Imagine if you will, that a mystical Veil separates the race of vampires from humanity. Left to their own pursuits, vampires overcome their need for human blood and dedicate their lives to study and the gathering of the world’s knowledge. The human hungers and passions are a thing of the past. On the other hand, mortals are safe from the supernatural hunters.
In Debbie Raleigh’s Regency trilogy, dissatisfied vampires have returned to Earth, seeking to destroy the Veil and rule humankind. The Council of Elders dispatches three vampires to stop them. The three-part medallion that holds the Veil’s power has been separated and spellbound to three human women. While the traitors seek to wrest the medallions from their guardians, the three immortal heros must protect the women and keep the medallion secure. The story, which began with My Lord Vampire, continues with My Lord Eternity.
Lucian Valin is a free-spirited rake who has missed the pleasures of humanity - especially women. While he is not precisely sure that he was the best-qualified, there is no way he is going to turn down the chance to walk among mortals again.
His objective is to safeguard Jocelyn Kingly from the cunning and vicious Amadeus. A survivor of scandal and rejected by her family, Jocelyn doesn’t want Mr. Valin underfoot, but her finances dictate the need for a tenant. When he begins to accompany her on her errands in the most dangerous part of London, she is both dismayed and relieved. His charm is starting to win her over, and his protective streak is making her feel secure.
While My Lord Eternity is a slim volume, it tells a wonderful story. Ms. Raleigh has a knack for tightly crafted plot and quick character development that are a necessity in this format. Lucian is such a rascal, but without any mean-spirited intentions. Droll and suave, he does not have the biting sarcasm that is so common for noblemen of the era. Jocelyn has learned to be independent and strong.
I enjoyed this book a great deal and feel that it has enough interest to stand alone. However, it does whet your appetite to read the other two books, and I feel certain that once “bitten” you will be compelled to complete the set.