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Dark Defender (Paladins of Darkness, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – November 28, 2006

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About the Author

Alexis Morgan has always been an avid reader, and she loves spending her days with hunky heroes and gutsy heroines. She’s published more than forty books, novellas, and short stories, including contemporary romances, American West historicals, and paranormal romances. She has been nominated for numerous industry awards, including the RITA© from the Romance Writers of America, the top award in the romance genre.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; Pocket Star Books Pbk. Ed edition (November 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416520376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416520375
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Anna Hope VINE VOICE on November 22, 2006
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Alexis Morgan has done it again with her second installment in the Paladins series. The Paladins are warriors who resemble humans very closely in DNA and anatomy but with signifigant differences. They are larger, stronger, faster, have better hearing, and most handy of all come back to life most of the time when killed. But each time that happens they lose more of their sanity and humainty. The paladin retirement plan is usually found in euthanasia at the end of a needle. Though they exist among us in todays society, they are kept an extremely well guarded secret. They fight underground against a different humanlike species that lives in the core of the earth and can only cross over during earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. But lately surges of "Others" have been trying to pour through grasping strange rocks that they claim someone higher up in the paladin organization- a Regent-is accepting as payment.

Hunky and serious Blake Trahain, who helped out our last hero Devlin Bain, runs to St. Louis to confront his past. The judge who practically saved his life by dragging him off the streets as a child, and whom Blake has turned to in order to help solve the puzzle of the mysteroius jewels crossing the Barrier, has just been assasinated. Blake has no choice but to track the killer and at the same time protect the judges daughter, who he has secretly loved since he was a teenager. Though he will go to any ends to find the truth Blake is so close to the edge of sanity that he may not be able to come back this time from death-something his enemy is aware of.

Though not as earth moving a romance as that of Devlin and Laurel in Dark Protecter, this is still a very good book and definitley worth spending a few bucks to pick up.
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I'm not going to spend a lot of time going on and on about what I liked about Blake and Brenna's story in the second book of the Paladins of Darkness series, but I will say a few things. I thought the relationship between them was a little more developed and interesting than the one between Devlin and Laurel in Dark Protector (Paladins of Darkness, Book 1). Part of that was the simple fact that there was more time for Brenna and Blake to be together, as there wasn't the need for the world-building and mythos setup that there is in a first book of a series, the other part is that the scenes between them were simply written better - more realistically, with better dialogue and a stronger chemistry. I had a problem with aspects of the romance between Bane and his handler in the first book. I didn't have the same sort of problems here. True, I had different ones...but I'll get to that in a moment.

I'm a self-confessed sucker for the unrequited love of youth becoming deliciously requited in adulthood, so that aspect of the Blake/Brenna pairing was particularly enjoyable. I also thought the plot of Dark Defender was paced more evenly and started off with more of a bang...both literally and figuratively...than the first book. As far as the characters, I enjoyed Brenna's spunky, indomitable spirit even when faced with horrific loss and unbelievable reality. Trahern was a favorite character in the first book, so I was also pleasantly surprised to get a bit of backstory on him and see him developed a bit more. Jarvis was a nice addition to the Paladins (though he was sort of two dimensional and not too individual - there sure ARE a lot of John Doe's in the Paladin ranks).
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Alexis Morgan takes us back to the world of Paladins and Others with the next book in her great new series.

Paladins are special men who because of one extra gene in their make-up can fight the Others as equals. They can die or be killed and then revived numerous times. However, each time leeches away alittle of their humanity. Finally they come back as Other, then they must be put to the final death. Each man has a Dr. or Handler who watches over him and decides when he is unable to come back.

Blake Trahern is a Paladin on the edge, he is very close to turning Other and having to be put down. After the events in the first book DARK PROTECTER he had called on one of his old friends who is a regent. He had notified him of the traiterous happenings. Blake has been a Paladin for over 12 years, always alone, always ready to defend the world from the threat of the Others.

Calling the Judge is a big mistake, because whoever the traitor is, he is dangerous. The Judge is killed when his car explodes, his daughter is knocked unconscious and taken to a hospital.

Brenna is an author, she is also the daughter of Judge Nichols, Blake was raised for a while by the Judge, he has always cared for the young girl he remembers from the time before he became a Paladin. Blake disappeared out of her life when she was 14, right after he graduated out of high school. She has not heard or seen him for the last 12 yrs and now he is there when she comes out of her coma.

Knowing that whoever killed the Judge will be out to get any information the Judge may have uncovered, Blake is determined to protect Brenna. In a very short time they are on the run. Blake has to come up with a story to tell her. Finally he tells her the truth.

Jarvis a Paladin in St.
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