Author: Ellen Connor

NIGHTFALL by Ellen Connor

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NIGHTFALL by Ellen ConnorNightfall by Ellen Connor
Series: Dark Age Dawning #1
Published by Penguin on 2011-06-07
Genres: Paranormal
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.

 

MIDNIGHT by Ellen Connor

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MIDNIGHT by Ellen ConnorMidnight by Ellen Connor
Series: Dark Age Dawning #2
Published by Penguin on 2011-09-06
Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Miranda

Their desire destroys her defenses. Their love gives him a reason to live. Three years of wandering the postapocalyptic wasteland has stripped Dr. Chris Welsh of humanity and hope. A harrowing loss drove him from his home, and he hasn’t stopped moving since. Grim and sardonic, he’s never found anything worth sticking around for—until now. Rosa Cortez runs Valle de Bravo, a haven of civilization amid the chaos of the Change. The last thing she needs is a feral loner upsetting the town’s tentative balance. However, for the good of her people, she lets the sexy doctor stay. He evokes a delicious new longing, but she won’t submit to any man. Tension rises as bloodthirsty raiders strike again and again, bent on possessing Valle and its resources. Together Chris and Rosa battle hellhounds and dust pirates while also fighting desperate attraction. To save them, love must overcome the pain of the past—and build a future in this brutal Dark Age...

Dr. Chris Welsh was once a weak man but after three years traveling around the wasteland that used to be North America he’s become hardened.  His humanity seemed to desert him years ago.  There’s been nothing he wanted or dared hope for…until now.

Rosa Cortez is a fighter.  She’s spent her whole life fighting.  She runs Valle de Bravo, a safe haven for those trying to survive in the new world.  They don’t often let new people in but something about Dr. Chris Welsh intrigues her.

When Raiders begin attacking Valle de Bravo, Rosa and Chris must team up to discover the traitor in their midst before it’s too late.

Midnight is quite a departure from the scary setting of the first Dark Age Dawning novel, Nightfall.  The second book follows a character from the first book, Chris, but it’s not necessary to have read the first book to follow this one.

Chris and Rosa have excellent chemistry and keep things spicy throughout the story.  Midnight has many ups and downs.  We get introduced to a bunch of new characters some good, some bad, some we lose, some we wish we had lost.

Midnight shows us another side of humanity. While Nightfall was largely about surviving the end of the world, Midnight is about making a life in the world left behind after the apocalypse. 

The reader is exposed to some ugly sides of humanity as well as some great ones.  While, Midnight is sexy it’s not overly romantic.  I didn’t feel the dramatic tension in Midnight like I did with Nightfall.  I still enjoyed Chris and Rosa’s story but it didn’t thrill me as much as Nightfall. However, I can’t wait to read the last book in the trilogy.

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