Series: Scandals with Bite #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on 18 March 2013
Reading Challenges: 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Angelica Winthrop is desperate to ruin her reputation so she can avoid marriage and become a serious Gothic writer. She catches the attention of Ian Ashton, Duke of Burnrath and funnily enough, the Lord Vampire of London. He craves peace and quiet and figures marrying her will stop those pesky vampire rumours. Angelica isn’t exactly convinced however.
Angelica is a typical Gothic heroine who jumps to conclusions, strays where she should not and worms her way into your affection. She is not the smartest bulb when it comes to relationships and would rather live in a fog of ignorance rather than actually the situation. Angelica engages in all manner of inappropriate acts such as smoking, playing cards and asking indiscreet questions to ward off suitors which does nothing to dissuade Ashton. Angelica provides much of the humour of this novel and because of this, I could forgive some dopey behaviour.
To keep his vampire origins secret, Ashton has been in the habit of going abroad and coming back as his son and heir apparent. Polydori’s The Vampyre has sparked the latest craze amongst the ton – vampires. Ashton was able to ignore the odd question about his unusual habits but when someone has the audacity to throw holy water at him and ruin his cravat, Ashton decided it was time to marry.
Angelica and Ashton balance each other out nicely – she is bubbly and wild where he is staid and she lacks experience while he is bursting to the seams with it. I wouldn’t mind another novel on the two where they actually work together against a common foe rather than acting independently.
Make no mistake, this is a satirical take on the Gothic genre and I suspect those familiar with it, will relish Ann’s interpretation. Writing in Polydori as a character kept things fresh because he is often overlooked in favour of Bram Stoker. If you have read Dracula though, you will find plenty of snippets to keep you smiling. I was a little disappointed that our hero overcomes his tortured soul routine so quickly as he basks in the glow of Angelica’s attention because I was enjoying his gruff persona.
This really ought to come with a ‘do not read while eating or drinking’ warning as I was giggling so hard in one spot that I nearly choked on chocolate. Chuck it on top your TBR pile for when you fancy a bit of paranormal Gothic satire.