By Denise K. Rago
As a young man in 18th century France, Christian Du Maure impulsively follows his best friend into the complex and warring world of the Parisian vampires. Against the backdrop of the French Revolution and following an affair with a mortal aristocrat, he promises to watch over her daughter-only to learn the child is his.
Now settled in Manhattan, only two descendents of his union remain, Amanda and her brother Ryan. After Amanda witnesses a savage murder in Central Park she is determined to find the ethereal stranger who saved her life.
When their worlds inevitably collide Christian finds he cannot prevent Amanda from becoming a pawn in a centuries-old struggle for power. As a confrontation between ancient enemies comes to a head, Christian must face a betrayal from his past that haunts him and threatens the woman he loves.
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Immortal Obsession by Denise K. Rago is a must read for all paranormal romance fans! It’s very reminiscent of Anne Rice’s vampire novels, but make no mistake, it is all very different and very much original. Rago takes vampire lore and turns it on its head. I was entranced from the very first pages.
The book has a whole cast of characters, but they never get lost within the story. It is told in different POVs, but it’s mostly told in Christian and Amanda’s voice. One other main character, Gaetan, has a voice as well.
Christian is a somewhat tortured soul. He fled the French Revolution and warring vampire factions with his friend, Michel, but left his mortal love, Josette, behind facing her own death. You might think that would be the end of the story, but his affair with her will have far-reaching consequences through the centuries to present day, New York. Amanda, who by all appearances is normal, is at the center of all of it. Her life is in danger, and Christian will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. However, he wasn’t prepared to fall in love with her. I’m not surprised by that as he is one of the only vampires left with some of his humanity.
Amanda is an intelligent woman, and she won me over with her love of history. She is also tenacious, stopping at nothing to solve her brother’s murder. She knows it is somehow connected with Christian’s club. She is initially torn between two vampires, but I liked that she was decisive once she knew her heart belonged to Christian.
Now, Gaetan, is quite the complicated character. He isn’t easy to like at all. He has lost so much of his humanity over his many years as a vampire. So, it’s amazing how Rago can show her readers his human side, and yet we know the dastardly deed he must commit to keep that part of himself. I cannot believe I’m writing this, but I almost felt sorry for him in some ways.
Not only were the characters the type who pull you into the story, but the storyline itself drew me in. There was love, romance, and betrayal. All those things kept me flying through the book.
I have read some reviews about this not being a very well-written book. I’m not sure if the book has been through edits, but I found it to be very well-written. Her descriptive writing, especially Christian’s memories, put me right there in the book with him.
The ending opened up even more questions and possibilities. I have a feeling the next book will have even more twists and turns. I cannot wait to read it!!!
BOOK 2: BLOOD TEARS IS ALSO AVAILABLE
Amanda knew she had to track down Christian after he so gallantly saved her from his fellow vampire Gaétan. Having done so, she is now his mortal lover and will not leave his side.
But that is exactly what she’ll have to do when Christian decides to return to Paris. He informs her of his plans and leaves the vampire Michel, his most trusted comrade, behind to watch after her in Manhattan.
What she doesn’t yet know is she’s carrying a child, and that the father is either Gaétan or Christian.
Christian finds Paris rife with secrets, rich secrets including past love affairs that have the power to destroy his life. These secrets had been safely hidden—until now.
While Christian is in Paris, word of Amanda’s pregnancy gets out, and she is hunted by a vampire order that believes her child could be the one foretold by a prophecy.
Can Christian discover the answers he needs in time to save Amanda?
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A chance encounter with a beautiful stranger in a Manhattan diner was the impetus for Denise K. Rago’s haunting first novel, Immortal Obsession, and its sensual yet solitary protagonist, Christian Du Mauré.
An avid reader with a lifelong passion for vampires, history, and art, Rago’s work deftly mixes elements of Gothic art, historical fiction, and the storied literary legacy of the undead. And it all takes place against the backdrop of the world’s most unforgettable cities: a ravished, Revolution-era Paris and modern-day Manhattan.
Denise K. Rago was born and raised in New Jersey, where she resides with her family.