Dracula in Love, by Karen Essex
*** SPOILER ALERTS!!! ****
Essentially, Essex rewrites Stoker's classic tale from Mina's point of view. In doing so, she creates a very sexy version of Dracula that makes us feel more sympathy than horror. There is a new mythology created, and, basically, Mina and Dracula are star-crossed lovers caught in repeated cycles of rebirth and disappointment. There is all kinds of creative license taking place in this book, so if that bothers you then you shouldn't read it. I am not put off by the changes Essex made, but I feel that she sold Mina short in the end. I mean, what woman would return to Jonathan Harker, a man who, in this story, repeatedly commits adultery, forces Mina into an insane asylum, and subjects her to mental cruelty??? There was so much emphasis upon Mina learning who she is and falling for the count...and then that is completely destroyed by the ending. Ugh.
Still, that being said, I still really loved most of the book. So, if you want a beautiful and sexy read, go for it. :)