My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After reading The Vampire Voss earlier this year I was very eager to get to know Dimitri better. I was certainly not disappointed and I thoroughly enjoyed the differences in character between Voss and Dimitri. This book is another read that you will regret not adding to your list of reads to look forward to.
As this is a pre-release review, unfortunately (or fortunately) the blurp from Goodreads is all that you get for now: Regency London loves a Society wedding – Even if there are vampires on the guest list. Dimitri, 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 for passion. In the looming battle between Dracule factions, all pretenses will shatter as Maia and Dimitir come together in an unholy union of danger, desperation, and fiercest desire.
WHAT I LIKED
Colleen Gleason’s vampires are the more traditional sort with an added twist on vampire lore. Ms Gleason sets the historical scene brilliantly and lures a reader into the Victorian milieu without being overly dramatic and/or descriptive. At some points during the story Dimitri’s frustration and helplessness is palpable and endears you to a man who has to suffer through the consequences of making a very human decision. Although the scene was set for the love story from the first book and could be guessed at with accuracy this did not make the story predictable and/or uninteresting. The book certainly delivers on action, romance, mystery and not a small amount of passion and heat.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
With some reservation I have to say that although Dimitri’s character and story is unique, there was a lot of overlapping with the first book of the series although it is written from a different perspective. I did however at some points feel like I was rereading the first story.
SO WHAT’S THE VERDICT?
I expected a lot from this book and it delivered on every aspect. I enjoyed it and I am already plotting adding a print version to my collection. A must read that I recommend without a doubt.
The Vampire Dimitri is set to be followed by The Vampire Narcisse which is due to be released during June of this year.
A big thank you to Harlequin Publishers through Netgalley for providing a galley of this book to me for review.
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