Sunday, 20 March 2011

The Vampire Dimitri by Colleen Gleason - Book Review

Title:The Vampire Dimitri (Regency Draculia #2)
Author: Colleen Gleason
Publisher: Mira
Publication Date: 19th April 2011
Format: Ebook -PDF
Pages: 377
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC from NetGalley

Regency London loves a Society wedding –
Even if there are vampires on the guest list.

Dimitri, the Earl of Corvindale, should be delighted that the headstrong Maia Woodmore is getting married. His mortal ward and houseguest has annoyed – and bewitched – the Dracule nobleman too long, and denying his animal cravings grows more excruciating by the day.

Miss Woodmore's family has a rather...complicated history with the immortals and she herself possesses a keen sensibility far beyond mere woman's intuition. Marriage will give her safety, respectability, and everything else a proper young lady could wish for. Everything, that is, except for passion.

In the looming battle between Dracule factions, all pretenses will shatter as Maia and Dimitir come together in an unholy union of danger, desperation, and fiercest desire.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

Wow - what a great read. I could hardly put this book down. I enjoyed the first installment in the series (The Vampire Voss), but this one was even better.

I think my main reason for prefering this over the first book is that Dimitri is a much more likeable hero than Voss. I grew to like Voss by the end of his story, but I felt for Dimitri straight away and I loved the parallel with Beauty and the Beast that developed through the tale. I had been thinking it was similar and then the author confirm my thoughts with a direct reference to the classic tale.

I was a little unsure at first about the 'rehashing' of scenes from the first book from a different perspective. Because I had only read the first story a few days before, it felt too familiar and I found myself wanting to skim read. But, I can see that it would allow those who hadn't read the first book to keep up with the story and it also helps the reader see where in the timeline this new story fits. In anycase, once the necessary exposition was over and the story got going it hardly mattered anymore and the new material was exciting and enthralling.

I got so into this piece that I even put off working on my own story for an hour so that I could finish it.

Both Maia and Dimitri appeared in The Vampire Voss as secondary characters and it was great to see them expanded here and find out more about them. Both are highly likeable characters - Dimitri is brooding and dark while Maia puts aside her very proper English-lady attitude to become feisty and resolute as the story progresses.

I think this could be read as a stand alone book, but readers will get much more from it if they read The Vampire Voss first.

I just received the third book in the series from NetGalley and cannot wait to get stuck in to that. Expect a review within the week!

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