by Erin McCarthy

September 2007
ISBN: 978-0-515-14348-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

Marley Turner is distraught. Her sister Lizzie has gone missing in Louisiana. Marley, the peacemaker and caretaker of the family, arrives in Louisiana, at Damien du Bourg's antiquated home, Rosa de Montana, to get to the bottom of Lizzie's disappearance. Unfortunately, Damien has no answers for Marley. He doesn't even recognize Lizzie. But Marley, she is another story. Damien can't take his eyes off her.

Damien du Bourg is immortal. After striking a devil of a bargain with a demon, Damien has been living in his own personal hell and seeing Marley, sweet, innocent and wonderful, reminds him of everything that can never be his. His sins are too great, his greed too much at one time in his life.

But he'll do what he can to help Marley. His own selfishness drives him to help her since he can't fathom seeing her leave him quite yet.

Marley just set out to find her sister, not to fall in love. Will she find what she is really searching for in Louisiana or will she succumb to the decadence and sin of Rosa de Montana?

My Immortal has a rather tired premise. Damien has immortality but of course he is beyond unhappy and feels the pain of all his sins. I wish Ms. McCarthy had taken this overused plot device and turned it on its head. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and even more unfortunate, neither character really can pick this story up and breathe life into it.

Marley's concern over her sister is one thing, but her constant desire to basically stop her family from any hurt or pain is unnatural. It's no wonder she has never managed to marry and have her own family, her supposed deepest desire. She just cannot seem to distance herself from her family. Her concern turns into a nagging presence throughout the story, bogging it down in even more pain.

Damien for his part is a hottie but that's about it. I felt really let down that Ms. McCarthy did not dig into the reasons why he wanted immortality. It was brushed over, a feeling that pervades this story. Every emotion seems brushed over and not experienced to its true depth, most unusual for an author who is great at bringing out the laughter, love, or anger in any situation.

My Immortal is not awful, it is just bland. Erin McCarthy's longtime fans will more than likely still read it, but it's not the first thing a new reader to this author should try.

Reviewed in August 2007 by Sarah.

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