As a young man in eighteenth century France, Christian Du Mauré 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 still haunts him and threatens the woman he loves.
This book is VERY far from disappointing. Ok for starters, who wouldn’t love a sexy French Vampires? This book is mad house crazy, whirlwind of events. It is fast pace, will never let you up for air, and I doubt you would ever want to. Nothing is as it seems. I found the twists to be unpredictable. The characters are completely relatable, and very well developed. The way Ms. Rago writes you feel like you’ve known the characters (esp. Christian) all your life. It will leaving you yearning for more. By the time I finished reading this review copy all I had to tell Ms. Rago was “Wow”. I HIGHLY Recommend you pick up your copy.
My Rating: 5 Stars!! Hands down!
Interview with Two Vampires
Steps away from Central Park, among careworn books and paintings, the vampire Christian Du Mauré quietly watches over two modern mortals. Amanda and Ryan are the last two descendants of a painful affair Christian had more than two centuries ago with a mortal aristocrat in Paris. On the eve of revolution, he made a promise to his dying lover that he would secure their safety without ever involving them in his own twisted world.
When Immortal Obsession begins, Christian’s promise is intact; his young ancestors suspect nothing of their origin. Amanda's life is happily predictable: she landed her childhood dream job working for New York's monolithic Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she unites her fascination with Revolution-era Paris and her abiding love of art. During one especially late night at work, Amanda is roused by an unexpected phone call. Her brother Ryan (and only living relative) needs her help urgently; can she come right away? Against her better judgment, she rushes to meet him in Central Park—and unwittingly becomes entangled in a world she never imagined was real.
|Christian Du Mauré|
As always, I love this page and it is an honor for me to be here again. This time I have brought two men with me, whom I would like to introduce to all these readers: vampires Christian Du Mauré and his closest friend, Michel Baptiste.
Christian: Thank you for having us both this evening. It is not often we are asked to speak about ourselves; nor is it something I do with any frequency however, sometimes even the smallest concessions make the author smile.
Michel: Bon jour, c’est un plaisir pour moi---
Christian: In English, Michel, remember where we are.
Michel: Where are we, my friend?
Christian: We are being interviewed by Denise K. Rago for the Werevampromance blog. Haven’t you been listening?
Michel: It is sunset and I have much to do. (Nods his head) Fifth Avenue here I come.
Christian: I suppose when you have lived as long as we have nothing much thrills us, no?
Author: I would think that staying young as time moves forward would be exciting. You get to experience life in such a unique way, comparing eras, yet knowing you will never grow old and that the only changes you might make are internal ones.
Michel: I would agree. Life continues to be exciting, yet my friend would beg to differ.
Christian: Well, at first it is very liberating, being immortal. You are invincible which is impossible to describe and time as you know it becomes meaningless. I remember feeling so free. Although I had to discard my mortal family and friends, I never forgot them.
Author: So you view them as your foundation, despite not longer being a part of your life?
Michel: Precisely. There is also the temptation to try to be a part of their world but it is impossible, even if you really love the person. I had an older sister who married someone of the lesser nobility and she moved to Brittany so she was out of my life early on. Christian’s mother had died when he was just a boy. When all our loved ones’ passed away, we still had each other which I think saved us in many respects.
Author: After you became vampires did either of you try to be a part of your families lives? Michel you sound like you are speaking from experience.
Michel: There was a time…right before we left France…I went back to Meudon. I had heard that my mother was ill and I wanted to see her one last time.
Christian: I never knew you went back to Meudon.
Michel: She was dying and I felt so helpless. There was no way to save her and I…..I did not want her to suffer any longer, so I ended it peacefully for her.
Christian What did you do Michel?
Michel: Perhaps I feel brave tonight so I will say it now in front of the lady writer---
Christian: You didn’t?
Michel: She was struggling…. She could not breathe and all it took was one blessed kiss…
(Author wipes a tear at this point.)
Michel: I am sorry; I did not mean to make you cry. I could not allow her to suffer any more. She had lost my sister and then me. I left her with a drunk of a husband, my father…. It was the least I could do for her. I had the power to end her suffering and so I chose to use it.
Author: You took your own mother’s life?
Michel: (Nods his head slowly.)
Christian: Wow my friend. I know how much you loved her.
Author: You kept this a secret all this time?
Michel: That and so much more. (He smiles.)
Author: Have either of you ever considered turning someone into a vampire?
Christian: Never, ever. (Shaking his head vehemently.)
Michel: Not that we haven’t been asked… It’s a lot of responsibility although there was one---
Christian: Enough Michel, leave it alone.
Author: No women you would have wanted to have by your side?
(Christian shoots Michel a look.)
Michel : Okay, I’ll change the subject. Why not tell these lovely readers about how we threatened to kill our maker in order to gain our freedom, fled Paris during the Revolution and lived in London and finally came to the New World?
Christian: Michel, don’t give the story away. We want all these mere mortals to read Immortal Obsession and come back again for the next book.
Michel: Did Madam Rago decide on a title yet? I know she has been back and forth: Blood Kiss, Blood Tears, Blood Hunger…..Lot’s of blood I guess.”
Christian: Yes, well she is writing about vampires, you know…. Blood goes with the territory.
Michel: Yes, blood and sex…lots of sex…. Don’t tell me you are blushing Christian? We’ve been doing this for centuries now. Look at him Denise, isn’t he blushing?
Author: I believe he is a bit.
Michel: If you want to learn more about us, pick up a copy of Immortal Obsession.
Christian: Sounds like a good idea to me. (He smiles, something he rarely does.)
Author: Thank you both and we must thank your host, Melissa for have all of us.
Michel: Merci beaucoup Melissa.
Christian : Until we meet again.
Denise K. Rago is a lover of books, art museums and vampires. We met when she did an interview here on April 27, 2011. Visit www.denisekrago.com to read reviews, interviews and guest posts, and to see portraits of some of the characters from Immortal Obsession.
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4410029.Denise_K_Rago/
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