Title: Eternal Lovers (Sekhmet's Guardians #1)
Author: V. S. Nelson
Source: Author request
Genre: Paranormal romance
Reviewed by Laurie
First let me apology for the long review, as most of you know I try not to write reviews this long, but I really need to explain why I felt the way I did about this book. You also might find a few light spoilers while I am trying to explain things, but I’m going to try not to spoil anything major.
You know I really hate it when I read a book and end up at the end with conflicting feelings as to why I liked or disliked the book. I know, I know, I’m not making since, huh? LOL. Well, there are a lot of elements in this story I really enjoyed, but there were a lot of things I just didn’t care for. So when you come across something like this, you find yourself conflicted as to which weighs more: the liked or disliked. Then comes the concerns about not wanting to trash a book because you know others might like reading it.
So, let me just list the things I liked and disliked and maybe then I will find out which outweighs the other.
I loved the Native American/Egyptian myth mixed with one of the Immortals mating with a Selkie. I did enjoy reading about all the characters. I feel the author describes each in such detail you really get a good feel for their personalities. The scenes are well written, and you get a great sense of the direction in regards to the plot line of the story. I think the author did a good job in explaining the immortals' background and how they live their lives as vampires. I felt the sex in the story was great. There’s not a whole lot of it, but what’s there is really hot and it works well with the story and characters. I also really liked the idea of Jennifer's grandmother giving her a wolf to help with her loneliness. I felt right away this was no ordinary wolf and that she would end up with something special. I can’t wait to read her story!
I really didn’t care for the love triangle and how it seemed like most of the Immortals were hot to trot after Jennifer. The heroine in the story is already married, she’s just not satisfied with the marriage because of reasons I can’t spoil. She visits her long life friend and finds her friend has a wonderful life with a bunch of hot immortals men, *snickers* well she only mated with one of the Immortals, his name is Mick, but they all live in a huge compound together when they are not on the road with their music.
Now here is where my conflict comes from. I didn’t feel any spark between Gabriel and Jennifer. Why? Because they really never talked that much or had time to get to know each other until after 70 percent of the book. Heck, she was with Raphael just about the whole time, and she even tells him her secret, not Gabriel. When Jennifer first meets Raphael she lets him know she is married, but still he really wants to be with her, so this is the set up for a love triangle. I don’t know if the author really meant for it to read like this, but this is the only way I could see it. After Jennifer finds out her husband has been cheating on her she even tries to hook up with him, but then it takes her father to direct her to Gabriel as her mate. I have never read a romance story where the hero and/or heroine are so apart; in most romance stories they know right away they are meant to be together, they just want to fight that connection. I myself always like for the hero and heroine to be able to communicate with each other throughout the book, not waiting until the last few chapters when they really start to connect. The two do talk, but I just found that she was with Raphael way too much and shared too much of her life with him instead of seeing growth between the hero and heroine. I also felt like I didn’t get to know Gabriel like I wanted. I got to really know Raphael in this book, and I am truly looking forward to reading his book.
I also felt the author retold things too much at times. For example, when Jennifer is in a comatose state the author repeats just about word for word about her secret between a couple of parties. I felt some of that could have been written differently. I also felt like there was just way too much going on at times. You’re getting pulled in a lot of directions between the heroine's life, the immortals' lives, heck, even the butler has a POV. You also have a kidnapping of one of the other mates’ wives, and then you have the conflict between the immortals and their villains. On top of all of this, remember Jennifer is still married so you have to find out what happens there. Oh yeah, there are also all the abilities Jennifer has and the missing father. Oh, I almost forgot, the author does add a few chapters of the immortals' mortal mates’ POVs, so you get to know them better. So be prepared for several POVs.
I just wished the author would have left Bill (Jennifer’s husband) out and wrote the story with more focus on Gabriel and Jennifer and their romance built along with the other Immortals.
So, as you can see my dislikes outweigh my likes, but I felt the story is unusual, and I really connected with all the characters. I believe the next book in the series will be totally different. Sometimes the first book will carry way to much information, and the author will tone it down as they continue with the series, so I don’t want to discourage anyone from really giving this series a try. Just be ready for a complex read.