Series: Scandals with Bite #1
Genres: Historical Romance, Paranormal
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?
Vampires in a historical setting? Sure!
Thoughts on Bite Me, Your Grace
I didn’t love this book. I didn’t HATE this book either. But I didn’t love it. I think this was mostly because of the secondary characters and the way the action would cut to them without ever giving me the sense we were learning about a character we’d see again. The two characters we did meet who I wanted to know more about were only teased at, which was disheartening. (and after checking, I see they both get their own books. So, boo-yah to that!)
Beyond that, if Ian and Angelica had just TALKED more they would have avoided some of their issues. But they didn’t. And there were issues. I get the need for conflict, but at the same time… JUST TALK ALREADY. I mean, when you have a hunky vampire lord at your beck and call (so to speak) why not learn everything you can about him instead of distancing yourself from him and being a sad panda? NO ONE LIKES A SAD PANDA. Except other sad pandas.
That said, I did like that Angelica was willing to make changes when presented with some truths about the world around her. I liked Ian overall, but given some of what happened under his rule (vamps disobeying his direct orders, vamps being murdered by murdering murderers, etc) I don’t know if I think he was a very effective Lord Vampire. On the other hand, he was distracted by Angelica and her womanly charms.
Despite all my bitching, I did enjoy this book. Again, I didn’t love it, but it entertained me and that’s pretty much what I’m looking for in a vampire-infested historical romance.