Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Awaken The Darkness

Blog Tour:     Awaken the Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Blog Name: Romance Reviews and More
Blog Address: https://romancereviewsandmore.blogspot.com/
Date of Tour Stop: 07.03.2018

Top 5 Reasons You’ll Love Stanislav

Hello! Thank you for joining me!  I’m very excited to be here, celebrating the release of AWAKEN THE DARKNESS, the eighth book in my Immortal Guardians series. (If you’re new to the series, don’t worry. The books can be read as stand alones. You’ll just be more familiar with the secondary characters if you read them in order.) 

Today I thought I would help you get to know Stanislav, the hero, by giving you five reasons Susan falls in love with him . . . along with some snippets from the story that I hope will pique your interest.

He’s tall, dark, and handsome.

Susan stared up at him, stunned all over again by his new size. “Wow,” she declared with a grin, “you are freaking huge.”

He laughed.

Reaching out, she gave one of his biceps an experimental squeeze, then poked the hard muscles of his chest. “I like it. You wear it well.”

Smiling, he shook his head. “You’re amazing.”

His words made her want to hug him again. “And you’re delirious,” she teased. “Probably from hunger. I’m guessing someone with that much muscle needs to put away a lot of food on a regular basis. Let’s go see about breakfast.”

He loves strong women.

Grabbing one of the 9mms, Stanislav held it out to Susan. “Here.”

She moved forward and took it without hesitation. “Thanks. No way in hell am I going to let those bastards get their hands on you.”

Both men stilled and looked at her.

Stanislav’s blood heated at the protective and proprietary emotions she exuded.

She glanced up from the weapon and caught them staring. “What?”

Alexei met Stanislav’s gaze. “I like her.”

He smiled. “I like her more.”

He’s passionate.

He cupped her face in his big hands and smoothed his thumbs over her cheeks while he gazed down at her with eyes that held an amber glow. “I’m here because of you. You gave me the strength to hold on until you found me. And you’ve done your damnedest to protect me and take care of me ever since, even after discovering the alarming differences I bear.”

“I’m thankful for those differences. Without them, you would’ve died before I even went to look at the house and I would’ve never known you.” She shook her head. “And I’m so glad I know you, Stanislav.”

His eyes flared brighter. Lowering his head, he took her lips in a voracious kiss.

Her heart stopped, then slammed against her ribs as lightning struck. This wasn’t like the kisses he had claimed each night before they had fallen asleep. Those kisses had been gentle and affectionate.

This one was hungry. Demanding. And set her blood on fire.

Susan met it eagerly, parting her lips and inviting his tongue within.

He moaned, his hard body crowding hers as he backed her up against the nearest wall.

Yes. He felt so good against her. So strong and hot.

She hissed in a breath as he leaned into her, letting her feel what she did to him and firing her need for more.

He has a very appealing sense of humor.

“I just don’t want you to fear me,” he whispered.

“I know. And I don’t fear you.” She squeezed his hand. “Stan…”

When she trailed off, he prompted, “Yes?”

He felt curiosity replaced her unease. “Is it okay if I call you Stan?”

She had called him as much once before, and he had liked it. “Well,” he drawled, trying to sound less than enthusiastic, “I guess so. I mean, I’d prefer that you call me Stud Muffin. But Stan will do.”

She laughed.

He’s honest.

 “Thank you for letting me sleep beside you,” he said softly. “It helped.”

Her blush returning, she lowered her eyes to her plate and twirled her fork in her pasta.

“Exhibiting weakness before you makes my stomach clench, but…” He toyed with his dinner. “I needed the closeness, the physical contact. Being alone, buried down there for however long it was…” Irritated by his inability to find the right words to describe the anxiety that rode him, he shook his head. “Having you near comforted me.”

Much to his surprise, she slid her free hand across the table, palm up.

His beleaguered heart tried to pound once more as he covered her small hand with his and curled his fingers around hers.

“Anytime you need me,” she said, “I’m here. Okay?”


I admit Stanislav’s ability to kick butt was among my original top five things you’ll love about him, but the examples I wanted to share for that one all contained what I considered spoilers. So…

I hope you’ll enjoy Stanislav and Susan’s story! J

Awaken the Darkness 
(Immortal Guardians #8)
by Dianne Duvall 
Kindle Edition, 414 pages
Publication: July 10th 2018 by Dianne Duvall

Return to the "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly) world of New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians.  

He awakens encapsulated in dirt with no knowledge of how he came to be there. Riddled with injuries, he can remember neither his past nor who he is. Nor can he remember what he is. But surely no mortal man could survive being buried deep beneath the earth. All he knows with certainty is that the soothing voice and presence of the woman moving around above enables him to endure the agony of his wounds. And he will do whatever it takes to be with her.

When Susan first sees the old two-story house for sale, such warmth and longing fill her that—against all reason—she makes an offer. It will take years of hard work and money she frankly doesn’t have to fix up the place. So she can’t explain why she bought it. She also can’t explain what compels her to spend hours one night, digging in the basement until she unearths a man. A man who still lives and breathes despite having been buried alive. A man whose intense brown eyes glow amber with pain, declaring him far more than ordinary. Susan knows she should keep her distance. He has no memory and possesses gifts that would make most fear him. But as the two work together to unravel the mystery of his past, she finds herself drawn in by his teasing nature and tender touch. So much so that she loses her heart to him even as they find themselves hunted by unknown enemies who are ruthless in their quest to capture them.

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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.  

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she creates in her books. 

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  1. I love this post! <3 Thank you for hosting Dianne today, Christina. I hope that your readers enjoyed getting to know Stanislav, the hero of AWAKEN THE DARKNESS - coming July 10th. Happy reading! :)

  2. That Was an awesome look into Stans book. Can not wait till July 10.

  3. So excited to read Stan's book! Can't wait!

  4. Cant wait to hear what happened to Stan..

  5. This is a wonderful post. Makes me even more excited about the book release next week. Can’t wait. Thanks for sharing this!

  6. I seriously can't wait for this book!! So excited

  7. I'm excited for this book. I can't wait for Seth's reaction!!

  8. OMG! I can't wait for this book next week! Even still these little tid bits are driving me up the wall becuase I want the whole meal not just scraps! XoXo

  9. I am so excited, I can't wait for the book to get here

  10. Really loved this. Looking forward to reading it.