Everything But Goodbye by Mary Eason
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary; Paranormal
Length: Full (233 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Stephanotis
When Prince Viktor Brincoveanu falls victim to the curse he is forced to send his beloved bride Gabrielle' away forever to save her eternal soul. When the news comes that Gabrielle' has taken her own life, her death marks the beginning of his nightmare existence as Lamia. A prince cursed to exist in the dark world of the night, forever hunted and unable to free himself of the heartbreaking memories of the one woman he loved.
For as long as Jessie Seville can remember, she has never quite felt as if she belonged in her life. When she travels to Romania to find her friend she has no idea that her actions have set in motion events that have been waiting a lifetime to unfold.
When Prince Viktor Brincoveanu falls victim to a curse he has to send his bride Gabrielle away. And when Jessie Seville travels to Romania to find her friend Lili who has just inherited Von Eyssen Manor, it sparks off a chain of events that have waited a lifetime to unfold.
And it’s that unfolding that draws you in the story. At first I was worried that this book was going to be full of clichés of the genre. Curses, Romania, people giving the heroine strange looks when she mentions where she’s headed, but I think Eason gives it a unique spin. She justifies Jessie’s traveling to some far off land by telling us straight up that she and Lili have been best friends since childhood and she senses she might be in danger.
I also liked the fact that Eason reveals to the reader that Gabrielle has been brought back to mortal form as Jessie. It makes the first meeting between her and Viklor all the more special. Will he recognize his true love when he first sets eyes on Jessie? And what will she think of him? And wanting to know if these two are going to end up together and if they can possibly have a happy ending keeps you turning the pages.
I don’t think this book is for all romance fans but if you’re a fan of the old gothic novels and wished they’d make a comeback; you should give this one a read. Also paranormal fans who like the dark and brooding hero who longs for his lost love will enjoy Viktor.