Okay, So I’m going to review Filthy Rich Vampire by Geneva Lee Albin. I loved the concept of this book, and I was so excited to read this, and I did really like it. The second book is on the TBR list for me for this year. Read on and see what I thought.
Julian Rousseaux is a vampire from one of the notable houses. He’s been asleep for a long time and had no desire to be woken, but he is anyway. The Rites have been enacted, and for the upper echelon of Vampire society, it’s a big deal. He is now being expected by his family, and other important people, to follow the rules and find a wife.
Enter Thea, a cellist who’s having a rough time right now. Her mother’s medical bills, a job she doesn’t really like, there’s a lot going on. When she runs into Julian at a gala, there’s something about her that he can’t walk away from, and she can’t be compelled by him. He desires her and she might be the answer to his problems.
There’s one little problem. Thea is a virgin.
The way that the vampires in this world work, that’s a big deal. And a line Julian won’t cross, despite his desire to do so.
I really did like this book. I felt like the situations that Thea and Julian find themselves in prior to them meeting, kind of lends to their desire for Julian to actually extend the offer to Thea in the first place, but it’s also why Thea ends up accepting. Thea kind of gets swept up into this fantasy world that we all kind of wish we could get caught up in. Beautiful clothes, wonderful destinations, fancy parties. It’s amazing. Thea loves it. But then there’s the actual reason she’s there, she’s supposed to pretend to be the woman that Julian’s going to marry. He wants her to attend the Rites, and even before they really begin, the lines are being drawn in the sand. Thea is human, she isn’t a familiar, she isn’t a vampire, she’s human. There are rules, and that fact alone breaks them. So that kind of breaks up the cast of supporting characters around the MC’s. On one side you have the people who support Julian’s choice, and then there’s the people who don’t. So it was interesting to see how these characters shaped the decisions and the way that Julian and Thea are reacting to things.
The really dynamic part of this book was watching the way that the people who do support Julian and Thea change the story for their benefit. They do want to help, but this system is so old and rigid, that there isn’t much room to move within it. The big part is that no one, and I mean no one, knows that Thea is a virgin. This puts a wedge between what they want from one another, and what they can actually have. It isn’t a simple thing and it ends up driving a bit of a wedge with them that eventually leads to them going their separate ways at the end of the book.
There’s so many moving parts within this story that I cannot wait to read the next one. I can’t wait to see what happens during the Second Rite. How is that going to be accomplished with the way that the first book ended. It was heartbreaking at the end because you really really want them to just better communicate, to tell each other everything that they’re thinking and that’s going on around them and ugh! Look. Just go read it okay? Because it’s totally worth it.
Okay, I’m off for the day, there is writing and plotting to be done! Enjoy. As always, drink your water, be safe, make good choices, and don’t eat yellow snow. Much love!