"An excellent start to a new series with an intricate and original interpretation of the vampire mythos."
Reviewed by Vicky Gilpin
Posted September 9, 2010
Vampires live in credenti (vampire communities) with
their own rules about behavior, dress and superstition.
They are ruled by the Eternal Order, but many vampires'
only desire is to escape the confines of the communities
and the Order as soon as they are able.
The Roman brothers, Alexander, Nicholas and Lucius,
Pureblood sons of the Breeding Male, have been hiding from
the Eternal Order for decades. However, when Alexander
starts to morph into his mature powers and weaknesses a
century early, the brothers learn the Order has not
forgotten them. As well as a desperate urge to stay alive,
Alexander feels a raging desire to help the woman, Dr. Sara
Donohue, who saved his life during his morph. In addition,
he feels plain old-fashioned desire for her, but he knows a
relationship with a human is impossible. Meanwhile, Sara
continues to evade a former patient who has developed an
unhealthy fixation as she tries to help her brother escape
the trauma of his memories.
ETERNAL HUNGER is an excellent start to a series with an
intricate and original interpretation of the vampire mythos.
FEAR IS IN THE BLOOD
Alexander Roman wants nothing to do with the controlling
rulers of his vampire breed or the family he escaped from a
hundred years ago. But as a new threat to the pureblood
vampires emerges, Alexander's ties to the past are forced
upon him again, and without warning, he finds himself -
disoriented, terrified, and near death - at the door of a
TRUST IS A RISK
Dr. Sarah Donohue is dedicated to removing the traumatic
memories of her patients - like those of the stranger at her
front door. But what he tells her of his past is too
astonishing to be anything more than the delusion of a
madman. Yet she has seen his flesh scarred by the sun and
witnessed his inhuman strength. And never more has she felt
so conneted to a man, by both fear and seductive excitement.
LOVE IS ETERNAL ...
But as their worlds collide, Sarah and Alexander are bound
by something even stronger, as one becomes hunter and the
other prey. And Sarah's only chance of survival is to
surrender to the final - and most unimaginable - desire of
Their breath visible in the frigid air, their shadows
massive against the jagged stone walls, Nicholas and Lucian
Roman moved through the tunnels beneath the quiet Manhattan
neighborhood, determined to save their brother‚Äôs soul, yet
severely opposed on how to accomplish it.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs not ready,‚ÄĚ Lucian growled.
Nicholas‚Äôs strides lengthened as he stalked past the tunnel
guards, male vampires, Impurebloods, who kept their eyes on
their boots and away from the one so beautifully pale, and
the other with eyes and hair as black as his unbeating
heart. ‚ÄúI will see for myself.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWhat you will see, brother,‚ÄĚ Lucian said, his fangs
twitching, ‚Äúis an animal. The hunger rules him again. This
time it is nearly uncontrollable.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúNo. Alexander has control. He has judgment. Look where he
keeps himself.‚ÄĚ Nicholas frowned. The 6 by 9 foot cage that
dwelled far beneath the New York City streets had been built
long ago to quell his eldest brother‚Äôs rage, starve his body
and fuck with his mind, but in the past two days it had kept
him from killing anything that crossed his path.
Lucian fell into step beside him as the tunnel widened. ‚ÄúHe
nearly butchered that human woman, Nicky.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúShe is fine. She breathes.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúOnly because you intervened.‚ÄĚ
Nicholas said nothing, his jaw tight as a fist.
Lucian continued, ‚ÄúHe must stay in the cage until he
feels...whole again. Until his craving for blood eases.‚ÄĚ His
voice dropped. ‚ÄúIf it ever eases...‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúYou want to keep him locked up like an animal
indefinitely?‚ÄĚ Nicholas accused fiercely. ‚ÄúLike he was
forced to do as a balas.‚ÄĚ The ancient word for ‚Äėvampire
child‚Äô exited Nicholas‚Äôs mouth as a bitter hiss.
‚ÄúIt is as he wants it,‚ÄĚ Lucian argued. ‚ÄúAlexander built that
cage because he was addicted to the pain of his past - now
he keeps himself in it to protect his future. I‚Äôm not the
bastard who fucked up his early years, but I know what needs
to be done now, and so does Alexander. He understands the
danger he‚Äôs in ‚Äď that we‚Äôre all in now.‚ÄĚ
They rounded the corner and Nicholas eyeballed a second set
of guards as they passed by. The Impurebloods, the powerless
sons of both human and vampire had escaped their respective
credentis ‚Äď their vampire communities ‚Äď long ago after
having their sexual appetites bled out of them by the Order,
the rulers of their breed. Now, they worked for the
Pureblood Roman brothers, and were treated with decency and
‚ÄúI believe your reaction,‚ÄĚ Nicholas said to Lucian as they
reached the end of the tunnel and the door that led to their
brother‚Äôs prison. ‚Äú--your need to keep Alexander contained -
is based in fear.‚ÄĚ
Lucian stepped in front of the heavy iron door, blocking
Nicholas‚Äôs way, his almond eyes burning with aggression.
‚ÄúListen to me, if he kills, the Eternal Order will be able
to track him ‚Äď they‚Äôll be up our asses before we have a
chance to cover for him.‚ÄĚ
Nicholas sniffed. ‚ÄúSince when have you ever cared about the
laws of the Order?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúHey, if you want to bring a war here ‚Äď because you know
that‚Äôs what will happen if the Order finds us and attempts
to take us back to the credenti - I‚Äôm game. I‚Äôd have to be
dead to return to my vampire community, so they‚Äôll get a
good fight from me. But we must acknowledge that if they
find us, everything we‚Äôve created since escaping will be
over.‚ÄĚ He lifted his pale brows. ‚ÄúThis is not fear, but
Nicholas stared at his brother; the near-albino with the
shock of white hair hanging past his ears, the terrifying
angel. Granted, Lucian could be a hotheaded shit who acted
too quickly and apologized never, but his point, his
reasoning for keeping Alexander away from the public had
merit. And Nicholas was never one to ignore reality. As a
balas it had kept him and his mother clothed, fed and
breathing. And more vitally, it had kept them away from the
credenti and later, the Eternal Order; the ten Pureblood
vampires who had passed on to the middle world, yet made the
laws, punished the lawbreakers and governed every vampire
credenti on Earth.
Nicholas nodded at his brother. ‚ÄúAll right. He stays. But I
want to see him and speak to him first.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúYou gonna give him a hug,‚ÄĚ Lucian drawled, ‚Äútell him
everything‚Äôs going to be all right, share some feelings?‚ÄĚ
Nicholas didn‚Äôt bite back. He was nothing if not controlled.
It was how he survived within his own head, within the
memories that lurked there. ‚ÄúEnough now. Open the door,
With a sniff of derision, Lucian turned and punched in the
alarm code. When he saw ‚Äėgreen for go,‚Äô he gripped the
massive door handle and pulled. The brothers entered,
quickly filling the small space with their massive frames.
Nicholas looked around. First thing he saw was Alexander‚Äôs
ancient servant, Evans, a bald, rat-eyed Impure, who had
escaped a crendenti in Maine just ten years ago, and had
been found in Central Park by Alexander.
Evans paced the floor in front of the cage, which was cut
into the rock wall and had no windows, except for the three
twelve-inch iron bars soldered into a steel door that took
three keys, an alarm code and a retinal scan to unlock.
‚ÄúOpen the door, Evans,‚ÄĚ Lucian ordered brusquely.
The old Impure stopped directly in front of Alexander‚Äôs
self-imposed prison. Like most males who came before the
Roman brothers, he refused to make eye contact. It was the
fear of their father, the Breeding Male, who and what he was
- it remained strong, even in those who had escaped the
credenti. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm sorry, sir. He wishes not to be disturbed.‚ÄĚ
Lucian cocked his head to one side. ‚ÄúI really don‚Äôt give a
‚ÄúEasy, Lucian,‚ÄĚ Nicholas said in a calm voice, well aware
that the old vampire was just protecting his master, the one
who had taken him in and given him a new life. ‚ÄúStep aside
‚ÄúI‚Äôm a gentleman, Evans,‚ÄĚ Nicholas continued easily, ‚Äúand
would drain your vein quickly and relatively painlessly, but
Lucian, as you know, has little self-control.‚ÄĚ
Evans paled. ‚ÄúYes, sir.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúDo it,‚ÄĚ Lucian said. ‚ÄúQuickly.‚ÄĚ
His hands shaking, the servant did as he was told, disarming
the alarm, performing the retinal scan and fumbling around
with the key as he unlocked the door. Then without looking
at either brother, he stood back and watched as the door
rolled to one side.
It was pitch black inside the cage, freezing and smelled of
disinfectant - just as Alexander liked it. Lucian was the
first to enter, but was barely five seconds inside before he
let loose a string of curses.
Nicholas reached his brother‚Äôs side in a millisecond.
‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs the problem?‚ÄĚ When he saw the reason for the
outburst, he stalked out of the hole in the rock and went
directly to Evans, his nostrils pulsing with each heavy
breath. ‚ÄúWhere is he?‚ÄĚ
Evans‚Äô entire body trembled with fear. ‚ÄúI couldn‚Äôt stop him.
‚ÄúLook at me, Impure!‚ÄĚ Nicholas demanded.
Evans‚Äô gaze flickered up. He saw Lucian coming toward him
too, and looked ready to pass the hell out.
‚ÄúHow long?‚ÄĚ Nicholas repeated.
‚ÄúAn hour,‚ÄĚ Evans squeaked out.
Nicholas turned when he heard Lucian. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs on the hunt to
finish the first, then find and drain another.‚ÄĚ
Lucian‚Äôs fangs elongated as he glared at the servant. ‚ÄúYou
stupid little fu--‚ÄĚ
Nicholas stopped him. ‚ÄúNo time. We need to find him. No
female in his path is safe.‚ÄĚ
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