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If Angels Burn (Darkyn Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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.


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If Angels Burn (Darkyn Series #1)

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101076965
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/5/2005
  • Series: NOVEL OF THE DARKYN , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 70,901
  • File size: 374 KB

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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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    Really Deserved at 3.5 Rating

    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.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

    What a waste of money!

    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!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

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    Annoying

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    Disapointed is too kind

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2010

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    Not sure why I finished it...

    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...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2008

    Disappointing

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2005

    Worst Book ever!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2005

    If Angels Burn

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    ugh! Horrible

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

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    WHAT A SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    After enjoying Twilight Saga series and the Sookie Stackhouse series, I was looking for another vampire romance and this filled the bill. From page one I was hooked. I read the entire series (seven books) in less than two weeks. I wish there were more. Kudos to Lynn Viehl. These are definitely not for the same crowd as Twilight, but if you are a mature adult who happened to like Twilight as I did, this is for you. The characters are wonderful as is the relationships. A MUST READ.... I think I might just read them again.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting vampire romance

    In Chicago, Dr. Alexandra Keller is a renowned reconstructive surgeon who works complex cases with a speed and accuracy that no else match. In New Orleans, M. Cyprian offers Alexandra an outrageous sum of money to work on his face; she refuses informing him to come to Chicago as she has other patients who need her. However, refusal is unacceptable; Michael¿s men abduct Alexandra and bring her to his home. She is stunned by the hole where his face is and he demonstrates how fast his body heals so that a normal surgeon would not have the time to operate. Alexandra reluctantly does repair his mutilated face. --- Afterward he sucks her blood in rapture, but she survives; the first human to do so in centuries. Feeling guilty Michael knows he must protect Alexandra from his fellow Darkyn and from their opposites the Vatican sponsored Brethan. He heads to Chicago where his loyal servant dumped the surgeon, not knowing that soon he will love this mortal.--- This exciting vampire romance is action packed from the moment that Alexandra is abducted and never slows down until the final altercation. The story line contains terrific characters that make the Darkyn seem like a real species especially the jealousy of a rival Lucan. Alexandra¿s brother Farther John adds depth to understanding the heroine. Lynn Viehl writes a fabulous paranormal tale that readers will appreciate each bite and look forward to sequels.--- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

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    Worth the time!!

    OK. It took me several chapters to get into this book. The writing style is somewhat different than I am used to. You really have to concentrate on the historical details to keep up with the plot. The characters are not carbon copies of every other vampire novel around. I'm liking the concept that vampirism could be more of an infection than just who someone is. I love the way Alex and Micheal aren't just automatically in love, and rather have a love hate type relationship. I'm wondering what is in store for John. He has that bad boy playing a good boy thing going for him. That leaves Lucas. I'm not so sure he is all bad. We'll see. This book is worth that time to read even though it is not a cookie cutter romance thriller!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2009

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    HEA Be Darned

    So, we read romance novels for the Happily Ever After, right? The average, but misunderstood girl falls in love with the heartbreakingly gorgeous man with the dark secret (how dark depends on how much paranormal you like in your romance, of course) they fall deep into each other's eyes and the rest is history, right? But, we're twentieth century women so we all have to admit to a little "yeah, right" now and then. Sometimes, when i read these stories, my brain can't get around how quickly the HEA comes about.


    What I loved best about this book was that sex wasn't the end all solution. I mean, its a romance novel so, of course, it's going to be in there, but it didn't solve the myriad of problems between our hero and heroine. These were REAL people with real problems that didn't end by falling into each other's arms. Not only that, but there were real things happening around them that weren't completely eclipsed by their individual love story.


    If Happily Ever After occurs for these two, and I'm anxious to read the next book to find out, it'll be over time and I like that. It makes the romance more real to me and gives me hope that if it can happen for them . . . well, they don't call it fantasy for nothin'.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2007

    No excuse for lack of character development

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Good

    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...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    LOVED IT!  If Angles Burn is an amazing start to the Darkyn Seri

    LOVED IT!  If Angles Burn is an amazing start to the Darkyn Series. Michael Cyprien is a sexy vampire and Alexandra Keller is a feisty doctor who had me laughing so hard I cried.   

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    Edge of your seat, action packed read!

    I was so glad that I did not have anything scheduled for the day. From beginning to end I was enthralled with the characters and story. I loved that the author threw a little humor in the mix and did not over use sexual encounters just to fill pages. You know when a book is good when you spend the entire day reading. This is a definite keeper! I look forward to reading the rest of the series, as well as reading this book again. Kudos to the author!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2011

    A most read!

    A new twist in vampire genre.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

    Excellent Series

    Ms. Viehl absolutely pulls you right into the story. Love how all the characters continue to show up through the entire series and even the next one. Thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Can't wait for the next to come out.

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  • Posted October 29, 2010

    Loved it!

    As I was walking into the Library this book caught my eye, I grabbed the whole series after reading this book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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