Eternal Hearts by Jennifer Turner (A Darkness Within #2)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Dark Dreams Press

My Copy: Part of Blog Tour- Bewitching Book Tours

Toni Tutoro just wants to go home. Banned from Chicago’s vampiric society after cutting a swath of violence through the city, she must now successfully complete an investigation for the Lord of Chicago to regain the right to live in her hometown again.

To ensure Toni’s safety during her probationary period, Drake Black, a feared assassin, is secretly contracted to protect her. Even with direct orders to keep his relationship professional, and his own personal vow to never get involved with a female vampire again, Drake finds himself drawn to Toni in ways he can’t explain. But unbeknownst to him…he’s tied to one of the people who drove Toni to her night of destruction.

Drake’s legendary heritage holds the key to Toni’s survival and success, but will she be able to forgive his connection to the brutal night that robbed her of those she loved most? Will Drake be able to forget the betrayals in his past and risk taking one more chance? But most of all – can they find a way to reach each other in the darkness?

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Toni has been banned from her home. After nearly outing her vampire race in a fit of rage, she was cast out. Several years later she is ready to make amends to the city she nearly destroyed. Toni comes back expecting the worst, but her underground friends are still around and ready to help her out anyway they can. Family, no matter if it’s blood related or not, stick together.

Drake is a cold blooded assassin who doesn’t have time to fall in love. His job won’t allow it. When he takes a protection job instead of a killing job he never expected the beauty with whom he is entrusted with. Toni isn’t like other vampires. She is warm and caring and doesn’t seem to have ulterior motives.  Finding out who is behind the death of her family and helping her make amends in the city she loves is all that seems to matter to her. Unlocking Drake long silent heart though is the real prize.

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After reading Eternal Seduction I was eager to get to Eternal Hearts. I fell in love with Drake from his short appearance in the first book and was thrilled to find out he was the main character in the second. However, this was nearly a DNF for me. The only thing that really kept me reading was Drake. I didn’t really get his attraction to Toni and thought in many ways she was still a child. Even with being a vampire for several years, she still acted very immature in parts. My brain says there is nothing wrong with a girl that has been a vamp for several years sleeping with a older vamp…but she still looks like a teenager. It was just odd for me. I don’t know why it was odd for me and I can’t explain it. It just was.

I enjoyed Drake’s intense emotions in keeping her safe even though he got very attached fast. His internal tug of war with himself on falling in love because his heart had been broken before pulled me in. Toni’s ability to break down his walls and see him for who he truly was also worked. A man. Not what he was capable of doing while working his job as a assassin.

The villain in the story fell flat for me. She wasn’t nearly scary enough and I thought there could have been more action associated with her part in the storyline. For someone that was born into the techy family in the vampire race, she sure wasn’t the brightest in her crayon box. Perhaps she was just cocky and THOUGHT she was. I felt that more interaction with the werewolves and their hand in all the trickery would have ramped up the villain aspect a bit. I think overall I just wanted more action and less intervampire politics, which the story had in spades.

None of the secondary characters really stood out to me with the exception of Odin who we actually met in the first book as Kerestyan’s twin brother. If anyone gets a 3rd book I really hope it’s him. He needs some lovin. He’s a bad boy too, which really rocks my boat. Cocky to a fault and downright mean when he wants to push your buttons. A man I could seriously fall for.

Overall I did keep reading and I warmed up to Toni a bit by the end. Drake, though, I fell hard for. His passion and quirks kept me going and enjoying the read. Parts of Eternal Hearts didn’t work for me…but some of those were outweighed in the end. Since Eternal Seduction was as awesome as it was, I will continue to read Jennifer Turner’s work.

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I give Eternal Hearts by Jennifer Turner 3 stars!

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