Monday, 14 March 2011

The Vampire Voss by Colleen Gleason - Book Review

Title: The Vampire Voss (Regency Draculia #1)
Author: Colleen Gleason
Publisher: Mira
Publication Date: March 2011
Format: Ebook - PDF
Pages: 380
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC from NetGalley






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 blood. But he is utterly unprepared for the new desire that overcomes him - to protect her. (Goodreads Synopsis)



For the first couple of chapters, I really wasn't sure about this book. It felt very stilted and I wondered what on earth was going on...but as soon as I got into the flow of the story, I was hooked. I didn't find Voss a particularly likeable character at first and yet he slowly grew on me just as he does on our heroine. At first I wanted to beat him off with a broom, but by the end I was ready to swoon in his arms.

Once things got underway, the story was better paced - action blended well with quieter moments. I loved the Regency setting, the turmoil adding to the excitement of the story. Her sense of time and place was not as much a feature as it is in Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's writing, but the little there was helped cement the story in a viable world.

The rules for the vampires are interesting and different than anything I've read before which was a refreshing change in itself.

I liked Gleason's writing style and will be sure to check out the further titles in this series as they come out and some of her other work.

Recommended for vampire fans - especially those who enjoy a dash of history with their fang.


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