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Dark Saint: The Vampire Dimitri (The Draculia Vampire Trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition
“Count on Colleen Gleason for a scorching page-turner!” —Jeaniene Frost
“Dark and decadent, sultry and seductive, Colleen Gleason’s sexy Draculia series will hold you in its thrall!” —Lara Adrian
“In a world where every third title seems to be a vampire story, it’s a pleasure to come across a series that’s as unique as Colleen Gleason’s. Fresh, unique, sassy, and fun, Gleason’s Draculia trilogy is one of a kind…A must-have addition to the bookshelves of vamp enthusiasts everywhere.” —Maggie Shayne
In 19th Century London, vampires live alongside the uppercrust members of Society...
For decades, Dimitri, the Earl of Corvindale, has denied himself the most basic of pleasures in his attempt to free himself from the grip of his immortality. He disdains women, entertainment, and all but the most basic of sustenance in an effort to break his covenant with the devil.
But when he becomes the guardian for two young women—including the beautiful, maddening, and stubborn Lady Maia Woodmore—his life is disrupted and he’s forced to face the emptiness from centuries of solitude.
Maia is no fool, and she alone is strong-willed enough to tame the beast Dimitri has become…and to show him love is the most important risk of all.
But when the most potent of danger strikes, can Dimitri put aside his own stubbornness to find love…even at the risk of his own soul?
The Vampire Voss
The Vampire Dimitri
The Vampire Narcise
Roaring Midnight (Macey Gardella #1)
"Colleen Gleason's The Vampire Voss has all the right ingredients for a sit-down-can't-get-up-until-I'm-done kind of novel. The writing is delightful, and the story brings us into new realms of the traditional. I loved this book!"
-New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Heather Graham
"In a world where every third title seems to be a vampire story, it's a pleasure to come across a series that is as unique as Colleen Gleason's. Fresh, unique, sassy and fun, Gleason's Regency Draculia trilogy is one of a kind, and destined to become a classic. A must-have addition to the bookshelves of vamp enthusiasts everywhere."
-Maggie Shayne, New York Times bestselling author of Twilight Prophecy
"Count on Colleen Gleason for a scorching page-turner." -Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author of the Night Huntress series
"Dark and decadent, sultry and seductive, Colleen Gleason's sexy Draculia series will hold you in its thrall. This is Regency romance the way I like it-with a bite!"
-Lara Adrian, New York Times bestselling author of the Midnight Breed series --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B08BZDLHMS
- Publisher : Oliver Heber Books (June 28, 2020)
- Publication date : June 28, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2505 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 372 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #690,399 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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- I'd like to give a big shout out to the cover artist. Hot damn!
- Dimitri, when he's not being an overbearing ass, is truly a wonderful character and a very swoon-worthy hero. He's dark, tormented, and determined to Do The Right Thing at all times. But when he lets down his guard...watch out! The smoke literally pours off of the pages during the more sensual scenes between he and Maia. While Voss was much more fun, I think Dimitri is infinitely more sexy. But perhaps that says more about me than it does about him?
- Maia comes off SO much less annoying than she did in the first book. The glimpse into what's going on in her brain allows the reader to feel a lot of sympathy for her character. She's downright likeable!
- In each book in the series, Gleason focuses in on different characters and different moments even though for the most part, this second book is a rehash of the first book (but with a different point of view and a timeline that extends beyond what occurred in "The Vampire Voss"). I absolutely love how cleverly Gleason pulls the curtains back a little bit more each time, revealing tantalizing bits and pieces of the next book.
** side note **Frankly, I cannot wait to find out what happens for Narcise. While I could easily predict which hero would end up with which heroine for the first two books, Gleason has done an excellent job of muddying the waters and making it tough to know the ultimate romantic fate of Narcise. One assumes it would be Chas. But one is starting to wonder if that might not be the case...
- Gleason is a masterful writer with an exquisite attention to detail. There were several instances where I could absolutely "see" a specific scene in my head...something that I struggle to do when reading other books, especially Regency-styled novels where the dialog tends to take center stage.
- As much as I like to read about angst-filled heros, it can get old if it continues for too long. While I respect how dedicated Gleason was towards making Dimitri as tormented as one might expect of a reluctant vampire, I also found myself wanting to smack him upside the head more than once. Kudos to Maia for having faith in the poor man. But I could have used a bit less "stiff upper lip/tormented soul" behavior and a bit more levity. By the last third of the book, his constant need to hide his true nature/desires and wall himself off from other people was just damned annoying and I couldn't wait for the climax so we could get beyond that crap.
- Without providing any spoilers, I feel strongly that the Alexander situation changed far too quickly and dramatically. His dramatic moment felt more like a plot device than anything else and, frankly, it just didn't sit well with me given what we thought we knew about his character.
- Chas taking off to Scotland on the eve of his sister's (or was it sisters'?) wedding(s) seemed pretty lame. We're supposed to believe he's a caring, loving brother who is trying to do the right thing for his siblings even though he often hies off to parts unknown. But the way he asked Dimitri to convey his regrets to Maia just seemed, well, classless. Having said this, I think I want Chas to act like a hero but perhaps Gleason is setting him up for a lesser role, at least for the next book.
Having said that, I still feel Gleason pulled off quite a coup with this book and this series. It's an interesting twist on some VERY worn out themes...and her "Memento"-like plot device gives these books a clever, cinematic quality that keeps the readers guessing even when we think we know what's going to happen next.
I loved this better than Vampire Voss. I think it was the concept of the Beauty and the Beast that made it all the more intriguing. I really love all the love and hate relationship. Its so fun to read! Plus, Dimitri is waaaaay hotter than Voss. And Maia is waaaay better than Angelica. Haha, that didn't make much sense.
Okay, so I kind of skipped some parts in this one because there was repeated conversations and events that was in the first book. That bit kind of put me off a bit. But when I continued reading on, I just couldn't stop reading.
Another 5 stars to Colleen. I'm hesitant on reading Narcise. Mainly because I didn't like her much in the first two books. She just seems so "evil in disguise". BUT I'm looking forward to reading Colleens other work.
I'm not sure I bought the ending though, but I do like the vampire world Ms. Gleason created with her Draculia. At first I wasn't sure about heroes who make a deal with the devil, but it seems to me the devil tricked them into making the deal. I recommend this to readers looking for a different vampire tale and setting.