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Nightfall by Ellen Connor
Series: Dark Age Dawning #1
Published by Penguin on 2011-06-07
Reviewed by Miranda
First in a stunning new post-apocalyptic paranormal romance trilogy. Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought in her wildest nightmares that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her--one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. The mysterious ex-soldier named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna's father. Skilled and steadfast, he's ready for the prophesied Change, but Jenna proves tough to convince. Until the power grid collapses and mutant dogs attack--vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong. When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them. As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes too, forever altered by supernatural forces. To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion--a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.
Jenna Barclay grew up with a crazy absentee father who preached about the end of the world. When ex-Marine Mason kidnaps Jenna as a debt to her father she thinks she’s added another crazy man to her life.
However, things soon change as the world undergoes its own change. Pretty soon Jenna discovers Mason might not be so crazy as demon dogs come out of the wood work desperate for a kill.
Jenna and Mason must band together to survive. Will they find love at the end of the world?
Ellen Connor’s Nightfall is a pulse-pounding thrill-a-minute adventure laced romance along with the best and worst of humanity. There are some great moments where I was thinking, “Omg Omg Omg!” My fear for the characters was real and exciting. Jenna and Mason start out as the odd couple but quickly become a leading unit as darkness takes over and they must do whatever it takes to survive. The secondary characters are very important in Nightfall. As the characters band together in their makeshift family the reader becomes engrossed in all the drama that unfolds.
There are definitely some characters that will tug at your heart more than others. By the time the tale was over there was no question I had to read the next in the series because I need to know what happens next for Ms. Connors outstanding characters.