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He's been promised a new life as the hunter he once was. But Al soon learns that all the rules have changed. Now he must control his most basic urges—the need to kill, to feed, to mate. And the woman he wants looks at him with both heat and fear in her eyes. Jenna Maloy doesn't buy this story that he's come to Philadelphia to save souls. She seems to see through the layers of deception to the primitive heart of him. With her beside him, Al stalks the dark forces that crouch in the city's night shadows. But the ...

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He's been promised a new life as the hunter he once was. But Al soon learns that all the rules have changed. Now he must control his most basic urges—the need to kill, to feed, to mate. And the woman he wants looks at him with both heat and fear in her eyes. Jenna Maloy doesn't buy this story that he's come to Philadelphia to save souls. She seems to see through the layers of deception to the primitive heart of him. With her beside him, Al stalks the dark forces that crouch in the city's night shadows. But the real battle rages in his heart. Love is a formidable opponent. How can he ask her to stay with him after she's seen the savagery of his beast? He only knows that if she turns from him he'll be cursed with an eternal craving.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780843957938
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Series: Gods of the Night Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of more than 16 novels to date, Nina Bangs has published with Dorchester and NAL. Nominated for four Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards, she won in 2009 for Best Shapeshifter Romance (Eternal Craving).

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  • Posted April 8, 2009

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    Eternal Craving by Nina Bangs

    Hubba hubba. A group of eleven Alpha males brought to this time to save humanity...and did I mention they're all WAY hot predators? Just yummy. "Eternal Craving" is the next book in Nina Bangs' 'Gods of the Night' series about deadly predators in human bodies fighting an alliance of evil to save humans from the end of the world as predicted by the Mayan calendar. I loved the first book and couldn't wait to get my hands on this ARC of the second in the series.

    This time we learn about Al. An innocuous name for a rapacious predator who lives for the kill. Al's having a bit of difficulty adjusting to life as a human in these modern times. About the only read feelings he haves are those of anger and hatred toward the leader of the Eleven. Then Jenna shows up and suddenly Al is accosted by all these 'feelings' and he has no idea what to do about them...well, he certainly knows what he'd like to do about SOME of them!

    Jenna is a tabloid reporter who only came to Philadelphia to check out her sister's new husband and make sure her sister is OK. Her reporter's nose is telling her there's no way this group of what must be the best looking men on Earth are anything but dangerous. Two nights into her visit she learns just how dangerous and that her visit was foreseen by the leader of the Eleven. Not only that, but she's the Key to defeating the Being currently working to cause mass death and chaos in Philadelphia. If that wasn't enough, she's becoming attached to Al and when she learns what loving Al means, Jenna will have to scrape up every bit of courage she can find to keep her 'man'.

    I'm still loving this series. I was glued to the pages and reading as fast as I could to try and keep up with the action. I think Bangs' combination of startling anti-heroes, Mayan prophecy, and the question of good vs evil is so very different from what's currently available in the romantic urban fantasy/paranormal romance genre. If you're looking for a broad cast of supernatural beings, it's here. We've got vampires, shifters, weres, demons, Fae and most interestingly...three or four Beings I'm still waiting to figure out what the heck they are...other than powerful.

    As far as pacing goes, the action unfolds at a slower pace at first and then shifts into hyperdrive towards the end. While there is violence, it's not gruesomely depicted or overly emphasized...it's just part of life with the Eleven. There are also further hints about the leaders on both sides of the struggle and their possible pasts. The more I learn, the more I want to know.

    Bangs also writes smoldering love scenes. The relationship between our hero and heroine isn't instant, and considering the short time scope of the book, I liked that. Our uber-Alpha hero and his confusion with these new emotions was at times comical, but never silly. His basic drives to protect and possess are part and parcel of the blending of past and present lives. And our heroine with her refusal to ignore the current reality and force herself to learn to cope...well, I only wish I had as much courage.

    My biggest problem now will be waiting for the next release! I couldn't find any information on exactly how long my wait will be, but to be honest...any wait is too long for me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

    Great Read

    The battle that began in Houston, to stop "the Nine" from destroying mankind, has moved on to Philadelphia. 'Nine' has been banished to the cosmos, to wait another sixty five million years for the next chance to create chaos. Fin has brought the Gods of the Night to Philly to find and stop 'Eight' from succeeding where his comrade in destruction failed. When investigative (tabloid) reporter Jenna Maloy comes looking for her sister, she gets so much more than she bargained for.

    Jenna has written about alien abduction stories, and many other weird tales as well, but she never thought she would be living one of those stories. First there's something, well, different about her sister's new husband and his friends. When Jenna discovers that there are many things to fear, and they are all real, she is stunned. Vampires, demons and werewolves are just the tip of the iceberg in this new world she has fallen into.

    Then she meets Al Endeka, and the attraction is so far over the top, she doesn't know what to believe. Can Jenna really be the key to stopping Eight, just as her sister stopped Nine? Can she soothe the beast in Al, and accept what he offers? Will all of the Gods of the Night survive this battle with Eight and his minions?

    This is the second book in the Gods of the Night series, and it is just as action packed as the first. The characters continue to fascinate and draw me in to the story, this time with the added tension of a possible vampire political upheaval along with the search for the evil 'Eight' and the rising passion between our hero and heroine. Nina Bangs has done a marvelous job of mixing fantasy with real locations, and keeping the reader on the edge throughout the story.

    Jenna Maloy is a tabloid reporter, suspicious by nature and determined to find the story behind her sister's sudden marriage and move. She is resilient, and learns to roll with the changes as each new paranormal creature proves to be real. I got a kick out of her reaction when she finally realized she was sitting on the greatest expose of her career, and she couldn't publish a word of it. I also loved that along with her courage at accept all that Al is, she was also smart enough to not tell him what she thought would hurt him.

    Al is the least 'civilized' of the ten at first. He doesn't want to be human, and has to practice at control. But he vows to protect Jenna, and as he spends time with her, he begins to respect and then to care for her. Of course, he is the image of the 'bad boy' type: long hair, scruffy jeans and all. And the man is sin on two legs. All of the characters in these books, the males anyway, are perfectly created for maximum hottage.

    There are some sad moments in this one, and there is the loss of one of the good guys, creating a gap in the fighting forces for good. But as Fin says, sometimes the bad guys get lucky.

    I love the concept behind these books. The combination of the Mayan prophecy, and dinosaur shifters is just too delicious to be ignored. The twists and intrigues in this one make for one very captivating story, and I can't wait for more in this series.

    Originally posted at Whipped Cream Reviews

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

    Eternal Craving

    Overall this was a good book. It took me a little while to get into the characters as opposed to the first in this series Eternal Pleasure. The characters were well thought out and memorable. Al really made the story interesting with his dark mood. It was difficult to know whether to root for him and hope she hooked up with the vampire character Jude in the beginning. I would keep this in my libary however and read again as I loved the first and cant wait for the next in the series. It was a little rocky starting out but was a great read and would recommend for anyone that enjoyed the first book in the series.

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  • Posted January 13, 2010

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    Not so much

    I was intrigued at first to say the least. How she pulled in the whole Mayan prediction that the world is going to end with supernaturals. Unfortunatly, it was just a disappointment. It left me with too many questions and the plot was out there, and I am all about twist and turns and new ways to defy life, but a dinosoar soul that is trapped in a human body by a leader that no one knows anything about, who surpresses memories so that no one will remember, that is just dumb. It jut was not enough to make me want to read the rest of the series, and that is saying a lot.

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  • Posted July 19, 2009

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    Interesting paranormal

    I bought this on the advise of a friend and enjoyed the sensuality of this story. I have to admit that I've not read the first of the series, and feel I should to get a fair and clearer grasp for the characters. Overall, though, I feel Eternal Craving is very interesting and the paranormal concepts original!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2009

    Terrific sequel that sets the stage well for the rest of the series

    I love the "Gods of the Night" series and looked forward to this book. One reviewer noted that this series is darker than Bangs' other books and I agree. This book is definitely darker than the first with the "death" of one of the Eleven (or sleeping for now) and the storyline moving forward to the day of reckoning. I won't say too much but the ceremony when the soul is sent to sleep was very moving and made me tear up. I would absolutely recommend to read Eternal Pleasure first to be introduced to the characters who appear in this book and to have the story set up. The character development is great for the characters who continued on in this book. I got tired of Jenna's character crying and being afraid all of the time - for goodness sake, she is supposed to be a journalist! But we finally got her act together and became the mate of Al. The ending seemed a bit odd - slow then rushed but still was glad to see Eight taken care of. I am definitely waiting for the rest of this series, particularly toward the end when I expect Fin and Seir will resolve the issues. Reconcile? Not sure if that can come but I hope they do. Looking forward to the next one and I hope it is before the end of 2009!!

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  • Posted June 10, 2009

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    Spectacular Sequel!!

    Nina does it again! I just can't get enough of her new Gods Of The Night Series!! She puts her own spin on the paranormal! The idea of using dinosaurs is brilliant!! I love it!! I think that you should definitely read the first book Eternal Pleasure first. Once again Nina you put out a great read!! Breathlessly awaiting the next one in the series!!!

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    Eternally Thrilling

    Nina Bangs never fails to come up with unique ideas and Eternal Craving is no exception. This is the second in the Gods of the Night series. This time the Eleven is out to save the world from destruction and the hero has been celebate for millions of years. Talk about sexual tension! And the heroine is naturally reluctant to have the fate of the world on her shoulders. Especially when she tends to be a screw up anyway. The two have a lot to deal with, especially with vampires and serious bad guys out to do them in. This is a fast-paced story in Bangs' usual special style. I loved it.

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  • Posted May 15, 2009

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    Great storyteller, decent story

    I just recently got into paranormal romance, so I'm still feeling my way around the genre. So this book was a little out of my normal reading, but I think it was pretty decent.

    I loved Nina Bangs' writing style, and the idea of prehistoric beasts saving humanity was pretty original. However I just didn't love the story all that much. Granted once I got near the end I couldn't put it down.

    Bangs' is a great storyteller. Her descriptions are great and her character development is awesome. The story follows Jenna as she travels to Philadelphia to find out what her sister has been up to. The shock she finds when she gets the full story is more than most people could take, but her interest in Al keeps her around. Jenna finds out that she is the key to saving humanity, at least in this battle, and in her hunt to find out what exactly she has to do she falls in love.

    Again I loved the writing style and the story has merit. I just didn't entirely like the prehistoric souls. I will definitely pick up something else of hers, but this series doesn't seem to be up my alley.

    It was a pretty quick read, and I really liked the characters. Overall I would give it a thumbs up!

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

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    Love Nina Bangs

    I was so lucky to read an ARC, and really enjoyed this book. I think I would have gotten more out of this if I would have read book 1 first, but I still love anything by Ms. Bangs.
    These are not like the books with Sparkle and Ganymede, in my opinion, 2 of the best secondary characters around. I love reading anything with them. The light funny banter, and true affection between the 2 are what real romance is all about.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

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    Great Story and Original Plot!

    I have to say I enjoyed the first book and the second equally. This is the second book in the "Gods of the Night" series. I definitely recommend reading the first book because this one seems to pick up where the first one left off. I am dying to know more about some of the other characters in the book and just can't wait for the next one. This series has a different flavor than other paranormals and I think the author did a great job. It's packed with lots of supernatural creatures and action. This is Al and Jenna's story. The main characters from the previous book make their appearance as well. The story line is set in Philadelphia this time and Jenna Maloy is a key player in helping to get rid of the next evil creature. She must also help Al control his inner beast and maybe find love along the way.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    A must read

    Kill.
    The first word, in Nina Bangs' second novel in the Gods of the Night series, grabs you and never lets go. If you do not have time set aside to read Eternal Cravings, you will regret it. Because you will not want to stop to answer the phone, watch your favorite TV show, go to work or make that all important trip to Wal-Mart.

    Al Endeka has been promised that he would walk the earth again but as a human there are new rules. Rules that means he has to control his basic urges. The needs to kill, to feed and to mate were difficult enough billions of years ago. Now he must maintain his human form and live among them. Then he meets Jenna and the beast within him craves her. He not only has to fight Zero and his immortals, but control his beast and his growing attraction for her.

    Jenna Maloy follows her sister and Ty to Philadelphia. Something is not right. Her sister and Ty have secrets and Jenna plans to learn and possibly expose the secrets of the group of men known as The Eleven. She is good at finding and exposing secrets. It's what she does for a living. Little does she know that in the nights to come she will learn more about monsters than she ever imagined. In the nights to come she will meet vampires, werewolves and other creatures of the night. Some will be friends and some bitter enemies.

    As you read Eternal Craving, Nina's characters come to life. She makes you believe there really is a group of men out there fighting for our survival. And just maybe if you are very lucky one of them might come your way.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

    Another Hit for Nina!

    In this era of vampires, werewolves, demons and shape-shifters, how refreshing to read about such an original paranormal "being." Eternal Craving is Nina's second in her Gods of the Night series and is fast-paced, edgy and sexy. Her dark hero and spunky heroine do not disappoint! It's also very intriguing gathering more hints in the over-arching mystery of how the world will end on 12/21/12. A MUST READ for Nina Bangs fans!

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  • Posted April 16, 2009

    Dinosaurs, Vampires and Immortals oh my!

    I started with Nina's Castle of Dark Dream series and now have read
    everything she's written. I love Sparkle Stardust, who wouldn't love a
    Cosmic Troublemaker! Nina's books are funny and hot with characters that have great personalities. Mischief, merriment and a bit of mayhem are the norm in her books as are soul mates and true loves.

    This Eternal series of books are a bit different than her previous ones. There has been more of a dark edge to the two I have read. If you like Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter books, I think you'll find the same type of bite to this series of Nina's. A darkness and a sense of foreboding with these evil doers. It's different enough too with the guys being dinosaurs of various kinds. And yes I did the same as all of you will; I looked them up on the web to see what they looked like. I loved that Nina added a bit Mayan lore and doomsday with dinos, vamps and immortals. And just think a group of eleven and then there's Seir. Maybe Zero just needs a women's touch too? And what about the panther, Balan? Is that really his animal self or is there a human soul lurking under that fur? After 2 books I have some and more questions I need answers to (Jenna anyone?) and I'm going to die waiting for the rest of the books.


    If you are a Nina fan get this book! This book is the best of Nina. But I think that touch of Sherrilyn take it up a notch as well. I read the first book in this series and was very hopeful for this series. I had a hard time waiting for the next book to come out. I was not disappointed at all! It starts a bit slow and just keeps building. I stayed up till 1:00 in the morning to finish this story. Love those Alpha males and the women who can stand toe to toe with them. I loved that Jenna was a tabloid reporter! Watching Al learn to deal with his human side was both funny and painful. Seeing both Jenna and Al deal with each other was fun. More of these books to read and I can't wait to read them! Here's hoping that this series runs as long as Kenyon's Dark Hunters is!

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    The Eternal Gods of the Night saga is romantic urban fantasy at its best

    Fin created the Eleven to counteract humanity's enemy Zero whose plan is the destruction of mankind to coincide with the Mayan calendar prediction of the end at 12-21-12. Fin's fighters use human bodies just like Zero's minion.-----------------------------

    Tabloid reporter Jenna Maloy wonders just who is her enigmatic new brother-in-law Ty (see ETERNAL PLEASURE) so she comes to Philadelphia to investigate him. What she learns about her sister's spouse shakes her to her bone marrow. However, her inquiry also leads to Ty's associate Al, who has been in a non-stop rage since he ended up cloaked as a pitiful human instead of a fierce "Hunter". When he meets Jenna, who is the Key to beating the enemy, his heart does crazy things; making Fin wonder if he is too volatile to trust with keeping the "Key" safe. -----------------

    The Eternal Gods of the Night saga is romantic urban fantasy at its best as antiheroes fall in love with feisty humans while battling an evil that is growing in strength as the malevolence begin the countdown to December 21 2012. The world is a gritty dark place as seen by Al (and for that matter Ty) except for Jenna who confuses him because a Hunter does not fall in love especially with a lesser being even if her tabloid experience enables her to accept the improbable. With a supernatural smorgasbord to round out a terrific fast-paced tale, fans will want to read about the big bang universe starting the big crunch to Zero time.----------

    Harriet Klausner

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