Series: Scandals With Bite #4
Published by Broken Angels on April 15, 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romantic
Sexual Content: Several sex scenes, references to rape
Reviewed by: Kate
The Lord Vampire of Rochester doesn’t do a favor without a price. And now it’s time to collect.
Gavin Drake, Baron of Darkwood is being pestered by nosy neighbors and matchmaking mothers of the mortal nobility. To escape their scrutiny, he concludes that it’s time to take a wife. After witnessing the young vampire Lenore’s loyalty to the Lord of London, he decides she is sufficient for the role.
After surviving abuse from rogue vampires, Lenore Graves wants to help other women recover from their inner wounds. She befriends mesmerist John Elliotson and uses her vampire powers to aid him with his patients. When the Lord of London declares that Lenore is the price the Lord of Rochester demands for aiding him in battle, she is terrified. Will all of her hard work be destroyed by Ruthless Rochester? Yet she can’t suppress stirrings of desire at the memory of their potent encounter.
After Gavin assures her that the marriage will be in name only, Lenore reluctantly accepts Gavin’s proposal. Determined to continue her work, she invites John Elliotson to Rochester. As they help women recover from traumas, Lenore explores her own inner turmoil and examines her attraction to her husband.
Gavin realizes his marriage is a mistake. His new baroness’s involvement with the mesmerist is dangerous. He knows he should put a stop to Lenore’s antics— yet her tender heart is warming his own and tempting him to make her his bride in truth.
As Lenore and Gavin’s relationship blossoms, the leader of a gang of rogue vampires embarks on a quest for vengeance against Gavin… using Lenore as his key.
HIS RUTHLESS BITE is just as delicious as the previous books in the Scandals With Bite series. With romantic moments balanced out by suspenseful situations, HIS RUTHLESS BITE offers readers the rare combination of historical and paranormal romance, and does it very well.
One of the great things about a series of romance books is that it a reader usually does not have to have read the previous books in the series to jump in the middle. This is definitely the case with HIS RUTHLESS BITE. Though previous books' characters are mentioned, it is generally in passing, and the details of their stories are unnecessary. Instead, we get an entirely new cast of characters. The world-building is sparse, but it doesn't need to be extremely detailed, as their vampiric society isn't super complex, and the rules that govern it are easily mentioned in passing. The main focus in HIS RUTHLESS BITE is the romance between Gavin and Lenore, and that was where the story shone.
Though there were many tangential plots woven into HIS RUTHLESS BITE, and at times I felt like there was almost too much going on. Between Lenore overcoming her past, along with Gavin's supposed ruthlessness (and thus the need for demonstrations thereof), there was the mortal doctor that was a friend of Lenore's and the rogue vampires that were plaguing Gavin's lands. Add in a few deaths, a courtship, some mortal meddling mothers, and HIS RUTHLESS BITE covered all the bases of a vampiric historical romance.
In my opinion, all the other side stories seemed to melt away when Gavin and Lenore were together. Gavin's sweet and tender side was a delight to see, and the way he treated Lenore was a delightful contrast to what we knew of him from previous books. His overwhelming love for Lenore was adorable and though a bit like insta-love, as he got to know her, it got stronger and was more convincing. Lenore is spunky and brave, a true heroine who has some weaknesses to overcome, but does an admirable job of growing and evolving throughout the book. She is a perfect partner for Gavin, and I love how the two of them come together and realize that.
All in all, HIS RUTHLESS BITE is an excellent, engaging read. With a bit of suspense to keep the reader interested, and a good romantic plot line to make them swoon, it has something for everybody. Brooklyn Ann just keeps upping the bar with her Scandals With Bite series, and HIS RUTHLESS BITE is no exception!Series Titles: