Kim Lenox follows up “Night Falls Darkly” with “So Still The Night”, book two of her historical paranormal ‘Shadow Guard’ series. Her immortals are those who hunt down the bad guys who have made their way to the human realm, killing merrily along the way. The increase in slaughter recently is all part of their scheme to prepare the way for Tantalus, uber-bad guy.
Mina has spent her life traipsing on the heels of her father’s fascination with books and learning. On their late trip to Nepal, her father’s increasing strange behavior took a wild turn and he left Mina to make her way home alone, saying it would be safer for her if all believed him dead. Her long trip back to England was a battle to keep from constantly looking over her shoulder…WHAT was it about those scrolls her father kept gibbering about? Could it be that there is more to this world than Mina ever imagined?
Marcus is the son of Antony and Cleopatra, made an immortal Shadow Guard. He sacrificed himself to save his leader, Archer, and now if he doesn’t get his hands on Mina’s father’s scrolls, he will be hunted down by the remaining Shadow Guards and killed to stop his descent into evil. But his trademark seduction routines don’t seem to be working with Mina, and it’s not long before Marcus is fighting BOTH his descent and his growing love for Mina.
For such a smart woman Mina teeters back and forth between acting logically and being a twit. I lost count of her TSTL (too stupid to live) moves about halfway into the book. Once you realize the bad guys are real…STAY WITH THE GOOD GUYS! Her constant waffling on Marcus was quite irritating too–she loves him, she loves him not; she likes him but refuses to fall in love; she loves him but he’s immortal; this goes on and on and on and on.
There IS a continuing story arc, but it just didn’t stand out enough to stick in my head between the first book and this one. So I took the time to scan through the first book again and STILL had difficulty following the ‘big picture’. And I really, really don’t like unanswered questions and gaps; what happened during those three months? What did Marcus have to do with the weather? Where was Mina’s father? How did he discover the mirror? There were more, but I’ll stop there.
I consider this series more of a fantasy with a bit of hot sex thrown in than a true paranormal romance, but that’s just me. My heroes and heroines need to draw me into their lives and minds…and this story just didn’t do that.