>ARC Review: The Vampire Voss by Colleen Gleason

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*This tittle is due to release March 22, 2011*

[Regency Draculia Trilogy 1]
The Vampire Voss
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 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.

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 capture everything we love about both genres. The masquerades, the parties, the gentleman’s clubs, and propriety of a historical while still enabling us to feel as though we’re reading the paranormal.

I also liked her heroine, Angelica Woodmore. She’s not particularly funny, witty, or even incredibly intelligent. She’s just average with one exception – she has an ability known as ‘Sight’ where she’s able to see the death of whomever she comes in contact with. This particular gift is what has gotten the interest of our hero piqued.

Voss Arden, Viscount Dewhurst, is a member of the Dracule – a man who’s made a Covenant with Satan himself leaving him with the Mark. This ‘Deal’ gives him power, strength, immortality and complete freedom with no consequences for his days on earth or the actions thereof. Except, there’s a problem with Voss that I just can’t get past- he’s spoiled, selfish, arrogant, egotistical. Mostly he’s a manipulator. While he loves to collect his information and solve his puzzles or make jests and games he only aspires to trick and manipulate and to take from others for his own gain – this includes Angelica.

At no point do I feel Voss is redeemed. His attempt at the end feels like just a little too small, a little too late. Because of this, I also wasn’t sure of what I was reading. While I know this is a historical paranormal romance it reads more like an urban fantasy- the romance just wasn’t there. By over two thirds of the book, Voss and Angelica still don’t even like each other, though, Voss being more indifferent than anything. And by the time the ‘I love yous’ do surface, it was like a blow from left field and I have never been a fan of the ‘love conquers all’ adage.

It’s always hard as a voracious reader to find anything new, so when I do, it’s always a pleasure to find an idea so fresh. Ms. Gleason’s storytelling and writing are an intriguing mix of the traditional and the unique with smex appeal. While I wasn’t a fan of Voss, I was one of The Vampire Voss and I can’t wait to ‘meet’ Dimitri in his book, The Vampire Dimitri, releasing next month.

Regency Draculia Trilogy
The Vampire Voss-March 22, 2011
The Vampire Dimitri-April 19, 2011
The Vampire Narcise-May 24, 2011

Find Colleen Gleason:
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Book provided by Mira. (NetGalley)
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=paperbackdolls-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0778329526&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

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