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I Belong


Review: Eternal Sin by Laura Wright

Eternal SinTitle: Eternal Sin

Author: Laura Wright

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Mark of the Vampire (Book #6)

Publication Date: November 5, 2013

Format: Paperback, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451240162 (Signet/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451240163 (Signet/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

Love and Vengeance…

The violent attack left Synjon destroyed and his lover dead—at the will of the evil vampire Cruen. Syn’s passionate savior was Petra. When she became pregnant with his child, it should have been a blessing—until Syn vanished after discovering the truth: Petra was the daughter of the man he despised above all others. The daughter of Cruen.

When Petra’s health begins to decline, she contacts Syn to help save their baby. Though reluctant to see Petra, he cannot turn his back on his own innocent child. But night after night, as his feelings for Petra are rekindled, Syn becomes increasingly torn.

Although everyone assumes that Cruen is dead, Syn is not convinced—and is still hell-bent on finding and destroying him once and for all. But will his thirst for vengeance keep him from seeing what is really worth living for before it is too late?

Quick & Dirty: Two people who had hoped never to see each other again must reunite in order to ensure their baby is born healthy in this enchanting romance from Laura Wright.

Opening Sentence: The hawk shifter flew overhead, circling Petra in the cloudless sky as she stumbled back and forth in front of the mouth of the cave – the same Rain Forest cave she’d pulled a burning, fiercely stubborn Synjon Wise after he’d tried to follow his lover into the sun seven months ago.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series. I was a little leery of starting it at book 6, but thankfully, my worries turned out to be unfounded. There was plenty of back story given so that I could understand what had happened previously. I often found myself curious about past events, but I wouldn’t say I was ever confused. Indeed, I found myself thoroughly enjoying the ride the book was taking me on.

Synjon and Petra have a complicated history. From what I can gather, Petra saved Synjon’s life when his mate was killed. Eventually, they end up spending the night together once, which results in Petra’s becoming pregnant. Everything could have been great, except they discovered that Petra’s biological father is Cruen, the man who killed Synjon’s mate. Obviously, this causes some tension. Sworn to revenge, Synjon has his emotions taken away so that he can focus all his energies on his vengeance.

As her pregnancy progresses, Petra finds herself in a bad state. She can’t keep blood down, so neither her nor her baby are getting the sustenance they require. On top of that, she feels like she’s slowly going crazy, suffering severe mood swings. Worried and with no other recourse, Petra’s brothers find Synjon and force him to come with them so that he can provide blood for Petra and his child. Neither Syn nor Petra are thrilled with this plan, but neither can they deny that the blood is helping. So they strike a deal: Synjon will provide Petra with the blood she needs, and then they will both move on once the baby is born. This proves easier said than done, however, as old feelings begin to reignite. Will Syn be able to give up on his need for vengeance in order to be with the woman who’s slowly bringing his emotions back, or will he follow through with his plan to torture and kill Cruen?

One of the best parts of this book is the characters. Every single character comes to life so that they seem like more than just fiction. It’s amazing to watch Syn develop from a man with literally no emotion to one who’s struggling with complicated ones. The entire journey seems incredibly realistic. My one complaint would be that I found it a little jarring when the word “love” started being tossed about. I didn’t feel that Syn and Petra had developed their relationship enough for love to exist; however, there is such incredible chemistry between them that I quickly forgot about my issue and just let myself enjoy the story.

As someone who hasn’t read the previous books, I can say that this is a great story that any reader can pick up and enjoy. My guess would be that those who’ve read the previous books will probably get more out of it just because of their prior knowledge of the characters, but I truly feel that all lovers of paranormal romance will enjoy this book. Indeed, I’m looking forward to going back to book 1 and seeing where this all began. It should be a fun journey!

Notable Scene:

“How do you call that paven, that monster, torturer, and wreaker of havoc, ‘Father’?” he asked evenly.

“Because that’s what he is.”

“No matter what he’s done?”

“Yes.”

“What will you call me, then?”

She froze, her hand deep within the drawer, her wrist covered in denim. For a moment she just stared straight ahead, breathed in and out.

“What will you tell the balas I am?” Syn continued, unemotional but oddly curious.

She didn’t answer him.

“That I’m a cock-up without feeling, but Cruen is a good and worthy parent? Is that what you’re going to say, Petra?”

Finally she released a breath. “I don’t know what I’m going to say. I don’t know what Cruen is. I never got the chance to know.” She glanced over her shoulder at him, her eyes stormy. “But I do know this: I won’t let my child go through anguish and pain.”

“What does that mean?” Syn asked, walking over to the dresser.

She grabbed a pair of jeans and a blue tank, then turned to face him. “The child won’t even know about you, Syn.”

His brows drew together and he looked down, at her swell.

“This balas will have someone else to call Father. Someone who knows how to love. Someone who wants a family, wants…us.”

His breath caught in his lungs and his eyes returned to hers.

“Feeling something now?” she asked softly.

Mark of the Vampire Series:

1. Eternal Hunger

2. Eternal Kiss

2.5 Eternal Blood

3. Eternal Captive

4. Eternal Beast

4.5 Eternal Beauty

5. Eternal Demon

6. Eternal Sin

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FTC Advisory: Signet/Penguin provided me with a copy of Eternal Sin. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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