- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (November 20, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612185983
- ISBN-13: 978-1612185989
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 138 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,705,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vlad All Over Paperback – November 20, 2012
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Orsoff (Honeymoon for One, 2012) makes a far-fetched premise surprisingly entertaining in her latest novel. Teacher Gwen Andersen agrees to serve as nanny for Isabella during a summer at her student’s family’s Romanian estate. Though Isabella’s unattached father, Alexander, is stern and inscrutable, he and Gwen fall for each other over the summer. Then he reveals why he invited her to spend the summer there. He’s discovered that Gwen is a descendent of Vlad Tepes, the real Dracula. Further, he needs her help to secure a parcel of mining land that once belonged to him. Disturbed by the news that her ancestor was a torturer and devastated that the man she loves has an ulterior motive, Gwen returns home brokenhearted, then realizes she’s pregnant with Alexander’s baby. The couple must call a truce for the sake of their unborn child. Beyond the Dracula lore, this is a compelling story about modern relationships and families. Orsoff will continue Gwen and Alex’s story in a planned sequel. --Aleksandra Walker
About the Author
A native of New York City, Beth Orsoff has long sought to return to her primordial roots by refusing to live more than an hour’s drive from the ocean. She spent her formative years working as a lifeguard, thrilled to be paid to work on her tan, until her parents forced her to get a “real” job. And so she headed to law school— conveniently near the beaches of southern California—and launched a career as an entertainment attorney. Today she lives in Los Angeles, dividing her time and energy between writing fiction and drafting Hollywood contracts.
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I agree with another reviewer the title is misleading. I think this book would be much better if the, in my opinion totally irrelevant, relationship to "Dracula" were removed and it was turned into a conventional romance. The main character has a birthmark and violent dreams, apparently linking her to the historical character. This relationship ultimately leads to a rather dubious inheritance, casting doubt on the motives of her love interest. I could not decide which plot line was the correct one to follow and, ultimately, they all ended up leading no where.
I am aware there are more books to follow but I have very little desire to spend any sort of money to find out where these convoluted plots lead. I honestly do not even have a concrete idea of what these people actually look like! There are times when I like the male main character and times when I don't. By the end of the book I definitely did not like the female main character.
Would not purchase this book.
though the title may give that impression if that's what you look at without reading the details. Part of the story takes place in Romania, near the home turf of Vlad the Impaler, after Gwen accepts an offer Alex makes for her
to spend the summer taking care of his daughter.
As they get to know each other, a relationship develops, but just as things seem to go well, something gets in the way. Will these two ever be able to stay together?
There is to be a sequel, and I look forward to spending more time with these characters. I've read other Beth Orsoff books, and love her witty dialogue and interesting characters. Vlad did not disappoint.
One of the things that all of Ms. Orsoff's books have in common is that the characters are all beautifully and realistically flawed. This is not a book about a damsel in distress that is saved by Prince Charming. This is a book about two people who get in the way of their own happiness.
I found myself alternately loving and being exasperated with Gwen and Alex as they struggled to figure out their relashionship.
In many ways this book reminds me of Gone With The Wind. It is an emotional and frustrating ride that left me wanting more. I was pleased to see the excerpt of the sequel when the book ended. I am happy to know their will be a sequel!