Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Guilty Innocent by D.N. Simmons

Title:  The Guilty Innocent
Author:  D.N. Simmons
Series:  The Knights of the Darkness Chronicles #2
Published:  August 22nd 2012 by Rushmore Publishing 
(first published August 24th 2005)
Page Count:  284
Genre:  Paranormal Suspense/Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Guilty Innocent is the second novel in the edgy, action-packed, sexually-charged, Knights of the Darkness Chronicles.

In this installment, Darian, the gorgeous, charismatic and charming master vampire of Chicago is framed for a crime he didn't commit, but why? His lover, Xavier, Natasha and a few others must travel halfway across the world to find out who and why before time runs out and all hell breaks loose!

Original, sexy and gritty, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will suck you in and take you for a ride you won't forget!

This book has been previously published and has been substantially revised from its original release.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

This was such a brilliant sequel to Desires Unleashed. It kept me even more captivated than its predecessor and knitted together some of the loose ends left over from the first novel. The characters returned with a vengeance and I could barely put it down.

I appreciate that Simmons fills the reader in on all of the pertinent details from the first novel, while continuing on with the new story. It allows past readers to refresh themselves on what had previously happened. There is also enough detail that someone could begin the series with this novel and not be lost. I also appreciate that this novel has an actual ending. Don’t get me wrong, to get the full impact of the series, one should read the first novel first and there is a great deal of room for sequels to come after but I enjoy the fact that this novel has a beginning and an ending, never leaving you hanging or confused.

Simmons somehow makes situations seem simultaneously off the wall and completely normal. This novel is so well written that you can’t help but get caught up in the storyline. She evokes emotions in the reader that coincide with the action in the story. Simmons made me laugh, she made me nervous, she even brought tears to my eyes. Each and every emotion is evoked naturally through the author’s amazing storytelling skills.

The characters in this novel made a seamless transition from the first instalment in the series. They continue to grow and become further developed. They are each strong characters who stand up for what they believe in and for their friends and families, regardless of personal cost. They are also very emotionally developed characters. As a reader, you really get to know the characters and the worlds in which you live. You can actually feel the characters’ turmoil (both physical and emotional) coming through the author’s words. I also love how you these characters give you insights into their worlds, and the multiplicity of worlds that make up the lives of these phenomenally loveable characters.

This novel has romance, intrigue, suspense, and supernatural elements all put together in a very entrancing, fluid whole. What more could you want?

Buy your copy online here today.

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