Series: Scandals With Bite #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 2, 2013
Reviewed by: Kate
Sexual Content: Multiple sex scenes, references to rape
England's "vampire craze" causes much vexation for the Lord Vampire of London, Ian Ashton. To save his reputation, Ian enlists aspiring authoress Angelica Winthrop without realizing she has hidden plans of her own.
Angelica Winthrop's life goal is to ruin her reputation, avoid marriage, and become a gothic authoress like her idol, Mary Shelley. To find inspiration for her new story, she breaks into the home of Ian Ashton, Duke of Burnrath, not knowing she will be coming up against the Lord Vampire of London. Romance sparks and reputations are at stake. But who knows the real difference between fact and fiction?
BITE ME, YOUR GRACE had everything I like in a romance novel. A headstrong young woman? Check. Strong and sensual love interest? Double check. A ridiculous plot line full of twists and turns preventing them from getting together? You know it! But while this book had all the standard components, it still remained fresh and new.
Angelica is no Alexia, out to kill vampires with her parasol. She is, however, a very strong character with more hopes for her life than just securing a wealthy husband. Her personality was a bit innocent, stubborn, and honest, all wrapped up together. And while I always have a slightly hard time believing in old vampires suddenly finding their one true love, I can see why she would be attractive to Ian. Being the Lord of London (and a Duke, to boot) he didn't want some wimpy lady. Their interactions were my favorite parts of the book, especially when she gets caught breaking into his house.
BITE ME, YOUR GRACE has all of the tropes you’d expect when you pick up a standard historical romance novel. Amongst others, there was misunderstood eavesdropping, mistaken identity, and the obvious: older man ends up with younger woman (though in this case he’s centuries older, not just years). That is to say, this book was your typical historical romance - the hero just happened to drink blood, not brandy. Now, since I love both historical romances and vampires, this totally worked for me. If you’re not into the former, this may be an issue for you.
While Brooklyn Ann isn’t doing anything genre bending or completely new, BITE ME, YOUR GRACE was a good comfort read. It was familiar, but just different enough where it didn’t feel tired. It was well written and wasn’t jumpy or contrived. I’m looking forward to Ann’s next book, ONE BITE PER NIGHT. I’m hoping it is even better than this one.Series Titles:
- Bite Me, Your Grace
- One Bite Per Night