Tempted by the Night
Elizabeth Boyle
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Tempted by the Night
Elizabeth Boyle
384 pages
August 2008
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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There's a lot of the paranormal in this historical romance - the hero, the Earl of Rockhurst, is one of a line of special humans known as the Paratus, whose job is to fight the evil creatures which periodically slide into this world through a 'gate'. This Paratus has his assistant, a wolfhound called Rowan, but he knows the risks of getting involved with a woman - who could be used against him by the evil creatures.

Unfortunately, Rockhurst finds himself involved with a rather unusual woman - she's invisible. He doesn't know the identity of the woman he names Shadow, but she saves his life. He wants to find out more about her, especially when he realizes that her invisibility is caused by a special ring. If he obtained it, he could  once-and-for-all banish the evil creatures against which he battles.

But Shadow, otherwise known as Lady Hermione Marlowe, doesn't want to reveal her true identity to Rockhurst, a man she has loved for years. Although she has met him lots of times, he's ignored her - she's not beautiful or interesting enough to tempt him. After making a wish, she finds herself becoming invisible between dusk and dawn. She sets out to learn more about Rockhurst and becomes dragged into his battle against the evil creatures. What Hermione doesn't know is that Rockhurst may have to kill her to get the ring, and other people are also after the special magical ring.

Spirited heroine Hermione and Rockhurst, an interesting and tortured hero (although his dog steals a few of his scenes) are a pleasure to follow. As a paranormal, the occasional lapse of historical accuracy doesn't seem to matter as much (the dialogue slips into American rather than British English several times). Hermione's fears that Rockhurst won't be interested in her if he actually sees her are well-written, and I also enjoyed some of the side characters. All in all, this is a good read.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2009

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