A vampire must protect a widow in possession of a powerful amulet in this Regency romance trilogy opener by the author of the Guardians of Eternity series.
Centuries have passed since Gideon Ravel dwelled among humans. Now he must infiltrate London high society to earn the trust of one woman. Simone, Lady Gilbert, possesses an amulet of unimaginable power—and no concept of the threat that surrounds her. The ton's gossip prepared him for her beauty and wit. But he is blindsided by her barely disguised sensuality and his growing need to possess her . . .
None of the idle aristocrats who vie for Simone's attentions know about her past. To them, she is the sophisticated, worldly widow known as the “Wicked Temptress.” The truth would ruin her, and she has never been tempted to reveal it until now. Yet beneath Gideon's bold, black-eyed stare is a hunger that demands satisfaction and complete surrender . . . and a secret far more dangerous than her own . . .
Praise for New York Times–bestselling Author Alexandra Ivy
“Beyond the Darkness kept me riveted! The Guardians of Eternity series is highly addictive.” —Larissa Ione, New York Times bestselling author
“Ivy always packs her books with buckets of action, emotion and sexy sizzle. Another winner!” —RT Book Reviews on Devoured by Darkness
Previously published as written by Deborah Raleigh
Though classically styled, with plenty of brooding, mysterious gentlemen, Ivy's Immortal Rogues Regency trilogy starter (first published in 2003 as by Debbie Raleigh) stumbles over tired vampire stereotypes. The vampire Nefri used a magic Medallion to create the Veil, a quiet intellectual wonderland for vampires. Some 200 years later, three traitors want the Medallion's power, so Nefri divides it into three pieces and gives them to three unknowing maidens for safekeeping. Arrogant vampire Mr. Gideon Ravel is sent by Nefri to protect cold "Wicked Temptress" Lady Simone Gilbert, who holds part of the Medallion; the two are quickly drawn to each other. Suave rebel Tristan Soltern taunts Gideon by killing whores who have long blonde hair like Simone's while threatening to expose Simone's darkest secrets. The romantic dynamic is smoldering but not explicit, and the seduction focuses on compelling trust, increasing the appeal to younger vampire fans.