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I love to explore genre fiction, and while I usually go for books with a romantic thread running through it, I just love great character and world building. And since I can hardly stand to let go of my favorite characters, I like series.

Eternal Seduction - Jennifer Turner Rating: 3.5 (Warning: this "review" is more of an aimless ramble. You've been warned!)I liked the premise of this book very much. Protagonist Logan Ellis is living on the mean streets of New York, dealing with drug addiction and past family trauma; heavy stuff, there. I quickly felt myself growing attached to her character, caring about her plight and the swift series of events that befall her. She's intense, realistic, and without rose-colored glasses. I dug that, and give major props for the book taking a different angle on a UF heroine.Now, there were elements of the story that I wasn't so jazzed about. For one, I never really completely bought into the gravity of the 10- or 20-thousand-plus age of the vamps. The descriptions of some of the characters didn't seem to match up with them in action. Stefan was described as grave, stoic and supremely imposing, and then you find him making cute quips like "well, you say potato!" Um?I also wasn't the biggest fan of the two-line explanation for Logan's detached behavior and how it means she's okay-to-go as Kerestyan's servio. In fact, there were a few plot-advancing devices that I felt were just too obvious rather than innocuously melted into the story. Logan is emaciated and malnourished? No problem, we'll magically restore her body!The third act as a whole just felt...rushed (I don't know how else to put it). From the aforementioned characters' behaviors and a general style-shift, to the hurried or even unfinished feel to the ending. I'll just say it wasn't my favorite section of the book.Okay. Now that I've made it seem like I hated the whole thing, I'll mention some more bits I liked. It was cool that Logan wasn't completely starry-google-eyed by the end, despite the changes that occurred and the overall growth she underwent. She realized she cared for Kerestyan and that--given time--she would love him. We didn't need mushy declarations of love and affection to feel the connection between the two characters. Made for believable and compelling consistency.The epilogue was cute! I'll say no more. ^__^Overall, I really did enjoy this book. It was not without irksome aspects, however. Either way, I do hope the author decides to make a return to this world; I'd definitely pay a visit. :o)