Review: The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason

One of the categories for the Twenty Eleven challenges dictate that we should give our reading habits a twist.

…With a Twist

Focusing on sub-genres, the guidelines say: read a lot of chick-lit, then try a paranormal romance! Fantasy? Why not give some Steampunk a go, like a bit of Space-Opera in your Sci-Fi then pick up a military Sci-fi book. Like your Contemporary Literature, give a Young Adult Contemporary a chance.

Well, since my bookshelf is filled [to] capacity with straightforward historical and regency romance, I thought I’d give this regency Buffy another go.

Review: The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason

Title: The Bleeding Dusk

Author:Colleen Gleason

Genre: Regency Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Signet

Year Published: 2008

Stand alone or series: Book 3 of the Gardella Vampire Chronicles

On the Back cover:

The undead of Rome are racing to unravel an ancient mystery – and only one woman can stop them…

As Rome prepares for its Carnivale, the new leader of the city’s vampire hunters – Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy – must prove herself as never before. For, to gain access to the secrets of a legendary alchemist, Rome’s vampires have allied themselves with creatures as evil and bloodthirsty as they are.

Reluctantly, Victoria must turn to the enigmatic Sebastian Vioget for help, just as Maximilian Pesaro arrives to assist his fellow slayers – no matter what the sacrifice. Desire puts her at the mercy of Sebastian, while loyalty binds her to Max, but can she trust either man? Especially when a seductive vampire begins luring her into the shadows…

In my books …

I didn’t exactly set out to be seduced by the story line and plot, but somehow along the way, I warmed up to this series. Even if I’d skipped out on the series #2, this 3rd story saw the author delving deeper into Victoria’s inner workings of her new ‘job’ and into her relationships with both Max and Sebastian.

Kept me suspended and enthralled with the trio’s battle with ancient and powerful enemies. This time round, the romance angle was given free rein and readers get to enjoy some scenes exploring Victoria’s conflicted and eternal interest in Sebastian.

IMB Rating: 3.0, Liked it