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?
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This is a traditionally romantic vampire story. A young lady in 19th century England has just come of age and her mother is desperately trying to find her a husband. All Angelica wants to do is be an author, and sees marriage as a prison.
The mansion across the street has been owned by the same mysterious famly for generations. They only marry foreign brides, much to the dismay of local eligible ladies. The Duke of Burnwrath, Ian Ashton, is quite attractive and rich. They don’t know he’s also a vampire. Angelica has been curious about his house for years and wants nothing more than to find her way inside because she thinks it would make a great setting for a horror story.
In all honesty, I thought this story was a little bit cheesy and predictable. That being said, I did enjoy it. It wasn’t a convoluted story by any means, but if you are looking for something to read that is just meant to get you out of your own head, this book works great.
To me, the characters were enjoyable and interesting. The attitudes of the women was somewhat annoying and shallow, but that is more the fault of the characters and time period than the author’s writing ability. I admired Angelica’s drive to get herself published, though I did think her decision to write a vampire story was pretty stupid on her part.
Overall, this was a good read. It kept me entertained and I didn’t have to think too hard to follow the story. There was romance and conflict. The romance was pretty sweet, and the sex scenes were appropriately graphic without being too much.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review