by Debbie Raleigh

August 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7549-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lady Simone Gilbert is known as the ďWicked Temptressí because she flirts with men - nothing more. No one has captured her heart and most likely no one would. She also has a past that she keeps hidden from those around her, even her servants. If her secret was ever revealed she would be abandoned by the Ton and left floating on the wind. Simone also has a very unusual necklace, given to her by a gypsy who told her the legend that went along with the necklace, known as the "Medallion".

Gideon Ravel is a vampire who has been told he is to protect the woman who wears the Medallion. He isnít sure why he has been picked, but he does his duty and enters the world of the mortals. Gideon is not like the vampires we hear about today - he can walk in the daylight and he is not affected by it at all. There are a few other surprises about Gideon as well.

Gideon hides who he is from Simone as well as she hides her secrets from him. Can these two people with secrets they are afraid to tell trust one another? The big question is can Simone trust Gideon with her life, since he tells her he's there to protect her, but nothing more.

Simone is not sure she can trust Gideon but she knows that she likes having him around. They are attracted to one another, almost from the time they first meet. Simone knows she has met her match in Gideon.

My Lord Vampire is the first in a trilogy by Debbie Raleigh. The story started off a little slow for me and I could have easily put it down and moved on but I didnít. The story slowly picked up speed a little over halfway through, just enough to catch my interest. The characters are flawed and have to adjust to their surroundings and the problems that arise. The wicked Tristan made his presence known in more ways than one, and he was a good villain in the scheme of the story. We canít forget the gypsy that made her presence known a few times in the story as well.

Even though My Lord Vampire is the first in the trilogy we did not get to meet the heroes for the next two books, which I was a little disappointed about. We know they are like Gideon, arrogant, but that is about it. I will still be reading the second book to find out what obstacles Ms. Raleigh has placed for those vampires as well.

Reviewed in September 2003 by Pam.

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