JANE AND THE DAMNED
Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Rating: 4 Cups
Jane Austen wants nothing more than to be the next great novelist. But when a publishing company rejects her work, it breaks her heart and ends up bringing a man into her life that changes her from human to vampire.
Luke takes over as Jane’s Bearleader when her creator abandons her, teaching her the way of the vampire world and their culture. What starts out as a leadership role on his part soon becomes much more as he falls for the fledging vampire.
Jane is determined to take the cure at Bath and become human once again, but many obstacles stand in her way. The French have recently taken over the British town, her hunger for blood increases, and her feelings for Luke go far beyond that of friendship. Not only must she battle who she is and who she wants to be, but she must battle against a captain who is determined to make her his mistress at any cost. Just when things seem to be settling down, Jane finds herself in a predicament that leads her straight toward the guillotine.
Jane and the Damned is a fascinating tale. I love how Ms. Mullany intertwines a famous historical figure with the paranormal world. I have always imagined Jane as somewhat of a pushover from what I have seen, but in this tale I see how feisty she really is. I like how the battle between the French and the English is compared to the war that is raging in Jane herself as she struggles to decide whether to take the cure or not. The writing is smooth, the storyline is easy to understand, and the plot allows us to delve into the mind of a woman determined to figure out who she is.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More