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Monday, March 22, 2010

Eternal by Crissy Smith

Eternal by Crissy Smith
Publisher: Total E-bound
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (90 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Jo Black went in search of a vampire...and finding one is going to rock her world.

Immortal Nic Lucian has finally met his bond-mate only to have her try to kill him. As he tries to introduce her to his world and reunite her with her sister who is now an immortal, he gets a lesson in modern women and how stubborn they can be.

Jo's world had been turned upside down. The death of her sister introduced her to the world of vampire hunting. Now she learns the hard way that crosses, stakes, holy water, and sunlight don't work. And you better protect your heart and body, because when an immortal wants you, he gets you - one way or another.

Crissy Smith has sure done it again. This author is quickly becoming one of my must read authors with her tantalizing love stories. This is the first vampire story I have read by this author and she sure did not disappoint.

When Jo Black first meetings Nic Lucian she had planned to kill him but her body quickly betrays her mind when all she can think of is him in the bed above her. She knows he is part of the undead she had spent months training to kill, so why could she not convince her treacherous body that he is the enemy.

Creating realistic characters is something this author really excels at. She is able to make you feel as if you have a close relationship with the if you can actually reach out and touch them. At times you feel as if you are a fly on the wall watching the scene play out in front of you because you are so closely connected to them.

One thing I enjoyed was the way the two main characters interacted with each other. The sarcasm between the two really added to the story. Even when Jo didn't realize she was starting to feel more comfortable around Nic, as a reader I could tell because she starts to feel comfortable enough to tease and argue with him.

Near the end I felt a little sympathetic toward the villain once I learned a little more about his misguided notion, but as with most villains I was happy to see him defeated. I do think this conflict added to the love story because it forced Jo to really see Nic for who he is, not what he is.

Compared to many erotic novellas and this author's other stories, this one was a little less hot. It did not have an abundance of the hot steamy sex scenes I have come to love by her -- instead they were romantic and tender. But please do not think this means they are not as good, just different then what I expected. Because of the nature of this book I think that they worked very well.

If you are looking for a true paranormal romance story, look no further -- this one is for you.

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