I feel slightly guilty now because I read this ages ago and have since read the author s three other books in this series but only realized when I was updating this page today that I d not done a review As a fan and a writer of vampire stories, I couldn t leave it sitting on the shelf in Waterstones when I first spotted Paris Immortal It has a very delicious sleeve and the blurb and the first page when I read them were also most enticing The first novel, and this is undeniably the first part of a series, about which in a moment, sets up the story of young lawyer, Trey du Bois, broken by a case in which he discovers he has successfully defended a guilty man in New York, who re routes his career, coming to Paris to work as a business attorney His first clients at his new firm, are a massively wealthy and incredibly glamorous gay couple, Michel and Gabriel Lecureaux, who have a reputation for being prickly customers Trey s predecessor at the company was fired for trying to screw them over But Trey soon comes to discover that his new employers are not all they seem For a start they are a lot older than they look And they have a taste for blood But Trey has a few secrets of his own and his involvement with the glamorous and mysterious Louisiana ex patriot Polly PK and sexy Spanish waiter Geoff soon lead to the unravelling of his own past And as his future becomes inextricably entangled with those of Michel and Gabriel, particularly with Gabriel Sherry Roit paints a vivid and glamorously gothic vision of modern Paris and if her characters are sometimes a little too perfect, we forgive her For this is a world of beautiful and damaged people, and its primary role seems to be to build up the picture of those characters and how they interact It s written in the first person, which sometimes annoys me but was interestingly done enough to keep me reading The POV shifts sometimes from one character to another primarily Trey and Michel Lecureaux but sometimes Gabriel too which is occasionally confusing but not insurmountable The reason it only gets a three from me today is that it s not a complete novel but the introduction to a much bigger story, and it reads that way Given half as many pages again, I think it could have been a fuller and satisfying read but with the restriction of space, it seemed to take a long time to reach its denouement and when that finally came it felt slightly rushed Still, it did not stop me progressing to the sequels to find out what happens next The later books feel much balanced, with the main characters already fully established and the introduction of some serious villains, the story line becomes exciting Also I found that I was beginning to feel for the characters in the volumes that followed this And the spin off novella Paris Passione is absolutely mouthwatering. When Trey Meets His New Legal Clients, The Stunning Michel And His Equally Striking Partner Gabriel, He Can T Believe His Luck The Rumour In The Office Is That The Pair Can Be Difficult At Times They Have A Staggering Number Of Assets To Manage And Are Elusive During The Daytime Hours This story is told in a traditional way for a vampire story, in fact I kept forgetting that it was set in the present day, and was jolted every time someone mentioned cell phones, or modern clothing This impression is helped by the fact that the characters move about on foot, with hardly any mention of cars, trains etc It starts slowly, and it takes the main character almost until the end of the book to realise what is going on There is violence and sex, but much less of both than in other modern paranormal novels The main characters are all beautiful and mostly fancy each other, but this attraction doesn t go beyond kissing for the most part In case it bothers you, the rare sex scenes are tastefully described, with no explicit details about what was actually happening The audio version, read by Jay Benedict, is excellent Mr Benedict does a great job of voicing Trey s bewilderment, and manages the various accents pretty well Nice to listen to an audio book that adds to the enjoyment of a novel. I have just realised that I haven t reviewed this And it is one of my favourite books, and it is often on my re read list I remember wandering into Waterstone s and seeing the cover It drew me in because I remembered that view of Paris from when my husband and I visited in the early 80 s The blurb on the back clinched the deal as soon as I realised it was a Vampire novel The book held me in thrall as soon as I started it and I read it in 24 hours flat I couldn t put it down I fell in love with the characters, and the writers style Beautifully written, discriptive prose that pulled me straight into Trey s life and into the web of Michael and Gabriel s allure I have read all the others in this series and I can say hand on heart not one fails to enchant and entertain This is the first in the series and it was an enjoyable read and as with first books it involves a lot of character development If you like this aspect you ll enjoy this book The next book in the series is Paris Immortal Awakenings which I don t seem to be able to add as goodreads perceives it as the same book and won t let me add it I like the second book than the first because there is action in this book and of course revelations about the main protagonist, Trey, his history as well as the history of his vampiric employers The first book did its job well of leaving lots of mysteries and story lines to explore I hope the series goes on for a long time. Extraordinary tale This is an extraordinary book Sumptuous, sybaritic, funny, chaming, subtle, intense, perceptive, challenging, moving, exciting and totally unique Sherry Roit has really moved the vampire novel onto a whole new level Deserves to be very much famous Read it INTENSEThis book grabbed me the beginning I thought I new what was going to happen and then there would a curve that swept you in a new direction A must read for this genre, cudo s to the author. High camp, this novel consists mostly of descriptions of the gay attraction between the two main vampire characters and their bi sexual male lawyer Expect lots of descriptions of lustful longing, hard bodies, clothes and interior decor The plot only launches about half way through when their glamorous lifestyle is threatened by another vampire Then the book ends.The narrative consists of the thought processes of either Trey or the vampires, much of which is incredibly banal and repetitive consisting of frequent oh god Trey, despite allegedly being a highly intelligent lawyer fails to notice anything odd about his clients despite the fact they never answer his calls during the day.I only got through this since as a straight woman I liked reading the descriptions of bodies of fit young men. Chore and Routine Such a shame it started so well..The page that the story become interesting was on 326 Can you imagine To me the plot of this instalment of the series serves as a prelude to a great story, but ultimately is really bland Also the self psychoanalysis the protagonist, Trey, indulges in is annoying He even talks about his self in the 3rd person It s as though S.Roit is trying to hard, to make this the thinking persons vampire tale. I m really not into the whole vampire novel deal, but I decided to branch out a little bit and see what the big deal is And maybe this just wasn t the best one to go for, but I m still not too impressed Story was interesting and I liked the way it was written, slightly staccato in some parts, but overall found that the whole book was build up to a revelation that happened in about the last chapter and then the book was over No wrap up or anything No thanks.
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- 384 pages
- Paris Immortal
- Sherry Roit
- 05 August 2018 Sherry Roit