Immortal Desires (a Well of Souls novel)

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Rated 4.47/5 based on 19 reviews
After being dumped at the altar, Deanna Cameron seeks a fresh start in life. She gets more than she bargained for after accepting a new job, when an Immortal Guardian sends her five hundred years into the past. She can't return home and a magnificent highland warrior accuses her of being a spy. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781466015753
About Laura Eno

Laura Eno lives in Florida with three skulking cats and two absurdly happy dogs. After spending years immersed in English literature courses, she now writes novels late at night with the help of muses from the underworld. Please visit her strange imagination at http://lauraeno.com and follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lauraeno

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Review by: Ron Fritsch on July 24, 2012 :
Immortal Desires is the first novel in Laura Eno’s fantasy series “The Well of Souls.” When I read fantasy or scientific fiction, I first want to find myself in a well-constructed alternate world. That means I don’t want to read a story where anything goes—where the author feels free to interject any kind of ad hoc magic or paranormality to advance the plot.

Immortal Desires easily passes that test. Two competing groups of immortals secretly inhabit our world, appearing to be as mortal as any other human. The Aeneas are committed to order. (I wonder if Aeneas is a reference to the founder of Rome, the apotheosis of order.) The Conrí worship chaos. (With these characters, I wonder if their name signifies “contrary.”)

The Aeneas guard the Well of Souls, where the souls of mortals go to be recycled and meet up with their soul mate in their next life. Which sounds like a joyful kind of reincarnation to me.

Unfortunately, the Conrí damaged the Well of Souls a millennia ago, causing some souls to be lost, unable to connect with their soul mates again. But certain guardians of the Aeneas attempt to find these lost souls and recycle them in the Well of Souls.

One such lost soul is Deanna Cameron, whose betrothed leaves her at the altar alone in 2011 America. A guardian finds her and reluctantly, rather than recycling her, sends her back to early 16th century Scotland, where she meets her soul mate, Ian Mackay, supposedly the last “laird” of his clan, whose lethal opposing clan bears the name “Cameron.”

Does Ian die an early death on September 9, 1513, on Flodden Field in dubious battle with the English under Henry VIII, as his tombstone suggests—or doesn’t he? And what about Deanna’s and Ian’s soul-mate sexual obsession with one another? Does that save Ian’s clan from ignominy? And what does it do for Deanna?

I loved this story.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Tyra Berger on May 15, 2012 :
Move over, Diana Gabaldon and Karen Marie Moning, and make room for Laura Eno! What a fantastic start to what I hope is a long running series. IMMORTAL DESIRES is one of those books that I just couldn't put down, and as soon as I was finished, I wanted more.

While this book was very much a romance, it had so many more elements that made it a great read: mystery, intrigue, feisty heroines and hot highlanders. From the strong characters to the engaging story line, this was a great read.

When Deanna is left at that altar, she needs something to snap her back into life. What better way to start over than a dream job that sounds too good to be true? So she makes the leap and starts over at Light Street Corporation, a new job and new state to live in and the chance to start over. What Deanna doesn't know is, her new boss, Robert Thornton, is actually an immortal being, a guardian to the Well of Souls and that she is one of the lost souls.

As part of her new job, Deanna is sent to Scotland, where she's to inspect a castle that has been turned into a hotel. When she sees a picture on the wall of the last laird of the castle, she feels an immediate connection and wonders if he could be the apparition that she has been dreaming about for the last month. While wondering around the cemetery, Deanna finds a brooch that transports her back in time to 1505, where not only does her dream apparition come to life, he thinks she is a spy.

Ian is an immortal druid working at Light Street Corporation that knows as soon as he sees Deanna that she is his long lost soul mate. The only problem is they were supposed to meet while he was mortal and that was 500 years ago. When Ian begs his boss not to "recycle" Deanna but send her back in time to when he was living, he sets of a series of events that no one knows the ramifications.

This story is told from a multi-dimensional point of view, jumping times and locations, which you would think would be confusing but was not. I felt it added more depth to the story line and was handled very nicely. I was never confused about what century I was in or where I was. This also had the added bonus of reliving the memories with Ian currently while they are unfolding in the past. It was a very unique way of seeing the story play out.

While the "bad" guys aren't fully developed in this first story, you get just enough to make you question who is in the right, or are both the Aeneas and the Conri just being used as pawns in a game the Gods are playing? There are definite times when I questioned who exactly was in the right.

IMMORTAL DESIRES is very well written and Ms. Eno's world building and character development are strong. Her narrative brings the surroundings to life, be it the Colorado mountains or the Scottish highlands. You can't help but fall in love with this book and especially with Deanna and Ian. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of historicals, time travel and the fight for true love.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Emmalee Aple on April 16, 2012 :
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This book about Deanna and Ian intrigued me, but after about two chapters I was lost. There was enough of a plot line to keep me reading, but there were plenty of places I just didnt understand what was going on. There is a lot of jumping around between characters and some parts were very predictable. Immortal Desires is well written besides the few quirks. It was hard to follow in places because of the jumping between characters and complete seperate plots that were working to come together.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: mdlagarland on April 03, 2012 :
I received this book to review as part of the Read 2 Review on Goodreads and I REALLY enjoyed it. I read it in about a day. Once I started I could not put it down.

The first few pages were a little difficult to follow because it was a new concept. Once I had the players in their roles, it was easy to follow and very enjoyable! I could not put it down.

Laura Eno does an amazing job of creating characters that you feel for and root for. I found myself crying at one point, even though I knew what was coming. I just didn't want it to happen.

I can't wait for the next book in this series. At least I hope there is another one!

Happy Reading!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Emma on March 31, 2012 :
Laura Eno does not disappoint!!! This is the second book I have reviewed of hers for R2R and I have to say she is a favorite. I haven't read many historical novels, I wouldn't say I'm not a fan, I just haven't but she definitely has piqued my interest to this genre.

I loved the time travel for the sake of finding your true love. I really liked how Ian was remembering new memories as Deanna and his past self were making them.Her character building was very good, I thought Deanna was very strong, she didn't have me thinking she was whiny, and I didn't once have a "blah, blah, blah" moment (you know the one, when they complain and complain till you have to skip a few pages because you're so bored with it). I really loved Ian, but really what's not to love about him? He was strong, faithful, self-sacrificing and wore a kilt.(fanning self) Robert is an enigma, one minute he's doing everthing by the book, according to the Council and the next he's doing things on his own terms. I'm interested to see where his character goes in the next installment.

Immortal Desires was verra good and I would recommend this book. Well done Ms. Eno!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: mslvoe on March 29, 2012 :
It was a very fun read that I had a very hard time putting down. She knows how to tell a story that grabs you right in the heart. I read it in one sitting.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lori Crews on March 29, 2012 : (no rating)
I have enjoyed reading this book. I generally do not read books like this one but it was something different and I have found that I really enjoy it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: amy colegrove on March 28, 2012 : (no rating)
I really love this book! I'm really into time travel. This is the second book that I have read by this author and I can promise that I will read more!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Karla Phillips on March 28, 2012 :
Immortal Desires is absolutely amazing. Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. I wanted to finish, because I wanted to see how it ended for Deanna and Ian. They made the perfect soul mates, showing love to one another. I loved how Deanna was sent back in time to be with Ian. How he treated her and how she fought back, before they realized that they was soul mates. THen how she was taken away on their wedding day and put back into present time. She fought to get back to Ian and when she finally gotten back to him, they was married. How she gave Ian four children, even though only three of them lived. THen how it all worked out in the end and Deanna became an immortal like Ian.
Laura Eno is an amazing author and really knows how to capture her audiences' attention. I hope that she writes a second to this book, because I would really love to find out what happened to Ian, Deanna, and their clan. This is a must read for everyone. I know that I enjoyed it and I am sure you will too.
In all honesty she is right up there with Diana Gabaldon, with writing a book like this.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marilyn Hughes on March 28, 2012 :
At first, I was a little unsure as to whether or not this book would be a good read for me. I do, on occasion, read paranormal romance, but not often as the characters tend to lack depth. However, I found that did not hold true for this book.

The three main characters were very well developed. Not too much detail, not too little, just enough to make them come to life for the reader.

The book revolves around Deanna Cameron, Ian MacKay, and Robert (otherwise known as Kyndeyrn). Deanne is a mortal woman who has been found by Robert, a Guardian, to be one of the "lost souls" that needs to be returned to the Well of Souls for recycling. Ian is Robert's aide/assistant who is immortal. Lightly touched on in this book is the Conri, the "bad" guys who want to taint the Well of Souls in an effort to save humanity, since they believe that if all soulmates find each other, humanity will cease to exist. Robert's "good" side (the Aeneas) is opposed to this as he believes there is no danger to humanity should this occur. However, you will not find much of a "battle between good and evil" as they are just mentioned in passing, possibly to set the stage for the next book in the series.

When Deanne is brought to Boulder (where Robert is located) under the pretense of a job with what is disguised as a very successful corporation, Ian discovers that Deanne is his "lost soulmate" and is determined to find a way for his formally mortal self to meet her and ultimately fall in love, instead of her being "recycled" back to the Well of Souls where he will never see her again. This is because they are true soulmates, but with him now being an Immortal, he is never "recycled", thereby never able to meet her in another life.

The story revolves around what Deanna and Ian go through during two separate time periods (very well delineated) to be together.

This book was listed as "spicy", meaning there were sex-scenes in the book. This did hold true, but was done in such as way as to not overdo the sexual situations and in fact made skipping those parts quite easy (if you are of a mind to).

It is a very hard book to put down. I even found myself close to tears near the end, something that RARELY happens when I read (I'm not the crying type).

I would definitely recommend this book to adult readers of not only paranormal romance but also of historical romance (a great deal of the book takes placed in early 1500's Scotland). Thank you Laura for another great read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Doree Anderson on March 28, 2012 :
If you enjoy a fun time travel, this is a great book. Deanna's looking for that perfect love, she finds him in the 1500's. A beautiful pin takes her for a trip she'll never want to escape. But, reality intervenes.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lovey Dovey Books on March 27, 2012 :
Immortal Desires is an absolutely fantastic read. I'm usually hesitant to read time travel novels, but once I read the blurb, I knew it'd be full of adventure and romance.

Deanna Cameron's life isn't going quite the way she planned. Fortunately, at the time she ponders a change of pace she's recruited to work at Light Street Corporation. There she meets Robert Thornton, the CEO, and is whisked to Scotland to began her work in promotions. Unbeknownst to her, she'll doing more than experiencing the haunted Mackay Castle Resort.

Laura Eno's writing is absolutely brilliant. The introduction of the characters and their situation flowed at a pace that kept me interested and wanting to know more. I loved Ian immediately because of the way he talked and expressed his feelings. He may have been fierce at times, but his soft side somehow always seeped through. I kind of dismissed Deanna when I first met her, thinking she'd be a weak character with no backbone. Boy, did she prove me wrong! She was determined, even when she didn't know what was going on, and she knew how to stand up for herself. She was also a loving character that felt so much for the people around her.

Even with the back and forth between the 21st and 16th centuries and Deanna and Ian's perspectives, I was a little confused in the beginning. I find that there are still some unanswered questions about the purpose of the Immortals and Guardians, but that might be because their origins aren't exactly laid out. I wonder whether they've always worked to bring soul mates together or were they just dealing with soul mates to counter the Conri?

I'm eagerly awaiting the next Well of Souls novel. Immortal Desires is one of the sweetest romances I've read this year and time traveling makes it all the more fun to read.

*ebook received through a Goodreads R2R program in exchange for an honest review*
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lolita Verroen on March 26, 2012 :
This review was originally posted on http://k-booksxo.blogspot.com/

This book is mostly just a nice and light read. I like Laura Eno's writing style it makes her books feel like a light read and I finished it pretty quickly. The minpoint is that except for being just a nice read the book does lack some world building, character development and explanation.

The book is about Deanna, a women who get's dumped at the altar, then she get's a new job and suddenly is back in the highlands where she meets Ian. The story is pretty simple, it is a nice and sweet romance and I liked that it was a light read. Although the ending suddenly got a whole lot more serious and heavy than the first part of the book. Deanna and Ian immediately fall in love with each other (which I found a bit unbelieveable) but they keep their distance at first. The story is pretty fast paced, but at times slows down a bit and at other time suddenly jumps forward.

Except for Deana going in back in time there is another storyline that focusses on two Immortals in the current time. This is sometimes a bit confusing and I wished there was a bit more world building about who and what these Immortals are, why they exist and what exactly is the well of souls and the council. There was just enough explanation to have a sense of what was going on, but it did lacked depth.

Another thing I liked about this book was seeing a bit of medieval scotland, although a few times I wondered if certain behavior where really that common in that time. There where also some times some of the characters just reacted unbelieveable. Some pretty big things happen (like for expample Deanna eggting dumped at the altar), but the characters just react like it's no big deal. There are also times big things happen and the characters do react, so I found the events where they didn't a bit unbelievebale. I also had some problems really getting a feel of who the characters where, the focus is more on the story than on the characters or the world building.

To conclude: this is just a nice and light romance book. I recommend it to everyone who's looking for a light read, although at the end it does get a bit heavier. The books lacks some depth and world building, but overal is just an enjoyable read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marina Stevkovska on March 25, 2012 :
Original review is here:
http://chicklibrarycat.blogspot.com/2012...

Immortals guard and transport the souls of the departed to the Well of Souls to be recycled. Many centuries ago the group was separated in two and one of them corrupted some of the souls to be recycled. In this world the souls are eternal and always paired. Life without your soulmate is empty and lonely.

Deanna Cameron was going to the altar as a bride, just to find out that her groom dumped her, and all he left was a text message. She received a new job offer, not knowing how it was going to change her life. Her new boss, Robert, is an Immortal Guardian. His partner, also an Immortal Guardian, Ian, in Deanna recognizes his soulmate, lost centuries ago. So, Robert sends Deanna back to the past, in Highlands of Scotland, five centuries ago, to mortal Ian.

Deanna finds herself trapped in the sixteenth century, with a handsome Highlander whom she cannot resist. Will their love resist the time? Everything comes with a price. Are they ready to pay theirs?

I wasn't expecting anything less good from Laura Eno. I've already read and reviewed "My enchanted life". I absolutely adore her narration. Travelling through time, soulmates, eternal love, I was hooked from the very first moment. Books with Highlanders are my favorites. Classical romances are not my type, but this one set up in two different times took my breath away. I've finished it for one single afternoon. I would recommend this book to everyone.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sarah Smith on March 24, 2012 :
I received this as part of a Goodreads group The Knights of the Round Table giveaway. I absolutely love Laura Eno's writing style. She is a great author. This story was hard to put down once I finally got a chance to start reading it. The characters were very engaging and the scenery descriptions made me want to run out and get on a plane to see the scottish highlands for myself. And although I am not the biggest fan on the scottish hero genre, I found myself intrigued by the relationship between Deanna and Ian and really hoping that there are going to be many more to come for this series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anne on March 21, 2012 :
I wasn't sure what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised. The book intermingled different kinds of fiction into a well thought out story with a good pace. Time travel, if done right, is something I really enjoy. I must say that this was done right. The time shifts were clearly marked so there was never any doubt.
The main characters, Deanna and Ian, were both strong characters whose actions were believable and personalities were likable. The conflict between Deanna's modern ways and Ian's Scottish highlander ways was enjoyable to see play out. Only once did I want to shake Deanna, wondering how she had not already learned her lesson about going off with strange children. Other then that I really enjoyed watching Deanna eagerly embrace her chance for happiness.
The supporting charactes were also likable. I am sure there is much more to Robert (Kyndeyrn) and I hope that we learn more about him and his Aeneas (good guys) as they battle the Conri (bad guys). The way Ms. Eno used the concept of the "Well of Souls" was intriguing and begs for more more books. My only complaint is that I would have liked a little more detail about the Caileach, what happened there and why. I look forward to seeing what happens next with Ian and Deanna and how they handle their soul duties.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Charlayne Elizabeth Denney on March 19, 2012 :
After being stood up at the altar by her fiancé, Deanna Cameron is given the chance of a dream job, one with many perks, an apartment in the building she is working in, a free cafeteria, and travel to places she could only dream about before, such as the first assignment to go Scotland and check on accommodations at a castle-turned-hotel.

Before she leaves, she encounters a strange man, almost a ghost, keeping watch on her in her new apartment in Boulder Colorado. What she does not know is that she is the soul mate of the last laird of the castle that is now the hotel she will be staying at. She flies to Scotland, sees his picture above the mantle, and then, during a walk in the cemetery, she finds a Celtic broach and suddenly she is whisked back to 1505 to meet with the laird, Ian Mackay.

Robert Thornton of the Light Street Corporation isn’t your average good looking mega-millionaire corporate CEO. He is a Guardian of the Well of Souls, someone who helps souls back to the Well to be paired with their soul mate in future lives. Guardians work with the Aeneas Council, the Gods of the Souls. Ian Mackay is an Immortal who works for Robert as a Guardian and is none too happy to find out that the new lost soul that Robert has hired with intents on recycling into the well is someone who is meant to be his soul mate, Deanna.

Workings against the Guardians are the Contri, a group that believes that the only way to save humans from extinction is to keep soul mates from pairing. They do this by targeting humans who are carrying souls to be mated and killing them to banish the souls from the Well.

This book has so many twists and turns, changes in time between the present day and the 1500’s Scotland. We see the story as it happens in the 1500s, Ian’s reactions in the present, and how Robert is having to work on things. The process of getting the soul mates together, how Ian in the present is having to sit and await how his early self handles things is an interesting twist on time travel storytelling.

I loved this book, Laura Eno is fast becoming one of my favorite writers and I am hoping there is going to be more to the Well of Souls. It has a fast pace and there are some really great scenes with Deanna’s modern woman ways and Ian’s “pigheaded Scottish maleness” pulling between them. Oh, and Ian does wear a kilt.

With the way it is set up and the way it has been put together, Laura Eno has almost an unlimited pool of stories to write about (pun intended). The book has some nice, gentle love scenes but it’s not graphic by any means, I would give those scenes a PG 13 rating, mainly for the necessary language used to describe their lovemaking.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: SamanthaTowner on March 18, 2012 :
Immortal Desires by Laura Eno was a great, fun, and appealing read. I must say that Eno is a dynamic and prolific writer, not only in regards to the amount that she writes but the variety of styles that she writes in. First I want to dispel any thoughts people might have that this book is any type of knock off of The Outlander Series. I mention this here as some people might quickly glance at the blurb and think this. It is so far from the truth to be laughable; the only realistic comparison is that both books have characters and plots that draw the reader in. This and besides that some of the story takes place in Scotland are about as close as the two books come to being similar.
The two main characters, Deanna and Ian are delightful in their personalities and interactions among themselves and the world at large. I found the plot and concept of a “Well of Souls” to be an intriguing one that I hope to read more from by Laura Eno. This book blended many types of fiction that I believe will appeal to many readers and is well written to not disappoint them. As with other Laura Eno books the action is well paced and full of surprises, which begs for more to be written.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Pam on March 18, 2012 :
Deanna Cameron is dumped on her wedding day. Afterwards she's hesitant to allow herself to fall in love again and she's tired of her life as it is. She wants a change. That change comes when Deanna is offered a job by Robert Thornton, CEO of Light Street Corporation. The offer seems too good to be true but she desperately needs a change so she goes for it.

Ian Mackay, a 16th century warrior, works with Robert (who is his mentor), and both are part of the Aeneas faction of immortals, those on the side of Order. There is, however, a faction on the side of Chaos known as the Conrí. Both factions are Immortal Guardians of the Well of Souls. However, the Conrí claimed to have tainted some of the souls in order to keep soul mates from finding each other. Deanna is one of the souls that Robert fears may have been tainted and Ian is afraid that she will be recycled. So Ian begs Robert to send Deanna back to his time, when he was a mortal, because she is his soul mate.

First let me just say that I absolutely loved this story! It was very well written. Whenever the story would change from one time period to another, it was always clearly marked. I never found myself confused as to when what I was reading was taking place. I don't even recall noticing any grammatical, punctuation or spelling errors which was a nice change of pace.

There are just so many great characters in the book. I loved how Deanna is strong and refuses to be bossed around. Ian, well, you just have to love a Highlander. Well, I love them anyway. He's very protective of his family and friends. Very loyal too. Robert ... well, Robert was a bit of a mystery for me. I found myself trying to figure him out. Wondering what he was really up to. Yes, there were some things that he couldn't share with Ian but I still felt like there was something else he was hiding. I just have this feeling that there is more to Robert than what was revealed in Immortal Desires! As for the minor characters, there were a number of them that I couldn't help but care for. Like William Munro, Ian's good friend; Tomas, Captain of the Guards; Isobel, Ian's mother; and Mairi, Ian's sister.

This book had mystery, suspense, and a wonderful romance. I laughed a little and a cried even more. As soon as I was finished reading it, I wanted more. I'm very much looking forward to reading other books by Laura Eno. And I will be impatiently, yes, impatiently, waiting for the next book in the Well of Souls series. :) If you love historical romances with a bit of magic and some time travel, you have to read Immortal Desires!

** I received a copy of Immortal Desires for review as part of the Knights of the Round Table group on Goodreads.**
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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