I'm going to concentrate on the leading man considering that when I look over the reviews for this book everyone seems to be obsessed with him…
First of all, his name is Vlad and he's a vampire. Vlad the Impaler. The real one.
Now, you can't tell me that and expect me to believe that he looks like a male model that you described instead of this infamous likeness:
Which would be fine! It would've made the character a little bit more endearing if the author had owned up to it and described him as "more nose than face and an unhealthy inclination toward fancy hats"
Looks aside, as a leading man he was a big let down. Apparently he's appeared in other books but this is my first introduction to him and considering this is the first book in this series, I won't apologize for not giving him credit for some awesome shit he did before I got here.
Vlad doesn't strike me as intelligent, simply well-connected and rich, his charm is nothing more than bravado, and his dangerous reputation is nearly unfounded. Surely in this guy's 2000 years he could've done something a little more evil than torture and kill people; who isn't going to dabble in a little bit of that after at least after the first hundred years?
I almost forgot! He has control over the element of fire. Does Frost not have any genuine friends that she could have pitched this idea to?
"I've got a great idea for a character! He's a super hot, super ancient vampire."
"I don't know… That seems pretty unoriginal."
"But this time he's Vlad the Impaler!"
"Yeah, I've actually seen that done a bunch of times and it never works out very well."
"…Did I mention he has the powers of the Human Torch?"
"Jeaniene, I'm telling you this as a friend, and I won't lie to you; you are God damned genius!"
I think I paid about $4.99 for this e-book, I want Jeaniene Frost to take the money and buy some better friends.