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If Angels Burn (Darkyn Series #1)

If Angels Burn (Darkyn Series #1)

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by Lynn Viehl

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Alexandra Keller is Chicago's most brilliant reconstructive surgeon.  Michael Cyprien is New Orleans' most reclusive millionaire—and in desperate need of Dr. Keller's skills.


Alexandra Keller is Chicago's most brilliant reconstructive surgeon.  Michael Cyprien is New Orleans' most reclusive millionaire—and in desperate need of Dr. Keller's skills.

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What if vampires were the victims and humans the predators? This is the underlying premise of Lynn Viehl's most unusual love story, If Angels Burn. It is the first in a suspenseful new series about the Darkyn, vampire-like creatures persecuted by humans since the Middle Ages. When Dr. Alexandra Keller is recruited -- kidnapped, actually -- to perform reconstructive surgery on a reclusive New Orleans millionaire, she finds more than a patient in need of a new face. She meets a compelling being, Michael Cyprien, who engages her on the most primal of levels and inspires her to help his people. Alex's battle to heal her patient and her struggle to regain control of her own emotions is paralleled by the story of her brother, a tortured monk who allies himself with the Brethren, a Vatican-sponsored enemy of the Darkyn. Ginger Curwen

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Novel Of The Darkyn Series , #1
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6.74(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Under her own name and pseudonyms, Lynn Viehl has published over twenty-five novels with ROC and NAL since her debut novel was published in January 2000. She and her family currently live in Florida.

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If Angels Burn (Darkyn Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 145 reviews.
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book based on the recommendation that it was similar to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I have to say I find the two series similar, in the fact that they both have romantic elements but not necessarily focus on romance and the plots in both series are dark and gruesome. Dr. Alex Keller is dedicated to her patients and her work. Unfortunately, having a reputation as one of the fastest and most efficient plastic surgeons has made her a target. Michael Cyprien, a vampire part of the Darkyn society (Darkyns are Dark Kyn, a/k/a vampires) chooses to kidnap Alex and force her to perform surgery on his face, that has been obliterated by the Brethren (the Brethren are a group of men/cult who have hunted down and killed the Darkyn through the ages). A terrible situation arises and Alex is exposed to the Darkyn blood. Regardless of Alex's exposure, the virus fails to fully turn her, therefore causing her to walk between two worlds, Darkyn and human. Straddling both worlds pushes Alex into the spotlight and renders her an anomaly that breathes new hope for certain Darkyn of expanding the species, and also causes her to become a threat to the Brethren. Alex is a strong woman, who has confidence, independence, intelligence and fire. However, her constant resistance and verbal abuse towards Michael started to became overbearing. Had the author toned down Alex's spunk a bit, Alex would have pretty much been the perfect heroine. There was a religious aspect to the novel that I could've done without. The author is not preaching to us, actually it's just the opposite; the church turns out to be the hypocrites. Personally I would've liked the author to have chosen a different back story for the Brethren that didn't include being tied to the church. Regardless of the religion included, the author fabulously built a dark world, where nighttime is a feeding ground for those naïve enough not to believe or protect themselves from monsters and those unlucky enough to be caught. As a dark urban fantasy reader, I am always looking for something new to read. I would recommend this to fellow dark urban fantasy readers who can spare the patience to flip through the too coincidental, predictable and emotional parts to stick with the plot. Regardless of my 3-star rating, this series has great potential and I look forward to reading the next book in the series Private Demon.
Para-Fan More than 1 year ago
This book is so annoying! It reminds me of Jacquelyn Franks book, "Hunting Julian" which is the worst book I've read in many years. A woman can be firm, professional, independent and still be a warm, loving compassionate woman. It irks me that a woman (or man) can be portrayed so one dimensionally. Don't waste your time or money on this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book annoyed the sh*t out of me, it was good to a point but when I read a book I like when people end up together and stuff I know its lame but this book was stupid with some things. One moment they are saying they need to be together and having sex and the next she is leaving and won't go near him and then at the end you think it all changes but we don't know do we? No because they don't go on about it... But I must say I am curious about what happens in the next book so I will read that. I wouldn't suggest not reading but I would NOT say it is a must read.
DoB77 More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to a new author, but was very disappointed. I always like for my heroines to be strong and independent, but Alexandra took it to an extreme. The interaction between her and Michael left me wondering why they continued to have anything to do with each other; other than the obvious fact that he turn her to Darkyn. Not really a recommended read for me...
Courtney6 More than 1 year ago
I read some reviews and what this book was about and it sounded pretty good. This is not a very good book. I didn't like it. There were a few parts where it wasn't too bad, but then it would get worse a couple pages later. I do not recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though four million dollars would go a long way in her charitable medical practice, Dr. Alexandra Keller (Alex), turns it down; the reclusive millionaire who repeatedly ups his offers of recompense for her services sets off her internal alarms. Since Michael Cyprien is not used to taking 'no' for an answer, he doesn't, having her kidnapped and brought to him to perform an impossible, for multiple reasons surgery. Then, when she has saved his life, he takes hers. Oh, he does not exactly kill her, but turns her into what he is, a Darkynn, a vampire. Instantly, she becomes her priestly brother's enemy, though John Keller does not know this immediately. The young minister, long tortured by his own id, has recently been recruited into the service of a secret Catholic order, to fight what his sister has become. Both siblings are now unwilling participants in an ancient war against the forces of a Hell only one of them believes in. ................................... In saying this is a very dark book, I am not being deliberately ironic or making a bad pun. The tone is dark, gritty, and for the most part, hopeless. Alex's noble intentions and spunk are negated by the bitterness that spreads through her life. Whatever intrigue this book might hold is killed by its total lack of joy and overly gritty descriptions of things that for the most part do not need to be described.
DC_PRINCE More than 1 year ago
Where do I start? The "heroine" was nothing more then a whiney, foul mouthed, contradiction. She bashed every character in the book, she was nearly the villian for 3/4 of the time. No where in the book did the author incline that she was falling for Michael except for a few minor notes that she may or may not be attracted to him. Then to throw an "I love you" 10 pages to the end, with no build up to it, or a follow through from it. The book ended with cliffhanger (which I normally like) but had nothing to do with the characters the novel was about. I was told by many that the books get better from this book on out. I do like the writing style, so I will try again with book 2. My recomendation skip book one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This truly is one of the worst books I have ever read. The writer bounces around from one thing to the next, to the next. She absolutely does not flesh out her characters, her plot nor her story. I am still trying to figure out the weasel, the jolly green giant, the man with the tux and no shirt. This book is just awful. It never finishes a complete thought. The premise of the book sounds great. It just never gets there.I average $175-$200 a month on books. I read at least five a week if not more. So I feel completely justified in saying this truly is the worst book I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book to read not great read better, but have def read worse. Like the some of the characters some of the detailed scenes were a bit twisted for my taste but left little to imagination...
TracieD More than 1 year ago
The heroine was terrible. She had NO passion for the hero. I get what the author was trying to do, but a heroine can not go from pissed off - smart mouth to love and passion in the same sentance. Could have been a great story if the emotions would 'flow' more easily. VERY disappointed.
junepot More than 1 year ago
Personally, I got mighty tired of the two main characters and the way they interacted with each other throughout the entire book.
BeeperB213 More than 1 year ago
In my experience, most series start with a book that contains a lot of background information (which this book did) but they usually have the complete arch of the main characters while introducing other characters who will be fleshed out in subsequent books. Unlike some reviewers, I came to like the main characters in this book, but I also agree that they were underdeveloped and their "romance" seemed very hard to follow or believe. The book was uneven and some plot points were very poorly followed up--most importantly, did the female lead survive her transformation? I was left feeling that a final chapter or an epilogue was left out of the printing. I am hopeful that, since this was the first in the series, the next book will answer some of the questions and the characters will feel more substantial. Otherwise, I will have to give up on Lynn Viehl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author goes to great lengths to decribe various tortures in graphic detail. Actually she goes to the point of being disgusting. Why then could she not lengthen the book to flesh out(no pun intended)why the characters act the way they do ? She starts to explain an incident in their lives, but then swerves off to some other far-fetched idea with absolutely no substance. I knew when I picked up the book that there were probably going to be grisly events. I just didn't know that they would be the only points fully explained. I read one of the other Darkyn novels before I started this one so it is not as if I expected sweetness and light. I just expected to at least care about the characters. The only two I remotely felt anything for were minor characters who were only in the story as scenery. I normally pass my books on to friends who might like them, even the ones I didn't care for. This one I pitched in the garbage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an ok book. Not the greatest, but I've read worse. This book is like an inverted bell-curve. It is good in the beginning, sags in the middle and then rises back up in the end. This is not the best of the vampire novels but it has some potential and some interesting ideas about what vampires or Darkyn are. I will give the series another shot and read the next one when it comes out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting premise but extremely disappointing. I found the heroine to be annoying and the hero completely undeveloped. The story had some real possibilities but, as it was written, is simply depressing. There was so little character development that most of the action actually comes as a surprise. Too many characters who are just there and who really don't progress the story or provide much interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have foung a new series to read. Each book gets better and better. Great story Great characters.
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