Their passionate encounter happened long ago binding Caroline and Thaddeus for all eternity. A century later, Caroline is living a new life yet the memory has never lessened its hold on her—tormenting her with mere glimpses as her body continually cries out for him in her dreams.
On the brink of madness, torn between the past and the present, Caroline is the only one that can decide her fate. When she returns to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains the lines between time and space come full circle. Will she find the courage to face the passion and pain that awaits her? Or will she run from her past, dooming them for all eternity?
I received this ebook from NetGalley and Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members’ Titles in exchange for an honest review.
I’ll start by saying this was an ok read. I recommend it for anyone between the ages of 20-30 yrs old. After that you might not want to take the time to read who long it takes for the two main characters of this story to actually come together.
The story is about Caroline and Thaddeus. They are star crossed lovers that have been cursed to spend their years alone until they can find each other again in the same century.
Caroline is a young, intelligent woman with no memories of Thaddeus, she only dreams about a mountain top and hearing her name called by a voice that causes her heart to physically ache. Her dreams seem real but she can’t believe that to be possible since she grew up with an alcoholic foster mother and no recollections of a mother or father or this place prior. This is the main story throughout the book. You watch from Caroline’s POV as she tries to figure out her dreams all the while trying to maintain her relationship with her much older husband.
The two main supportive character in this book are Caroline’s husband, Phillip, and her best friend, Michelle. Her husband is many years older than her and that was one of the initial attractions to him. He made her feel safe and secure due to his age. I found him to be written in a very father like manner so the scenes that involved them becoming intimate were creepy and awkward for me. Her best friend Michelle is like any typical bestie, she is always there for Caroline when she let her be and never judged. She’s a free spirit but also grounded in herself. I would have enjoyed seeing her more in the book.
Phillip is a constant in the background for Caroline. You never really get a full sense of who Phillip is, you only see the sides of him that Caroline sees and that’s disappointing. I don’t think Caroline even realizes how much of a father figure he is to her. You get the feeling that he loves her more than she loves him in a romantic sense. It’s also very choppy when Caroline interacts with his clients and co-workers. She laments on how she’s treated like a trophy wife but you never really understand why his co-workers and clients feel that way.
Michelle is first introduced when Caroline meets up with her at a food festival they’ve been attending since college. This is also where Caroline has her first run-in with the mysterious fortune teller that warns her that her dreams are more than that and time is running out. It is annoying that Caroline pushes the woman away given the details this woman knows without ever asking Caroline a question but I guess I get that the author needed this scene to create other scenes later in the book.
Caroline’s dreams become so chaotic and create such distance between her and her husband that she agrees to see his ex-girlfriend, Debbie, who happens to be a shrink. Debbie convinces Caroline and Phillip that regression therapy is what Caroline needs to put this all behind her so she can move forward with Phillip in the HEA she’s envisioned in her head.
While under hypnosis we finally meet Thaddeus but I must say it was anti-climactic for me. Between the dreams and the memories Caroline started having I expected a stronger man in Thaddeus. He came across to me as a spoiled brat personally. He created the entire mess that existed for Caroline and himself because of his selfish attitude in my opinion. I won’t go into it anymore because it would give away the plot of the story completely and I want you to have your own opinion.
After this the book wraps up pretty quickly, too quickly for my taste given how much more of the story could have been told. You actually almost get to a point when you want to story to wrap up because it starts to feel like a soap opera. It’s like crap, is this going to end on a Friday and I have to wait for Monday for the story to finally come together.
To surmise, the story has so much potential but I don’t feel it really lived up to the standard it set for itself. If you’re looking for a SUPER casual read that you’ll pretty much forget within a week of reading or just looking for something to fill the time then this is your book.
But Eternally Bound on amazon!