Title: Deliver Me from Darkness
Author: Tes Hilaire
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 15th, 2012
A STRANGER IN THE NIGHT…
He had once been a warrior of the Light, one of the revered Paladin. A protector. But now he lives in darkness, and the shadows are his sanctuary. Every day is a struggle to overcome the bloodlust. Especially the day Karissa shows up at his doorstep.
COMES KNOCKING ON THE DOOR
She is light and bright and everything beautiful—despite her scratches and torn clothes. Every creature of the night is after her. So is every male Paladin. Because Karissa is the last female of their kind. But she is his. He may not have a soul, but he can’t deny his heart.
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: I saw this book while looking through NetGalley one day and was intrigued by the summary. Tortured heroes always pull me in and I thought Roland would be no exception. I also liked the idea of reading about the Paladins because it is a mythology I had not read about in the past. A bonus was Roland’s vampire status mixed in there as well. I am always a sucker for vamps too, so I downloaded the galley and started reading.
Karissa is special, she is thought to be the last female Paladin and because of that she is extremely coveted by the entire male Paladin population. They all want to claim her for their own and she is not even aware of just how far they will go to get her. These once proud and noble warriors have slipped a little on the honor scale when it comes to women. They would never really hurt Karissa, but she is the last hope for the continuation of their race and because of that they are all hoping to be the one to bond with her. This turns out to be a problem when Roland recognizes her as his mate, but cannot do anything about it since he has been cast out. Actually, most of the Paladins believe him to be dead. The only man who knows of his existence is the one who was supposed to kill him, Logan. Since Roland is a vampire, the other Paladins have turned their back on him. They think he is evil and want nothing to do with him, which is why they sent Logan to kill him years ago. Luckily, Logan spared his friends life and Roland has been trying to prove his worth ever since.
I connected with this couple immediately. I cannot pinpoint the exact reason, but I was just as possessive of Karissa as Roland was. I started the book late one night, knowing I was not going to be able to make it through the whole thing, which was a mistake. I had to stay up until the first kiss between Karissa and Roland to make sure he had a little bit of an “in” with her. How crazy is that? I am not sure how Tes did it, but she created characters that I could not help but be very emotionally invested in.
The romance is a slow build for these two because of all the obstacles they face. Roland wants Karissa, but he believes he has no soul since being turned into a vampire and does not want to ruin her life by bonding with her. This would be the tortured hero part I mentioned before. He is punishing himself for what he is, but I believe it is not what you are, but your actions that define you. Roland would argue with me I am sure, but I relished his emotional journey in this book. Karissa was a delightful character as well, she is fighter until the very end and I appreciated her kick butt and take names attitude. She is not a wall flower that will melt into the background. She will protect herself however she can until she has no breath left. She is initially distrustful of Roland because he is a vampire and she has been raised to hate them. Once she lets her gut instinct take over though it is a whole other ball game. She and Roland have to learn to trust each other and get past prejudges that threaten to keep them apart.
There were so many action sequences in Deliver Me from Darkness, but they were all very concise and to the point. They were not drawn out and filled with unnecessary details. It helped keep the conflict so much more exciting and pushed the plot forward into hyper speed. There was never a dull moment in this book and I raced through the novel, desperate to know how everything would play out.
I also enjoyed the secondary characters in this book. I am not going to lie, Logan was irking me when he was trying to claim Karissa for his own, but he did eventually grow on me. He is loyal and tries to approach every angle of a situation before declaring it a lost cause. Roland is a prime example of Logan’s inability to give up on something. Logan is an honorable man and I hope we get to see more from him in the future. I also really enjoyed Valin. He is another
Paladin warrior but contrary to Logan, he does not get along well with Roland. There are so many reasons behind the dislike they have for one another, but I cannot say too much without giving it away. He is sarcastic and resourceful and I totally gravitated toward him. I am hoping his book is going to be next because I would love to see more of his naked self running around. Oh didn’t I mention that? He has the ability to shield himself and others from being seen and other fun things, but it requires him being naked while doing it. Doesn’t that sound intriguing? Yeah, I thought so too, haha!
Overall, I loved this book. It is a fantastic start to a new series! It has exhilarating action, a sensational new mythology and a romance that burns up the pages. I have not seen anything about another book, but I have fingers crossed that we have not seen the last of these Paladin warriors.
FTC: Thank you to the publisher for letting me read and review this ARC through NetGalley.