Julian Rousseaux has a problem. 

He’s single, and for the world’s wealthiest vampires, the social season is about to begin. Julian would rather stake himself than participate in the marriage market. But as the eldest, eligible Rousseaux he’s expected to find a wife before the season ends—whether he likes it or not. 

When cellist Thea literally stumbles into his life at a gala, he knows she’s the last person he could ever fall in love with. She’s too innocent, too kind, and way too human. But now that she knows about his world, she’s also a walking target. 

She needs protection. He needs a fake girlfriend to discourage overzealous vampire matchmaking.  So, Julian makes Thea an irresistible offer: pretend to be his lover and he’ll change her life. For one year, they’ll attend the season’s social events together in exchange for his protection and a way out of her mother’s crippling medical debt.   

She can’t say no. But the vampire world is impossibly decadent and darker than Thea ever imagined, and Julian’s filthy rich vampire family wants her out of the way. But with each moment they share, a new danger emerges. 

A desire as forbidden as their stolen touches, an awakening of a long-dead heart, and secrets that could tear them both apart.  

A sizzling new series from New York Times bestselling author Geneva Lee Albin.

PRIMARY GENRE: Paranormal Romance – runs the gambit, think Vampire Diaries to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters, to Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series, and Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress novels.

HEAT LEVEL: Fan Yourself Steamy – Generally 1-3 detailed sex scenes, some coarse language – think A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, and Karen Marie Moning.

TRIGGERS: Parent with cancer, mild action violence, snakes (but for real).

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4 stars

I have read several years ago, Command Me by Geneva Lee (The Royal Saga) and I really loved that story.

Filthy Rich Vampire gives me the same “vibe” but instead of “just” royalty, you get Julian, a vampire from one of the oldest and more powerful families.

Filthy Rich Vampire is also about a love story that should not happen as Thea is not a familiar, with no witch magic and should never be allowed to become Julian’s girlfriend.

These two met at a gala where Thea was the cello in a quartet.

From the fist moments, it was evident that Thea was a kind girl, trying to make ends meet and stressing for her mother who is being treated for cancer.

Thea breathes music since forever. Music is her escape. It’s her way to forget all her worries.

But when pocket size Thea runs into Julian, she is … mesmerized and also a little bit intimidated. Not only or rather not really because he is a vampire but rather because he is so reach that he insists on gifting her priceless cello!

He truly belongs in another world.

Julian’s feelings are more conflicted.

On the one hand he has that strong attraction bordering on obsession to Thea.

On the other hand, he does not want her to be part of his dangerous world, faced with his formidable mother.

Yet he’ll find an arrangement with her, set on escaping the pressure to marry that her mother is expecting from him.

Thea will be his fake girlfriend.

I read that story in the blink of an eye.

I found the protective male I love in romance with the added bonus of him being a sexy supernatural. He will form a perfect duo with the kind and rather innocent heroine. And of course, he will…open her eyes in more ways than one! Because there is chemistry there!

You even have angst given the forbidden aspect of their relationship and a test of their relationship through Julian’s mother!

Prepare to be very frustrated by the end too as it ends on a big cliffhanger!

Thanks for reading!


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  1. I just finished it and LOVED IT!!!! But now I’m so upset that I have to wait until October t for the second to see what happens next.

  2. I was thinking when I read the blurb that it seemed similar in vibe to Command Me, just with vampires. Thanks for your review! Adding to my list