Regency era romance with vampires. I mean really. How can you get much more fun than that? Looking today at the oh-so-fabulous The Vampire Dimitri, by Colleen Gleason.
THE OFFICIAL BLURB: 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.
MY THOUGHTS: There are three things (well, at least three) I really love about The Vampire Dimitri.
First, well, it’s vampires. We love vampires, yes?
Second, it’s one of the most unusual non-sequel sequels I’ve ever read. This is the second in the Regency Draculia series, following The Vampire Voss, which came out last month. But instead of picking up where Voss left off, the story runs concurrent to Voss. So we get some of the same scenes but from different viewpoints. Once I got over the jolt of it (hey, wait, I know this scene), I absolutely loved it. You don’t have to read Voss to read Dimitri. It works just fine as a standalone. But if you do read Voss first, it makes for a really rich reading experience. I assume the next title, The Vampire Narcise, which comes out next month, will take the same approach.
Third, this book is just plain good. I liked The Vampire Voss. But I LOVED The Vampire Dimitri. Dimitri, or Earl of Corvindale, is an insufferable, self-martyring member of the peerage, who also has a little problem--he's a vampire, and in this world being vampire means you’ve made a bargain with Satan. The heroine, Maia Woodmore, is a headstrong bit of a brat whose brother’s activities have put her and her sisters into Corvindale’s care. He isn’t happy about that. Neither is the proper Miss Woodmore. You’ll have fun with this one, I promise.
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