One stolen kiss
When Vivian Stratford ruins her reputation by challenging a suitor to a duel, she is packed of to her great uncle’s estate until the scandal blows over. On the way, her carriage is stopped by a rakish highwayman. Vivian unsheathes her rapier and duels with the thief. He steals a kiss before disappearing into the night.
Rogue vampire, Rhys Berwyn, robs carriages to help his mortal descendants pay the mortgage on their farm. Sadly, he cannot steal enough to pay off the massive debt owed to the Lord Vampire of Blackpool, and time is running out before his family will be evicted.
Will change her life forever…
When Rhys discovers that the beautiful swordswoman he encountered is none other than Blackpool’s niece, he abducts her and holds her for ransom for the money to save the family farm.
While he keeps Vivian tucked away in a seaside cave, Rhys has trouble keeping his promise to leave his delectable hostage untouched.
About the Author
Formerly an auto-mechanic, Brooklyn Ann thrives on writing romance featuring unconventional heroines and heroes who adore them. Author of historical paranormal romance in her critically acclaimed “Scandals with Bite” series, urban fantasy in the cult favorite, “Brides of Prophecy” novels, and the New Adult winner of the 2016 Reader’s Choice Award, “Hearts of Metal Series,” she provides love for the broken and strange.
She lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with her son, miscellaneous horror memorabilia, and a 1980 Datsun 210.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think this book is my favorite in this series. It was so good I didn't want it to end. The highway man addicts a Lord Vampires niece and it's so not good for thay guy, bad move. There was a part were I laughed so hard and loud I woke my dogs, you will love this book. Please buy it.
Another good read from the Scandals with Bite series! Rhys is such a caring man even though he tries to appear otherwise, and I fell in love with him. Vivian's unusual activities and behavior made her a fun-to-read person. Together, the chemistry is steamy, and I had to keep turning the pages. I loved this book and the series, and I recommend both. I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.
** spoiler alert ** " “Freedom?” he echoed with a disbelieving frown. “I’ve kept you a prisoner for nearly a fortnight.” “Look at my hands.” Vivian pulled their intertwined hands towards him. “I haven’t had to wear gloves. You cannot fathom how liberating that has been.” Her lips curved in a coy smile and she peered at him beneath her long lashes. “I’m also not wearing stays.” " It's not hard to see why and how Vivian falls for Rhys so fast. Even though she's a prisoner, he's given her the freedom she dreams about. I absolutely love how every character has a flaw, imperfection, or disability of one sort or another in every one of Brooklyn's books. Whether these things are personal or viewed as one of these things by society, it still makes a difference for the character as a whole. I love this installment because we tackle a new and sensitive subject. A transgender person is one of our main characters. This fact is only important in a few facets, but it only drives the story instead of being a scapegoat like so many people would do. Why is this important? Because it ties into actual history. It's a unique homage that I've observes with Brooklyns' books. There are many references. Whether they're from Beauty and the Beast, Twin Peaks, or Stephen King, they all hold one thing in common: Once you see them, they're hilarious. If you want drab stories that have some historical accuracy, boring characters with absolutely flawless slate personalities, and a predictable climax and ending, go read a Julia Quinn. If you want characters that started as a flat slate and had a Datsun rammed into it for personality, a climax that you could have thought of and you thought you knew the characters well enough but you ended up being wrong, historical accuracy to the point you might just have to Google a few things, tied together with an ending that is both wonderful because the characters did the thing and horrible because there could either have been more elaboration or a different ending altogether, read a Brooklyn Ann. I was sucked into this book so fast, I hadn't noticed what page I was on by the time my husband was going to get ready for bed until he inquired about it. This book has such a diversity for many topics, it's hard to put it down. I absolutely needed to know what happened next. I absolutely had to turn the page to see if my hunch was right or if the characters had broached a certain subject. I was concerned for Madame Renarde and Vivian along with Lord Thornton. I felt Vivians' desire for society and its mannerisms to leave her be and let her be her own woman with her own wants instead of being pressed into what she was told she should want, and thus also could feel her attraction to Rhys building. (spoiler part of review on GoodReads and Amazon.)
He is a rogue vampire trying to help his mortal kin pay off the mortgage held by Lord Thornton. She has come to the country to stay with Lord Thornton, her uncle (who unbeknownst to her is a vampire and Lord of his territory) because she ruined herself when she challenged a suitor to a duel (with swords). He robbed her then he kissed her. He tried to kidnap her then she shot him. He kidnapped her anyway. No way this is turning into a love story, right? Scandals With a Bite is one of my favorite series. It combines my two favorite romances – historical and vampire. This story has both an interesting story and interesting characters. There are lots of secrets and a surprise or two. Once I started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down.
Love the book, I give the book 10.