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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Forever in One Second by Finn Marlowe

Forever in One Second by Finn Marlowe
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Suspense/Mystery, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full length (375 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 2.5 stars
Reviewed by Cactus

Cheating death is easy—the hard part is knowing when not to.

From the moment an anonymous rescuer pulled him back from the brink of death, Dane Harper has vowed to live every second of his life to the fullest. Nothing would please him more than to share those stolen moments with the man who, literally, held his life in his hands. First, though, he has to find him. Then convince him it’s safe to come out of his self-imposed shadows.

Even if it means playing dirty.

Court has no regrets about manipulating that one second of fate to save Dane’s life, but having this accursed power to cheat death isn’t the only thing darkening his lonely existence. The last thing he needs is an eternal optimist shining a cheery light on the dark, tortured corners of his past. Except now that Dane has found him, there’s no shaking him...and the longer Court basks in Dane’s relentless warmth, the more he begins to believe that maybe, just maybe, happiness can at last be his.

Distracted by the devilish sparkle in Dane’s eyes, Court begins to forget that there are those who would kill to control his stunning power. And that Dane is the perfect bait…

Court saved Dane’s life. As an EMT, Courtenay has seen a lot of suffering and death in his line of work. When he comes across a dying Dane, Court just wants to stop his suffering. Dane’s near miraculous recovery compels him to search out Court and immediately the sparks fly. Dane is determined to get through Court’s many emotional walls but when he does, a threat from Court’s past shows why he had good reason to be nervous.

Forever in One Second is part romance and part suspense novel. The first half deals with Dane’s brush with death and his connection to Court. The two have a push/pull relationship with Dane unapologetic in his determined pursuit. He has charm and is a good complement to Court’s more reserved personality. The sparks are immediate and the sex scenes that follow are deliciously long and involved. The second part of the story deals with Court’s ability to fix things, people specifically. Certain individuals to want to kill to have his ability.

The premise of the story is interesting, though it does run a little long and is sometimes repetitive. The author utilized numerous flashbacks to show important elements but not all of these are explained in the story. Readers may feel the need to re-read parts of the book where the flashbacks seemed to overpower the main plot. The ideas are good and the characters are three-dimensional.

I had mixed feelings about this book. I liked how the author incorporated intriguing concepts. When the threat from Court's past literally pops up I knew I had to continue to read and finish the story to see how it played out. The perfect villain created the ongoing tension needed in the story and kept the pages turning. There is more than enough sex to satisfy erotica fans and the dialogue has some great one liners. If you enjoy a bit of the paranormal with your romance, Forever in One Second may be the novel the novel for you.

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