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Review: Deliver Me From Darkness by Tess Hilaire

27 Jan

Deliver Me From Darkness by Tess Hilaire
Sourcebooks (February 2012)
Mass Market: $6.99 (2/7/12); ebook: $6.99 (2/1/12)
ISBN: 9781402264344

Favorite Lines: “Maybe you drink because at one point in time, many a many years ago, you were human. Maybe you still remember the sweet sting of the alcohol hitting the back of your mouth, the spreading warmth as it burned in your belly, and the lazy waves of indifference that rolled in with it, demolishing all cares or worries. Maybe you were an alcoholic, or had the propensity to be one at least, and now being what you are, and not being able to escape from it, you are instinctively succumbing to the addition. In short, you are weak.” (p. 68, egalley)

Roland once was a Paladin, a warrior gifted with special powers to protect mankind in its earliest days. For hundreds of years he fought alongside his kinsmen against underworld fiends until the unthinkable happened: he was turned by a vampire. Forsaken by his brothers and fighting new violent instincts, Roland believes his soul lost. But then his best friend Logan delivers a young woman for protection. She turns out to be a Lost Paladin — and the only female Paladin left alive. She’s also Roland’s bond-mate.

Karissa Donovan knows the difference between good and evil, and the sexy-as-hell vampire holding her prisoner is certainly not good. Sure, he might not have sucked her dry—yet,  but that doesn’t mean she trusts him. But circumstances force Karissa to put her life in Roland’s hands. With each new danger they face, and each subsequent sacrifice he makes for her, she realizes that the question was never a matter of her trusting him, but of convincing him to trust in the integrity of a soul that he’d never truly lost.

The newest series to hit the paranormal romance market is written by Tess Hilaire and book one is called Deliver Me From Darkness. The Paladin Warrior series features a world where angels, vampires and demons exist and where destiny mates men and women for life. It’s a good vs. evil world in which the light is always trying to burn out the dark.

What’s a Paladin you ask? Well, according to the book:

The other plane was a realm of possibility, the workshop of the One God. It was there He’d formed the likeness of Himself into His children. It was there He’d gathered together those volunteer angels, sculpted them into Paladin warriors, and delivered to them their mission–protect His children from His fallen son.–p. 25-26

But back to the world of Deliver Me From Darkness. In it lives a man who is despised by his brethren. He is a fallen Paladin who may find redemption with the only female Paladin alive. Talk about pressure. The hero is the more tortured of the two, but the heroine is a feisty, untrusting woman capable of knocking common sense into the most dimwitted of heroes, so you know it’ll all be good.

However, it’s not the main characters who interested me in this book. It’s a young woman who I craved to know more about. Was she good? Was she bad? What was she gonna do? Is she _____? Yep, all of that was running through my mind. I flipped pages faster hoping to read more about her. I figured out her connection to characters before the author spit it out, but that foreknowledge did nothing to diminish my curiosity about this secondary character. If for nothing else, I’ll read the heck out of this series just to follow the character who was given such a shitty role in life death.

Deliver Me From Darkness is not a light or fluffy book. It’s a paranormal romance which borders on the darkness usually seen in urban fantasy. It features a tormented hero, a sassy vampire in a teen body, hidden family lineage and the woman who can save them all. It gets a thumbs up from me despite the cheesy looking cover. I’m hoping the next book will be Gabby’s story, but regardless, I’ll be reading it as soon as it’s released.