The Rest Falls Away: The Gardella Vampire Chronicles
By Colleen Gleason
In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy of vampire slaying, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake. But as she moves between the crush of ballrooms and dangerous, moonlit streets, Victoria’s heart is torn between London’s most eligible bachelor, the Marquess of Rockley, and her enigmatic ally, Sebastian Vioget. And when she comes face to face with the most powerful vampire in history, Victoria must ultimately make the choice between duty and love.
What is it with me and these vampire books? I just can’t get enough of them! (Still waiting with bated breath for Eclipse in August! Gah! I can’t wait!!!)
This one is the start of a romantic/horror series by Colleen Gleason who also writes at her blog For All The World To See. I’ve seen her on many other blogs lately, promoting the new book in this series Rises the Night, now out in stores. And I simply must get my hands on it soon because I am hooked on another vampire series.
Regency England. Macabre. Vampires. Romance. A decent amount of sex that isn’t TOO smutty, but just right and just the way I like it. This was a perfect read for the beach and I whipped right through it. I loved the main character; the Venator (vampire killer) Victoria Gardella. She begins her career as a Venator in this book, the latest in a very long and distinguished line of vampire killers. Her characterization was excellent. She’s young and inexperienced, but thirsting (no pun intended) to prove herself and I liked how Gleason showed that. It’s nice to come across a strong, independant, yet still feminine heroine. The plotting was quick and never lagged. This is a perfect read for vacation or just a hot summers day.