Eternal Service (The Colony, #1) by Regina Morris

Eternal Service (The Colony, #1)

From goodreads:  Vampires exist among us. They can be our neighbor, best friend, our child’s teacher …

They alter their aged appearance based upon the amount of blood they consume. They move to a new area, drink a lot of blood, and appear young. Slowly they limit their intake of blood and age, right in front of our unsuspecting eyes. After decades, they fake their death, move, and do it over and over again.

Most live quiet lives in an effort to blend in.

Some however want power and control.

The Colony is an elite group of vampires sworn to protect the President of the United States from these rogue vampires.

When Raymond Metcalf, vampire coven master of the Colony, teams up with a federal operative of the human female persuasion–who has no idea that vampires even exist–will his mission or his heart be compromised first?

Career military woman, Alex Brennan, is being offered the promotion of a lifetime and with it a romance that she has desperately been seeking. Does she dare accept the position as Director of the Colony, an elite group of deadly creatures of the night and risk a dangerous romance with a man who isn’t even human?

Together, can they save the President?

I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review.

I wanted to love this book and I wanted to love it a lot.  For those of you that know my taste, you know that I have a huge soft spot for PNR/urban fantasy.  I love a world filled with vampires, weres, angels, aliens…need I go on?  I didn’t think so.

The synopsis of this story seemed really intriguing, it hooks you in and I braced myself for the ride where anything is possible because that’s what I was expecting.  I expected excitement, push and pull and so much more but the story fell short.

Raymond and Alex were one-dimensional characters because their history, their loss and their heartache seemed to be glossed over.  I wanted the nitty-gritty of the heartache they each experienced and I wanted it to become my heartache but it didn’t.  Even the dialogue between the two seemed forced and there were moments I was told vs. described with regards to their emotions.  The picture needs to be painted so clearly that the reader should almost forget what they are seeing on paper but instead see the movie that is playing in our mind and we should feel every twist and turn.

Even though I did struggle with the book, there were elements to the story that I liked.  I enjoy any story that has the supernatural and human relationship that starts with fear and turns into something more meaningful, this book delivered in that area.  Also, there was an X-Men quality to the book that I loved.  Yes, I’m a closet comic-book nerd but hey, don’t judge.  The whole bit about amphibian DNA that was injected into a human was all sorts of awesome and if vampires don’t feed within a certain amount of time their age starts to show.

This book did the dance between the two and three star rating but I decided with the three stars because there were elements to the book that I did enjoy.  ;)


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