Tuesday, May 10, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: The Vampire Dimitri By Colleen Gleason
Mira Editions by Colleen Gleason
April 19 2011
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 Dimitri come together in an unholy union of danger, desperation, and fiercest desire.
We met Dimitri in great detail on book one of this trilogy, The Vampire Voss, and I was taken with the reticent, cool and detached vampire then. So I was delighted Dimitri gets his own story here.
Colleen Gleason does not disappoint. Her regency vampire world is so lush and true to the period, it fairly takes your breath away.
The narrative is unique, it relives some scenes from the first book, but from a different perspective and point of view. I thought it might prove to be ultimately distracting, but it wasn't. Dimitri is guardian to the vampire hunter Charles Woodmore's 2 sisters, Maia and Angelica. While Angelica is caught up in an adventure with Voss, that leaves Maia to torment Dimitri. She is to be married, much to Dimitri's relief. She both enchants and stirs his annoyance and desire both at the same time.
Dimitri is a vampire who denies his animal blood lust, and as a result is in constant pain trying to fight his inner beast. He doesn't really care for being a vampire, and is looking for a way to break his bond with Lucifer.
He is at heart, a gentleman, it is a constant struggle to maintain that facade. Especially with Maia sitting his desire and passion. Who doesn't love the tortured man? I certainly do, and Dimitri is all that.
I loved the interaction and conversation and desire between these two. Maia can be annoying, but it is more out of protection to her family. The couple are soon caught up into the war brewing between factions within the vampire world. The love scenes are amped up from the first book. I have been reading a lot of hot carriage scenes lately in romance novels, and this one is no exception. *sizzle*
A lot of adventure at the end and it took a twist I did not expect. I don't want to give anything away. The characters are engaging, their love story crackles with passion and life. We get some story on Narcise, of which the final book in the trilogy is about. Looking forward to reading it next!
3.5 stars of of 4 stars for the book
KOVER KUDOS: Oooo, I love this cover. Great poses, colors and Dimitri with his sexy lace cuffs and haunting eyes.
3.5 stars of out 4 for the cover