I had the chance recently to finally sit down and read Colleen Gleason’s The Rest Falls Away and I have to say it is one heck of a book.
I cut my teeth in the romance genre back in my teen years. I bypassed the lighter, contemporary fare that so many of my peers read and headed straight for the lusher historical epics by romance mavens Kathleen Woodiwiss and Johanna Lindsey. I read every one I could get my hands on but eventually moved away from the genre when someone put the Dune chronicles by Frank Herbert in my hands. They, along with many other sci-fi books, fed my need for meaty reads, especially book series. I’ve read other types of books as well – I enjoy non-fiction and am particularly fond of the Scarpetta book series by Patrica Cornwell – but it was many, many years before I returned to reading romance books, and it’s been even longer since I read a historical one.
Enter The Rest Falls Away.
In this, the first volume in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, Colleen spins a wonderful, suspenseful and sexy tale that left me wanting more. Indeed, I can’t wait for the second installment in this series. (Note to Colleen: I’m not usually one for the bad boys, but Sebastian … what a very hot and naughty fella. The darkness in Max is also rather … stimulating … yes, that’s the right word, stimulating. There’s definitely a story there. )
I devoured each page of The Rest Falls Away and was reminded of how much I had loved reading about different time periods, the way people dressed and behaved, even spoke. It was always like looking through a window into the past, albeit a sometimes fogged one from all that action between those hulky heroes and lovely heroines. The Rest Falls Away gave me the chance to look back again, this time into 19th century London, moving back and forth between high society balls and parties, and midnight raids as part of a secret battle between good and evil. What great fun!
Victoria, our tough, fiery and passionate (damn, that Sebastian knows what buttons to push … and undo … so naughty) heroine wears ballgowns and frets about where to hide the wooden stakes so necessary to her job as a vampire hunter. (Another note to Colleen: This book could almost have been title The Reluctant Debutante or even The Lethal Debutante, *wink*.)
I really enjoyed The Rest Falls Away. I found it an engrossing read with compelling characters and a detailed and intriguing mythology that holds great promise. I am eager to see how things go for Victoria and her vampire slaying compatriots. Something tells me we’ve not heard the last from her archnemesis, the evil vampire queen Lilith. Victoria has, after all, a destiny to fulfill.
So, bring it on, Colleen! I’m ready for more!
Have you read The Rest Falls Away? If so, let us know what you think.