Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Review: Avalon Revisted by O.M. Grey

Book Description:

Arthur has made his existence as a vampire bearable for over three hundred years by immersing himself in blood and debauchery. Aboard an airship gala, he meets Avalon, an aspiring vampire slayer who sparks fire into Arthur’s shriveled heart. Together they try to solve the mystery of several horrendous murders on the dark streets of London. Cultures clash and pressures rise in this sexy Steampunk Romance.

My summary:
Arthur should have been the King of England but instead he died. Only his destiny wasn't to stay dead, no, fate chose an entirely different path entirely, that of a vampire. 300 years later Arthur is still carousing his way around  London until he meets Avalon at a gala abroad a fancy airship and is immersed in memories of his beloved Catherine. She pays him little attention and he observes that she seems to have a hidden agenda. A ghastly string of murders occur with the press crying vampire, and further investigation reveals that Avalon, and her "friend" Victor, may very well be hunting for the vampire responsible.

Great opening that sets the scene for a world you could only imagine, with airships, bloodletting devices, vampire detectors, and brothels, Avalon Revisited is an erotic alternate history that includes one very spoiled vampire prowling the dance halls of England, preying on the fine ladies of society.

The devil is in the details which in this case made the pacing at the beginning a bit slower than I expected, but once the mystery of murder was brought in and Arthur applied himself to seducing Avalon you appreciated the time spent learning about each character. I would have preferred a less spoiled version of the depraved and cavalier Arthur because at the beginning he came across like the brother he despised, and that made it hard to like him, which I suspect was quite intentional on the author's part, and his behavior was very true to men of that time period. Eventually Arthur grows on you (it doesn't take long) and as a reader of paranormal romance I found his transformation in the name of love to be well done, indeed. From about midway on events move rather quickly with a few surprises added to the mix, and although one twist was picked up on rather quickly, I thought the ending was just what I wanted.

I'll definitely add Avalon Revamped to my reading list!

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