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4.26.2011

Review: The Vampire Dimitri by Colleen Gleason

The Vampire Dimitri (Regency Draculia #2) by Colleen Gleason
Regency Romance, Vampires
trade Paperback $14.95 (384 pages, MIRA)
Ebook $10.99

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.

Author Site: www.colleengleason.com

Old Adventure vs. New Adventure (4 stars)

In Gleason's The Vampire Voss we met Dimitri, Earl of Corvindale, and Miss Maia Woodmore and as other characters were the central romantic figures we only saw a little bit of their interactions. Yet, Dimitri and Maia were such large factors in the adventures of Voss and Angelica much of the plot within The Vampire Dimitri remains the same. If you've read The Vampire Voss the first half of this one may frustrate you as most of it is the same story just told from Dimitri and Maia's perspectives. Very little new material pops up.

After the first half of the tale has passed and Voss and Angelica are on their way to a happily-ever-after the pace picks up considerably and the couple who previously did nothing but snip at one another begin showing signs of attraction. The chemistry between Dimitri and Maia is highly amusing, the sensual tension lucious as they exhibit the sort of passion that can only come in a well written love-hate scenario.

As characters I was surprised to find that I liked them even more than Voss and Angelica, whom I did like a lot. Dimitri is very broody and unhappy as a vampire while Maia is struggling with the responsibility of being the eldest Woodmore sister and her upcoming marriage. Both characters are quite capable and wise, passionate and strong.

Once their adventure begins in earnest things get really complicated. Gleason's brilliant Asthenia plot device is a big part of this tale and Dimitri's past explains his personality and growly nature well. When at last the two come together it is very satisfying.

If you struggled with The Vampire Voss based more on Voss himself than the actual story I believe you will like Dimitri much more. If you enjoyed it this one may be a bit slow to start but once you hit the middle it picks up quick and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Notes: Received ARC via NetGalley.

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