Thursday, November 23, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: IMMORTAL BILLIONAIRE by JANE GOODMAN @JaneGodman













Immortal Billionaire by Jane Goodman
Publisher:  Harlequin Nocturne  
Published: November 1,  2016
Genres:  Paranormal Romance 
Pages: 304
Format: ebook
Source:  Author
Purchase: Amazon
What the story is about.

Connie Lacey is running and hiding from a stalker, the same person responsible for her attack and mother’s murder four years ago. She cannot risk him getting to her. So when billionaire Sylvester de Leon invited her to spend thirty days on his private island she readily accepted. Her expectations from accepting this offer was protection from her stalker. What she did not expect was her explosive reaction to the enigmatic Sylvester de Leon.

Sylvester has lived an interesting life, one shrouded in mystery.  A family curse made him immortal and resulted in him not living beyond thirty in each of his lives. In his current life, he is searching for heirs to whom he could leave his island and fortune has his thirtieth year draws nigh. However, the moment they all came on the island, in acceptance of his invitation, strange things begin to occur. Are these events a product of the curse or had Connie’s stalker followed her to the island?  Amidst the secrets and danger, Connie and Sylvester’s desire for each burns hot. 

However, danger lurking at every turn threatens a love that spans centuries.  Will they be able to unravel the secrets that threaten their existence or will they succumb to the curse, doomed to live a life riddled with danger?

Initially, I had difficulty getting in to the story.  At one point, I thought of giving up on it, but I placed it aside for a while and read other books in the process. Eventually I picked it back up, and realised it was not all bad.

When I took up this book, I thought I would be reading about vampires, oh boy was I wrong. The story explored the concept of reincarnation, immortality, curses and time travel.

What I liked

Fascinating Premise

I found the story unique  It is my first time reading a romance where reincarnation combined with time travel and immortality was a major theme.  I thought the author handled the concept well.

Supense/Mystery

The suspense/mystery thread kept me on my toes. Honestly, I never expected that much intensity, but I found myself on edge as I tried figuring out who was behind the attacks on the island. As the story progressed so did my suspicions about the stalker’s identity. The author tried to throw me off the scent, however another attack happened, which led me to I was correct in my initial assessment.

The Story

I loved how the story played out for the most part. The writing is exquisite. I was fascinated by the vivid descriptions of the island and the detailed history of the protagonists’ past lives.

The Romance

At first I thought this would be another insta-love romance, but as the story developed, I realised it was not the case.  Instead their love spanned several centuries, so when Connie came to the island, his soul instantly recognised her.  It was easy to buying into Sylvester’s the instant connection with Connie


What I did not like

The slow start to the story is a challenge. It took me a while to warm up to it.

Characters
I did not connect with the characters. They lacked depth, which is surprising given all they went through.  Since her attack, Connie had been looking over shoulder and living in fear.  However, I did not get the feeling she was scared. Her actions were contrary to her experiences.  Sylvester did not fare any better for me. For someone who has lived many lives I did not expect him to get caught off guard by the events on the island.

Conclusion/Recommendation

This was not a favourite read. There were some enjoyable moments, but it was not enough to wow me. This is my first time reading the author’s work, but I am not averse to giving her another shot.

The purpose of this review is not to deter you from picking up this title. It is my perspective and it is possible your experience will be different from mine. That being said if you enjoy suspense, romance, time travel and reincarnation then you may enjoy Immortal Billionaire.




Dark secrets and unquenchable desire collide in this captivating paranormal thriller…

Connie Lacey lives a nomadic existence. Alone. Safe. She can't risk being found by the stalker who haunts her waking nightmares. Until an invitation from billionaire Sylvester de León—to spend thirty days with him on his private island, Corazón—proves impossibly tempting. But one look at the gorgeous host's deep blue eyes, and Connie knows there is nothing safe about this paradise and the aristocratic man who calls it home.

The island is cursed…as is Sylvester himself. Yet something in him calls to Connie, ignites a desire that's filled with raw, timeless need. But Corazón has many secrets, each more dangerous than the last. And in a place where everlasting love, the past and fate intersect, even death is only a beginning…


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jane Godman



JANE GODMAN worked in a variety of shops, bars, and offices before settling into a career as a teacher. She was born in Scotland and has lived in Germany, Wales, Malta, South Africa, and England. Home is now the Wirral, a beautiful English peninsula situated between Wales and Liverpool.

Jane still gets the urge to travel, although these days she tends to head for a Spanish beach, or a European city that is steeped in history. Venice, Dubrovnik, and Vienna are among her favorites.

When she isn’t reading or writing romance, Jane enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. She is married to a lovely man, has two grown up children and has recently discovered the joy of becoming a grandparent.

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