Also in this series: Everlasting Kiss
Series: Everlasting #2
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on January 1st 1970
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Length: 10 Hours and 25 mins
Desire Burns ForeverThe clientele at Shore's clothing store includes some of L.A.'s sexiest bachelors. But none of them affects Megan DeLacey as deeply as the dark-eyed stranger who strides into her boutique one evening - and keeps returning, night after night. Megan is drawn to Rhys Costain even as she fears him. Because his reason for being there is clear - he wants Megan, with an intensity that's both tempting and terrifying.
For almost five centuries, Rhys has lived alone, using women as it pleased him and never wanting more. As Master of the West Coast vampires, it's his duty to eliminate the ancient vampire who's draining humans on his turf, putting all of their kind at risk. But Megan's lush beauty and vibrant warmth is blinding him to a danger that will soon engulf them both - and tear him from the only woman who can satisfy his darkest hunger.
Megan DeLacey works at a department store for men called “Shores”, and most of her clientele are L.A. sexiest bachelors. Ranging from singers, actors and businessmen. Megan loves working with people and she loves her job. Her roommate is a model and men take one look at her and Megan is always overlooked. One evening, a handsome and a dangerous stranger walks into Shores, a man she is fascinated by but also fears him but doesn’t understand why. He comes in every day for a week before he admits his reason for coming is to see her. Megan at first, is unsure what to make of Rhys Costain. She knows he has money, owns a “goth” like club and is mysterious and full of secrets. Rhys is a vampire lord over the western U.S. Rhys is also one of the oldest of his kind, experienced and powerful. But he is drawn to Megan in ways he doesn’t completely understand. He knows that she is human, and could never accept what he is, but he just wants to have a small taste with her. Soon Rhys and Megan begin to fall in love, but then Megan learns who Rhys really is and what he is. Megan at first can’t understand him and is confused over her mixed feelings for Rhys. But Rhys and Megan are drawn back together through a series of events and Megan sees the true Rhys, the vampire and the lover who has always held her heart. But Rhys has an enemy and will use anything in his power to destroy Rhys and Megan. Only their love can stand the tide…or will the most powerful vampire alive destroy them and everything they hold dear?
Plot and Story Line
Everlasting Desire is the second book in this duo series of Amanda Ashley’s. But What a story. Even though I am super curious about the first book, I didn’t feel lost or out of placed. But there is some connection to it. And since the main characters from the first book, do play a pivotal role in this book, I do want to read the first book I was very intrigued by Daisy and Erik. It has been ages since I have read this author, so when I saw this title available through my library, I decided to try it out. And lately I have been in the mood for vampire-themed romances. And knowing how much I enjoyed this author before I figured it would be fun to try her out in audio format and boy was it fun. I couldn’t put this one down. I listened to it at work, working on the blog and even cleaning the apartment. Just couldn’t get enough. It was a mix of narration and the story. Both were superb and I loved the way this story develops.
I didn’t have many issues with the story, but there is one factor I tended to get a bit annoyed with, the heroine. When she learns the truth about Rhys, I really didn’t care for how she treated him for a little while. She was very self-righteous and judgemental about him being a vampire. I could understand the shock, of course, because who runs into a vampire every day right? But when you really love someone, you accept them for whatever or whoever they are. So I just couldn’t get a handle on her attitude. Megan goes into denial for a bit until Rhys makes her face the truth and her real feelings about him, and not all of them are disgust and fear. She still loves and care for him and I like that Rhys doesn’t just slink away, he fights for her to accept him. Rhys is the reason I feel they found a happily ever after in the end because he didn’t give up on Megan eventually accepting who he really is. Rhys is a character you just instantly love because he hasn’t had life since becoming a vampire. Rhys isn’t perfect, but he is honorable and lives by his conscience and even though he makes mistakes, he owns up to them and accepts the consequences.
The romance between these two is full of mountains of issues they have to work out, but they battle through the tough issues and emotions and find their way to loving each other fully. They have instant chemistry, and the sparks between them are what ties them together in the beginning. But we see how much their relationship is tested, especially once the “villain” of the story come to light and threatens them. They stand together and firm. There was an interesting twist with Megan’s roommate and best friend, that really twists up the emotions of the reader. My heart just went out to Megan, because this is the part of the story that was really difficult to read at times. I don’t want to spoil anything too much, but I want to say that this is a pivotal moment for Megan and Rhys. Because Megan realizes the difference between the good vampires and the not so good ones.
This is a story that really was a phenomenal story, and the type of book I was in the mood for. It fought with my emotions, brought me to the edge of my seat with passion and danger and some intrigue. I see I need to be reading this author more and more if her other books are anything like this one.
The narration is just fantastic and even though at first it took a little while to get used to the voice, I soon got hooked and she is now one of my favorites to listen to. She wasn’t too dramatic, but she employed the right blend of emotion and inflections to hook me. Now I want to see what else she has narrated.
I love the older style cover, its just classic. With the purple background, the bright full moon and the couple pose here.
Everlasting Desire is a stimulating and passionate love story that delves deep into the wide range of emotion, brings the reader stimulating desire, and crafts a story mixed with dangerous villains, treachery, suspense, and mystery. A SPICY ROMANCE TO CRAVE!!