Darkness Unleashed by Alexandra Ivy
The description for Darkness Unleashed by Alexandra Ivy (2009), Guardians of Eternity series Book 5:
A scarred recluse, Jagr makes no secret of his disdain for others' company. But now, as a member of Chicago's powerful vampire clan, he has certain obligations to fulfill. The latest: track down a missing Were pureblood and return her to her sister. The problem: Regan Garrett has no intention of complying. And though Jagr agreed not to harm an inch of this stubborn female's distractingly tempting body, he'll gladly kiss her into submission, awakening an urge he hasn't felt in years. hell, in centuries...
Regan vowed never to be at the mercy of another man. That goes double for arrogant, steel-muscled vampires with eyes of ice. All Regan wants is revenge against those who imprisoned her. She doesn't need an ally. She certainly doesn't need a mate. But soon soon Regan will have to choose--between a lust for vengeance, and a passion as dark and dangerous as the night...
Seduction Has a Dark Side...
My two complaints--Jagr isn't scarred in the physically visible sense. Yes, he has physical scars on his chest and plenty of emotional scars after spending three hundred years being tortured, but he isn't hiding away from the world because of horrific visible, say facial, scars. That's how I read the book description, so my error, I guess. My other error is that I somehow missed reading Darkness Everlasting, Book 3, which tells about Regan's sister, Darcy, and Darcy's choice between Were King Salvatore and Vampire Anasso Styx. And now I know for sure which one she picks before getting the chance to read the book--ugh!
Otherwise, the chemistry between Regan and Jagr is fantastic. After being imprisoned, literally kept in a cage and brought out for torture, from birth for thirty years by a cur (a human made werewolf by bite, not born werewolf), Regan needs someone like Jagr to understand her skittishness about getting close to anyone, including her long-lost sister, Darcy, another of the quadruplets genetically altered prior to birth to be pureblood werewolves, yet unable to shift. The girls, kidnapped and dispersed as babies, are viewed as the chance to keep the werewolves from facing extinction since the female pureblood werewolves are shifting without control during pregnancy, leading to a procreation problem.
Jagr, as a one-time Visigoth warrior, is another over-the-top, larger-than-life hero from Ivy. He prefers spending time alone in his underground lair, filled with books and state-of-the-art computer and television technology, to spending time with other vampires. My kind of guy. Not exactly thrilled to be sent on the mission of finding and returning Regan to Chicago, he quickly becomes involved in helping Regan gain her revenge while trying to protect her.
For her part, Regan is Ivy's usual strong female lead. She's independent, intelligent, and not someone who expects to find a man she needs in her life. Motivated by revenge, when the time comes, she learns what's truly important to her, though.
Any fan of Ivy's Guardians of Eternity series will also enjoy this one. Again, you gain more from the book if you've read the entire series, and in order (I'm annoyed with myself), but you won't be lost if you only read this one book. You get the background you need in order to follow the story.
Next up--the story of Regan and Darcy's sister Harley.
Learn more at the author site here.
My overall personal rating of Darkness Unleashed is an A-.