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Eternal Lovers by V. S. Nelson
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I have to say that I am not often as conflicted about a book as I am this one.
Eternal Lovers is a very original and compelling story. It combines elements of Native American and Egyptian mythology to create a fascinating take on vampire lore encompassing aliens, hybrids and other paranormal creatures. The tale is truly interesting and unique.
When the book finally breaks into a section of dialogue or scenes of action such as the sexy, tender love making scenes, it is fascinating and captivating. The writing in these sections was terrific. I was thoroughly engrossed and the dialogue seemed smooth and effortless.
Unfortunately, I feel that most of the novel did not maintain this level of dramatic quality.
A very large part of the narative consisted of the recitation of the tale instead of the wonderful descriptions of action and the easy dialogue that we were only given glimpses of. There was much repetition and redundancy when a character would describe a conversation or encounter and then do it again word for word with another character sometimes more than once. There was a lot of confusing shifts in POV and transitions were filled with fluff and filler that did nothing to enhance the story. The book could use editing to eliminate these redundancies and other pointless banter. With less telling and more showing, I am certain I would have added this book as one of my favorites so far this year because the story was that good, and the book would certainly benefit from an experienced editor.
Ultimately I love the story, but the book was a difficult read.
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V.S. Nelson has always enjoyed reading stories with strong relationships and happy endings so it’s not surprising she found herself writing across the romance genre. Even her commercial fiction, Sins of a Man, the memoirs of a Mafia Hit man, is layered with romantic elements.
Landing in Arizona, after an exciting teaching career, which took her to the Middle East for several years, she lives in Arizona where she spend most of my time making love to her computer while writing, editing or researching, seven to ten hours a day. The days she’s not writing, you will find her with my critique partners at Starbucks, attending or presenting a workshop or at a RWA meeting.
Being a Native American woman and a Scorpio, she’s always had a fondness for history, mythology, the occult, and the unexplained events which have occurred on this world we call home. It was no wonder she found herself writing a paranormal series.
She enjoys hearing from readers, fans and people with similar interests. They are more than welcome to contact her through her website http://www.authorvsnelson.com