My Lord Eternity
Alexandra Ivy
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My Lord Eternity
Alexandra Ivy
256 pages
November 2012
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Plain and simple

My Lord Eternity is the middle book in a series of three and the first I’ve read by this author. She ensures, however, that the reader is able to follow the plot by filling in background as necessary.

Lucien Valin is a vampire tasked with protecting mortal maiden Jocelyn Kingly, one of three humans who has been given part of a special amulet to wear and keep safe from rogue vampires. Lucien rents a room in Jocelyn’s house and tries to get to know her, soon discovering that there’s a lot more to her than he thought. The baddie vampire, Amadeus, is trying lots of different ways to persuade Jocelyn to give up the amulet, and Lucien may not be able to keep her--and the vampire world--safe.

There is something strangely simple about this book, almost as if it were written for a child. The plot is fairly basic, and people’s behavior seems generic and predictable. Even the baddie doesn’t feel very scary when we met him.

The setting is 19th-century London, and we read a lot about the problems in the stews and of orphan children. Somehow I didn’t find myself quite convinced, perhaps because Jocelyn seems too good to be true. It also jars that a character is called “Vicar Farlow” which is not the way a vicar in the UK would be addressed--he would be called Mr Farlow.

There is little conflict within this romance, which is in some ways a relief--I get fed up with misunderstandings as pure plot devices--but I felt the romance was a bit plain and uninspiring. Overall, My Lord Eternity is a rather forgettable read.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Helen Hancox, 2013

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