Night Falls Darkly by Kim Lenox
Back of Book Description:
Ever since an accident took away her memory, Miss Elna Whitney can't recall the secrets of her past. All she knows is that with her mysterious benefactor, Archer, Lord Black, returning to London at the behest of Queen Victoria, she should seize the chance to get some answers. But the dangerously handsome Lord Black is not exactly the man Elena imagined.
Archer, a member of the immortal Shadow Guard, has been summoned to London to eliminate an exceptionally evil threat: Jack the Ripper. With his prey brutally killing London's East End prostitutes, Archer must stop the Ripper before the murderer's soul slips beyond his grasp, and do so while protecting his beautiful young ward, Elena, whom he spared from death two years earlier. But with a wave of panic spreading across London, Archer fears that Elna is his weakness--a distraction he can't afford, especially since she's likely to become the Ripper's next target.
My Rating: A-
When I first started this book I was addicted instantly. As I read further though, I was disappointed that it didn't share more information about the Shadow Guard. I loved the attraction between Elena and Archer and felt that the characters were deep and well rounded. I loved the humor that Elena sometimes brought to the book, especially because the time setting leads to a natural darkness.
By the end of the book I was still disappointed by the lack of explanation, but the last line made it all worth it, and explained why there wasn't as much information about their pasts as I had wanted. This is a great book, with a great romance, and I'll be buying the next one as soon as it comes out!