Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable

Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable

by Dariel Raye

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Dr. Akila Marshall is a veterinarian with a calling – save as many stray animals as possible. The only child of wealthy, yet distant parents, she's convinced that love is not for her. Until...

Sable's search for his twin sister leads him to Akila. Born into a rare species of wolf shifters whose main purpose is protecting others, he has always been forced to fend for himself, but Akila's loving, protective nature draws him – and not a moment too soon. Together, they must learn to trust each other enough to overcome a new, deadly enemy.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014596732
Publisher: L'Adagio Books
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: Dark Sentinels , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 55,843
File size: 301 KB

About the Author

Dariel’s love for books, as well as her fascination with animals and all things paranormal, prompted the beginning of her writing journey at the tender age of 8. The paranormal romance, “Raven’s Shelter,” one of five stories in Taming of the Wolf, was her second publication, and her first with The Wild Rose Press as a result of placing second in their “Got Wolf” competition. Also a paranormal romance, “Vashti’s Star” was her first published novel. Dariel has written articles for The News Item of Mobile, and Black Health Magazine of Atlanta.

A classically trained pianist and vocalist with a degree in piano and vocal performance and a master’s in counseling psychology, she has presently completed studies for a Ph.D. with the exception of her dissertation, but a more recent battle with kidney failure has changed her perspective and renewed a focus on her first loves, writing and music. Dariel is a native Mobilian and minister of music. In addition to her novels and articles, she has written and directed three musicals and composed more than 30 scripturally based compositions. She lives with her three large, very spoiled house dogs, where she is working on three paranormal romance series and scoring songs as God sends them.

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Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Flowergirlzmom1SW More than 1 year ago
I love this book!! Akila is a Vet and runs a no kill shelter. She absolutely LOVES animals, and is absolutely heartbroken at the thought of something happening to them. So when a friend calls her to tell her that they found a Wolf that is scheduled to be put down the following morning she goes and gets him and takes him home with her. Little does she know he's not what she thinks he is. Sable was trying to find his sister when he was ambushed and shot with something that made him stay in his wolf form. He got away but now he is with Akila. He needs to get away and find his sister but he is drawn to Akila and cannot figure out why since she is a human. I Loved this. I'm not always a fan of shifter books. There only a few Authors that can make me actually say I love this shifter book! Dariel Raye is one of them.. Sable has a real vulnerable side that makes him very endearing. I would definitely recommend this book and cannot wait to see what else may be in store in this series!
grammy7NT More than 1 year ago
Akila Marshall is a veterinarian with a passion for animals.  Born to rich parents who gave her everything but attention and love, animals became her friends and family.  She is a woman who cannot turn her back on any animal in trouble and it is that devotion that changes her life. When she rescues a wolf in danger of being killed little does she know that this wolf is a shifter named Sable.  Sable is looking for his twin sister Syreena who has disappeared and in that pursuit he is captured and drugged by Mr. Moore, a man set on experimenting with animals to strengthen the human race.  He knows all about what Syreena and Sable are and he is determined to use them, but Sable gets away.  Sable and Syreena have spent their lives being turned away from packs until it is discovered that they are Sentinels, wolves whose main purpose is being a guard to a pack.  It is in this capacity and only in this capacity that they accepted at all. Akila brings him home and falls in love with the wolf she calls Brutus aka Sable and he apparently feels the same.  Can he reveal to her what he is?  Will she accept him as both a wolf and a man? This is a novella but it reads like a full novel, mystery, betrayal, love and romance. This is the first in the Sentinel's series and I can't wait for more. Although a short story it was very entertaining. Akila is a wonderful character and her devotion to animals is beautiful. Reviewed by:  Linda Tonis Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. This is a fantastic paranormal romance! I loved it! Dr. Akila Marshall is a fantastic character. She is a vet with a soft heart. When she takes in an injured wolf, she doesn't realise what fate has in store for her. Sable is a wolf shifter. He is a wonderful character. He is an alpha male through and through! He is loving, and exceedingly protective of his family. He has been looking for his sister, who had disappeared whilst investigating a case. His search lands him in the caring hands of Akila. This is one short novella that I wish was a little bit longer! I was completely captured by the story, and hooked by the first page! I have read many shapeshifter romance books over the years, and I must admit that I'm a sucker for them! How they can change form and still manage to keep their human psyche intact is a mystery to me, but still, the idea enthralls me! Perhaps it's my primitive brain at work again! This story is told from the points of view of both Akila and Sable. I loved this, because it enables the reader to get an idea of their thoughts and feelings. I was a bit surprised when I reached the end of the book, because it didn't take me too long to read it. However, there was a lot of action and danger in this 60 page book! Not to mention the HOT bedroom scene! I am now looking forward to reading book two in the series! Dariel Raye has written a fantastic paranormal romance that is not only fast paced, but it flowed beautifully too! I do not recommend this book to younger readers due to the explicit nature of some of the scenes. However, I highly recommend this book if you love paranormal romance or sexy shapeshifters! - Lynn Worton
ecwordwiz More than 1 year ago
Mr. Vicious finds a mate... Dr. Akila Marshall is a veterinarian and a No Kill advocate. So when she gets a call to come rescue a dog that a friend indicates there is a kill order for the next day she jumps in her car and rushes right over. However, this is no dog; they have a wolf on their hands and a surly one at that. Well surly that is with everyone but her. This beauty of an animal speaks to something in her from the start so instead of taking him to her shelter she takes him home with her. Noises in the night see the wolf missing and Akila broken hearted. If there is one thing that can bring a tear to her eye it’s an animal. Thoughts of this beautiful wolf lost in the city and at risk has her bawling her eyes out. If there is one thing about Akila’s character that you really get it’s her love for animals and her overall lack of trust in human nature. After a grueling three days stuck in his shift to wolf, Dr. Sable Adler’s nose leads him right back to Akila at her veterinarian office. Sable has been searching for his twin Syreena who went off the grid days ago. After being ambushed and captured then subsequently rescued by the good doctor, he’s curious to know just why his sister’s scent trail leads him to Akila. Of course, his fascination with the human doctor has nothing what so ever to do with him sticking around. It’s pretty obvious from the get go that these two have a connection worth exploring. Tension mounts when Akila is forced to deal with blood, mayhem and kidnappings. Being the activist she is she doesn’t leave things for the police but rather goes off to investigate on her own. Life dishes up a few surprises. Sable is a great introduction to this rare breed of Dark Sentinels. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series. I’d recommend this one to all those shifter lovers out there. If I could wish for anything else in the story, it would be more. Sable ended on a HFN note. I’m hoping future stories in the series will indicate how they deal with their long distance issues. Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!  ***Received a copy of the ebook for an honest review The cover is awesome and is what got my attention and pulled me toward the book. This is the first book in the Dark Sentinels series, and my first time reading a book by Dariel :)  It is a novella about 80 pages long.  This is for adults only due to the steamy scenes. Okay, I really loved this book until the end, and then I wanted to throw the book but it was my kindle….so yeah not happening!  There was a sexy wolf, action, drama, romance, and some mystery well for Akila anyway :)  But at the end, the bad guy stuff was concluded, but nothing about Sable and Akila.  I was floored.  I thought maybe it would continue in book 2 but it’s about a new character.  I was completely screaming because I want closure or something telling what happens to them…uggggg!!!  This book was sooo great, but I’m hoping that this did not happen in book 2. Akila is an awesome and caring vet who wants to take care of all the animals in the world :)  She has a really big heart.  Sable is a sexy wolf looking to save his sister and seems very Alpha to me.  The staff at Akila’s clinic seem awesome and caring too!!  I really loved these characters. Dariel does a fantastic job with her descriptions and storylines.  I think this book could have easily been expanded to a full length book with the awesome and complex storyline.   I’m definitely reading book 2 (well already started) because I really like the characters and the start of the world created, and I have so many questions about sentinels and their roles.  I recommend this story to wolf shifter lovers because it is a fabulous story :)  Off to read some more!!
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GemmaKMurray More than 1 year ago
Dr. Akila Marshall has spent her life not believing love is in the cards for her. Instead, she has dedicated her life to saving the stray animals. Her veterinary practice certainly has helped her in her mission. Sable is trying to find his twin sister. A wolf shifter who is used to taking care of himself and his sister, it is hard to rely on someone else for help. When a large wolf-like dog is brought into the shelter, Akila’s first instinct is to protect him. Taking him home to meet her furry family, Akila is surprised to find them as accepting at they are. The wolf/dog escapes and breaks Akila’s heart. The gorgeous man who shows up at her clinic the next day is enough to make her believe in love. I couldn’t believe how much I loved this story. The characters come to life from page one. The story moves at rapid enough pace to keep the reader interested, but not so fast they can’t keep up. Dariel Raye has moved to this reader’s must buy list. This a paranormal romance I definitely recommend reading!
MiaDarien More than 1 year ago
Over all, I liked it. It was a quick, easy read with romance and the paranormal. These things are always fun. I did have a few little problems with it, though. Mainly, Akila’s early motivation in bringing Brutus into her house and just letting him loose could have been clearer: how did she know this would be okay? She kind of says why later, but I would have liked to know earlier. It would have given me less of a “really, lady?” kind of moment. There were some behind the scenes events about local animals that Akila references that I would have liked to know more about why of later, since it does tie into the story. And I would have liked to have seen Sable be a little more take-charge and kick-ass. He had the size for it — your usual romantic hawt hero — so I would’ve liked to have seen it more, like in the ending, which happened kind of fast and did a drive-by of a couple other characters introduced late. (I’m hoping maybe that is a set-up for future books.) Yet, all that being said, I liked Akila a lot. As a woman who has to close her eyes or look away when she sees dead animals on the side of the road, I really liked her love for all animals and how their pain affected her. So the plot issues I had might have made me give this 3.5 stars, Akila sold me and made it a 4 star review. I’ll be keeping an eye out for future Dark Sentinels books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This short story had real potential for great depth of character. Sadly, the story was shortchanged by inserting unnecesary explicit intercourse. I know sex sells, but there are so many ways to bring sex into the story without going blow by blow. (Pun intended). I'm still giving it three stars in hopes for something better.