I’m still diggin’ Alexandra Ivy’s Guardians of Eternity series and “Darkness Revealed” is book four. This series is about smoking hot vampires, sexy werewolves, powerful goddesses, wily fairies, snarky gargoyles, and most anything else that goes ‘bump in the night’. While these stories are every bit as hot as many others available, for me this author keeps the tone lighter. There’s still action, mystery, and suspense–but the sense of looming evil isn’t there…and I enjoy that for a change!
Cezar met an incredible woman two hundred years ago, but the price he paid for that night was imprisonment to the Commission of Oracles. For one unforgettable encounter, he’s had to live like a eunuch and serve as their lapdog for all these long, lonely years. Now, he’s been turned loose with a specific mission–to act as her protector. To keep her safe while she fulfills her destinies. And no matter how strong their attraction is, no matter how close they grow, he knows he will eventually lose her.
Anna blamed Cezar for changing her life two hundred years ago. He took her innocence, turned her into some kind of creature that doesn’t die, and was gone before she woke. She returned home to find her only family, an aunt and cousin, dead in a house fire and her life in danger. So when Cezar surfaces again, Anna has plans for him. She will capture him and force him to tell her exactly what she is. And surely she’s exaggerated her weakness for him over the years, right?
I liked Anna. She didn’t panic, she didn’t do stupid things, she just buckled down and did what she needed to do (including Cezar!). But Cezar? Oh baby, I want one of those. He fought his connection yes…but once he knew what Anna meant to him, it was ALL about her. Both of these characters had to learn to compromise and lean on each other and admit to their feelings. Remembering makes me smile even now.
The contemporary setting is perfect for this story which is more of a romantic urban fantasy. The lead and secondary characters stay true to their natures throughout and readers even get a glimpse of the next book’s hero! Ivy can write some steamy love scenes, but emotion still rules the day. “Darkness Unleashed” is up next in December of 2009 and it’s already on my ‘buy’ list.