Monday, March 18, 2013

Book Review - The Guilty Innocent by D.N. Simmons

The Guilty Innocent 
Knights of the Darkness Chronicles Book Two
D.N. Simmons

Genre: Urban-fantasy

Sub Genres: Horror, Paranormal Romance, GLBT, Multicultural, Mystery/Thriller.

Publisher: Rushmore Publishing

ISBN: 978-0615688381

Number of pages: 271
Word Count: 106415

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Book Description:

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.

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 My Review 

Picking up the storyline roughly four months after the end of the events in Desires Unleashed, D.N. Simmons continues her world building in The Guilty Innocent, the second book in the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles series.  Featuring many of the characters we met in the first book, we become more immersed in the supernatural world, the continuing conflicts between humans and the supernaturals and the emergence of humans with psychic powers.  Once again, I found myself turning to pages to discover what was going to happen next.

When Natasha Hemingway became involved with the supernatural community and discovered her psychic gifts four months ago, she had a lot of learning and accepting to do.  Now dating Darian, the Master Vampire of Chicago, and his lieutenant and lover, Xavier, she's becoming comfortable with her own gifts and with the supernatural community.  At least until her best friend, and roommate, Annette Balfour disappears.  Worried and a little frantic because she can't see her in any visions, Natasha knows she's in trouble.  Asking detective, and werewolf, Darren Davis to help her track down her friend, Natasha knows the clock is ticking on her friends life.  She just never imagined Annette's body would be found in Darian's car trunk.

A 1600 year old vampire and Master of the city, Darian, would never hurt his lover's friend.  Framed for a murder he didn't commit, he's only seven days away from trial and execution.  Having to trust Xavier and Natasha to save his life is difficult for a man who's used to being in control, but he's got no other choice.  When an ex-lover, and the leader of the Leopard pride, offers her assistance, Darian knows he's running out of time.

Ms. Simmons does an excellent job of juggling all of the characters she's introduced so far in the series and having them all play a part in Darian's life.  While it's difficult for Natasha to get alone with Elise, Darian's former lover, and Sergio, Elise's fellow pride leader, she accepts that if she wants to save Darian's life she'll have to learn to get along with more supernatural beings.  Open minded, she also enjoys learning more about the supernatural world. 

When Natasha's psychic dreams lead Xavier, Natasha, Elise, Sergio and 2 other supernaturals to Moscow on the trail of Russian mobsters who framed Darian in order to gain possession of information they needed, will the team be able to work together and make it back to Chicago before Darian is executed?  Will Natasha be ready to take her relationship with Darian and Xavier to the next level?  You'll have to read The Deadly Innocent to find out.  I can't wait to read the next book in this series, The Royal Flush, which guarantees to have the pack, the pride and the vampire coven working together as they hunt another enemy. 

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Stars

FTC Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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