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Monday, April 11, 2011

Timeless by Kelly Yeakle

Timeless by Kelly Yeakle
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (147 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Dahlia

Can true love last forever?

Gabriela Swanson wanted one thing, to be a well known writer at Graven, the most prestigious Goth magazine in the country. When an inside source gives her the opportunity of a lifetime, she finds herself in a hostage situation with a man who claims to be her soul mate.

Kane Barringer is a vampire who's lived for centuries. Every century is spent waiting for his soul mate, but this time he's vowed to live the rest of his existence without her. A strange twist of fate gives them the opportunity to be together forever, but will Gabriela embrace it?

Gabriela is as curious as a cat when it comes to the paranormal world. She aspires in her career to become a writer at Graven magazine for the purpose of exposing that the things that go bump in the night are in fact real and may even walk among us. Her innate curiosity proves dangerous when she decides to meet a witness to a murder with otherworldly connections, but instead she herself is thrust into an existence that at times is hard to believe is real yet hard to ignore. Her life is suddenly shifted and although she can't help feeling that this is the right path, she may not be prepared for the undertaking.

Kane vowed that he wouldn't do what he has done many times over when it came to the love of his immortal life. His determination to stay away meets a fateful end when he sent out on a hunt for a dangerous vampire that threatens his and others' existence. Now he has no choice but to see to the safety of the one who continuously gets away. He can't lose her again, but the question remains will she join him finally in his everlasting life?

The story is told from Gabriela's point of view, which leaves a shroud of mystery 0ver the other characters and allows the reader to experience everything first hand, as Gabriela does. Her easy acceptance of the paranormal in the beginning was a bit unbelievable as she throws herself into every situation first and then asks questions and makes demands later.

There were welcome moments of intimacy between Gabriela and Kane, but it lacked the heat that I was expecting from two characters who are rediscovering this legendary love between them. Kane is desirably mysterious, but not without flaws so his character is more relatable. The rest of the cast are engaging with accents and personalities that are hard to miss. The plot is absorbing with a rapid pace from beginning to end and has definite series potential. Paranormal fans looking for a little time transcending romance, will want to check out this story.

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