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Eternal Craving by Nina Bangs

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Cover art: Eternal Craving Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Eternal Craving - 2nd in the Gods of the Night series
Author: Nina Bangs
Publisher: Leisure Books
ISBN-13: 978-0-8439-5793-8
Release Date: May 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Philadelphia, 2012
Overall Rating: 4.75
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Nina's Website: www.ninabangs.com



I wondered when I read the first Gods of the Night book (Eternal Pleasure) if the sequels could continue to pack a punch. I found a knockout in the second book!

The Eleven are Gods of the Night. They are immortal beings sent to help save earth from the Mayan prophesy that the world ends on 12/21/12. If they don’t succeed in taking down the nine Lords of Darkness, than humans will be wiped off the face of the earth. The Eleven are in Philadelphia searching for the one they call Eight. Eight is currently recruiting non-humans to his cause. He leads these vampires, werewolves, fey and otherkin to believe they will get to eat free range on humans when he is successful. He’s building up an army to help destroy the humans on the prophesied date.

Al, one of the Eleven, is having a hard time in this new millennium. His hunter instincts still run high and he has trouble controlling the beast within. He’s been removed from any front-line activity until he can learn to control the beast a little better. So he’s not very happy when he’s put on duty to look after (a.k.a. baby-sit in his mind) Jenna Maloy. Her sister is married to one of the Eleven, but Jenna has no idea who or what they really are. She is a reporter for a sensationalist rag and she’s sniffing out a story. She believes the Eleven are involved in organized crime, but needs to be on the inside for a while to prove it.

Al can’t believe he finds Jenna attractive. Especially since she doesn’t want to give him the time of day. Will their increasing desire for each other ever blossom? Will they both squelch their urges? Can a romance ever really develop between Al and Jenna? Al is so hostile towards everyone that he risks getting himself killed in his rage. Jenna is running from her feelings and ignoring what she feels for Al.

Al was a little annoying to me at first. I don’t appreciate people…beings…who can’t control their temper. Rage isn’t my thing, but I loved watching Jenna slowly but surely smooth the roughest edges on Al. She’s a street-smart girl who isn’t intimidated by vampires and werewolves. She’s been reporting on these beings for years, she just never truly believed before now. She is a spitfire and brings a wonderful spark of humor to the most intense situations. I’d love to have her for my best friend.

I truly enjoyed this book and while I felt it stood alone and can be read without reading the first book, I would still recommend the first book. Both books were so riveting that readers will love both equally. Nina Bangs does an excellent job of weaving the Mayan prophecy into a tale crossing into all the areas of paranormal reading. She merges the past with the present and incorporates other kinds of beings (weres, vampires, etc.) into the story in a seamless way. Her writing resembles poetry in the graceful way it incorporates all these areas into one story.

Robyn

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