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READ PDF Ô The Dark Gate Ñ 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 2.75 stars I didn t care too much for this book, but I liked the series, especially books 2 and 3. I binge read this book It wasn t my intention to read cover to cover in one sitting I simply didn t want to put it down.The Dark Gate was a satisfying mix of paranormal and suspense I was pleased with the fresh plot A being from an alternate dimension has slipped through an ancient hidden portal and is terrorizing his way through Washington DC unchecked and seemingly invincible. a fun ride from an author I d never heard of before receiving the bookThe night air crackled with malevolence Threat danced on the humid breeze, raking its nails down Jack s spine while mounting questions pricked his skin, itching like new wool Never in his life had he felt so off balance He d dealt with rapists before, and murderers With thieves and car jackers and gang bangers But never had he faced anyone like this a villain whose powers and abilities defied logic How in the hell could a man hypnotize cops with a song One measly songThe only thing keeping this book from being five stars was that the romance was a little hit or miss in my opinion The sexual attraction was certainly there for our main characters, but I wasn t sold on the emotional connection outside of pity or protectiveness I m just not sure that the love was there Perhaps a little character development was needed in this respect This is the first book in the Esri series, and I can see myself reading and enjoying the rest of the books I won an autographed copy of this book through GoodReads 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 learned about the murderer, they realized they were in way over their heads because what they learned didn t seem possible They learned a lot about 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 seemed like love if they had decided to trust each other with their deep secrets rather than being forced to divulge them. 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 oh angst 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 happens than once Why didn t they secure the holly better We are never in the bad guy s head The book could have had depth 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.