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Watchers in the Night (The Guardians of the Night, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – October 31, 2006

3.4 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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“Clever plotting and terrific supporting characters elevate this novel into a first-rate romantic thriller.” ―Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine

“One of the best new vampire series since the Black Dagger Brotherhood. . . . A must-read for all paranormal romance fans.” ―The Romance Readers Connection

“[Jenna Black's] book kept me engrossed from first page to last. . . . I highly recommend this one.” ―The Best Reviews

“The characters, lead and secondary, are so well written you never want the book to end. And with as many twists and turns as there are, you'll be guessing till the very end as to who the killer is.” ―Romance Junkies

“Watchers in the Night is the first in what promises to be a rich and varied series.” ―Fallen Angel Reviews

About the Author

Author Jenna Black writes paranormal romance books and young adult novels, including Shadowspell and Watchers in the Night, which was nominated for the 2006 Paranormal Excellence in Romantic Literature (PEARL) award. She's your typical writer: an experience junkie. Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush and making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. She went to Duke University to study physical anthropology. Then, during her senior year, she made a shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating. Narrowly escaping the boring life of a primatologist, she moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation. Among her other experiences: ballroom dancing, traveling to all seven continents--yes, even Antarctica--becoming a Life Master in Bridge, and singing in a barbershop chorus.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Paranormal Romance; a edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765354519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765354518
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,296,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carolyn Mathers has come far since she was abandoned by her financee, three days before her wedding. Leaving the police force, Carolyn opened her own P.I. firm in hopes of finding out what happened to Gray James. When Gray appears out of the blue out of three years, Carolyn is determined to get answers. She soon finds out that Gray is just as determined not to give them.

In a vampire world where there are "good" and "bad" vampires, Jenna Black creates the character of Gray James as one who doesn't belong to either faction. With a vampire serial killer on the loose, Gray is immediately under suspicion by the "good" vampires. With Carolyn now demanding answers, Gray has no choice but to tell her the truth.

In a time where there are paranormal authors like JR Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon, you really have to stand out when it comes to the vampire genre. Jenna Black didn't grab me. I could care less what happened and only finished the book because I don't like leaving books unfinished. While I felt bad for Gray, he was just a so-so hero. The secondary vampire character of Jules was better received, but even he was kind of blah. He was so determined to bring Gray down and the reader wasn't told why until 3/4 of the way through the book. The plot was lukewarm at best and the way the vampire world was created was nothing extrodinary.
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By Val on December 2, 2013
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With me I tend to enjoy any love story that has bite, well this series definitely has alot. Its packed with drama, suspense, action, & oh yes romance. This book has alot of great characters & I can't wait to see how each of their stories unfold. When I was about midway through this book I had to order the rest of the series. And I'm glad I did because once I finished this one I couldn't wait to open the next.
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Ugh, this book did not cut it for me...It felt like an old eighties TV series. The love story was woven into a murder mystery where I knew who the bad guys were the minute they came on to the scene. But the element that I really didn't like was that our "hero" hated being a vampire, pined for his girl but didn't have the gumption to fight for her, figures out he is wrong a few pages before book ends....it's a drag when the hero is neither sexy or smart.
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STORY BRIEF:
There are two kinds of vampires: Killers who kill humans and Guardians who drink sheep's blood and protect humans by killing Killers. Carolyn's fiancé Gray was turned into a vampire just before their wedding 3 years ago. He left her to protect her. Gray doesn't kill humans but he hasn't officially joined the Guardians. She has been wondering why he left and mourning the loss ever since. She sees him one night and starts following him to learn what happened. A Killer is killing humans and framing Gray for it. If the Guardian's think Gray is killing humans, they will kill Gray. Carolyn is a private detective and investigates the killings.

REVIEWER'S OPINION:
There is some romance here, but it's not typical. We don't see the couple meeting and developing a relationship. We enter the story after the relationship ended. We then watch the couple interact and wonder if they will reconnect or stay separate. The main story is good guys being framed and trying to solve the mystery of who is the bad guy and what to do about it. There wasn't enough character development for me. The characters were typical and predictable. There was nothing special in the dialogue, no witty remarks or interesting ideas. I wanted to be more surprised or delighted to give it more stars. Although, I was impressed with Carolyn's investigative work regarding the killer's identity.

DATA:
Story length: 296 pages. Swearing language: strong. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 3. Total number of sex scene pages: 12. Setting: current day Philadelphia, Pa. Copyright: 2006. Genre: paranormal romance.
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Carolyn is an ex cop who currently runs her own PI business with her best friend, Hannah. Three years ago Carolyn's fiancé, Gray, was last seen leaving his bachelor party with one of the strippers. He was never seen again. Carolyn has spent the last three years trying to get over a man she deeply loved. Not knowing what happened to him has never given her the closure she needed to fully move on.

Then one night she is in her parking lot about to be attacked when Gray comes out of nowhere to rescue her. You can imagine the multiple emotions and thoughts that run through Carolyn, and Jenna Black does an excellent job expressing them. Carolyn finally hopes to get some answers, unfortunately Gray isn't feeling talkative. He is keeping secrets in order to protect her. As quickly as he resurfaced in Carolyn's life, he is now trying to leave her, again. Carolyn isn't ready to let him go. Soon Gray is forced to face her and their past whether he wants to or not.

Jenna Black has created a world where the Vampires that roam it are divided into two categories; those that kill for food, known as Killers, and those that drink lambs blood. There are a group of the good guy Vampires known as the Guardians that protect the city by hunting the Killers.

This is an excellent start to the series, although at times I felt it dragged a bit; Gray's alpha male, I must protect my woman by denying myself attitude, started wearing thin. I have started this series backwards. I read the third book,
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