Bite Me, Your Grace by Brooklyn Ann
Series: Scandals with Bite #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on 2013
Genres: Historical, Paranormal, Suspense
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London's Lord Vampire Has Problems. Dr. John Polidori's tale "The Vampyre" burst upon the Regency scene along with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein after that notorious weekend spent writing ghost stories with Lord Byron. A vampire craze broke out instantly in the haut ton. Now Ian Ashton, the Lord Vampire of London, has to attend tedious balls, linger in front of mirrors, and eat lots of garlic in an attempt to quell the gossip. If that weren't annoying enough, his neighbor, Angelica Winthrop, has literary aspirations of her own and is sneaking into his house at night just to see what she can find. Hungry, tired, and fed up, Ian is in no mood to humor his beautiful intruder...
Bite Me, Your Grace was an interesting tale about a modern thinking woman named Angelica who is an author in a time when women weren’t encouraged to use their intelligence. Angelica’s love of writing got her into a lot of trouble with her mother, as she wants her daughter to make an advantageous match. One of the scrapes Angelica gets into brings her to the attention of Ian, the Duke of Bunrath, also known as the London’s Lord of Vampires.
This story was quite entertaining. Ian has a very serious role as leader of his brethren and one of them is to protect the secret of their existence. Rumours were going around the town that Ian is a vampire. Angelica at first thought it was a great story and decides to investigate Ian’s home to find clues. Angelica thinks she will find ghosts, but when she finds out that there is some truth behind the rumours she is intrigued.
Things go from bad to worse with both of their reputations in tatters, so the couple decides to marry. Angelica and Ian struggle with their feelings for each other. Most of their troubles stem from a lack of communication.
I do admit to struggling in the first half of the story. There were multiple stories playing out which distracted me from the main plot. I was also not a fan of Angelica’s mother or Grandfather. What her mother did should not have been quickly skimmed over and Angelica’s reactions were not true to the character she had portrayed up to that point. I also don’t like the way it is left unclear whether feeding is an intimate act. It is implied that the couple feels intimacy when Ian feeds from Angelica, but we don’t know what he feels when feeding from others. He states from the beginning that feeding from her is not enough and he will have to feed from others as well. This reduced my enjoyment because at least once per night he would have his lips on someone else.
Overall, I liked this story but felt some things needed to be described better. This was my first read by this author and I will probably read more of her work in the future.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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