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Friday, January 24, 2014

Review: Bite Me, Your Grace by Brooklyn Ann

Format: .mobi (purchased)
Release Date: April 2, 2013

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?

Author Brooklyn Ann has carved out her own little space among historical paranormal authors. Bite Me Your Grace is a spicy-sweet romance that will satisfy fans of both historical and paranormal romance.

Ian Ashton was a solid, if predictable hero. What I enjoyed most about him is that he wasn't too much of a brooding vampire that walked around with a doom and gloom air about him. He knew his role in life, knew what he was and wasn't but yet he still carved out some time to smile and have fun after he married Angelica. Ian may have married her to save her reputation and stop the curiosity about his night time lifestyle but that didn't mean he wasn't going to make the best of it or give Angelica a good life. He just didn't count on falling in love with her. Ian's personality was neither too dark nor too light, making sure Bite Me Your Grace didn't become too much of a paranormal romance.

Angelica was an entertaining heroine. I loved that she wanted to become an author of gothic novels and that she actually had a plan on how to do it. I'll give her an "A+" on having a plan but a "C" on thinking it through and an "F" for execution that ends up working in her favor though. Poor Angelica, instead of getting what she planned on she got exactly what she was hoping to avoid, marriage to a man she hardly knows. I do have to say that though Angelica was a good heroine, at times she could be almost stupidly naive and at times she acted and thought like a child which sort of made the intimate scenes with Ian difficult to get into for me. Other than that though, she was an entertaining and likable character and I could see why Ian was drawn to her.

The supporting cast of characters sometimes felt like they were main characters. I could have done with a little less of Rosetta's trouble making but I did love meeting Rafe and Vincent who will each be getting their own books. The story line was at times predictable but nonetheless fun and entertaining. The pacing was just right, not too slow and not too fast and the dialogue was easy to follow.

Bite Me Your Grace was a fun read and I'm glad I took the time to read it since it's been sitting on my Kindle for quite some time. At least I'm ready for the next book in the series and it does sound like a good one!

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