I’m just going to admit that I picked up PREDATORY because of Dianne Duvall, and while I enjoyed all the short stories, my review is based on Ms. Duvall’s short, IN STILL DARKNESS.
Having said that, I really, really enjoyed IN STILL DARKNESS. Writing a short seems like it’d be a tricky proposition. I mean the author has to fit a lot within a short: introduce characters and make the reader sympathize for them, develop a quick, fast paced plot, nurture a growing attraction, and wrap things up to realistically foster a happily-ever-after ending. Wow, that’s a lot! Out of the shorts I’ve read, I’ve always had a hard time with the insta-love that happens as a result of trying to cram everything in, but thankfully that didn’t happen with IN STILL DARKNESS. I don’t know how Ms. Duvall did it, but the story felt complete and wasn’t rushed for me.
As always, I love the characters and the world Ms. Duvall has created. Richart and Jenna were believable and great together. I also enjoyed the interaction with Jenna’s son, John. Sarah and Roland continue to warm my heart and I was glad to see them. And can I just say…dude! I love Sheldon!
The witty mix of dialogue, action, and romance makes IN STILL DARKNESS a great PNR short!
I’m now anxiously awaiting book five in the Immortal Guardians series, NIGHT UNBOUND.
Focused. Strong. True.
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