GRAPHIC SEXUAL LANGUAGE IN REVIEW
by Em Petrova
Available as an e book but does
not appear to be available at Amazon
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Publisher: Red Sage
E-galley provided by Publisher through NetGalley.com
No remuneration was exchanged between myself and any other party for this review and all opinions and statements are mine.
Ick-Factor: Stratospherically raunchy-
Baby you're so hot, I've gotta come." he said, sending her over the edge. He fucked her hard as she split open, muscles pulsing around his assault. He spurted into her, bathing her with his love cream. p. 42
Cliche: Medium. I did not expect the end but wish it had occurred closer to the beginning.
When the husband Lillian LeClair has been bound to since World War II takes her on vacation which turns out to be a tour of cemeteries; she is bombarded by glimpses into a mysterious man’s soul as well as memories of her life as a mortal. Once she realizes this mystery man is tracking her, she is frantic to escape. But the phenomenon known as the Calling has her in its grip and Lillian is aboard the runaway train which will inevitably link them.
Famous and centuries-old sculptor Nathan Halbrook is on the receiving end of Lillian’s Call, and is tormented to discover the woman he’s waited years for is the wife of another man. As Nathan and Lillian come face to face, they find themselves embroiled in the puzzling events surrounding Lillian's delivery into immortal life. While the holes of her memory are plugged, a sacrifice is made to keep Lillian Walking and in the arms of her immortal mate. http://www.eredsage.com/store/Trefoil.html
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I felt the story to be less dramatic than the trailer.
This is the second story by Em Petrova that I have reviewed (Runes http://fangswandsandfairydust.blogspot.com/2010/12/casting-runes-and-throwing-darts.html) and in Runes I noticed that there was a lot of travel and movement from one side of the country to another. The same peregrination occurs in Trefoil as it describes a love-triangle between three immortals. This is another part of that series.
The story has an interesting premise of people who become immortal and bond through blood, but feeding on blood is never mentioned. Bonds and immortality are evident through spontaneously appearing tattoos. So, instead of Vampires we have Immortals. Immortals have a phenomenon called "the Calling" and Nathan gets the call from Lillian who is married to John. He goes off after her able to feel everything she feels. While fate and destiny are interesting, I don't know that I would call the calling to one's immortal mate, love. It becomes a biological imperative for Lillian and Nathan as her devotion to John and her need for Nathan clash she becomes more and more ill.
There is a lot of sex, some with motivation and some where I thought, Really? Again? In the car? And, Petrova is lavish with her character's body fluids. Lillian is a fountain of wetness and ejaculation. I wonder that she wears all the fine silk clothing she does without leaving wetspots everywhere.
The writing is strange. almost as if she were transcribing someone's dream. But she doesn't just transcribe dreams in this way; the entire story is written like a foggy narrative. It is written in the omniscient third party format. I felt as if Lillian completely lacked a spine and had fragile emotions; that she was so delicate a tear drop would kill her.
The whole bunch of immortals are irrational, strange, secretive and mysterious and obtuse. John just likes to travel around visiting cemeteries where his comrades in arms were buried, he is a bit of a jerk. In between cemeteries they visit museums and art galleries. Nathan is artistic recluse. Lillian likes to garden (these Immortals can go out in the sun, and can go into churches) and it seems she is always on Valium or could use one.
I felt this was more a draft than a finished work. The sex could be hot but the language made me feel icky rather than erotic. Interesting ending. But not interesting enough for me to recommend this to you. It is rare that I am this hard on a book but I just couldn't find enough in this book to merit recommending anyone else spend money on it.