- Release Date
- November 2012
- Book 2 of The Immortal Rogues
Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance
Alexandra Ivy, author of the Guardians of Eternity series, draws readers deeper into the world of the Immortal Rogues--three vampires entrusted to protect the future of their kind. . .
To other vampires, mortals are weak, uninteresting creatures. To Lucien Valin, they are infinitely fascinating. Especially Jocelyn Kingly--once the prize of London society, now an outcast. As the vampire assigned to guard her, Lucien is relishing his task. But her beguiling goodness puts her in terrifying danger. Not just from the traitor intent on claiming her mysterious amulet, but from the desire Lucien struggles to keep in check.
Youthful infatuation already cost Jocelyn her good name. But even with little to lose, instinct tells her that accepting Lucien as a tenant in her home is a devil's bargain. As she roams London's streets at night, helping the most wretched, she feels a dark force drawing near. And Lucien--magnetic, charming, irresistible--may turn out to be her savior, her lover, or the means to change her destiny forever.
Feb 27, 2013 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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The re-release of Alexandra Ivy's first published series gives readers the opportunity to discover a new side of their favorite author. The second in the Immortal Rogues series has some fascinating elements and offers a unique view on the early career of a sensational paranormal romance author.
For most vampires, human beings are essentially boring, weak and tedious. For Lucien Valin, however, they are utterly fascinating. He loves their passions and their emotions, and revels in the human world. It's earned him a rather low reputation within the Veil where vampires dwell. Nevertheless, Lucien has been entrusted with the task of protecting part of the vampire's most treasured possessions.
Jocelyn Kingly lost her good name years ago when she lost her heart to the wrong man. She now lives on the edges of the most dangerous part of London, and by night, she journeys into the filthiest of slums, bringing food to hungry children and offering help to the prostitutes who are at the mercy of society. When those prostitutes are found viciously murdered, with clues placed on them pointing to Jocelyn, it's clear that her quiet life is being attacked, but why? And by whom?
When the fascinating, devilish Lucien arrives on her doorstep, Jocelyn is fully prepared to turn him awayŚsuch a roguishly handsome man is clearly nothing but trouble. But Lucien also promises protection, and his promise is something that Jocelyn wants desperately to believe, in spite of herself. Will that trust survive when she learns who he truly is, or how far her enemies are willing to go to obtain the amulet in her possession?
The heavy emphasis put on trust in Jocelyn's relationship with Lucien made for a genuinely interesting dynamic that added a great deal to the plot. Jocelyn has been so badly burned by her past that she places as little faith in her own judgment when it comes to her interaction with Lucien as she does with the man himself. Though this may be her weakness, by no means does it make her a weak character. Her determination to survive and thrive in truly dangerous circumstances is admirable, and her doubt gives Lucien the impetuous he needs to grow as a hero.
I wish we had a chance to see more of Lucien's more "irresponsible" side. Though he comes advertised as a carefree, if not downright careless, character who may not be cut out for the job of guarding the amulet and its wearer, one look at Jocelyn and Lucien is willing to become the man she needs. I found it endearing how he turned their interactions, from his position as a boarder to their missions to the slums, into a game, gradually drawing Jocelyn out of her shell. Though the tension wasn't as strong as it might have been, they were a strong couple and I was rooting for them from the start.
Fans of Victorian romances are going to find much to like in this book, and the Jack the Ripper-esque nature of the villain and his deeds add a level of menace that kept the pages turning. Most interesting for me was the dueling opinions of the vampires, primarily Lucien and his opponent, over humans and what treatment they deserved at the hands of vampires. It added a lot to this book to have such a three-dimensional villain and to see him operate throughout the story.
As with MY LORD VAMPIRE previously, my opinion of this book is colored by knowing the author's later works so well. This series isn't as compelling for me as her current one, and does feel dated in some senses, however there is still a great deal to enjoy. Alexandra Ivy's talent for creating complicated, well-matched couples is evident, and for crafting interesting, sympathetic villains all make for a very interesting book and I'm very eager to see how the trilogy concludes.
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