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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on October 24, 2017
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.
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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