Author: Colleen Gleason
Category: Historical Paranormal
Series: Gardella Vampire Chronicles: Book 3
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...
Ah, what to say, what to say? It's always the books that I enjoy the most that give me the fits when it comes time to sit down and express my feelings about them.
The Bleeding Dusk picks up where Rises the Night. ended. Victoria has become the leader of the vampire slayers, or venators. She is dealing with not only finding her way as leader, but also attempting to stop the vampires who have aligned themselves with the demons from unlocking the secrets of the legendary alchemist.
While Victoria has her hands full slaying vampires and demons, she is also doing her best to ward off the attentions of Beauregard Vioget, Sebastian's vampire grandfather. Not to mention that she is dealing with Max, who has returned as a venator but still has ties to Lilith, the Vampire Queen. There's also Sebastian, who reenters the picture when Victoria realizes needs something from him.
What I liked about this installment was that we were able to see all three of the main characters, Victoria, Sebastian and Max, share page space.
I enjoyed getting to know Max better, even though I'm still not a fan. Don't get me wrong, I can appreciate a brooding male character but Max is just a stick in the mud (to me).
Side note: I'm also having a hard time softening up to Max due to something that happened in a previous book. I'm not over it, and will probably never be.
As always, I loved Sebastian. I did find myself very surprised by what is revealed about him in this book. While I didn't see it coming, it did not feel wrong or like it came out of left field. It also put my questions about why his shirt never came off into perspective. I was glad to get his point of view in this book, I had been hoping for that.
I have to say that I spent more time annoyed with Victoria in this book than I would have liked. She does a few questionable things that made me go, huh? Yeah, I had a couple of head scratches with her this go round. But I'm letting it go, chucking it up to the fact that she is young and holds a huge responsibility to mankind on her shoulders. I did like seeing her figure her way through her new responsibilities, she is one tough cookie. I'm loving seeing her grow with each book.
And, like always, Colleen leaves us with an edge of your seat ending, that makes you crazy with anticipation for the next release. Grade A-