Book Review: Eternal Sin by Laura Wright

Eternal Sin by Laura WrightTitle: Eternal Sin
Series: Mark of the Vampire, Book 6
Author: Laura Wright
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: November 5, 2013 by Signet Eclipse

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?

Reviewed By: J9

In a Nutshell: Eternal Sin seemed a more biological than emotional romance but as a series fan I had to read it and think others will too.

The Set Up: Vampire Synjon had his emotions taken by an evil vampire, Cruen who also killed his first love. When he still had emotions, he was devastated to learn he impregnated Cruen’s daughter, Petra. Petra’s health is failing. She needs Syn’s blood and she’s not above kidnapping to get it. Syn’s emotionless state is put to the test now that he’s in close contact with Petra and his quest for vengeance against Cruen as well.

Why I Read this Book: Series fan.

What I Liked: This is an erotic relationship. Petra’s biological need for Syn’s blood provides plenty of erotic moments between the simple Petra and the sophisticated British Synjon. I liked that once Petra accepted her needs, both biological and sexual, that she went after Syn and tore through his barriers.

What I Also Liked: I’m a huge fan of the world this author has created in this series and I continue to like it here. Syn and Petra are connected to the Roman brothers that the series starts with and I love revisiting the brothers and their mates. The couples are having babies so it’s fun to see the family building. Petra is also connected to the shifters so this book has a lot of world building associated with the shifter clans. I also liked the secondary characters introduced, like Petra’s sassy best friend, a hawk shifter who isn’t ashamed of her sexual needs.

What I Didn’t Like: I hate when I have more dislikes than likes about a book but that’s the case here:

One, the relationship between Petra and Syn was based on Petra’s biological need for Syn’s blood. Sure this is erotic but it’s not terribly emotional. I never got why these two people would be drawn to each other, other than Petra rescuing Syn when he needed it and Syn knocking Petra up. The emotional denouement felt obligatory to me with Syn forsaking Petra in his vengeance quest only to see the error of his ways. The romance just wasn’t emotionally developed enough for my tastes. Plus, Syn was a mean asshole at novel’s beginning when he didn’t have any emotions and I never really warmed up to him as a hero, even when Petra thawed him.

Two, I have Cruen fatigue. This is the sixth book in the series with the same evil vampire as the villain and frankly I’m getting tired of him. The Roman brothers and their allies win one battle against Cruen only to have him return and “MacGyver” his way into staying alive. This plot is tiresome now that only the details change on how Cruen manages to weasel out of dying.

IMO: I’ll continue this series a few more books because the future pairings seem good and I like the potential leads but Eternal Sin was my least favorite book of the series so far.

J9’s Rating:
2 Frogs

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