"Amanda Ashley's vampire world is truly fascinating"

Amanda Ashley has written another intriguing vampire romance with Whisper of Eternity. In this novel we find Dominic a very old vampire following his true love, who is a mortal woman through her many lives in hopes that she will one day willingly consent to join him in eternal life and love as a vampire. However she has yet to agree to this dark gift. And at the end of each life she, Dominic's 'best beloved one', dies in his arms, never quite reaching a ripe old age.

The book opens at present day and Tracy Warner, the latest reincarnation of Dominic's 'best beloved one', has just bought a beautiful old house that resides over the sea. In this life Tracy is an artist and a fairly independent woman as she makes her way into the world. However unbeknownst to Tracy, Dominic lives in the ground below. His home has been carved right into the rock the house resides upon. And Dominic is surprised when he finds that his 'best beloved one' has inadvertently found him this time instead of the other way around.

As the novel unfolds we discover Tracy is not so eager to believe in all that Dominic proclaims to be. That she is not happy about the strange dreams seemingly of past lives that haunt her nights because she does not believe in reincarnation. For her it is one life, one death, and that's it. And Dominic is not happy that Tracy will not commit to him so readily as he catches her out on a date with the local lifeguard. Thus Dominic becomes more possessive and determined to have her.

Tracy overwhelmed by her fast developing feelings for Dominic and her need to preserve her sanity in such a crazy situation, decides to run away. But now that Dominic knows her scent there is nowhere she can run that Dominic cannot find her... and he does. For when she wakes up the next morning she is no longer in her motel room but rather locked away in an unfamiliar mansion in Maine. And if life isn't complicated enough for this couple, a new dynamic has just arrived. Kitana, the woman who brought Dominic over to Vampirism, is in town and she's bored. She figures since they were once lovers why not stop by and play around in his territory for a while?

Amanda Ashley truly has a gift for writing very creative vampire romances. Shades of Gray, one of her earlier books, is definitely one of my all time favorites. This novel, however, I had issues with the heroine as I had a hard time connecting or believing in the feelings of Tracy Warner. Her character was a tad erratic in her decisions, with little to explain what drove her to do them. And when she finally decides she truly loves Dominic, it seemed to me to be totally out of the blue. I mean for God sake he has her held up in mansion she cannot escape from, where he controls most of her life and she just suddenly seems to surrender her independence and doubts and decides she is in love. And as the book progressed I never quite felt the connection from Tracy to Dominic until the last few pages.

I know this may sound odd but Whisper of Eternity is a good read and the plot has you moving through this book at a good clip eager to find out what will happen next. Ms. Ashley's vampire world is truly fascinating. And in spite of my frustration with the heroine I wanted to see if Dominic would finally get what he has followed Tracy through all time for... her eternal love.

Reviewed by Mindy Lobaugh
Posted November 5, 2006



When artist Tracy Warner purchases the rambling seaside house built above Dominic St. John's hidden lair, he recognizes in her spirit the woman he has loved countless times over the centuries.

Drawing her into the fascinating,seductive world of the vampire, he aches to believe that this time she will not refuse his Dark Gift. But when Dominic's ancient rival appears in Sea Cliff, hungry for territory and power, Tracy becomes a pawn in a deadly game. To save her-and the passion that burns between them-Dominic must offer...A WHISPER OF ETERNITY.

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A Whisper of Eternity
by Amanda Ashley

Zebra Books
February 1, 2004
Available: February 1, 2004
ISBN #0821775294
EAN #9780821775295
384 pages
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Other Books by
Amanda Ashley

Bound By Blood
Everlasting Desire
Everlasting Kiss
Immortal Sins
Night's Pleasure
Night's Master
Dead Perfect
Night's Touch
Dead Sexy
Desire After Dark
Night's Kiss
Stroke of Midnight
Midnight Pleasures
After Sundown
Midnight Embrace
After Twilight
Shades of Gray
A Darker Dream
Deeper Than The Night
Embrace the Night

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