Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Vampire Voss Review

The Vampire Voss
By: Colleen Gleason

Marketing Blurb:
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 of 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 possesses 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 review:

   I’ve fallen head over heels! I honestly didn’t know what to expect, never reading any of Colleen Gleason’s works before and I know that vampire series are very common and thought maybe overdone now, with the Twilight and all of that, but I was really amazed by this novel.

   So the story starts in 19th century regency London, amongst the haute ton, or upper-class and highly fashionable, society (*Though after finding Voss’s age, the year he turned Dracule and the year mentioned, 1802, as the story’s date it's kind of questionable and I got confused - but really, it doesn’t matter -- the story’s great!). The tone of the narration really puts you in the era ,and I am such a sucker for historical fantasy, so I was eating it all up. 
 Easily you can feel as if you’re amongst the characters and the atmosphere is so alluring.  The tone is very witty as well, just as the main character, Dracule vampire Voss Dewherst. 
He’s a real self-indulgent, arrogant prankster and just so seducingly lovable all in the same time. I found myself laughing out loud and blushing from his frank behavior plenty of times throughout the read.

   The focus of the story is on his blooming relationship with one of the Woodmore sisters, Angelica, who coincidentally is a sister of a vampire hunter. With her brother Chas Woodmore's sudden disappearance, Angelica and her sister Maia are forced to be in the charge of a reluctant Demitri Carvindale during his absence. Voss finds this a more than reasonable opportunity to find what he can of the rival Woodmore’s family and if indeed one of them is gifted with the Sight. Voss is just sneaky that way and when you read further into the story, you understand why he goes through such lengths and games to figure everyone’s secrets.

After an enrapturing meeting and horrible realization Voss finds himself constantly seeking Angelica out, possibly for more than what he realizes or cares to admit. Tons of flirting and steaminess between them, it’s almost unbearable. Almost. During the game of cat and mouse, they become endangered by darker forces and Voss's battle of control. And so the adventure really begins.

The characters, environment and plot were just all so ingenious. I loved the bickering between Maia and the earl Demitri, especially. Really, this novel took my breath away and I am itching for the release of the series!

Book Details:
ISBN: 9780778329527
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: MIRA books
Published: March 29th, 2011
Pages: 384
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Point of View: Third Person
Series / Stand Alone: 1st in the Regency Draculia series

Purchase Information: Amazon
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*Please note: This review is based solely on my honest opinion. I did not receive any compensation for declaring a good review.