by Debbie Raleigh

December 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7551-0
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Mass Market Paperback

Miss Amelia Hadwell has shunned gentle society to care for her brother William who is mentally incapacitated. She has been forced to move to a rough neighborhood and survives and supports William on a small allowance from her family. Amelia is determined to make the best of her situation for the benefit of her brother. She has her brother and they have shelter and food. She also has a mysterious medallion given to her by a Gypsy a month ago.

Her world seems poised to collapse when a series of murders overtakes her neighborhood. Soon, Amelia’s worries crystallize when someone suggests that her brother is the criminal committing these heinous crimes. Amelia knows the truth but since so many people paint her brother as mad, she worries about his fate.

Sebastian St. Ives is a scholar, Amelia’s neighbor and a vampire. He has vowed to protect Amelia and the medallion she holds close. He doesn’t expect to fight a strong attraction to the courageous woman and a bond with her brother as well. As danger increases, Sebastian must learn to hold everything he cares about close, no easy task for this alpha vampire.

This reviewer would have benefited more from reading the series in order and encourages new readers to do so. Each book builds upon the other in subtle ways, so to get the largest benefit of the trilogy My Lord Immortality should be read last.

My Lord Immortality was a great paranormal tale but was slightly less strong as a traditional Regency romance. I loved the characterization and growth of Amelia as a character, but bemoaned Sebastian’s less rounded characterization at the same time. I would have liked to have seen less ‘alpha male’ moments from Sebastian, though the bond between he and William was a wonderful touch. All in all, Ms. Raleigh has penned a good Regency tale.

Reviewed in April 2004 by Bree.

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