Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Review: The Vampire Voss by Colleen Gleason

*Originally posted on our sister blog, Paranormal Romance Addict

The Vampire Voss (Regency Draculia #1)The Vampire Voss (Regency Draculia #1)
by Colleen Gleason
Paperback, 380 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Mira
ISBN 0778329526 (ISBN13: 9780778329527)
Courtesy of 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 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 Thoughts:
I want to start off saying that I am a huge fan of Colleen Gleason’s Gardella Vampire Chronicles and the Envy Chronicles she writes under Joss Ware, so that being said I was so excited to hear she was starting a new vampire series.
The Vampire Voss is the first novel in Colleen Gleason’s new Regency Draculia series and I really enjoyed the read.

The over all idea for the series is interesting and unique with all vampires being distantly related to Vlad Tepes and Lucifer coming to certain family members in their dreams offering them immortality in exchange for carrying his mark. And with each vampire having his or her own specific weakness that ranges from the common to the almost unknown. The regency world that Gleason has built around her characters is detailed and you can easily put yourself into the tight restraints of the era and the crowded ballrooms dancing the scandalous waltz. It was quick-paced with mystery and intrigue.

However, the relationship between Voss and Angelica was a little unbelievable to me. The main reason being that even though he was starting to have feelings for Angelica, Voss still slept with numerous women. Every other character’s growth and development was conceivable but his; he pretty much stayed true to his original form until the end and then it seemed rush. All of the sudden he was this proper gentleman. Though I did enjoy his perfect good looks and his naughty ways, he is a very sexy main man

The Vampire Voss went back and forth between three couples; Voss & Angelica, Dimitri & Maia and Narcise & Chas and each will have their own story and HEA. Now this concept can be good and bad for the story arc; and here’s how it was bad in this novel – Dimitri & Maia’s character’s and potential relationship completely outshined Voss & Angelica’s. I was more interested in them then the main couple and really look forward for The Vampire Dimitri, out April 26th.

Despite all the obstacles and difficulties between these two, Voss and Angelica make it to their happily ever after. The ending was a complete surprise for me but it felt a little too perfect and unbelievable.

If you are expecting another in league with the Gardella’s you might be somewhat disappointed but Regency Draculia is still a good read in it’s own right and I look forward to the continuation of the series. 

Rating: 3.5

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