01 August 2014

Ruby Tour Stop!

A historical romance begins to blossom around Lady Ruby Waterfield, but family secrets and unpredictable suitors expose a world of supernatural creatures—ancient enemies bound by war: vampires and warlocks. 

Set in 1811 England, Ruby finally attends her first London Season at the age of eighteen. After departing from her safe, secluded childhood in the country, she quickly discovers that taking her rightful place among the aristocracy is the least of her worries after she becomes the target of a vindictive vampire. Determined to learn the truth about her family bloodlines, this clever debutante must navigate her pursuit while two gentlemen—one, her loyal best friend; the other, a mysteriously handsome stranger—grow increasingly tied to her future. From the dark alleys of Covent Garden to the lavish balls of the high society ton, clandestine agendas leave Ruby's heart exposed to a dangerous new world of mystery, magic, and love. 

Ruby is the first novel in the Tree of Blood series that takes root in exposing the origins of supernatural bloodlines. 

Ruby unites the seductive and sinister actions of the supernatural with the allure and elegance of a Regency romance.
I normally tend to stay far away from historical romances. My background in history makes it hard for me to sometimes delve into the stories without finding myself overly critiquing the historical accuracy or trying to ignore 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 Caxton’s exquisite estate in London where she will make her formal and first introduction into London Society amongst the aristocracy.

Ruby isn’t like most other young aristocratic ladies. She’s clever, independent and curious. She doesn’t enjoy the snobby high society debutantes, gossiping, or the idea that she’s being put out on display as a prize for suitable bachelors interested in marrying her because of her status. However, Ruby doesn’t 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 grandfather’s 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. Ruby’s 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 isn’t the only suitor who has his eyes set on Ruby.

Ruby’s 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. He’s 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. She’s 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. I’ll 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. I’m 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 can’t wait to find out what happens to our dark fallen hero. Sorry, Fredrick, but I’m team Druvirro.
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Ruby studied the man’s attire. His black coat was soaked. He must have been caught in the wind and rain, she noted. The clothing was basic, nothing impressive. He is impressive, though, she thought. His disheveled appearance could not hide his attractive qualities. And at first sight she could have sworn she’d come upon a character from one of her books—the gallant prince turned pirate. Perhaps it was his tall, strong form and unshaven face that gave him such a roguish appearance. It also wasn’t hard to look into his blue eyes, which peered out from beneath his lengthy wet mop of black hair.

His deep voice interrupted her thoughts. “Do you usually keep your visitors waiting?”

“Not the visitors I have been expecting,” she remarked with a smile.

“It seems that you’ve tortured me long enough,” he said with a wink.

“I think the rain has done more than I,” she mocked, motioning toward his apparel.

He remembered his appearance and ran a hand through his damp hair. He felt nervous and didn’t understand why. “Please excuse my appearance,” he apologized.
    Jettie Necole is the author of the new adult novels, The Vault and Ruby.

    She has created two new series—A dystopian society forced underground and a paranormal war among ancient enemies. Both have characters forced into new and unusual situations. Although survival is always key, the search for love is never far away.

    Born and raised in Kentucky, she spent most of her time daydreaming, taking photos, shooting movies, reading and watching Star Trek and Highlander. Having a passion for the art of storytelling and the dynamics of film production, she earned a bachelor's degree in Film & Television from the University of Texas at Austin, during which she wrote, directed, and edited her own films. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles where she worked in the Film and Television industry. Currently she lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband and their fluffy Goldendoodle named Oliver. 

    When she's not writing she loves reading and watching anything with romance, action, sci-fi and horror.


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