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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Review: Eternal Flame

Eternal Flame (Night Watch)
Title: Eternal Flame
Author: Cynthia Eden
Page Count: 352 pages
Publisher: Brava
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review provided by the fine folks at Paranormal Haven in anticipation of an honest review

50 words or less:  Zane Wynter is a Night Watch bounty hunter and a demon-human hybrid whose life was, he thought, relatively simple until Jana Carter, a human firestarter called an Ignitor, walked into it. From there it was all bloodlust and craziness and wait...what's this...a happily ever after?

The Night Watch series rolls on with this third installment, and while I definitely did enjoy this one, don't get me wrong, it didn't grab me quite as intensely as the first two (Eternal Hunter and I'll Be Slaying You) did.

Don't get me wrong- this book was still a lot of fun, very spicy, and the couple had to overcome their share of obstacles in order to have a chance with each other, so the plot moved along at a good pace.  There was just something...different...in this book that didn't quite work for me.

If I had to put my finger on it, I'd blame that on the fact that I don't really understand the concept of the evil entity that seeks to punish paranormals but is, somehow, staffed by self-hating paranormals.  How does this situation happen?  Project Perseus, in this case, plays a central role in the conflicts of the book, and in Jana coming to grips with her past and her version of justice, but I was like, why do these people with powers of their own hate paranormals so much? I know prejudice and bigotry don't play by any logical rules in the real world, but somehow I always find myself wanting a better explanation in the fictional one.

Zane and Jana themselves were good characters- Zane is a snarly alpha with a strong personal moral code and Jana is used to taking care of herself and not relying on others, so they have typical sorts of misunderstandings between them on their road to couplehood.  Both of them have to deal with their hangups, and I appreciate that.

We see some of the past couples make appearances here, as well- Jude and Erin are here in full force, and we get a little glimpse of Simon and Dee as well, and they all seem to be doing well.  The stage is set for future couples in the series as well, and while some folks don't enjoy set up like that, I personally don't mind it

I do, however, want Catalina to freaking take a position and stick to it, instead of starting to make a stand and then running away.  I'm not sure if I'll be excited for her book or not; so far, as a character and as a leading lady she doesn't have a whole lot to recommend it.

If you're a fan of paranormal romance or of this series then I would definitely still read this book,  but I would go into it expecting it to be different from the previous two.  Different doesn't mean bad; it means different, and while maybe Eternal Flame wasn't the rock 'em sock 'em extravaganza I was expecting, it was still worth reading.

Overall Grade: B
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