Dracula in Love is Karen Essex’s retold tale of the true relationship between The Count Dracula and Mina, his schoolteacher lover/soulmate.
Mina is haunted her entire life by a mystery man/protector who keeps watch over her until her wedding. At that point, they become re-acquainted. The mystery man sabotages her impending marriage. He whisks her away to safety and their doomed future. Although he’s waited several lifetimes for their relationship, he’ll have to wait another.
This book had a really slow start as Essex felt it necessary to introduce so many characters from the original Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Once she got down to the relationship between Mina and the Count, it was a good read, and moved swiftly. Unfortunately, it took 200 pages to get there. Her version of their relationship was interesting and believeable; I would have like to read more about them. The supporting characters were uninteresting and without depth, for the most part.
Personally, I felt that Essex was angling for a movie deal with all the various unimportant characters and details in Dracula in Love.
I’d rate this 2/5