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Monday, August 16, 2010

Eternity and a Day by Aline Hunter



Eternity and a Day (Desires of the Otherworld 1) by Aline Hunter
Publisher: Loose Id, Inc.
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (215 pgs)
Other: M/F, Forced Seduction, Violence
Rating: 3.5
Reviewed by Peppermint

Dreading the one night per tide he’s forced to travel between the realms, Draigen Eric Locke has only one desire on Samhain – to retrieve the fae transporting daemon relics through the realms and escort her to the Dark Court to face the sidhe king. When he mistakenly recovers the wrong fae, the dragon under his skin responds in a way he never could have predicted, and he discovers he’s found the woman destined to him by the Fates – his Chosen.

Runa Charon is an anomaly among her kind, the mortal offspring of a human and a fae. Unlike other sidhe, she longs to experience pleasure instead of pain, love instead of lust. Immortally strong but mortally fragile, she’s been sheltered all of her life. When the opportunity to meet a Draigen from the Otherworld arises, she can’t resist the temptation and travels to meet the man who will change her destiny.

Unlike other netherworld creatures, Draigen mate for life, choosing to follow the path of their beloved mate in this reality or the next. Knowing a future can only span one lifetime, will they settle for less than an eternity? Or will they be grateful for the gift of each day?

What a wide array of larger than life characters! Not only will the two main characters be remembered, but the entire supporting cast as well. So vivid and interesting, I can't wait to see more of all the characters in future stories in this series.

All of the Draigen were interesting and compelling. Each had such a different personality, distinct from the others. They all wanted what was best for their family, but they didn’t always pursue it the right way. This was evident in the way that Eric and Runa first came together. Not only did he make a mistake by nabbing the wrong girl, but he continued to make mistakes--which most of us can relate to.

Runa is a strong woman that any woman would envy and any man would love to call his own. Although the fae had a reputation of being crazed sexual deviants, she was not like the rest of them. She had lost her mother when she was a baby and, with the exception of her brother, Byron, her entire family dislikes her. Byron, Yuviette and Rauden, her bodyguard were the only people she had who mattered, until Eric showed up and threatened the little bit of happiness that existed in her life.

Not for the faint of heart, this story does have a few situations that were a bit difficult to read. For instance, although Runa is attracted to Eric and is starting to accept him as her chosen he does somewhat force himself on her. It is a misunderstanding, but some many find it a bit hard to swallow. Additionally, although the two main characters do not mix violence and sex, it is mentioned with some detail that the fae usually prefer pain with their fulfillment.

One thing about the plot that left me a little puzzled was the conflict involving the vampyren and the wraith. I wasn’t really sure what the different items were that they wanted or why they wanted them. Since the conflict was already underway when I first read about them, I think it was hard for me to grasp the concept when I didn’t understand the relevance. But Eric and Runa and the additional cast had me so enthralled I just wanted to see what happen with all of them so was able to forgive the confusion.

I loved the relationship development between Eric and Runa. Between Eric’s mistakes and the threat to Runa’s life their relationship was continuously being tested. At one point I wished he was real and standing before me so I could smack him on the back of the head and tell him to get it together. As if it wasn’t hard enough for Runa to forgive Eric after he forced himself on her, once she does the walls came crashing down around her. In the end, after much difficulty, they both got not only want they wanted but what they deserved. This was one HEA that was hard earned.

This story had a good amount of action and some incredibly well written characters that I can't forget. Well done! I'm looking forward to the next installment.

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