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Monday, March 7, 2011

ARC Review: The Vampire Voss by Colleen Gleason


Title: The Vampire Voss
Author: Colleen Gleason
Series: The Regency Draculia Trilogy, book 1
Genre: Paranormal Historical Romance
Publisher: Mira (03/22/2011)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“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 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 the first book of The Regency Draculia Trilogy by Colleen Gleason. This book is set during the early days of the Regency Era in England.
With the disappearance of Chas Woodmore, his sisters Maia and Angelica are place under care of Dimitri, Earl of Cordinvale, while their younger sister Sonia is safely away in a convent school in Scotland. Dimitri is not just an Earl, he is also a Dracule or vampire.
Learning of Chas disappearance Voss Arden, Viscount Dewhurst, also a Dracule, returns from the Colonies (America) to London after a very long absence. He knows one of Chas sister’s is gifted with “the sight” and he plans to find out which one of the sisters is, seduce her and sell the information gather from her to the higher bidder. That’s what he lives for, the learning and selling of secrets, and of course as any good rake, debauchery.
When seeing Angelica Woodmore for the first time, he feels an intense attraction towards her and soon after he learns she is the person he was looking forward to meet. But Voss is not prepared for the impact she would have on him.
The Woodmore sisters are in great danger as a result of Chas escape with Cezar Moldavi’s sister Narcisa. Moldavi wants revenge for the insult and plans to use Chas sisters as a payback for his offense.
Dimitri will do anything in his power to protect them, and Voss will have to fight his own demons and make big decisions in his life to save more than himself.

Voss is not an easy character to like, he is selfish, and he doesn’t have respect for anything or from anyone, he just wants blood and sex and takes what he wants without any consideration. For him everything is a game never thinking or caring for the consequences of his actions. He is an immortal man (vampire) chosen by Lucifer to be one of his representatives in the world. He lives happily applying Lucifer rules and taking whatever he desires, many times in excesses and without consequences.

“In the last hundred twenty yeas, Voss hadn’t given a lot of thought to what happened after death. In fact, he hadn’t thought about it at all. Why should he? That was the deal with Lucifer. Power, strength and immortality-ergo, complete freedom with no consequences for his days on earth and the actions thereof. What more could a man want?”

At the end we see him fighting what he is, what his “nature” pressure of him to do. We also see him struggling with what he feels and really wants to do. He changed a lot but I’m not sure his change is enough to like him.

Angelica, thanks to her inherited Gipsy blood has the gift of Sight. When touching an object and concentrating on it, she can see how the owner of such object is going to die. She is a strong woman, who has learned to live with her fate. She is courageous, smart and caring. She is innocent but not stupid. And in general she is a very likable character.

Dimitri is a very interesting character. He lives a kind of hermit life. He’s a Dracule but he hasn’t drink human blood in many years, he’s spends his time researching for a cure that would liberate him from Lucifer’s contract. He doesn’t socialize but with Chas disappearance he is put in a very uncomfortable situation, he needs to take care of Maia and Angelica. For him to be able to protect them he is force to accommodate them in his home, and is also required of him to accompany them to many social events. Even though he is not too happy about it, he does it because he made a promise to his friend (Chas), and he will keep his promise because he is a “man” of honor.

This book is narrated in the third person point of view of the different characters, especially Voss, Angelica and Dimitri, but Chas and Maia also have some pages. I like these multiple points of view, but these many changes can be a bit confusing, especially when is from the protagonists to the supporting characters. But is nothing mayor and it didn’t discourage me a bit to continue reading.

I like the setting in the Regency Era; I love the description of the attires, the balls, the dances, the decoration of the houses. It really makes my imagination fly, and that is the main reason why I love books.
This book has romance, action, intrigues and history. Is a very entertaining story with very interesting characters. But here we come to the point of why I didn’t give it a better score. The book is great, the writing is spotless but this book is supposed to be about the romance between Angelica and Voss, but I felt Dimitri eclipsing Voss during great part of the book, this may had been because Voss was a very difficult character to like, while Dimitri was more interesting. Voss kind of got better at the end, but many times I wish I was reading Dimitri’s book instead of Voss’s.
Don’t take me wrong with what I say; even with the problem I had with Dimitri and Voss I read this book in one sitting. This just happens with book I really like. I recommend it to readers who like paranormal historical romance.
I can’t wait to read Dimitri’s book and I’m in luck because his book The Vampire Dimitri is coming out April 19, 2011.

My Verdict: 3 Paws

Other books in the series
The Vampire Voss (03/22/2011)
The Vampire Dimitri (04/19/2011)
The Vampire Narcise (05/24/2011)

Other reviews Goodreads



2 comments:

  1. I completely agree that Dmitri steals the spotlight in this one :) I like Voss..but I had a hard time believing in his love at the end. But - I'm super excited for book two!

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  2. Me too, I can't wait to read Dimitri's.
    And Mandi, thank you for your comment. :)

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