Toni Tutoro just wants to go home. Banned from Chicago’s vampiric society after cutting a swath of violence through the city, she must now successfully complete an investigation for the Lord of Chicago to regain the right to live in her hometown again.To ensure Toni’s safety during her probationary period, Drake Black, a feared assassin, is secretly contracted to protect her. Even with direct orders to keep his relationship professional, and his own personal vow to never get involved with a female vampire again, Drake finds himself drawn to Toni in ways he can’t explain. But unbeknownst to him, he’s tied to one of the people who drove Toni to her night of destruction.
Drake’s legendary heritage holds the key to Toni’s survival and success, but will she be able to forgive his connection to the brutal night that robbed her of those she loved most? Will Drake be able to forget the betrayals in his past and risk taking one more chance? But most of all, can they find a way to reach each other in the darkness?
About the Author Jennifer Turner
Jennifer Turner lives in Bowling Green, Ohio, with her husband, twelve year old daughter and two cats. She regularly claims one of the aforementioned takes far more work than the others to maintain – but she won’t share which one. She’s the middle child between two brothers, and the favorite child of her parents. Of course, that’s always subject to opinion. Jennifer began her writing career as a self-published romance author, but is now represented by Robert Gottlieb, Chairman of Trident Media Group.
Jennifer Turner’s Eternal Hearts is Book 2 in her Darkness Within series. In order to appreciate the series, I recommend you read Book 1 in the series, Eternal Seduction. If you’ve read Eternal Seduction, then you already know Drake Black. There’s something about Drake that I love. He’s a man’s man and a woman’s dream. For this book, I was intrigued to learn more about the female who caught his eye. Drake is a preternatural assassin who believes he’s only good at one thing; killing. Living among the vampires and the werewolves, hidden by the Veil, he usually is hired to kill. As an assassin, Drake effortlessly annihilates until one day he receives an unusual order to protect. And from that moment on his life would never be the same. His charge is Toni Tutoro, a fledgling (new vampire) and she’s an outright mess.
As fledgling, Toni turned a few years prior in the city of Chicago, in the place she called home. She learned early on that the vampires had hierarchy and rules, ones dictated the city’s Lord Christian and those above him. One of the most sacred rules is to not break the Veil that shields and separates the supernaturals from the humans. Fracturing that fragile wall can get a being killed, whether you’re human or not. Like a pawn in a deadly game, Tina did the unthinkable the instant she saw her human family murdered in cold blood by conspiring vampires. She lost her mind, demanding retribution and nearly lost her eternal life. Instead, the emotionally unstable fledgling was banned from the city, ordered to never return. Three years later, Toni’s back in Chicago, begging Lord Christian to let her stay. Once she’s back, Drake receives his order of protection and he’s a bit out of place with the entire notion of protecting vs. killing. Still, he rallies and soon becomes intrigued by the spunky vampire vixen. Sure, Toni’s moods are like the wind and at first he’s having a difficult time trying to figure her out. But eventually, their attraction breaks down their barriers, sparking a deeper connection between the two.
What I love best about Jennifer Turner is she’s bold with her female heroines and their flaws. She takes paranormal romance and submerges it into a dark, menacing world. And she’s not afraid to take on difficult characters. In Book 1, there is Logan, a strung out, homeless junkie. In this tale, there is Toni, an emotional firecracker, with deep ties to the human world. Both Drake and Toni have difficulty fitting in and yet somehow, they fit together. There’s a ton of exciting sub plots and characters that I could go on and on about. Turner nails Toni’s evil vamp nemesis: Natasha Stryker. Odin and Oktober make appearances too but nothing is as delicious as Stefan Nelek. It wouldn’t be a DW novel without him pulling someone’s strings, now would it? I enjoyed this book just as much as the first, probably more because of the new characters and the foreshadowing of what’s to come in the series. ~ Mina B.
This is the second in what I hope will be a long and richly evolving series, by an author who has jumped right near the top of my read-anything-she-writes list.
I thought the first book in this series, Eternal Seduction, was a most enjoyable read despite a vague plot that petered out at the very end. I really liked the characters, especially the unusual heroine, and the book presented a well-conceptualized new mythology. (I agree, you really do have to read it before you read this second book.)
Eternal Hearts has some old and some new main and supporting characters, most of them intriguing and well-drawn — the villain is the weakest of the bunch. It expands the mythology, and has a better-developed storyline and plot than book one. The author is already pretty masterful with dialogue, and has a fine wit. I think she may need to get comfortable with a more ruthless or graphic darkness (and sensuality) — not just to build and sustain the suspense level over the course of a series, but to heighten the contrast to the humor and the softer side of the characters she portrays so well. ~ P. Willson
Jennifer Turner transforms the usual paranormal romance novel into an intense, emotional and passionate love story.
Toni is scarred, still battling the grief over losing her family in a brutal and violent attack. Guilt ridden over not being there and distraught over never getting one last chance to tell her family how much she loved them, she vows to always wear her heart on her sleeve. No one in her life will ever have to wonder about how she feels because she will always show them with conviction and clarity. There is nothing ambiguous about Toni and that’s how she likes it.
Drake is guarded, closing himself off to anyone who might get too close. Using sarcasm and wit as a barrier, he keeps everyone at a distance, including Toni. He knows that her heart aches for her family. Charged with the duty of protecting her, he quickly finds that his need to keep her safe has little to do with his job description. And though it is forbidden due to his assignment and he has vowed never to fall for another female vampire, he can’t help but want to get close to Toni. But to do that, he will have to let down his guard which means he will have to risk having his heart broken. Again.
Drake and Toni start out on rocky ground but soon discover that their passion is burning up and the intensity of their emotions overflow into the attraction they have for one another.
Of course, there is more to this novel than just a love story but for me, it’s timeless. The story of Drake and Toni can stand alone without the other elements that are included in this novel. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the rest of the story. The suspense and drama only added to the intensity and I had a really hard time putting this book down. ~ Kelly S.
As many of you know I love series books, I am what you call a series addict. I sometimes rather have series than stand alone’s for simple reason if I connect with the characters I really want to keep reading on. The downside with series is sometimes the books following isn’t as good as the first one that draws you in. That being said this book did have that and more.
One thing I love is Jennifer’s world-building and her characters, her female character’s especially they are darker and again the sarcasm is woven throughout the book and that is a big plus for me.
Toni, a young fledging has come home after being exiled and she would do anything to be able to stay here though young, she has a lot of spunk which I loved.
Drake, who is an assassin has been ordered instead of a kill is ordered to protect her. I love Drake in fact I think he is my favorite Hero so far in this series well maybe until we get to Odin, which I wish there was more of in this book. Just love that guy.
The Twists and Turns were all through out this book, just when I thought I might have figured it out she pulled another oooooh no way moment and it wasn’t til the end I really had that kind of moment.
Would I recommend? Yes I have in fact already have I just can’t not stop telling my friends they must read this series. I can’t wait for Oktober’s book though he has me a bit confused so not sure how I am going to feel about him yet. Read the book and then you will see what I am talking about. ~ Donna Newman
Eternal Hearts by Jennifer Turner
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