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The Eleven—an alliance of ultimate predators. Primal, lethal, irresistible. The Prophecy—an ancient Mayan prediction that the world will end on 12-21-12. The Prey—where can you hide from pure evil? Lies. 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 fee The Eleven—an alliance of ultimate predators. Primal, lethal, irresistible. The Prophecy—an ancient Mayan prediction that the world will end on 12-21-12. The Prey—where can you hide from pure evil? Lies. 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. Eleven gods of the night…The only creatures more deadly are the ones they’ve been summoned to destroy.


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The Eleven—an alliance of ultimate predators. Primal, lethal, irresistible. The Prophecy—an ancient Mayan prediction that the world will end on 12-21-12. The Prey—where can you hide from pure evil? Lies. 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 fee The Eleven—an alliance of ultimate predators. Primal, lethal, irresistible. The Prophecy—an ancient Mayan prediction that the world will end on 12-21-12. The Prey—where can you hide from pure evil? Lies. 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. Eleven gods of the night…The only creatures more deadly are the ones they’ve been summoned to destroy.

30 review for Eternal Craving

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alp

    I'm still asking myself, is this the most creative or the weirdest PNR book I've ever read? I don't know whether to laugh or cry! The dinosaur shapeshifters!!! When I first picked up Eternal Craving, I didn't know it was the second book in Gods Of The Night series. After reading for a while, I was wondering if I should go back to read the first one but then decided to try continuing it. I found out that there was not a problem to start the series with this book because the author provided enough I'm still asking myself, is this the most creative or the weirdest PNR book I've ever read? I don't know whether to laugh or cry! The dinosaur shapeshifters!!! When I first picked up Eternal Craving, I didn't know it was the second book in Gods Of The Night series. After reading for a while, I was wondering if I should go back to read the first one but then decided to try continuing it. I found out that there was not a problem to start the series with this book because the author provided enough background to help me know what had happened in the first place. So I ended up finishing this in one day. The story was about the 11 dinosaur souls in 11 human bodies, and one of them was an Allosaurus who became the hero in this book. They had to fight against The Nine and other supernatural beings in order to save the human race. Alright, I was ok with this plot, but I wasn't sure how to feel when it came to romantic part. A dinosaur and a human woman... Whenever I imagined the Allosaurus... Umm... However, action scenes were good enough for me to enjoyed the story and just in only one book, I could find every supernatural beings; Shapeshifters, Vampires, Warewolves, Demons, and also Fae. Wow!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julie (jjmachshev)

    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 innoc 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ronda Tutt

    Fantastic Read! HOT! Wow, what a great follow up to Eternal Pleasure. This God’s of Night series just gets better and more exciting. I couldn’t put the book down because I just had to know what was going to happen next. These dinosaurs are awesome and so savagely sexy with just one look deep into their eyes and they have you stripped and pounding into your heat in a beastly ravaging feast (imagining and licking my lips – time for a cold shower). Al and Jenna’s romance was very adventurous and I l Fantastic Read! HOT! Wow, what a great follow up to Eternal Pleasure. This God’s of Night series just gets better and more exciting. I couldn’t put the book down because I just had to know what was going to happen next. These dinosaurs are awesome and so savagely sexy with just one look deep into their eyes and they have you stripped and pounding into your heat in a beastly ravaging feast (imagining and licking my lips – time for a cold shower). Al and Jenna’s romance was very adventurous and I loved how it threw them together. The story was great and was shocked when one of the Utahraptor dinosaurs died, it was so sad. The characters interaction between each other was very humorous and I actually laughed out loud. The vampires and were-wolves were very entertaining and the description of the Houston head vampire was scrumptious. I like how the story moved from Houston, TX to Philadelphia, PA and surprisingly I knew exactly some of the areas where the events happened which was totally awesome that I could relate where they were. After just reading these two stories in the series I had to go look the dinosaurs photos up on line and get a good visual and imagination of what they would look like tromping up the steps that “Rocky” ran up in Philly. After viewing the photos it totally put the story more into perspective. Enjoy the photos. Dinosaur - Allosaurus – Al [image error] Dinosaur - Tyrannosaurus - Ty the T-Rex [image error] Dinosaur – Utahraptor – triplets – Utah – Rap – Tor [image error]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cindi

    This is one of the most unique PNR series I've ever read. Oh, the concept of immortals coming to earth to save the day has been done before, maybe done to death, but never have the immortals been pre-historic dinosaurs! That said, the execution of the unique idea could be a little better. I'm probably being a bit tougher than usual because I just came off of Patricia Brigg's 5th Mercy Thompson book Silver Borne (Mercedes Thompson, #5), which is a home-run according to most reviews. The difference This is one of the most unique PNR series I've ever read. Oh, the concept of immortals coming to earth to save the day has been done before, maybe done to death, but never have the immortals been pre-historic dinosaurs! That said, the execution of the unique idea could be a little better. I'm probably being a bit tougher than usual because I just came off of Patricia Brigg's 5th Mercy Thompson book Silver Borne (Mercedes Thompson, #5), which is a home-run according to most reviews. The difference between spot-on awesome and just normal writing is vivid. I will continue with the Gods of the Night books because of its interesting premise that I want to know the answers to. Its already a little confusing so I hope that with each future book things will clarify a little and the author will perhaps lose a couple of the unnecessary twists and turns. This reader can't remember all of them.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kerstin

    It's a copy of the first one. Somethings are fun but alot doesn't make sense. It's a copy of the first one. Somethings are fun but alot doesn't make sense.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rebeccah Adkisson

    Eternal Craving, book 2 in Nina Bangs Gods of the Night series was spectacular. This one in particular is my favorite. We continue precisely where we left off from book 1, the Eleven in search for Zero and his minions. In Eternal Craving we follow Al Endeka in his quest to find Eight, as he also finds love with Jenna Maloy. With the soul of an ancient predator, Al struggles within himself to understand as he discovers new and frightening human emotions. Will he be able to fight his enemies in or Eternal Craving, book 2 in Nina Bangs Gods of the Night series was spectacular. This one in particular is my favorite. We continue precisely where we left off from book 1, the Eleven in search for Zero and his minions. In Eternal Craving we follow Al Endeka in his quest to find Eight, as he also finds love with Jenna Maloy. With the soul of an ancient predator, Al struggles within himself to understand as he discovers new and frightening human emotions. Will he be able to fight his enemies in order to help save humanity as he fights to control his newly discovered emotions? Nina Bangs’ work is indescribable. Love and sex combined with action, death, heartbreak, and more. Vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, demons, fae and.... DINOSAURS! What more could you possibly ask for? The works of Nina Bangs are incomparable.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Garrison

    Another hot dinosaur adventure worth reading. I found this one better then the first book. It has all the predicaments as the first just pumped up more, this one carries some sad moments and more humor. You get to learn more about the Mayan prediction and more about Fin and who wouldn’t want to know more about gorgeous Fin;). I really like the new character additions Bangs adds in this book, I think it will be interesting to see them grow. Few sopilers Jenna is Kelly’s sister and also a tabloid w Another hot dinosaur adventure worth reading. I found this one better then the first book. It has all the predicaments as the first just pumped up more, this one carries some sad moments and more humor. You get to learn more about the Mayan prediction and more about Fin and who wouldn’t want to know more about gorgeous Fin;). I really like the new character additions Bangs adds in this book, I think it will be interesting to see them grow. Few sopilers Jenna is Kelly’s sister and also a tabloid writer, so you know she knows things that goes bump into the night or does she really? When she sees Al change into a Allosaurus and kills one night, she loses it and runs for cover and calls her sister for the explanation. Its Fin and Al that does the explaining, not Kelly. So far both women Fin has brought in holds a key to bringing down the next trip home. This one Jenna holds the key for the eighth. Fin also finds Jenna like her sister is one that asks to many questions. It is always interesting to read to see how much the woman can get out of the man like Fin that holds all the secrets. Al has issues keeping his emotions under control, for one he loves to kill and Jenna sees this in his eyes every time. It makes it interesting to read how Al is going to handle a lady with loads of questions. He soon finds out she is not one that will let a prehistoric dinosaur to stand in here way to get the answers either.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Great read - second book in the THE GODS OF THE NIGHT series. The heroine of book 1 [Eternal Pleasure:] sister's has come to visit - in truth she's there to check out the new husband and the guys he works with. She finds guys who are as gorgeous as they are dangerous... and discovers her experiences with tabloid journalism haven't even skimmed the highlights of the REAL supernatural world. The hero is Al, a man with the soul of an allosuarus and anger management issues. He and the heroine are pit Great read - second book in the THE GODS OF THE NIGHT series. The heroine of book 1 [Eternal Pleasure:] sister's has come to visit - in truth she's there to check out the new husband and the guys he works with. She finds guys who are as gorgeous as they are dangerous... and discovers her experiences with tabloid journalism haven't even skimmed the highlights of the REAL supernatural world. The hero is Al, a man with the soul of an allosuarus and anger management issues. He and the heroine are pitchforked together by the leader of the group, a man whose visions say the heroine is the key to saving this piece of the world. She finds Al both terrifying and fascinating [she'd better, he's the hero:] and her protection against the mean streets of supernatural Philadelphia. Nina Bangs does a great job of mixing dinosaurs [keep the internet handy - you will want to look each of the guys up!:], Mayan mythos, doomsday scenarios, along with the 'regular' supernaturals found in most paranormal romances [demons and shifters and vamps, OH MY!:] Eternal Pleasure(Gods of the Night, Book 1) Eternal Craving (Gods of the Night, Book 2)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    It was a little bit better than the first book in the series. She's come up with a good formula for the series. This makes the romance aspect of the story very predictable, but that's what romance series are about. There are a few interesting developments in the basic premise of "The Gods of the Night" vs. the bad guys. The Fin character is an intriguing mystery. I like the guys and the girls in this series. It still bugs me that the premise is so faulty; no one knows why the bad guys can't kill It was a little bit better than the first book in the series. She's come up with a good formula for the series. This makes the romance aspect of the story very predictable, but that's what romance series are about. There are a few interesting developments in the basic premise of "The Gods of the Night" vs. the bad guys. The Fin character is an intriguing mystery. I like the guys and the girls in this series. It still bugs me that the premise is so faulty; no one knows why the bad guys can't kill humans, some mysterious power must have made that rule - lazy writing. I think that if she wasn't such a good writer it would annoy me less. She is good! So you are creative enough to invent the concept, why not go the extra step and make it hold together? But overall it's a good romance with fun paranormal elements, hot guys, and an enjoyable story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tamsin

    I am being generous with 3 stars as it did make me chuckle on many occasions, however should there be a sliding scale within the 3 star mark, this would definitely be towards the lower end of it. Basically we have a group of budding alpha males who happen to contain the souls of various dinosaurs who have been awoken after 65 million years in order to help save humanity from a bunch of immortals who want to destroy it. Yup, dinosaurs. Whilst not exactly shapeshifters, when “the 11” are angry or I am being generous with 3 stars as it did make me chuckle on many occasions, however should there be a sliding scale within the 3 star mark, this would definitely be towards the lower end of it. Basically we have a group of budding alpha males who happen to contain the souls of various dinosaurs who have been awoken after 65 million years in order to help save humanity from a bunch of immortals who want to destroy it. Yup, dinosaurs. Whilst not exactly shapeshifters, when “the 11” are angry or go hunting they can lose control of their souls which then manifest in the real world as their actual size, so you can imagine how things must get when you get raptors, tyrannosaurus rex, allosaurus and giganotosaurus together! Add in a sprinkling of vampires, werewolves and a dark fae prince and there aren’t many tropes left uncovered. Amusing but brain numbing!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell

    Love this STRANGE new series. I don't know how Nina does it, but she makes it not only work, but rock. This has quickly become one of my favorite series. Love this STRANGE new series. I don't know how Nina does it, but she makes it not only work, but rock. This has quickly become one of my favorite series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ok. So. The first book in this series was very enjoyable to me. It wasn't a good book so to speak, but it was a fun book. It was campy, at times over-the-top, and just a good way to pass a few hours reading. This book was the opposite for me. I honestly thought about giving up halfway through. Jenna was insufferable. I was a bit ambivalent about Kelly in book one, but over all liked her well enough. Her sister drove me up the wall from her introduction onward. The only redeeming thing about Jenna w Ok. So. The first book in this series was very enjoyable to me. It wasn't a good book so to speak, but it was a fun book. It was campy, at times over-the-top, and just a good way to pass a few hours reading. This book was the opposite for me. I honestly thought about giving up halfway through. Jenna was insufferable. I was a bit ambivalent about Kelly in book one, but over all liked her well enough. Her sister drove me up the wall from her introduction onward. The only redeeming thing about Jenna was that I think her fear responses were much more believable. She berated herself for her flight instincts, but forget that. If I see a dinosaur coming at me, I'm running. Where Jenna was irritating, Al was a bit forgettable. He and his journey didn't do much for me. I think that Ms. Bangs has a type; tall, muscular and mostly a bit brooding. She and Jenna insisting that this was "every woman's" type over and over and over again got old very quickly. My GOD I got so tired of being told how every woman would be unable to resist... fill in the blank. I started recording a few examples about halfway through the book when the eye rolling was no longer enough for me. "With his pale perfection, darkly wicked eyes, and flowing black hair, he would be every woman's evil pleasure." Spoken of the vampire Jude before she realizes she is now the exception because she only has eyes for Al and thus observes of him two paragraphs later: "Al's raw sensuality called to the primal need in every woman." Later in regard to Fin: "Jenna didn't know which shocked her more, his artery comment or the absolute beauty of that smile. Luckily for all human women, he didn't smile a lot." And on the next page, when defending that she 'so doesn't have feelings for Al,' she says: "He's the kind of guy every woman would notice." Then of the Unseelie Fae Prince Kione she says: "He had the kind of power to make a woman beg for even that kind of death." and a little later there is this exchange between them: "Before Jenna could even breathe, 'What the hell,' the dark fairy had stripped her of his sword. 'I will remember, woman.' Kione's voice was dark melted chocolate with a cyanide center. And she knew that every woman on Earth would happily gobble down that center as long as he gazed at her the way Kione was looking at Jenna now." I had this thought briefly during the first book, but it solidified in this one. Are these a series of troll fictions? Is this like Awoken by Serra Elinsen, deliberately designed to throw bad tropes and phrasing at you? There is an exchange with Lia, the human vamp ruler (and I'll get into that in a moment) where she is being flippant about the human race and Jenna throws out: "'Wow you must think humans are pretty shallow.' Jenna was insulted on behalf of all humanity." I felt this way in relation to the books seeming thoughts on the brainless lust of women whenever six foot+, muscular men with hard faces, and more often than not, long, flowing locks walk into a room. And ok, I know that the vampire lore is just a sub-plot in this book, but it too attempted to drive me insane. It made no sense to me at all. I understand that Lia and Utah are supposed to be the unlikely pairing of the next book, so maybe it will try to explain it better, but WTH? Spin kills the queen of the local vamps. Ok, got that. Somehow, that makes the ten state faction now under the rule of Jude. Oooook, get that you are telling me that, and maybe why (he is the ruler of the Texas+ states, so maybe that counts for something,) but over all, no I don't completely follow because... Lia, the human daughter of the queen, decides she is going to challenge Jude for control and he wants nothing to do with ruling Philly+, so he is going to make a good show of losing. Ok, so a non-vamp can rule them if they defeat the ruling vamp? So why isn't Spin technically their ruler now by those rules? Jude didn't kill Katherine and Spin didn't do it on his behalf. And it is known that Lia, a 24 year old human nonetheless, wants to change how her people operate. "'But she wouldn't help you either. She wants to take the vampires in a new and gentler direction.' Jude snorted his contempt of Lia's new and gentler approach. 'No more killing, no more feeding from humans, no more acting like, well, vampires." There is no way you can convince me that all of her people bought that Jude was weak enough to fall to her and even if they did, that there aren't other vamps trying to assassinate her left and right. She is a 24 year old human. A baby, a speck to those of have lived hundreds of years. We are introduced to vamps in this book who were around when the Egyptian pyramids were being built. If I were a centuries old vamp, you better believe that some human not even a quarter century old wouldn't be telling me what to do. I also want to throw out this question. If Lia is the love interest of book three and she was already kidnapped in this book, can we just skip that cliched plot line in the next one? Or does it not count because it didn't have that motivating factor for the male hero's storyline in discovering that he really can love and does love this human woman? I'd already bought book three after finishing book one, but I think I will be taking a break to pursue other things before I can bring myself to tackle it. I was just dissappointed, because as I said, I very much enjoyed the first book despite (or maybe because of) all it's flaws. This one was just too much.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Crankyfacedknitter

    Finally managed to finish it. Um. Well. So that's done. Finally managed to finish it. Um. Well. So that's done.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sandy M

    Nina Bangs always surprises me when I read her books. There’s usually a little something — the book starts out slow, a certain character bugs me, whatever — that makes me think I’m not going to enjoy the story. Next thing I know, I’m caught up in everything going on and can’t put it down. Same thing with Eternal Craving. The issue with this book? Men who shift into dinosaurs. Please. And I’ll be damned if I didn’t love every last word of this book, despite my initial eye rolling. I kept thinking Nina Bangs always surprises me when I read her books. There’s usually a little something — the book starts out slow, a certain character bugs me, whatever — that makes me think I’m not going to enjoy the story. Next thing I know, I’m caught up in everything going on and can’t put it down. Same thing with Eternal Craving. The issue with this book? Men who shift into dinosaurs. Please. And I’ll be damned if I didn’t love every last word of this book, despite my initial eye rolling. I kept thinking there’s no way this is going to work for me, but I do enjoy when an author proves me wrong. Ms. Bangs does so quite well in this case. Finn is the leader of the Eleven, ancient predators he’s brought back to life in human form but who still have the soul of their respective dinosaurs. The mission of the Eleven is to rid the world of immortals who are on course to destroy all humans, as they interpret Mayan calendar, in 2012. One thing I’m glad of is that Ms. Bangs took the easy road when she named her characters after their respective dinos. Al is having a hard time with the new human part of himself. He thinks Finn is not being honest with the group, knows for a fact there’s something wrong with his memories and believes Finn is behind that. Al is an Allosaurus, and he would rather be back in his prehistoric days when all he had to worry about was to hunt, kill, eat, and mate. That’s better than these human emotions he now has to deal with, especially when it comes to Jenna. Making the trip to Philly to find out what the heck is going on with her sister, Kelly, who is the heroine of the first book in the series, Eternal Pleasure, Jenna is bound and determined the finally get the truth out of her. Kelly married Ty (yep, he’s a T. Rex) and is now running across the country god knows doing what. She has no idea what she’s about to step into. But as fearful as she is of the huge hunters when they appear, she gets to know them and begins to care for them, especially Al. She also learns she is the key to vanquishing the next immortal before he can put his plan in motion. While the predators themselves aren’t the sexy part of the story — the men in human form are a completely different story, however — Ms. Bangs makes you feel for them, shows you how they struggle between all they’ve ever known and what is now so new to them. You even get to the point you cheer them on when it’s time fight. Both Al and Jenna have a lot of growing to do; Al to balance his past and his human-ness, Jenna to believe in herself and finally put that belief to work. I also laughed out loud a few times, so there’s a little bit of everything to be had in this book. I’m quite surprised I loved a romance about hero-worthy dinosaurs. I still chuckle at that thought, but I also look forward to reading the first book in the series — I know I have it around here somewhere — and then all of the subsequent books. Not only are there more of those huge beasts who get the girl, but there’s still a few mysteries to be figured out and I’m itching to know what they are. See my complete review at http://www.goodbadandunread.com

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    Originally posted at Musings of an Incurable Bookworm Jenna Maloy travels to Philadelphia to check in on her sister, Kelly, who has been whisked away by her new husband. Jenna has some suspicions, since Kelly only knew her new man for less than a month before they got hitched. In Philadelphia, Jenna meets Al—one of the Eleven—who she finds out actually has the soul of an Allosaurus. Because of course he does. Kelly hasn't actually told her sister anything about the new "family" that she has joine Originally posted at Musings of an Incurable Bookworm Jenna Maloy travels to Philadelphia to check in on her sister, Kelly, who has been whisked away by her new husband. Jenna has some suspicions, since Kelly only knew her new man for less than a month before they got hitched. In Philadelphia, Jenna meets Al—one of the Eleven—who she finds out actually has the soul of an Allosaurus. Because of course he does. Kelly hasn't actually told her sister anything about the new "family" that she has joined, so Jenna makes all the same mistakes as Kelly and gets into even more dangerous situations. But wouldn't you know it, Jenna happens to be one of the "keys" to defeating the big bads who are trying to eliminate humankind. But the stakes are much higher for her when she realizes that she is falling for Al, dinosaur soul and all. This is the second book in the Gods of the Night series. I read the first, Eternal Pleasure, for VF Rewind since I missed it the first time around. Coincidentally, VF is also reading this book this month. Huzzah! And dinosaur tears, if it wasn't as superbly terrible as Eternal Pleasure. I mean, just look at that cover art. Guess what year this book was released based on the cover? If you guessed early '90s, as I did, you're wrong. It was 2009! I literally have nothing to say about the characters. They were not distinct or interesting enough to want to pay any attention to, and one of the Eleven even died, but because the books are really about the "love" story, with the story story secondary, I felt no attachment to the one who died. When Jenna first arrives, somebody is trying to tell her the cover story for the group being in Philly, and then this happens: "Yeah, right. Jenna's bullshit hat was planted firmly on her head." (28) I'm sorry, what? Her bullshit hat? I hope that is a hat literally made of bull shit, because I will accept nothing less. And the book is full to the brim of nuggets just like that. Like this one, when they finally get down to the intimate moments and Al goes to enter her. "Nudging wasn't needed, because the door was wide open and the welcome mat already spread out." (266) SEXY. Now, I'm all for the use of metaphor and simile and hyperbole as writing devices, especially since that's their purpose. This just doesn't seem the right moment to utilize a metaphor. Any time in the other 250 pages when action is taking place or exposition is happening. This sequel had the added benefit of being super repetitive, which I didn't notice in the first one. There were even points where literally the exact same words were used in the same order mere pages later, including the concept that Jenna and Al and his dinosaur soul would make an "uncomfortable threesome." Ah, just savor that mental image for a moment. I don't know why I expected the writing to be better than that, considering all of the evidence to the contrary. But considering the alt for this month in VagFan is a 17-page ebook that is ACTUAL dinosaur erotica (like, dinosaur entering cavewoman), this sadly might be the better of the two...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    And here we are again. Yet another dino romance read for the Vaginal Fantasy Book Club. I think I got most of my eye-rolling out of my system when I read the first book in this series three years ago. (Here's my review for that previous book, Eternal Pleasure.) This time, while I was not enthusiastic (to say the least) about reading another book in this series, by this author, I went in knowing what I would find. And find it I did: some cheesy writing with an overabundance of repeating phrases ("t And here we are again. Yet another dino romance read for the Vaginal Fantasy Book Club. I think I got most of my eye-rolling out of my system when I read the first book in this series three years ago. (Here's my review for that previous book, Eternal Pleasure.) This time, while I was not enthusiastic (to say the least) about reading another book in this series, by this author, I went in knowing what I would find. And find it I did: some cheesy writing with an overabundance of repeating phrases ("tears clogging my throat" "his male scent" "my inner cavewoman" to name just a few), steamy yet cornily described sex scenes, and a ridiculous plot of 10 nigh-immortal, uber-gorgeous shapeshifting men with the souls of dinosaurs led by a mysterious, dangerous god-like man (comprising the Eleven) trying to stop the now Eight, actual immortals led by a different mysterious and dangerous god-like man, bent on ending humanity on December 21, 2012--just like the Mayans predicted! Like with the first book, I am still intrigued by the backstory of Eleven and Eight (formerly the Nine). I still want to know who/what Fin is, but let's add his shady brother Seir to that list now as well. I didn't resort to skimming this book like the last one--ok, so not as heavily skimming it. Since I knew basically where this story was going from the start, it was easier to stomach. One thing that really pissed me off was the weird twist the author added to vampire mythology: having a vampire get pregnant by a living, mortal man and give birth to a human baby. Sure, I appreciated Nina Bangs reversing the horrible idea Stephenie Meyer put forth in the final installment of her Twilight series, Breaking Dawn: that male vampires--and only male vampires, not female vampires--can procreate with humans to create human-vampire hybrids. Fuck that sexism right there. And sure, Bangs' variation is slightly different and also sexist, though this occurrence was so anomalous that maybe there had been a reverse (male vamp impregnating a female human) somewhere in her story world but just wasn't mentioned. Whatever, that's not what I am pissed about. Call me crazy, but here's what I think: UNDEAD CREATURES--VAMPIRES, GHOULS, ZOMBIES, ETC.--CANNOT PROCREATE, CANNOT GESTATE CHILDREN, CANNOT GIVE BIRTH. Only life creates life. This is just a GIANT pet peeve of mine. It can be hard enough for regular old mundane mortal humans to create life, to have a children, that it really burns me when I read about undead things doing it, no matter how *rare* such an event may be. /rant And the book title and the author name are still crap. But they do make me chuckle.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Renee Rearden

    *spoiler* I love finding books about shifters...that aren't the norm. In Eternal Craving, Al has the predatory instincts, memories and soul of predator...an Allosaurus...all shoved into the body of a man newly woken to his human existence. Though he's learned enough to pass as a normal person, he could care less about actually being one. He just wants to kill the demons threatening mankind so he can return to his real life with his dinosaur pack. That is, until he meets Jenna. She arrives on his doo *spoiler* I love finding books about shifters...that aren't the norm. In Eternal Craving, Al has the predatory instincts, memories and soul of predator...an Allosaurus...all shoved into the body of a man newly woken to his human existence. Though he's learned enough to pass as a normal person, he could care less about actually being one. He just wants to kill the demons threatening mankind so he can return to his real life with his dinosaur pack. That is, until he meets Jenna. She arrives on his doorstep under the pretense of visiting her sister (who is married to one of his "brothers"). They all know she's there to find out more about the unusual family her sister married into. The problem is she's a tabloid reporter, and they don't need that kind of trouble. Telling her just enough to satisfy her curiousity and send her on her way is the plan...unfortunately (or fortunately for the reader!) things don't go according to plan. He hadn't counted on noticing how stunning she is, admiring her courage and dogged determination to find the answers to her questions, or wanting to abandon his old life and live as a human with Jenna by his side. Nina Bangs has created a fantastic storyline with her prehistoric shifters. Combining the sheer size and predatory instincts of an extinct creature's soul and a gorgeous hunk of a man filled with human emotion makes for one heck of a sexy alpha male. The struggle to master human emotions through the veil of a darker side is beautifully orchestrated through this journey of discovering and embracing love. Throw in a difficult, if not seemingly impossible task, the heartache and loss of grief, the fear of failure and the courage to hope, and you've got a book that sinks its hooks into your heart and doesn't let go until you've finished the last page. I look forward to the next installment in The Gods of The Night Series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I remember when I picked up book one a few months back and thought Dinosaur shifters? I don't know about this. I really glad I decided to ignore that inner voice of mine and give this series a try because they are gooooood. Sexy good. Wicked good. Epic good. I'm still slightly shocked that anyone could find a way to make dinosaurs sexy. I've always seen them as brutal, bloody, survivalists. That Nina Bangs not only made them sexy but found a way to make it believable that they have to find a way I remember when I picked up book one a few months back and thought Dinosaur shifters? I don't know about this. I really glad I decided to ignore that inner voice of mine and give this series a try because they are gooooood. Sexy good. Wicked good. Epic good. I'm still slightly shocked that anyone could find a way to make dinosaurs sexy. I've always seen them as brutal, bloody, survivalists. That Nina Bangs not only made them sexy but found a way to make it believable that they have to find a way to temper their savage side with the human emotions they're beginning to feel. It's surprising and steamy and fun. Look there- three of my favorite things. The way Al was forced to deal with his feral side and come to terms that he'll never be able to run with his pack again, was well written. Realizing that these feelings he's experiencing in Jenna's presence aren't going to go away gave him depth. Since I'm talking about characters- Fin. The guy has more secrets than... someone with a lot of secrets. Here's to hoping they don't blow up in his face. My one complaint is that I don't think the cover really captures the vibe of the book. It looks soft and romantic. It should be harder, more feral with a sexy edge. Yes, I am completely aware that authors have little to no input on the covers, but I think it's a shame that these books might be passed over by people who would like a paranormal romance with a little more bite simply because the cover is so typical of PNR books. I really don't think this book should be read without reading book one. Although enough backstory is given to fill you in, the strength in these types of books lies in experiencing them from beginning to end. In other words, read book 1 first. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  19. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    Again, I am astounded. Again, the character depth and super-special-awesome plot have left me craving (haha, get it?) more. Like an addict, only without that dirty feeling. The small revelations were a delightfully tantalizing tease, miraculously manainge to neither reveal too much or too little. I appreciate the talent it takes for an author to do that, because I would probably struggle to count on one hand the number of books I've read that've pulled it off. I really liked Al. The way his str Again, I am astounded. Again, the character depth and super-special-awesome plot have left me craving (haha, get it?) more. Like an addict, only without that dirty feeling. The small revelations were a delightfully tantalizing tease, miraculously manainge to neither reveal too much or too little. I appreciate the talent it takes for an author to do that, because I would probably struggle to count on one hand the number of books I've read that've pulled it off. I really liked Al. The way his struggle with his predator nature was portrayed was realistic and fascinating. I also liked his hair, which was described oh-so lusciously. Jenna was a bit harder for me to like, as she wasn't nearly as interesting, but she also had her own background and such that made her character real to me. There were several funny/witty comments that had me smiling. Here's one of my favs: /i “When you look at me like that, my over-the-top imagination kicks in. Did you see Jurassic Park?” “Yeah. We rented it.” He smiled. “We cheered every time one of us ate one of you.” “Not funny.” But she smiled back. i/ The romance was... well, I don't really know how to describe it. I liked it, and there we some steamy moments I REALLY liked, but like the first book, I was distracted by the plot, and my constant pondering on who the Eleven really were before they were dinosaurs, and who/what Fin really was, and what his relationship to Seir and Zero were... omg, so many questions I needed answered, driving me crazy in a good way, because I wasn't left totally in the dark. But it did make it difficult for me to focus on the romance, particularly with Jenna being so... un-dinosaur. ^^ Now, on to the third book! I must know more! (Definitely an addiction).

  20. 5 out of 5

    JoAnna

    i read the first of the god of the night series and was excited to read the next in the series. the amalgamation of so many creatures and myths should be overwhelming but nina bangs does an amazing job of making them mesh. the only major plot blunder i didn't like was how the epic battle to banish one of the 9 immortals took place in the last 20 pages of the book and was prematurely ended. i wish it had been longer and more exciting as it should have been the climax of the story and therefore mo i read the first of the god of the night series and was excited to read the next in the series. the amalgamation of so many creatures and myths should be overwhelming but nina bangs does an amazing job of making them mesh. the only major plot blunder i didn't like was how the epic battle to banish one of the 9 immortals took place in the last 20 pages of the book and was prematurely ended. i wish it had been longer and more exciting as it should have been the climax of the story and therefore more text dedicated to it. the writing style is modern and easy to read and the imagery nina bangs creates is easy to visualize. the story surrounds kelly's (the protagonist from the first book) sister jenna who is a tabloid journalist who writes the weird unbelievable stories seen at the check stands. the eleven (the gods of the night aka immortal shape shifting dinosaurs) are in philly to banish yet another immortal named eight (of nine immortals total). in the first book, kelly banish an immortal and becomes mated to ty endeka (ty is short for tyrannosaur) and she becomes an immortal. jenna comes to philly to try to get the truth from her sister as she thinks ty and the eleven are dangerous organized crime. she then becomes involved with al (short for alasaurous?). she then learns she is the key to banishing an immortal. the book is devoted to the primal feelings of lust...blood lust and sexual lust. it also involves werewolves, vamires, faes, otherkin, and demons.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    Jenna Maloy comes to visit her sister, worried and concerned for her, so when she comes to Philadelphia, she never realized how much her life would change. Al is having a hard time learning to control his urges and instincts, having only been put into a human body only a few months ago, the hunter in him hard to keep in line at times. So when he meets Jenna, his urge to mate becomes only stronger whenever he is near her. Jenna, is shocked when she realizes what Al really is, and the kind of life Jenna Maloy comes to visit her sister, worried and concerned for her, so when she comes to Philadelphia, she never realized how much her life would change. Al is having a hard time learning to control his urges and instincts, having only been put into a human body only a few months ago, the hunter in him hard to keep in line at times. So when he meets Jenna, his urge to mate becomes only stronger whenever he is near her. Jenna, is shocked when she realizes what Al really is, and the kind of life her sister has chosen, to help save the world, and despite the dangers to herself, she knows that she will make the same decision to stay with the man that she loves....no matter the cost. Eternal Craving is the second installment in the Gods of Night series by Nina Bangs. Having already read the first and most recent books in the series, I have always wanted to read this one, so I couldn't find it in paperback so I decided to get it in E Book form. I have just loved the idea of this series, shape shifters who turn into dinosaurs, definitely a bit different than your usual shape shifting genre. Eternal Craving is a sensational read, with mystery, danger, passion, characters that are captivating and a plot that will draw you in until you addicted to this world that Bangs has created.....A Stunning Read!!!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Eternal Craving is the second book in the series where a group of shape shifting dinosaurs are trying to protect humanity from destruction. Jenna who is Kelly’s sister is a tabloid reporter with some deep rooted issues about her relationship with her family. Jenna has followed Kelley to Philadelphia to make sure she is ok and to see firsthand about her, Kelly’s new relationship with Ty. Meanwhile Al, the Allosaurus is not fitting in well with the group, he is moody and hostile towards Fin for so Eternal Craving is the second book in the series where a group of shape shifting dinosaurs are trying to protect humanity from destruction. Jenna who is Kelly’s sister is a tabloid reporter with some deep rooted issues about her relationship with her family. Jenna has followed Kelley to Philadelphia to make sure she is ok and to see firsthand about her, Kelly’s new relationship with Ty. Meanwhile Al, the Allosaurus is not fitting in well with the group, he is moody and hostile towards Fin for some unknown reason. Jenna and Al somehow find their way to each other and thus goes the story. To be honest I was not really a fan of the first book Eternal Pleasure but I need a book that began with E so I thought I would try this. Well honestly this one was not much of an improvement over the first. I give it credit for originality but overall the story does not work for me. I did not really understand the why Al or Jenna cared about each other let alone fell in love. I still do not get Fin he is not mysterious he is just off and then there is the whole cast of side characters we have fae, vampires, werewolves, and demons. All in all I never really connected with the characters and I just did not buy into the world which made the story fall flat.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Willcoxbrackeen

    Awesomely different I first read this series at least five years ago. It stuck in my memory the way a great story should but I forgot the author's name and the name of the books. My husband gave me book money for my birthday and I spent three days going through author profiles on Amazon before I stumbled upon the series. The first book of the series isn't available on Kindle so I bought a paperback edition and couldn't wait for it to arrive before I started reading the books. Does it sound like a Awesomely different I first read this series at least five years ago. It stuck in my memory the way a great story should but I forgot the author's name and the name of the books. My husband gave me book money for my birthday and I spent three days going through author profiles on Amazon before I stumbled upon the series. The first book of the series isn't available on Kindle so I bought a paperback edition and couldn't wait for it to arrive before I started reading the books. Does it sound like a lot of trouble to buy a trilogy ? It was but it's worth every minute and every penny of the high price of these books. The characters are breathtakingly colorful and large. The action and suspense make the story impossible to put down or forget. It's one helluva ride! It's refreshingly different than other stories which, coming from a woman who has read thousands of books in the last few years, speaks volumes. I've been thinking of this series for years! Thanks to a Google search involving dinosaur soul I discovered the name from a fellow reviewer discussing this series, so thank you! Read this series! You won't regret or forget it!!!! Happy reading my fellow bookworms!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Defoy

    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 stor 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!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    And now for something completely different... Ok, not completely different but certainly not your run of the mill paranormal romance novel. Nina Bangs writes fun paranormal romances with lots of sexy men & women and fun situations. The Gods of Night series is off her beaten path. Yes, there is romance and lots of creatures of the night but her sexy men are the original uber alphas and the situations they get into are a lot darker than her other series. That said I am really enjoying this series. And now for something completely different... Ok, not completely different but certainly not your run of the mill paranormal romance novel. Nina Bangs writes fun paranormal romances with lots of sexy men & women and fun situations. The Gods of Night series is off her beaten path. Yes, there is romance and lots of creatures of the night but her sexy men are the original uber alphas and the situations they get into are a lot darker than her other series. That said I am really enjoying this series. The characters are engaging and the mystery draws you in. Eternal Craving is the second book in the series. In it Fin and the gang head to Philly to take on Eight and his group of maniacs. We get to meet Kelly’s sister Jenna and she and we get to know a lot more about Al. We also learn a bit more about Fin, Utah, Rap, Tor, Jude, Zero and Seir. I can hardly wait to see where she will take us next.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    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, Immortals from a different place. 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 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, Immortals from a different place. 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 (like Jenna) and I’m going to die waiting for the rest of the books.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica `~Blahyze~`

    This read was to say the least, peculiar. Paranormal is what I love, Otherkin beings with nonhuman souls in a human body, a read right up my alley. However, the non-human soul being the soul of a dinosaur? That is just a bit weird for my taste, though a very original idea I couldn't wrap my head around it and it didn't allow me to enjoy the read as much as I wanted to. Despite the whole dinosaur thing, I did like the characters themselves and it was an entertaining read. The leader Fin is a very This read was to say the least, peculiar. Paranormal is what I love, Otherkin beings with nonhuman souls in a human body, a read right up my alley. However, the non-human soul being the soul of a dinosaur? That is just a bit weird for my taste, though a very original idea I couldn't wrap my head around it and it didn't allow me to enjoy the read as much as I wanted to. Despite the whole dinosaur thing, I did like the characters themselves and it was an entertaining read. The leader Fin is a very mysterious character and I’m very interested to know if further on in the series we ever find out about what he is. Overall this was an alright read it just wasn’t for me, the whole dinosaur soul angle was just a bit too left of centre. However I would say if you are looking for a change and are wanting to try something very different and strange, you might want to take a look at this series. I would pick up the next in the series out of curiosity but it won’t be anytime soon.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Astralnature

    I'd say it was a 2.5. It was okay once you got at least half the way through. I didn't realize that the female main in this book was the sister of the female main in the last book. That is important because it would have warned me that I was going to be massively annoyed with this book. She is the most obnoxious, pushy, "journalist" minded female. She gets better after she starts to come to terms with her own cowardice but JEBUS CRISP ON TOAST! The author did such a great job with making Kelly a I'd say it was a 2.5. It was okay once you got at least half the way through. I didn't realize that the female main in this book was the sister of the female main in the last book. That is important because it would have warned me that I was going to be massively annoyed with this book. She is the most obnoxious, pushy, "journalist" minded female. She gets better after she starts to come to terms with her own cowardice but JEBUS CRISP ON TOAST! The author did such a great job with making Kelly an attractive main female that other females could be proud to read about because she wasn't the typical stupid female, but then here comes sister dearest. However, I got through the book and am still willing to read the last book, so it wasn't the worst. I just hope she doesn't turn the next main female into the "Me strong, independent female. Me won't listen to penis" stereotype, because that looks like where she might be going. *sighs and is weary but still looking forward to the third book.*

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle ♣ Ndayeni

    Dinosaur shapeshifters may seem rather improbable as the heros in a paranormal romance series, but these work. Mostly. No monster porn here -- the sexy times only happen in their human forms -- so if that's your thing, then look elsewhere. It also isn't your typical shapeshifter romance though, for there is an entirely different backstory to why these men are what they are, one that is mostly a mystery though a few hints are given here and there. This book is the second in the series, and while Dinosaur shapeshifters may seem rather improbable as the heros in a paranormal romance series, but these work. Mostly. No monster porn here -- the sexy times only happen in their human forms -- so if that's your thing, then look elsewhere. It also isn't your typical shapeshifter romance though, for there is an entirely different backstory to why these men are what they are, one that is mostly a mystery though a few hints are given here and there. This book is the second in the series, and while I remember being somewhat impressed by the first book (at least to the extent that it was better than I'd thought it would be), this one was fairly underwhelming. Read my full review at Random Book Musings

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    This is book two of a buddy-warrior vampire paranormal romance series. The band-of-brothers-fighting-evil type, where one man finds his mate in each book. It's clichéd and silly (weredinosaurs? really??), but like cheap drugstore candy, it's craveable and strangely satisfying. This is the one about Al (an Allosaurus, or something like that) and Jenna (Kelly's sister) getting together. They are in Philly this time, and by the end they off evil villain Eight. You get to learn just a smidge more ab This is book two of a buddy-warrior vampire paranormal romance series. The band-of-brothers-fighting-evil type, where one man finds his mate in each book. It's clichéd and silly (weredinosaurs? really??), but like cheap drugstore candy, it's craveable and strangely satisfying. This is the one about Al (an Allosaurus, or something like that) and Jenna (Kelly's sister) getting together. They are in Philly this time, and by the end they off evil villain Eight. You get to learn just a smidge more about Fin and the prior lives of the dinos in every book. There are presumably 10 books in the story arc, if every villain and every hero get a book. Fin and his brother Seir are the most interesting characters, and probably why I want to know what happens yet. The author gives only the slightest hint about their background in each book.

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