One Bite Per Night by Brooklyn Ann

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One Bite Per Night by Brooklyn Ann
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (368 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

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.

The author outdid herself when she wrote that first chapter. Talk about setting up a heart wrenching reason to like the heroine, Lydia, and have a reader invested in her happiness so early on in a book! It’s like I could feel her rejection and sadness and then, her determination to survive, succeed and thrive. It takes a strong female character to weather the emotional onslaught of rejection and Ms. Ann certainly accomplished it. Lydia was a terrific heroine.

Vincent, the hero is in a pickle. He is honor bound to repay an old pact or oath that was made many years before. It was a clever way to get Lydia and Vincent together in a very proper manner. What happens next is anything but proper. It’s delightful, intriguing and full of surprises.

The author did have some of the characters that I met in Bite Me, Your Grace populate this current novel but they were only there to help prod the hero and sometimes poke fun at him, and in that, they were very helpful and endearing, especially Angelica. Rest assured however, that this is a wonderful standalone story. The few details that would be helpful to know from the previous book are revealed in the natural course of telling this tale while introducing Lydia to its world’s intricacies, when Vincent has no choice but to tell her. The drama and suspense that leads up to that moment was great writing. On the other hand, I don’t know if anyone would truly be that unaware of their surroundings and I can’t figure out why someone out of nowhere would do such a thing. It almost seemed orchestrated to me but that’s not where the author took it. I guess the level of intrigue that she did provide was enough. Of course, what came afterwards is definitely worth reading.

Dialogue is important in this tale more so because it’s done so well that there was no need for the author to resort to ‘telling’. She showed me with every description, cheeky comment and suspenseful twist of the plot while using the interactions between characters to lead a reader where she wanted them to go. I enjoyed it.

Even more enjoyable was when Vincent and Lydia came together in carnal passion. Here, description and dialogue produced excellent results and I was a bit hot under the collar after reading those scenes. Talk about sexy!

There is an undercurrent which is produced by two sisters. They were loose cannons and I could not guess which way things were going to go. I liked how the author dealt with them. It was sweet but not too sweet. They are after all, vampires.

The happily ever after encompasses not just Lydia and Vincent and for that I commend the author. It’s like she cares for each and every one of her characters. If they are bad, then they get their comeuppance, and if they are redeemable, they have a chance at redemption, and if there is a transition to be made, Ms. Ann tries to put a brave face on it and make it as painless as possible. And when someone deserves happiness, like Lydia and Vincent, then they get one, but one as unique and fascinating as they are.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a book in a series without dangling a carrot for the next story to come. There were hints dropped all through One Bite Per Night but I wasn’t sure who he was going to be paired with until the epilogue clinched it. I can’t wait to see how in the world that is going to work out. I already see some major bumps and that makes for the best reading. How fun.

One Bite Per Night is a ton of fun. I dare say this novel is even better than the last one. I really enjoyed Bite Me, Your Grace, but Vincent and Lydia’s story was a bit more fun and a lot more sexy. Plus, the reason for the heroine to be with the hero in the first place was unique and endearing. The fact that Vincent simply could not resist Lydia no matter how hard he tried entertained me no end. I love to see a powerful vampire tied up in knots. I think paranormal romance readers will enjoy this book. And if a reader enjoyed the previous novel in the series, then One Bite Per Night is a sure winner. This gets a solid recommend from me.

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