Colleen Gleason's second installment in her Regency Vampire Series, The Vampire Dimitri (Mira Books/Harlequin, May 2011), is a fabulous read. For those who might not have read the first volume, The Vampire Voss (Mira Books, April 2011), you won't be left wondering about what has transpired to date. Gleason cleverly provides Dimitiri, Earl of Covington's view of events along with heroine Miss Maia Woodmore, the affianced ward of Covington - and sister to the earlier heroine, Angelica.
The effect of this style for the reader was like being able to listen to a conversation across the room while carrying on your own with your neighbor - and what had appeared in one dimension is now apparent in two. Dimitri and Maia's thoughts and interactions are now apparent to run alongside those of Voss's and Angelica's from Voss.
However, contrary to the very hot-blooded and emotional characters of Voss and Angelica, both Dimitri and Maia seem bound by society's convention. For though Dimitri is a Dracule, he was raised during Cromwellian years and is a most proper and reserved vampire who sublimates his hungers in study. Maia, after one very stunning slip in convention years ago, also treads the straight and narrow. In Vampire Voss it was apparent there was an attraction between the two, but it seemed more like two icebergs meeting then the sizzling hot attraction that Voss and Angelica shared. Well that's just wrong. You won't be able to put The Vampire Dimitri down - the two of them are hot!
Who ever said that the quiet ones are to be watched out for was right as Dimitri and Maia sizzle and burn through this novel in the most delightful way. Even more of a page turner than The Vampire Voss (if that can be believed), The Vampire Dimitri is full of stunning plot twists, romance, some mystery, and fabulous characters.
An additional Faustian dimension that Gleason adds to the classic vampire tale of a manner of possible redemption from Lucifer's clutches is a strong one - and allows her to embue her characters with questing hearts and souls that make this a great read.
Need I say you should definitely start reading this new series? It's fun, romantic, and the characters are outstanding. Don't delay. The next installment in the series is The Vampire Narcise, which will be out in June from Mira Books and will feature the story of Narcise, one of the rare female Dracule who has been rescued from her brother arch villain and bad vampire, Cezar, by the previous heroines' brother Chas Woodmore. Already twists and turns in this relationship are apparent and can't wait for Narcise to see what transpires.
For more on Colleen Gleason's novels, see Amazon.
Read Fab Fantasy Fiction's review of The Vampire Voss.
From the publisher:
Regency London loves a society wedding— even if there are vampires on the guest list.
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.