Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review: The Vampire Voss by Colleen Gleason

Book Description:

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 Review:
Right off readers should know that Draculia are much different vampires than those in the Gardella series. Here we have not only vampires that are good and evil, we also get a book that ends with a traditional happily ever after. But fans of the Gardella series should not despair because the style of writing is very similar, as is Gleason's ability to seamlessly blend vampires into society, and history. I adored some of these characters, especially considering that these women are not your usual regency misses, which in my mind makes them way more fun. I also appreciate the attention to detail that Gleason gives all her books. I could totally see a back room in White's that solely catered to the Draculia clientele, or an establishment like Rubey's that provided them the opportunity to explore all their unique needs without censure. 

Now to Voss. Hmm, what can I say? He was at times a truly unlikeable character, selfish and spoiled, rather like Lestat in his hedonistic vampire views, but his ability to change and seek redemption was always there and it was then that Voss really came to life. It's nice to have such a deeply flawed character make such a dramatic change without seeming over the top or giving that forced/fake vibe. His struggle was very believable and kept in time to the rest of the story. It was almost like the reader is seeing Voss through Angelica's eyes because as her opinion shifted so did mine. Angelica however was entirely different right from the start and I knew that I would enjoy reading her falling in love with a vampire like Voss. How fun that she uses her ability to help girls of the ton find a suitable husband based on prediction of when the man would die. And charge for it to boot! Clever indeed.

As I mentioned, this book does end with a happily ever after. The tension between Voss and Angelica lasts throughout the book without being boring or redundant. Again, I felt that the romance angle was suitable for the type of book...which means that the characters were not ripping off their clothes with every turn of the page, but when they did it was well worth it. 

The secondary cast is a dynamic bunch and I look forward to reading about Maia, Angelica's snooty and know-it-all sister, and Dmitri, her tightly coiled vampire guardian. They promise to be explosive and passionate for sure. But it's Narcise that I am most anxious to read more about. She has a very complicated past and I'm guessing that she will have the most exciting romance of them all. It's a good thing that these books come out back-to-back because waiting isn't my strong suit and I want more of these regency vampires.

Books in this series:
The Vampire Voss (out now)
The Vampire Dimitri (April 19, 2011)
The Vampire Narcise (May 24, 2011)

Colleen Gleason's website can be found by clicking here. Go visit! You won't be sorry...the site is beautiful and easy to navigate.
*This book was reviewed by Anna Dougherty for VampChix and was obtained via NetGalley for review purposes.

1 comment:

Roxanne Rhoads said...

I am reading this now. Love Gleason's books- you're so right about her way of seamlessly blendeing vampires into society. I love the Regncy time period- so perfect for vamps.