Night Falls Darkly

Night Falls Darkly

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by Kim Lenox
     
 

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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

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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...

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Publishers Weekly

Orphaned Elena Whitney, in training to be a physician, strikes sensual sparks with her mysterious guardian, Archer, Lord Black, in Lenox's promising but not entirely satisfying debut, a supernatural Victorian romance. Though courted by the gentle Dr. Charles Harcourt, Elena is unable to resist her attraction to Archer, a member of the evil-hunting Order of the Shadow Guards, who has recently returned to London in search of Jack the Ripper. Period detail mixes with delicious humor as Archer's fellow Guards, one-eyed Mr. Leeson and fiery, book-devouring Selene, Countess Pavlenco, must simultaneously advance their hunt and cope with decidedly human and stubbornly unconventional Elena. Lenox displays a real talent for both erotic and suspenseful scenes, but they can't quite carry the story past its disorganized plot and one-dimensional characters. (Oct.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451225375
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/07/2008
Series:
Shadow Guard Series
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Night Falls Darkly 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Packernut13 More than 1 year ago
I had never read a romance novel before and this book was a great introduction to a new genre. I loved both of the main character, Archer and Elena, and loved how their relationship evolved throughout the novel. I immediatly went and pick up the next novel in the series and hope I enjoy it as much as the first.
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In 1887 Shadow Guard Archer Black reclaims the marked soul of Mr. Winslow, but in spite of his caution, collateral damage occurs when the deviant brings an innocent young woman into the fray. After completing his mission, to save the female¿s life and keep her safe, Archer erases the memory of Miss Elena Whitney and vows to be her protector. Elena thinks that the accident caused her amnesia. She appreciates her unknown benefactor who has arranged for her to work as a nurse in Whitechapel and has done so much more for her include giving her hope she might one day become a doctor. --------------- Almost two years later, Queen Victoria orders Archer to London to end Jack the Ripper¿s reign of terror. He becomes mortified when he observes Elena walking the unsafe streets of Whitechapel where the Ripper kills his victims. To the Guardian¿s chagrin, he finds focusing on the Ripper difficult because of his attraction to Elena he knows he must put her out of his head so he can concentrate on the deadly East End psychopath.------------- NIGHT FALLS DARKLY is a supernatural Victorian romantic suspense thriller that grips the audience with the opening sequence when Archer goes to collect the marked soul and never slows down as he struggles to do likewise with the Ripper. The story line is filled with action and the right amount of romance however it is the vivid time and place that anchors the novel and makes the ¿urban¿ fantasy elements seem genuine. With a fascinating underlying paranormal concept, this Shadow Guard saga opens with a refreshing new look at stopping Jack.--------------- Harriet Klausner
D_Johnston More than 1 year ago
I consider this book good and one that could have been exceptional with a little more love and attention. The story is original, the characters were original, the idea of the Shadow Guards put a new spin on all of the paranormal romance books that are out there right now. There are quirks about some characters that I thought were absolutely brilliant.

I do wish that there had been more main character development. We don't get enough explanation of the main character's past. Also the characters would reveal a quirk or make a statement that would then go unexplained. And I have a feeling that the author has answers to every question that I have and it makes me wonder if they were (self?)edited out or more hopefully will appear in the next book in the series. I have a feeling that the author had much more to share. I would love to be able to talk to her to find out.

I have to say, I almost didn't buy this book because of the cover. The open shirt seemed a bit much. However the other parts of the cover are gorgeous. The artist captured that spirit of the book almost exactly. The description on the back won me over. It reminded me of the Gardella Vampire Huntress series by Colleen Gleason with it's historical setting and paranormal themes.

All-in-all, I would say that Ms. Lenox is a potential great new talent in this field and her story excited me. I hope she and/or her editor stop second-guessing her stories, fill in some holes and polish, polish, polish. I can't wait to see where she goes with it. I will pick up the next book in the series with fingers crossed that the characters will tell more of their secrets.