Colleen Gleason, author of the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, is now releasing a new series - The Regency Dracula. I began reading the review copy of the first book, The Vampire Voss (Mira Books/Harlequin, March 29, 2011), last night and couldn't put it down. It is a page turner that scorches your fingers. Gleason's lush descriptions, her ability to portray the dichotomy of good and evil of the vampire or Dracule - as well as the passion - made for a very exciting read.
For me, Gleason's novel was like a Barbara Cartland on steroids. She was able to portray the time-frame of the Regency period - adding in a little Jane Austen to the mix - while at the same time conveying very different personalities of the Regency vampire set she's envisioned.
Voss, or the Viscount Dewhurst, could be one of Cartland's beloved rakes - albeit with fangs - but Gleason's ability to really convey the conflicts that Voss is unique. The heroine - Angelica - who is one of three sisters and a brother given paranormal gifts (sight, calling) through their Romany Gypsy ancestry is also compelling.
What Gleason has so successfully done is create a world within the Regency world familiar to many readers of romance - White's, the gentleman's club, now has a more interesting area; brothels may serve more than one purpose; and journeys to the continent and New World for heirs may indeed be more to cover eternal life. Fun stuff indeed!
I won't give any spoilers, but here in Gleason's world, vampires are created through a pact with Lucifer - whose bond with them can be a torment if not served.
What transpires as Voss and Angelica begin to know one another, as the world of vampire is opened to the sisters, and 'good' and 'evil' vampires clash is one that is a fascinating and exciting novel.
Gleason's style of writing is perfect for these novels and one can look forward to the next installments: The Vampire Dimitri (Mira Books, May 2011), about the man who serves as the sister's guardian in Voss, and The Vampire Narcise (Mira Books, June 2011), about one of the rare female Dracule.
For more on Colleen Gleason's novels, see Amazon.
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…
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.