Everybody needs love — especially those sexy shapeshifters, gentlemen ghosts, misunderstood demons and witches, and intergalactic leaders. You’ll find all of these otherworldly heartthrobs — and the strong, sexy women who make their perfect matches — in this captivating collection of paranormal titles from Crimson Romance.
Of Eternal Life by Micha Persell
In the hidden basement lab of a military research facility in Needles, California, Eli Johnson jerks to consciousness. He is strapped to a stretcher and remembers nothing until he hears a voice he knows only as “The Tormentor”. That’s when it all comes back: he has been a prisoner in this lab for eight years. And he’s about to die. Abilene Miller, a newly minted doctor desperate to prove herself, snaps up the opportunity to work at a military hospital, but the reality of Needles proves to be vastly different from the pitch of the two recruiters. She spends her days running labs and wishing for things to be different. When Abilene stumbles across Eli’s body in a supply closet, she definitely gets different. She’s shocked when the dead man jerks back to life in her arms and infuriated when he kidnaps her. He thinks she’s part of a conspiracy; she thinks he’s insane. Only together can they find out the truth-and brave the risks they run in loving each other. Sensuality Level: Sensual.
Micah Persell, winner of the 2013 Virginia HOLT Award of Merit for her first novel Of Eternal Life, holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a double master’s degree in literature and English pedagogy. She is an avid reader of all types of literature, but has a soft spot for romance. She currently teaches high school English classes in Southern California. Her paranormal romance series, Operation: Middle of the Garden, and her “wild and wanton” editions of Austen’s Emma and Persuasion are available now through Crimson Romance.
It’s always nice to come across an original story. All too often books I review are just tired re-hashes of something else, but this one did give a new take on the paranormal romance, as it didn’t rely on monsters for the excitement.
From a writer’s perspective, I’d have preferred the story in first person, either from Abilene or Eli’s point of view – or a mixture of both divided by chapters. I think this would have given it more emotion and made you feel more for the characters quicker – important as it’s more of a novella than a novel.
The front to the left is pretty, although doesn’t give the medical part of the novel away – which is its catch – so perhaps a white doctor’s coat? The collection of books above is a nice colour, but obviously is representing many authors and stories, so it’s bold colouring is necessary.