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Monday, April 18, 2011

ARC Review: The Vampire Dimitri by Colleen Gleason

Title: The Vampire Dimitri
Author: Colleen Gleason
Series: The Regency Draculia Trilogy, book 2
Genre: Paranormal Historical Romance
Publisher: Mira (04/19/2011)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Dimitri, also known as the Earl of Corvindale, should be delighted that the headstrong Maia Woodmore is getting married. His mortal ward and houseguest has annoyed—and bewitched—the Dracule nobleman too long, and denying his animal cravings grows more excruciating by the day.
Miss Woodmore's family has a rather…complicated history with the immortals and she herself possesses a keen sensibility far beyond mere women's intuition. Marriage will give her safety, respectability and everything else a proper young lady could wish for. Everything, that is, except passion.
In the looming battle between Dracule factions, all pretenses will shatter as Maia and Dimitri come together in an unholy union of danger, desperation and fiercest desire.”
The Vampire Dimitri is the second book in The Regency Draculia Trilogy. The events relating in this book are happening paralleled to the events in the first book in the trilogy, The Vampire Voss.

With Chas Woodmore escape (elope) with Cezar Moldavi’s sister, Narcisa and their consequential disappearance.  Chas sisters Maia, Angelica and Sonia are in great danger. Cezar Moldavi wants revenge for the insult and nothing will stop him until he makes Chas pay for his actions.
Chas has left detailed instructions of what to do if he hasn’t contacted his sisters in two weeks time. If that ever occurs they will be place under the protection of Dimitri, Earl of Corvindale.
When a fortnight passes without knowledge of Chas whereabouts, Maia follows her brother’s instructions and contacts the Earl. The last thing Dimitri wants is a complication in his life, but he gave Chas his word of honor promising he would take care of his sisters if the need arise. He knows Moldavi is a dangerous character, he is one of the Dracule or vampire with the worst reputation. Dimitri knows this because he is also a Dracule. He also knows that if Moldavi is after the Woodmore sisters they are in great peril.
Dimitri decides that Sonia would continue her stay at the convent school in Scotland where she is attending; she will be safe enough there. But with Maia and Angelica things are not as easy, he would need to move them into his house where it will be easier for him to protect them.  
Maia is unaware of the gravity of the situation, she doesn’t know anything about vampires or believe they even exist. She is not happy with their move to the Earl’s home but she agrees because she needs to obey her brother’s dispositions. Also her stay at the Earl house would be temporal, soon she’ll be marrying her betrothed Alexander and as a married woman there won’t be any need for her to be under the Earl’s guardianship.

Dimitri has torturous existence. Over hundred years back he gave his soul to save the woman he loved or at least thought he was in loved with. And his great sacrifice was paid with disdain. Since then he has been reading and investigating with not avail everything he has been able to get in his hands, always trying to find a cure to that would free him from his curse.
When he meets “miss proper” Maia Woodmore he feels an instant attraction towards her, an attraction that he tries with all his mighty to control; he is a vampire and a being like him doesn’t have anything to offer a decent woman like her. Also she makes him crazy, always demanding things from him and taking control over his house.
I loved Dimitri in The Vampire Voss and this book made me love him even more.

Maia is the example of a proper Lady, or at least is the image she is trying to show the world. She is a strong woman. After the dead of her parents she took the reins of her household and has been almost like a mother to her siblings. She is also a very stubborn and a very outspoken woman, I would say sometimes too much. She also comes a little bit as a control freak. But I think her best quality was her bravery.

The way the attraction between Dimitri and Maia was developing in this book was well presented and believable. You learn to love them with their faults and qualities and with each page you find yourself pining for them to have their happy ending. Their personalities are very contrary but at the same time very complementing. This is one of those couple that really feels they are meant to be together. And seeing them fighting all the obstacles to get to that moment was a very agreeable experience.

After reading The Vampire Voss I felt in love with Dimitri and was very eager to read his book.  In my opinion this book is better that the previous one, just because Dimitri is a better hero than Voss.
But, yes there is a big “but” with this book and it’s that it was very repetitive. During almost the first half of this book the same events and scenes that occurred in The Vampire Voss are presented in this book but shown from a different character point of view. Still this different perspective didn’t make the scenes in anyway more interesting or different it just made them repetitive and superfluous, forcing me to skim over pages at a time. If this had not been the case The Vampire Dimitri would have been a better read.

My Favorite quotes
  • The Kitten had unsheathed her little claws again.
  • Satan’s bloody bones, the woman’s got me thinking in metaphors.

My Verdict: 3½ Paws

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

Other reviews Goodreads


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  2. I liked this one so much better than Voss! And I have to say, the overlap didn't bother me that much. I've read books where it was horribly redundant (like Lyndsay Sands' The Heiress), but at least here, there was minimal dialogue repitition. I agree that Dimitri is a much better hero than Voss. And as much I enjoyed this one, I loved The Vampire Narcise the best. You can check out my review of The Vampire Dimitri if you're interested:

  3. Jen, I wasn't planing to read The Vampire Narcise but after your comment I have to check it out :)

  4. I have heard that this one is better than the last. It's just too bad that I have trouble connecting with historical books - whether it be PNR or not. But I liked your review! :)


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