From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Dianne Duvall, comes the next heart-pounding romance in the Immortal Guardians series - BLADE OF DARKNESS! Order your copy today!
Blade of Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Guardians Book #7
Releasing September 19th, 2017
Return to the “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews) world of New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians.
Dana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember. But she never saw Aidan coming. When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception… and passion. Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan’s arms and in his bed. Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings.
Immortal Guardian Aidan O’Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly three thousand years, so visions of bloody battles don’t trouble him. The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan’s brethren turning against him, so he can’t help but feel alarmed. While he spends as much time as he can with Dana, struggling to decipher her dire predictions, Aidan finds himself utterly smitten. Hope rises that he has finally found a woman who can banish the darkness and loneliness that plague him. But when vampires begin targeting Dana and a powerful enemy spawns chaos, will fate grant them time to find happiness together?
“It really doesn’t freak you out, even a little bit, knowing I can see things from your past, present, and future? Knowing that the more time we spend together, the more I’ll see and the more I’ll know about you that you may not want me to know? Because I will see stuff you don’t want me to, Aidan. I always do. And it always ruins things.”
Leaning forward, Aidan crossed his arms and braced them on the table. “It doesn’t freak me out at all, Dana, because I’m in the same boat.”
She frowned. “What?”
Aidan took one of those pauses that made her think he questioned the wisdom of speaking. “I’m in the same boat,” he repeated. “I haven’t dated in a long time because I was born with gifts similar to yours that tend to make others uncomfortable.”
Disappointment filled her. Seriously? He was mocking her?
“You look a bit like you want to hit me over the head with the breadbasket,” he stated, brow creasing, “so—to keep you from thinking whatever it is that’s making your eyes flash with fury—I’ll tell you that I’m telepathic and can prove it if you’ll give me permission to read your thoughts.”
Hell yes, she was furious. This was Jason all over again. That asshole had pretended he had psychic abilities like hers in a lame attempt to get into her pants. He hadn’t realized she actually was psychic and would see through his bullshit.
Dana leaned back in her chair and crossed her arms. “You’re telepathic?”
“I can read your thoughts?”
“You tell me,” she countered, a blatant dare. Read my thoughts, my ass, she mentally grumbled. She had thought Aidan was different, but to mock her like this by pretending he had a special gift, too? What a disappointment.
“I am different,” he insisted. “And I’m not pretending. I do have a special gift. More than one, if you’re to know the truth of it.”
She frowned. Had he just read her thoughts?
“Yes,” he said.
She narrowed her eyes. Yes, what? Yes, he had read her thoughts? Or was he just guessing the path they would naturally take?
“Yes, I read your thoughts,” he said. “And yes, I could’ve guessed the path they would take, but I didn’t.”
She stilled. Okay. That was a little spot-on.
“And to prove it,” he continued, “I’ll tell you that, although I have not been listening to your thoughts on our date, I did give them a listen both times you gave me a reading and know that you’ve had two visions about me that you failed to mention.”
Her heart began to pound. How did he know that?
“In the first one,” he said, lowering his voice, “we were naked in bed and I was touching your—”
“Holy crap,” she whispered, dropping her arms and gaping at him.
His lips twitched. “I was going to say breast, but—”
“How do you know about that?” she blurted.
“The same way I know that in the second vision, you were cupping my face in your hands—as you did earlier—and I kissed you and pulled you up against me, sliding my hand down over your lovely bottom. I read your thoughts and saw it as clearly as you did.”
Speech eluding her, Dana stared at him so long that her eyes began to burn.
“Blink,” he instructed.
“I know it’s a bit of a shock,” he murmured, eyeing her with some concern.
“A bit of a shock,” she parroted numbly.
“I know it feels… intrusive. But I didn’t read your thoughts the whole time. Most of the time I can control what I hear and don’t hear and can block others’ thoughts fairly easily.” Younger telepathic immortals weren’t so lucky. “But when the visions struck you, I saw them as clearly as you did without even trying. I think because we’re both gifted.”
She hadn’t told anyone about those visions. There was no way he could’ve known about them without reading her mind. “Holy. Crap.”
His eyebrows rose.
“Are you reading my thoughts right now?” she asked.
“Yes. They’re a little chaotic. I’m sorry I’ve shaken you up so much. I just wanted you understand why I haven’t dated in so long and hoped you’d appreciate my honesty.”
Honesty! He had read her thoughts! He had apparently been reading them all this time, saying exactly what he knew she wanted him to say and—
His brows drew together. “Now wait a minute. That’s not true. I would never use what I saw in your thoughts to manipulate you. If that had been my intent, I never would’ve told you I’m telepathic.”
“Dude,” a voice interrupted, “you told her you’re telepathic?”
Aidan swung around and shot a glare at Sheldon.
Dana guessed Sheldon was in his early twenties. Tracy looked to be thirty or thereabouts. Both eyed her and Aidan with great interest as they gathered their laptops and gear and stopped by Dana and Aidan’s table on their way to the door.
“Sheldon,” Aidan growled, definitely a warning.
“You know he’s telepathic?” Dana asked his friend.
“Yeah,” Sheldon responded simply. The woman at his side nodded. Neither seemed to view it as anything extraordinary, as if she had just asked them if they knew Aidan could play the piano.
“It doesn’t bother you?” Dana pressed.
Sheldon gave a dismissive shrug. “Nah. Aidan’s a good guy. He almost never reads my mind.”
Aidan grimaced. “Because there’s too much porn and weird shite up there.”
Tracy laughed and gave Sheldon’s shoulder a shove. “Freak.”
Sheldon grinned. “You know it.” Then he caught Dana’s eye. “I’m surprised he told you. People don’t usually react well when they find out he’s different. I’d think you’d understand that since you’re different, too.”
He knew she was a psychic? “How did you—?”
“I heard a rumor that Aidan was smitten with a psychic.” He shrugged. “When I saw you two together, I assumed you were her.”
Aidan frowned. “Where’d you hear that?”
Sheldon hesitated. “Cliff let it slip while we were playing video games. You won’t hold it against him, will you? He didn’t mean to. He was just… more distracted than usual. And Tracy is the only person I’ve told.”
Aidan shook his head. “It’s fine.”
Tracy smiled. “We’d better go before Sheldon says anything else that will embarrass you.” Taking Sheldon’s arm, she urged him toward the door. “You two have a nice evening.”
“What’d I say that embarrassed him?” Sheldon asked, puzzled.
She whispered something to him.
Sheldon snorted. “Yeah, right. Like she didn’t already know he’s smitten. It’s so obvious.”
Tracy pushed him into the hallway and closed the door after them.
In the wake of their departure, Aidan swung back around and met Dana’s gaze with obvious reluctance. “Apparently there’s something else I failed to tell you that you should probably know.”
Seriously? Something else? “What’s that?” she asked, unsure she wanted to hear it.
He sighed. “I suck at dating.”
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Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and"wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers' Choice Awards and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews,and/or Night Owl Reviews.
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Broody guy cover...I like it!ReplyDelete
For What It's Worth
He's sweet too! :DDelete
Glad you like it, Karen!Delete
I hope that your readers enjoy this excerpt from Dianne Duvall's BLADE OF DARKNESS, coming this Tuesday (9/19)! Thank you so much for hosting today!ReplyDelete
Thanks for letting me have the day! I will post the review on Wed.Delete
Sounds like an exciting series!ReplyDelete
It is such a fun series! Makes you laugh too!Delete
I love making readers laugh. :-)Delete
This sounds fun and I might like Aidan already. ;) Thanks for sharing this!ReplyDelete
Trust me, you will!Delete
Thanks! I hope you'll like Aidan and Dana's story! :-)Delete
Really great excerpt. Yay. 2 more days, to go!ReplyDelete
YaY! Tomorrow! :DDelete
Keep reading these excerpts and love it so much. Definitely can't wait. I know you said the next one will be on Seth. Will there be one for David and what happens to Cliff? So much questions, lol. Thank you. As always, you are wonderful.ReplyDelete
Oh Dianne... I have those questions too! :DDelete
I haven't found David's heroine yet, but am keeping an eye out for her. As for Cliff . . . my lips are sealed. ;-)Delete
Dianne... I'm RIGHT HERE! ;D Let David know, will ya? ;DDelete
I've wanted to read this series and that excerpt reminds me why.ReplyDelete
You will love the series Christy!!Delete
If you do, I hope you'll enjoy it, Christy!Delete
I should try this author, I heard a lot about her booksReplyDelete
Melliane you so need to start these. I know you will love them. Perfect for you!Delete
If you do, I hope you'll enjoy the series, Melliane. :-0Delete
Good one indeed, and many thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Have a great day!Delete
Thanks! And thanks for joining us!Delete
1 more day!ReplyDelete
I find it creepy and oddly fascinating that they can read each other. It should make for an interesting story. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
It was so fun! Maja I think you'd have fun with these characters.Delete
LOL. I always thought telepathy would be a particularly difficult gift to have when dating. Precognition, too. But it works out well for Aidan and Dana. :-) Thanks for joining us, Maja!Delete
Wow, this sounds absolutely delicious! I haven't started this series yet but I've head all good things.ReplyDelete
Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review
Oh you so need to start it! :DDelete
Thanks, Rebecca! So glad you've been hearing good things. If you decided to give the series a try, I hope you'll like it! :-)Delete
I recognize the author name but I don't know the series! Thanks so much for sharing. :)ReplyDelete
Oh you so need to read the series! I think you'll love it.Delete
Thanks for joining us! :-)Delete
She's one I have been meaning to read for ages. Looks good!ReplyDelete
I can't believe you haven't picked her up yet. This one is right up your alley!Delete
Thanks, Anna! If you decide to give Aidan and Dana's story a read, I hope you'll like it!Delete
Guess that took the wind out of her sails. LOL Fun excerpt. I still need to read her books. I tried a novella and enjoyed it.ReplyDelete
I think you'll really love this series!Delete
I'm so glad you enjoyed the novella, Sophia! I hope you'll like the other books if you give them a read. :-)Delete
Oooh, sounds like a really good series :)ReplyDelete
It is! :DDelete
Thanks! I hope you'll enjoy it! :-)Delete
Ah another series to check out! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Thanks for joining us, Grace! I hope you'll like it! :-)Delete
Oh I hadn't realized this was the 7th book in a series. Huh. I'll have to go look at the previous books.ReplyDelete
You will devour them all, I just know it. :) All are also on audio!Delete
Hi, Melissa! They can be read as stand-alone novels. You'll just know more about the secondary characters if you read them in order. Thanks for joining us! :-)Delete
I love how she wanted to hit him over the head with the breadbasket!ReplyDelete
And a mind reader... looks like fun!
It has some good humor in it. I think you'll love it!Delete
LOL. I had a lot of fun with these two. I hope you'll enjoy it, Naomi! :-)Delete
I haven't read this author before but I've definitely heard of her. I'm on my way to check her out because this series sounds really good! Great review and thanks for the heads up on reading the entire series!! :)ReplyDelete
You will really enjoy these!Delete
Thanks for joining us, Kristin! I hope you'll enjoy the series! :-)Delete
Thank you, Melissa, both for helping me celebrate the big release and for the fabulous review! I'm so glad you liked it. ❤️ReplyDelete
LOVED it! AND don't forget to tell David I'm here! LOLDelete