January 2, 2012
Blood Eternal (Awakened by Blood #3)
by Marie Treanor
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Secrets don't disappear after seduction...
Elizabeth Silk is struggling to reconcile her passion for the vampire overlord Saloman and her allegiance to the vampire hunters. When a shocking vampire revolt calls Saloman away from her, she refuses to follow him.
To make matters worse, Saloman’s beloved cousin Luk has been found and awakened by one of his greatest enemies. Frenzied with bloodlust, Luk embarks on a killing spree and prepares to expose Saloman’s biggest vulnerability: Elizabeth.
But under Saloman’s regime, vampires have become less concerned with secrecy, no longer willing to hide their power. Rumors are swirling about attacks on humans. After Saloman joins forces with the vampire hunters to consolidate his power, Elizabeth begins to understand her role in the inevitable collision of the two worlds. She could bring resolution between vampires and humans—if she can manage to stay alive long enough to play both sides….
This 3rd and final installment of the Awakened by Blood trilogy continues with Dante’s quest for power. After Elizabeth convinces Saloman to spare Dante’s life in the previous Blood Sin, the decision haunts them. Dante is alive and still hell bent on becoming a vampire in order to achieve the power he craves with a new plan.
Dante awakens Luk - Saloman’s maker, cousin and friend - who Saloman was forced to kill 300 years ago after his fall into insanity. Luk is unhappy and confused about being awakened, however he leads a revolt against Saloman’s plans for peace between vampires & humans at Dante’s persuasion.
Suspenseful to the end, Ms. Treanor created an intriguing story line that kept us wondering how this story would end:
- · Would Elizabeth become a vampire to live an eternity with Saloman,
- · Would the hunters face reality and accept the necessity of change,
- · Which side would each character choose and
- · What did the ambiguous prophecy mean?
For me, the key attribute of a successful Paranormal Romance is chemistry between the hero and heroine. Saloman and Elizabeth are magic! Their attraction is enthralling, captivating and they set the pages on fire!! Brilliantly, Ms. Treanor refuses to always give us what we want and teases us just enough so that the anticipation mounts to fiery levels. However, know that these lovers never disappoint and you will definitely find yourself basking in the afterglow of their romance.
Character development in this series is exceptional. We see Elizabeth discover amazing inner strength within her as she grows into a strong, tough kick-ass heroine. It didn’t happen overnight. She worked hard at it; thus making it more believable. Saloman learns that to make Elizabeth happy, he has to become accommodating to a modern female without sacrificing his powerful and formidable self. Saloman is absolutely intoxicating! The ultimate bad boy hero we love and fear at the same time while capturing our hearts and stirring our souls!
The secondary characters are well developed also as we see Mihaela’s compassion and secret desires for family, Max’s issues with guilt and regret, the extent of Dmitriu’s love for his maker, Cyn and Rudy’s dedication to their cause and John’s struggles with the strange world of vampires he’s found himself in and finding what role there is for him.
This is a series that should be moved up high on your TBR list. It’s compelling, suspenseful, smart, well written with great character development.
This series is one that has plenty of potential for spin-offs or continuation that would complement the story world that Ms. Treanor has created.
- · The role of this new group of vampire hunters,
- · Max’s & Dmitriu’s & Luk’s story,
- · The happenings in North America under Travis’ rule,
If there is a continuation, it will most certainly be added to my library!!
5 Bad Boys – Absolute Must Read!!!!!