(re-Read)Lady Shay is the last of her kind. Half human, half Shalott, her blood is a precious aphrodisiac to vampires, who consider it more precious than gold. Though Shalotts are renowned assassins, a curse held over Shay lands her on the slave auction block, where her fate is uncertain.Viper, the beguiling chief of a deadly vampire clan, can't explain his longing to possess the beautiful Shalott who once saved his life, but now he is free to do anything he wants with her. Strangely, while he desires both Shay-s blood and body, he wants her to surrender willingly.A hidden evil has been stalking Shay since she left the slave market with Viper. It is an evil that endangers the very existence of Viper's kind, and there's no reason he should court such danger just to protect a Shalott. But the love he feels for Shay is enough to make him willing to go to hell and back if it means spending an eternity with her in his arms.Second in Alexandra Ivy's Series Guardians of Eternity, this story empowers my love of vampires to a hole new level. It can be read as a stand alone even though Abby and Dante make an appearance, for the happiness of us reader's that read the first book.Viper was alluring and interesting in the first book and I was so focused on Dante that I brushed him off, but now I see the mistake I've made. Either than being just another vampire, Viper is deadly, fast, sensuous and beautiful, and there are so many words that could describe him that I would be sitting here all night.When he rescues Shay from the auction, he gets more than he expected and looses much more than he knows, his heart and he's soul to the one woman he pursues without knowing why.Viper is delivered to us in a poetic and thrilling speech, how I love the way M. Ivy writes. Shay has been running all her life from vampires, being wanted for her blood, and she is one hell of a kick ass heroin. I really like her and understand her need to be free and not be a slave or imprisoned by all the supernatural creatures that lurk in the night.Again, the author made a very good job in constructing this character and making her an outstanding woman.In Embrace The Darkness we witness a roller coaster ride, always thrilling and never dull. You can't take your eyes off the pages ...It carries you from one supernatural to another, in the middle you are faced with the lust and passion between Viper and Shay, and in the end you're biting your nails and running along with it.Next up is Styx and this series is one of the best so don't miss it, read it and live it.