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Now the undead of Rome race to unravel an ancient mystery--and only one woman can stop them... 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, in order to gain access to the secrets of a legendary alchemist, Rome's vampires have allied themselves with creatNow the undead of Rome race to unravel an ancient mystery--and only one woman can stop them... 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, in order 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 Max Pesaro arrives to help his fellow slayers, no matter what the price. Desire puts Victoria 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......

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The Bleeding Dusk Reviews

  • Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
    2018-09-05 08:44

    *flails*Love. I ship everyone. I need these in paperback. /review

  • rachel • typed truths
    2018-08-28 11:27

    The Bleeding Dusk was… exactly what I expected and yet I am still disappointed. I truly sense a real potential in this series to rise above the cliched historical romance - with a dash of vampire-hunting - it has classified itself. Gleason does not have the most gorgeous writing style ever but like most adult UF writers, she has mastered the skill of making her stories oddly addictive. No matter how often I may roll my eyes or scoff at the theatrics while I read this series, I still find it hard to put down. I tend to get genuinely engaged in the story... which is why I am still here after three books and the list of complaints I am about to rant about. For one, the romance in this serious is horrendous. Victoria has had four - and a half - love interests in the span of three books. There is no shame in that necessarily but the way that these relationships are written is where the problem lies. I would honestly go as far as to say that the romance in this book was blatantly problematic. There is never explicit consent between Victoria and her love interests. You can imagine that there were more than a few scenes that made me feel deeply uncomfortable. We had at least one scene where this lack of consent was obvious - someone forced her to kiss them in exchange for information - but there were multiple occasions when the LIs would touch/kiss her - even when she said no - where she would be hesitant at first but then “sink into it”. If someone tells you no, you stop what you are doing. You do not wait for them to get into it. You do not assume they feel the same way but are just shy/hesitant etc. and go ahead with it, assuming they just, what, need some forced motivation to get into it? I just… it made me so uncomfortable and the fact that it is never addressed in the story - although it happens repeatedly - made it worse. The plot as a whole was also disheartening. It was messy and disjointed. I did like the Italian setting but Victoria’s decisions just pissed me off. She is so impulsive and dramatic! She gets in everyone’s way and then blames them, over and over again. It drives me insane. Should people clue her into their plans? Probably, but you can understand why they don’t: Victoria would just ignore them and do whatever she wanted anyway, compromising their mission. If she just did what was asked of her every now and again, it would be okay. Or at least take a breath and think things through.The vampire lore is interesting, though. Like I said before, the fact that it sticks to traditional mythology while drawing in Italian and religious influences is clever. Authors often go out of their way to make their vampires unique but I think the simplicity and familiarly of these sorts of vampires work, particularly with the historical setting. However, the nuance needed to make this lore standout is still lacking. Gleason’s vampires do not have the personality or grit that is needed to make them truly shine. Again, I did enjoy the discussion about the humanity of vampires which is introduced by Sebastian’s character, especially in this sequel. I wish that was more of an overall focus of the series.Overall?This was the last book in the series that I owned so I can technically count this series as read for my need-read-before-the-end-of-the-year challenge… but that ending! It left the story hanging on such a crazy cliffhanger and I will hesitantly admit my curiosity has been tickled. I am intrigued to see where the story will head now, especially how Gleason plans on ending the series. If my library gets copies of the sequels in, I think I’ll probably talk myself into giving them a chance… but we shall see.Trigger warning for sexual assault.

  • Kristen Burns
    2018-09-08 12:40

    4 StarsFull Review:*I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss. This has not influenced my review.*Another fantastic book! This is definitely becoming one of my favorite series. The writing style, the way that Colleen Gleason has with words, the realistic characters and relationships, the juiciness, the subtle humor, and the sexual tension were all great, yet again. I think those things are kind of just a given in this series, and I love knowing that that’s what I’m going to get every time I open one of these books.But there were also some things about this book specifically that had me excited. For one, *SPOILER* (view spoiler)[Victoria finally had some sort of romantic moment with Max... (hide spoiler)] *END SPOILER* but I still have no idea if she’ll actually end up with him. And that’s yet another thing I love, the way the romance always keeps me guessing, and that Victoria has had numerous suitors she’s been interested in but is still taking her time and not rushing into things. But also, *SPOILER* (view spoiler)[she and you-know-who were wearing each others’ vis bullae! Tell me that’s not the most adorable thing ever!!! (hide spoiler)] *END SPOILER* I was squealing on the inside the entire time I was reading the book for that reason.Another great thing is that these books continue to surprise me. There were more twists this time that I definitely had not figured out, but they made sense.The only thing I really disliked was the prophecy aspect. I just don’t care for prophecies in books. And the climax ended up being somewhat anti-climactic, especially compared to Book 2. But I suppose, even though that’s what the plot was technically about, the story itself was about Victoria, her character development, and her romantic relationships, and those things were great, so the climax scene wasn’t all that important to me anyway.Overall, this was another gripping and wonderfully written book in the series, and I’m very much looking forward to continuing!Recommended For:Fans of Books 1 and 2 in Colleen Gleason's Gardella Vampire Hunters series. Anyone who likes historical fantasy with complex characters, complicated relationships, lots of sexual tension, and a kickass female protagonist.Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight

  • Zeek
    2018-09-03 09:42

    Continuing just months after the final climactic battle of Rises the Night in which Victoria, heir to the Venator title- or vampire slayer/chosen one to you and me- loses her beloved Aunt Eustascia, The Bleeding Dusk- the third novel in Gleason's Gardella Vampire Chronicles series- finds Victoria ready and willing to take the reins of leadership over her fellow slayers as Illa Gardella- THE Gardella. She has the renewed strength to do the job- and is no longer the innocent we were introduced to in The Rest Falls Away.In TBD, Victoria is once again thrust into a new and dangerous plot, the demon Akvan- arisen from the events of Rises the Night- is hoping to open the Door of the Alchemists. A door that will lead him to the very thing he needs to be restored to full power. Victoria along with her fellow Venators cannot allow this and it is she who has the key to defeating him. Literally.But other circumstances are swirling around Victoria, and Sebastian is back- along with his Grandfather, the ancient Vampire Beauregard and they have their own plans for Victoria.Per usual, Gleason spins a web of a story that slowly drew me in until I became so absorbed I didn't realize I was almost at the end. Especially when it became obvious the enigmatic Max, venator by choice rather than birth, was about to do the thing I thought he had set aside at the very beginning of the book. (Yes Max lovers, this one's for us!)Gleason throws in a bit of a twist at the end of this one that made the pages fly, and I have to give props to the plotting! How all the threads tied together was just marvelous and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.Of course, once again, we are treated to the love triangle of Max, Sebastian, and Vicki Venator. Much like in the tv show Lost, I have my idea of who our heroine should find her happily ever after with, though I'm sure others would disagree. But that's the fun of triangles, isn't it? Will they? Won't they? Who will she choose?And that's not the only Will She? Won't She? In this book. Guess you'll have to read to find out!Yep, it's a great little hook- and I'm falling for it.

  • Robin
    2018-09-25 14:39

    After the death of her aunt, Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy is now leading the fight to eradicate vampires. But some of the vampires have teamed with the demon, Akvan, who is looking for three keys to open the Door of the Alchemists. Whoever opens the door will gain infinite power. Max Pesaro has returned to the group, but keeps distancing himself from the action. Sebastian Voiget is offering his help, but Victoria doesn't know if he can be trusted.This is the third book in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles. I thought the first part of the book was slow. I was hoping to jump right into the story. But the second half was very fast moving and interesting. Colleen Gleason has done a good job at bringing her characters to life. We learn more about them in this book and see what makes them tick. My rating: 4 Stars.

  • FlibBityFLooB
    2018-08-28 10:22

    Once again, I am so pleased at where this author is willing to take this series. She seems to not be afraid the way so many authors are...Take the chapter title for chapter 22: "Wherein the Worst Possible Happening Occurs". Without spoiling -- the worst possible happening does in fact occur. heheheHow many authors are willing to do that in their book? Not many that I've read. I love this series. I'm eager to continue reading the remaining two books today ;)

  • Shelley
    2018-09-10 10:23

    The Bleeding Dusk is the third novel in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles featuring Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy, now, the new Illa Gardella, or leader of the Venators (vampire slayers.) Victoria’s troubles are just getting started. She has to take the reigns as the youngest leader, as well as the only female remaining in the group. She is also the object of obsession for three male characters which includes Sebastian, Max, and Zavier.She has to resolve the heart ache she feels at her great-aunt Eustacia’s death by one of her own trusted friends, and the fact that she askes Max to do it. Victoria never told anyone that Max was responsible. That she has kept all to herself much to the amazement of Max. Victoria chooses to wear two Vis bullas, something that ends up saving her life in the end. Victoria’s game with Sebastian continues as well. Victoria knows he can’t be trusted, especially when she knows he is a born Venator like herself, but who refuses to fight the vampires. Victoria’s body fails her time and time again when it comes to his treachery, and desire for her. For Victoria, life hasn’t exactly been easy in the 2 years since she was called into becoming a Venator, taking the place of her mother who refused the honor, and ended up having her memories erased of the vampire world itself. (Something that is quite aggravating truth be told.) She married Phillip of Rockley pretty much at the insistence of her pestering and nagging mother, who later was turned into a vampire and slayed by her own stake before he drank human blood. After quitting being a Venator for a year, she soon realizes that she has a calling and needs to get her head out of her patooey. She finds herself in Italy and battling a group of vampires, and humans that belong to an organization called Tutela. She finds out that Max was a member (more later!), and ends up killing Lilith’s son Nedas to stop him from releasing a demon named Akvan from coming forth.This time around, she finds herself the center of a kidnapping attempt by Sarafina Regalado, and members of Tutela who want to bring her to their master Akvan who has somehow found his way into the mortal world. Her mother is nearly turned into a vampire, but for the grace and interruption of her two mother’s friends and Victoria’s actions, she survives….unfortunately. I truly despise her mother’s character, and wish she would just go away. I think Victoria feels the same way at times. She also has to figure a way to prevent the combined dark forces of demons and vampires from opening La Porta Alchemica or the Door of Alchemy.Victoria is still being used, and she has no clue that it is happening until it’s much too late to do anything about it. Sebastian uses her for sex, and to steal from her when it suits his needs. When she ends up battling with Beauregard, a 600 year old vampire, and Sebastian’s grandfather, she loses, and ends up nearly becoming a vampire after drinking his blood. Beauregard also intended to use Victoria in order to kill Lilith. He believed that with his blood and her strengths, she can’t be stopped. In any other series, drinking the blood of a vampire starts the transformation process. Not in this one. In other related story news; Max finds himself back with Lilith in her mountains of Romania, asking her to release her from her thrall as she promised in response to stopping Nedas. She, refuses, but gives him an option she truly doesn’t believe he will take. She gives him a salve, which if he uses it, will erase her marks on his body. But, it will also make him normal, and he won’t be a Venator any longer. Max finds himself back in Roma and bumps into Victoria who doesn’t harbor any hatred towards him. We learn more about what happened to Max to make him become a venator, including giving up his own father and sister to the vampires. He has been working for the last 17 years towards penance and forgiveness for his moment of weakness and betrayal. He also ends up as part of the romance linkage between Sebastian, Zavier, and Victoria. Max’s decision to use the salve makes him the ideal candidate to kill the demon Akvan, as the prophecy stated.Sebastian’s only redeeming quality in this book was the fact that he kills Beauregard after he forced Victoria to drink his blood, and attempts to turn her into a vampire. Sebastian can’t be trusted and yet people like Wayren remain confident that he will become a full time Venator. He wears the Vis Bulla, but until this story, remained pensively neutral, although at times he gets in the way of Victoria and her attempts to kill vampires, including Beauregard. I’m not a fan of his, no matter how hot and steamy their sex scenes are portrayed. He is a snake in the grass, and it’s too bad Max gave up his powers. I enjoy stories like this that are written in the Victoria age, and especially the last two set in Italy. Ms Gleason can spin a story, and world build to the readers enjoyment. Sometimes her characters are a bit irritating, but that can be expected when you write a time piece story like this.Next up: When Twilight Burns (2008)

  • Lorna
    2018-08-31 09:26

    Third in the Gardella Vampire Hunters Series, The Bleeding Dusk, continues to tell the story of a young woman with a destiny that no one would have ever expected. Victoria is a Venator, otherwise known as a vampire hunter, and a member of the only family who has the bloodline with the calling to the profession. There are also other human's that are called, but it is very rare. She only learns of this after she starts to have the dreams that foretell the ability. Now three books in, she has lost her beloved husband to a vampire bite, and after her aunt is killed, she is now the leader of all the Venators.The story takes place in Rome during the early 19th century-I think. Victoria is a rich widow with a title, and as such, can do pretty much what she wants-as long as her mother and her best friends stay in England. She spends her time with other Venators at the Consilium, the headquarters for the Venators. At night she hunts and stakes vampires. The demon that was called to earth by vampire queen, Lilith's son in the previous book is back. He is trying to find all the pieces of the obelisk that was destroyed previously and would have allowed the dead to rise and kill off the human race. The Venators, the demon, and the vampires, are also trying to find the three keys that will open the door to a long abandoned laboratory that just might hold the secrets of immortality. Victoria is right in the middle of it all, and when her unsuspecting mother and friends show up unexpectedly, things go from bad to worse.Characters in this book, are written so well that they almost seem to leap off the page. Victoria is wonderful as a once coddled debutante, one that has had her world turned upside down, and now is living an unexpected life to say the least. Along the way, Sebastian has entered her world, and has become her sometime lover, but one that is totally untrustworthy. He is handsome, charming, and oh yes, his beloved great-grandfather(many greats)is one of the strongest vampires that exists in Rome, and therein lies a lot of the trust issues for Victoria. Max, the enigmatic Venator, is back as well. His relationship with Victoria is as usual volatile, with a sort of uneasy working relationship, one that has much more trust-usually. I am on the Max for Victoria's next great love bandwagon for sure. Victoria's mother, and her busybody friends, bring some levity to the story, and because they have no real knowledge of vampires, bring some danger as well, because of some of their unwittingly stupid actions.If you can't tell, I absolutely am in love with this series. It's just so very different than the same vampire story that I have read a hundred times. I enjoy the characters, both good and villainous, the story line that is always fresh and unique, and the writing that is excellently executed. And to top it all off, the setting in the early 19th century just takes it all to a higher level of different for me.If you enjoy a creatively unusual, adult urban fantasy/paranormal romance(heavier on the UF side), this could just fit the bill for you.FYI-This was originally published in 2008 and the entire series is available. (I bought the next one, the minute I finished this one)(

  • P
    2018-08-28 09:35

    แมกซ์เดินทางไปหาลิลลิธเพื่อเจรจาเรื่องข้อแลกเปลี่ยนเกี่ยวกับรอยกัดที่ลิลลิธฝากไว้บนคอของเขา ลิลลิธมอบขี้ผึ้งที่เมื่อแมกซ์ทาแล้วรอยแผลเป็นนี้จะหายไปและเขาจะไม่ผูกพันธ์อยู่กับลิลลิธอีก เพียงแต่ว่าราคาที่ต้องจ่ายนั้นแพงเหลือเกินเพราะเขาต้องสูญเสียความทรงจำของวีเนเตอร์ไปทั้งหมดรวมถึงความสามารถในการล่าแวมไพร์ไปด้วยถ้าหากเขายอมใช้ขี้ผึ้งวิกตอเรียเป็นหัวหน้าของเหล่าวีเนเตอร์หลังจากที่หล่อนสูญเสียคุณยายยูสเตเซียไปแล้ว หล่อนออกตามล่าแวมไพร์และได้ค้นพบปริศนาเกี่ยวกับกุญแจทั้งสามดอกของปาลอมบารา อันเป็นที่มาของนักเล่นแร่แปรธาตุ วิกตอเรียไปที่วิลลาปาลอมบารา ที่นั่นเธอและแมกซ์ถูกซาราคู่หมั้นของเขาจับตัวไป และได้พบกับเซบาสติยง วิกตอเรียหาทางหนีออกมาจนได้และทำให้เธอรู้ว่าอัควาน จอมปีศาจได้กลับมาแล้วหลังจากโอเบลิสก์ถูกทำลายเซบาสติยงไปโผล่ที่สถานที่ลับของเหล่าวีเนเตอร์ใต้วิหารศักดิ์สิทธิ์ที่ถูกปิดซ่อนเอาไว้มาได้หลายสหัสวรรษ วิกตอเรียได้รู้ในท้ายที่สุดว่าแท้จริงแล้วเซบาสติยงเป็นวีเนเตอร์เช่นเดียวกับหล่อนเพียงแต่เขาปิดบังความสามารถมาตลอด ชั่วขณะนั้นเหล่าปีศาจและแวมไพร์บุกทำลายและเกือบจะหาทางเข้าสถานที่ลับพบ แต่เหล่าวีเนเตอร์รวมถึงวิกตอเรียสกัดพวกมันเอาไว้ได้ทัน วิกตอเรียคลางแคลงว่าเซบาสติยงพาพวกมันมาที่นี่หรือไม่ แต่เขายอมรับว่าเขาไม่มีส่วนในเรื่องที่เกิดขึ้นนี้ เซบาสติยงต้องการปกป้องวิกตอเรียมาโดยตลอด และหลังจากนั้นทั้งคู่ก็มีความสัมพันธ์ล้ำลึกกันอีกครั้งก่อนเซบาสติยงจะผละไป ทิ้งให้วิกตอเรียเดินหน้าทำตามแผนการณ์ของหล่อนในการซ่อนโอเบลิสก์แมกซ์ตัดสินใจยอมรับการเป็นอิสระจากลิลลิธโดยใช้ยาขี้ผึ้ง เขาสูญเสียความสามารถของวีเนเตอร์จนหมด และลงมือสังหารอัควานตามคำนายได้สำเร็จ วิกตอเรียติดตามเซบาสติยงเนื่องจากเซเวียร์ถูกเขาทำร้าย และหล่อนถูกเลือดแวมไพร์ปนเปื้อนในกระแสเลือดเนื่องจากถูกปู่ทวดของเซบาสติยงครอบงำในท้ายที่สุด เซบาสติยงสังหารปู่ทวดของเขาและพาวิกตอเรียกลับมายังสถานที่ลับของวีเนเตอร์เพื่อตัดสินใจว่ามีทางเลือกใดสำหรับวิกตอเรียบ้างเล่มนี้อ่านเหนื่อยมาก คงเป็นเพราะว่าเราไม่ค่อยสนใจแนวทางการดำเนินเรื่องของหนังสือชุดนี้ด้วยอ่ะ มันน่าเบื่อตั้งแต่เล่มสองแล้วด้วยซ้ำตรงที่เนื่อเรื่องเหมือนพายเรือวนไปวนมาในอ่าง ไม่ได้ออกนอกกรอบที่ตีเอาไว้เลย พอเราคุ้นเคยกับประวัติและที่มาของเหล่าตัวละครรวมถึงแนวทางการเล่าเรื่องในเล่มแรกแล้ว พออ่านต่อไปเรื่อยๆมันเหมือนกับว่าเราไม่ได้ค้นพบอะไรใหม่ๆ รวมถึงความสัมพันธ์ของตัวละครที่ไม่เคลียร์สักอย่าง อ่านแล้วรู้สึกหงุดหงิด แถมการบรรยายอารมณ์ความรู้สึกของตัวละครก็ไม่ค่อยละเอียด เน้นไปทางสถานที่เสียมากกว่า เวลา Colleen อธิบายถึงสถานที่และรายละเอียดนะ เนื้อหายาวเหยียดยาวไปครึ่งๆหน้าเลย อ่านแล้วรู้สึกเพลียนะบางครั้งโดยเฉพาะเซบาสติยง-วิกตอเรีย-แมกซ์ สามคนนี้เหมือนจะรักสามเศร้าก็ไม่ใช่นะ ในเมื่อวิกตอเรียกับเซบาสติยงปราถนาในตัวกันละกันและมีอะไรกันบ่อย แต่ทั้งคู่ไม่ได้เอ่ยปากว่ารักกัน ส่วนแมกซ์บางครั้งก็ดูเหมือนพยายามจะซ่อนความรู้สึกที่มีต่อวิกตอเรียเอาไว้ บางครั้งก็ดูคล้ายๆกับว่าเขาไม่ได้สนใจอะไรในตัวของหล่อนเลย ยิ่งอ่านยิ่งสับสน

  • Fiendishly Bookish
    2018-09-21 12:20

    Colleen Gleason continues to prove to her editors and readers that she is a cut above other mass-market romance fiction novelists. In her latest installment of the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, Gleason has once again shown that she can lay a complex buffet for her readers to feast on. Who else could have come up with the premise of a Regency heroine vampire slayer that is originally and legitimately well done? The Bleeding Dusk takes us to Rome this time, where Victoria must find a way beyond the trauma and chaos of the past year, and delve into her strength to become the new Illa Gardella. Armed with two vis bullae, she, Max, Sebastian and her Venators must prevent the combined dark forces of demons and vampires from opening La Porta Alchemica or the Door of Alchemy. It is path fraught with sacrifice. Gleason is not into pacification. She is not going to give us an easy read where we have the end game in our sights. Gleason deliberately toys with us with regard to Victoria's love interests and more, stops on a dime, and reverses in another direction. In many ways it works. Throughout this entire series, I was strongly reminded of Ken Russell's movie "Gothic" intermeshed with Buffy. And I haven't seen such painstaking attention to detail since Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Gleason tamps down the romantic element-this series reads stronger as sci-fi/fantasy, not romance (even though its marketed as romance), though there are elements of it-but that won't detract readers by any means. This is how the genre is evolving. Romance seems to be an area of growth for Gleason, and I eagerly anticipate seeing it flourish. Particularly in balancing the romance aspects with suspense. The current conundrum of Sebastian and Max is a bittersweet torment-especially with the sacrifice that Max has to make. The finale...well... it's quite a finale. Grossly enrapturing. Those watching should bear careful consideration: Gleason can only go up from here. Unbelievable that this is a Signet Eclipse...which is a gentle warning to her this skill level you might not have her for long...Copyright(c)Nicola Mattos

  • Kim
    2018-09-22 14:37

    The Bleeding Dusk, book 3, starts off with Max seeking out none other than the evil queen herself, Lilith. She offers him a choice, remain under her thrall, or remove her marks forever, taking with them his Venator powers and all his memories of the paranormal world. He would be a mere mortal free to live out the rest of his life in ignorance. What choice will he make, and how will it effect the rest of the Venators after recently loosing their leader? Victoria, still struggling with the loss of her aunt, is also learning how to be Illa Gardella, leader of the Venators. She is the youngest of the bunch, but her blood calls her to the top. To make matters worse, she once again has to juggle her duel lifestyle when she is surprised with a visit from her mother and friends. How will she keep her family safe from the vampires? Add to all the stress she's already feeling with her passionate, yet confusing feelings for Sebastian. He's been leading his own duel life, balancing his loyalties between Victoria and his vampire grandfather, Beauregard. He will eventually have to make a choice... which side will he choose? This book is an absolute page turner. It will keep you up into the early morning hours. This is not my first time reading the series and I was still pulled into the plot and struck by the brilliance that is Colleen Gleason's writing!

  • Abby
    2018-09-25 11:33

    What pushed this from a three-star to a five-star was the end. I won't detail it here because it would be an OMG-I HATE YOU FOREVER-SPOILER, but seriously, it made me freak out. In a good way. In a way where I can't WAIT to see what Gleason does in the next book. I've also started charting the BtVS-Gardella parallels. So far it's pretty interesting. There's a subchart for J.R. Ward parallels, but those pretty much died with Aunt Eustacia and the constant use of "vero". That tick really annoyed me, because it made me read that character like one of Ward's vampires who were always ending their sentences with "true". And trust me, it's not flattering to read Eustacia like Rehvenge or Phury. Mostly because it would require changing her name to Ehustacia. :p

  • Adriana
    2018-09-24 10:42

    Great world-building and strong character development make for a brilliant read that kept me interested from the very first page. I loved Victoria and Max and all the characters that surround them; interactions between characters are always fun with extra elements of intrigue. The mythos that Gleason created is so well rounded and logical that I had no problem following the action even though I started the series with book 2. Definitely a series that I look forward to following.

  • Lisa
    2018-09-15 14:43

    For all my LDS friends, these 'Gardella Vampire Chronicles' books tend to have some "romance" in them. While it's easy enough to skip over those parts, if scenes like that in any way make you uncomfortable, I recommend you skip these books (although they're really good!) I first read about these books on the book blogs of some other LDS people, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Like I said, though, skip them if you're uncomfortable with love scenes.

  • The Flooze
    2018-09-16 12:40

    Although Victoria often annoyed the crap out of me with her stubbornness and the game of cat and mouse, this installment was so fraught with tension and heartbreak that I'm still holding my breath! What next! What next!

  • Angi
    2018-09-12 09:41

    Love this series! The characters continue to develop and the storyline never repeats itself or gets boring.

  • ~Estelle~
    2018-09-21 14:45

    This series is getting better with each book! I don't like the protagonist, Victoria, but I like how the story is developing.

  • Nicole
    2018-08-27 08:40

    That it took me this long to finish the book had, in this case, nothing to do with the story and the way it was written, but all to do with my lack of time in the last weeks.So Colleen Gleason gets better and better with each book so far. While the ones before had some parts that stretched a bit, this book was like a speed ride where everything as happening sooo fast and at the same time, that I wish I could've read it in one or two sittings... There are sooo many turns, when I thought I had something figured out I didn't and I loved that!I just wish I would've bought the next 2 books right away, cause I just need to know how the story continues! But well, at least I have now made the order! ;)

  • Patricia
    2018-08-28 13:39

    A RARE BOOK, WELL DONEIt whetted my appetite for more.Characters are growing with each book of this series. In this book, Victoria is forced to take on her own destiny, to begin to grow into the woman she will be. An abundance of characters, good and evil, are killed off, and Sebastian makes dramatic decisions that will influence everyone.The book has some violence, a bit of gore, and implied sex. Wonderful for anyone.

  • Daxel
    2018-09-18 08:30

    The first 2 books were good but this one completly went down. Sebastian is an unbereable character, with so many characters dying why can't him be one of those ?I like Victoria but she becomes a horny teenage girl in front of any man she meets, its silly.The worst part ? The entire book was about settinp up a love triangle, a love triangle with Sebastian on it, and I'm not crazy about the other dude either, ugh.

  • Robin Brock
    2018-09-07 16:30

    The third installment of five, this series continues to get better as it goes along. More vampires and demons to hunt here, a love triangle to keep things interesting on the romantic front, and a twisty, scary ending....what’s not to love?! And lucky me, my library has the next one waiting on me. 😉😊 4 ⭐️

  • Eika
    2018-09-22 14:22

    Mi è piaciuto molto lo sviluppo di Sebastian.. Un po' meno le avventure di questo libro e soprattutto ho trovato la sconfitta del cattivo un pochino troppo facile

  • Inara
    2018-09-16 09:34

    The third book of the Gardella vampire Chronicle is still set in Rome. Horrible murders occur and Victoria, who has inherited the title "Illa Gardella" from her aunt, is determined to get to the bottom of it and find the one responsible for the beheaded corpses. Victoria and her fellow Venators come across their research to the Villa Palombara, the home of a former alchemist who sought the secret of immortality and who has hidden his results behind the "Door of Alchemy" which nobody is able to open without the right three keys. They want to find out why vampires and demons – usually arch-enemies – have joined forces and are suddenly so interested in the alchemist´s laboratory...This is again a very exciting and suspenseful book, not everything is as it seems to be. Victoria as Illa Gardella has more responsibilities and problems than ever which increase with the unexpected arrival of her mother and her two friends, the Ladies Winnie and Nilly to attend the Carnivale in Rome.Max who has left at the end of the second book comes back with a "gift" from Lilith which can change his future – but it naturally comes with a high price. When Victoria meets Sebastian under desperate circumstances he tells her that the demon Akvan has returned from hell but in a weakened state and that he´s also interested in the Magical Door. Sebastian admits finally some of his secrets and Victoria is furious with him because of his concealment of important facts of his life and it´s surely not increasing Victoria´s trust into him. But still there is their attraction to each other which cannot be denied on either side. Ah, Max and Sebastian – my previous dilemma continues, which one to choose? Or should be the right one someone entirely different like the Venator Zavier whom Victoria encourages? Victoria seemed to be a bit too self-absorbed and spoiled regarding men in this volume and I really started to think that her character hasn´t improved and she hadn´t learned anything from her previous mistakes. But I can understand her yearning for being recognized as a woman and not only as a Venator. She has still strong feelings for Sebastian which are mutual and he proves at the end of the book how much he is able to give up for her. Both men are likeable in their own way and I´m really curious how the author will solve this problem. I can see no solution at the moment (okay, I COULD see one but I fear that´s not the one Colleen Gleason or the two men in this book have in The plot is again exciting and interesting and I´m really looking forward to the fourth book "When Twilight burns"!Website of the author:

  • Natasja
    2018-08-26 09:39

    Victoria Gardella, one of the youngest Illa Gardella venators is dealing with grief again, first she lost her beloved husband and shortly afterwards her Aunt, the previous Illa Gardella is killed by one of her closes friend. The pain is huge, but she cannot blame him for betraying her, she knows her Aunt saved her life by sacrifice her own, but that doesn’t mean it won’t hurt. Now she is settling her aunt’s affairs and in the mean time still hunting vampires.Victoria and the other venators are looking for the keys that will open the Door of Alchemy before the vampires or demons will. Victoria knows now that they are not only fighting vampire this time, but also the demons. It seems those two enemies has combined they forces together. She knows she needs help to get the job done and wearing two vis bullaes instead of one isn’t bad either, she is stronger than ever. But that is not all, Victoria’s mother and her tow best friends show up to celebrate Carnival in Rome and those three will do anything to find another husband for Victoria. Now she is not only fighting vampires and demons, but also trying to protect her mother and her friends. But that is not all she needs to keep Sebastian at a safe distance and Max is back in her life….will she ever trust him?The bleeding dusk by Colleen Gleason is the third novel in her Gardella series and another fabulous one. The world she created is fabulous, I love the whole regency rules and world mixed up with the vampire slaying.In each book you see that Victoria is a very strong young woman. She has been through hell in the last several years, losing several loved ones but still coming out strong. Of course she got help from two very handsome men; first we have Sebastian, a very determined man who will do anything in his power to protect Victoria against evil, but also trying very hard to convince her to choose him as her next partner. She is definitely attracted to him, they even shared some passionate nights together, but is he the right man for her. Then we have Max, another vampire hunter who is under the spell of Lilith and isn’t sure if he will ever get away from her. He betrayed Victoria because he was the one who had a hand in her Aunt’s death, but she cannot blame him for that. There is a huge attraction between them, but neither one of them knows what to do with it.A fabulous vampire series settle in the regency time with tow hot male characters to choose from. Oh yeah, who wouldn’t want that.

  • Kylie
    2018-08-30 10:38

    So these books center around vampire huntress extraordinare Victoria Grantworth/ de Lacy/ de Rockley (Mrs Withers sometimes...). Whatever. I don't care. We'll just call her Vicky for short.Amid tracking down and killing big, bad vampire bosses, the stunningly beautiful Vicky must also manage a suprisingly active love life for a 19th century high-society, widowed Marchioness. In addition to the supernatural powers bestowed upon her by a magical belly-button ring, Vicky also possesses such extreme sensuality and charm that all attractive men want to ravish her on sight. Unfortunately, this leads to more than a few sticky situations (no pun intended), and plants her firmly in the center of a distressing love triangle.In all fairness, this book was better than the last two. In the first two, only the endings held my interest. In this one, I enjoyed the majority of it. My big problem is the men. If I were Vicky, here's what I'd say: Max-- Quit your shit, cuz the gig is up. I realize that you've only ever been nice to me, like, once; but I know you're totally in love with me. The whole arrogant, asshole facade is just a way for you to mask how you truly feel. If you would just come out an say it, I'd be all over you like white on rice. Sebastian-- You remind me of that horn-dog from highschool who thinks that just because he's hot it's okay to be a touchy-feely creep. Just so you know, it's not. Oh, and I think you're uber inappropiate. In the future, if you could please refrain from making a move on me when A. I've only known for 2 minutes B. I'm engaged to be married to another man C. When you know a bunch of vampires are about to attack D. Just in carriages in general, cuz 19th century women do NOT have kinky sex, gah E. When we're beaten and tied up in a dark room while the other member of our love triange lays dying nearby F. When you're pretty sure I recently kissed your grandfather and G. When you've just revealed to me you're a lying asshole who sold me out to vampires. I think that about covers it. I guess what I'm trying to say is keep your dick in your pants, man. I'm a widow. Sheesh.All jokes aside, neither are very attractive candidates. Rarely, in a love triangle do I despise both men. Right now I'm in the 'Vicky lives the celibate of a Ilia Gardella' camp. Oh well, somebodies gonna get their heart broken, and that'll be fun to read.

  • Dawn
    2018-09-06 16:19

    Once again Colleen Gleason has written Victoria's progression perfectly as we watch her come to grips with another loss as she tries to pull together and save the world. The plot is clever and the push and pull Victoria feels regarding Max and Sebastian is elegantly written.

  • •Anna•
    2018-08-31 15:32

    Anche se aveva lasciato cadere il frammento, la sua mano ancora ne avvertiva il calore, e continuava a sentire un debole formicolio lungo il braccio e sul corpo. Lo guardò negli occhi e ancora una volta seppe cosa dire per provocarlo.«Adesso hai intenzione di baciarmi?», chiese sfacciatamente. Lui la lasciò andare con una piccola spinta che la fece indietreggiare di un passo, contro il ramo di un albero.«Preferisco non mettermi in coda in una fila tanto lunga».«Di cosa hai paura, Max?».Allora lui sorrise. Non era un bel sorriso, ma si adattava bene alla sensazione spiacevole che provava Victoria in quel momento. «Dunque vuoi che io ti baci, non è così, Victoria?».Avrebbe preferito fare un passo indietro, ma rimase immobile. «Perché no?».Il calore del frammento aveva abbandonato la sua mano, e le dita erano fredde. Quando lui le si avvicinò sentì le foglie d'edera sul muro dietro di lei sfiorarla.«Certo... perché no?».Mentre incombeva su di lei, forte, alto e così vicino, il cuore di Victoria cominciò a battere come volesse scoppiarle. Era così tesa che quasi non riusciva a respirare, ma quando lo fece, inspirò l'odore di Max - il suo cappotto di lana bagnato, il lieve odore di vino, e qualunque altra cosa che faceva di lui quello che era.Sentì il contatto con la pietra dietro la schiena, le sue dita che premevano contro il muro come se dovessero aiutarla a tenersi in equilibrio.Poi, poggiando le mani contro il muro da una parte e dall'altra della sua testa senza arrivare a toccarla, Max si chinò su di lei, Victoria chiuse gli occhi e le loro labbra si unirono.Max baciava così come faceva ogni altra cosa: con grazia, insolenza e consumata esperienza.Era... era Max. Semplicemente Max. Intenso, provocante e che da assuefazione.Un terzo volume che tanto ho atteso, tanto ho amato, e che ho già riletto. Il tre è il numero perfetto anche per la nostra cacciatrice preferita, che finalmente si lascia, via via, affascinare dall'esorbitante figaggine di Maximilian Pesaro. Perchè accontentarsi di squallidi incontri in carrozze con Vioget, se un solo tocco alla vis bulla di Max può mandare in iperventilazione l'intero pianeta?

  • Karissa
    2018-09-10 16:43

    This is the third book in the five book Gardella Vampire series. In this book Victoria really starts to step into her role as the head of the Gardella. I enjoyed it a lot and thought it was the best book in this series so far.Victoria has dealt with a lot of heartbreak over the last two books. Still she is trying to pick up the pieces and assume her role as head of the Gardella. When strange piles of animal carcasses are found in Rome, Victoria is forced to investigate. She finds that someone is trying to open an ancient and mysterious door that holds something of value. Fortunately it needs three keys to be opened, unfortunately one of the keys was with Victoria’s Aunt Eustacia when she died and has gone missing. It becomes a race to see who can find the missing key. This series still very much reminds me of a Victorian Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Victoria goes through a lot of heartbreak but is still soldiering on and trying to fill the large role she is thrust into. She does an excellent job and has grown a lot from the woman we meet in the first book in this series.This is a very solid plot here involving demons, secrets doors, Beauregard, and Lilith. There is also a heavy element of romance as well. Victoria is constantly torn between Max, a fellow Venator who she trusts but who seems to despise her, and Sebastian, who she does not trust but is drawn to.All the characters are complex and interesting. We learn a lot more about both Max and Sebastian and why they are how they are. There are some surprising and heartbreaking twists and turns. The story really starts to take on more depth and become much more engrossing than the last two books. Things are more serious and less fluffy in this book. There is quite a bit more action than in previous books and the book is fast-paced.Overall I really enjoyed this book. All of the characters grow a lot and the plot broadens quite a bit. Victoria is stepping into her new leadership role well. The scenes between her and Sebastian and her and Max are full of wonderful tension. The plot is solid and takes a number of engaging and unexpected twists and turns. This series is recommended to those who enjoy Victorian vampire paranormal reads with some romance in them.

  • LadyCroft86
    2018-08-31 08:25

    I didn't enjoy this book as much as the last two. Victoria is starting to get on my nerves and it's a little sad because she started out so well. I think the thing that annoys me the most is that she is kind of a slut. She plays with every guy she meets and his emotions, even vampires. I don't care about the slutty part so much, but the fact that she doesn't care about any of the guys' feelings while she is doing all this. She is extremely selfish and it's starting to get really old. She only does what she thinks best, she doesn't listen to anyone else and she just tramps around getting herself and all her companions into trouble. And then, she cries about it later, when it was her fault.Ugh, anyway the plot of this one was pretty boring. That stupid obelisk is back and the demon it belongs to as well. We also see more with Sebastion and his vampire grandfather. There isn't very much story with Lilith that adds to the overall story, this felt like mostly filler.. It would be nice to see Lilith actually doing something other than hiding in the mountains in the next book. I would also like to see a bit more action, since this one was didn't have very many exciting action parts. The romance is also getting old since I don't think that Victoria actually cares about any of the guys that she kisses, she just likes playing around with them. Sebastion is kind of creepy since he just does whatever he wants, and Max is still kind of a jerk but getting better. Zavier as a love interest was confusing since Victoria didn't seem interested at all until he wanted to kiss her, I also imagined him as much older than her.Overall, 3 out of 5 stars and hopefully the story improves in the next book since I am starting to really not like Victoria and the story seems to be dragging. Let's get back to Lilith and her plot to take over the world, that was much more interesting.

  • Kathryn
    2018-08-26 15:19

    I read the first two books inColleen Gleason's Gardella Vampire Chronicles ( The Rest Falls Away andRises The Night) and thought they were good enough to keep reading but not really anything special. This latest installment, however, has totally changed my mind. Victoria has spent the past year and a half fighting vampires and learning to deal with the trauma that comes along with her dangerous calling. She still mourns for her husband that she herself staked, is coming to terms with the fact that a man she trusts killed her beloved aunt and wants give in to the passion she feels for the mysterious Sebastian, whom she knows will just as soon betray her as love her. Now a dangerous daemon, a long-lost secret in alchemy and a demanding vampire lord are thrown into the mix and the vampire hunter needs people she can trust more than ever. This book is sexy yet plot driven, action-packed yet tender, and a whole lot of fun to read. While you do really need to read the first two books in the series to understand what is going on in this book, the characters, plot and dialogue shin brighter in this than the previous two. LikeAnn Rice'sInterview With the Vampire, this book explores the battle between good and evil and the gray area in between. There is a definite Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibe, but the story it truly unique and the characters are surprisingly relatable. While it takes place in the Regency era, Victoria is noEmma or otherJane Austen heroine. It's like watching a great TV action series only better. I did only give this book four stars because I still felt some of the exposition dragged, and I got a little tired of all of these seemingly strong male characters falling all over themselves to get at Victoria. But I can't wait to find out what happens next as I am sure Gleason's style and exciting tales will only get better.