by D. Renee Bagby
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Book received from: Author
Immortals born in the thirteenth century, Lucien Riordan and Ranulf Styr have waited centuries to be reunited with their love. Want for her cemented their friendship through time, even as it tore it apart. She changed their lives, made them want better, and they plan to show her that. There’s only one catch–she’s never met them before.
Eris Brue is flattered by Lucien and Ranulf’s attention, but they are her bosses. She doesn’t want to get tangled up in an office romance, especially not with two men. Their joint seduction overcomes her resolve, and she gives in even though she knows they are keeping secrets that could doom their relationship.
Centuries of planning have finally come to fruition. Lucien and Ranulf have a short amount of time to make Eris love them, because once time has her, everything could come to an end.
Reviewed by: Samantha
Ranulf and Lucien have been searching for centuries for Eris – a mysterious female the men once had some sort of relationship with. They hire a company to catalogue their vast comic book collection and are shocked when Eris arrives as one of the employees of the company. Eris however has no idea of the past she has had with these two men. She has a boyfriend when she starts working for the two men, a very unique family situation, and the last thing on her mind is starting a relationship with these two handsome strangers.
From there the drama begins to unfold in a very long (over 500 pages!) and sordid tale that often left me intrigued, confused, frustrated, and excited over and over again. The book spends a lot of time in the present with Eris getting to know Ranulf and Lucien in their home while she is working for them. As the reader, I was constantly scratching my head wondering when the author was going to reveal something – anything! – to give us a glimpse as to how these two men knew Eris centuries ago as she obviously has no idea who they are or that she has ever seen them before. As the pages turn and turn and turn, we finally move to the back story when Eris goes falling down a black hole and transports herself back into time to when she first met Ranulf and Lucien.
During the part of the book where the back story is revealed, I was again left frustrated with how the events unfolded between these three characters. It was hard for me to buy into the three of them building a romantic relationship, and I was constantly arguing with Eris inside my own head for her to get away from them and try to find her way back to the present time. The coldness and isolation that Lucien and Ranulf made Eris suffer through had a hard time translating to me into a relationship where Eris would want to be intimate with them – whether that be with each men separately or the three of them together. Then Eris is subjected to a violent attack that almost made me stop reading altogether. Eris finally finds her way back to present time where she confronts Lucien and Ranulf about the past between the three of them, the time travelling, and how the two men are immortal.
I found this to be a very long and complicated read that left me in a situation where I kept asking myself, “Why do I care about these characters? Why do I keep reading?” Well, I kept reading because I became so darn curious as to how the author was going to wrap everything together – the time traveling, the immortality, how the men would show Eris what happened in the past and convince her to still want to be with them. But I finished with slightly conflicted and confused feelings on how everything could be wrapped up all neat and tidy considering the events during the back story.
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