I am so excited to finally start my part in the BLB Ebook Tours. Today I'm reviewing Venice Vampyr by Tina Folsom. This will be her first pit stop with me, and she even took time to do an interview with me. So stop back in later in the week to see Part I of my Tina Folsom interview. Because she is stopping back in with Gabriel's Mate later this month, that is when Part II will go up. I broke it down to keep it interesting and also to not bombard the posts :).
So with that said...let's move on shall we?Warning: explicit and graphic sex, incl. voyeurism and other sexual taboos. This is an erotic novella.
Isabella Tenderini, a wealthy merchant's widow rescues a stranger from drowning in one of Venice's canals. And how does the man repay her selfless act? By kissing her - her, a respectable woman.
Not only is Raphael di Santori grateful for his life being saved, he would also like to thank his rescuer very intimately - more intimately than decorum allows. But then, Raphael has never been one to play by the rules - as a vampire he doesn't have to.
Venice Vampyr was a magnificent, fast paced read. I absolutely love Tina Folsom's writing style.
Isabella was a widow having her husband to a drowning the year before. As her gondilier is driving her home one night, she is shocked to hear the canal waters trying to claim yet another life.
When she sees a man sinking to his death, she wastes no time jumping into the cold murky waters to save him. Searching the dark water, relief floods her when she is able to grab the man, and with the help of her gondilier, having tied a rope to her, they both get pulled to the surface.
Hoping to keep the torment of lonliness from another, she takes this strange man home to nurse him back to health. She undresses him and bathes him to warm him from his near death experience. What she never expected was how his nakedness moved things inside of her that even her late husband wasn't able to move.
As this stranger awakes, he swears he's in heaven as this beautiful woman standing before him must be an angel. Isabella assures him he is not in heaven, but saved from death. His vampire instincts kick in and he can't help but to sense her desire for him. Feeling his own need arise, he is disappointed when she sends him on his way.
When he learns that Isabella lied to him, and she is in fact the one that saved him, he is determined more than ever to have her. Sneaking back into her bed chamber, she is forced to give in to her carnal desires as Raphael di Santori pleasures her like she's never been pleasured before.
Now worried about her good reputation in the Venice Society, she's even more devastated when her late husband's cousin abruptly enters the room, catching her with Raphael and accuses her of being a whore. The ring he bears does not go unnoticed by Raphael - he is a guardian and one who hunts and kills vampires. Set on saving Isabella from being shunned, Raphael marries her.
Isabella will in time figure out her new husband's secret, but will she be able to accept him for what he is, or deny the love that she's developed?
Folsom did such a fantastic job with Venice Vampyr. The characters were easy to connect with and the plot was suspenseful and thrilling all in one. I believe Tina Folsom may be one of my author picks of the year for 2011. I can't wait to start Gabriel's Mate.
I give this title ***** (5) Stars.
Don't forget to stop back later in the week as Tina joins me at the Round Table.
Until next time,
Disclosure of Material Connection: i am a member of the Book Lovin' Bitches Ebook Tours and a copy was provided to me by the author. although payment may have been received by Book Lovin' Bitches Ebook Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.