Really 3.5 stars…it was a bit choppy.
“Under the Blood Red Moon” is Mina Hepsen’s debut novel. It’s a well-written, medium heat, historical paranormal romance with vampires. Hepsen’s take on vampires is a bit different and very interesting. However, there are a few blank spots where some things just seems to appear from nowhere which was a bit bothersome.
Angelica has a couple of problems. The first is that she doesn’t particularly want to marry, she’d much rather spend her time reading and enjoying her home in the country. But her aunt and brother keep pushing her to marry. Then there’s the fact that she can hear what people think so crowds are a problem for her and especially all the balls and routs required by live among the ton. And lastly, she just received a note from their man of business and it looks like she may have no choice BUT to marry as their finances have taken a downturn. Then she meets the most handsome man she’s ever seen…and her mind is at peace near him…and then she realizes that he can also talk in her mind!
Alexander is only in town to kill the vampire that’s running amok, killing humans and draining them of their blood. He really doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with Angelica even if she is stunning. The problem is that he just can’t get her out of his mind and it’s interfering with his concentration! Then, Angelica finds out about what he is and vampire law states she must die…can he bear that?
Fairly quick read at 324 pages in trade paperback size. The story kept my attention, even when the pace faltered a bit or random facts/people jumped in from nowhere. I’ll keep an eye out for Hepsen’s next book as it will be interesting to see if she’ll continue in this same vein (HAHAHA) and maybe tie up a few loose ends left toward the end of “Under the Blood Red Moon”.