Eternal Seduction by Jennifer Turner (A Darkness Within #1)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Dark Dream Press

My Copy: Sent For Review- Bewitching Book Tours

After living on the streets of New York for over a decade, Logan admits her perceptions might be a little skewed. But twisted or not, there’s a satisfying irony in watching a well dressed vampire stand in the middle of a ghetto alley, windblown trash scraping circles near his feet. What she finds even more intriguing, is waiting for him to decide if he’s going to kill her.

Kerestyan hasn’t made up his mind. As the Lord of New York, he can’t let a drug addict, whose memories are packed with knowledge of vampires, run free in his city. It’s not the first time he’s been in this situation with a human, it’s just the first time he’s come face to face with one who doesn’t seem to care. And that’s what makes the decision so difficult.

What horrors could you witness before you went numb? How long would it take before you felt that way? What could make you care again?

Logan’s answers are simple: the worst humanity has to offer, almost thirty, and something she never expected.

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Eternal Seduction was a different breed of romance book. Something different that anything that I have read prior. When we first meet our heroine, Logan, she is a dirty, homeless, drug addict trying to survive on the bad ass streets of NYC. Immediately I wondered how Jennifer Turner was going to make a tough talking druggie someone I would warm up to.  Logan isn’t easy to like. She is mean, bad tempered and generally distrusting. She also is aware of vampires after seeing some fighting in an alley several weeks before the beginning of the book.

One vampire in particular has taken notice of this interesting woman. Kerestyan is the NYC reigning chief. He decides that the baggage laden woman is worth trying to save. Kerestyan is fiercely protective over Logan and when his father, one of the oldest living vampires, requests to meet her and pass judgement he knows he must detox the drugs from Logan’s veins quickly. Or risk his father extinguishing the woman he just met but has already fallen hard for.

Logan has a past she’d rather forget. She does drugs to keep her personal demons at bay. Vampires are nothing compared to the workings of her mind. Kerestyan is quickly becoming as important to her as breathing and way more important then the drugs she pumps herself full of. When she is put to the ultimate test can she pass without the crutch she has leaned on for so long?

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Jennifer Turner, at some point in Eternal Seduction, made me care about a junkie. She took someone that most people would rather not acknowledge existed and cleaned her up. Gave her a back story you never see when you see these people on the sidewalk. Gave her a face and emotions that were gut wrenching. Made me sympathize. Made me LIKE her even. Her snarky attitude and her witty comebacks to Kerestyan’s brother were hilarious.  When I picked up the book I never thought in a few short chapters Jennifer would accomplish this for me.

Logan is a extremely smart girl. I enjoyed her vulnerability that she tried to hide and the growing emotions for Kerestyan that she kept trying to fight. Her past had left her shattered and mostly unfeeling and indifferent to those around her. Learning to open up had to be hard for her after so many years. The progression of those feelings was heartfelt.

For as much restraint as Logan put up, Kerestyan gave her unadulterated love and support. He was constantly helping her through strange emotions and being the rock she never knew she needed.

The world building was pretty well thought out if not a bit out there. I enjoyed the foray into the secret lair of Kerestyan’s father. Dragons, loyal dogs and a father that is so old he doesn’t have a face. AND he plays with peoples lives on a chess board. The ending felt a bit rushed, like Jennifer knew she needed to get some action in the last few chapters to wrap the book up. Though the addition of that brought the character from the next book, Drake, front and center. If only for a few minutes.

Eternal Seduction wasn’t anything like I thought it was going to be. I was pleasantly surprised in Jennifer’s ability to take a down trodden character and give her a voice. Transform her into the beauty that only Kerestyan saw from the beginning. Teach us all that everyone has a story and maybe we should stop and listen for a minute before we pass judgement.

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I give Eternal Seduction by Jennifer Turner 4 stars!

6 Comments

  1. Sounds like a copy of this book is in my near future, thanks for a great insight into what to expect about the main character and more importantly that just maybe there might be a good life lesson to learn in the reading of the story!

  2. I agree I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Logan but I found myself rooting for her and wanting so much for her to realize that her life was important. I loved loved this book.

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