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Audiobook Review: In Still Darkness (Immortal Guardians #3.5) by Dianne Duvall @TantorAudio

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Hello, fellow audiobook junkies. It’s day 2 of 🎃 31 Days of Halloween 🎃 my version of #Blogtober. Today, I’m sharing an audiobook review: In Still Darkness written by Dianne Duvall and read by Arika Rapson. A novella sized audiobook in Dianne’s action-packed paranormal romance series, Immortal Guardians. My thanks to the publisher, Tantor Audio, for the free audiobook in exchange for my candid review.

What’s In Still Darkness about?

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Audiobook Review: In Still Darkness (Immortal Guardians #3.5) by Dianne Duvall @TantorAudioMy Rating:
Title: In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Series: Immortal Guardians #3.5
Published by Tantor Audio on 29 June, 2021
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Narrator: Arika Rapson
Length: 3 hours 9 minutes

Originally published in "Predatory"

In Dianne Duvall's world of Immortal Guardians, the stakes for mortals are high, but the cost - especially to the heart - might be higher....

It's not the first time Immortal Guardian Richart d'Alençon has saved a human life from eternal damnation. Usually, he moves on, a nameless savior like a ghost in the night. But this time he can t seem to forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he rescued her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist.

Jenna never imagined she'd end up a single mom working overtime to put her son through school. But she might have daydreamed once that a devastatingly gorgeous Frenchman would sweep her off her feet. Now that a package of tall, dark, and handsome seems intent on doing just that, doctors are telling her she may not have long to live. But Richart is telling her just the opposite. All she has to do is abandon her humanity.

©2013 Dianne Duvall (P)2021 Tantor


Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: Audiobook
Purchase Links: Amazon*

eBook Read: 4th July 2018 

Audiobook Listened: 5th – 7th September 2021


In Still Darkness has had quite a publishing journey! To begin with, it was released as part of the Predatory anthology in eBook and audiobook in 2013. Dianne was able to release In Still Darkness as part of her Immortal Guardians series with Zebra (her publishers at the time) in June 2014. As an existing fan, I bought it for my Kindle and have read and re-read In Still Darkness numerous times. 😉 However, here we are, eight years later and Tantor Audio has now separated those four stories in the audiobook version of Predatory and released them all as individual audios.


What did I think about it?

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I Devoured This Beautiful Romance!

Dianne Duvall is one of my favourite authors. My review archives are full to the brim with her stories! I love her writing style, the language she uses and the way she paces her plots. There’s always a natural balance throughout the story between any mystery, the fighting and violent scenes and the humorous, romantic and passionate ones. All of Dianne’s characters are well thought out, with a range of personalities without being stereotypical. Therefore, they feel real and believable, despite most of them being supernatural.

In Still Darkness is a novella with a self-contained HEA ending.

I originally reviewed In Still Darkness waaay back in 2018 and gave it top marks. Nothing in the story niggled my sensibilities, made me roll my eyes or wished I could change! 😉

But does this audio version deserve the same? Has my original review stood the test of time?

Yes! *phew* although the narration wasn’t perfect, I still enjoyed listening to it and would still rate In Still Darkness 5 beautiful stars.

Arika Rapson is a new-to-me narrator.

The previous audiobooks I have listened to in this series have been read by the multi-talented Kirsten Potter. A hard act to follow. Arika did a good job with In Still Darkness. I enjoyed the pace at which she read this book and liked the emotion she brought to each scene. Arika created different voices for the characters in this book; they varied enough to mean that I was never confused as to who was speaking. However, I feel that her foreign accents need a bit of tweaking; they lack finesse and sound slightly amateurish. There were also a couple of characters in this story that she created American accents for but were actually from other countries.

Content Warning:

There are scenes of explicit sexual content and graphic violence in this book. Therefore, I’d only recommend it to adults who aren’t offended by scenes of this sort.

I’d recommend In Still Darkness to adults who enjoy listening to love stories. Those who want charismatic heroes and wonderful heroines. Especially if you like plots with a few tense and traumatic scenes running behind the romance and passion.

Keep reading to find out more about Dianne Duvall. But first, here’s a quick run-down of the Immortal Guardians series.

The Immortal Guardians series by Dianne Duvall

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Immortal Guardians series sits in the paranormal romance genre. However, it could also sit happily on an urban fantasy shelf due to much of the content. Set in our modern human world, it features a new twist on the vampire genre.

Immortals and vampires are both infected with the same virus, which lends them dramatically increased strength, speed, healing capabilities and enhanced senses. Vampires are humans who have been infected, whereas Immortals are Gifted Ones who have been infected. Gifted Ones are men and women who were born with extremely advanced DNA that lends them special gifts, such as healing, telepathy, precognition and the like. Vampires rapidly descend into madness when the virus damages their brains but Immortals don’t; their advanced DNA protects them from that aspect of the virus.

Books in the Series

If you haven’t read any of the series yet, it’s never too late to start your adventure with these gripping alpha heroes and truly awesome heroines. Follow the links to read my reviews or buy your own copy.

Buy any of these stories in print, digital and audio formats from all the usual sources including;

Amazon* ¦ Audible* ¦ Book Depository¦ Foyles¦ Waterstones*

Now as promised, here is Dianne’s bio and her social media links.

About Dianne Duvall

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Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series, the Aldebarian Alliance series and The Gifted Ones series.

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn’t writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she creates in her books.

And as this is a review for an audiobook, here’s Arika’s bio and links too. 🙂

About Arika Rapson

Narrator - Arika Rapson (was Arika Escalona)

Arika Rapson (formerly Escalona) grew up devouring books and taking occasional breaks to be on TV or in the circus (long story). She went on to become a classically trained vocalist and composer, writing her first symphony at age eighteen.

After living in New York and then Spain, Arika returned to her native Pacific Northwest, eventually settling in Fall City, Washington, where she happily began recording audiobooks. As a narrator, she has performed a wide range of genres, from classics to contemporary thrillers, children's books, urban fantasy, and women's literature, as well as stranger-than-fiction true stories. Arika's voice has been heard by millions on national television, as well as on the radio, in video games, and as an ongoing voice for Amazon Kindle.

Thanks for visiting and reading my audiobook review: In Still Darkness. Have you listened to it? What about any other titles by Dianne or those narrated by Arika? Drop me a comment and we can chat books! 😉

My love of audiobooks has grown over the last few years. I’m reading less and listening more. Lol! Before you go, check out my 2021 Audiobook Challenge page and see how I’m putting my new addiction hobby to good use!

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Flora x

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  1. In Still Darkness sounds perfect for Halloween!

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