When Lydia Price arrives, she soon turns Vincent's gloomy castle upside-down, and he decides he wants Lydia for himself. But if Vincent can't protect Lydia from her entanglement with scandalous portrait painter Sir Thomas Lawrence, the vampire community will make sure that he—and Lydia—face dire consequences..
It's the story of a young woman, Lydia, who has grown up in America but when she is left with no family travels back to England to live with her grandmother. Unfortunately, her grandmother has never forgiven Lydia's father for marrying beneath him and refuses to have anything to do with Lydia. Many years ago a pact between her family and the Tremaines of Cornwall was struck and the Countess Morley reminds the current Earl Vincent Tremaine about it and insists he take her granddaughter in. Unbeknown to all though, is the fact that Vincent is indeed the one who agreed to help when needed, as Vincent is a vampire and he still remembers the debt the owes.
Lydia arrives in England to find she is unwanted by her own family and instead is offered a home with the most intriguing man she has ever met. Vincent is so honourable and has agreed to help launch her into society so hopefully she can meet the man who will be her husband. Whilst undergoing rigorous preparation for her debut amongst the Ton, Lydia realises it's Vincent himself to whom she feels drawn, but he is an unknown quantity that mystifies Lydia. When they travel to London, Lydia is a roaring success but her heart is already taken by the somewhat distant Vincent; but all is not as it seems and Lydia plunges headlong into danger!
I'm not really sure about One Bite Per Night. It's not a dark or gothic romance although these vampires do have powerful abilities. Vincent is such an upstanding hero it's impossible not to like him, but I wasn't really convinced about the vampire world. It just didn't feel gritty enough to me and I felt it was quite a light take on vampires. Lydia has been raised in America and in comparison to English girls is quite liberated and independent. I liked that about her and it made me smile but at times I did wonder if maybe the author had made her a little too forward thinking as this is an historical romance and not a contemporary one. They certainly have chemistry and the oh so noble Vincent was a complete revelation as the storyline picked up and events occurred as the plot progressed.
It wasn't exactly what I expected and unfortunately some things felt a little predictable to me, but it is well written and held my attention so I would certainly try something else by this new to be author.