This is such a great series! And this book was especially exciting for a certain reason that I can’t talk about because spoilers! I feel like these books are almost a guilty pleasure at this point. I mean, they’re good in all the conventional ways a book should be good (characters, plot, etc.), but they also fulfill some sort of juicy, angsty, soap-opera-y romance need I didn’t even know I had.
For one thing, I love Victoria’s love life. She always has all these different guys interested in her, and so she flirts, dates, kisses, has sex, etc., and I swear reading about it is this feeling like she’s my best friend and I just can’t wait to hear all the juicy new details.
Victoria is also sarcastic and snarky, but I swear she has the classiest snark ever. It cracks me up, and I just love this girl. But all the characters are so good at making biting remarks at each other, and I feel like I should just keep a cooler full of ice with me to hand out to them for all the burns they’re continually getting. I’m constantly oooh-ing and cringing and feeling bad for them but also secretly loving it.
Then there’s all those conventional things I mentioned, like the three-dimensional characters who have all been through and done terrible things that no one should ever have to experience or do. And the amazing, tension-filled, historical-esque writing. And the Victorian London setting, which, to a girl who lives in present day America, is like being transported to a whole ‘nother world.
And to top it all off, I LOVE the emotion laced throughout these books, especially the oftentimes heart-tugging romance. This time there was even a love triangle, which only made me happier since it was a good one. *SPOILER* And Sebastian, who I pretty much haven’t liked since the beginning (I mean, he’s great as a character, but as a person he made a terrible first impression on me) even managed to gain major points with me, making the triangle even better for me because I started to almost kind of get torn between the two guys… Almost. I still knew who I really wanted ;-) *END SPOILER*
So overall, this has been a consistently great series so far with tortured characters, lots of twists and secrets, and juicy, complicated romance, and I’m loving it!
Fans of Books 1-3 in Colleen Gleason's Gardella Vampire Hunters series. Anyone who likes historical fantasy with complex characters, complicated relationships, lots of sexual tension, and a kickass female protagonist.
More Books in the Series:
After narrowly escaping from Rome, Lady Victoria Gardella returns to London, where not even sunrise can stop a vampire’s carnage…
Ruining Victoria’s homecoming, a vampire stalks the streets of London–during the daylight. Not only is Victoria unable to detect the vampire with her heightened senses, but she’s being framed as the prime suspect behind the killings.
Meanwhile, her heart is still divided between the enigmatic Sebastian Vioget and her fellow slayer Max Pesaro. The battle is made even more difficult by the legacy of a vampire’s touch–a vampire who left in Victoria’s veins boiling blood that forces her fight evil on two fronts: against the new breed of undead threatening London…and against the darkness within herself.
Book Author: Colleen Gleason
Publisher: Avid Press
Series: The Gardella Vampire Hunters
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series