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Deliver Me from Darkness: A Novel of the Paladin Warriors [Kindle Edition]

Tes Hilaire
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Book Description

A STRANGER IN THE NIGHT...

He had once been a warrior of the Light, one of the revered Paladin. A protector. But now he lives in darkness, and the shadows are his sanctuary. Every day is a struggle to overcome the bloodlust. Especially the day Karissa shows up at his doorstep.

COMES KNOCKING ON THE DOOR

She is light and bright and everything beautiful—despite her scratches and torn clothes. Every creature of the night is after her. So is every male Paladin. Because Karissa is the last female of their kind. But she is his. He may not have a soul, but he can't deny his heart.



Editorial Reviews

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"A fantastic start to a new series!" - A Bookworm's Haven

"A stellar paranormal romance with very compelling characters, outstanding world building and an action packed plot that delivers." - The Romance Reviews

"Hilaire makes her words dance as she weaves a great fantasy tale that is a real pleasure to read." - Long and Short Reviews

"I knew from the first page that I had picked a winner with this book." - Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears

"A great start to a series. Plenty of options left for future books... " - Reading Between the Wines

" It's the gray areas between good and evil that become the focus of this well plotted and exciting paranormal romance." - Debbie's Book Bag

"A wonderful thriller... Fast-paced, fans will enjoy the star-crossed romance. " - The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews

"A new and exciting world in which good and evil fight for dominance. Night Owl Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Reviews

"There was passion, there was drama and there was this ease over it all which I appreciated. " - Book Girl for Mur-y-Castell

"A fabulous mix of paranormal and romance. It has one determined kick-ass heroine, a tender but dangerous vampire hero and many other fabulous characters I would love to read more about." - Natasja's Book Blog

"The characters are extremely likable, relatable, and enduring." - Were Vamps Romance

"The love story was achingly sweet and I was able to connect with both characters and I am looking forward to finding out who will star in the next book." - Book Lights & Late Nights

"Thanks to the strong foundation laid out in Deliver Me from Darkness I have a feeling that this will turn into a wonderful series. " - Bitten By Paranormal Romance

"Awesome, action packed right from the very beginning." - BookLoons.com

"Fast paced, well written, inventive and imaginative... The balance of strength and vulnerability is perfect. " - When Pen Met Paper

"A captivating read... Angel and vampire fans should definitely check this one out. " - Anna's Book Blog

"There was never a dull moment in this book and I raced through the novel, desperate to know how everything would play out." - A Bookworm's Haven

"MG, this book was so freaking good. So GOOD! I loved the world! I loved the characters! I loved everything about this book and cannot wait for the next in the series to come out." - Smitten with Reading

"I have found a new series to drool over..." - Confessions of a Toxic Friend

"I became entranced with the world Ms. Hilaire has created..." - That's What I'm Talking About

"What a terrific start Ms. Hilaire has given readers at the beginning of her new series... This book and this series has it all. " - The Good, the Bad and the Unread

"The world-building is intriguing and the characters are complex." - Book lover and Procrastinator

"This sexy, action-packed world is one which I look forward to revisiting. " - All Things Urban Fantasy

About the Author

Daphne Award-winning author and former Tennessee native Tes Hilaire doesn't remember how old she was when she wrote her first story, but she's pretty sure it had something to do with a boy and a girl and a happily every after. Displaced at an early age to "the north country," her stories turned darker as she started creating whole new worlds to escape the harsh, upstate NY winters. Now back in the South, her stories remain edgy, exciting, and bring a hint of dark fantasy to paranormal romance. Best of all, no one ever has to shovel snow. For more, visit her website at teshilaire.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402264348
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LOVXJG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I liked Tess Hilaire's world of Paladin Warriors -who are former angels that choose to become protectors of mankind and their descendants - plus vampires, demons, and a fallen Paladin who are evil, and various crossbreeds of all of the above who may or may not be evil. Since the hero Roland who is a Paladin that was turned vamp and is dead as far as the rest of his former brethren know, he's outside of the main brotherhood so there's not much male bonding or insight into the relationships and regular workings of the Paladin brotherhood yet. And actually the few views of the Paladins en masse is not wholly favorable as the heroine Karissa is a hot commodity - since she's a rare female of the bloodline - and all the Paladins want to claim her for their own.

But Karissa who initially fears Roland - she's been taught vampire is synonymous with evil - finds herself inexplicably drawn to Roland and Roland feels the draw as well. Soul mates are the meat and potatoes of PNR but I didn't mind it here since while there's a soul mate thing going on, it's not one of those immediate ones - both characters hold out for a bit, Roland longer cause he thinks he has no soul with which to bond. While I liked the romance here, I suspect that future ones will be even better. Karissa is a bit damsel-in-distressy, but there are lots of interesting side characters - I liked the friend Logan who's stood by Roland all along, the dark knight brother Valin, and the little half vamp Gabrielle.

Bottom line is that I am a sucker for Paladins - loved Alexis Morgan's too - so I enjoyed Hillaire's first foray into her new world and look forward to seeing more of these nearly immortal warriors in action.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful beginning! February 7, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My Review:
A+ spicy
Regardless of how it looks on here, I feel like I have reached my saturation point for paranormal books. The last few weeks, if it is a paranormal, I don't even give the book a second glance. But this book has been on my review list for a couple of months. I think that this book is a game changer for me. I am excited about paranormal again. No, let me rephrase that, I am excited for this author's paranormal series!! OMG, this book was so freaking good. So GOOD! I loved the world! I loved the characters! I loved everything about this book and cannot wait for the next in the series to come out.

This book is about Roland. He's a vampire who was once a Paladin (one of God's warriors.) His best friend is Logan, who was also a Paladin, and he was charged with killing Roland. Logan couldn't do that because he could see the good that was still in Roland, even when Roland himself couldn't see it. Karissa shows up on Logan's door needing help and being chased by all sorts of underworld baddies. He knows that Roland lives in a veritable fortress so he takes her to him for safekeeping. After his initial exasperation (because he has issues controlling his bloodlust,) Roland quickly realizes that Karissa is his mate, but she's a Paladin and he's a vampire...the two don't mix.

This is a fabulous book. Roland misses being a Paladin. He was changed into a vampire against his will and he basically lost all of his friends and family because of it. Men that he had always considered to be brothers were suddenly his enemy and wanted him dead. Now to find his mate when it's too late, seems just too cruel. As Karissa's mate, his number one goal is to protect her, even if it means protecting her from him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angel to vampire is a long way to go November 13, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ok, I am just going to say straight out that I loved this book. Tes created a world filled with good and evil and the gray in between. Her characters were easy to relate to and the plot had a few interesting twists. Here are a few of the things I loved about it:

*I admit it, I am a sucker for vampires and when you have an angel who is now a vampire I am all kinds of intrigued. I was glad that Roland was not a new vamp because his story was so much more interesting than the typical "I just became a vamp oh poor me" story line I read so often.

*Karisssa was such an easy to relate to character. She was smart, brave, and a really good person without being a push over victim type.

*The world Tes created was fascinating. She combined new lore with old time faves which made things familiar enough for me to be comfortable with yet new enough to keep my on the edge of my seat.

*I loved the supporting characters. There are some I still have not figured out if they are good, bad, or in between. I am excited to read the rest of the series to find out.

*This was a complete book in and of itself, but laid the ground work for more awesomeness in the future.

If you are looking for a fun and sexy paranormal read, this book should go into your TBR pile asap. It is definitely an adult read, so if you are under 18, you should probably look elsewhere.

I was given a copy of this book as part of a blog stop.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read February 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Roland has fallen about as far as angel can; he's now a vampire. He's still a Paladin Warrior, but they will have nothing to do with him. In fact, they'd be willing to kill him. But they have something he wants...

Ms. Hilaire has written a fast paced story about good and evil and the gray parts in between. All her characters are strong in mind and body, and she makes the love interest very real and very challenging. I especially liked the fact that while the Paladins could not interact with Roland because he was fallen, he still had friends who helped him when times got tough. We all need friends like that.

Roland is happy living in the safety of his home and avoiding the sun. He works hard on containing his blood lust. Then his Paladin buddy shows up with a woman he wants him to protect. Roland wants no part of it. He also finds that he's very attracted to her and he can't be. No one wants someone like him. Especially not the last Paladin woman...

You get the devil, vampires, merkers and more on the bad side. You have the Paladins and one fallen angel on the other side. Karissa turns into the prize the two sides are fighting over. The battle is ugly. When the author throws in a few secrets on the Paladin side and it gets even more interesting. Ms. Hilaire makes her words dance as she weaves a great fantasy tale that is a real pleasure to read.

Another fascinating point in the story is that there was a prophecy made long ago that Karissa is part of. Of course, no one has interpreted the prophecy correctly.

I was pleased when the end of the book sets up the scene for the next Paladin adventure. I'm already looking forward to that! I'm also adding this book to my permanent library; it's that good.

Originally posted at LAS Romance Reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
First time reading Tes Hilaire books and It was a great and dang good read and you wont be disappointed.
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This was one of the best books that I have read in quite a long time. I enjoyed it very much. It was very easy to follow the story line. Very entertaining.
Published 11 months ago by Darlene
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RATING: 3.5 Stars

Somewhere in between. That was my initial thought after finishing this book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Maida @ Literary Love Affair
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book!
I enjoyed the first book in this new series. I look forward to the next installation of the series. The only negative I can give to this book is I felt a lack of character depth. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars judged a book by its cover
Could not have been happier that I did. Quickly got into this book. And was anxious to read the next
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Deliver Me from Darkness
By Tes Hilaire

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Published 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Good read. Great book to the series. Love the characters and can't wait for the next one!! Keep'em coming! Love it!
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Daphne Award-winning author and former Tennessee native Tes Hilaire doesn't remember how old she was when she wrote her first story, but she's pretty sure it had something to do with a boy and a girl and a happily ever after. Displaced at an early age to "the north country," her stories turned darker as she started creating whole new worlds to escape the harsh, upstate NY winters. Now back in the South, her stories remain edgy, exciting, and bring a hint of dark fantasy to paranormal romance. Best of all, no one ever has to shovel snow. For more, visit her website at www.teshilaire.com.

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