Review: Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall #ImmortalGoodness

Review: Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall #ImmortalGoodnessNight Unbound by Dianne Duvall

Series: Immortal Guardians #5
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Kensington on September 2, 2014
Pages: 433
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

A female Guardian! Seriously she was changed so long ago, she is just one of the guys. No conflict in the romance department. It was smooth sailing. A delightful addition the Immortal Guardians series.

The Immortal Guardians series has been hit or miss with me. I will love one book and then feel *meh* about the next. So I went into this story with such high hope, but there were a few things that left me wanting more from this story than what I am getting. The exciting part is we get our first romance with a female Guardian, well, because female Guardians are rare.

Background

The Guardians are a group of vampires that aren’t really vampires…what? When a vampire bites a person they can go one of two ways. Either they have the genetic make up to become a Guardian or they become a vampire. The vampires tend to go crazy and there is no cure for it. The Guardians still eat food, live a long time and retain their sanity, but they are also recruited by Seth to belong to the order. He helps guide them through their transitions and trains them to fight the worlds enemies, while protecting humans.

This series is so interwoven with each book, that I can’t really say you can read this one on it’s own and truly understand what is happening. Some of the stories run parallel as well.

The Characters

Lisette is one of the rare female Guardians, whose husband was a vampire in France…and you guessed it turned her. Lisette has two brothers, Richart and Etienne, also Guardians. Lisette carries guilt about turning her brothers who gave her their blood thinking they were helping her. But now that her brothers have found love, she has moved on and now crushes on a handsome winged creature that likes to sit on David’s roof. Comfortable with life, a good second, it’s time to find her own love and she is willing to give it a go with a creature she knows nothing about.

Zach is pretty damn old, but doesn’t look it at all. Confused and intrigued by the world around him, Zach has broken many of the rules of his kind to be there. Of the same race as Seth, we learn a little more about the mystery. Zach is pretty old fashioned in a sense, but then so is Lisette. Seeing Lisette each night brings forth a desire to see and do more. To experience passion, love and hope. Having forsaken his kind to learn more, he now has a wanted poster on his back.

Gettin’ Together

Then these two finally get together. It’s like a freight train of passion sweeping through them. The need to protect each other morphs into some quality time between the sheets. But what I didn’t really like was just how easy and painless they got together. There was no obstacles. No hard feelings. No learning about each other. It was hop in bed and wham bam we are in love.

The Conflict

The conflict comes in from the story revolving around the characters. The vampires are back again and they are aggressive, military style fighters. Now Seth is looking for the one person that has betrayed his family. It has to be Zach right? Or could it be one of their own? There is a lot of back stabbing going on as Seth makes assumptions, then has to back track to his original theory. Everyone walks on egg shells around Seth and David. David’s house is the one place everyone feels welcome in, but when Seth and David can mind read, then it becomes uncomfortable for a few.

We get introduced to a few more Guardians that we haven’t seen before. My heart breaks for one of them and you will know who as soon as you read this book. I also felt sort of on guard around another…and you will know who that one is too and why.

My Final Thoughts

Each new book introduces a new set of problems that build from the last set of problems you thought were resolved. The author chips away at what you don’t know, but also leaves you frustrated to understand what really is going on. The sex was hot even if the hero was a virgin…he caught on quickly. Lisette is a modern woman, but still steeped in old world traditions. The two make it all work seamlessly, which I really wanted a few problems to creep up. Seriously, who gets along 100% of the time?

The conflict of finding out who the new vampire group is was interesting, but it seems to be a rehashed theme in each book. What I want to know more of is about Seth and Zach and even David. There are shifters? Ok, I want more about them too.

The world building is very different than what I have seen. More female Guardians are being introduced, but still they are rare and most of them have been turned recently. Lisette was the first one from the past and it was a breath of fresh air not to have to turn another person to live happily ever after.

Oh, and Amy is back. There is a whole sub-plot dealing with her pregnancy that was interesting, but also heartbreakingly sorrow filled and joy filled at the same time. I don’t know where that part of the overall story is going, but it wasn’t left growing dust.

I highly recommend this series. It has its ups and downs, but in the end I enjoy most of it. One slight change I would suggest…not everyone is so accepting of the paranormal that this series leads us to believe. Not everyone is a Guardian in the making. What happens when a Guardian falls for a mortal that just can’t change?

You will have a hard time reading this as a stand alone, so I suggest you start at the beginning and enjoy the journey to get caught up!

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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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • LOL! I’m always expecting the anguish too, but when it just isn’t there I don’t know what to do with myself. Sounds like several mysteries in the worldbuidling still out there with this series. I need to try this one eventually.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      The world building is awesome and keeps me coming back to find out what the secrets are. I don’t need a lot of anguish or conflict, but they just fell into love so easily and never really argued about anything. Just didn’t feel realistic. My heart broke for a new character and hope we get his story. There was another one I think was new, and he scares me with how they can’t read him. I don’t know if I think he is innocent or guilty. It could go either way. I think you would love this series.

      • Sounds like there are a few story lines that need following up. It’s fun when there is a character that is a mystery.

  • Thanks for the head’s up about reading this in order. I usually start midway or scramble it. I’m not sure about the virgin boy though, I have a hard time buying virgin stories.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      The virgin part isn’t harped one…he seems to catch on rather quickly…after all he is very old, lol. You can read it out of order for the story itself, but everything going on around it will leave you lost.