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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 7, 2008
This is the second book in the Guardians of the Night Series.

Jules's transition from mortal to vampire was less than pleasant. His maker, Ian, not only betrayed him but did some unspeakable things to Jules that has caused a lot of pain in his vampire life. Since that time he has been part of the Guardians: a group of vampires protecting Philadelphians from Vampires like Ian. Ian is known as a Killer, a Killer is a vamp who kills mortals for food. Jules belongs to the other vamp population; he survives on a lamb's blood and milk concoction.

With a recent tragedy fresh in his heart, he spots an article featuring his maker and begins to investigate the Baltimore, MD papers for vamp related crimes and brings them to the Guardians attention. Eli, head of the Guardians, knows Jules's main motivation is revenge and explains that they can not intrude on other territories. Jules leaves the meeting with the intent of going rogue, a major no-no in the Guardian realm.

Hannah Moore is a PI who recently lost her partner, Carolyn, when she left to join the Guardians with her vamp fiancé, Gray, in the book Watchers in the Night (The Guardians of the Night, Book 1). Carolyn asks Hannah to accompany Jules to Baltimore to help him stay safe during the day; Hannah reluctantly agrees.

These two couldn't be more opposite. Hannah is tough, sassy and tom boyish. Jules is refined and the metrosexual poster boy. They end up being the perfect balance for each other and it opens both up to find a mutual respect and some vulnerability in each other's normally tough facades.

With the introduction of two new Killers to this series, Camille and her son Gabriel, the story takes on a sadistic and bone chilling tone, really bringing the bad side of vampires into the forefront. The characters in these stories are not one dimensional; with their real to life flaws and strengths they come to life on the pages. This story is a compelling mix of terror and titillation, deceit and discovery, good and evil and that hazy area in between, I love this series!

Shadows on the Soul (The Guardians of the Night, Book 3)
Hungers of the Heart (The Guardians of the Night, Book 4)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Jules Gerard is a Guardian, a vampire who has vowed to kill other vampires who kill humans and to never make another vampire himself. When Jules learns that the man who turned him into a vampire is alive and still making new fledglings in Baltimore, he is determined to go down there and put a stop to it. Ian Squires was Jules's friend before he betrayed Jules by turning him into a vampire and using glamour to commit unspeakable acts against him. Jules believes that the world would be a better place without Ian in it, and he's going to make that happen whether he has permission from Eli, the leader of the Guardians, or not.

When another guardian, Carolyn, a mortal PI who dates Jules's vampire nemesis, learns that Jules is going to Baltimore on this suicide mission, she sends her best friend and business partner after him to make sure that he's safe. That was my first problem with this book. You're going to send a mortal to protect a vampire? Really. But okay. I went with it. So off goes Carolyn's friend Hannah to "protect" Jules and keep him out of trouble. Along with Hannah, Eli has sent Drake, a Killer who works for the Guardians (and that inherent contradiction also isn't lost on me), to bring Jules back in one piece. Eli is friends with the master vampire of Baltimore and has her permission to send his Guardian in to retrieve Jules, so long as none of her vampires are hurt in the process.

That's it in a nutshell, but I've gotta say this story was way too convoluted. Jules goes to Baltimore without a plan in mind, which is fine, but after realizing that he's outgunned by trying to kill his maker, who is stronger and older than him, he still doesn't have one. And this is even knowing that he's got a human tailing him who he now has to protect and a Guardian Killer who is determined to bring him back to Philly. But that wasn't even my biggest problem with this book. My biggest problem was the fact that these vampires are wimps. No, really. These aren't alpha heroes, no matter how much they claim to be, because just when you think you've met a strong vampire (as Jules was in the first book in the series) he's off getting beaten up by someone more powerful or rushing headlong into danger that a kindergartner could see coming. And Hannah isn't much better. A more foolish human being I've never read about--or at least can't recall at the present moment. She said it best herself on page 207, "Jesus, Hannah. You're too stupid to live." That statement made me sigh with relief because at least someone else realized it too, even if she didn't do anything about it.

I have the next two books in this series, but I just don't know that I can read them. There are so many great vampire series out right now that I just don't have the heart to waste my time with one that's just so so. For fantastic vampire series with plots that make sense and heroes that can actually protect themselves and their women, check out Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series beginning with A Hunger Like No Other (The Immortals After Dark Series, Book 1) or J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series beginning with Dark Lover: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (The Black Dagger Brotherhood).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2007
I just loved this book!It's a very powerful,sexy,romance that makes me want to read it again and again!The first love scene between Jules and Hannah is so intense and sexy at the same time (and so is Jules!!!grrr...baby...grrr!).I can't wait for the next installment of the Guardians series!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
As a Guardian vampire Jules Gerard does not kill humans whom he protects from rogues of his species. Whenever he finds a rogue he kills it. However, Jules obsesses over one vampire, his former best friend Ian Squires, who not only betrayed him, he turned him. When he learns where Ian is, Jules plans to go after him; his superior Eli tells him not to go, but for the first time he ignores an order heading to Baltimore to kill Ian.

The Guardians hire human Private investigator Hannah Moore to protect Jules. Though the vampire anticipates Ian waiting for him, he is clueless when it comes to the other participants as Eli has played a role that he prefers remain hidden from Jules. However, as the former friends prepare for their cat and mouse encounter, Hannah realizes someone else is manipulating the two vampires; now to get the obsessed Jules to understand that the price of his fixation may be her life.

The second Guardians of the Night saga (see WATCHERS IN THE NIGHT) is a superb paranormal romantic suspense that grips readers from the moment Jules learns that Ian lives and goes after him. The story line is action-packed with rogue and guardian vampires and one female human sleuth making the Black universe seem genuine. Although it is Eli's secrets that propel the thriller, Hannah tries to keep her "client" from harming himself even it feels like trucks roll over her and Jules knows he willingly would die permanently to keep his Hannah safe. Vampire romance fans will cherish biting into this fun tale.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is the second book in this series by Jenna Black and it makes a number of references to events and characters in the first book, "Watchers In The Night". However it isn't necessary to have read that book to understand the events of this story, focusing this time on Hannah the feisty Private Eye and Jules, the Quebecois vampire.

In Jenna Black's vampire world humans aren't aware of the vampires (apart from in a few special cases) and the vampires themselves are ranged against each other. Almost all vampires are Killers, those who drain humans for blood, and this feeding gives them significant power. However, some vampires are members of the Guardians, led by Eli, who don't take human blood and who work as a kind of police force in Philadelphia, disposing of Killers when they can.

Jules is a vampire with a temper. Although the oldest of the Guardians (apart from Eli) he hasn't got very good control over his emotions and when he discovers that the vampire who turned him, Ian, is on a killing spree in Baltimore he goes to the Guardians for help in finding and finishing Ian. However he discovers that Eli isn't going to allow him - or any of the other Guardians - to step outside of their Philadelphia territory. So Jules decides to go it alone.

He's not quite alone though. The mortal fiancée of Gray, one of the Guardians, hires Hannah to work with Jules and to protect him. Hannah is a tomboyish feisty woman who is mouthy and bold but underneath this hides a fear of being overpowered. Despite Jules's reservations they work together to try to locate Ian and deal with him.

Unfortunately it's far from easy. Ian, being a Killer, has far more power than Jules. And they soon discover they have stumbled into some significant vampire politics which leads them to question the morals and ethics of Eli, their leader. They find themselves having to compromise some of their rules in order to get the job done and are continually in a position of danger and weakness as their opponents are older and stronger.

Although I enjoyed reading this book in some ways the characterisation felt rather lightweight. We didn't really see much character development and it was hard to really get into the heads of Hannah and Jules. The story has several narrators which served to give a good all-round view of events but it also meant that it was hard to know whom we should be supporting. Perhaps that was part of the idea of the book, to show that bad characters have some redeeming features and that good characters can do bad things to get results, but I found it a slightly awkward way of reading as my ideas of the characters seemed to have to change almost every page and I'm still not entirely sure at the end about Gabriel.

The romance aspect of this book was also a little problematic to me. It seemed to develop more for reasons of proximity than anything else and was really a side-issue to the main plot of vampire hunting. The book made a rather sluggish start but picked up towards the end where it became more enjoyable with tense situations for our hero and heroine. Overall it was a reasonable read but nothing special.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book [...] Helen Hancox
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This is book 2of a 4 book series with one couple per book "fighting all odds" to be with each other. I am disappointed that there are only 4 books in the series which tells me that the universe is limited to the point that readers didn't demand to read more.

I enjoyed this book and series and I find the love scenes to be on the steamy side of things. Jenna Black has a tinge of darkness in her writings which keeps her books from having the typical "romance fluff" that so many romance series seem to have.

....how I determine that I enjoyed a book...

NO: Am I glad that I PAID for the book?
YES: Was there good and realistic CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT?
YES: Was the PLOT logical and/or interesting?
NO: Would I buy the AUDIOBOOK or REREAD the story because I enjoyed it so much?

I will read the other books.
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on January 16, 2013
I have already reviewed this book for you, but it was the least favorite of the four books int eh series. I didn't like the total ending of this book. After falling in love with the main character in "Secrets in the Shadows" in the first book of the series, I was a little disappointed in her destiny at the end of this book. I thought what happened to her kind of sucked for being such a good friend to the main character in book 1.
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on December 2, 2013
Luv how this series is going. The main characters in this book are definitely interesting & keep you guessing. This series knows how to keep the readers interested thats for sure. With each book new characters, mystery, & danger comes along. I also enjoy the mentioning of the main characters in the first book being in this book as well. I can't wait to see how this story will unfold.
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on March 23, 2014
This is a good read from start to finish. I enjoyed finding out a bit more about the Guardian's leader, Eli. And I got a kick out of Hannah, the P.I. whose friend talks her into trailing a vampire pal to Baltimore to keep him safe. Poor Hannah doesn't fully realize what she's in for and the vampires just keep popping up with their own agendas. She's just trying to keep her friend's vampire friend, Jules, alive, out of trouble, and heading back home to Philadelphia. But things never go the way Hannah hopes and Jules is his own worst enemy.

If you like urban fantasy, this is the second in a series by Jenna Black and its well worth your time and money to start reading them!
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