It was awesome writing.

Night Unbound isn’t just a story, it’s a profound experience. The editing, the characterization, the dialogue, the pace and delivery of the plot and all its environs were simply spot on. I am hard pressed to find anything that didn’t work for me. I adored how Lisette and Zach were together – watching their love grow made me happy. There is sadness too, and tenderness and even hope and joy woven in to keep things balanced. Night Unbound has everything a paranormal romance reader could possibly wish and then some. I cannot express enough my pleasure and satisfaction from having read this book but I encourage readers to discover the unique richness that abounds in Ms. Duvalls books. This book and the rest are treasures.

Comments

  1. OOOOhhhhh! :O

  2. Xeranthemum says:

    LOL!
    Salisa, that’s pretty much what I said when I first held the book, then when I started reading it, there was a squeee! and Yippee! too. I had SO much fun reading it and I hope when you get a chance to read it too, you’ll be just as excited! 😀 😀
    XR

  3. Lea-Ellen {night owl in IL} says:

    What a wonderful review. I’ll have to check this book {and series} out. (Not crazy about the pic of the guy on cover though, but I know the publisher, and not the author, controls that.)

  4. I love this series. Can’t wait for it to be released

  5. Xeranthemum says:

    ROTFL, Lea-Ellen! I never saw the guy on the cover when I read the book as it was an ARC. Once I saw it here, I can assure you, we Both Agree he’s not at all as I picture the hero. Not. At. All. But you’re right – the author has no control.

    And thank you for the compliment on my review. I really appreciate your reading it. Also, I really hope you do get a chance to try this series. I gave the first book a high rating when I read it – it bowled me over because although it had a lot familiar characteristics of the genre, Ms. Duvall put her own mark on it and surprised me something fierce. I’ve been a complete fangirl of the series since. 🙂

  6. Xeranthemum says:

    I don’t believe you’ll be disappointed, Torie – For me it’s even worse… I have to wait EXTRA long until the next book – and I simply cannot wait to find out who is going to get their HEA next. The anticipation is delicious. Torturous, but delicious. 😉

  7. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    I’ve never read any books by this author but this one sound so interesting must add it to my TBR list.

    ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk

  8. Thank you for the fabulous, fabulous review!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed Zach and Lisette’s story!

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