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Review: The Vampire Voss by Colleen Gleason

8 Mar

The Vampire Voss by Colleen Gleason (Thanks, netgalley!)
Harlequin/MIRA (March 22, 2011)
Trade: $14.95 (Pre-order it for the best price.)
ISBN: 9780778329527

Favorite Lines: “Unlike Dimitri, Voss wore his dissociation from the other Dracule like a mantle of pride—mainly because it was of his own making. Voss, now the very wealthy Viscount Dewhurst, amused himself by seeking and collecting information that could be sold or bartered and, Dimitri suspected, he did so also in order to insulate himself from the others.” (p. 11 ebook)

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 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.

The Vampire Voss is book one in Colleen Gleason’s new trilogy set early in 19th century, London. The Vampire Voss is set in 1804. It sets the tone for the series by telling readers how the Dracule are created and what their purpose is. It seems like there is no hope for the damned, but in a romance there is always hope as Gleason shows us in The Vampire Voss.

Gleason has done an excellent job creating selfish and unlikeable characters. Voss is a cad. He is an unscrupulous man looking to get over on the heroine until he isn’t. He doesn’t hide what he is, but he begins to be ashamed of himself. He is the bad boy that you dream of and want to protect you. Because when he decides you’re the girl…that’s all she wrote. He’d do anything for you. What girl doesn’t want that?

I absolutely hated Angelica’s brother. I don’t know if that was done on purpose, but I still don’t like the man and I read the book a few weeks ago. (As if I don’t like enough people without holding on to hatred of the characters in the books I read. Lol) I’m not to fond of her sister, Maia either. I think the next book in the series, The Vampire Dimitri, will be about Maia and Dimitri so I’m trying not to hold the irritation I feel about her against her.

The action…let’s see. It was sporadic, but satisfying. One scene in particular takes place at a ball and involves deadly Dracule and innocent party-goers. Just visualize vamped out vampires crashing a society ball and you get the picture.

The Vampire Voss is well paced, has characters that remain true to themselves, and is all about the romance. The entire point of the story is to connect to star-crossed lovers and I loved it. Not only is it exciting, but it has the ability to make me want the best for its heroine. My favorite part of the story is when the hero comes for the heroine. I can’t tell you any more about that great scene, but it’s worth reading the book.

Would I recommend this book to a friend? Sure would. That friend would have to be a lover of the paranormal romance genre. The book is good enough that I would even tell those who aren’t fond of the regency period to read it. The story has the taste of a vampire version of Beauty and the Beast.