Eternal Captive

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Eternal Captive

Mark of the Vampire, #3

“Eternal Captive” by Laura Wright is part of her ‘Mark of the Vampire’ series, following the tortuous relationship between Lucian Roman and Bronwyn Kettler. Lucian is the albino member of the Roman brothers destined to become the next Breeding Male and has an unrequited attraction to Bronwyn who has never recovered from the tragedy of losing her sister to an impossible swell (pregnancy). Bronwyn is determined to hold a mating ceremony with her friend Synjon Wise who has given up on finding happiness ever since seeing his true mate murdered. The two intend to enter into the irreversible ceremony for reasons of their own despite Bronwyn’s unwanted attraction to Lucian after their past interactions. The evil machinations of Cruen who has been manipulating those he considers to be Pure cause Lucian to fruitlessly attempt to shield the object of his obsession, Bronwyn, because their mating and blood exchange will cause him to shift into the mindless creature that he abhors. Synjon’s desperate search for his newly pledged mate leads him to a horrifying discovery and Dillon the bodyguard is betrayed by one she trusts only to make an unwelcome discovery of her own. Bronwyn may be the key to keeping the Beast in check if only she is willing to make sacrifices and open her heart. The Roman family once again must decide if they are up to the many challenges and sacrifices which they face and which may change the destiny of their entire race.

An action-packed read filled with intense scenes of intimacy and mysterious reveals that slowly add to the backgrounds of the myriad characters that people this world. There are quite a few separate plots to follow as Lucian struggles against the destiny he has been bred for and it is sometimes difficult to follow a single thread. Added to this melee are the multiples of angst-ridden love relationships and the complicated joinings and separations that have led to them. The action is a little choppy and flashes from place to place just as the vampires themselves do but there are some intriguing developments. Overall, this was a very enjoyable tale about Lucian and Bronwyn with enough twists that leave one anxious for the next in the series.

Book Blurb for Eternal Captive

Since feeding her his blood, Lucian Roman has struggled with his obsession with Bronwyn Kettler-fighting an uncontrollable desire to kill her, if he has to, and the vampire she has sworn to wed. But when a dangerous enemy threatens Bronwyn, only Lucian can save her life. Even if it means sacrificing his own...

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2012 4.25