Wednesday, October 1, 2008

When Twilight Burns

When Twilight Burns
By Colleen Gleason
Signet Eclipse, August 2008
Reviewed by Heather F.

*May contain spoilers from previous Gardella Vampire novels*

If you have followed this series from the beginning (The Rest Falls Away, Rises the Night, and The Bleeding Dusk), you know that these Victorian era Vampire hunter bodice rippers are a guilty pleasure. When Twilight Burns continues the saga of Venator Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacey, recently bitten by an old and powerful vampire and fighting against the various affects of that bite. She has returned to London, where not even the sun can stop the vampire killings now. A new, and dangerous, vampire walks the streets. How can Victoria vanquish this new evil, when she cannot even detect its’ presence in the usual way? Not to mention, her mother has renewed her efforts to get Victoria out into society and duly married off to the latest rich dupe to come her way?

And now, and probably most importantly for fellow fans of this series, the love triangle of Victorian, Max and Sebastian comes to a head. And it is Hot. Yes, with a capital H. Romance comes sharply into focus in this latest installment and it’s not a moment too soon for many readers. But don’t worry, not all is resolved. Gleason leaves everyone just as full of angst and turmoil as usual, to the delight of all.

Gleason’s novels are different from most romance authors in that she has strong characters, especially as strong female lead, and the characters grow. She loves to shock with unexpected and exciting twists to her tale, twists that this reader loves. This series comes highly recommended to anyone who loves action, adventure, romance, and a strong female lead.

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