Title: Night Unbound
Author: Dianne Duvall
My Rating: A+
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Immortal Guardians #5
Main Characters: Zach and Lisette
Release Date: September 2014
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians protect humanity from unspeakable horrors--but their hearts are as fragile as any mortal's. . .
For centuries, Lisette d'Alençon has been a warrior against the dark. She fights alongside her brothers and comrades. But when the dreams start coming, she can't bear to confess them to the Immortal Guardians' command. Dreams of a dark-haired man with soft eyes and brutal wounds, a man her heart aches for--and a man she knows has been declared a traitor.
Zach is an exile, a loner. He won't defend himself against false accusations or grovel to those who should have faith in him. But he'll damn sure defend the woman who kept him sane against a plague of super-vamps that seems to have appeared from nowhere. The Guardians will blame him, and that will make Lisette suspect, too. With life, death and eternity on the line, who can they really trust?My Review:
Wow, wow, wow. This is a series that I've pretty much exclusively listened to on audio, but when this book began, I quickly abandoned the audio for the speed of actual book reading because the story was so good, I had to know what happened as soon as possible.
We met Zach in the last story and I'll admit that I was intrigued with him right away. Wow...talk about a hero. I won't give any spoilers, but when he comes through that plate glass window, my heart was his...completely and totally. When I want to read about an Alpha hero that will do anything for his heroine...Zach is the kind of character I'm thinking about. Wow...I loved him! Zach is an Other and as such he's never even really been around humans. That's why it overwhelms him when he meets Lisette...he doesn't know what to do with all these emotions and feelings...both mental and physical. I loved that. It created a sweet vulnerability to him that was so in contrast to his serious alpha male, take-no-prisoners persona. He's definitely a character filled with contrasts. He's extremely loyal, but once he's ticked off you don't want to be in his path.
And I don't think anyone can talk about this book without touching on Zach's relationship with Seth. Out of everyone, Zach has the biggest right to hate Seth and want him to go down, but there's that loyalty again...and fairness. Zach won't do that. He's an extremely empathetic character which is amazing since he's never really been around other people, but he's spent quite a bit of time observing them and learning how they react to things.
And if there was a single character that my heart wept more for than Zach in this book, it was Seth. Wow...talk about a guy who is teetering at his breaking point. I hope that Dianne Duvall pushed his character limits so hard in this book as a sign that his book is coming soon. Dare I hope for next?? The more I learn about Seth, the more I fall in love with him. I loved how the relationship between him and Zach develop in this one. He has David, but it still feels like he's so alone in this huge job he's undertaken.
And then finally I'm gonna talk about the romance...I know, right? It's just that these books are so much more encompassing than just the romance. There's that whole group dynamic which Dianne Duvall writes so incredibly well. But I did love Lisette and Zach together. They are both amazingly tough fighters. For so long Lisette is hiding Zach in this book. I loved her loyalty to him...but she doesn't lose her loyalty to the immortals either or her sense of right and wrong when Seth confronts her. I love how she stands up to him. For the first time, we are truly seeing cracks in Seth's armor and I liked seeing her remain cognizant of his vulnerabilities even though she's not truly aware of how deep those cracks go. And the fact that she opened her home to both these men...LOVE!
Everything about this book was so freaking good. I highly recommend both the series and this book. I think you could probably read this book if you haven't read the rest of the series, but I think you should read them all. It's truly one of the best paranormal series out there!