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Wavering between 3 or 4 stars
on May 17, 2007
A Secret in the Shadows is the second in the Guardian series. In this book, Jules is a Guardian Vampire. The Guardians police their own kind, killing rogue vampires. Jules suspects his squire, Ian, is responsible for multiple killings in Baltimore. Jules defies the head Guardian, Eli, and goes to Baltimore to kill Ian. Carolyn Mathers, who was the main character in Watchers in the Night, goes to her best friend, Hannah, who is a PI and asks her to follow Jules to Baltimore. In the course of the story, Jules discovers Ian is too powerful for him to kill alone. Hannah must come to his aid.
We are also introduced to Ian's squire and her son Gabriel. Gabriel is big and bad and wants information on Eli and the Guardians. Jules is then forced to work with Gabriel to bring down Ian.
I have enjoyed both of Jenna Black's Guardian series, but I must say I have found in both books that the lead male characters are slightly wimpy. They are vampires, and by rights should be powerful and strong but there always seems to be other vampires that are more powerful and stronger than the main male characters are. Maybe I'm just use to other paranormal romances where the men are somewhat bigger than life. Jules just was not a strong male character. Somehow, his character just fell flat. However, other than that, the plot was good. Hannah was a strong, self reliant, and independent female character. I hope that in the next book, which will feature Gabriel, we will finally get a major bad boy for the lead male character.