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A Vampire Regency - passable sequel but still nothing special,
This review is from: The Vampire Who Loved Me (Paperback)
This is the sequel to "After Midnight" which introduced the sisters Caroline, Vivienne and Portia Cabot. In the first book Caroline married Adrian Kane, Viscount Trevelyan and Vampire Hunter and her sister Vivienne married Constable Larkin, a friend of Adrian's. Poor Portia drew the short straw in the plot of this book - she's two young to get married and ended up locked up in a crypt with a hungry vampire. They both survived but she now has puncture wounds on her neck from Adrian's brother Julian's fangs - yep, the vampire hunter has a vampire for a brother.
"The Vampire Who Loved Me" action takes place four years after "After Midnight". Julian the vampire has been roaming the world trying to find the vampire that sired his sire in order to get back his soul (rather a lot of intangible concepts here). He returns to London and immediately women are being killed, drained of blood, in London. His brother Adrian is worried Julian is to blame. Portia is convinced he isn't as she's had a tendre for Julian since she met him.
This book has much more information about vampires and that's fun - the author has Portia pretending to be a vampire and attending a ball with Julian - but still the opportunities are squandered by resorting to traditional romance stereotypes. Once again there are annoying things in the writing (points of view changing unexpectedly, etc) and the grand finale felt way too contrived to me. Characterisation is OK, especially in the relationship between the brothers - what do you do when you fear your much-loved brother is evil? - but overall I found myself disappointed with the book. I felt there were wasted opportunities in what was a good story and I don't feel inspired to read any more of Ms Medeiros' books as a result.