Review: Eternal by Cecy Robson

Posted August 3, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 24 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Eternal by Cecy Robson
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Series: Carolina Beach #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on October 24, 2017
Pages: 308
Format: eARC
Source: Author

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Two giving, generous, warm-hearted people beaten down by their pasts can’t trust in the wonderful thing they’ve discovered one New Year’s Eve night.  I was definitely all in to go on this journey of healing, trust and love with Landon and Luci after delighting in the first story of the series.

Review

Eternal is book two of the Caroline Beach series and shifts from Trinity to her broody brother Landon.  One could probably get away with reading this one out of order, but seriously, Trin and Callaghan are not to be missed plus they pop up in Eternal.

The story begins just before New Year’s with a broken-hearted Landon Summers staying on Kiawah Island licking his wounds after a nasty divorce and with a hollowed out and tired Luci Diaz realizing that she’s letting life pass her by.  Persuaded by their friends to come to a party and just have fun for one night, they meet and hit it off right away.  But, wary, they set limits and believe they’ll never see each other again, so, why not?  Only… yeah… he ends up working for the law office where she is office manager and they have to decide if what they feel should be pursued or denied.

Whelp, here’s the thing.  I wasn’t a Landon fan in Trin’s book.  He was on the verge of doing something stupid like marrying a gold digger.  This was obvious to everyone, but Landon.  I found him annoying when he got broody because no one was supporting his romance choice, but I loved the first book and I was curious to see how things would go for Landon.

So, I went into this one wondering if I’d end up merely tolerating him or if I could fall in love like I do with each and everyone of Robson’s heroes.  I knew I was going to be okay- more than okay- when I realized what motivated him to do what he did.   He did totally screw up, but it helped me when I understood why he let himself be duped.  Even though he wasn’t an obvious save the world- type like his sister Trin or his parents, he was still very much one who lived to rescue others.  His mistook his need to rescue for love.  He almost made the same mistake with Luci after they started trying to be together and I had the urge to shake him a few times to back off and shut that need to rescue down.  But Luci was not his needy, bloodsucking ex so things played out differently.

Luci was a wonderful heroine match for Landon once he started seeing her as a strong, capable woman and not a project.  Luci has a unique situation.  Her mother is a homeless, drug addict that won’t let Luci help her and even gets Luci into dangerous situations.  Luci is still very much affected by her mother abandoning her at a young age.  Luci, just like Landon, needed to face her issues and accept this fresh start that has landed in her lap.

I was really rooting for this pair.  They started out sizzling and hot for each other, tearing up the sheets that holiday weekend.  Then, when they meet later, the instalove danger never happened becuase they chose to start over and get to know each other out of the bedroom at a slower pace.  Things got rocky as they dealt with their individual issues and couple issues, but never angsty.  There was so much to admire and like about their generous, warm spirits.   Landon had so much love and care that he wanted to lavish on Luci.  It was a beautiful thing and she was worthy of his heart.  Luci needed to feel wanted, respected, but she also needed someone who would truly appreciate her which she got from Landon.

And, while it was sexy and heartwarming with romance, there was some great humor and engaging side characters.  Luci’s friends helped push her out of her rut and their straight shooting cracked me up a few times.  Landon’s sister, Trin, lit up a scene when she was present and had me smiling over her whimsical ways.  I have a bit of a crush on Callaghan and Trin so I was tickled to have them back in Landon and Luci’s story.  Not sure who is next, but I think maybe something’s brewing nicely with out man Hale and his lady crush.

So, again, like with Inseverable, Eternal had my heart racing with the sexy times, clench over the heartbreaking moments, relax with the laughter and gentle loving times, and pretty much was one  big swoon from cover to cover.  Those who want an uncomplicated yet fully developed and well-paced contemporary romance should pick up this book/series.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Cecy Robson

Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is the new adult and contemporary romance author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien Family novels, and the Carolina Beach series, as well as the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A 2016 double nominated RITA® finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, Cecy is a recovering Jersey girl living in the South who enjoys carbs way too much, and exercise way too little. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, you can typically find her on her laptop silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • RO

    Uh yes…I adore Bryan Adams, and thank you for the memories. Like when the characters really grow into themselves and make for a good story. Glad this one worked for you Super Sophia and Happy Friday! Hugs…

    • Oh yes! Love his songs, too. Had to put it with this one b/c the hero reminded me of the words to this song.

      Thanks, Radiant Ro! Have a splendid weekend!

  • I liked this one but not as much as book 1 because I thought that the story of the mother wasn’t finished for me

    • Yes, agreed. I wanted to smack her the way she was acting, but I guess it all made sense when you’re dealing with broken people like her. Looking forward to book three.

  • I haven’t heard that Bryan Adams track in ages! A heartfelt song for a lovely sounding romance 🙂

    • Oh yes! An oldie, but a goodie, Stephanie. Loved his music for a while and it really matched this book for me.

  • I love this author. I must adventure outside her PNR and read this.

    • For sure, Carole! The fun banter and charm is still there through any genre.

  • So glad you enjoyed this one Sophia 🙂

  • Thank you Sophia!

  • I only recently read my first Cecy Robson book and I loved it. This is definitely one that I would like to read.

    • That’s super! Which one did you read, Carole?

      If you can, snag book one first b/c the first one is great, too.

  • I think I’ve read one of her books but I’m not sure. This one sounds good though.

    • She’s written in a couple romance genres (urban fantasy, new adult, and contemporary romances) and I like them all.

  • I love Cecy! I have too many of her books still to read, including this series.

    • I love her stuff, too. Each time I try a new series I am hesitant that I could love them as much as the ones before, but end up right back in love. Hope you get a chance at these, Christy!

  • I’m going to be the really shallow girl here and say that I LOVE THAT COVER! That dude has such great hair! And that pose! So swoony! Ahhh! I need real life to be like that (for me).

    It’s so cool that you always end up loving Robson’s heroes. You know, it’s interesting how I never seem to end up reading books featuring divorced folks. Maybe it’s not as common in romance?

    In any case, I’m glad you enjoyed this book, Sophia! Great review!

    Have a lovely week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Most of us are shallow about delicious covers. LOL

      I run into a moderate amount of divorcee characters, but you’re right, its not as big as real life numbers.

      Hope you have a good week, Alyssa!

  • This cover is sexy as hell. I love it. I have not read anything by CeCy but I do see her books everywhere. I have to pick some up soon. OMG, Bryan Adams…That takes me back! Great review!

    Mary

    • It really is and the hero really is that giving and sexy.
      You are in for a treat when you get the chance to try her stuff, Mary. 🙂