the reality of hygiene and sanitary issues in the midst of a steamy romance scene. I know, I know, I am missing out on some great books because of my hang-ups but I promise I am really trying to tackle it and take on historical romances.
After I read the blurb for Ruby I knew this was the book to help me battle my hang-ups. The idea of a plot set in Regency England that combined sinister characters, heart stopping romance, supernatural creatures and Persian mythology sounded fascinating! Once I started reading I was completely absorbed and hooked. Jettie Necole weaves an intriguing and detailed story of Regency England where Vampires and other unnatural creatures roam the night undetected by normals. The vampires are hunted by magic wielding Warlocks who are Zoroastrians lead by 12 guardians whose duty is to guard the Fire, the greatest power against vampires.
The story starts off by introducing us to the charming and elegant Lady Ruby Waterfield. Ruby is leaving her childhood home in the country and setting off to her grandfather Lord Caxtons exquisite estate in London where she will make her formal and first introduction into London Society amongst the aristocracy.
Ruby isnt like most other young aristocratic ladies. Shes clever, independent and curious. She doesnt enjoy the snobby high society debutantes, gossiping, or the idea that shes being put out on display as a prize for suitable bachelors interested in marrying her because of her status. However, Ruby doesnt let the politics of aristocratic London dictate her life and she makes sure to enjoy her time in London. She forms a sisterly bond with her maid Sara and develops a friendship with a quirky handsome professor named Gerard. Life is full of adventure, wonder and so many possibilities but things began to take a dark turn.
Her grandfathers past has come back to haunt him and as a result he finds himself at the mercy of his business partner, a vindictive vampire named Nathan Vanderbilt. Rubys grandfather concocts a plan to get Nathan off his back by offering up his beautiful granddaughter as an enticing prize. Ruby is overwhelmed by this dark gentleman whom she abhors yet finds herself unwillingly drawn to. Nathan isnt the only suitor who has his eyes set on Ruby.
Rubys childhood best friend Fredrick has arrived back in London confessing his love for her while offering her his hand in marriage. Fredrick is everything Ruby could ask for. Hes kind, protective, handsome, loyal and intelligent. However, a dashing and mysterious stranger named Druvirro has swept her off her feet. His touch alone sends sparks of longing that bring Ruby to her knees. Ruby is torn between these two men in her life and as she explores her feelings her world is turned further upside down. Shes discovers there are things about her family and herself that will forever change her life. Secrets that when revealed place her in the center of a dangerous war between Warlocks and Vampires.
The characters are multifaceted and engaging, even the secondary characters, Sara and Gerard, are enchanting. The story has everything a reader could ask for from suspense, to action, to drama, and romance. Ill be waiting impatiently for the next book there are so many things I want to know and so much more of the story yet to be revealed. Im interested in reading more about the home world of the Zoroastrians and finding out once the magical binds are removed from Ruby what power she holds. Plus, I have developed a bit of crush on Druvirro and cant wait to find out what happens to our dark fallen hero. Sorry, Fredrick, but Im team Druvirro.