I’ve always loved regency romances but given vanpiric or paranormal romances set in that era a wide berth, until I read Teresa Medeiros’ The Vampire Who Loved Me. Since then, I haven’t come across another series which intrigued me enough for me to buy and read them. Until I came across the Gardella Vampire Chronicles by Colleen Gleason in a bookstore in Hong Kong while there to attend a business conference.
Here, then, is my opinion of the first book in the series …
Title:The Rest Falls Away
Genre: Regency Paranormal Romance
Year Published: 2007
Stand alone or series: Book 1 of the Gardella Vampire Chronicles
On the Back cover:
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.
In my books …
The plucky heroine and the enigmatic secondary characters, Max and Sebastian kept me going. It was a good thing the writing itself was tight, and the plot well drawn and fast paced. There were few surprises in the story development. I thought Victoria’s husband was merely an accessory to the story while the real clincher was her inconvenient attraction towards the mysterious Sebastian.
Well, I do have a soft spot for heroes named Sebastian, and there was enough cloak and dagger in this series to kept me turning the pages to the end. Overall, this regency Buffy-the-vamp-slayer debut was quite entertaining without being too mushy or cliche.
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