Thursday, April 28, 2011

Review: The Vampire Dimitri by Colleen Gleason

The Vampire Dimitri: Books of the Regency Draculia #2 
by Colleen Gleason

384 pages (paperback)
Pub. Date: 4/26/2011

*I got this book (digital ARC) from NetGalley free of charge - reviews are requested.

Amazon product description:
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.

My thoughts:
I was intrigued by the idea of getting another side of the story from the view we got in Vampire Voss.  I was excited to get to know more of the characters that we were introduced to in that book as well.
I wasn't a huge Dimitri fan by the end of Vampire Voss and I thought Maia was overbearing and controlling - - - so this book was a refreshing look into those two characters! 

Love, duty, responsibility, desire, obligation, status, standing....
This story has it all!

I truly enjoyed Vampire Voss and was pleased to find wonderfully created characters again in the second book of the series.  Once again I can't say enough about the author's ability to create incredible characters.  
Maia is fantastic!  Anyone who has ever felt a little overwhelmed with responsibility will instantly relate to her.  She is strong, courageous, loyal, devoted, smart and passionate.  
Dimitri is so much more than he appears to be in the first book.  He is honorable to a fault.

As in the first story - we are in the Jane Austen meets Bram Stoker setting!  It is fascinating to watch the two "responsible" adults trying to wade through emotions that don't fit into what they supposedly each want for themselves or what they believe is right and fitting.   

I truly loved that the main idea was not about self-sacrificing or self-deprivation but about taking something for yourself, learning to cope with actually wanting something and getting it.

I read this cover to cover without putting it down for more than a few minutes.  It was a great read!  I am looking forward to book 3 - The Vampire Narcise.