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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Immortal Death by Laurel O’Donnell

Immortal Death by Laurel O’Donnell
Publisher: Pink Petal Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (178 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Jade Smith's supernaturally fast ability to heal has made her a freak. After years of fearful reactions from others, she stays hidden in the shadows of life. The one thing that keeps her sane is her writing--and her wonderful Demetrius, an imaginary character she created in her online stories. But when Demetrius suddenly appears in her apartment, her life changes forever.

Demetrius Mercer is a fighter vampire for the de Nouviant family who spends his days hunting a rival vampire family for killing his beloved Rosaline. When he learns Jade Smith knows his life story and is publishing it on the Internet for all to see, he must uncover who she is and how she knows so much about his past--before she exposes him and endangers his entire family.

Will Jade's abilities be enough to heal Demetrius's scarred soul, or will he spend eternity alone in anguish?

What if your wildest dream turned out to be true? What if it was more like a nightmare?

“You’ve been exposed.” The opening words of Ms. O’Donnell’s book grabbed my attention immediately. From that moment, I was pulled into Demetrius and Jade’s dangerous world and found myself racing alongside them as they tried to stay one step ahead of their enemies.

Jade is a very lonely woman. She interacts with other people as little as possible for fear that they'll discover her power. Her self-imposed isolation is truly heartbreaking. She has absolutely no long term friendships and doesn’t trust anyone. Even though Jade fears how people will react to her healing power, she never hesitates to use it to help those who need. I was truly moved when she saved the life of a child she didn’t even know and would never see again. I admire her selfless and caring personality very much.

Jade's life changes forever when Demetrius, a man she thought she'd made up, crashes into her life. While Demetrius looks like the man from her imagination, he isn’t exactly the man of her dreams. From the moment they meet, Jade’s life quickly begins to resemble a nightmare as she learns not only do vampires exist, but they're after her and her story. Jade and Demetrius are constantly at odds with each other. Demetrius is a powerful vampire who demands to know the source of Jade’s story, but Jade is strong and refuses to be intimidated by Demetrius. I loved how she more than held her own in their heated arguments. Even though Jade and Demetrius fight, they have amazing chemistry on a physical as well as emotional level. As the bond between them grows, Jade can’t help but wonder if Demetrius truly cares for her, or if he simply wants to know the source of her story.

Demetrius really is living an “immortal death.” There's no joy or love in his life. He exists purely to make the Malachite family pay for the death of Rosaline. He's spent centuries blocking out emotions of any kind, until he meets Jade. Demetrius isn’t quite sure what to make of his feelings for her, and he completely makes a mess of things. Jade's a battered soul, so I found it very hard to watch Demetrius lash out at her. There are many hills and valleys in their relationship. One moment they are embracing and the next Demetrius is storming away from her in anger. His stubborn attitude was very frustrating at times. However, Demetrius does have a softer side, and I really enjoyed it when he allowed it to come to the surface.

I would have liked to know more about the Vampire Council. Each member of the council is named after a Greek or Roman god. Like Jade, I wonder if that's because they are the gods of legend or if they're simply vampires who have chosen to fit themselves into those roles. I would have loved to know a bit more about their history and how they became vampires. Also, at the beginning of the book, Jupiter’s wife is referred to by the Roman name Juno, but at the end of the book, the Greek name Hera is used. This caused me a small moment of confusion, but didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of the story.

The pacing of Immortal Death is great. Every time I turned a page, the tension increased. Demetrius has always blamed the Malachite family for Rosaline’s death, but as the story progressed, it became clear that this wasn’t the case. Demetrius doesn’t know who his enemies really are. I flew through the pages and little by little the past was brought to light. I was able to fit some of the pieces of the puzzle together before Demetrius, but I must admit that I was completely shocked and horrified at how deep and far reaching the betrayal and its consequences actually went.

Immortal Death is definitely a page-turner. The closer I got to the end of the story, the faster I read. Anyone looking for an addictive paranormal romance should check out Immortal Death.