Release Date: July 1, 2013
Publisher: The Bitter End Publishing
Source: Author via Paranormal Cravings
Genre: Paranormal - Regency
Alexander Barrington flees his tyrannical uncle for the open seas where he becomes a ruthless pirate who turns vampire.
Captured and sentence to hang, a fate he must avoid to keep his vampire self hidden, a reprieve comes if he rescues Lady Lavinia Sinclair from the French pirates and returns her to her betrothed in England.
Alexander falls for the woman who makes him feel human and alive, but can he really have her without exposing what he is – a thief, the undead? The damned? Refusing to taint her innocence any further, he erases her memory of him and vanquishes into the night but can he really exist without her?
Obviously I made a big boo-boo and this went out EMPTY!
NIGHTMARE! I sincerely apologize, things were a little hectic yesterday and this slipped my mind.
Let me get on with it then. I haven't read historical romance for the longest time. The closest thing I've come to reading something akin to the genre is Steampunk but it's not the same. Historical romance is what got me addicted to reading, it taught me how to read all night and still function like a normal person the following day. It has that fanciful quality to it and most of us have princess fantasies anyway and historical romances allows us to live that vicariously risk-free and for a minimum cost. Win-win!
I thought I'd slowly do a homecoming of sorts so I decided to start with Gina Danna's HER ETERNAL ROGUE. Pirates, vamps, lords and ladies, it's the perfect dish and at less than 300p, it's a steal! The adventure starts on the high seas and continued to a mind-blowing inland family drama with Lavinia Sinclair caught in the middle.
HER ETERNAL ROGUE has some elements that I identify historical romance with. But before I get to that let me say that though Alexander is a vampire, the paranormal element in the novel is very light. Its as if Alexander's vampirism is nothing but an inconvenient circumstance, it wasn't a big plot driver that defined and moved the story like what I initially thought. That said GDanna incorporated historical romance modifiers like rules of impropriety, perception and appearances not to mention the fabulous ball gowns, parties, obscene jewelry and all the bodice ripping smex. I find the rules of etiquette so interesting because it defined the status quo, one wrong move and it's a scandal one might not live down! The ton are so frickin' cliquey I can't help but hate how much I find it so addictive. There's always a tug of war of sorts and a feeling of taboo when it comes to expressing one's romantic feelings married, engaged or otherwise, and everyone has to be PROPER (meaning lost to me) or risk being shunned. Translated into a romance novel, these things equates to one exciting sexual tension between the lead characters.
There is tension between Alexander and Lavinia however I wished there was more verbal foreplay. The tension was of a different kind, not to give spoilers but Alexander and Lavinia's love story is beyond forbidden at this time and the way it unfolded was unconventional which complicated matters to the hilt. As individuals characters, I didn't connect much with them though to be fair, Alexander is one hot vampire pirate! Lavinia isn't my kind of heroine however my heart went out to her because she was caught in the middle of something big between Alexander, Nicolas, her childhood sweetheart and betrothed, and his brother Aidan. There's drama between the three and as Lavinia proved to be a valuable hostage to these men, she caught a lot of shiznit from the feud. Not to mention her reputation is on the line and during this time, that's is equivalent to her weight in gold, so to lose it is synonymous to being driven to poverty in a figurative sense.
Overall HER ETERNAL ROGUE is a hot read, I think both historical and paranormal romance lovers will enjoy this short novel. It's ripe with sexiness, filled to the brim with drama, piled up with intrigue, and the conflict sticky as snot, it's simply delightful. This is worth checking out!
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Gina has spent the better part of her life reading. History has been her love and she spent numerous hours devouring historical romance stories, dreaming of writing one of her own. Years later, after receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in History, writing academic research papers and writing for museum programs and events, she finally found the time to write her own stories of historical romantic fiction.Now, under the supervision of her three dogs and three cats, she writes amid a library of research books, with her only true break away is to spend time with her other life long dream – her Arabian horse – with him, her muse can play.
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