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This was better and worse than I was expecting It actually had a good plot A man was killing and raping people with multiple witnesses every time but no one could ever remember what happened Jack was the cop on the case, but he had his own problems He heard garbled voices in his head He met Larson, and her touch was the only thing to quiet the voices Larson had her own issues.As Jack and Larson learnedabout the murderer, they realized they were in way over their heads because what th This was better and worse than I was expecting It actually had a good plot A man was killing and raping people with multiple witnesses every time but no one could ever remember what happened Jack was the cop on the case, but he had his own problems He heard garbled voices in his head He met Larson, and her touch was the only thing to quiet the voices Larson had her own issues.As Jack and Larson learnedabout the murderer, they realized they were in way over their heads because what they learned didn t seem possible They learned a lotabout the world around them and themselves while working on the case The world building was the best part The murder mystery was okay There wasn t much to figure out there other than his motive.The romance was where the story was lacking It did have its strong points It wasn t all about sex The sex was minimal and wasn t described in detail I didn t feel a strong connection emotionally between Jack and Larson They went from lust to love quickly without really knowing much about the other person Neither of them revealed their secrets until they had no choice It might have seemedlike love if they had decided to trust each other with their deep secrets rather than being forced to divulge them This book was so formulaic, it could have been a Mad Lib There aren t any flaws with the writing There s just nothing to the plot or the description of the romance that does anything to make the story really pop.It could be worse, but it could be so so so much better Lost races with better powers than humans, and people with ancient bloodlines are interesting concepts and potential plots.But if it weren t being written to fill a specific formula, those potentials could have really taken off, This book was so formulaic, it could have been a Mad Lib There aren t any flaws with the writing There s just nothing to the plot or the description of the romance that does anything to make the story really pop.It could be worse, but it could be so so so much better Lost races with better powers than humans, and people with ancient bloodlines are interesting concepts and potential plots.But if it weren t being written to fill a specific formula, those potentials could have really taken off, and made an awesome book I enjoy this elf world setup, but I did not like the development of the story and sources of conflict.I like the plot, how the Esri affect humans, and the Esri plans Esri are elf creatures from a parallel dimension I like the character definitions Some humans are immune to the Esri because their ancestors had elf blood in them The Esri call these humans Sitheen This is book 1 in a 4 book series.The story suffered due to weak plot devices and false assumptions to create conflict It could ha I enjoy this elf world setup, but I did not like the development of the story and sources of conflict.I like the plot, how the Esri affect humans, and the Esri plans Esri are elf creatures from a parallel dimension I like the character definitions Some humans are immune to the Esri because their ancestors had elf blood in them The Esri call these humans Sitheen This is book 1 in a 4 book series.The story suffered due to weak plot devices and false assumptions to create conflict It could have been sooo much better When Larsen was a child she had premonitions of people dying which came true The biggest problem is that Larsen believes she is evil because she has visions She won t tell anyone about her visions Finally at the end of the book she tells someone and is surprised when they tell her you re not evil, it s just a bad vision Then she has a happy ending Too artificial for me having all her angst and actions throughout the book revolving around this one false fear I repeatedly wanted to shake her and make her tell Jack about the visons But no, this was used to create conflict and angst Jack knows she s keeping a secret Several times she lies as part of keeping the secret This was not interesting.Jack too kept a secret from Larsen until close to the end of the book He wanted her trust, yet he didn t share his secret about hearing voices It felt wrong The author didn t develop this well.At the end Jack looks at her with desire and says we need to talk Larsen falsely assumes he is going to break up with her ohangst But no, a page later, he simply tells her he wants to keep seeing her.A few other kind of stupid things annoyed me For example they discover that holly touching someone stops the Esri s power over them So they tie holly to a guy But the holly keeps falling off, and when it does the guy attacks them This happensthan once Why didn t they secure the holly better We are never in the bad guy s head The book could have haddepth if we were in the heads of Baleris and maybe his servant Tarrys Sex scenes include a rape, vaguely referred to, no details , two partial sex scenes, and two regular sex scenes no details These were generic, not hot.DATA Narrative mode 3rd person Story length 267 pages Swearing language moderate, including religious swear words but not often used Sexual language mild Number of sex scenes 5 Setting current day Washington, D.C and Virginia Copyright 2007 Genre fantasy romantic suspense First Reads Review The Dark Gate by Pamela PalmerThis is actually the second book I ve read by Pamela Palmer, and I didn t realize when I signed up to win this one that it was the same writer because I apparently don t pay attention too well If I had noticed I might have avoided it, because the vampire romance that I read of her s, A Blood Seduction, was not good It was creepy and rape y and, well, I guess I shouldn t preface this book with talking about a different one, but I just want to First Reads Review The Dark Gate by Pamela PalmerThis is actually the second book I ve read by Pamela Palmer, and I didn t realize when I signed up to win this one that it was the same writer because I apparently don t pay attention too well If I had noticed I might have avoided it, because the vampire romance that I read of her s, A Blood Seduction, was not good It was creepy and rape y and, well, I guess I shouldn t preface this book with talking about a different one, but I just want to explain where I was at approaching this book I was ready to dislike it Instead, however, I found a rather standard but completely decent story involving some magic and elves A huge step up from vampires, in my opinion.Of course, apparently the rape had to still be in there, this time with a mind controlling elf that enters into the human world to conquer Hurrah, I guess, and at least this time he s not the main romantic interest No, this time the guy is a cop with voices in his head and the woman is an attorney with visions of the future Death visions It was mainly well done there, except that the strain between them where she doesn t want to tell him about her visions seemed a bit too extreme Even with magic and knowing he hears voices, she doesn t expect him to be cool with her having a power that can help them It seemed a bit artificial given everything else that was going on, but it didn t stop them from being cute together.This is also a story that puts the two characters together and there is this immediate connection, this immediate true love Again, it s not terribly done, but it did make me roll my eyes a few times Everything is very dramatic, which I guess is standard for these things, but it seemed a bitso here, where plot points hinge on characters being too emotional or too distracted to see something that really should be quite obvious So Sabrina just witnessed magical healing, but then refuses to believe that her father might be controlled, even though she kind of accepted that before Just because she s a teen girl So while this was a fun enough book, and the sex was good and the characters were decent, it just never really got going The plot is interesting enough, and there are vague hints that there is a deeper setting than the one that is shown But nothing really comes together The action, the drama, the characters, they all remain rather shallow, and while they provide a good enough time, they don t manage to do anything really great They remain firmly planted in the decent, in the good, but that only earns three stars out of five in my book I WON THIS BOOK FROM GOODREADS GIVE AWAYS.THIS BOOK IS CRIME DRAMA, MEETS PARANORMAL ROMANCE, VERY FAST, THRILLING READ.HARD TO PUT DOWN I M LOOKING FORWARD TO READING MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR I don t give spoilers, so if you want to knowabout this novel, read it Nicely written fantasy paranormal romance Smooth transitions, good pace, and likeable characters Descriptives were excellent and the conflict of emotions between the hero and the heroine kept me reading nonstop The only negative thing I can say was the ending did feel a little rushed A.S Johnson, author Don t even bother reading the back cover This one s a stinker. *Download Book ⇨ The Dark Gate ⇺ Larsen Vale has a secret she sees things Terrible things Deadly things And her latest vision features a strange albino manand her own death Haunted and afraid, she trusts no one, not even the handsome cop who seems fascinated with her Washington, DC detective Jack Hallihan has one mission find the man who is assaulting young women But the police have no clues, no leads and no witnesses And Jack has a deadly secret of his own a secret Larsen holds the key to Time is running out If Larsen and Jack can t learn to trust their attraction to each other, the Gate will be opened and the world will be forever changed The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones, she trusts no one The Aussie Next Door not even the handsome cop who seems fascinated with her Washington An Alternative Aquarium: A Robust Habitat DC detective Jack Hallihan has one mission find the man who is assaulting young women But the police have no clues Nacho L�pez no leads and no witnesses And Jack has a deadly secret of his own a secret Larsen holds the key to Time is running out If Larsen and Jack can t learn to trust their attraction to each other Playing the Game the Gate will be opened and the world will be forever changed I enjoyed this book and I liked the suspense but in my opinion they kind of rushed to the end When did the characters fall in love I didn t see it They just suddenly were. 2.75 stars I didn t care too much for this book, but I liked the series, especially books 2 and 3.