Title: Eternal Beast
Author: Laura Wright
Release Date: August 7th, 2012
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
A Taste of Blood
Ever since his abduction by the Eternal Order of Vampires, Gray Donohue has finally found his true calling: vengeance. He will stop at nothing to bring his fellow Impure vampires the freedom they deserve. Now if he could just release his primal need for the beautiful vampire who saved his life—and rules his thoughts and desires…
After nearly killing the senator she was assigned to protect, Dillon is now in mortal danger. The jaguar within her has been unleashed, and she can no longer control it. Sex is the only thing that can tame her shift. And Gray is the only man who can make her surrender to a passion strong enough to overpower her inner beast. But she doesn’t want to surrender—she wants her life back. Because she is determined never to belong to anyone, especially not Gray—the male whom destiny claims is her mate…
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: One of the things I absolutely love about Laura Wright is her ability to give us a complete story. Each of her books may focus on a different couple, but all the characters are involved in the plot in some way and the overall story arc has had a continuous flow from book one and takes the books to a whole other level.
Dillon and Gray have been the couple I have been waiting for. I was not sure it was ever going to happen though because Dillon is so stubborn! She has had a very difficult past though, and has been burned so many times that she has spent her life shutting down her emotions. She does not want to feel anything because if she doesn’t then no one can hurt her. She also has the Order searching for her because of her status as a mutore, which is a pureblood vampire shape-shifter. They are considered the lowest form of life and are often killed after birth. Not exactly something that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside if you happen to be one.
Gray on the other hand does not want to tame his feelings. He is loyal, passionate and fights for what he believes in. He knows he can help Dillon deal with what she is going through, but she never lets him get close enough to try. He wants to help her so badly, but her constant rejection is turning him cold and he is not sure how much longer he can wait for her to trust him.
Watching these two struggle with trying to be strong on their own but be together was tough. They did not have many obstacles in their way except internal ones. Both of them did not know if they could truly trust the other and it was hard for them to work through that barrier. It took time, but they slowly started opening up to one another and towards the end they experienced some truly heart wrenching moments together. They also shared quite a few explosive scenes together. One in particular took place in a cave. 😉 That Gray was one dirty talker and I am not sure why it surprised me, but it was definitely a good surprise.
The action, as it always is in Laura’s books, was constant and very intense. I cannot say too much without spoilers, but I will say that someone is pregnant, someone’s mom comes to visit, we get to see a lot of rescues from the Paleo and the Order is reaping all sorts of havoc on the vampire community. All of these things and more come together to make one astonishing story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
I loved getting to know all of Dillon’s brothers in this book as well. They are mutore too and could shift into some pretty cool things. Laura has always been good at giving each character a distinct and unique voice when it comes to the Roman brothers and that carries over into Dillon’s brothers as well. There were points when they were talking at the same time, but I could still pick out which brother it was speaking.
Holy cow the ending of this book was awesome! Actually it was the epilogue that really got me excited. It is not a cliffhanger, but it sets up the next book perfectly. I am not going to say who it is about and ruin the fun for you, but I cannot believe I have to wait until next May to find out what is going to happen next!
Overall, Eternal Beast was just flat out amazing! I have a couple authors in the paranormal romance genre that I go to when I want a book that is going to exceed all my expectations and Laura Wright is one of them. Her books have everything, amazing characters, a well-developed story that continues from book to book, scorching hot romance, fantastic action and the aspect that always gets me the most is the genuine emotion you feel when reading about the lives of these characters. I don’t know how to encourage you enough to go check out these books without going into total fan girl mode. They are just that good. So do yourself a favor and read these books. I promise you it will be worth it!