Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Torn Between Two Lovers

Title: Runes by Em Petrova
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, erotica
Price: $3.99 ebook

This book was received free from the publisher via netgalley.com

Synopsis: When immortals Will Cochran and Evangeline Mayer are thrown together by a phenomenon known as The Calling, they breech the barriers of a conventional relationship.  By sharing their blood and bodies, their minds and souls are also entwined.  But Evangeline has been yanked from the arms of her mortal love, Sean Livingston, and the echo of his touch never leaves her.

When she's kidnapped by a sadistic immortal seeking revenge for the loss of his own mate, Sean is summoned as a means to torture her. Their reunion both titillates and torments her new mate, Will. He and Sean make a pact to share the woman they both love, and find new desires arising in the arms of each other.

Review: First I have to mention that it is very dangerous to just pick a book without reading the synopsis first or even knowing what genre it is from.  When I started reading Runes I thought it was a YA book until the scene turned a bit too racy for it to be considered YA.  So I looked it up and realized what book I had just picked!

As far as erotic books go Runes has a fairly strong story unlike many erotic books and the author really delves into the minds of her characters.  Their struggles and thoughts are much more developed than most erotic fictions I've read.

Will, an immortal saves the life of his sisters girlfriend from an overdose by "turning her".  It isn't until afterward that he discovers that they are bonded and "called" as soul mates.  If they don't come together the pain they feel will drive them insane.

While Will fights the "calling" Evangaline, who doesn't know she is immortal, fears the voices in her head are her going insane not Will trying to calm her down.  Not wanting to scare her sister she turns to Sean a mortal friend of hers who offers her a place to stay.  While there they form a bond of their own, that borders on obsessive.

So now Evangaline is torn between her mortal love and her immortal bond. After Evangaline is kidnapped Will and Sean find themselves in the awkward situation of trying to work together to save the woman they both love.

In between all the action are long graphic sex scenes including menage a trois, and male on male scenes.  If this is offensive to you I would avoid this book.  All in all I would say one of the better erotic fictions I've read.

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