Reviewed by: Candace
Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
Eternal Captive, the third installment in the Mark of the Vampire series, was the one I have been anticipating the most. It had some big shoes to fill. Nicholas Roman brought sexy back in a big way in book two of the series. But this time, it was Lucian Roman’s time to sit in the spotlight.
To Laura’s fans, Lucian (or Luca) is the wildcard Roman brother. Alex and Nicky have their mates, their purpose in life clearly defined. Lucian is the type of vampire that would make a fanged Freud drool. He knows he’s up to become the Breeding Male, he distances himself from everyone by being a certifiable ass. And now he’s done the one thing he never intended: He’s fallen in love.
Side note: the Breeding Male status sounds like something that every immortal male would aspire to. It’s not. Once the genetic changes happen, the Breeding Male becomes a being focused on one thing – sex and lots of it. No thought to consequence or who he is having sex with. He is driven by a blind lust and a single-minded ferocity to have any woman in his path, regardless of whether she consents.
Lucian Roman’s father was the former Breeding Male and it was Lucian’s worst nightmare to become the next. Luca, welcome to your nightmare.
Further complicating things is Bronwyn Kettler, the super intelligent woman who has claimed Luca’s heart, regardless of whether he wants her to have it. Alex and Nicky Roman step to help Lucian to hold on to the scraps of his morals. They serve as Luca’s dual grounding rods, until Bronwyn at least. Then you add in, Synjon Wise. He’s the former member of British Special Ops, the Navy Seals and servant to the Order and is apparently Bronwyn’s destined mate. Luca and Synjon butt heads like two rams on a mountaintop, but in the end I think we’re going to see the two of them working together, at least when the one who is left with the broken heart at the end heals.
Cruen is the big bad guy in the MOTV world and what you wish the most for this guy is a big sharp stake or a nice sunny spot on a beach. He’s an ass. He needs to fry. At the end of Captive, we see four more variables in his game who are left reeling by Cruen’s self-serving tendencies.
Sara and Kate, the destined mates to Alex and Nicky, make their appearances in Captive as well and remind the reader why the two elder Roman brothers fell so hard. These women are not just pretty faces, they have big parts to play. I can’t wait to see how they get the Romans through the next books.
Speaking of next books, I am itching to get my hands on Gray Donohoe’s story. His apparent HEA left me shocked. And shocked readers want to know more. Good move, Laura.
Sexual situations are definitely there. If you download this onto an eReader, don’t leave it on in church beside a little elderly woman. She’ll probably have a heart attack if she reads the sex scenes. They are fairly involved, pretty graphic and give you a big insight into Lucian Roman. Hint, he’s not really such an ass after all. That being said, Luca does earn his bad boy status.
At the end of Captive, I wanted more. One of the pavens in question has a resolution, one has a gaping hole in his heart and Bronwyn Kettler is left playing a new role. There are so many questions left without answers and it’s all in a good way. Mutores? Beasts? A Breeding Male who passed on the job to his son without explanation as to how? Like any good fisherman, Laura Wright has dangled the bait and we are just waiting for our bite. Bring on the beasts.
Sexual content: Several graphic sex scenes