Book Review: Erin McCarthy’s My Immortal

Posted August 10, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Erin McCarthy’s My Immortal

My Immortal


Erin McCarthy

paranormal romance that was published by Jove on August 28, 2007 and has 311 pages.

Explore it on Goodreads or Amazon.

Other books by this author which I have reviewed include High Stakes, An Enchanted Season, Bad Boys of Summer, When Good Things Happen to Bad Boys, Slow Ride, The Chase, The Night Before Christmas, Out of the Light, and into the Shadows, Bad Boys in Black Tie, True, Believe, Shatter, Sweet, Burn

First in the Seven Deadly Sins paranormal romance series.

My Take

This was good. A completely different treatment and perspective on demon bargains from what I have read previously with the added benefit of a gorgeous hunk’a man attracted to an imperfect, serious woman — the old “love of a good woman” routine.

McCarthy includes the letters Marie had written all those centuries ago to “educate” Marley as to Damien’s true self and also providing us with a glimpse down the years as to life on a plantation. Although, I really would have liked more information on the day-to-day as well as how events over the centuries affected the plantation. And what Damien did to keep things going over the years.

I do love that this “old” man is currently engaged in website design! Most of the authors I’ve read so far, have their long-lived characters finding it difficult to keep up with the times — yes, I know that J.R. Ward has her Brotherhood well up-to-date, please note “most of the authors”!

The Story

Marley Turner is the caretaker in her family so when her sister, Lizzie, disappears for two months, Marley tracks down the last place she knows her sister had been. The most incredible old plantation just outside New Orleans…and so dilapidated. How could they allow this gorgeous old place to fall apart!

Marley knows how she appears to others so when her knocking finally attracts Damien’s attention, her only concern is her natural shyness preventing her communicating with this gorgeous hunk approaching her. Damien on the other hand is incredibly attracted to the first woman in his 250-years-of-life who appears able to resist his demon-enhanced charms.

And so it goes…the plot hatched between Rosa and Anna with their “father’s” consent, the history as Marley reads from Marie Evangeline Theresa Bouvier du Bourg’s letters of her life with Damien du Borg, and the blossoming of Marley at Damien’s hands…and mouth…and…

The Characters

Marley Turner is a schoolteacher in Cincinnati who has spent her life cleaning up Lizzie’s messes, caring for their parents, and worrying about Lizzie’s son, Sebastian, who is being cared for by Rachel.

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Turner is Marley’s younger sister and a total airhead. She pops in once in awhile to see her son but mostly occupies herself with going off with her flavor of the moment.

Damien du Bourg was a newly-married Creole plantation owner in 1789 when, angry at what he thought was the superior airs put on by his wife, made a bargain with Rosa so he could live forever. Warned by Rosa, he insisted and has spent the last 250 years enticing humans into sexual sins and regretting his bargain.

Rosa is a half-demon daughter of the demon who requires her to recruit humans to the demon side. Anna is Rosa’s partner in crime…in so many ways.

The Cover and Title

The cover is nicely amorphous with its hint of scrolling in a dark background. All the better to highlight the woman’s nude back wrapped in its chocolate brown silk sheets.

The title is certainly appropriate for Damien is indeed My Immortal for Marley.