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 contempo...moreAlthough 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 simple. I like pure romance ...particularly historical. So when I read my friend Fani's review of the first book in a series about vampires in Regency London, my curiosity was piqued. With history already in the books, would it be possible for a PNR story to actually focus on romance?
Absolutely! The Vampire Voss is the first installment in Colleen Gleason's trilogy of the Dracule, a group of wealthy nobleman residing in London at the turn of the 19th century who, at some point in time, had each sold his soul to the devil in exchange for immortality. Voss, the Viscount Dewhurst, is a mercenary and therefore somewhat of an outcast among the Dracule as his sole purpose for pleasure/profit is to gain vital personal information about a member and use it against him. At 28 going on 150, Voss is rich, fashionable, titled and handsome beyond words, using any of these qualities to seduce women and destroy men - for nothing more than the amusement of the folly.
Until Voss meets Angelica Woodmore. Angelica has the ability to see into the future and embraces the gift wholeheartedly...most notably giving newly betrothed young women a glimpse at what their life will be like when married. This way, the girl can back out of the engagement before it is too late. Just a small step towards equality from Angelica's point of view. When Voss learns Angelica has the Sight, he plans to seduce her to obtain information about her brother, Chas, a notorious vampire slayer. However, his plans are interrupted by another Dracule's intent to kidnap Angelica to use her as bait to bring Chas down. Then Voss becomes her protector.
For most of the book, Voss is warring with himself over his plans for Angelica. If you enjoy stories where the hero is smitten from the start, then this book isn't for you. Voss may be a vampire but ultimately he is a rake and certainly lives up to the reputation. He is intrigued by Angelica and most definitely wants to sink his teeth into her neck, but it doesn't physically incapacitate him...yet. For a while he continues to feed off and have sex with other women. I'm usually put off by this in a story but I accepted Voss' behavior because it was a part of who he had become when he gave himself over to Lucifer. As Voss begins to develop a conscience and doesn't go through with his planned seduction, he is "rewarded" by Lucifer with pangs of intense, white-hot pain. At one point, Voss is so aroused by Angelica he succumbs to the temptation and nips her neck. Poor Voss...now everything is going against him. Angelica is repulsed by the fact he's a vampire, her brother is out to kill Voss for touching her, her reluctant guardian Dimitri (who has his story with Angelica's older sister, Maia, in book 2) wants to kill Voss for a nasty trick Voss played on him 100 years ago, and the pain inflicted by Lucifer gets worse because he didn't take the bite a step further!
Although the ending was a little rushed and I was hoping for more from the "deflowering" scene, The Vampire Voss was a great story with interesting characters, and best of all, was not encumbered by too much detail. Overall, I got exactly what I was looking for - a sexy vampire hero clad in neckcloth and waistcoat...and a solid love story.
I don't have time to do a review right now but I have to share a LMAO scene:
We know the heroine has abstained from sex for the last 4 years, but took...moreI don't have time to do a review right now but I have to share a LMAO scene:
We know the heroine has abstained from sex for the last 4 years, but took the edge off with the help of a vibrating "friend" she named Carlos. After having sex for the first time, a brooding hero asks the heroine, "Who is Carlos?" "Why?" she asks. "Because the first time you climaxed," the hero replies, "you called out his name."
Nobody does taboo romance like Karen Robards, and on this "re-read" I listened to the audiobook. Excellent story of a 17-yr-old girl/woman who is at f...moreNobody does taboo romance like Karen Robards, and on this "re-read" I listened to the audiobook. Excellent story of a 17-yr-old girl/woman who is at first infatuated with and then becomes the lover of her guardian...her 35-yr-old, married guardian.
One of my top five all-time favorite historical romances! (less)
Johnny Whitehorse is an Apache who works for Leah Foster's bigoted Senator father. Johnny & Leah are "first loves" who, after being together for 4...moreJohnny Whitehorse is an Apache who works for Leah Foster's bigoted Senator father. Johnny & Leah are "first loves" who, after being together for 4 years, are cruelly torn apart due to the Senator's deceit. The story begins 12 years later...Johnny is now a model/movie star (and OMG the ultimate definition of "hotness") and "voice" of the Apaches, who uses his fame to bring notice to the unfair treatment of his people who have suffered great loss at the hands of the (possibly) corrupt Senator. Leah is a veterinarian and a divorced mother of a special needs little boy who moves back home because, ironically, she is now the one struggling financially (Senator is a pr*ck who won't even acknowledge his grandson). Can an adolescent love between the H/h withstand time and the harsh cruelties of life and develop into an amazing love of a lifetime? (If you read romance novels it can!) :D Excellent book!(less)