Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on March 26, 2011
To my knowledge, I have read only one reincarnation romance before and it wasn’t the main element or very well explained. To say I was curious is a mild understatement. I have the vague general notions that most people have about the belief of reincarnation so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I confess that I can’t quite wrap my mind around the idea. However, it was paired with romance and that I can definitely feel I have a solid foundation in as a reader so I plunged right in happily ready for what came.
Logan Richards knows that he shares a tie with a soulmate in a love affair that spans eternity. He and his love reincarnate and share a rich past lives and now he has found her once again. The twist is that only he remembers all the past lives and only he can feel the recognition when they meet. It is his job to coax her back into the knowledge of what they have together. Logan is good, handsome, and wealthy, but it is the connection he shares with Amber that means everything to him. Amber Lewis is struck by a sense of having known Logan before. She’s pretty and works hard, has a good heart and now feels she’s living her dream with Logan in her life. But all is not smooth sailing for the pair.
Across Eternity is a standalone romance and didn’t take long to read actually, though I wouldn’t say that it read particularly fast. In fact, there were times I felt it was basking in the glow of its mushy romantic feels rather than pushing forward through the plot.
So yes, this one was a sugary, touch-feely romance that was balanced by a bittersweet quality that comes out later and by the sense that I had from the reincarnation aspect that they would have to lose and then find and then re-establish their love again and again. I can’t say that I disliked this story. However, I can’t say that I was especially grabbed by it, either.
At first, I enjoyed the meet-cute, the first misunderstanding, and then the early days together, but then the shine wore off gradually and I wasn’t taken with the overwhelming romantic feels. It’s possible that it was a mood thing, but I also struggled with the characters themselves. Logan was perfect. No flaws to speak of and little growth. He was just there and I felt that way somewhat about Amber. For the longest time, I felt the big moment was them finding each other in those first few pages and I was simply reading their warm fuzzy happily ever after for chapter after chapter. There did end up being a wrench in the works. I start caring then, but only to a moderate degree because of the smothering sweetness and the how I kept thinking in the back of my mind that this scenario (the whole set up and story) couldn’t really work because of the way the reincarnation was explained- or not explained, in this case. I read paranormal and sci-fi and fantasy quite a bit so I’m going with the fact that the rules of the reincarnation world the author established were bothering me and not reincarnation in general.
So, in the end, between the overly romantic tone and my struggles with the way the reincarnation element fit, I was left only okay with the book. I think either a different mood for me or maybe I wasn’t the right audience in the first place since I was looking for more challenge either action-wise or character-wise and more explanation about the ins and outs of reincarnation. As to recommendation, I would cautiously recommend it to those who are in the mood for a saccharine romance and a little something different with a romance that is timeless in nature.
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