Watchers in the Night by Jenna Black: A Book Review

#1 of The Guardians of the Night Series

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Blurb: They hunt in every major city, hidden by the crows, shielded by disbelief. They are Killers, and their prey is human.

But not all vampires are Killers. The Guardians of the Night sacrifice the superior physical and psychic strength that comes with feeding on humans to protect them. But the Guardians walk a thin line, for even a single kill could leave them helplessly addicted to murder.

When detective-turned-P.I. Carolyn Mathers was left at the altar, she never once thought her fiancé had been turned into a vampire. Two years later, Gray reappears, bringing murder, mystery, and an unbelievable tale of Guardians, blood-thirsty Killers, and his own transformation with him.

And he’s been accused of murder.

A first-rate P.I., Carolyn is determined to help. Gray won’t allow what he is now to taint her – but Carolyn vows to never let him go again. But will helping Gray mean becoming a creature of the night?

Thoughts: It took me a few chapters to get in to this book. I didn’t like the fact that Carolyn’s soon to be husband decided to show himself after nearly three years because she was about to get mugged by a young thug even though she used to be a Cop. I think being annoyed at this made me not want to give the book a chance, so it took me a couple of weeks of reading a little bit of a time before I got in to the swing of things.

I really enjoyed the ‘whodunnit’ side to this book and as I read the story, I felt like that with a few tweaks, the story would work without the vampire element in it. Though the story would need to be tweaked more towards the end, I still stand by this.

I absolutely love vampires, but I found it difficult to like the vampires that Jenna Black had created. When I think of vampires, I think of Lestat and Louis from Interview with the Vampire – drinking the blood of their victims and getting erotic pleasure out of it. Pleasure for both the vampire and the ‘victim’ at times. Yet, the Vampires in this book had to survive off a concoction of Lamb’s blood and milk, and if they ever drank the blood of a mortal twice, or sometimes even once, they would lose all control and become uncontrollable Killers.

I did however enjoy the characters in the story. Gray and Carolyn were the lead characters and though I liked the characters separately, I found that when they were together all they would do is argue, usually about Gray losing control if they were to have sex, and then proceeding to have sex, before arguing again. Fortunately, there was quite a good balance between storyline and erotica – something I feel is important as I can’t stand a book filled with sex scenes for no apparent reason.

Continuing on with the characters, Hannah, who is Carolyn’s best friend had me laughing out loud sometimes and I really appreciated her humour and sarcasm. Jules, Gray’s enemy so to speak but not the villain of the story, is a character I just could not get enough of – witty, sarcastic, and from the sounds of it very, very sexy. If any of you guys have watched The Originals, Elijah springs to mind.

I was really torn between 3 stars here and 3.5 stars. I really liked the story, and the characters but for me it would have been better as a mystery story rather than a paranormal romance story. I likely will read the rest of the series, but it isn’t something I am going to rush in to. I’m hoping that Jules will be the lead in at least one of them.


That’s all from me folks. Have you read this book? What did you think? Please comment below.

Gee Liz ❤

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