I have read most of the Immortal Guardian series but not the novellas, so when the chance came to listen to Richart d Alencon story on audio how could I resist? Narrated by Arika Rapson In Still Darkness delivered a quickie romance that left me wishing for more.
by Dianne Duvall
Series: Immortal Guardians #3.5
Narrator: Arika Rapson
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Narration: 4 cups Speed: 1.3x
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'Alençon 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....
I was excited to listen to Richart’s story after the events of Phantom Shadow & Night Reigns. The Frenchman stole my heart, and I wanted him to find a mate. Our Immortal cannot stop thinking about Jenna, the human female he saved from vampires.
Their romance is sweet as he cannot forget her and seeks to protect her. I loved how protective she was of him.
Richart was delightful from his caring for Jenna to his treatment of her college-age son. Jenna is widowed and an older heroine but confident and trusts her instincts.
While the story was low on drama and the relationship between Richart and Jenna felt genuine, but I wanted more from awkward kisses with a buildup toward an HEA. A lot of the story felt like a recap of moments since it overlaps both Night Reigns and Phantom Shadow.
I think the audio enhanced my enjoyment as it allowed me to connect to each character. I ended up listening in two sessions as I rooted for their happily ever after. Arika Rapson did a splendid job giving voice to each character from accents to tone.
While I wanted more, I ended up smiling by the end. I love this series and the spin-off series. Duvall is a favorite.
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