Review & Contest: THE VAMPIRE NARCISE by Colleen Gleason


Yeah, yeah. Let the powers-that-be tell us the vampire is dead (heh), that vampires are so yesterday. We love our fanged ones. So, meet Giordan Cale, my friends…

THE OFFICIAL BLURB: 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: Colleen Gleason’s Regency Draculia series is one of my favorite vampire finds this year. The Vampire Voss started it out, followed by The Vampire Dimitri—twin stories told from the point of view of different heroes and heroines. With The Vampire Narcise, we still meet some of the characters from the earlier books, but Narcise follows a different path. It’s darker, grittier, probably because the heroine, Narcise Moldavi, is the much-brutalized sister of her evil brother Cezar. She’s no pampered Regency woman of the city, but the pimped-out victim-turned-warrior her brother created.
            Giordan Cale comes from an equally brutal background, a boy of the streets who also was sexually abused. Like Narcise, he has made a bargain with Lucifer for immortality, but he has the advantage of being male and thus dependent on no one besides himself. Yet he carries a rage and vulnerability within him.
            I enjoyed the first two books in this series as vampire romances set in the Regency period, laced with humor and manners with a dark undertone. But I enjoyed Narcise even more, as author Gleason explores the darker, more complex corners of human—and vampire—nature. Good series, great reads.
           
Want to win a copy of The Vampire Narcise? (Or, if you’re new to the series, you can choose The Vampire Voss, which was the first.) What do you like about vampires? Are you tired of them? That’s a NO from me—not tired. I think what I enjoy about them is exploring the whole juxtaposition of immortality and vulnerability. 
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

21 thoughts on “Review & Contest: THE VAMPIRE NARCISE by Colleen Gleason

  1. Definetly not tired of vamps. How could I be, there are so many choices! Colleen has done a heck of a job with this series. I own the first two (Vamp Dimitri was HOT) and love them! Would love to win this one, but if I don’t, its on my “must buy” list.

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  2. I still love vampires. I love to read a new vampire story and get a new perspective on the myth. Vampires are the ultimate Bad Boys!

    Although, as I am trying to convince the summer lab students who are studying brains (yeah…real, dead, human brains,) zombies ARE the new vampires.

  3. There is something about vampires that I just cannot resist. They are dangerous, mysterious and passionate creatures. All this makes them appealing and my curiousity of them will likely never die.

    This is a new series for me and I would like to read it. Count me in.

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  4. I read so many paranormal romance and Urban fantasy books. Despite I already meet so many magical and paranormal creature, I never tired to read about vampire, one of my favorite night creatures. They’re sensual, dangerous, but loyal too. Since they almost a hundred years old, it fun to show how many of them react in old way at this modern world.
    I would love to win The Vampire Narcisse, thanks

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  5. I have the second book on my TBR shelf. I would love to win The Vampire Narcise. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. I love vampires. Reading books about them will never get old for me. There can be soo many different variations on the vampire condition. I like seeing how each author’s vampire is different from another.

    Could I get The Vampire Voss instead. I haven’t read the series yet.

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  7. I am so not tired of them. I love my bad boys and vampires represent them so well. I love the dark world and the desire of their hunger, I don’t think I could ever tire of them. If I win I would like the Vampire Voss

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  8. I love when a series just gets stronger with each book. Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

    No I am not sick of vampires. I don’t know that I could get sick of them! I would also want to start with the first book in the series if I happen to win.

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  9. I like all the different ‘rules’ you can have with vampires ie how long they can live, what they’re affected by. I haven’t read this series.

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