Reviewed by: Ms. Bliss

Deliver Me From Darkness
by Tes Hilaire

Published February 7, 2012 by Sourcebooks

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.

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.

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Tes Hilaire’s first book in the new Paladin Warriors Series, Deliver Me from Darkness, engages us in a new world of light and dark fraught with Angels, Demons, Vampires  and just enough romance, angst and action to leave us eagerly awaiting the next installment.

Karissa  knows she has gifts but never imagined that she is the only female Paladin in existence, or that the man her Grandfather said she must seek out in the event of his death, is actually her brother.  A brother who unwittingly leaves her in the care of her soul mate, a Paladin turned vampire who believes he has lost his soul. If that isn’t enough - vampires, demons  and every other baddie are desperately trying to kidnap her!  Karissa comes to realize that Roland is not your typical vampire.  He has a heart and a soul and he belongs to her, whether he likes it or not!

Roland believes he is of the darkness.  Once a mighty Paladin warrior, he now struggles with the bloodlust of his vampire curse.  When Karissa is thrust into his life he can think of nothing but his impatience for her to be gone. That is until he realizes she is his mate, soul or no soul.  He will stop at nothing to protect her – even from himself!

This was an excellent read; fast paced, well written, inventive and imaginative. The characters have depth and substance and are very likeable.  The balance of strength and vulnerability is perfect. The plot engages us from the first few paragraphs until the very last page.  I especially enjoyed Gabriella, a secondary character that I hope we see more of in the next book!  

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