3.5 Stars The absolute best thing about this book was the world I have never read a Romance like it and it rocked my world It felt so fresh and different from the usual Paranormal Romances There weren t any zombies in it although they sure seemed zombie like , but it read just like a zombie movie It had all the tension and excitement inherent to those movies Because the dawning of the Dark Age was occurring as we were reading the book, we the reader faced the same uncertainty and nerves that the characters did It was a very effective was of sucking me in.I know I just mentioned it, but I want to stress how much I loved the way the book unfolded The Dark Age didn t happen at the same time for everyone It didn t start in the United States at all So rumors and fear are widespread, even though some people don t believe it will spread It settled in the East when it finally hit the U.S The West side split from them and lived in their comfortable world of denial They didn t believe the rumors of what was really going on out there in the world Because of their denial we get to discover the truth right alongside Jenna, our heroine from the West We don t know quite what is going on, we just know they need to hide Electronics stop working, cars won t start And the demon dogs are the stuff of nightmares I loved the way the author setup the early interactions between Jenna and Mason He doesn t come up to her and try to explain and rationalize what is going to happen He knows time is running out so he does the most expedient thing he kidnaps her Honest to God kidnaps her She s terrified and she doesn t trust him, even when he starts to explain It s not until undeniable proof is presented later that she really believes I loved that this wasn t sugarcoated, because I wouldn t have believed it if it had been But with the way it was written I could understand Jenna s emotions, just like I could understand her slow softening toward him after she learned the truth Although from the subject matter you would think this would be a book filled with nonstop action, it wasn t Don t get me wrong, there was action and horror, that s just not all there was The author included slower, tension filled sections that gave us a good idea of how scary and boring the waiting can be And when Jenna extends their safety to a group of strangers we get to see that being a Good Samaritan is not always a good idea when food is in short supply I loved that we got to see a wide range of characters They were true strangers and each had a very different personality I really, really loved getting to see how each person reacted differently to the situation I find myself curious about Penny, but Tru is the secondary character that I liked the most I liked watching him grow from being a punk kid who hasn t seen an eyeliner he doesn t like kidding to being an integral part of their survival team I guess the apocalypse was the making of him I found Mason and Jenna s relationship by turns compelling and disturbing Mason was focused on keeping them alive and rarely gave in to softer emotions I can understand his hyper vigilance even though Jenna had an issue with it Jenna s emotions rocked back and forth between angry and thankful I could understand her out of kilter emotions to a degree the world is going to hell, after all , but it was taken to the extreme a little too much I actually came to intensely dislike Jenna By the end of the book I was mostly fond of her again, but it was a close thing there for a while.Jenna would push Mason for caring and affection and then become intensely angry when he shook her off But half the time they were in a very dangerous situation I cheered Mason on for brushing her off when she wanted to hold his hand for comfort He needs to be at the ready to fight because he was really the only thing keeping them from dying That s what made me so angry at her I am tired of people who bitch and moan about the person who is keeping their ass alive They re in every movie or book where characters are forced to survive in a world gone mad, and I m sick of those people criticizing the very skills that are saving them Personally, I want that tough as nails person with me when the end comes Now, don t get me wrong, I understand that Mason did need to learn how to relax and allow intimacy during the down times I m not saying he didn t need to work on it, I m just saying that I was tired of Jenna picking the worst moment for affection and then taking it so personally when he didn t cooperate And the fact that Jenna thought it was okay to punish him by being a tease Very, very unattractive in my eyes No wonder he was afraid to try to get close after that.Because Jenna s emotions were all over the place I never knew quite how she would react to anything It was like being around someone with a short fuse You constantly wondered when they were going to snap this time around The emotions were portrayed well and it all felt intense, but they kind of made me uncomfortable They were even physically fighting with each other at one point And they both tended to link anger with arousal It was intense, sure, but it just wasn t for me When Mason and Jenna finally got together in the end it didn t feel quite right to me At times I really wondered if the author kept changing her mind while writing about how she wanted to portray Jenna because she felt a little bipolar Because she was so all over the place with her emotions I didn t think her quick switch to love and devoted caring for Mason felt authentic I needed a gradual change for a girl that could be so whacked out.Although I had issues with the romance I still plan to rush out and buy the second book whenever it came out The book was gritty and dark and the author was not afraid to throw in an unexpected twist or two I had a hard time accepting the hero and heroine s ability to communicate and work through their issues, but I had no doubts about the sexual tension That sucker popped So if you re in the mood for something different, I recommend giving this a whirl Favorite Quote If survival means kissing somebody who smells like you, I want no part of it Review originally posted on Fiction Vixen. This is the best star book I ve read this year, and for that I have to give it another star I really liked this book, when I wanted to love it It is like one of those B movies you know, the classic kind that turn into a blockbuster There are so many neat things in it However, there is something off about it too When I found out it was a collaboration of two authors, this made total sense to me Still, I would recommend it to anyone looking for an apocalyptic sci fi romance or a book with zombies for a challenge it is a hoot I especially enjoyed doing it as a buddy read in the Nothing But Reading Challenges Group ladies you saw where this was going long before I did It was so compelling, nobody in the group stayed on track we all read ahead.I ve set up the next book in the Dark Age Dawning series and joining in a buddy read again. Favorite Quote If survival means kissing somebody who smells like you, I want no part of it The world is coming to an end Changing in ways people can not comprehend and that is if you can live to see tomorrow Technology is failing Cars won t start And maybe the scariest, there are what people refer to as demon dogs hunting, eating, and devastating the human population It started in eastern Europe and has slowly made its way west Because there is no communication, and worse, not many people left who have survived this apocalypse, the people in the western United States do not know what is headed for them Except Mason Mason met up with a man named Mitch Barclay when he was young Mitch was crazy to most people, spouting off crazy theories about the world ending But Mason listened, and then watched as a demon dog killed him The last thing Mitch asks of Mason is to save his daughter when the time comes.That is how Mason ends up kidnapping the unknowing Jenna one night in Oregon Jenna knows the world isn t exactly a safe place, but she never thought danger lurked out by her mailbox Mason ties her up, and takes her to a secluded cabin in the woods It is here where she first is angry and upset that she has been kidnapped But it is also here where she witnesses the demon dogs up close Sees what they can actually do to a human She learns of Mitch and Mason s relationship, and they bunker down for a long cold winter.But they aren t going to be alone for long A group of five strangers show up at their cabin door, pleading for a safe place to stay Low on food already and patience Mason wants nothing to do with them but Jenna s heart is too big to turn them away Together, this misfit group must face a new world.Nightfall is the first book in the Dark Age of Dawning series by Ellen Connor aka the writing team of Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty Dark, intense, and downright scary, this book is pretty full of awesome The world they have created just might give you nightmares, but I also bet you won t be able to put this book down The fear that comes off these characters, as they try to outwit these viscous beings can be felt off the pages These demon dogs were actually once human Some even shift to somewhat of a human if killed But there is no humanity in these dogs They need to eat, and they have ways of communicating with each other Towns, cities, even states have been wiped out Mason, an ex marine becomes this little group s leader Having knowledge and warnings from Jenna s father years ago, he is somewhat prepared to lead this group Jenna is the heart She is strong, and level headed, but she also is kind and is the glue that holds these strangers together.We also meet Tru, a teenager who is quick to throw an insult, but deep down is just as unsure about himself than every other teenager He is good with a gun and becomes Mason s second We also have the 44 year old Angela, with her young daughter, Penelope who never speaks, but eerie things happen with her as the book progresses.There are some gruesome scenes in this book, where my eyes went very wide I may never look at a spider the same way again When a demon dog bites you, you don t necessarily turn into one of them but you turn into something As Jenna and Mason run through a town, they see dead half human half other animal people everywhere At the core of this book is a story of survival And accepting the fact that life will never go back to normal Throughout their struggle, Mason and Jenna have this very intense romance Mason likes to be in charge, and likes everything to go his way Even though their attraction is very evident between them, Jenna refuses to proceed with it until Mason gives her something back And boy is he stubborn However, I love that the romance is just as hard and even dark like the book is.There are some crazy twists in this one, especially towards the end For as much action and suspense we get in this book, I kind of wish it was a little longer Or the ramifications that happen to certain characters were explored I love this book, but I wanted a little at the end I kind of expected this to be of an urban fantasy series, but instead, the next book is about a supporting character I don t want to be done with Jenna and Mason yet There is still so much to explore.That being said, I m very excited to see where Ellen Connor takes us in this world There is much to be explored and the last two books of this trilogy feature characters you meet here.Rating B I tried I really did I wanted to like this way than I did because I loved the premise.The urban fantasy storyline worked for me A changing world with failure of tech and the beginning rise of magic, a group of people trying to survive in the new world all good What didn t work for me was the romance angle Let me comment on Mason first I really don t care for the tortured hero love interest ugh It just seems dated that is my bias so I tried to look past that to the elements of the relationship as far as romance We never see any real reason why these two cared about each other There is no real dialogue or getting to know each other nor is there a significant passage of time to account for it.Because of this I spent way too much time rolling my eyes one fell out, lol or yelling give or a break or the ever popular Really You can check out my Kindle highlight outbursts comment here Another issue with the romance was that it seemed like the romance was forced in The story would be rolling along and then the characters would engage in some badly timed kissing or sex I m assuming this was to illustrate how great their passion for each other was, but it didn t work for me.NON PLOT SPOILERI shit you not, at one point, they were trekking through the woods filled with zombie wolves and stopped to have a passionate argument followed by some kissing If it had been a book instead of my Kindle, book would have met wall.This book was a collaboration between Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty which I found out after I finished, and it felt like it I don t know how they divided the work, but it felt like one did the PNR and one the UF.Despite that rant, there were elements that I liked and I will probably get the upcoming books in this series AFTER I Kindle sample them I LOVED the fact that this was a complete story with no cliffhanger ending I am also intrigued enough by the magic aspects and how it will develop in the future books with the passage of time.The next book is three years after the event in Nightfall and the third book takes place twelve years later That is absolutely brilliant thinking and give the writers huge leeway in world building.I would recommend this book to PNR fans and give it a solid C. 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 Marine 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. I absolutely adored this book I had no idea what to expect when I picked it up and I was pleasantly surprised I always enjoy anything to do with the apocalypse and anything remotely zombie like and this was no different It was a unique take on zombie like creatures and I loved it And the book was so action packed, I couldn t stop turning the pages because I just needed to know what happened The only thing I could have done without was the romance aspect but even then it wasn t over the top and it barely affected my enjoyment of the story All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can t wait to get started on book two Wow, never in a million years would I have imagined I d love a book this dark and scary This was unlike anything I have ever read before in the romance genre Nightfall had two incredible leads and wonderful secondary characters that I m looking forward to reading about in books 2 3.This was just off the charts scary and thrilling and steamy as hell Thanks for the recommendation Shawna Weird Factor off the charts insane LOL Imagine living in a post apocalyptic world Europe and the Far East haven t been heard from in years The United States is split between the decimation of the East Coast and the survivors living on the West Coast They still have technology but it s controlled and limited, almost like living in a modern day dictatorship with no one single leader Scary stuff Now imagine being kidnapped by a strange man who wants to save you from the coming prophesied change of the The Dark Age a prophecy foretold by your own dead father.When the prophecy comes true and ushers in a new reality, one of bloodthirsty zombie like half man half animal shifters, magic and the complete collapse of society and technology, Jenna and her rescuer kidnapper Mason, face unforeseen challenges, vicious attacks and an all consuming passion neither was prepared for.I don t know what I was expecting, but wow I was blown away This is a thrill a minute, brutal, bloody and can t put downable read Jenna and Mason are frenemies who become than lovers but it s a hard, dark road and it totally works The side characters are flawed, bold, scared, whiny, flat out freaky, but interesting in a way that keeps you reading well into the night It s a dark, violent and bloody world they now find themselves living in and the author portrays that sometimes almost too vividly Non stop action along with heart wrenching emotions makes this one of my best reads so far in 2012 I can t wait to read the rest of this series 5 stars A Waffling between 3 and 3.5 stars I think having two writers who write in very different genres is forcing me down to the 3.Interesting concept, the story definitely held my attention, and I was invested in the characters, but I felt like I could clearly see when one author would leave off and the other would pick up the story It went from an apocalyptic sci fi to extreme PNR and swung back around a few times Kinda gave me motion sickness I didn t feel like the stories wove together very well.However I found myself reading this compulsively, sneaking in pages when the bosses were in meetings and staying up late to read just a little I think this was a good start to the series and I m excited to read the next book. I attempted to read this book several months ago Ultimately, this book was not for me despite the fact that I love Ann Aguirre as an author, I love post apoc books and I had marked this as highly anticipated almost a year before its release I ended up not finishing this book and abandoning it after about 20% There are some things I did like about the book I liked the idea of it, I liked a few parts but other parts just did not work to me this may have been as a result of the collaborative effort between two writers But I could be wrong The set up is perfect for so many of us that love survivalist based books the world is failing, technology and science are collapsing and a magic world is on the rise With this shift, comes zombie like creatures that are terrifying and on the hunt A group of survivors is thrown together, some have military training and others do not Together they work together to survive Okay, that is where I stopped liking this book The story did not adequately develop the characters and the relationships, in my opinion Things seemed to happen only because perhaps in a movie or this type of book they might be expected to happen, but there was absolutely no backbone to the development of these things For example, there are female bonding scenes that come out of nowhere and sexual relationships that just seem to happen with no connection or development There are cliched character types dark brooding sarcastic teen male, etc and cliched relationships two females get drunk, talk about sex even though there is absolutely no lead up to their friendship.In the end though, I know there are many readers who loved this book and I am disappointed that I was not one of them.