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The Vampire Voss (Regency Draculia #1)

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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  768 ratings  ·  191 reviews
Voss, also known as Viscount Dewhurst, relishes the sensual pleasures immortality affords. A member of the Dracule—a cabal of powerful, secretive noblemen—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...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Mira (first published January 1st 2011)
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Fani
4.5 stars

Well, it's obvious me and Gleason have a chemistry, because I like her writing so much, I'm willing to forgive her faults in plot or heroes that I usually wouldn't, and still enjoy her books very much (like in The Rest Falls Away). However, I'm happy to say I didn't need to forgive her anything in this book: I loved the writing (of course), the plot, the selfish, rakish hero who did not have a personality transplant and become a besotted fool the moment he met the heroine, as is often t...more
Tammy Walton Grant
Now THIS is a what a vampire cover should look like.



Dark, ominous, and frightening - look at his eyes, for goodness sake!

I really liked this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes Regencies, vampire stories and/or PNR. It has a great set-up and what I thought was a fresh spin on the original vampire legend, including a couple of unique tweaks of legendary vampire "weaknesses" thrown in for good measure.

All of these things kept me reading the book long past the point where it wasn't re...more
KarenH
Although I find vampire heroes to be extremely sexy, I'm not a big fan of the paranormal genre. Since most of the stories are structured in a contemporary or futuristic setting, the possibilites for creating complex fantasy worlds are endless and PNR authors unleash their imaginations and run with it. The majority of them are quite successful and that is great but I feel like the fantasy worlds overshadow the romantic aspects of the stories and I end up bored to tears with all the detail. I'm si...more
Alisha
Quick Take:
An apt subtitle for this book would be "Vampirism: Good for the Body, Bad for the Soul." It's an enjoyable mix of Enlish high-society and paranormal intrigue, wrapped in some beautiful use of the English language.

Vampirism. Sometimes it's a blessing, sometimes it's a curse. In this particular series, it's a chocolate-covered piece of poison, a trick touted as a treat. ^_^ At least, that's the implication based on the plot of this book.

The name of the story makes it pretty clear that,...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
3.5 out of 5.

Here is my problem- I finished this book, thought it was pretty good but I wasn't wowed by it. However, I don't think it was the author's fault or the story, I think I'm just tired of vampire stories or certain paranormal stories and I want more out of my book.I just found myself yawning while reading and it wasn't in the middle of the night.

Here is my other problem, I remember what I didn't like about the story, but can't remember much good other than I finished it.

What I didn't...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
I love vampire novels, and I adore regency romances, and yet for some reason I've never found a book that blended both worlds seamlessly. Until now.

The Vampire Voss had many of the ingredients that I love in historical romances to begin with: an outcast hero, secrets, and an innocent woman thrown into the mix of danger by forces completely out of her control.

What worked for me:
* I was enthralled by the world of the Dracule, and the history and mythology surrounding the group. It was nice to see...more
Mandi Schreiner
Known to most as Viscount Dewhurst, Voss Arden, is a 148 year old vampire who loves to be immortal. Voss, along with his other vampire brethren were not born into this lifestyle. Lucifer came to them individually in a dream, leaving his Mark on them, and when they awoke, they were vampire. They have found others throughout their life, and have banded together in a sense. Voss thrives on learning other people’s secrets. Knowing information is the key to many things and he makes it a game to learn...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
In his nearly 150 years on Earth, Voss has thought little of anyone or anything except himself. He is a smooth talking seducer, who spends his time making conquests and finding ways to best others. It was those very failings in his personality which led Lucifer to extend the offer to make him a vampire all those years ago. And it's what leads him to pursue Angelica as our story begins.

Angelica was born with psychic gifts that Voss hopes to use to his advantage. But once he meets the young girl,...more
jD
This book is scheduled to be released on March 22.

This is my first Colleen Gleason book and I can see that she is talented but the book had too much going on and it was not well organized. There were technical and creative flow problems. On the technical side, my ebook was not well formatted on my Kindle. At least I hope that was the problem otherwise, readers will get frustrated with conversations and scenes bleeding into one another. I had to constantly reread to find where the break was supp...more
Judithe
As we all know, a deal with the devil, or Lucifer, never works out quite how the promise seems. Viscount Dewhurst, or Voss, lives a life of pleasure and mischief after taking the deal offered by Lucifer to become a Dracule. As two factions of the Dracule line up on opposing sides, he stays neutral, until he gets drawn in over a woman. She is Angelica Woodmore, gifted with the sight and the second of three sisters. This story whirls them through Regency England and into the Dracule conflict.

This...more
Sonette
This book was a totally unexpected but amazingly enjoyable read. I have been wanted to read the Gardella Vampire Series by Colleen Gleason, recommended to me by a Goodreads friend, for quite some time now and just never seemed to get around to it. The Vampire Voss was therefore the first of her books that I have picked up and I must admit I am adding Colleen Gleason to my favourite author list right after I finish this review.

SUMMARY

This book follows Voss, Lord Dewhurst, a 140 something year ol...more
Maloup
If you've read and loved Gleason's Gardella Vampire Chronicles , you will enjoy this very much! I'm a huge fan, so this may be bias.

Voss reminds me of Sebastian (Gardella Vampire Chronicles) except he's twice the rake! A vampire member of the Draculia with no concern for anyone but himself; until he meets the lovely Angelica, who has an unique gift and will obviously be danger because of it.

This was a great start to the series. Colleen Gleason never disappoints! It took me a couple of chapter...more
Yodamom
Colleen Gleason, writes with great attention to historical detail, making it easy to lose oneself in the tale. It is the time of Emperor Bonaparte, he is preparing to war with England. The rules of society are very strict, women are coddled. The world is unaware of the Draculia that live among them, powerful and wealthy. They are immortal and live off their blood, leaving humans mostly unaware. They are mostly alone rarely trusting one another. Voss, one of the least trusted, collects weaknesses...more
willaful
Apr 23, 2011 willaful rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of gothic style romance
Recommended to willaful by: AAR blog
Current invented vampire mythologies include vampires created by science and those created by, essentially, good magic. Gleason’s mythology is a much more traditional, dark one, in which vampires are made through bargains with Lucifer and controlled through a mark on their shoulder which compels them to do evil. (They can also be made by other vampires, but that's apparently not common.)

Not to criticize any series in which vampires are good (or neutral) but I enjoyed seeing this darker side agai...more
Kt

When their brother goes missing, the Woodmore sisters are placed in the care of a very reluctant Earl, in order to protect them from evil members of the Dracule. Lord Dewhurst, or Voss has always prided himself on his conquests of blood and flesh. However that all changes when he meets Angelica Woodmore. She isn't like the others, least of all being her Sight abilities. Even though they come from opposite worlds, they are quickly drawn to each other. Voss finds himself wanting to protect her, bu...more
Jessica
I received this E-ARC from NetGalley.
When I heard about Colleen Gleason's new historical paranormal romance series, I was excited and couldn't wait! The Vampire Voss is different than her Gardella Vampire Chronicles, but still has the same kind of feel to it in some respects.

The vampire rules are about the same, but there might be a detail or two that are different. I will admit, that in the beginning I was a little lost, there was a lot of names floating around, some who were present and others...more
Kitt
Previously posted at Paperback Dolls.

The Vampire Voss is the first in Colleen Gleason’s exciting new Regency Draculia Trilogy. Set in 1804 London, Ms. Gleason mixes two of my favorite genres together – the paranormal and the historical romance – something I wish more authors were out there doing.

I haven’t had the pleasure of reading Ms. Gleason’s Gardella Vampire series (although I do own them and hope to get to them soon!) so this is my first time into her world. I like how she was able to capt...more
Kelly
Oh, my. Oh, ever lovin' my! This book was ridiculously fun to read. It skated the lines between whimsy, romance and sexy vampires with ease. I adored how shallow Voss was sometimes. He fretted about his clothes, his hair, when he'd managed to nab a lady for a quick sip and screw. He has no shame about using his vampire thrall to lure ladies into bed with him. He initially intends to use Angelica's gift for monetary gain. Then he finds himself caring whether or not she'll be harmed. It all went d...more
Kaity
Review originally posted on Bitten Books and given 5 stars.

This book was an absolutely brilliant blend of the best aspects of historical romance and paranormal romance. I love the masquerades and other parties, gentlemen's clubs, forgotten propriety and general atmosphere of historicals. Gleason fit those all in seamlessly with my favorite paranormal aspects; a dark, cocky vampire hero, heart racing plot, seduction and especially the heroine's discovery of another world. This is the first histor...more
VampFanGirl
My Review:

The Plot:

It's all about me when it comes to one hundred and forty-eight year old Viscount Dewhurst, better known as Voss. Back from the colonies and ready to resume his rightful place as the now and once again young London Viscount, Voss wastes little time before embedding himself with both the local Draculia and the ton. A very exclusive club, the Draculia have only sworn allegiance to one: Lucifer. All stemming from the same ancestral tree commencing with Vlad the Impaler, each breth...more
Paranormal Haven
Viscount Dewhurst, or Voss, has spent the last one hundred and forty plus years living for pleasure and only caring about himself. As a member of the Dracule, he uses his vampiric abilities to get what he wants and obtain any information that will give him advantages over others. When he learns that the Woodmore sisters are being hunted by a depraved vampire bent on revenge, Voss uses the opportunity to get close to the Woodmore sister with the power of sight. But Angelica Woodmore will not be e...more
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The Vampire Voss
Release Date: March 22nd, 2011
Publisher; Mira
Number of Pages: 384
Genre:Vampire Regency Paranormal Romance

Publisher Blurb: 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 loomi...more
Fiendishly Bookish
3.75 Stars

Individual conflicts take precedence in Colleen Gleason’s debut book The Vampire Voss, the first in a new Regency vampire trilogy about the Draculia-an ancient race of vampires descended from Vlad Dracul, who have sworn allegiance to Lucifer and in turn carry the mark of the covenant. It is their internal discord, the inescapable warring between the lure of The Mark, and the last remaining vestiges of their humanity that is the true lure in Gleason’s plot.

In Voss, Gleason introduces a...more
Kristyn Hammond
Reviewed at A Turn of Page.

**e-ARC made available for Kindle through NetGalley**

I’ve read a ton of vampire novels. You might say that I’m a vampire novel junkie. I love the Gothic, and vampires are a natural extension of the gothic — heck, I’m doing my Master’s thesis over the Gothic. So when I started this book, with a terrible feeling, I nearly put it down again. The problem? I didn’t like it from the start. I didn’t like Voss, at all, which made bearing him difficult. I didn’t particularly li...more
Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections
Feb 23, 2011 Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PNR fans of vampire lit.; over 18
3.5 Stars

The Vampire Voss, by Colleen Gleason takes place in England during the year 1804. The author’s voice is true to the culture of an 1804 England when the country was close to war with France. This book is the first installment in a trilogy. So, there is a lot of information and background given by the author to acclimate the reader to the history of the characters. In addition, the point of view pivots back and forth between characters which sometimes makes it difficult to keep track of...more
Crystal
Feb 15, 2011 Crystal rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People over 18
The Vampire Voss
By Colleen Gleason

Voss has always been a selfish charismatic vampire that has taken everything he has wanted from the people and vampires around him. The mark of Lucifer hasn't hurt him as much as others.
Angelica is a young women with the sight, she could tell the death of a person only by touching a garment worn by the person. Her brother Chas has gone missing and she and her sister must stay at the home of Dimitri.
Voss wants to take advantage of Angelica's sight, but he never...more
I ♥ Bookie Nookie (bookienookiereviews.blogspot.com)
I am sorry, I just couldn't finish this book. This is extremely rare for me--I can count on my hands how many times I have not finished a book in my lifetime. My curious nature generally just will not allow me to put a book down unfinshed...with this one, I just didn't care anymore.

Since Netgalley so generously provided an advanced copy of this book, I have attempted to give my two-cents without having finished it.

First, I just didn't relate to the characters...at all. I want to like my hero a...more
Mariachiara
In America e Inghilterra a Maggio 2011 si è già conclusa (forse) la pubblicazione della nuova serie vampiresca di Colleen Gleason intitolata Regency Draculia, simile per tematica ed ambientazione alla saga Gardella. Dico forse, perchè, a mio avviso un continuo ci starebbe.....vedremo.

Per ora di trilogia si tratta ed è composta dai libri:

1.The vampire Voss.

Voss, conosciuto anche come Visconte Dewhurst, ama essere un vampiro. Egli è un membro dei Dracule, una setta segreta e potente di nobili c...more
Cheryl
Viscount Dewhurst otherwise known as Voss usually strays from the spotlight. Voss is also part of an exclusive member of the Dracule. Members of Dracule are gentlemen that have been branded with a mark to show that they have given up their souls and became…yep, you guessed it…vampires.

Angelica and her two sisters are under the care of Lord Corvindale, while their brother Cas is gone. Angelica and her sisters are gifted with the gift of “sight.” Angelica embraces the gift, while he sisters depis...more
Netanella
My first Colleen Gleason book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The blend of historical and vampire genres was well done. The setting is London during the Napoleonic wars, and the vampires are titled aristocrats whose vampirisim comes as a bargain from Lucifer which is physically manifested by scars on their backs that are described as "cracks in my soul." What's also interesting to the typical vampire lore, aside from the scarred backside, is that each vampire has an "asthenia", a unique element li...more
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