The Veil of Night

The Veil of Night

by Lydia Joyce

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In darkness, he awaits her...

Byron Stratford, Duke of Raeburn, walks in shadow. Spoken of only in whispers, he lives alone in his crumbling manor, a cold, enigmatic recluse. Rarely appearing by the light of day, he moves as a wraith in the night, answering to no man. He cares little for those who dwell outside -- and does not abide the intrusion of others, lest they discover his secret shame... This is the sinister man Lady Victoria Wakefield must confront if she is to save herself from her family's ruin. Little does she suspect that she will emerge from her journey into that night as his shining sun� or that the passion that radiates between them will be their only defense against the true darkness threatening to destroy them both...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451214836
Publisher: Signet
Publication date: 04/05/2005
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 4.32(w) x 6.68(h) x 0.88(d)

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The next great romance author has arrived, and her name is Lydia Joyce. The Veil of Night is a stunning debut from a young writer who possesses remarkable maturity and style. Every page is charged with sensual energy and confident grace. It is a gorgeous, complex, absolutely riveting novel. If there is only one new author you will try this year, it must be Lydia Joyce.

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The Veil of Night 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To settle her rakish brother's debts with Byron Stratford, Victoria Wakefield is reluctantly willing to sleep with the enigmatic lord. As she is already 'ruined', it seems a small enough, albeit hateful price to pay. Yet, their alliance develops into something beyond business or passion, and before the agreed upon tenure of the deal, each begins to lose their heart to the other. Trapped like Beauty in the fairy tale, Victoria can not completely give her heart to this 'beast', nor he to her. Only if they can break from their tacitly assigned roles do they have any hope of a future. ..................................** There is a great deal of unfulfilled potential in this book; from Byron's illusury darkness to Victoria's spirit that is never fully kindled. One of the most intriguing characters never appears. You have to wonder about the brother who inspire such a strong woman to go to such lengths. This is likely not the best book you will ever read, but watch this author. In time, she may write something that will belong on your best list. **
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story line concept of two hurting souls finding each other is all well and good and interesting. however I found that the dialouge, especially of the servants did not seem to flow and interrupted in the 'flow of the book' there is a lot of potential for future books though, so I'm not writing her off!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like her writing style and choice of words; however, the book became less interesting after a while. The author could have shake things up to keep the readers awake. I seriously fell asleep.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was AMAZING. One of the best books I have ever read. Once I picked it up there was no putting it down. Lydia Joyce is an amazing new author and I can't wait for her next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lydia Joyce is a wonderful storyteller. I couldn't put this book down!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1864 Duke Byron Stratford hides in the darkness of his estate Raeburn Court. The recluse seeks vengeance from Jack Gifford for stealing the woman he planned to marry and has succeeded by buying up the man¿s markers. Jack¿s sister Lady Victoria Wakefield, a renowned spinster, asks the duke not to embarrass her family or destroy Jack. Byron responds by inviting her to spend time at his estate. To his shock she agrees. --- At Raeburn, Byron offers Victoria a deal in which he will call off the debt if she spends a week at his beck and call and have sex with him. She surprises him again by acquiescing to his demands. However, she is much more than a prim and proper spinster as Byron soon learns. They begin to fall in love, but he lives in the shadows of the night and she prefers horse back riding on a sunny day making a permanent relationship impossible. --- THE VEIL OF NIGHT is an intriguing Victorian romance that in many ways reads like a well written gothic. The story line grips the audience who want to know why Byron hides in the shadows (his coach sounds eerie). Victoria in certain ways is typical of the aristocratic female circa 1864, but much of her outlook was shaped by a common cold years ago. A better explanation is needed for how Byron was apparently part of the London glitter and then suddenly becomes a recluse hiding in the shadows (though the present is cleverly explained). Fans will appreciate this fine Victorian romance starring two interesting protagonists.--- Harriet Klausner