Eternal Pleasure
Nina Bangs
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Eternal Pleasure
Nina Bangs
308 pages
July 2008
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Eternal Pleasure is the first in a new series following eleven 'ultimate predators,' beings that have been asleep for sixty-five million years and are only now reawakening to prevent destruction prophesied in an ancient Mayan prediction. These beings are far from human, and although initially the reader isn't told what they are, it's pretty easy to guess, particularly because of their names.

When Ty Endeka is awakened from his sleep in Ireland and taken to Houston to assist the godlike Fin to overcome the evil named Nine, he struggles to keep his predatory nature contained - especially when he meets his designated driver, Kelly Maloy, a music student who's trying to earn some extra money through being a driver. Kelly doesn't realize that she hasn't been picked randomly but that Fin has seen her in the future battle against Nine. As the supernatural world of evil, vampires, werewolves and other nonhumans iunfolds to Kelly, she finds Ty is taking more and more of her attention. Is there any future between an ordinary girl such as her and a strange, ancient, predatory ancient beast?

Though Eternal Pleasure is a reasonable read with an interesting background - that of the ancient predators - it wasn't always easy to be convinced by the story with these creatures. The characterization is rather weakl; events take place and the characters react to them, but the reader is never drawn deeply into their world and their thoughts. The romance aspect is actually fairly unromantic and perfunctory. It isn't entirely clear to me why either main character fell in love with the other. The large cast of characters isn't too unwieldy, however, and there are some interesting people introduced.

Whether I can face reading the (presumably) following ten books in this series is another matter. This one is okay but nothing special, and the slightly bland writing style would probably get dull fairly quickly.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2008

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