Sunday, May 12, 2013

RBTL Presents: Eternal Nights

Title: Eternal Nights
Author: V.S. Nelson
Series: Sekhmet’s Guardians Series Book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 2013 
Formats: Paperback/Large Print Paperback/E~Books

My Rating:  

Central Theme 

To save the small infant’s life, Chenoa, her grandmother, did the unthinkable. She merged her life force with a tiny wolf cub then gave the cub to Jennifer, her other grand daughter to take care of. Too bad, Chenoa died before she was able to undo the spell or tell anyone what she had done. For twenty years Jessica watched the world pass her by through the eyes of another creature. Most of the time, the things humans did didn’t concern her, unless of course they told her to get off the couch or sleep on the floor. Thank the heavens above for Jennifer, who still doesn’t know who she truly is, or she’d still be eating raw meat.

Jessica was content and happy for the most part until she laid eyes on Raphael who came to pick her up from the wolf rescue center a few weeks ago. Since then, her primary focus has been to stay by his side and find away to undo her grandmother’s powerful magic.

In the meantime, Jessica has developed her natural Selkie abilities and has started communicating with Raphael. At night while he sleeps she enters his dreams under the pretense of what she should be – a human woman who has two arms to hold him and stands on two legs, not four.

Convinced he is going mad; Raphael privately searches for the angel who haunts his dreams. With an ivory face as soft as velvet, radiating both pure innocence and sexual seduction at the same time, what else could she be if not an angel? His search is interrupted when the Guardians discover the Legions latest endeavors; they’re kidnapping unprotected women and lifemates across the world. A call goes out and the Guardians once again implement their recruitment policy. The war is escalating.

Raphael takes Nowaki, Jennifer’s wolf with him to interview prospective candidates. Board with interviews he decides to take Nowaki on a run in the forest. Taking a break from running they stop by a near by stream. He doesn’t hear the gunshot but feels the blast as it hits his chest and falls to his knees.

Nowaki takes off after the assailant and gets her revenge but not until after the attacker mortally wounds her. Jessica takes over Nowaki’s body and pulls herself back to Raphael convinced they will die together. Lying on top of him to keep from getting cold, she has in reality, saved his life. The blood from her wounds drips down into his open mouth.

Jennifer along with Gabe, Thomas, Michael and Roger arrive on the scene. Michael tells Jennifer,” he’s sorry but Nowaki won’t make it back to the helicopter, much less the compound.” Jen, who was visited by Chenoa the night before now knows about Jessica and Nowaki but has yet to say anything to anyone. She shares her secret with Michael who immediately steps in and attempts to save the wolf. They all make it back to the where surgery is performed on both Raphael and Nowaki. Jennifer shares her grandmother’s secrets with Alice, her best friend, and Gabe.

When Raphael wakes he demands to go back to the forest. His Angel saved his life and no one will believe him. Gabriel finally tells him the truth, Jessica, his angel, and Nowaki are one in the same. The only problem is how to separate the two?

Chenoa shared a bit more with Jennifer… They must return to the cabin where Jessica was born in California and Jennifer must complete the ritual. Only problem is, she doesn’t know how. She waits for her grandmother to show her what to do.

Secondary stories

(1) While they wait for Chenoa to reappear the Guardians rescue several women from the Legion and bring them to the estate where Michael can care for them. 
(2) Ronan, Jennifer and Jessica’s, Selkie father has an adverse reaction to the scene and everyone witnesses Selkies are not always the gentle creatures they appear to be.
(3) Michael believes they brought an air born virus into the compound with the women. All of the men are ordered to take up residency in the barracks since they are the only ones showing signs of infection. A female physician is brought in to care for the women. She soon discovers one of the women is not what she appears to be. Although human in appearance, Tshering Snow’s blood is feline in nature and she is in heat. (4) Gabriel distraught without Jennifer decides to make something for Raphael and him to eat, only to destroy Jennifer’s new kitchen in the process.
(5) Ronan and Jessica continue on with their romantic relationship.
(6) Legion soldier Alan Roberts turns coat and returns Guardian soldier Peter Armstrong and his love interest, ballet dancer, Alison to the Guardians. He waits to hear the Guardian’s decision—will he be put to death or not?
(7) Lance is captivated by the lovely Tshering Snow. A small group consisting of Jennifer, Alice, Gabriel, Raphael, Michael and Nowaki head to the Sierras to find the location where Jessica was born. The group sits around the campfire drinking their morning coffee when Nowaki is attacked by a cougar. Jennifer has no choice but to do the ritual without any preparation. She falls to the ground and passes out once the ritual is completed. Nowaki and Jessica are both bleeding out from wounds received by the cougar. Rather than take Jessica back to the motor home, Raphael asks her for his forgiveness and bites into his own wrists and forces his blood down Jessica’s throat in an attempt to save her. He is successful but is worried about the repercussions—will it bind them forever? The group spends an additional week in the mountains where Jessica learns how to walk, eat and be human. It’s soon discovered that Jessica is mute although she has no problem communicating with anyone; she merely utilizes her natural Selkie ability. Upon returning to the Illinois, Jessica and Raphael are finally lifemated but not before they must overcome another language barrier.

I was looking forward to reading this book and was not disappointed. Nelson did a wonderful job of building a world with interesting characters and an excellent story line. The plot has twists and turns and such raw emotions that it feels as if your are right there with them. I couldn't help but fall in love with the characters of this book and want to know what was happening, so yeah, this was another page turner that I had a hard time putting down. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!

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

Chapter Nineteen 

The kitchen staff began serving the new recruits. One young familiar looking man stood up after being served.
“Sir, if it’s no trouble, I believe I could complete that paperwork you mentioned while I eat. I’m not that tired.”
Several more added their own comments on the subject. Now that they were here, they were eager to get things started. Raphael had chosen wisely--this group of young men appeared to be the best recruits he’s seen in a long time. He nodded, grabbed the forms from the upstairs office. Just as he approached the first table to pass them out one of the men stood and offered to do that for him.
He leaned back against the wall and watched as the men tended to eat with one hand and write with the other.
Sometimes sitting back and watching new recruits from afar would tell him more than having an hour long conversation with them. He was immediately impressed with the entire bunch. The same kid who offered to eat and do his paperwork looked like someone he knew but he couldn’t quite remember where he had seen him.
  He left his position against the wall and stood next to the recruit who was signing his name on the last form. “Excuse me son, have I met you before? Your face is very familiar.”
“No sir, I have not had the honor. But I do believe you may have met my father. They say I look just like him. He served with the Guardians many years ago. His name is Bear…”
“Bear Hunter… Are you Bear Hunter’s kid? Well, I’ll be damned. How is the old son-of-a-bitch?”
“Yes sir, that’s my father and he is well, sir. Thank you for asking.”
“Next time you talk to him; you tell him hello from me.”
“I’ll do that sir. I’m sure he will be happy you asked about him. He has a lot of fond memories from his service days.”
Raziel nodded his head and then walked off. Damn, Bear Hunter’s kid. Wow, never thought that one was one for settling down. If that kid has any of his dad in him, he’ll be one fine soldier.
Raziel picked up the information packets on Raphael’s recruits. He started assigning the vacant rooms to teams who came in together. He made a quick decision and decided to put Hunter in with de’Angelo. It seemed like it would be a good paring.


  1. Mary Lynn, thank you so much for hosting me. I hope you are enjoying your Mother's Day.
    Always, V

  2. Beautiful review, MaryLynn. Virginia is indeed a great writer.