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Belladonna in Hollywood (Vampire Vintage, Book 1)
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About the Author
Alex Severin was born and raised in the Scottish Highlands, but transplanted to the Wild, Wild West of the USA in 2005. They still have cowboys. She writes short stories, novels, screenplays, and loves to write about things that both repel and fascinate. She's tried her hand at custom written erotica - and quite successfully too, but decided it was time for a career change after the clown porn story. Don't ask. 'VAMPIRE VINTAGE : Belladonna in Hollywood' is Alex Severin's debut novel and book one in the 'VAMPIRE VINTAGE' series.
Top customer reviews
Belladonna is a small town, backwoods girl whose dreams of Bela Lugosi lead her to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. It doesn't take Belladonna long to learn that fame and fortune is a fickle mistress. And just when she is feeling hopeless, Vivant spies her.
Vivant was captivated by her. The pink blush on her cheek, the soft, blood-red lips, and the scent of innocence that came off her skin was like expensive perfume to him, a rare and heady aroma.
Vivant - here is a Vampire worth loving, and well, maybe hating on occasion. A rich, beautiful, talented, and egotistical immortal who thought "everybody should love him". Belladonna doesn't fall at his feet in worship and the sparks start to fly. The love/hate relationship of "Bells" and Vivant is explosive and carnal. She is still captivated with Bela Lugosi and is more determined than ever to meet him. When Bells' brother, Cal, shows up in town looking for her, he falls in with the wrong crowd. And things really start rockin'!
"Aren't you going to apologize for vomiting on my shoes? I'm not impressed," he told Cal.
"You're shoes? You want me to apologize for ruining your shoes?"
"Yes, Cal, that would be the civilized thing to do."
Cal looked at him with incredulity. He'd just shot half his face off and wanted him to say he was sorry for spewing on his shoes.
Yes, it does contain a few bloody bits, but they don't last very long, and I feel they are central to the storyline. VAMPIRE VINTAGE BOOK ONE delivers a riveting tale of jealousy and vengeance, ending with a HFN. If you need a change from the Vamp-du-jour, this will satisfy your appetite. Be sure to read the Acknowledements and Glossary of Terms at the very end of the book. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Beladonna in Hollywood has three different levels, all of which compliment and add to each other. The story itself is a vampire story, and the author executes on the mythos and plot excellently. But alone, that wouldn't be enough, there are other stories out there that can do that. What makes this book something different is that the author brilliantly sets the story in a time in our history that was fascinating, glamorous, dark and dangerous, all at the same time. Layering in actual people and events adds a realism to this unreal story that make it very interesting, and make it seem like it belongs in "our" world.
And finally, the characters of Beladonna and Vivant. Both are rich, complete characters, who start off from totally opposite ends of the spectrum. Either of them could have been enough to carry a story, but the two of them, combined with the cool setting and the well done world view made for a very interesting and fulfilling read.
I'll be reading the next episode, most certainly