Generally when I think of a paranormal romance, a contemporary setting is the first thing that comes to my mind. The second thing that comes to mind is one of your standard issue creatures: vampires, shape-shifters, werewolves. Usually one does not think to combine the paranormal and the regency genres together, nor does one expect one tiny little ring to cause so much trouble. The previous book in her "Marlowe" series had a very slight paranormal element to it, but in Tempted by the Night Ms. Boyle embraces the paranormal genre wholeheartedly with fabulous results. There are no vampires or werewolves just, one man and his faithful hound fighting to keep their world safe. Thomas, Earl of Rockhurst is an enigma; by day he hides behind the facade of a rake, but his nights are what interest Hermione Marlowe.
Her family and her friends believe that Hermione's fascination with Rockhurst should be discouraged, but the more they try to sway her against him the more determined she is to prove them wrong. Finding her friend Charlotte's ring, Hermione puts it on for safekeeping, and while arguing Rockhurst's character with her friends Hermione is compelled into wishing that she could be invisible from sunset to sunrise so she might discover all of Rockhurst's secrets, and he hers. Little does she know that the ring she wears will make her wish come true.
What ensues makes for a hilarious and heart-warming tale of the misadventures of Hermione Marlowe and the Earl of Rockhurst. Hermione wanted to know what Rockhurst does at night and she gets more than she bargained for. To say how Rockhurst spends his evenings would be giving away the best parts of the book, but he is a character worthy of the title hero. Even while invisible, Hermione is his match in every way as she assists him, something that no one has ever done before. I believed the progression of their love story, and I believed the way Rockhurst fell in love with Hermione, someone he had never noticed before. At first he just needs to know who his "shadow" is because she knows things about him that no one else knows, but as she helps him each night he realizes that he has finally found someone who he could fall in love with and his mission now becomes to discover her identity.
I laughed, I cried, I sighed happily, I could not put Tempted by the Night down, I think it is truly Elizabeth Boyle's best book yet, and it is time for me to read it again. Curl up with Hermione and Rockhurst and let them brighten your day. Even if you don't normally read paranormal romances, let Tempted by the Night change your mind. It is pure magic!