His Ruthless Bite is the fourth book in the Scandals With Bite series and even better than the last installment. Brooklyn Ann has created an intriguing world of secret vampires in the Regency era. One of the things I enjoy most about the books is how she weaves real people, or at least a version of them, from that time period into the storyline. The story is imaginative and creative and I never fail to enjoy them. Although this is a stand alone book, I recommend reading the first three in the series first so that the reader can enjoy the way she builds the story from the first book through the most recent.
Lenore Graves survived kidnapping and abuse by rogue vampires she is very wary about traveling to the Lord of Rochester’s home and becoming his wife. She is trying to heal from her own trauma and has spent the past months helping other women heal from the same type of trauma with a mix of mesmerism and kindness. Now she’s ready to face her own fears, and the more she learns of Gavin Drake, she realizes that maybe not all men are untrustworthy. The question is can she overcome the past and can Gavin overcome his to open his heart to Lenore.
The Lord Vampire of Rochester doesn’t do a favor without a price. And now it’s time to collect.
Gavin Drake, Baron of Darkwood is being pestered by nosy neighbors and matchmaking mothers of the mortal nobility. To escape their scrutiny, he concludes that it’s time to take a wife. After witnessing the young vampire Lenore’s loyalty to the Lord of London, he decides she is sufficient for the role.
After surviving kidnapping and abuse from rogue vampires, Lenore Graves wants to help other women recover from their inner wounds. She befriends physician John Elliotson and uses her vampire powers to aid him in using mesmerism on his patients. When the Lord Vampire of London declares that Lenore is the price the Lord Vampire of Rochester demands for aiding him in battle the previous year, she is terrified. Will all of her healing and hard work be destroyed by Ruthless Rochester? And yet, she can’t suppress stirrings of desire at the memory of their potent encounter.
After Gavin assures her that the marriage will be in name only, Lenore reluctantly accepts Gavin’s proposal rather than face potential animosity from her new lord. Determined to continue her work, she invites John Elliotson to Rochester. As they help women recover from traumas, Lenore explores her own inner turmoil and examines her attraction to her husband.
Gavin quickly realizes his marriage is a mistake. His new baroness’s involvement with the mesmerist is damaging his reputation among mortals and vampires alike. He knows he should put a stop to Lenore’s antics— yet her tender heart is warming his own and tempting him to make her his bride in truth.
As Lenore and Gavin’s relationship blossoms, the leader of a gang of rogue vampires embarks on a quest for vengeance against Gavin… using Lenore as his key.