I decided I needed something fresh to read (I’m cleaning out my library by rereading everything I already own), so I took a chance on a free copy of To Eternity by Daisy Banks which is a paranormal romance involving werewolves. I’m sad to say, I didn’t like it, and I couldn’t finish it. The good news is, it just wasn’t my style and not bad writing.
For four centuries Magnus has lived according to the dictates of the moon, his heart isolated by the domination of his wolf nature. Now fate has brought the beautiful, independent Sian to his house at Darnwell and their irresistible attraction has exploded into a white-hot passion.
Yet she is not wolf, and the time has come for her to embrace the change. But once she completes the ritual and claims her place next to Magnus, the rivals will appear on the horizon…
The main reason I couldn’t finish this novel is that Ms. Banks writes in a different way than what I’m used to. Here’s an example, “A craving nagged in his body that had never followed him through to a waning moon’s dawn”. I know what she’s trying to say here – that the guy has never been that lusty after his change from wolf to man but he is now – but the wording gets my brain all scrambled. Which is why I said above, it’s not bad writing, the author has done nothing wrong; I just don’t get her wording because it’s different from what I know, and like. I hate when this happens, because it’s just simple words grouped together differently. LOL! However, I can’t help that I don’t understand her word pairing, just like she can’t help but write the way she does. So please, don’t let my inability to understand her style stop you from giving To Eternity a try!
Because of my ‘confusion’, I had a hard time becoming attached to the characters and the storyline. So I can’t tell you what kind of people Magnus and Sian are, or if they are a good fit. What I can tell you is pretty insignificant like I freaking love the name Sian, and Magnus is so loaded I wish he’d take me shopping. LOL! It makes me sad that I can’t ‘see’ them well enough to give you much more than that.
There are only two, actually negative comments that I have to say about To Eternity. One is that the bad guy was the type I’ve seen so many times that I’m no longer interested or affected by it/him. I skipped right over the few sections containing his POV that I came across. The second one is, Magnus and Sian are extremely sappy and lovey dovey; it was hard to get through. I’m a hopeless romantic but there’s only so much I can take before I get bored with it. With these two things and me not understanding Ms. Banks writing style, I didn’t make it halfway through before I decided to walk away.
I do hope that you will still give To Eternity a chance, even though it wasn’t a hit for me. Everyone responds differently to writing styles, so you may understand her wording just fine. You may not even find the love story as sappy as I did, who knows? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s opening it up and diving in to the story!