Her interest is purely scientific
Cassandra Burton wants to study medicine, surgery, healing, and everything related to the human body and its mysteries-and she's willing to rob graves to do it! But a lady can meet dark and dangerous characters lurking around the cemetery. And who could be more fascinating than Rafael Villar, Lord Vampire of London? If she could study his physiology, she could learn so much that would help humans. After all, he's immortal-and Cassandra is now his prisoner...
Scandals with Bite series:
Bite Me, Your Grace (Book 1)
One Bite Per Night (Book 2)
Bite at First Sight (Book 3)
Praise for Brooklyn Ann:
"Charming and engaging...readers will sink their teeth into Ann's tale." -RT Book Reviews
"Breezy and entertaining." -Publishers Weekly
"Unique...a delightful way to spend an afternoon." -Long and Short Reviews
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28 September 1823
St. Pancras Cemetery, London
"If one desires a task accomplished correctly, one must do it herself." Cassandra Burton, Dowager Countess of Rosslyn, repeated the litany as she pulled the rickety little wagon through the moonlit aisle of tombstones.
She shivered under her velvet cloak. Her fingers had long since gone numb with the effort of navigating the dratted conveyance over uneven ground and across slippery, damp grass. Shovels and pry bars clanked across the wagon's worn pine boards. The winch rattled on its frame.
Something flickered across the corner of her vision.
Cassandra jumped. She stopped and rubbed her gloved hands together for warmth, surveying the graveyard. The area was still and silent as...well, a tomb. Yet the chill in her spine refused to abate. A scornful frown turned her lips at such irrational behavior. Ghosts were an illogical figment of uneducated imaginations, and no one could possibly have business out here at this hour...except herself.
"Worthless curs," Cassandra whispered in as haughty a tone as she could manage.
If only the men to whom she'd offered a more-than-generous sum to perform this troublesome task had done their duty, rather than disappearing. She shook her head. If not for their unreasonable negligence, she would now be comfortably ensconced in her laboratory unraveling the secrets of the human body...not out in this cold, dreary place, jumping at shadows.
Surveying the newest graves, she read the dates to decide which would be the best specimen. The mysterious disappearance of her hired hands nagged at her. Could a murderer be on the loose? She shook her head and pulled the folds of her cloak tighter. No, by now the authorities would have found their bodies and the news would be sensationalized in The Times.
They were cowards, but she was not. To prove her lack of fear, Cassandra halted her wagon and fetched out a shovel. Her hands trembled nervously as she grasped the wooden handle.
Removing the dead from their graves was illegal. If a constable caught her, she'd be sent directly to Fleet Prison. A fresh surge of trepidation curled in her belly.
Exhuming a corpse was quite a different matter from having one ready on her operating table. As objective as she tried to be, the prospect of removing the body from its carefully arranged resting place by winching it out of the ground and loading it onto her cart was undeniably gruesome. However, gruesome or not, Cassandra needed a specimen to continue her work. And she would acquire it, no matter how much her nerves protested.
Despite being barred from official education as a physician because of her sex, Cassandra was determined to learn the skills required to become a doctor. That included studying human anatomy, and for that, she required cadavers.
Returning to the graves, she made her selection. Alfred Lumley, born September first, 1801; died September twenty-sixth, 1823. Two days ago Alfred had been a living twenty-two-year-old man, three years younger than herself. Whether or not he'd been healthy, she would soon determine. A pang of sorrow struck her heart. His soul is in heaven, she reminded herself. A mere shell remains. A shell that will help me to aid the living.
She raised the shovel, ready to plunge it into the soft soil. "I am not afraid. I am not."
"You should be." A sinister, accented voice pierced her consciousness.
The shovel fell from her nerveless fingers, thudding onto the cold ground.
Cassandra knew that voice; it had the rich, dark cadence that had haunted her dreams since the night she'd first met him. She spun around, the hood of her cloak falling to her shoulders.
Rafael Villar stepped out from behind a mausoleum. The shadows embraced his bronze skin, obscuring the scars on the left side of his face while moonlight highlighted his exotic features on the right.
Known as "the Spaniard," Villar had been an infamous pugilist in Cheapside despite having only one functioning arm. The eccentric and wealthy Duke of Burnrath was his sponsor. Cassandra had often encountered Villar at Burnrath House when attending the duchess's literary circles. Right away she'd suspected that there was more to the relationship between Rafael and Their Graces. And she'd been utterly and completely fascinated by him.
When the duke and duchess departed for the Continent to travel, Villar had leased Burnrath House. By all accounts he was rich as a nabob. For the remainder of the Season, Don Villar was all the ton could gossip about. But when months passed without the Spaniard making the slightest attempt to join Society, he was forgotten. Cassandra would have forgotten him as well, if it weren't for those damned dreams. Now he stood before her in the most unexpected place and at the most inconvenient time.
Good Lord, will he turn me in to the authorities?
She opened her mouth to ask the reason for his presence, but the words caught in her throat when she saw that his amber eyes were glowing like a funeral pyre. His sensuous lips-lips she'd unreasonably dreamed of kissing-drew back to reveal white, even teeth...with two gleaming fangs for incisors.
Before she could scream or flee, Don Villar's fiery gaze widened, then narrowed in recognition. "You! You've been the one disturbing my people?"
"Y-your people?" Cassandra stammered, staring raptly at those sharp fangs. She'd certainly never seen those during their previous encounters. Her heart leaped into her throat in dawning horror. This man was not human.
His lips curled back in a sneer, puckering the scars on the left side of his face. "Don't play coy with me, Countess." The word was filled with disdain. "Some of my subordinates reported hunters disturbing their lairs." He gestured at the mausoleum behind him. "It is hard to fathom that you're behind this, though I should have guessed. Is that why you befriended the Duchess of Burnrath?"
"I haven't the slightest idea what you are going on about. I came here to... Well, it is no concern of yours." A wave of indignation bolstered her courage. How dare he speak of her most treasured friendship in such a manner? How dare he accuse her of duplicity when he stood before her sporting unnatural teeth and luminescent eyes? And of what exactly was he accusing her? "What does Her Grace have to do with this?" Cassandra took a shaky step back. "And, in the name of heaven, what are you?"
In a blink of an eye, Rafael stood inches from her. With the same impossible speed, he grasped her shoulder, pulling her close against him. Dizziness swarmed her mind at the feel of his firm heat and his intoxicating scent of forbidden spices. His crippled left arm moved lightly around her waist, his fingers delicately brushing across her lower back. The heady combination of rough and gentle made her tremble.
His eyes locked on hers. "I will show you, Countess."
Then his mouth was on her neck, firm lips caressing the sensitive flesh, somehow more intimate than anything she'd experienced during her ill-fated marriage. Cassandra melted against him, tangling her fingers in his silken hair.
Sharp pain exploded in her throat as his fangs broke her skin. Cassandra cried out and tried to push him away, but his iron-like right arm mercilessly held her immobile. The pain took flight, and drugging pleasure fluttered within her belly. A low moan escaped her throat as she pulled him closer. Liquid desire pulsed between her thighs. Whatever this was, she needed more, craved it with mindless longing.
Rafael pulled away, muttering a foreign curse. "You're a grave robber?" Lifting his finger to his mouth, he pierced his flesh with one pearly fang and then gently touched the wound on her throat. The soft touch was juxtaposed by his blazing eyes and furious snarl.
She barely heard his words as her eyes locked on those deadly fangs. Cassandra froze as realization shook her to the core. He wiped her neck with a handkerchief. In confirmation of her suspicions, blood spotted the snowy cloth like an accusation.
"Vampire," she gasped, struggling to breathe. The foundations of her scientific beliefs quaked within her consciousness. Fairy tales were not true, and magic was not real. Yet here he stood, ready to devour her blood and perhaps her soul. Terror gripped her heart like ice.
The creature that should not exist outside of myth nodded. "Yes, but you will not remember the fact."
His eyes glowed brighter, capturing her gaze. The intensity caused a fresh wave of dizziness, but Cassandra fought it off. The vampire stood like a statue, continuing to stare at her in a most unnerving manner.
After an endless moment, she shook her head and took another wary step back. "Why are you looking at me like that?"
Villar blinked and the fire dimmed from his gaze. An explosion of Spanish expletives came out in a growl as he seized her arm. "I apologize, Countess. You'll have to come with me."
"C-come with you where?" Cassandra stammered in confusion, trying to pull away. He'd already bitten her and drunk her blood. What more could he want? "Why? And f-for how long?"
"I am taking you to Burnrath House," Rafael snarled through clenched teeth. "I have no choice but to place you under arrest until I can determine what to do with you."
Rafe bit back another growl. Madre de Dios, why did the mysterious intruder have to be her? The Countess of Rosslyn was the only mortal in over three centuries to have gotten under his skin, and he still did not know why. And why did she have to be one of the rare individuals immune to mesmerism?
He'd wanted a brief moment to punish her for being a nuisance to him yet again. He'd wanted to punish her, to show her the folly in seeking out a monster, before banishing her memory. It was the worst of luck that the first mortal he'd deliberately revealed himself to was impervious to his power.
"Arrest?" Lady Rosslyn struggled in his grip, her warm flesh slipping beneath his grasp on the sleeve of her cloak, drawing his attention back to the vexing situation at hand. "Are you a constable?"
"Constable? Hardly. I am Lord of this city." He held her fast.
"Lord? Of all of London? Whatever do you mean?" The countess tried once more to pull away. "And what of my wagon?"
Rafe tugged her closer before she could trip over a gravestone. "Damn it, woman. Devil take your wagon! You fail to grasp the severity of this situation."
Truly, it would have been a simple matter had he succeeded in clearing the woman's mind of the memory. Hell, it still would have been simple if the woman hadn't been her. Not when her sweet, rich taste lay thick on his tongue. Not when her intoxicating scent of rose petals and woman engulfed his senses.
"Well, of course I do not grasp the situation!" Lady Rosslyn exclaimed, maddeningly oblivious to the tentative hold he had on his temper. "You have failed to explain it! First, I had no idea that vampires existed outside fiction. Furthermore, I have no notion why one would arrest me for exhuming a corpse for my studies. I am fully aware that my actions are illegal, but the logic eludes me as to how that should mean anything to you."
Rafe sucked in a hissing breath through his teeth, biting back a stream of curses. Conversing with humans had never been his strong suit, but talking with Lady Rosslyn was always especially trying. "Your morbid hobby is of no concern to me. I had mistakenly believed you were hunting my people. You're fortunate that my people didn't take action themselves. That you weren't beaten bloody by a mob, your house set aflame!"
Rafe closed his eyes, remembering how Ian's third-in-command and a gang of other vengeful vampires had done exactly that to a prominent surgeon only three years ago. Ian had been apoplectic with rage. If the man's wife hadn't been in the country, she would surely have perished. Ian had punished the mob and issued a law that all suspicious mortals were to be handled only by the Lord of London from then on.
"Morbid?" Cassandra repeated, oblivious to the rest of his words. "You drank my blood only moments ago and you call me morbid?" Her sea-green eyes glared up at him from beneath impossibly long lashes. The captivating contact was broken too soon when she shook her head. "Well, if it is a mistake, then why are you arresting me?"
Ah and what a sweet drink it was. Yet somehow her life and memories had been more potent. Rafe usually closed his mind to his victims' lives when he fed, but in the case of Lady Rosslyn, he had needed to discover what she was up to.
Lady Rosslyn seemed to have been a very busy woman during the last year. She'd had the daring to apply to Oxford, Cambridge, and Saint Bartholomew's to master the healing arts. All those establishments had turned her away because of her sex. But she did not give up. Instead, she'd set forth with her studies alone, even robbing graves to learn the secrets of the human body.
Rafe sighed. This evening's events had all been a misunderstanding. Unfortunately, one that could not be rectified. The Elders would not permit her to leave his presence alive.
"It is forbidden for mortals to know of our kind. I attempted to banish your memory of the encounter, but it appears you are immune to my powers. So now you must come with me until..." He trailed off, strangely reluctant to voice the rest aloud.
"Until when?" Her voice emerged in a frightened whimper.
Rafe closed his eyes, took a deep breath, and let it out slowly. Unexpected sorrow churned in his gut at the consequence this encounter would bear.
"Until it is decided whether I kill you or Change you into a vampire."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you like your Regency romances with a splash of the paranormal than Brooklyn Ann's, Scandals with Bite series, is right up your alley. The third book in the series, Bite at First Sight is an entertaining mix of historical and paranormal romance. Readers who like strong heroines and brooding heroes will not be disappointed with this addition to the series. Rafe is the Vampire Lord of London and Cassandra is a would be doctor. Together they become embroiled in betrayal, political intrigue and a very steamy romance. A great addition to the series! This is my first book in the Scandals with Bite series and my first by this author. I think I would have benefited from reading the other two books in the series first, but Bite at First Sight does stand on it's own well. There were a few mentions of things that went on in the previous books, but not enough to throw me off while reading it. Brooklyn Ann did a good job of backtracking, but not becoming distracting. My first impressions of this author were for the most part good. I liked the world building in this book and found the subplots intriguing and full of surprises. Her characters were on point and I found myself really interested to see where she would take them throughout the story. Ann's transitions were good and I didn't feel like anything in the story was filler or fluff. The romance scenes were hot and steamy and very evocative. Overall I liked this one a lot. Rafe's backstory was interesting and Cassandra had all of the marks for a good heroine. I tend to like my heroes a bit on the alpha side and Rafe most definitely fit that bill, though he did cave in regards to Cassandra, but that was a good thing. Rafe's scars gave him a distinctive manner that added to his commanding aura, but it also gave him a vulnerability that is missing in some Regency and PNR heroes. A very well thought out character! One of my favorite parts of this one was the balance between the Regency elements and the paranormal elements. Even though Rafe was a vampire he still adhered to what I expected from a Regency character. The customs of the day and the political climate were still true to form and Ann did a wonderful job with those parts of the book. It made the setting come alive and became essential to the story. Cassandra was a woman before her time and a very pleasant character to read about. She wanted nothing more than to practice medicine in a time when it was unheard of for women. I liked that aspect of the story and her desire to find out more about Rafe's physiology. What better way to learn than to explore, lol. The romantic parts of the book were spot on and readers will love it. Bottom Line: Brooklyn Ann was a great new author for me. She put two genres together that I love. Regency and paranormal. Her characters were engaging and full of life and I loved the brooding alpha male vs. the smart would be doctor theme. The behind the scenes action was perfect for the book, from betrayal to politics. The Regency setting was still kept intact, but spiced up a bit with a vampire and really hot romance. Great job with this one!
3 Stars! I have to admit that I was very interested in the whole idea behind this book. I love historical romances and I love paranormal romances. Merging them together in the same story sounds like the perfect plan. It is a good plan and I wonder why I haven't seen this before. Maybe paranormal historical romances are around and I have just been missing them. I am going to keep my eyes open from now on because this is an idea that can work quite well. This wasn't the perfect book and to be honest I thought that a whole lot of it just felt silly. Cassandra didn't really seem to care what people thought in most areas of the book. She didn't care what proper society thought of her. She pushed forward in her pursuit of knowledge and worked to become a doctor despite the fact it was unheard of at the time. She didn't seem like she had a problem pointing things out to Rafe in most areas so it really felt odd that she would hold back the fact that she was attracted to him. The way they danced around each other just didn't seem true to either character. Rafe is in a bind. Some of the vampires that he rules are staging a revolt plus he has to figure out what to do with Cassandra. When Cassandra wants to try to heal his useless arm, he knows that he would be a fool to decline that offer. Rafe is actually in a position to either lose everything or finally have more than he ever imagined. This was the third book in the series but I had no trouble jumping in the series at this point. This story stands on its own. I found the second half of the book to be incredibly fast paced which I loved. The second half of the book also had many more characters involved, many were probably from previous books in the series, and I found it a bit overwhelming to keep everyone straight. The first half of the book felt much slower. The dialog between the characters was good but I never really felt the chemistry between the couple. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance. This is the first book by Brooklyn Ann that I have had a chance to read but I plan to go back and read the first two books in this series very soon. I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks - Casablanca via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
I absolutely love how Brooklyn combines Regency era ritz with paranormal vampiric romance - veritably an original treat. She raised the shovel, ready to plunge it into the soft soil. "I am not afraid. I am not." "You should be." A sinister, accented voice pierced her consciousness. The shovel fell from her nerveless fingers, thudding onto the cold ground. Cassandra knew that voice; it had the rich, dark cadence that had haunted her dreams since the night she'd first met him. She spun around, the hood of her cloak falling to her shoulders. Rafael Villar stepped out from behind a mausoleum. The shadows embraced his bronze skin, obscuring the scars on the left side of his face while moonlight highlighted his exotic Mediterranean features on the right.... "You! You've been the one disturbing my people?" BITE AT FIRST SIGHT by Brooklyn Ann is a mega-entertaining addition to her Scandals with Bites historical/paranormal series. It's the third installment in that wonderful series and, while there are interconnected characters, BITE AT FIRST SIGHT can, without any doubt, be thoroughly enjoyed as a standalone read. I inhaled the first book, BITE ME, YOUR GRACE, and couldn't wait to read this one! I was not disappointed. I actually stayed up until the wee hours finishing this as I couldn't sleep until I had done so :-). Somehow, I missed the second book, ONE BITE PER NIGHT, but I plan to remedy that oversight soon! My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Check it out there! 4 1/2 Wine Glasses!
Regency vampires! Who knew? I love this series. It’s original, thrilling, romantic, and very under appreciated. But what makes this series (and particularly this story, the third book in the series) stand out is the eloquent writing and excellent pacing. It’s a strong and engaging style that grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go. The hero and heroine, Cassandra and Rafael, are strong and passionate characters with complex personalities and insecurities. But their love story grows gradually, sensually, and beautifully. In between, there is a vampire revolution afoot to thwart Rafael’s power as well as some fascinating historical medical information including an appearance by a real life historical figure, Thomas Wakley, founder of the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet. Lady Cassandra Burton is a widow and a countess whose first marriage was a disappointment best forgotten. Science and medicine and facts are her passion but, as a woman, she cannot pursue her knowledge and experience in public. So she studies the human body and educates herself. When Rafael Villar, Lord Vampire of London, comes upon Cassandra in a cemetery digging up a body for use in her studies, he gently and reluctantly takes her prisoner. They have met in social circles before and there is a a mutual attraction. Rafael must either change her or kill her and neither is an attractive option to him. So he appeals to the lordly and powerful vampire Elders and, while he awaits their decision, he takes Cassandra into his home, thus thoroughly ruining her reputation. But Cassandra is used to being the odd one out ever since her lonely childhood and doesn’t mind the social snub of being thought of as Rafael’s mistress. She throws herself into her work, which is her life. Until Rafael entices her with something just as meaningful. Don Rafael Villar is a feisty and prickly personality who has been a secondary character in the last two books so I was excited to read about his happy ending and how the author would make him a likable hero. The sex scenes are erotic but also breathlessly romantic. Rafael and Cassandra come to love each other by giving; he allows her to study with Thomas Wakley privately in his home and she heals his long-deformed and limp arm. Their love is born out of gratefulness as much as attraction and it turns into a fierce devotion on both sides that is lovely to read. Every single one of the love stories in this unique and colorful series is strong and passionately romantic. Even if you don’t like vampires or vampire stories you will love this series if you just appreciate a good love story. Bravo, Brooklyn Ann. I want to read more! Note: this review first appeared on Romantic Historical Reviews.
The first I have read in this series and this book worked reasonably well standing alone, although I do think I would have preferred reading all three in order. A Regency era paranormal romance, the focus fell heavily on the plot lines that followed the rebellion and betrayal, pushing the romance to the background. As both of those subplots were layered with action, battles, dimension and several twists, this was no hardship at all, especially with Cassandra’s input pulling Rafe’s focus in multiple directions. Cassandra was wonderfully built, determined to buck convention and follow her dreams to become a doctor, even as that is an inconceivable idea for a woman in her time. With funds to do as she wishes, she is self-teaching, stealing corpses at night to study and use for her lessons. This is how she encounters Rafe, in a graveyard as she is trying to obtain her next study subject. Rafe is a vampire, the “lord” of the London Vampires, and he is convinced that Cassandra is a hunter. But, it soon becomes clear that his sort is not in her sights, and when she presents him with a questioning look as he tries to enchant her, he knows something is different. Used to people cowering from him for his vampiric nature as well as some significant scarring, Cassandra’s reaction intrigues him, and he decides to ‘keep her’ to discover more. The threat of rebellion, and the potential for betrayal worked well, keeping the story moving forward and full of action, and often resulted in incremental growth in the relationship developing between Rafe and Cassandra. While she was demanding, and it pleased him to accede to those demands often, the two were able to communicate and come to learn more about one another as Rafe seemed to be testing Cassandra’s veracity. Neither has a great respect for the rules of society or the Tonne, and as Rafe came to see Cassandra truly was able to see him as a person, not just a vampire with scars, her desires and determination for learning and achieving her own goals started to become a bit of a mission for him as well. Clever writing, action and tension balanced nicely with the characters that were unmasking and showing themselves throughout the story. Brooklyn Ann paced this story beautifully, while attraction was near instant, the consummation took some time to develop as the emotional connection between the two was clearer. Secondary characters were purposeful and gave hints to earlier books in the series as well as igniting interest in more for a few. With a wonderful view of regency era London with familiar moments present, there was enough of the new and different to present everything in a new light. I’ve grabbed the first two in this series, and can’t wait to dive back in. I received an eBook copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Plot and Story Line Bite At First Sight is the third book in this stunning paranormal series by Brooklyn Ann. You know you don’t see too many vampire romances that are written so well as this one. I have read the first book, but when I had read so many high rated reviews on this one, I knew i had to read it. And what a well written story it turned out to be. I couldn’t put this one down, and stayed up late reading it. From the first page I was drawn in completely and in a way that hasn’t happened for me in a little while. I love the setting,its set in the 1800’s London. In this story we see how the author has done some research, particularly on the medical field in that time period and certain methods used and studies done, as well as the view on women working in the medical field.There is quite an intense tone to the story with the paranormal aspect of vampires put in the mix here. I do adore a good vampire romance, and this one tops my list. The characters in the story were well drawn and portrayed and you see the level of emotion they display and what they provoke in the reader. The flow of the plot is pretty smooth with no hiccups that I could sense. I enjoyed seeing the level of danger and intrigue rise with each chapter. We also have the main plot, but we also see a side plot of the villain which adds more tension to the story. You might want to hold onto your seats boys and girls, because this is one wild ride of passion, adventure and danger you don’t want to miss out on. The Cover This is such a gorgeous and sensual cover. I love their pose, and her dress is just beautiful, with the bold colors, and dark background, and oh my what abs our male here has….swoonworthy for sure! Overall View Bite At First Sight is a story that wraps you up in intrigue, danger, sexy passion, and enchanting characters, a tale of healing and the power in finding and fighting for love when it counts the most!! AN ABSOLUTE ROMANTIC GEM!!
I'll be honest - I didn't like the first book in this series and I haven't read the second book. So, I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I definitely enjoyed parts (if not all) of this book. The likes: totally cool how the heroine meets the hero, digging up bodies in a graveyard because she wants to study them. It makes perfect sense, and I could suspend disbelief on the issue of whether a proper young lady would have done things like that. I liked the growing world and explanation of the vampires and how things run, along with several new characters introduced (including other Lords in England). Rafe was charming and I was fascinated by what Cassandra does with and for him (not sexually, but as a physician). Cassandra - I really felt her frustration with a system that wouldn't let her do what she loved, become an actual doctor. I still found a lot of the dialogue and situations to be fairly implausible/unrealistic, even given it's a paranormal romance, because of the period it was set in (major gripe with the first book), but I will say this. Ms. Ann has a great imagination, good world building, and definitely can plot out a book. It was simply the execution of those features that I felt was lacking. I'll definitely keep watching her future releases though since clearly (to my mind) she's improving with each book. Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Bite at First Sight, Brooklyn Ann Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews. Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Historical Well, this sounded fun so I dived in eagerly. It was fun but...very light and fluffy. Its kind of like reading a 70’s Mills and Boon with a historical, paranormal slant. There’s no great surprises, but its a fun read if you just want something light and easy. Cassandra is a good lead, and typical of those who had intelligence at a time when ladies were frowned upon for wanting to do more than just run the home and have babies...must have been a nightmare, and so sad for those like her who have the talent to do more. Luckily she gets found in the graveyard by Rafael and not one of the other vampires or her story would probably have ended there! He’s a good lead too- dark and brooding, all the best vampires are like that!! He takes her home when he finds he’s unable to mesmerize her into forgetting she’s seen him, and waits for instructions from the elders as to what to do with her. The choices are slim, kill her or change her and as he’s been a naughty lad recently he doesn’t have the strength necessary to change her himself, but he can’t tell the Elders that. A real conundrum for him, and add in that as a somewhat brooding and surly man he’s not got many friends he can ask. He’s long admired her ( and she him) so of course while they’re waiting for instructions they get closer, a lot closer, and to his amazement she works successfully at healing his disfigured and damaged arm. Rafael has more than just Cassandra to worry about though, one of his vampires goes missing, and he uncovers a plot against him by his second. Its all comes to a head, tying everything up neatly. Its a fun read if you’re looking for light and fluffy, but I was hoping for something a bit stronger and deeper in the storyline. Stars: Three, a fun read but a one off for me. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review It's the early 1800s and widowed Cassandra Burton wants to be a doctor. She's been studying, experimenting and researching for years, regardless of the fact that she's a female so nobody in the medical field will take her seriously. One night, while in a graveyard digging up a body for more research, she gets stopped by Rafael Villar, a mysterious man she's taken notice of whenever she sees him. Now that he's decided she's his prisoner, she's able to take a much bigger notice. All for the sake of research... There aren't a whole lot of books that have my 2 favorite genres together and when they are, they aren't always successful. When I saw this book, I was interested in giving it a try. Overall it didn't disappoint. It was a very good plot overall. I liked that author gave the characters time to develop their feelings for each other and the plot was full and wasn't hinging on misunderstandings. Cassandra was definitely smart and determined to do what her mind called for her to do, regardless of it not being acceptable in society. She's very much clinical-minded and not in tune with any emotions. Rafael is pretty much a typical vampire leader in his characteristics, but his preexisting infatuation with Cassandra and his self-loathing for his disfigurement give him a vulnerability not usually seen. There were a few things that I didn't care for in the book, like the fact that these vampires seem to more vulnerabilities than in other books of this genre. Overall good read. I recommend this for any fans of these two genres.
Read from March 19 to 20, 2015 Book Info Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages EXPECTED publication: April 7th 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca original title Bite at First Sight ISBN 1402274505 (ISBN13: 9781402274503) edition language English series Scandals with Bite #3 other editions None found Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links Amazon B&N BOOK SYNOPSIS When RAFAEL Villar, Lord Vampire of London, stumbles upon a woman in the cemetery, he believes he’s found a vampire hunter—not the beautiful, intelligent stranger she proves to be. Cassandra Burton is enthralled by the scarred, disfigured vampire who took her prisoner. The aspiring physician was robbing graves to pursue her studies—and he might turn out to be her greatest subject yet. So they form a bargain: one kiss for every experiment. As their passion grows and Rafe BEGINSto heal, only one question remains: can Cassandra see the man beyond the monster? My Thoughts After missing out on BOOK 2 One Bite Per Night there were flashbacks hinting at bits and pieces of Lydia and Vicente's story so really did not feel lacking for not reading it. In this third book we find ourselves rooting for Rafe Villar who has been cast in the past as a rather forbidding, darkly brooding male who seldom seems to find pleasure in any one or any thing around him. It was gratifying to not only watch Cassandra shake his conviction that his disfiguring scars were in any way repulsive to her but it was also grand to see her find a champion in Rafe, someone who did not think her being female should ever stand in the way of her dream of PRACTICING medicine. This was different in tone than the initial book in the Scandals with Bite series , in some ways it was richer and in some ways it was darker but in every way it was enjoyable reading. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for HONESTreview]
I'm not a reader of historical romance. But I am a lover of paranormal romance, I'm partial to a sexy vampire and the blurb for this just grabbed me. Brooklyn Ann has brought her reader a 19th century romance filled with glamour, thrills, emotion, fight and a vampiric hero you can't not fall in love with. Rafael Villar, Lord Vampire of London is by no means perfect, but that is what made him just that... ‘No woman would want something as ugly as him.’ Aspiring Doctor, Cassandra Burton, Dowager Countess of Rosslyn has dreams of being a Doctor, but with it being frowned upon because she is a woman she's self-teaching. And stealing bodies from graves to practice on. When she's caught in the act, she doesn't expect to be held captive by a sexy Vamp, nor does he expect to find an intelligent, determined and inquisitive lady who sees beneath his scars and disfuguration. ‘I want a kiss. One for each study.’ ‘You want me to kiss you?’ ‘It's a human need I never outgrew.’ I loved Cassandra, to find a strong heroine determined to follow her heart and achieve her goals in this time period, despite the obstacles was a real treat and the fact that Rafe supports her made him even more sexy in this girls eyes. Whilst hard to judge at first and with a gruff exterior, as he falls he softens and he and Cassandra had a superb chemistry, bringing emotion, intimacy and passion. And with the accompanying storyline of Rafe's second-in-line fighting for his title of Lord, rebellion and bloody battles brought action, making it even more captivating. Brooklyn Ann is a new author to me, but having read Bite at First Sight, I'm off to grab the first two books in this series. Her style is fast-paced yet flies and whilst it's clear characters from the earlier books make appearances, this can easily be read as a standalone; rather than feel I've missed something, it's simply intrigued me as to their stories. This review will feature on Read Your Writes Book Reviews. Copy received courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion.
I saw this one that blended vampires and historical romance so I thought I'd give it a go since I love that. I discovered this was the third book in a series with a groan, but then cheered up when I realized that I had the first book, hoping that the first book would help me get into this one easier. My plan worked like a charm although I probably would have been alright for the most part if I went without it. New couple and new circumstances helped with that. Still, things made much better sense along with the knowledge of who some of the players were and how things got sorted the way they did. The premise grabbed my attention and from there I had a good time with this vampire romance ala Beauty and the Beast style of story between a lady doctor and a scarred, bitter vampire. Like the other heroines in the series, Lady Cassandra Burton's fire and ambition for her forbidden vocation lands her into danger when her need for a cadaver leads to a misunderstanding. The interim Lord Vampire of London, Rafe Villar, snatches a woman who is disturbing graves at night. He has caught a vampire hunter. Only when things get sorted, he realizes that he has caught a mere human and the human can't have her memories wiped so he must kill her or change her according to vampire law. His troubles are more complicated than that because first this is no stranger, but the friend of Ian's wife and he already changed a human so isn't powerful enough to change Cassandra. He is drawn to her and doesn't want her to die so he searches for other solutions not knowing that Ian's former second in command is resentful that the scarred, disabled Rafe was given charge of the city's vampires over him. Plotting in the shadows to stage a coups, the vampire can use the human woman that Rafe has in custody to further his plans. Cassandra is irked to be a prisoner, but agrees to be reasonable if Rafael allows her to continue with her medical work and let her study him. She is afraid that he will decide to end her life so seeks to make herself indispensable by restoring function to his injured arm that has been useless to him for years. Rafe grudgingly cooperates, but what touches her is that he respects her skills and supports her dreams to be a doctor and physician. Cassandra is a scientist and doesn't believe in love or so she tries to convince herself as she feels something strong for the scarred vampire who doubts his ability to rule and worries over the trouble in his territory. She thinks he cares for her, but is it enough or will he follow the law and kill her. This third book was not nearly as light and humorous as that first book I read. Oh, there is still humor to it as Cassandra and Rafe work out their differences and it did meander a tad in the early stages, but the stakes (forgive the pun) are higher and the plot gets darker. In the end, there are tragic losses and tension-filled climax. Though I was looking for it to be much like the first book, in truth, I was glad that it wasn't. I enjoyed this one much more as a result of the danger and darker feel with the betrayals and rebellion. It runs hotter with the passionate romance too. Rafael and Cassandra offered backgrounds and personalities that had great chemistry. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about Rafe as a hero since in previous books, he has a smoldering broody nature that crossed into the cranky a lot, but that wasn't the case in his own book. Cassandra really did a number on him so that he was all twisted up inside. It took a while for Rafe and Cassandra's relationship to develop mostly because she had that cold, analytical scientist switch, but once they got going exciting sexy times commenced with a vengeance. Lots of potential for further stories continuing off this one after meeting a few new intriguing characters. I am pleased to continue along with this series that appears to just get better and better. Those who enjoy blending the historical with the paranormal in a spicy romance should give these a go. My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ann’s writing brought a smile to my face from the beginning. There is a slight comical undertone to the entire novel, based on the interactions between the main characters. Her tone & style draws you in. Readers become a part of the story. I didn’t have to imagine the comings and goings, I could feel them develop around me. Ann also transports her readers back in time. By going against the norm, her characters really highlight the social aspect of the times. Ann’s descriptions and narrative easily fill in the rest in a vividly realistic manner. She also develops her concept of vampire quite well. Ann has added some unique aspects to her vampires that make them stand out among the sea of vampires out there. They seem so real. The combination of humanity & other was fantastic. I felt connected with the main character from the moment I met her. Ann makes you feel like you’ve known her characters forever, like they’re old friends that you’re catching up with. The male lead walks the fine line between a bad boy type & an haughty noble. Ann has developed a beauty & the beast type scenario, but on a much higher, much more enthralling level. The complexity of both the main characters, combined with their lives well outside the norm for the time truly allows them to stand out as characters. The supporting cast was also quite well developed, each adding something to the tale rather than simply existing for the sake of being there. I enjoyed the fact that there was the mass of vampires of London, and a select few who stood out, as with any population. This novel was a fantastic read that will fill your need for romance or for the paranormal. Ann had me hooked with this novel that can easily be read as a standalone and also adds to her fantastic series. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Enjoyed very much
I can't read, paid for in full before lost card.