Title: In the Heat of the Bite
Author: Lydia Dare
Series: Regency Vampyre Trilogy, #2
Genres: Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (Imprint of Sourcebooks)
Date Published: July 1st, 2011
Chivalry is far from undead…
Matthew Halkett, Earl of Blodswell, is one of the few men in the ton who can claim to be a knight in shining armor- because that’s precisely what he was before being turned into a vampyre. When he spies a damsel in distress in the midst of a storm in Hyde Park, his natural instinct is to rush to her aid…
But not every woman needs to be rescued…
Weather-controlling witch Rhiannon Sinclair isn’t caught in a storm-she’s the cause of it. She’s mortified to have been caught making trouble by the imposing earl, but she doesn’t need any man-never has, and is sure she never will…
But when Rhiannon encounters Matthew again, her powers go awry and his supernatural abilities run amok. Between the two of them, the ton is thrown into an uproar. There’s never been a more tempestuous scandal…
In the second book of the new Regency Vampyre Trilogy, we have Matthew (or better known as Blodswell) and Rhiannon’s story. Rhi is in London to support her sister Ginny’s first season and Blodswell lives there. When Blodswell see’s Rhi in the midst of a storm she’s conjured up, he is instantly taken by her. She, on the other hand, is not a big fan of vampyres due to a bit of bad history where she was attacked by one.
Unlike the first book, It Happened One Bite, this one doesn’t really have any outside conflict. The primary focus of the book is just the romance between the two of them. So this made for a pretty light read. Since it was light on the conflict, that made it a bit boring as well. It seemed like Blodswell and Rhi didn’t have much standing in the way of them being together and they were both pretty taken with each other rather quickly. So, that kind of took away from there being much of a bigger story going on. I guess it depends on what you’re looking for. This would be a really good light summer read. But, if you’re looking for more of a bigger story in your romance, then this probably wouldn’t be your best pick.
The other thing that bugged me. Warning, big spoiler:
Like with the first book, this is a series that is sort of backwards from most vampyre stories. Instead of the non-vampyre in the relationship becoming immortal somehow, the vampyre is turned completely human because of falling in love. I’m not really a fan of this. I like the thought of them being together forever after falling in love, rather than just a human lifespan.
So overall, this was a really cute and sweet love story. But like I said, there’s not much conflict. It’s a light read that would be really good to take on a vacation, or read on the beach, or if you’re just looking for something that you don’t need to concentrate much on. I didn’t like it as much as the first book, but I’m really looking forward to reading about Alec’s story next. He deserves some happiness for once. :]
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