For the past two years, Elena Whitney
has wanted for nothing. Clothes, money, a fashionable
address, and the freedom to pursue her passion for medicine
– all have been granted to her by her absent benefactor,
Lord Black. In fact, the only thing Elena does not have is
her memory of her life before coming to live in Lord Black’s
home. When her mysterious guardian returns to London, Elena
seizes the chance to get some much-needed answers.
One of the oldest and most talented
members of the immortal Shadow Guard, Archer, Lord Black,
has returned to London. His mission? Capture and Reclaim
the soul of a killer who is none other than Jack the
Ripper. Archer can’t afford distractions, and the beautiful
Elena is most definitely a distraction. Archer saved her
life two years before and has done his best to put her out
of his mind ever since. But as panic spreads throughout
London, Archer and Elena are increasingly drawn to one
another. Will they have a chance to act on their newfound
passion? Or will the deadly Ripper make Elena his next
Murder, mayhem, passion, and the
paranormal – Night Falls Darkly has it all.
Kim Lenox kicks off her intriguing new series with a
fascinating plot and an interesting cast of characters who
are sure to charm. I suppose Elena can be considered a
somewhat unusual Victorian heroine. Though unimaginable
wealth and opportunity for marriage lie at her feet, Elena’s
true passion is medicine and she spends her time working as
a nurse and desires to become a doctor. I liked that about
her; it made her stand out to me as a heroine. She’s
intelligent, inquisitive, brave, and willing to stand up to
anyone, even her guardian. Archer, for his part, is a
wonderful hero. He’s sexy and ruthlessly efficient at his
job, but to my delight this was countered by his being
thrown off balance by Elena and his feelings for her.
Archer and Elena were two strong-willed characters who
matched one another perfectly on every level. Adding to the
cast are the twins, Mark and Selene, two other members of
the Shadow Guard. Both Mark and Selene are unique
characters, each of them adding another layer to the story.
I finished Night Falls Darkly incredibly
impatient to read Mark’s story, So Still the Night.
The only thing I would wish for is more background
information. I finished Night Falls Darkly
not fully clear about the details of the Shadow Guard, the
Amaranthine (Archer’s immortal race), Reclaiming, and
Transcension. What little explanation was offered was given
in an almost off-hand manner, as if I should already know
the information. This struck me as a bit odd for the first
book in a series. It is my hope that So Still the Night
provides more insight into the Shadow Guard world, for Ms.
Lenox has created a universe that has the potential to be
incredibly fascinating. Still, I greatly enjoyed
Night Falls Darkly and can’t wait for the next
installment in Ms. Lenox’s exciting new series.