Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on the Blood of Anteros (The Vampire Agape Series #1) Blog Tour. The tour is being hosted by AToMR Book Tours. You can find the complete tour schedule here. My stop includes a review of Blood of Anteros by Georgia Cates.
Series: The Vampire Agape Series #1
Publication Date: September 21, 2011
Source: Received from author for review.
"I was tantalized by the mystery of her. The leech inside me came out to find prey, but found none in this enigmatic girl. The close proximity of her essence didn’t entice the monster within, so what did that make her? I had more questions than answers, but one thing was unmistakable; although she released me from her embrace, her hold on me remained."
Cruel circumstances turned Curry Brennan into the wretched monster he hates and refuses to accept, but when an expected turn of events releases him from the bond of his obsessive maker, he returns to the home he knew 161 years earlier and finds the return of happiness and joy in something he didn’t know existed. Puzzled by his growing attraction to Chansey Leclaire, a human, he is unable to resist the captivating relationship that threatens to reveal his existence as a vampire. He eventually discovers the reason he was destined to find what he didn’t know he searched for and is faced with the cruel realization that the living and the immortal undead will always be separated by one thing. Eternity.
Blood of Anteros opens with a rare eclipse and a broken curse. The promise of a blessing and a gift. With such an intriguing opening, the story captured my attention.
I've read so many vampire-centric books. Haven't we all? So I'm always hoping that an author will bring something new to the table, and author Georgia Cates definitely does so. Her vampires aren't a new offering, but her lore of the Agape, or Daughter of Anteros, certainly is. The Agape is a human with supernatural aspects that is meant for one vampire mate. Their bond is strong, and lasting, but not without complications. Naturally.
Blood of Anteros is told from Curry's point of view. Curry is a vampire, over one hundred, sixty years old, who has returned to his former home. He soon meets a girl whose very essence seems to call for him. I liked the story is told through the male vampire's perspective. It's a nice change from the usual human girl's point of view. The voice for Curry is authentic. He speaks like a Southern man from the 1800s (think Bill Compton). He's a proper Southern gentleman is his actions and words.
The object of Curry's love, Chansey, was lovely. I didn't feel as if I knew her all that well, since I didn't get her perspective. She's very accepting of Curry and his ways, but also strong when she needs to be. I look forward to knowing her better in the next book. The fact that Chansey is not fully human does help make up for the fact that her reactions to the events in the story don't always ring true.
There is one aspect to the story that didn't sit well with me: Curry sneaks in Chansey's bedroom at night and watches her sleep. I know, he's so in love and is protective over her. But, in my world, sneaking in my room and watching me sleep only earns you a whiffle bat to the face. Does that make me an unromantic grump? Maybe. I can't help it. Starey eyes creep me out.
Blood of Anteros was a book that I did enjoy, but didn't fall head over heels in love with. But that happens a lot with me and first books in a series. I did find author Georgia Cate's writing to be quite lovely and very romantic and am looking very forward to reading book two, Blood Jewel, soon.
"The monster, deep within me, unexpectedly resurfaced. He no longer lay dormant as he screamed in agony, begging to be set upon this innocent creature. He pleaded with me for one taste. Didn't he deserve it? It has been so long." (ebook, 19%)
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Meet Georgia Cates -
I am a wife, mother of two daughters and a labor and delivery nurse. I have recently added Paranormal Romance Writer to my list of things to keep be busy, but I am ecstatic to release my debut novel, Blood of Anteros, the first book in The Vampire Agápe Series. Like others that enjoy a great story of paranormal romance, I am easily bored by the tale of an obtainable, ordinary romance and was inspired to create The Vampire Agápe Series. When I am not tied up with my family or delivering babies, I am working feverishly on the second book in The Vampire Agápe Series.(from Georgia Cates.com)
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