Skip to main content

Seducing The Vampire-Michele Hauf

A vampire story set in the opulent time of Marie Antoinette before the French Revolution, Seducing The Vampire is a delicious story with all the things this Broad loves:  vampires, lust, and sex. Revolving around a trio of characters, Seducing The Vampire is a sexy romance spanning centuries.

Viviane is a born vampire and after her sponsor is murdered, Constantine, another born vampire seeks to make her his own.  He needs someone like him to sire his children and continue his group of vampires.  But Viviane isn't used to being tied down, and she recoils from Constantine's advances. 

While he is pursuing her, she meets Rhys, a half wolf and half vampire, and unbeknownst to her, he is Constantine's half brother.  The two have been feuding for years and there's no love lost between them.  When Constantine finds out that she's been with Rhys, he exacts his revenge:  He has a spell cast on her that traps her between life and death and then has her sealed in a glass coffin in the sewers below Paris, forced to endure eternity away from the man she loves and unable to live or die. 

Seducing The Vampire moves seamlessly from present day when Rhys hears about the Snow White vampiress to the past when they'd loved one another.  Constantine is the consummate bad guy the reader wants to see punished, and Rhys is a wonderful romantic hero.  The love triangle works well in the story.  In the end, there's a happily ever after for the lovers and they even have twins, which sets up the sequel to Seducing The Vampire.  I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for that story.


Seducing The Vampire was provided for review by the publisher, Harlequin, through NetGalley.

A Seduction Indeed......En Francoise...
Viviane La Mourette, a blood borne vampiress, lives an existence unknown to most female vampires in the late 1700's Paris.  Her patron has allowed her much freedom in life, but upon his untimely demise, Viviane finds herself a priceless commodity to a powerful vampire, Lord Constantine Salignac, as he needs a blood borne female to produce an heir.  Not wishing to put herself in the cruel hands of this new would-be patron, she desperately seeks an alternative.  When Viviane encounters the devastatingly handsome Rhys Hawkes at a ball, she at once assumes he is but another who would attempt to possess her for personal gain, and she senses something unnaturally different about the man; however, there is also something luring her to him recklessly.
Rhys Hawkes carries a number of secrets with him, and revealing them could enact his salvation, or his damnation.  When he meets Viviane La Mourette, her azure eyes captivate him, but the knowledge that she is the prize his enemy, Constantine Salignac, desires fuels him to usurp Salignac's power and win her spirit and body.  He doesn't count on falling in love, nor does he desire it, for he harbors a duplicity within himself that puts them both in great danger. 

Hauf's tale of love, loss, and betrayal spans more than two centuries, and the author writes a delicious storyline.  Both Viviane and Rhys are characters with interesting histories, and each brings complex issues into their burgeoning relationship.  While I enjoyed the definite tension these created, I also thought the novel was too drawn out in certain aspects.  The modern day scenes added secondary characters which could have enhanced the story much more than they did.  Hawkes' relationship with Simon, his 'assistant', was not tapped into enough to satisfy this Broad's curiosity, and a lack of reckoning in regard to the heinous crimes of Salignac and the witch, Ian, disappointed considerably.  That said, Hauf's ending was a terrific one, and it was a welcome surprise, whetting my appetite for Valient's tale, due out in spring 2011.




  1. Mmm, i loved " Her Vampire Husband", but this book seems very ... average?

  2. I haven't read Her Vampire Husband, so I can't compare, but I liked Seducing The Vampire. Maybe Her Vampire Husband will have to go on to my TBR pile. I think I might have passed it over because of the title (seems silly), but I might have to check it out now.

    Thanks for commenting.



Post a Comment

We Broads love comments! Thanks for stopping by.....

Popular posts from this blog

The Binder's Daughter, Matt Hofferth

Fantasy Writing, Vampires, And A Dash Of Romance...

The title of this book is somewhat deceiving as the story is told from Michael Allen's perspective. Beginning with his normal young adult life in Chicago and taking the reader through his brutal transition to vampire, this novel continues into the present day where our hero leads a solitary life. Haunted and tortured by the memories surrounding the night he was bitten, Michael maintains a lonely existence, fighting against 'The Beast' and hating the very nature of what he is.

When Michael begins hearing a strange voice and finds himself inexplicably drawn to Kiara, a local young woman with a life almost as strange as his own, a longing takes root deep inside him - a longing that could end in disaster. What Michael doesn't know is that Kiara has secrets of her own, some she doesn't even know she keeps. Together, Michael and Kiara discover the peace of self-acceptance through their unconditional acceptance of one anot…

Tuesday Teasers ~ May 15, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Here's how it works..

Grab your current read
Open to a random pageShare two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share does not give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)Share the title & author too so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
  10 Men, Alexandra Gray

I've not started this novel yet, but it intrigued me as I browsed my local library's shelves.  The reviews vary widely, so I imagine this will be a 'loved it/hated it' sort of read.  Here's a teaser to get us all started, and I'll post a review when I've finished.  We'll see how this Broad rates this controversial read.

Pg. 1 - 'It is one of the wonders of the twenty-first century that a beautiful, brilliant and broad-shouldered man could reach almost forty …

Uhh....Seriously, we're waiting!!

I know, I know.  You've probably been wondering where we have been.  Well, truth be told, your guess is as good as mine!   Wandering around the corridors of reality and looking--in earnest--for the emergency exit.  Real life has a way of derailing our engines and putting them on a completely different track.  

     During the spring, my kids happened.  From sports to plays, the driving is endless.  During the summer, my kids--again--happened.  Though, in Hartford, Hereford and Hampshire hurricanes hardly ever happen.  (Sorry about that, I had a moment.)  In the we see the pattern here?  Good.  So, between the kids' activities and school, hubby's work, my work, still remodeling the house, and my newest occupation as college student, I have very little room on my plate for cookies.  But damn-it, I like cookies.  I would love to roll naked in cookies!  Only metaphorically, I have no wish to explain those crumbs at the next gynie visit.  That, ladies, is called thin…