This book is advertised as a Companion Book and it definitely is! Dracula, My Love is a book, which dovetails nicely with Bram Stoker's Dracula. What I liked about this book is the smooth reading. It had a lot of moments of tension (sexual and otherwise), action (later on), and provides the background of Mina, Dracula, and the rest. If you haven't read Dracula, this book will make you want to delve into it. And if you've read Dracula, this book is the behind-the-scenes book: in essence the other half. As far as accuracy goes: every fact whether it was about Waterloo or blood transfusions was correct (I checked it all out). The language and attitudes were quite proper for the Victorian Era. I'd say Mina was a progressive woman for her time. I also liked how Syrie handled the change in sexual attitudes for Jonathan and how Mina was able to get Jonathan to change his. As for Lucy, I think Syrie did a good job explaining why her demise was necessary.
After saying this here's the down sides: there are places where it provides depth in the information portion where it can seem to drag, but that's only because of the wealth of information Syrie James provides; and if you haven't read Dracula, you might change your mind. Other than these items, I felt it necessary to give it the rating I did.
Acclaimed author Syrie James approaches Bram Stoker's classic Dracula with a breathtaking new perspective-as, for the first time, Mina Harker records the shocking story of her scandalous seduction and sexual rebirth. Who is this magnetic, fascinating man? And how could one woman fall so completely under his spell?
Mina Harker is torn between two men. Struggling to hang on to the deep, pure love she's found within her marriage to her husband, Jonathan, she is inexorably drawn into a secret, passionate affair with a charismatic but dangerous lover. This haunted and haunting creature has awakened feelings and desires within her that she has never before known, which remake her as a woman.
Although everyone she knows fears him and is pledged to destroy him, Mina sees a side to him that the others cannot: a tender, romantic side; a man who's taken full advantage of his gift of immortality to expand his mind and talents; a man who is deeply in love, and who may not be evil after all. Yet to surrender is surely madness, for to be with him could end her life. It may cost Mina all she holds dear, but to make her choice she must learn everything she can about the remarkable origins and sensuous powers of this man, this exquisite monster, this . . . Dracula!