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Embrace The Darkness

(Guardians of Eternity #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  8,950 ratings  ·  319 reviews

Lady Shay is the last of her kind. Half human, half Shalott, her blood is a precious aphrodisiac to vampires, who consider it more precious than gold. Though Shalotts are renowned assassins, a curse held over Shay lands her on the slave auction block, where her fate is uncertain-


Viper, the beguiling chief of a deadly vam
Paperback, 334 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Zebra Books
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Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Shay is half human, half shalott. Her blood is craved by vampires and because of this shalotts are extinct. For the last eighty years, Shay has been a slave, sold and beaten again and again, all because of a curse that makes it impossible for her to escape. And when Shay is to be sold again at an auction, the last person she expected to buy her was the vampire Viper, who she recently saved from a witch attack. And despite her unwanted fascination with Viper, she hates all vampires because one of

Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
Much better than the first story I enjoyed Viper's Character and I like Shay as well. I got into their story and I could enjoy their relationship the story line was good. The first book was thin and I didn't really feel connected To Dante or Abby but in the this book I liked both Abby and Dante more and I feel like whatever was missing in the first book came out in the second!!!
I’m a vampire. I only play to win.

Viper is well, Viper. It was good to see Shay put him in his place and how I loved Levet. The tiny gargoyle grew on me. This was pretty good as well. There was fighting and plotting and mating.
May 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: paranormal vampire readers
Shelves: alexandra-ivy
Great followup to the first Guardians of Eternity book.

Shay is a half-blood Shalott, some sort of demon whose blood is a major attractant to vampire's. She is a slave that was held by the coven of witches in the first book. She helped dante, Abby and Viper to defeat the witch.

Viper is the leader of the Chicago clan of vampire's. Immensely wealthy and dangerous gorgeous. He is attracted to Shay and buy's her at an auction to be his slave.

Then all hell breaks loose. Some other demon is after Shay
Apr 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, adult-lit, m-f
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Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This second in a series has been on my TBR for quite a while. I have had a few of these on my shelf for years now but the first book took so long for me to finish. Abby and Dante just didn't pull me back. I really like Shay from book one and want to give it a second chance for certain as the first was good, just not good enough. This one was definitely good enough.

Although it is the type Vampire romance with the brooding vampire trying to resist this pull of attraction and the woman with a hatre
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This would've been a 5 star for me if the h, Shay, didn't annoy me for most of the book. I understand that she had been enslaved for most of her life. I also get that she had a grudge against vampires. But geez Viper proved he could be trusted over and over and over again. Yet she still pushed him away, gave attitude and insulted him. When Viper needs her most she does pull through for him but for me it was too little too late. Now Viper on the other hand I adored and that's why this still gets ...more
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Mar 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Okay I must say this book is a 100x's better than the 1st book! The great thing is u don't have to read the 1st book to become well aquainted with the characters in this one. Viper, DUDE IS BAD! I love the dynamic with he and Shay. This one was very interesting in given the details of Shay's Past and Present and how Viper, whether she admits it or not, is the key to helping her unlock the closet and put her demons to rest so to speak. Levet "the Gargoyle" and Shay's best friend is so adorable an ...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Viper is a clan leader in Chicago, and in the last book, a half-shallot demon helped out his friends when they were up against some horrible odds. She was a slave of some evil witches, and Viper can't seem to get her out of his mind. When he finds her up for auction, of course he can't help himself-he bids on her.
Shay is the last of her kind-the shallot demons. They were bred to be assassains and Shay is bound to her slave owner, a troll, by a death curse. If he is killed, she'll die. But shall
Jane Stewart
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
The main characters weren’t interesting enough. The story dragged. At times I wanted it to be over.

Shay is half human and half Shalott (demon). Her blood is an aphrodisiac to vampires. She is the last Shalott in existence. A curse binds her to the troll Evor. He puts her on the auction block to sell as a slave. Viper (a vampire clan leader) buys her with the highest bid. She expects to be kept as a slave and is wary to find that he treats her as a guest. A powerful evil entity wants
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
I think this one was better than the 1st one. Maybe because I understood more of the world building, not sure. And I liked the 1st one. In fact Dante & Abby make a few appearances, but never overtake our H/h in importance.

Our H is Viper the vamp from #1 and our h is Shay, the Shallot halfdemon, also from #1. So we already have a history with them, which was nice. Not just the last 3 pages from #1 but a good substantial background which meant we could get straight into the story.

Everybody wan
Annette  Dahl "Old Vicarious Reader"
I was so excited when I was finally able to figure out how to pull this eBook from the online library. It was so worth the extra effort.

I fell for Viper in When Darkness Comes. He was pure hunky arrogant vampire. Smooth operator in every way. With Viper's loyalty and his fight to keep Shay safe I was over the top for Viper. And, the anticipation of a bloody fight I almost forgot there would have to be a happily ever after. Great Storytelling.

And Shay, a sassy warrior is always my favorite hero
Oh...... I really loved this book. Viper is wonderful. His character is and will be one of my favorites for sure. Shay is also great. I like a strong willed female character that is more then willing to a badass with the boys. The love story between these two was beautiful. Not dumb and mushy but very realistic. The side characters like Levet are priceless as well. Can't help falling in love with him. I also like how Ivy sets up the next storyline by introducing you to the characters with just e ...more
Jacq ~A Book Dragon
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
OMG this book was HOT... Very enjoyable.
Megan Riverina Romantics/Meggerfly
Rating: 3.5/5
Heat Rating: 3/5
Narrator Performance: 3/5
Nov 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Viper at last!

Embrace the Darkness is a passionate romance that takes up the story several weeks after the end of When Darkness Comes (Guardians of Eternity, Book 1). If you remember nothing else from the previous book, you will remember Viper. Vampire clan leader, Viper was the bored and beautiful fallen angel surrounded by hedonistic decadence, who in aiding Dante and Abby, came into contact with the beautiful demon Shay who saved Viper's life. This brief encounter marked them both and they
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Heroine is a useless, foul mouth, annoying brat.

Hero wears velvet pants with silver shirts unbuttoned to his navel. When not in that attire he's running around in a silk dressing gown (robe).

The French gargoyle best friend only knows one word of French - “Sacrebleu" which he says over and over and over again.

And then there was the prepubescent dialogue: "Holy moly, Devil’s freaking balls, Holy guacamole, raving loon, holy freaking cow, Head Honcho (yup, in caps)."

And it ended in in a corny moun
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A while back I picked up When Darkness Comes The first in the series of The Guardians of Eternity. I didn't take a liking to the book. I said there was a character in the book that grabbed my attention even though he wasn't a big part in it. Viper. What a name, almost cliche. I later found out he was the protagonist in the second in the series. Every time I wanted to pick up a romance book I thought about his character, which is so not like me. After all it's a character in a book. Viper. Which ...more
Sep 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: vamp-were, traded
At least this time the H had ivory skin. Huh. So since the next one is about an ancient Aztec, does this mean he has petrified wood skin? No?

Please authors, stop with the random gemstone alliterations when referring to a character's skin tone. It was bad enough to find one described as marble alabaster (particularly when one realizes that alabaster is a generic term used for both gypsum and calcite, two very soft minerals). Now we got someone described as having skin the color of an elephant tus
Read January 2014 -- 4.25stars really

Some time has passed since (When Darkness Comes)Shay, the shalott demon that helped thwart the witches, has been returned to her owner. Evor wastes no time trying to lease Shay out again via an auction which Viper has cleverly arranged to attend. Both Shay & Viper have been haunted with dreams of each other since their abrupt parting after the witch incident. However someone more sinister than the witches is trying to obtain Shay for themselves and will g
Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and vampire novels are really not my choice of genre, although I did read the first book in this series and loved it, too.

The chemistry between Viper and Shay was incredible. It'd been awhile since I'd read the first novel so I went back and skimmed through the last half of the first book just to refresh my memory on how they came to meet. At the end of the first book, I didn't have any idea that Shay and Viper would hook up. I don't think Shay was even named at that point. She
Oct 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Good book. I love Viper. Shay was ok. I liked her for the most part. Again, this is a easy, quick read. Super depth, not so much. But fun just the same.

Some things seemed a little inconsistent with the first book. Before, all the demons were after Abby, now they avoid her. And nothing was mentioned about Viper's nefarious businesses.

Anyway, Viper and Shay are questing to find the evil being that wants to capture Shay and drain her blood. They also are trying to break the curse that binds Shay's
Bronwyn Rykiert
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is book 2 in the Guardian of Eternity Series. I did not want to put this book down.

Shay was born half human and half shallot demon and has lived her life as a slave, when the vampire clan leader Viper buys her she is ready to fight him but she finds there is a darker force that needs to be conquered. Someone wants her blood for it's healing powers. Viper, Shay and Levet (a 3ft gargoyle) set out to find whoever wants Shay dead.

It was one of those stories that grip you so you don't want to pu
Oct 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was a million times better than the first book in this series. It was like a different author. The characters had a much more involved relationship and the story line was more exciting. I loved these characters which seem to fit together much more and they were a lot less annoying. I am glad I did not give up on this series. I would recommend you just skip the first book and start with this one. I am on the third book now and it is also very good so far. I guess this teaches me a lesso ...more
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Viper, Viper, Viper . . .

Oh that vamp. . . He had me with his appearance in When Darkness Comes. His club. His skills. His aura. To have Shay and Viper together. What more could this girl ask for? I was hoping after their meeting they would make their way to each other. But the way the get together was a bit off putting. I reminded me of days best left pushed to the back of the world's history. The insight and drama and of course Levet.

It was nice to see what Dante and Abby have been up to.
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the 2nd book in this Guardians of Eternity series. Like the first one, it had a great mix of romance and humor which I really love in a book. I loved our hero Viper, he was hilarious, and our heroine Shay was a mix of strength and vunerability that I also liked. Prior to this series I had never read anything by Alexandra Ivy, but she has my attention now, so I would suggest to anyone to give this series a chance, hopefully the remaining books in the series are all just as good a ...more
Feb 14, 2009 rated it liked it
This is a soul-mate type paranormal romance that features a vampire (Viper) who falls for a half demon/half human (Shay). Shay is the last Shallot demon, a race driven to extinction because their blood is an aphrodisiac for vampires. Her blood also heals extreme illness and wounds - which is why certain other vampires (not Viper) are hunting her. The chemistry between the lead characters is good, and the story interesting. I wasn't completely sucked in by this book, but I liked it. This is book ...more
I didn't read the first in the series but didn't feel like it was essential for this one. I liked everything about this story and the Guardians' world, although the dialog wasn't very original. Lots of action but has enough romance to satisfy and Viper is a sexy vampire.
HERO is the Leader of his vampires clan, who tames and falls for a demon slave.
GENRE/TONE: paranormal/action
PAGES: 352 pages
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
I enjoyed "Embrace The Darkness" by Alexandra Ivy. I like Shay and Viper. Two great characters. This book has lots of adventure, action, and romance.
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
My star rating:

Plot: 4/5
Pacing: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
World: 4/5
Romance: 4.5/5

Enjoyment level: 4.5/5 stars
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