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Night Falls Darkly (Shadow Guard #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  595 ratings  ·  67 reviews
A new voice in paranormal romance...

A brand-new chilling saga....

A cunning immortal who's been called upon to reclaim a marked soul...

Ever since an accident took away her memory, Miss Elena Whitney can't recall the secrets of her own past. All she knows is that with her mysterious benefactor Archer, Lord Black, returning to London at the behest of Queen Victoria, she sho
Paperback, 324 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Signet
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UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick
Dec 15, 2010 UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All PNR fan.
Recommended to UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick by: Jan ~Phaythe~ Lewis

The first words that comes to mind when trying to describe Night Falls Darkly is refreshingly different. This book was recommended to me by Jan (thank you, Jan!!!) as part of a “Pick-it-for-me” book challenge. It’s not something I would have ever chosen for myself, so to be totally honest, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t like it. Wow, was I ever wrong!

This is the first novel in the Shadow Guard series by Kim Lenox. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book because, for me, the first bo
This book really appealed to me on two levels 1. as a paranormal and 2. as an Historical Romance. The paranormal theme is an original one for me, immortals who are not vampires, angels or fallen but are a race in their own right...okay they shift, but not in the obvious way so that was original and interesting too! The Historical side is a good story with elements of womens emancipation being woven with the story of Jack the Ripper.

Archer is immortal whilst Elena mortal and really they shouldn't
Julie (jjmachshev)
Hmmm, interesting plot but choppy execution. "Night Falls Darkly" by Kim Lenox is a historical paranormal story which incorporates the tale of Jack the Ripper, mythology, and a different view of (I think) heaven and hell.

Elena can't remember anything about her life from before a year and a half ago when she was in an almost fatal accident. She now lives in the luxurious mansion of her guardian, the mysterious and unknown-to-her Lord Black. She fills her days helping out at the hospital where she
This was a really good paranormal romance. It had an interesting Jack the Ripper story, and great Victorian London atmosphere. I really liked the gorgeous hero and I love books set in England! It also had a very likeable heroine. It’s part of a three book "Shadow Guard" series.
So Still The Night (Shadow Guard, #2) by Kim LenoxBook 2
Darker Than Night (Shadow Guard, #3) by Kim LenoxBook 3
Night Falls Darkly was my first Kim Lenox novel, and I was impressed!
I picked it up thinking it would be a good novel to pass the time, but it turned out to be an amazing read that I couldn't put down. I had 5 pages to go and I had to leave for work, all day at work that's all I was thinking about. It was pretty nerve wrecking!

The novel takes place in White chapel, England during the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888. Night Falls Darkly is the first installment of the Shadow Guard series with the
Dec 29, 2008 Christel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any historical, paranormal reader
Shelves: 2009-reads
4.5 out of 5. I really enjoyed this paranormal one and cannot wait till the next one is published.

This book is written to the times of the late 1880's. The Shadow Guard is and ancient line of guardians between the mortal and immortal planes. The Shadow Guard reclaim the souls of the most vile creatures that roam the earth. This book is related around the murders committed by Jack the Ripper in London.

Elena is the ward of Lord Black. She has amnesia and cannot remember her past except for a locke
Jessica  `~Blahyze~`
Elena has little memory of her life in the past and now lives in a mansion under the guardianship of Lord Black, but when he comes for a visit, he is not what Elena was expecting. When she sees him the first time almost totally stark naked apart from some cloth I was green with envy!

“Elena turned. Her eyes widened.
Flickering lamplight revealed the outline of a man standing in a small alcove off the study. A tall, naked man, save for the small narrow swath of linen he clasped against a tightly c

Her Shadow Guards series is about a selective group of immortals who have the responsibility of eliminating those souls who are wicked and so very evil. I guess you can compare this series to a paranormal Law and Order or CSI with a historical twist. The first book in this series, Night Falls Darkly, is about the killer, Jack the Ripper who wants to transcend into the Inner Realm and wreak havoc among the immortals there, just like he is doing to the human mortals in London. For some reason he i ...more
I enjoyed this book - the hero had a personality you could feel - and angst to go along with it. The heroine was a spunky thing with ideas ahead of her time, not a pushover at all. The two of them together crackled!

The story was interesting, however, I found the bits about the Immortal world building a bit on the dull side. Plus the Jack the Ripper thing just didn't work for me. It felt so very anti-climatic in the way he got his comeuppance and I never felt that the heroine was in any real dang
Sep 01, 2014 Janice rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Victorian Paranormal Romances
Shelves: keeper
Wow! Historical Paranormal Romance at its Best! I normally don't read paranormal romance but discovered Kim Lenox books by chance. I've fallen in love with this series. Ms. Lenox knows how to world-build with suspense while layering that all-important sensual touch that keeps a reader like me begging for more. Great character development! Her hero, Lord Archer, is a perfect alpha ready to defend against an evil that wants to take over the world. Set in Victorian London, the story centers around ...more

Helden sind weder schwarz noch weiß, in diesem Fall, wie so oft, folgen die Herzen jedoch der unabänderlichen Segnung der Liebe und aus herrlichen Bestien werden Schoßhunde. Und sämtliches Menschenvolk, welches irgendwie in der Gesamtheit erhaltenswert sein soll, ist ein einziger Pfuhl aus Nebendarstellern, die nichts zu melden haben, es sei denn sie sind verliebt in einen der Protagonisten.

Aber für die Szene wie Archer aus der emaillierten Sitzwanne in seinem Arbeitszimmer steigt und sich ein
Sep 20, 2012 Radala added it
I enjoyed the premise of the book and found the back story intriguing. However, I felt like the story was rushed to fit into ~300 pages. The character interactions in the last 100 pages felt forced, and I just couldn't buy into some of Elena's reactions as the story progressed. I felt like extending the length to develop the characters further could have greatly enriched the story. That said, I was interested enough to see it through to the end, and I would consider another of the author's works ...more
Jessie Mihalik
Sometimes you pick up a real jewel from the HPB $1 clearance bin. This is not that book. But don't despair.

I nearly strained something due to my giant eyeroll on page two. We were not off to a great start. But since I didn't have anything better to do, I hung in there.

Let's get this out of the way: this book is objectively not great. It's cheesy and campy and over-the-top. There are plot holes the size of Nebraska. Things are introduced and never explained--I still have no idea why our hero cut
Jan Lewis, Author Sidekick
Wow. I loved this book. I really enjoyed the Shadow Guard mythology. This is a must-read for fans of historical PNR.
Paranormal Romance
Having no memories before a few years ago, the heroine lives on an estate owned by her benefactor, a man whom she has never met but feels a desire to understand. She's not a typical lady of her station. She swears and she defies all apposing orders and works as a nurse in a hospital. The hero broke the rules the day he saved her but didn't realize that the girl who enchanted him all those years ago, is waiting in his house when he returns from his travels He's an immortal guardian, charged with ...more
Kristi Hall
For the past two years, Elena Whitney has wanted for nothing. Clothes, money, a fashionable address, and the freedom to pursue her passion for medicine - all have been granted to her by her absent benefactor, Lord Black. In fact, the only thing Elena does not have is her memory of her life before coming to live in Lord Black's home. When her mysterious guardian returns to London, Elena seizes the chance to get some much-needed answers.

One of the oldest and most talented members of the immortal
Erster Satz: "Zeigen Sie sich, Mr. Winslor."

Wenn die Nacht beginnt war eines der Bücher, auf die ich mich diesen Monat am meisten gefreut habe. Eine Geschichte mit Unsterblichen zu der Zeit in der Jack the Ripper in London sein Unwesen treibt. Spannender geht es nichtmehr. Dachte ich zumindest. Die Geschichte beginnt mit Archer der gerade auf der Jagd nach einem Mr. Winslor ist. Am Anfang war mir Archer nicht gerade sympathisch und wie man ihn kennenlernt... nun, mit so etwas hatte ich nicht ger
Night Falls Darkly
4 Stars

Archer, Lord Black is an immortal warrior whose only goal is to reclaim corrupt souls. That is until the day he saves Elena Whitney from a maniac and makes her his ward. Now, he has returned to London to reclaim the soul of Jack the Ripper and must come to terms with the emotions that Elena evokes in him before they prove to be a fatal distraction.

An intriguing mix of paranormal romance, historical romance and historical mystery. The traditional Jack the
Elena Whitney cannot remember a thing about her past because of some accident. She doesn’t know that her savor Lord Black took her under his wings as his ward, but always made sure she didn’t see him, so Elena doesn’t know who he really is. Elena is determined to become a doctor and to help people, so she’s applying to schools, but being a woman makes it hard to get selected. On top of that the mysterious Lord Black has arrived and Elena is intrigued by Archer and falls madly in love with him.

Sep 16, 2009 Rhianon rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: rabid fans of PNR.
Recommended to Rhianon by: Jan Lewis, Author Sidekick
Lenox has some very intriguing background and plot ideas she employs in her series debut. The concept of the "tortured hero" is a tad cliche, admittedly, but I found the idea of him being around since the beginning of time rather intriguing as it pertained to his role in stories and circumstances that had long since passed into the realm of myth and legend.
Unfortunately, it's difficult as a reader to grasp the rationale behind such a timeless individual's psyche. I had trouble suspending disbeli
Nach einem Unfall, an den Elena keinerlei Erinnerungen hat, arbeitet sie als Krankenschwester in einem Londoner Hospital. Viele Menschen leben dort weit unter der Armutsgrenze und mitten unter ihnen wütet Jack the Ripper wie ein blutgieriges Monster.

Elena steht unter der Vormundschaft von Lord Black, den sie noch nie gesehen hat und der von der Ferne aus über ihre Geschicke bestimmt. Motiviert und engagiert arbeitet sie im Hospital und strebt schließlich entgegen den Wünschen ihrer Gesellschafte
This book is what I consider "sweet". The romance is more mental rather than physical although our hero definitely has "physical" moments if you know what I mean. However, this is more about the two characters and the capturing of a villain with the romance almost taking a backseat to a larger degree than I'm used to seeing in romance novels.
It was a nice change to all the dark paranormals I have been reading although our villain is "Jack the Ripper" so I guess it's still pretty dark but the s
I vacillate between being disappointed by and approving of this book. There are A LOT of elements jam packed between its pages, only some of which include; an assassin sub-god/vampirelike race charged with eliminating corrupt souls that could potentially transcend and destroy the human race, some of said corrupt souls are being encouraged by an imprisioned Greek? god who caused an earthquake that triggered their gruesome following -one of which happens to be Jack the Ripper (very interesting), a ...more
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
A historical paranormal set in the later Victorian period where the Shadow Guard a race of immortals keep watch over evil mortal souls despatching them to Hell when they create havoc on Earth and before they can transcend to their own Utopian dimension.

The premise sounds good and the writing fair although it some how just missed the mark for a higher rating. The inclusion of every known sterotype of the Victorian age from John Merrick, Bram Stoker and Queen Victoria herself seems to crowd the st
Elena and immortals mix it up in Jack the Ripper's London.
"He approaches a state of Transcension. You can't deny that."
"Because of you. You let things go too far while you attended your balls and your routs. While you gambled and whored."
Mark hissed, his eyes wavering from blue to black. "As if you didn't suffer your own bit of distraction tonight."
Archer struggled to tamp down the dangerous fury searing his veins. He'd taken such care to be certain his immortal peers did not learn of El
Chantelle Larson
It was a while ago I read this book so I don't remember much detail information. I do remember that I really enjoyed this series as a whole and read all of the installments in it.
May 25, 2014 Mandy added it
What the heck? How could she end it like that? I want to know what happens. She better come back to Elena and Archer in the next book a little.
Trina Collins
ahh grr raawr why do I read books in a series when I don't have the next one. very good book, didn't wanna put it down
Night Falls Darkly was an interesting first novel in the new series called The Novels of the Shadow Guard. I would classify the book along the lines of an historical romance with a paranormal element. The reason why the novel did not get four stars from me, is that the author did not really explain the back story for the world she was building. There were only bits and pieces of Archer's (the main hero) past presented and the Other Realm is hardly explained at all. I hope that the next volume wi ...more
Sheena Roberts
so enjoy this book just awesome looking forward to reading mark story
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Kim Lenox is the author of the Shadow Guards historical paranormal romance series, published by NAL (Signet/Eclipse)."
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