Title: Eternal Desire
Author: Roxanne Rhoads
Publisher: Eternal Press
Buy Link: Buy Eternal Desire Here!
Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewed by: Nerine
Paranormal researcher Liz Beth's dreams are haunted by a sensual vampire, who may or may not be real. She arrives in New Orleans the week of Halloween in search of her elusive dream lover, Quillon. She doesn't find him, but she does encounter a handsome stranger, Christien. They begin a passionate affair, but she is torn between her dream lover and her flesh and blood lover, both of whom are a mystery to her. She fights to regain her reason, trying desperately to find the truth about Quillon while Christien holds her under his own spell.
I'm going to be honest. I'm a bit torn about this story. For what it is: a flirtation of a vampiric kind with loads of heat, it works well, but when it comes to actual characterization, it's a bit meh. The character Liz Beth starts out the tale as a strong-minded woman but I'm not sure how I felt about her total submission to her lover. Christien and the mysterious Quillon are the quintessential mysterious fantasy lovers that are sure to set female hearts racing.
Anne Rice fans will most likely enjoy the setting, which is New Orleans but as a reader I felt I wanted a bit more out of the story with regard to actual visualization of the different areas. On the whole it was a bit "white-roomy" with regard to sensual input. I felt I wanted more show and a little less tell.
With regard to the plot, there's not much more here other than a straight and dizzying seduction, leading from one heated sexcapade to the next. Not wholly unpleasant but if you're looking for more on the narrative arcs side, you won't find it here. I must admit I enjoyed the almost voyeuristic journey watching Liz Beth's carefully controlled world come undone, in all the best ways possible.
Rhoads is a strong writer, there's no doubt about that and she certainly weaves an erotically charged spell with her words. My inner editor wanted to grab the red pen here and there with regard to filter words but overall the author delivers a fine piece of erotic fiction that does exactly what it intends.
If you're looking for a erotically charged bite or two with gothic flavouring, this one's for you. I know I certainly won't look at changing rooms in clothing stores quite the same way as before.