Pimping time! This week's Book You Really Must Read Or Else is...
RISES THE NIGHT by Colleen Gleason
I've already commented on Amazon about why I loved this book. But it's worth repeating. Heck, I'll even elaborate -- we're all friends, right?
I usually don't read historicals, but I'm a big fan of the paranormal. And anything remotely Buffy-like will catch my interest. So I'd been interested in reading Colleen's first book in the Gardella series, THE REST FALLS AWAY -- especially after seeing her utterly kick-ass trailer on her website. I bought REST and devoured it. Loved it. The Buffy fan in me ate it up because it was both an enjoyable vampire-slayer story and refreshingly different from the Buffyverse while still being humorous and deliciously dark. The hard part was waiting for the next book.
Which brings me to the point of this post: as fabulous as REST was, RISES is even better. Absolutely, positively the next level book. A superb follow-up. Holy cats, I feel very, very bad for Victoria, the heroine. Colleen may write paranormal romance (according to the spine of the book), but she's a big believer in the urban fantasy adage that the protagonists must have Lots Of Bad Things Happen To Them. And I mean lots. What's more: Victoria's angst and emotional response is very believable, all the while being a heroine in every sense of the word: no sitting back and waiting to be rescued for this Lady.
And now I'm impatiently rolling my thumbs as I wait for the third book in the series.
So Colleen Gleason's RISES THE NIGHT is this week's Book You Really Must Read Or Else.