In Eternal (Carolina Beach #2) Cecy Robson gives us another book with heart and heat; but it doesn’t quite meet the expectations created by its predecessor, Inseverable.
Eternal takes place a few years after the events of the first book in the series, Inseverable. It is the story of Landon (Trin’s brother) and Luci. Landon is still reeling from a disastrous marriage and Luci is dealing with her own personal demons. They both reluctantly attend a New Year’s Eve party where they meet for the first time, and from there the sparks fly!
I’m still not 100% sure how I felt about this book. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it was missing something. Landon and Luci’s relationship felt real. They suited each other, giving the other person what they needed. So it wasn’t that. I think it may have been the dramatic element that felt a bit forced. Landon is a sweetheart, no doubt about it, and his hang-ups regarding his ex-wife are perfectly understandable. His reluctance to verbally admit his feelings, despite his inner dialogue repeatedly affirming his emotions, just seemed to go on a bit too long. Similarly, Luci hiding the very existence of her own personal demons, despite evidence to the contrary that Landon would not have an adverse reaction to the news it just seemed to go on a tad too long. When Luci learns about Landon’s ex-wife and the circumstances surrounding the entire premise of their marriage, it’s understandable that she doesn’t want to be seen in the same light, but even so the cover up just goes on too long.
However, despite the above, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. Cecy Robson has a way of writing characters that feel very real. They are in-depth personalities complete with both strengths and flaws. They are the type of characters that cheer on, you want them to succeed. I think the main problem is that this book had some mighty big shoes to fill following on from the exceptional Inseverable; and Eternal didn’t quite make it.
I haven’t read a book by Cecy Robson yet that doesn’t have heart and soul. This one is no exception. I’m very much looking forward to book 3 in the series.
*Advanced Reader Copy provided by the publisher in lieu of an honest review.