Having read and enjoyed the first installment in Denise K. Rago's
vampire books called Immortal Obsession, I was eager to dive into
this second book.
This second installment has the same main players, vampires Christian and Michel, and the mortal Amanda with a new set of characters added into the storyline. Christian and Amanda are lovers now. Christian and Michel were close pre-vampire days and their friendship has endured through the ages. Amanda is pregnant and the big question is paternity, since she was attacked by another vampire. The child she carries is thought to be part of a prophecy, as it will be half vampire and half mortal.
The story goes back and forth from 18th century Paris to modern day New York. This is how you learn more about Christian's past. By a twist of fate Amanda is exhibiting a historic diary at the museum where she works, and when Christian takes a peek, he realizes it is the diary he gifted his former lover Josette so long ago. There are rumors Josette may still be alive and turned vampire herself.
I won't reveal too much but secrets are revealed and drama ensues as the plot continues to take dangerous twists and turns as Christian leaves Amanda and goes to Paris in search of Josette. There are alot of revelations here.
I find Denise's work to be reminiscent of Anne Rice's vampires. Christian and Michel share a strong bond, like Louis and Lestat once did.
"She was a swirling mass of contradictions. how could someone so beautiful and well-mannered be so direct, so sensual? Who was the girl underneath the intelligent eyes and warm smile of a woman?"
p.164, Blood Tears by Denise K. Rago
One of the things that draws me into these books is the settings. Denise's love of the French Revolution and of art shine through in her work. The way she describes Paris, New York and these immortals, with vivid and rich descriptions is enjoyable to read. The plot is fast paced, especially towards the latter half of the story.
I recommend the Immortal Obsession books to fans of vampires, romance and paranormal intrigue.
This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, such as this one, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. The author provided me with a copy of her book for a possible review.