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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Love Immortal by Brita Addams

Love Immortal by Brita Addams
Mysterious Moonlight Book One
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (151 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Spanking, Violence, BDSM
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Reviewed by: Edelweiss

Born in 1620, Laurent Kinsdale, an orphan at ten and a vampire at twenty five, goes against all his sire has taught him, when, on an impulse, he turns his lover, Graham Symonds. Graham does not take the turning well, his anger towards the man he's loved for four years knows no bounds. After he commits unconscionable acts directed at destroying Laurent, he disappears for a century and a half.

In 1820, Laurent meets Sebastian FitzHugh. The two men have common sexual interests, each other, despite the fact that Sebastian doesn't know about Laurent's vampirism. Their lives are disrupted by the re-emergence of Graham, who insinuates himself in the middle of their idyll and forces Laurent to make a gut-wrenching decision that could tear his and Sebastian's world apart. Does he care for Sebastian enough to let him go or will he repeat the mistakes of his past?

It must have been quite harrowing to be a gay male in the 1800s, especially since social pressure to marry was so strong. Add to that complication, the fact that Sebastian's lover is immortal and jaded by centuries of one night stands, and I'm pretty sure you will understand the dilemma he faces in Love Immortal. Ms. Addams combines vampires and smoking hot manlove in this historical romance, sure to keep the reader turning pages far into the night.

The characters in this book were well written and I was able to sympathize with their emotions and actions. At first I was ready to give a verbal smack down to Laurent for his cavalier attitude toward love, but soon changed my mind as the plot progressed and more of his reasoning was revealed. Sebastian, the submissive character, was endearing and made me want to bundle him up in a warm blanket and give him lots of comfort food. The ability to bring out the anger and protectiveness in me seems to be Ms. Addams specialty, and I appreciated her effort as it enhanced the realism of the story.

Love Immortal is definitely not your mama's romance book; it's better. Contrary to most historical romances I have read, this book left no doubt as to what was going on in the bed. The love scenes were extremely detailed, and frankly, hotter than Georgia in August. There were tender scenes as well, with heart-warming dialogue. Both hot and sweet were perfectly balanced and served to demonstrate the bond between these two men. I laughed out loud at the 19th century version of the pickup line: "Mayhap I could offer you refreshment away from our current surroundings?"

I enjoyed the pace of this storyline as it covers many years, but manages to go in almost slow motion in exactly the right places. The plot was a striking comparison of the difference between the destinies of two men who made two very different choices. I've always toyed with the concept of “doing it all over again” and the author did a very good job of pointing out that a single choice can change the future in both good and grievously bad ways.

The forced seduction, and violence tags were both added due to the terrible acts the villain commits. Please note this story contains graphic BDSM scenes and rough sex. The story ended rather abruptly, but adequately summed up the drama climaxing right before The End. There were a few grammatical and spelling errors, but they did not detract too much from the flow of the book.

If you are searching for an authentic-feeling historical novel, filled with angst, lost love, and second chances then you will enjoy reading this book. The first in the Mysterious Moonlight series, I look forward to reading more of Ms. Addams works. I'll end this review with my favorite quote from Love Immortal: “It has been too long since I last saw you. I've thought of little but seeing you again."

1 comment:

Brita said...

Thank you, Edelweiss, for the wonderful review. I appreciate the fact that you really "got" Laurent and Sebastian. Laurent presented himself to me as a very complicated man and you saw that. I truly believe there is one person for each of us, and Sebastian is that for Laurent, albeit, hard won.

I especially love your reference to the 19th century pick up line. I'd not thought about it as such, but, yeah, I suppose it is.

Thanks again.
Brita Addams