Publication: 15th September 2022 – Piatkus
For generations, every Frankenstein has found their true love and equal, unlocking lifetimes of blissful wedded adventure. Clever, pretty (and odd) Angelika Frankenstein has run out of suitors and fears she may become the exception to this family rule. When assisting in her brother Victor’s ground-breaking experiment to bring a reassembled man back to life, she realizes that having an agreeable gentleman convalescing in the guest suite might be a chance to let a man get to know the real her. For the first time, Angelika embarks upon a project that is all her own.
When her handsome scientific miracle sits up on the lab table, her hopes for an instant romantic connection are thrown into disarray. Her resurrected beau (named Will for the moment) has total amnesia and is solely focused on uncovering his true identity. Trying to ignore their heart-pounding chemistry, Angelika reluctantly joins the investigation into his past, hoping it will bring them closer. But when a second suitor emerges to aid their quest, Angelika wonders if she was too hasty inventing a solution. Perhaps fate is not something that can be influenced in a laboratory? Or is Will (or whatever his name is!) her dream man, tailored for her in every way? And can he survive what was done to him in the name of science, and love?
Filled with carriages, candlesticks, and corpses, Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match is the spooky-season romcom that reminds us to never judge a man by his cadaver!
Meet Angelika, sister of Victor Frankenstein. The two siblings live together in Blackthorne Manor, a huge house owned by the Frankenstein family for generations, just outside Salisbury village. Orphans and with only the elderly grumpy maid for company, the two siblings are very close. By night, they visit the morgue to buy corpses that nobody has reclaimed and then they try to bring them back to life in their lab. For Victor, his experiments are all about science and beating his competitor, but Angelika is looking for love, for the man who will never leave her. Beautiful and wealthy, Angelika has no problem attracting men, but then they are discouraged once they get to know her.
Tired of being alone (and in need of sexual respite), Angelika decides it’s time to create her own man, so when she finds the perfect corpse at the morgue, she brings him back to her lab and back to life. Will, as she names him, has no memories of his past and, even though he is clearly attracted to Angelika, he is determined to discover the truth and Angelika promises to help him, even if it means giving up on him.
Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match is one of the funniest, weirdest, and most unexpected novels I have ever read. I LOVED IT! Angelika and Will are fantastic characters. She is smart, competent, and resourceful. Will is sweet, caring, and adorable. They are indeed a perfect match and their romance is both steamy and slow-burning.
I laughed so much at the easy and witty banters between the characters and I loved the sexy and spicy romance and the quirky and incredible characters, and the setting of Blackthorne Manor gave a gothic atmosphere that fit perfectly with the story.
I enjoyed Sally Thorne’s previous novels, but I must admit that this new one is my favorite. Even though I knew how it was going to end, there were many unexpected surprises that kept me on the edge until the end. Highly recommended!
A huge thank you to Piatkus and NetGalley for providing me with a proof of this fantastic novel.
Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!) so it’s not surprising that after hours she climbs into colorful fictional worlds of her own creation. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favorite book – and it isn’t always so easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel.