Review: Immortal Prey by Diana Ballew

Immortal Prey by Diana Ballew
Release Date: November 21, 2012
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Pages: 237
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

She owns his heart…the beast rules his soul.

Derek Rudliff was an ordinary man…or so he thought. The Were king tasted the legendary warrior blood coursing through Derek’s veins. Spared a brutal death, Derek’s reward as the future Were king is to spend eternity with his beloved mortal wife, but he must kill her and wait for her rebirth three hundred years later. Her intoxicating scent leads him on a quest to find her, but what Derek discovers is not what he had expected. His beloved is now Erin Richland, a fiery, emerald-eyed beauty with a mind of her own, and she’s far from the docile woman he remembers from centuries ago.
Erin Richland is no easy prey.

Drawn to the mysterious stranger, Erin finds Derek’s attempts at seducing her are impossible to deny, but terrifying, haunting images of her forgotten past begin to resurface. Determined to get the coveted exclusive interview that could launch her career, Erin struggles between her attraction for Derek and getting to the bottom of the gruesome maulings and murders plaguing the young city of Everett, Washington. As much as she’s lured to Derek, she equally fears him, for she senses he is somehow connected to her terrifying dreams and imaginings.

Together, Derek and Erin must battle the dark forces of evil determined to pull them apart. Only then, can the two lovers find their way back to each other for all eternity.

 

Review: When I first started to read this book, I thought it was going to be boring, because it started out slow and it was not capturing my attention. After the first couple of pages, as the story developed, it got so exciting and entertaining, I didn’t want to stop reading. I love and equally hate when that happens. Everything around me goes to pot and I really don’t care because the story is just that good. Thank you Ms. Ballew, wow is all I can say for this book.

I thought this book was going to be present day and I was pleasantly surprised that it took place in the early 1900’s. It worked for this story and I loved the old world feel of the early 1900’s. The secondary characters that were introduced in this book were just as entertaining as the primary characters. I loved Derek’s best friend. He was such a hedonist, and he knew it and wasn’t ashamed of it at all.

There were some twists and turns along the way and I found myself cheering for Derek and Eursle/Erin to get their happy ending, because they were put through a lot.

One thing I loved about this book is how the author jumps from the present to the past in order to better tell the story, and things begin to make sense as the story unfolds. It’s more entertaining for the reader to actually be there when the story unfolds, rather then have the character tell the story. I wasn’t confused with the author jumping back and forth between past and present, so don’t worry, if this kind of story telling makes you uncomfortable. All of your questions will be answered by the end of the book. There will be some tidbits that I thought that weren’t going to be explained, but don’t worry, things that were brought up at the beginning of the book will be resolved at the end.

I totally liked Derek. He did some shady underhanded things to ensure that Ersule/Erin would be free for him to pursue, but as they say, all’s fair in love and war. I found that even though he did some shady stuff, it didn’t take away from his likability and his vulnerability. Yes, I know, he’s this alpha male, king of his were pack, uber masculine and here I am calling him vulnerable. Yet he really is. He loves Ersule/Erin to the depth of his soul and nobody and nothing will stand in his way. How can that be wrong when it’s just so right?

Ersule/Erin is a complex character to try and figure out. When she was Ersule, in the past, she was this sweet biddable woman who would do anything for Derek. She loved him just as passionately and desperately as he loved her. Excuse me as I just sigh…….ok……She was a different woman then and when she came back as Erin, she was a more modern day woman, who wanted to be treated equally. She wanted to work and have a career, she didn’t want to be defined as someone’s mother or wife, she wanted her own identity which was unheard of in that time frame , she wanted women to gain the vote. She was a modern day thinker. How is this going to play out with Derek when his submissive wife is not there anymore? What will happen?

I loved how Ms. Ballew solved this problem. Derek is a man of depth and intelligence and he didn’t let me down with being able to change with the times. Three hundred years is a long time and you have to adapt. I loved this book, it really was just that good.