on April 15, 2011 :
Wow - what a great story! Vampire Noir!
Belladonna is a small town, backwoods girl whose dreams of Bela Lugosi lead her to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. It doesn’t take Belladonna long to learn that fame and fortune is a fickle mistress. And just when she is feeling hopeless, Vivant spies her.
"Vivant was captivated by her. The pink blush on her cheek, the soft, blood-red lips, and the scent of innocence that came off her skin was like expensive perfume to him, a rare and heady aroma."
Vivant - here is a Vampire worth loving, and well, maybe hating on occasion. A rich, beautiful, talented, and egotistical immortal who thought “everybody should love him”. Belladonna doesn’t fall at his feet in worship and the sparks start to fly. The love/hate relationship of “Bells” and Vivant is explosive and carnal. She is still captivated with Bela Lugosi and is more determined than ever to meet him. When Bells’ brother, Cal, shows up in town looking for her, he falls in with the wrong crowd. And things really start rockin’!
“Aren’t you going to apologize for vomiting on my shoes? I’m not impressed,” he told Cal.
“You’re shoes? You want me to apologize for ruining your shoes?”
“Yes, Cal, that would be the civilized thing to do.”
Cal looked at him with incredulity. He’d just shot half his face off and wanted him to say he was sorry for spewing on his shoes."
Yes, it does contain a few bloody bits, but they don’t last very long, and I feel they are central to the storyline. VAMPIRE VINTAGE BOOK ONE delivers a riveting tale of jealousy and vengeance, ending with a HFN. If you need a change from the Vamp-du-jour, this will satisfy your appetite. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on March 15, 2011 :
I fell in love with Belladonna. She came to life in this book. Her thoughts and attitude were strong as a real woman (or Vampire in this case) should be. Vivant is a brilliant character as well. He is the kind you would want to take home to Mom, had he not been a Vampire.
I liked the fact that Ms. Severin used real people in the novel such as: Bela Lugosi and Clara Bow. It made me feel that this might possibly be an actual account of those times in Hollywood.
This time in America was the most glamorous and exciting. The Flappers and the movies of that era are the times in which I wished I lived. With this book, I felt like I was there.
Ms. Severin added many facts in her research that I personally did not know and I am betting most do not as well.
I was sad to have been done with this book, but knowing this is only book one, I can’t wait for the next installment.
Thank you Ms. Severin, you have a fan for life.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)