Gabrielle Bisset’s Vampire Dreams is the story of Arden Stephens, a young girl who is living on the streets of 19th century London. She ends up working in the home of Brandon Ridley, who turns out to be a centuries-old vampire. Brandon wants to turn Arden into one of his own kind, and to have her become his companion. But first he must convince another that Arden is the woman for him, and this might not be such an easy task.
If the basic premise of Vampire Dreams doesn’t sound particularly original, the book more than makes up for this thanks to some excellent characterisation and some damn good writing. The pace is great and the story rattles along with enough twists and turns to keep even the most jaded reader hooked. There some genuinely memorable moments, not least in Brandon’s nightly visits to Arden’s bed… and her dreams!
Without giving too much away about the way the story develops, the introduction of Visilje helps keep the suspense building. And thankfully, Bisset manages to create genuine erotic tension. The novel is fairly short, at around 17,000 words, but that shouldn’t lead you to think that it’s lacking in development. I’m a bit of a vampire junkie, but this is definitely one of the best that I’ve read all year.
> Star rating for Vampire Dreams: 4 stars.
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