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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Review: Night Falls Darkly by Kim Lenox

Night Falls Darkly (Shadow Guard, #1) Night Falls Darkly by Kim Lenox

My rating:

A new voice in paranormal romance...

A brand-new chilling saga....

A cunning immortal who’s been called upon to reclaim a marked soul...

Ever since an accident took away her memory, Miss Elena Whitney can’t recall the secrets of her own past. All she knows is that with her mysterious benefactor Archer, Lord Black, returning to London at the behest of Queen Victoria, she should seize the chance to get some answers.

A member of the immortal Shadow Guard, Archer has been summoned to London to eliminate the soul of an evil demon—Jack the Ripper. Archer feels not only bound to protect the women of the night, but also his beautiful young ward, Elena, whom he spared from death two years before. But with a wave of panic spreading across London, Archer fears that Elena is his weakness—a distraction he can’t afford, especially since she’s likely to become the Ripper’s next target...

My thoughts:
Night Falls Darkly was my first Kim Lenox novel, and I was impressed!
I picked it up thinking it would be a good novel to pass the time, but it turned out to be an amazing read that I couldn't put down. I had 5 pages to go and I had to leave for work, all day at work that's all I was thinking about. It was pretty nerve wrecking!
I was checking around the web and found how Lenox described this book, and thought it would help give a better understanding of the book..

"The Shadow Guards are a mysterious order of immortals tasked with intervening, as necessary, in the lives and deaths of mortals. Archer, Lord Black, the hero of NIGHT FALLS DARKLY, is a Reclaimer, and is charged with hunting down and eliminating the most morally deteriorated, wicked souls of the earth’s population. At the behest of Queen Victoria he returns to England and immerses himself in the dark, hellish streets of London’s East End. Among the immortal Shadow Guard, he is the most prolific and cunning of the Reclaimers. He revels in the hunt of his current prey: an ill-mannered, reluctant soul reviled in the daily newspapers as Jack the Ripper. Archer has only one weakness … one distraction … the young woman he spared from death two years before."

The novel takes place in White chapel, England during the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888. Night Falls Darkly is the first installment of the Shadow Guard series with the sequel, "So Still the Night" released last may.

Due to an unfortunate accident two years prior, Elena Whitney is unable to remember anything significant about her past. Now being the ward of Lord Black, that Elena has not even met before (or at least doesn't doesn't think she has), being a nurse in White Chapel, Elena wants more than anything to become a doctor. But to become a female doctor is not very likely during those times.
Early into the book Elena arrives home to find Archer, Lord Black, has arrived at his house. She doesn't know what to expect of him, and she finds out he his not at all like she expected. Mysterious and darkly handsome, Lord Black is hardly bad on the eyes. But he also appears to her in only a towel, which makes her mouth dry. Her enthusiasm is dampened when she realizes he
doesn’t recognize her as his ward. He didn't realize she'd be staying in his house while he was away, thinking she would be staying in a boarding house. So he didn't expect her to be there when he arrived. But he is furious with himself for acting the way he did and soon heads out to find Elena and explain. Archer's main priority is to hunt down and kill Jack The Ripper, but he can't afford distractions, and the beautiful Elena is most definitely a distraction.

I don't want to give too much away about our beloved couple, but I can honestly say this book was amazing. I was glued to the page. The history and romance is perfect, the plot is fascinating and the characters are well written and interesting. Not to mention charming. This story is very passionate and intriguing. I found it truly made me feel as if I was in White Chaptel all those years ago. Lenox has a way with words that makes me believe all she writes.
I'm not into historical romances too much, but if they were more like this book, I'd say they'd be one of my favorite genres. I do wish we had more information of the immortals history since Lenox only just starts to scratch the surface of the story in Night Falls Darkly, telling us the bare minimum about the Immortals, which is okay because I know we'll get it all in the books to come. I like a series that builds on the past and future of the characters lives in each book.
I enjoyed having some well known characters slip in the story, like Queen Victoria, Mr. Stoker, and of course Jack himself.
If this book isn't a page turner, no book is.

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