Thursday, April 21, 2011

ARC Review: The Vampire Narcise by Colleen Gleason

The Vampire Narcise
Author: Colleen Gleason
Publication:  Mira; Original edition (May 24, 2011)

Description: Skilled in the seduction of men, both mortal and immortal, Narcise Moldavi is the greatest weapon in her twisted brother's war among the Dracule. Until she falls for Giordan Cale.

Her first searing encounter with Giordan seals their fierce connection for their eternal lives. But Giordan's vow to help Narcise escape her brother's rule is followed by a betrayal more agonizing than sunlight.

Wounded but determined, Narcise ensnares vampire hunter Chas Woodmore in her quest for revenge and to reclaim her life. He wants her, worships her, will kill for her. And the Dracule never forget a wrong— nor do they forgive.

My Thoughts: This third volume in the Regency vampires series focuses on Narcise Moldavi. It tells her story as a captive of her brother Cezar. It depicts her helplessness. While she is a vampire and well-trained in swordplay, she is still subject to her brother's control. When she meets Giordan Cale, she is reluctant to believe that he could be different than the many men her brother has given her to. But Giordan does prove to be different and tries very hard to free her from her brother. 

When his attempt fails because of Narcise's misinterpretation of something she sees, she feels betrayed and even more helpless. Giordan's failure to free Narcise profoundly effects his life too. It leads to his redemption while still leaving him an immortal vampire. 

Ten years later Chas Woodmore does manage to free Narcise from Cezar. He has a relationship with Narcise but hates himself for wanting a vampire. Narcise likes Chas and needs him to help her get used to a life of freedom but she doesn't love him. She thinks that vampires can't love. When she sees Giordan again, all the old feelings - both love and betrayal - are brought to the surface again for both of them to deal with.

This was a fine romance and a good conclusion to the three book series. I recommend it to lovers of paranormal romance and lovers of historical fiction. 

Favorite Quote:
Kissing, which was often the first stage of love and lust--and had been for her and Rivrik--was now the last step for her, and one she guarded jealously.
I got this book from NetGalley for review. It will be available at Amazon but not until May 24.

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