Series: Scandals With Bite #2
Genres: Historical, Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 5, 2014
Reviewed by: Kate
Mildly explicit sex scenes
The Dowager Countess of Morley asks Vincent Tremayne, Lord Vampire of Cornwall, to become guardian of her American granddaughter. Vincent honors the agreement and plans to get his new ward married and off his hands as soon as possible.
When Lydia Price arrives, she soon turns Vincent's gloomy castle upside-down, and he decides he wants Lydia for himself. But if Vincent can't protect Lydia from her entanglement with scandalous portrait painter Sir Thomas Lawrence, the vampire community will make sure that he—and Lydia—face dire consequences..
While not veering far from the historical romance formula, ONE BITE PER NIGHT still manages to delight the reader with it's fun heroine, brooding hero, and matchmaking side characters. This is paranormal romance at its finest, with the romance taking center stage, and the paranormal just being one aspect of the story. One may worry that with the combination of historical and paranormal romance, that Ann would do neither well, but instead, she excels at both, with a wonderful story and world I can't wait to revisit.
One aspect I loved about ONE BITE PER NIGHT is there wasn't lots of harping on Vincent's age compared to Lydia's. She didn't seem to feel the insecurity that plagues so many heroines in similar novels about how could he like her of all people, when he's how old again? That plotline as a way of keeping the hero and heroine apart is getting old, and I appreciated that it didn't make an appearance. Rather, there were other obstacles to Lydia and Vincent's relationship, not all of them inside one character's head. Though at times the situations that Lydia and Vincent find themselves in seem very contrived, it's the same way that most historical romances tend to seem a bit contrived.
The influence Ann claims to receive from Regency historical romances is obvious, but she still maintains an originality and freshness. I felt like the vampire aspects of the novel sometimes came second to the romance, which was lovely. Lydia and Vincent developed a lively friendship that was delightful to watch blossom, and counteracted any concerns of instalove that may have come up. The secondary characters were fun as well, with the scheming, matchmaking chaperone, and the fun, recently made vampire Angelical, who you may recognize from BITE ME, YOUR GRACE.
All in all, ONE BITE PER NIGHT is a fun, escapist read. With the simmering sexual tension between the leads, and the interesting aspects of vampires in historical England, I can almost overlook any possible ridiculous situations. If you're a fan of historical romance, ONE BITE PER NIGHT is for you, as you'll feel right at home her. And those of you who love paranormal romance will like the aspects of the vampire world Ann has created. With a little something for everybody, ONE BITE PER NIGHT is a winner.