Review of Eternal Flame by Valerie Twombly

Blurb:

A woman he cannot have, a man who is only a dream…

When guardian Marcus Dagotto, discovers the gods have gifted him with a mate, he is pissed. He has no room for love and even less for a human who has no idea he exists.

Cassandra Jensen, has a shattered heart and has given up on men. Only one man can set her body on fire, but he is a fantasy that haunts her sleep.

Two worlds, one desire. When the two collide, fate will rip them apart and test their resolve. Will darkness and evil prevail? Or, will love conquer all?

Rating and Audience:

I give this book a 10 out of 10. It was well written, original, and mesmerizing. There is some violence and steamy sex scenes, so it may not be for everyone.

Review:

The book opens up in the midst of an epic battle. Powerful and moving, this scene not only sets the tone for the story but also gives the reader the best insight into Marcus’s character–specifically the source of his greatest pain. Fast forward 300 years; times may have changed but the struggles facing the vampires have not. The queen has been murdered and the quest for vengeance is about to begin. Marcus has promised his friend, the new king, to help avenge the queen’s death but things might not be as cut and dry as he thought. He still has his duties as a guardian to uphold and things get even more complicated when Marcus learns the gods have given him a mate, and she is human.

The story is fast paced and sets up an entire world full of vampires and dragons and demons. It really is an amazing world with a fresh take on the Vampire race. They are created to be guardians, but cursed to become monsters. It is an inevitability that they all accept, and they trust their fellow guardians to take them out when it happens. Of course there is hope, they just need to find a way to cure the curse that has plagued them for 300 years.

Throw in a bunch of misguided dragons and a slew of demons (on both sides of the fray) and you have the makings of a complex story that keeps you riveted. There is so much I could say about this one but I don’t want to spoil the story for the rest of you. I will say that the world that she creates is vivid and the characters have distinctive personalities that enrich the story. You can feel the pain of each character and understand what drives them to carry on despite seemingly insurmountable odds. It is a great start to a series that shows real promise. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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