Thursday, November 1, 2012

SUNNY: BOOK REVIEW "Night Reigns" by Dianne Duvall

Marcus Grayden

SUMMARY from Goodreads:
Ami isn't much for trusting strangers. She has a hard time trusting anyone. But she's no coward, and she's no pushover in the protection department either. So when she comes across a mysterious warrior taking on eight deranged vampires on his own, she doesn't hesitate to save his bacon. Of course, that was before she realized what one little rescue would get her into . . .

Marcus Grayden has been an immortal protector of humanity for eight hundred years, and at the moment he's not interested in backup. From the moment Ami arrives in his life, he can't deny that she's strong, smart, and extremely skilled at watching his back. But she's also destroying his protective solitude and stirring desires he can't bear to awaken. After all, whatever her secrets — how can she defeat death itself?(

Night Reigns is book two in the Immortal Guardian series.  It is the story of Marcus and Ami.  As you may have read from previous reviews, I have a thing about kick-ass heroines.  I love them.  I love that they can defend themselves both physically and psychologically. I love that in the test of wills and wit, they can not only hold their own, but come out on top.  I love it when they know their own mind. 

Ami stands out.  She is rescued by Seth, leader of the Immortal Guardians, healed and trained to be a fighter.  She is partnered with Marcus, a notorious loner (yes, another one) to be his Second - a human sidekick with impressive fighting skills set to watch the Guardian's back.  

Because Ami is petite, people have a tendency to underestimate her.  Because she has red Shirley Temple curls (my description) people think she is sugar and spice.  But Ami is more than that:  

"Brave as hell.  Stubborn as a mule.  Thirst for revenge.  She's definitely one of the family." 

One of the best things about this series is the kinship of the Guardians and their Seconds.  I am highly amused by the camaraderie and banter.  So sayeth Seth as he peers into Marcus' mind: 

"I can't help it.  I've thad to tiptoe around you for almost a decade.  Now that I'm free to irritate you at will, I find it exceedingly entertaining."

Marcus grumbled and growled inwardly, then thought of a way to teach Seth a lesson:  he pictured himself naked.  Seth grimaced.  Ugh!  All right!  I'm out!" 

The story is witty and funny and surprisingly tender.  The scene near the end when Marcus surprises is Ami is so swoonworthy and romantic.  I felt myself breathing a deep sigh.  The book was worth it if just for that scene alone.   

If you are a fan of PNR, this is a must for your TBR list.  Even if you are not, this book is well worth a try.  

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