(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Series: The Immortal Mark #1
on January 31st 2017
The only thing Cara got for her eighteenth birthday was an unexpected invitation to move out of her uncle’s house. College isn’t an option for a poor girl with average grades, so when her best friend Riley finds them a mysterious job opportunity that includes room and board, Cara is interested but thinks it sounds too good to be true.
The night before their interview, Cara has an epic night out with Theo, an impossibly handsome guy she just met. He’s charismatic, a little mysterious, and it feels like she’s known him her whole life.
When she runs into him at her interview, he’s cold and elusive. He makes it very clear that he doesn’t want her working with him, which only makes their mutual attraction burn hotter. Cara takes the job for Riley’s sake and promises herself she’ll avoid this jerk and his mood swings, no matter how hard it is to keep away from him.
Soon she finds out her millionaire employers aren’t normal guys who live and travel in luxury. They’re immortals. Theo wasn’t trying to ruin her job prospects. He was trying to save her life, because the girls they hire never make it out alive.
I’m new to Amy Sparling’s books, but the amount of work she has to offer is insane. She wrote this book in a seriously short period of time, but it was done well. I got to know Cara, understood why she jumped at the opportunity to leave her Texan town, and I was left wanting more when I turned the last page.
Sparling drew out the beginning of the book a tad, but it made sense why later. It had a contemporary feel, but I knew something paranormal was afoot. The paranormal danced with the normal. Cara’s struggles, her sudden homelessness, and a tight bond with her best friend she met through foster care intermingled with the mysterious Rosewood Clan—ehmm, Industries—and gave it a more realistic feel. Strange, considering there was nothing realistic about the predicament that Cara finds herself in.
Firstly, I liked her character. There were moments when she got on my nerves, but overall she was strong and resilient. Unlike her best friend, Riley, she had a firm grasp on reality. I didn’t understand how she would be so okay with going along with everything that the men in the clan were saying, considering her predisposed wariness when it came to anyone she hadn’t know for her entire life. Still, because of the circumstances thrown at her at such a delicate time in life, her moxie and determination couldn’t be trifled with.
Be warned: insta-love ensues. Since The Immortal Mark screams unlikely circumstances, I’ll let it slide. (I also adored Theo.) Well, I adored him when he wasn’t being a jerk and sticking his foot in his mouth. As long as he kept on smirking and smiling like the world owed him a service, I loved him. Also, his devotion to Cara sung highly of his character. I’m interested to see where their relationship goes and if it will be able to stand the test of the time that they have with one another.
There was a lot of build-up to the climax of the story—almost too much. Though I am a fan of contemporary, so I didn’t mind the paranormal taking a backseat to the backstory and romance. I’m a kissing book person so all those kisses were my favorite parts. The threat to those kisses enthralled me, and I can’t wait for the next book.
If you love contemporary with a dash of something otherworldly, this is a wonderful book to check out. Amy Sparling has a great writing style and sucks you into the story. Can I have the next book yet?