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Eternal Hearts (Darkness Within #2)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  581 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
Toni Tutoro just wants to go home. Banned from Chicago's vampiric society after cutting a swath of violence through the city, she must now successfully complete an investigation for the Lord of Chicago to regain the right to live in her hometown again. To ensure Toni's safety during her probationary period, Drake Black, a feared assassin, is secretly contracted to protect ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Dark Dreams Press (first published April 29th 2011)
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May 02, 2013 Feminista rated it it was ok
Rating: 2 out of 5.

I don't know what happened here. But I was confused throughout the book. I didn't know what was going on half the time...

Even though I had read the first book AND really liked it...

Some parts were a bit weird. Characters would say something or do something, and expect me to understand their ulterior motives...
Donna (BLHmistress)
As many of you know I love series books, I am what you call a series addict. I sometimes rather have series than stand alone's for simple reason if I connect with the characters I really want to keep reading on. The downside with series is sometimes the books following isn't as good as the first one that draws you in. That being said this book did have that and more.

One thing I love is Jennifer's world-building and her characters, her female character's especially they are darker and again the
This book had great pacing, flowed very-well, and was quite entertaining. The characters intrigued me. The main characters and the secondary characters were all well-differentiated with unique quirks, flaws and mannerisms. I was impressed by this attention to the characters differing personalities because there were so many of them.

This is the 2nd book in this series and unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to read the first book, Eternal Seduction (A Darkness Within series, book 1); ho
Dec 02, 2011 Majanka rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, vampires
Toni Tutoro’s reason to take revenge on the vampires who allegedly killed her entire family was totally understandable, and although even some of the ancient vampires feel for her, that didn’t keep her from being banned from her home town, Chicago, when breaking the Veil by killing vampires in public. Now, three years later, Toni is back in town, her presence requested by the very people who banned her in the first place. Unfortunately, the Vampire Lord of the city, Christian, has a very peculia ...more
Stephanie  G
May 22, 2011 Stephanie G rated it really liked it
The most important rule among the vampires is not to break the Veil that keeps humans from knowing about their existence. Even though Toni Tutoro had every right to want revenge against one of the people who was responsible for her family's murder, she jeopardized the Veil by killing humans publicly and was banned from Chicago. Now three years later, she is back and is given one chance to redeem herself and be allowed to come home. Christian, the Lord of Chicago, wants her to find out why there ...more
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Romancing the Dark Side Review:

An intensely passionate and beautiful love story!

Toni Tutoro is a fledging vampire warrior who has been banned from her city of Chicago, after exacting revenge after her family is brutally murdered. After three years of wandering, Toni is given a chance to redeem herself and come back home by Christian, Lord of Chicago, but only if she can complete the task he's given her. In walks Drake Black, a merciless assassin who always follows orders, gets the job done and
May 30, 2011 Kara-karina rated it liked it
(minor spoilers ahead)

Before I start venting, please bear in mind that I rarely find paranormal romance as satisfying as urban fantasy, so I am biased. Plenty of people will love this book. So read it and judge for yourself.

First of all, I love this cover much more that the first. It has more connection to the plot than the first book. It is an interesting book, but the world-building and humor I admired in the first installment are virtually non-existent. This is a straightforward paranormal ro
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
May 11, 2011 Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) rated it really liked it
Eternal Hearts is Jennifer Turner second novel in her Darkness Within series. I waited a very long time to read it, but it was so worth the wait. I just found out today that Turner plans to have more than TEN books to this series. I am actually pretty excited about this. She writes really well and has created a world that is very believable.

In her first book, Eternal Seduction, the story took place in New York City and in Eternal Hearts, Turner switches it up and it takes place in Chicago. She g
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
This is book 2, Book 1 is Eternal Seduction (A Darkness Within, #1) by Jennifer Turner

I had the pleasure of working with the author on this book as a Beta Reader. Besides it being an interesting experience, it was great to read such a good story in its early stages. I read the final product as well, and the story turned out to be better than I could have imagined.

While not necessary, I still recommend reading the first book Eternal Seduction before reading this one. I cannot wait for book 3!
Apr 17, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~* 3.5 Stars *~
Beware the Boredom of Gods and Monsters

The only thing exiled fledgling Toni Tutoro wanted was to be allowed back into Chicago, the city where she'd been born and raised. Almost four years ago the brutal slaying of her human family set the new Warrior on a path of revenge and destruction that ended the life of six humans and almost broke the Veil, what vampires call the cloak of secrecy surrounding them that keeps their existence hidden from humans. The Lord of Chicago, Christian L
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Publisher: Dark Dreams
Publish Date: Out Now!
How I got this book: eARC from author
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May 16, 2011 Katrina rated it really liked it
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Nikki Brandyberry
May 15, 2011 Nikki Brandyberry rated it liked it
Toni has been banned from her home. After nearly outing her vampire race in a fit of rage, she was cast out. Several years later she is ready to make amends to the city she nearly destroyed. Toni comes back expecting the worst, but her underground friends are still around and ready to help her out anyway they can. Family, no matter if it’s blood related or not, stick together.

Drake is a cold blooded assassin who doesn’t have time to fall in love. His job won’t allow it. When he takes a protectio
May 20, 2011 Sparklybearsy rated it really liked it
Eternal Hearts by Jennifer Turner is the second book in her Darkness Within series. Book One Eternal Seduction i fell in complete love with, such a different premise to the vampire world and characters that were not your typical hero/heroine. Very outside of the box and i loved it. So i was super excited for book two to finally be here.

Eternal Hearts does not disappoint. Here we meet Toni and Drake, an assassin and a fledgling in need of protection. I was intrigued with Drake from ES and althou
Prior to reading EH I refreshed with a re-read of Eternal Seduction. This re-read only emphasized my love for the first book, but I'm at a bit of a loss as to how to review Eternal Hearts. I read Eternal Seduction, the first book in the Darkness Within series the first time in 2008, and I really liked it so I have literally been waiting years for this book.

To be fair my tastes normally lean towards character driven books. EH is definitely plot driven which was probably why I felt most of the sc
La La
Jun 15, 2011 La La rated it liked it
It hurts me to give this book a three, especially since I loved the first books so much and had much anticipation for this one. I just felt very disconnected from the story and the characters. This storyline seem like it was all over the place. Like the author was just winging it. I looked forward to the mysterious Drake's story but felt his story came a few books too early. I felt that the author could have built him up a little more before she gave him his HEA. I did feel Toni was worthy of hi ...more
May 27, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Turner transforms the usual paranormal romance novel into an intense, emotional and passionate  love story.

Toni is scarred, still battling the grief over losing her family in a brutal and violent attack.  Guilt ridden over not being there and distraught over never getting one last chance to tell her family how much she loved them, she vows to always wear her heart on her sleeve.  No one in her life will ever have to wonder about how she feels because she will always show them with convi
Lisa Annesley
Eternal Hearts was a shaky 4*s, IMO. I'm rounding up to 4*s.

Toni Tutoro, a fledgling vampire, was kicked out of Chicago after her family was murdered and she went on a rampage against the woman responsible. She's now back, hoping to gain permission from the Lord of Chicago to return home.

Drake Black is a vampire assassin who is given the contract to secretly protect her. Instead, he breaks all the rules and falls in love with her. Toni falls in love with him, but she doesn't know his professio
May 14, 2011 jD rated it really liked it
Eternal Hearts was a nice treat. This is the second book in a series I began back when I was buying books off the shelves at Borders. I loved the first one. I never forgot the series and vowed that I would read whatever came next. I never expected it to be years but what do I know of these things, I don't write books. I purchased Eternal Hearts when it came out but did not read it because I forgot all the rules of Ms. Turner's supernatural world. It's complex and has all manner of creatures doin ...more
"Fifteen it is."~Drake

Yum. That's the first word that comes to mind in regards to Drake Black. Drake is the hottie hybrid indroduced briefly in book 1, Eternal Seduction. Drake is a notorious assassin who is now contracted to protect a spit fire Latina named Toni. Toni has been banned from her home city (Chicago)for the past three years due to a violent rampage that threatened the Veil in her hometown.

What I loved most about this book was getting to know Drake's personality a bit more. He made m
This is the sequel to the excellent Eternal Seduction. It's a solid read but nowhere near the originality or appeal of the first book. A few things marred my enjoyment of the book.

Firstly the angsty, misunderstood baddass hero falls for the girl because she is so kind and nice to him. Apparently in all his hundreds or thousands of years of life no woman has been nice to him before. I've seen that plot device used before to show why a couple get together and I've never found it believable. In fa
Paris        (kerbytejas)
May 06, 2012 Paris (kerbytejas) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-2012
This was Drake's book - it truly was...there was only a brief mention/appearance by characters from the first book (Odin, Raze Stephen & Alfred),and they did not overshadow what was going on in this story. I really enjoyed this book, good continuing series plot, some suspense, good character development, and a secret reveled about Drake's lineage.
I was pleased with the new characters (Toni Robert,,Ocktober, Dominic, the coffeehouse crowd, Christin, Stryker etc), they fit well together and p
May 29, 2011 Cindyg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Damn...damn...damn...I love Jennifer Turner. She has created one hell of a world and her ability to tell her story is just freaking unbelievable.
It was one hell of a long wait but it was worth every written word.
This was Drake and Toni's story and I was pulled in from page one and couldn't put the damn book down. To know that all the players are pawns on a chess board just blows my ever living mind. I don't know how Jennifer came up with the idea but it works, it really works.
I love all the tw
Tobyann Aparisi
Apr 20, 2011 Tobyann Aparisi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all vampire lovers out there
Recommended to Tobyann by: first reads
I won this book on Goodreads, Firstreads. I was so excited to get this book, and I have to say it did not disappoint. Now I have not read the first book, but fully plan to now. I too love series, especially in this genre because of the wonderful character builds. You become so invested that you must see things through to a reasonable end. I love the Drake Black character! I have him pictured and man he is perfect. I have to say I really liked the female interest in this story also, as she is fie ...more
Denise Strand
May 17, 2011 Denise Strand rated it really liked it
The second book in A Darkness Within series.... I loved it, Drake is such a manly man (If that makes sense) but underneath it all he's got such a vulnerable side to him, just as much as our Heroine Toni does... both are strong on the outside but broken on the inside and it takes two lost souls to mend two broken hearts.

I know I rated this a star less than the first book, and that only because the first book had everything you could want from a book... strong heroine, brawny lord vampire lover an
Oct 06, 2011 Allison rated it it was amazing
Another great story by Jennifer Turner. I loved Eternal Hearts. It was a great buy.

I liked Drake for the first book and was excited to read more about him. And Toni was a sweet and strong character. The epilogue gave great insight into the Elder’s games. I wasn’t expecting quite a few things that happened in the book that is what I love about Jennifer Turner, she never fails to surprise me and have me say “OMG.” Her characters are always strong and while develop I even love the secondary charac
BK Blue


The MC heroine is nothing like Logan from the first book. She is emotionally all over the place. Let's put it this way. If I decided to make up a drinking game where I took a shot every time Toni started crying over something, I would be completely shit-faced before I made it halfway through the book. Yes, she cries that much.

She's over emotional and touchy feely and everyone just loves her so so much.

Are you gagging yet?

I liked Drake better but I found the whole romance between them pre
Jul 28, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, paranormal
So far I have really enjoyed this series! Drake is not as scary or as raw as Barrons but there are similarities. He is the ultimate monster in this world and he can do more than either the Vamps or the Wolves. Unfortunately, nothing equals Barrons at all. Drake is a pretty cool hero though.

Toni is tough as nails. I liked that about her. I also liked the other characters - Clint, Jacob, Dom, and even Christian. Of course, Robert was probably my favorite. Odin makes a couple of appearances along w
Mina Burrows
May 14, 2011 Mina Burrows rated it really liked it
Jennifer Turner’s Eternal Hearts is Book 2 in her Darkness Within series. In order to appreciate the series, I recommend you read Book 1 in the series, Eternal Seduction.

If you’ve read Eternal Seduction, then you already know Drake Black (one of my favs.) I have to say there’s something about Drake. He’s a man’s man and a woman’s dream. Anyway, for this book, I was intrigued to learn more about the female who caught his eye. Drake is a preternatural assassin who believes he’s only good at one t
Jul 28, 2012 Livvie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Heartwarming, hot and left me waiting for more. I can not say enough about the Darkness Within series by Jennifer Turner. If you are looking for a good paranormal romance, that has a good amount of urban fantasy elements to keep it from being sugary sweet I highly recommend this series. The author even has the 1st three chapters of the 1st book available to read for free on her website so you have a chance to see if it is your cup of tea before you buy the books. I love writers who do that. So o ...more
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“There's no bed in here. No threat that we'll do something we can't take back. Just two minutes we'll probably never have again...two minutes where we can both stop pretending the scars we can see are the only ones we have."

“Damn, you kill a few people here and there and suddenly everyone thinks you're a trouble maker."

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