"Dracula, My Love" by Syrie James
Genre: Paranormal/Historical Romance
Author's website: http://www.syriejames.com/
Source: I recieved this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Many have read and loved Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But questions remain. What is the true story of Dracula’s origin? What if Mina could not bring herself to record the true story of their scandalous affair—until now?
In Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker, Syrie James explores these questions and more. A vibrant dramatization, told from Mina’s point of view, brings to life the crucial parts of Stoker’s story while showcasing Mina’s sexual awakening and evolution as a woman, and revealing a secret that could destroy her life. Torn between two men—a loving husband and a dangerous lover—Mina struggles to hang on to the deep love she’s found within her marriage, even as she is inexorably drawn to Dracula himself—the vampire that everyone she knows is determined to destroy.
The tale of Dracula has always been a great classic story. The author of "Dracula, My Love" retells the classic story of Dracula with some fantastic additions. I can't praise this book enough. If you loved the classic Dracula then this book is a must read. She tells the story from a whole different view with a romantic twist. So many questions were left unanswered in the original such as who are the three female vampires living in the castle, how did Dracula become a vampire, what is his side of the story and many more. The author has taken the classic tale and made it so much better.
Mina is a young women that grew up in an orphanage and knows nothing of her past. She is engaged to a friend named Johnathan she grew up with at the orphanage. He travels to Transylvania on business to sell some property to Mr. Dracula and ends up in a hospital with brain fever. In the meantime Mina travels on vacation with her friend Lucy and Lucy's mother. While there she falls in love with another man named Mr. Wagner and her friend Lucy becomes very ill. It turns out all these occurrences are connected and the hunt for Dracula begins. The problem is it turns out Dracula isn't the mean, evil vampire everyone has made him out to be and has a logical explanation for everything.
I couldn't help but fall in love with Dracula in this book and I didn't know who I wanted to come out on top in the end. Don't get me wrong. This book still has that spooky feeling we all experienced in the classic. Dracula is no way totally innocent.
I was a little sad at the end because I had hoped it would turn out differently, but that's just my preference. If you read the book I would like to know your feelings on the ending.
I am a huge fan of paranormal and historical romance so this book felt like it was made for me. I loved it. The only thing that bothered me was for the first half of the book I felt like I had read it before and I knew what was going to happen because it was so similar to the classic but when I got deeper into the story I really started to fall in love. I highly recommend this book to fans of paranormal and historical romance. You will not be disappointed its worth your time to read.