Title: The Vampire Julian
Series: The Whitcombe Legacy (Book 1)
Author: Ann B. Morris
Published: Original June 2008 Reissue: March 31, 2015
My Rating: 3 (barely) stars
His legacy demands her sacrifice.
The Whitcombe Legacy: Three brothers, all vampires. For more than a century they’ve waited to fulfill a prophecy that could restore their humanity.
Julian Whitcombe’s mission is to destroy vampires who prey on the citizens of New Orleans. According to prophecy, a woman with the power to restore Julian’s humanity will enter his life when the need for his transformation is greatest. As a mortal, Julian will continue his fight against the evil ones in both daylight and darkness, fulfilling his destiny. So, when Hurricane Katrina hits with a vengeance, Julian’s not surprised to find Simone LeClerc on his doorstep. He immediately knows she’s the woman destined to make him human again. All he has to do is make her fall in love with him—and make her willing to offer her life in exchange for his.
Simone LeClerc is frantically searching for her missing stepsister. Out of money and with no place to live, Simone finds help at Mike’s After Dark, a bar in the French Quarter. There, Simone meets Julian and finds herself falling hopelessly in love with him.
Still, as they search for her sister—and fight off evil vampires from hell—Simone can’t help wondering if it’s really love she’s feeling for Julian or if he’s woven a spell around her that will mean her certain death.
Read on for my thoughts on The Vampire Julian. No true spoilers, promise.
This is the cover for the reissue due out on March 31, 2015. The cover on the previous page is from the original issue in June of 2008. I’ve included them both in case you have read this novel after it’s initial, original release. (I hate to read or buy novels that I’ve read once upon a time – only to discover that the money I just spent on a novel was wasted since the original is in my bookcase. *sigh*)
This is going to be more of an opinion review. I really wanted to enjoy this novel. The idea of the novel, the synopsis of the book gives it a feel of a book right up my dark alley.
Don’t get me wrong. The novel was good. It just could have been (IN MY OPINION) so much more. And it wasn’t. So while I didn’t “Love” The Vampire Julian… you might. I can only say you’d have to read it for yourself to know. Don’t take my review as gospel, just because I wasn’t blown away by this novel does not mean that you might love it.
Having said that, since this is a reissue – I, personally, would go to my local library and see if they have this novel on their shelves or can order it for you before you purchase the entire series. And I know the publisher will not be happy with that, but I did agree to an honest review with NetGalley. And honestly, for me this would be a Library book, not a bought book. If you love it, then by all means purchase it and the next two novels in the series.
Folks, I don’t like to give this kind of review. I can usually find something to like about a novel – but The Vampire Julian just wasn’t for me. And that is my honest (Not Intended to be Hurtful) opinion.
My Rating: 2 outta 5 = it was okay, I mostly enjoyed it but I really would not suggest buying, maybe borrowing from your local library is the best bet.
*I received an e-ARC of The Vampire Julian from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*