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?
As enticing as her first book, Blood Tears is Denise K. Rago's latest novel in her ongoing chronicle of the vampire Christian Du Mauré.
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About the Author
Denise K. Rago lives in New Jersey with her husband. A chance encounter with a mysterious man during a date-night visit to Manhattan inspired her to write Immortal Obsession, in which she created vampire Christian Du Mauré. His story continues in the sequel Blood Tears.
Rago, an avid reader, carries a passion for art museums, the French Revolution, and all things vampire. Her credentials include a bachelor's degree in anthropology and a master's degree in museum professions. She puts them all to work in her continuing vampire novels.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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. Disclaimer: 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.
Denise K. Rago's "Immortal Obsession" and "Blood Tears" are the first two tales in a series. I like the universe of characters. Definitely an ensemble cast of characters! I don't want to post spoilers, but let me just say there are plenty of twists and turns. I could see this as a TV show, similar to True Blood. To me the sexy scenes are more of a "closed door" approach. I will definitely see what else this author has to offer.
In BLOOD TEARS, the second installment of her vampire novels, author Denise K. Rago revisits Christian, Michel, and Amanda, whose relationship triangle --- while not exactly love --- grows ever closer in the face of an even more dangerous threat than before. With the immediate threat vanquished, Amanda and Christian settle down to date quite peacefully ... except that there are still darker forces at work behind the scenes. Over in Europe, a coven of vampires so old and powerful that they are unknown to all but a select few have settled on Amanda as a threat to their ways. Suddenly, no one is trustworthy. Rago is to be credited with sufficiently upping the ante in this sequel. Too often, a series of books --- even just two or three, total --- falls flat after the first excellent offering, with authors scrambling to find something even more important to put at stake. In this case, Christian and Amanda find themselves torn between their feelings for one another and their growing realization that perhaps, because of forces beyond their control, they are not meant to be together, after all. Themes explored in the work include betrayal, love, passion, hatred, bitterness, commitment and fidelity, and the age-old question about whether tradition preserved is more important than change accommodated (or even welcomed). Christian, in particular, becomes an even more complicated character than in the first novel, if that were possible. His centuries-old devotion to a former lover --- from whom Amanda herself is descended --- shakes to the core everything he thought he had figured out about himself, his friend Michel, and Amanda. His torment is a large part of what compels the reader onward through the pages as suspense builds to a climax that I, for one, did not foresee. As in the first novel, a future edition of BLOOD TEARS could use a close edit to eliminate things like head-hopping, errors in grammar and punctuation, and inconsistencies. Much of the first several chapters is summary of the first novel, which slowed the pace of the current story considerably, to my dismay; I prefer that even novels in a series can sufficiently stand alone from one another that a reader need not have to be told (rather than shown) what happened previously. Further, BLOOD TEARS is more philosophical and, perhaps, emotionally weightier than the first in the series, which translates to more internal monologues and long paragraphs of reminiscent thoughts for more than one character. Finally, the flashbacks to another time and place, while to be praised for "showing" rather than "telling" what happened, are often difficult to keep arranged in some semblance of chronological order in the reader's mind. Nevertheless, an admirable second offering by an author who clearly loves her closely researched French Revolution and the paranormals she has chosen to populate her stories. # # # Author: Denise K. Rago Title: BLOOD TEARS ISBN: 978-1-49298-583-9 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.