Friday, June 21, 2013

review: THE VAMPIRE VOSS by Colleen Gleason

THE VAMPIRE VOSS by Colleen Gleason
Series: Regency Draculia #1
Harlequin: MIRA
Released: March 22, 2011
Source: NetGalley
Page Count: 380

Rating: Really liked it!

Regency London – a dizzying whirl of balls and young ladies pursued by charming men.

But the Woodmore sisters are hunted by a more sinister breed: Lucifer's own.

Voss, also known as Viscount Dewhurst, relishes the sensual pleasures immortality affords. A member the Dracule – a cabal of powerful, secretive noblemen marked with a talisman that reveals their bartered souls – the mercenary Voss has remained carefully neutral ... until Angelica.

Angelica Woodmore possess the Sight, an ability invaluable to both sides of a looming war among the Dracule. Her very scent envelops Voss in a scarlet fog of hunger – for her body and her blood. But he is utterly unprepared for the new desire that overcomes him – to protect her.

Now Voss must battle his very nature to be with Angelica ... but this vampire never backs down from a fight.

My Thoughts

Colleen Gleason's writing shines once again! Gleason is one of the few authors who, at least in my humble opinion, successfully pulls off historical paranormal stories. (She also writes post-apocalyptic paranormals as Joss Ware - highly recommended!)

The Vampire Voss is the first in Gleason's new historical vampire series, Regency Draculia. It's set years before her Gardella Chronicles series, and the mythology seems to be a little different - although I will admit to not having finished the Gardella series (yet!). Her take on vampire mythology is fascinating - Lucifer, dreams, the Mark as a physical manifestation of their cracked souls, etc.

I'm also a big fan of redemption for vampires and other "baddies." Voss starts off as a real ass, but over the course of the book he learns to put others before himself.

Angelica was a great heroine, especially for a historical. She's not the typical helpless, useless female - she is both smart and able to protect herself. She is a lovely change of pace and the main reason that Gleason is one of the only historical authors I will read.

I can't wait to read book two!

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