Darkness Returns

Darkness Returns

by Alexandra Ivy

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More powerful than ever, the Guardians of Eternity are facing their greatest challenge yet: a war within their ranks. Their future is in the hands of one rebel vampire, who must choose between loyalty and love . . .
Blessed with an even more compelling allure than most vampires, Chiron has made a fortune in the human world, creating an empire of resorts and casinos. Since the betrayal and imprisonment of his master, he has existed outside the order of the Guardians, trusting no one. But now, the new vampire king has given him a peace offering: a scroll that could free his master. Following the relic’s magic leads him to a demon hotel deep in the Everglades, a lush paradise owned by a mysterious and
mesmerizing woman . . .
As far as Lilah knows, she’s lived her entire life within the confines of her enchanted estate. Memories of her own past are elusive and cloaked in shadows. Even Chiron can’t figure out exactly what she is, and if her intoxicating beauty is his destiny or an illusion drawing him ever closer to his demise—or perhaps to an even more tormenting choice, between his master and his mate . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516108428
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Series: Guardians of Eternity Series , #13
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 5,368
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Alexandra Ivy is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of romantic suspense, paranormal and erotic romance. She has also written Regency historicals under the name Deborah Raleigh. A five-time RT Book Award Finalist, Ivy has received much acclaim for her Guardians of Eternity, ARES Security, Immortal Rogues and Sentinels series. She lives with her family in Missouri and can be found online at www.AlexandraIvy.com.

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Darkness Returns 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Sailon 23 days ago
Chiron is a vampire who has made an empire of world wide casino hotels. When the possibility of his missing master has been found, Chiron follows the clues, with Levet’s help, to a small Everglade magical retreat where he meets the most memorizing young woman, Lilah. Chiron doesn’t know if he can trust Lilah or if she is responsible for his missing master. Lilah has spent her entire life at the estate and dreams of traveling the world but breaks in her memories and a magical nanny convinces her time and time again to stay. Mystery, mayhem and lots of sexy is just what this book reader wanted and got from Darkness Returns. She had me with Levet so all the rest just made for a magically fabulous read. I received this ARC copy of Darkness Returns from Kensington Books - Lyrical Press. This is my honest and voluntary review.
cherlym 26 days ago
How fun to see Styxx and Viper again. The back and forth is truly snark worthy. Styxx enlists Levet to help correct a wrong that the former Anasso perpetuated,providing humor. Chiron and Lilah provide the romance and mystery. Lilah is unsure what she is. Her nanny from years gone is an Orge with her own secrets. I really enjoyed this light hearted, romance wrapped in a mystery and topped with humor. I was not thrilled that it had a mini cliff hanger. Thank you Netgalley , Lyrical Press and thank you Alexandra Ivy for this arc. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were unsolicited.
animation 28 days ago
Although this is the first book in the Guardians of Eternity series I have read, this is not the first book by Alexandra Ivy that I have read. I have been slowly embracing the paranormal world in the last few years and finally decided to give this series a try. With this being the 13th book, I thought I would have a hard time following along, but my fears were unfounded. While there were some scenes that alluded to previous characters/story lines, they were brief and just enough to help me understand the connection to this story. The humor is the first thing that drew me in. I enjoyed the flirty foreplay between Chiron and Lilah, as well as, the character of Levet. He’s like Einstein and Peter Griffin wrapped in a tiny annoying package, but I loved him. The way he is written is pure genius. This is a paranormal romance, so there are several different beings in the story, each with their own set of abilities. I think I might like this fictional world that Ms. Ivy has created and at some point will go back and read the previous books in this series. The ending definitely has me awaiting the next book with baited breath. ARC received from NetGalley for an honest review.
Anonymous 30 days ago
This is book 13 in the Guardians of Eternity series. I have read a lot of books in this series but not all. Even though I was unfamiliar with these characters, this book works well as a stand alone. Styx, king of the vampires, discovers some information that proves the previous king was involved in the betrayal of another vampire. He passes the info to Chiron so that he can try to find and free his former master and right a wrong. Chiron reluctantly accepts the loan of the king’s annoying gargoyle and sets off in search of the key to finding his master. Being the owner of a string of luxury hotels he is surprised by the exclusive, private and magical hotel that caters to demons. He encounters the beautiful owner and her ogress manager who definitely are harboring secrets. He doesn’t know who to trust or where to look for the key as he finds danger along with a little romance. This is a quick read with not a lot of depth but if you are looking for a vampire romance, this is it. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Cali-Jewel 3 months ago
Thrilling, heart pounding excitement, action packed danger and riveting twists that kept me glued to my e-reader all night long..... loved the sexy passion and engaging charters. I have loved this series from the beginning and this story is the best addition so far. Loved it!
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Rainn2978 3 months ago
I would highly recommend reading the other books in this series before you read this one just so you understand events that are spoken of that happened in the past. It has been almost 4 years since the last book in this series and I honestly thought that it was over. And then this one comes and let me tell you, it does disappoint and just reminded me all over again why I love this series to begin with! I love that we get to see a bit of Styxx because who doesn't love that vampire?? Chiron is on the hunt to find his master, Tarak, and free him. Unfortunately for him Levet has been sent with to help him, and we all know how much the men love Levet LOL! Chiron is led to the Everglades and a meeting with Lilah. This book has quite a few twists and turns and I loved every minute of it! Chiron is loyal to the point of almost excluding what could be the best thing for him. Lilah was definitely the biggest surprise for me! I definitely wasn't expecting to find out what I did about her! And then you have the side characters that are introduced and it all just reminds me of how much I truly love this author! I can't wait for not only Tarak's story but all the new characters that are introduced as well! Another great read in this series and I can't wait to see where this storyline takes us!
Evampire9 3 months ago
He has existed outside the order of the Guardians and trusts no one but Chiron has created an empire of resorts and casinos. Using the peace offering given him by the new vampire king, he sets out on a quest to find and free his master, only he never expected to find a lush paradise owned by a mysterious and mesmerizing woman. Chiron and Lilah are two very strong, alluring characters that easily compel readers to read their story which is full of some powerful electrical chemistry and scorching passions. The romance is on the sweet side but has a few obstacles that stand in the way Chiron’s mating which causes quite a bit of intense emotional turmoil especially since Chiron’s quest is reminding Lilah just what her life is missing. This potent and exciting plot is full of suspense, action, romance and unexpected twists that grabs the readers by their imaginations and hold them hostage as the actions that take place in this fast paced plot promise to bring about some challenging events to come for the Guardian world. The author has brought back her creative and fascinating world full of vampires, shifters and magic and added some wonderful new elements and intriguing new plot that puts the future of the Guardians in the hands of one rebel vampire who must choose between loyalty and love. While the story concludes with a happy for now ending, it also provides an intriguing set up for the continuing story that is ensures readers have to know what will happen next. Oops, I didn’t mention that Levet is back and up to his usual – finding heaps of trouble and causing readers to LOL.
Lillian Maddocks-Cummings 3 months ago
Can you break the curse? Chiron knows that he has to find his leader Tarak but no one knows where he disappeared to but that changes when the king of the vampires Styx visits him. This might be his only chance to find him and to repay his debt. Tarak saved him so many eons ago he would have gone completely mad if he hadn't been shown how to be a vampire. Chiron knows that it isn't going to be easy especially that his helper is a gargoyle named Levet. Will he be able to trust this little annoying creature? Where is the key to finding Tarak and why is magic involved. Vampires don't really like witches that is one thing they all agree upon but he has no choice but to follow Levet. He is surprised when he meets Lilah as he can't figure out what she is. Lilah knows that this vampire could be trouble she just can't understand why her friend and nanny Inga warns her to stay away from him. Lilah doesn't know much about her dead parents and Inga refuses to talk about them all she knows is that this is her life and that she needs to take in guests so that the hotel can survive. But there is something different about Chiron he makes her want to leave her home and to travel to all the wonderful places that he has been too. Can she take that chance? Levet doesn't trust Inga the half ogre she is hiding something but before he can warn Chiron he is thrown into a dungeon and no matter how he tries he can't get out. Chiron has been looking for him but he is more attentive to Lilah and that could be his undoing. Why is she so special and why can't she remember anything about her parents. Can he help her learn the truth and will he find Tarak at long last? A great read who doesn't love a strong vampire that knows what he wants. I was luck enough to receive a copy via Netgalley & the publishing house in exchange for my honest review.
all_in 3 months ago
I am an Ivy fan and have purchased and read this entire series. However I do not appreciate cliffhangers especially in a serial book. I'm also a senior citizen on a fixed income. When I spend $5.99 on a book I expect a whole book not a beginning and a middle. That makes me feel cheated. If an established author decides to write a half a book and charge for a whole one, warn your fans - give us a choice to make the decision to buy the book even though it's not a whole book. I was so startled at the end when I figured out what was going on I just starred at the last page for a couple of minutes. Dumbfounded. Please don't do that to us again. Thank you.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 3 months ago
DARKNESS RETURNS is the thirteenth full-length instalment in Alexandra Ivy’s contemporary, adult GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY paranormal romance series. This is hotelier and ancient vampire Chiron, and hotelier Lilah’s story line. DARKNESS RETURNS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. NOTE: WHEN DARKNESS ENDS was originally intended to be the final book in the author’s Guardians of Eternity series but the storyline ended with a happily ever after –for now, so it was the end of that particular arc. Now it appears Ms. Ivy will be continuing to focus on her Guardians of Eternity with a new story line arc. Told from several third person perspectives including Chiron and Lilah DARKNESS RETURNS follows ancient vampire Chiron as he is tasked by the Anasso Styx (King of the Vampires) to find the vampire Chiron once called Master and friend, a male whose whereabouts are currently unknown. When the reigning Anasso discovers an ancient scroll, Chiron and the gargoyle Levet are called in to help locate the key that will hopefully free Tarak, the missing male. Strong magic and a veiled resort brings Chiron face to face with his future-enter hotelier Lilah, an immortal woman of unknown origins, and the woman Chiron knows to be his mate. What ensues is the search for the key; the discovery of magic and secrets, and the potential fall-out as the truth is revealed. DARKNESS RETURNS is a story of betrayal, secrets, lies and loss. Lilah is unaware of the true nature of her past, a past that has been wiped from her mind and her thoughts. Chiron knows his Master is still alive but our hero must battle between head and heart when freeing Tarak could place his mate in mortal danger. Alexandra Ivy introduces a new species or two to her world of the supernatural, species I suspected early on in the story. Levet’s inaccurate use of words and euphemisms is priceless and fun; the return of Viper, Styx and Ulric lends connection, cohesion and familiarity to the current story line. The premise is captivating; the romance is passionate; the characters are colorful, dark, and dangerous. DARKNESS RETURNS ends on a cliff-hanger, you have been warned.
Marta Cox 3 months ago
A triumphant return to this much loved series about Vampires and all the associated immortals they exist with. I wasn't exactly sure how Chiron and his previous actions would fit but happily my favourite Vampire King is magnanimous enough to admit to mistakes and give Chiron valuable information. Now Chiron is no fool but does agree to take Levet with his affinity for magic with him as he searches for someone who has been lost for a long time. However winding up in a hidden, magical hotel in the Everglades isn't exactly what Chiron had in mind but with a beautiful, mysterious owner named Lilah perhaps Chiron is exactly where he's meant to be ? I love that I never quite know just what this authors imagination will dream up next and this crazy hotel was very unexpected. Chiron might be unsure about what Lilah is exactly due to the mysterious magic reverberating around but theres definitely something not quite right. Luckily there's always Levet to rely on but with brandy that needs drinking will Levet save the day this time ? As much as I liked the lead couple for me it's Levet that steals every scene he is in. Chiron is so loyal and determined to rescue his imprisoned master Tarak but the author cleverly dangles supporting characters that mean already I'm longing for more. I'm reluctant to give away the plot involving Lilah but will say there's huge clues if you breathe in (hint) about exactly what magic is being used and this was fun, exciting and such a wonderful way to while away a few hours. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
nku 3 months ago
Darkness Returns (Guardians Of Eternity, #13) by Alexandra Ivy... I enjoy this series and would like to thank the publisher and #NetGalley for allowing me to preview this book. This is Chiron and Lilah's story and there are plenty of twists and turns, laughs, tears, steamy stuff all getting us to their HEA. I can't forget Levet... there is a bit of a cliffhanger but not enough to be upsetting. Reasons I enjoyed this book: Action-packed Happily Ever After Funny Page-turner Steamy Romantic Easy-to-read