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Posted September 15, 2011
Posted March 26, 2011
Quick read with great romantic conclusion!
This is the first book in Lydia Dare's new Gentleman Vampire series, with two more books due out later this year. What I found interesting about this series though, is that you meet some of the coven of witches in it from her Westfield Wolves series (A Certain Wolfish Charm, Tall Dark and Wolfish, The Wolf Next Door, and The Taming of the Wolf.)Two of which I have previously reviewed and enjoyed. Where I have previously raved over Lydia Dare's lycans, I have now come to the conclusion that it doesn't have to be lycans to make me love her books - it is just her books! This was a quick read with quite the romantic conclusion. Blaire is very headstrong and doesn't listen to any man in her life. She had grown up with an abusive drunken father so pretty much raised herself and her brothers. So even though one of her brothers is older than her, she is the one who pretty much rules the roost. When she discovers the man locked in the cellar of the castle that her brother has just inherited, she not only lets him out, but invites him to stay! Because she is a "battle-born" witch, she thinks that she is able to handle any situation - but she has never been up against vampyres before. It is a good thing that Lord Kettering is taken with her and vows to protect her - as he has a couple of vampyres that have been looking for him for the last 20 years. Lord Kettering and his good friend and creator Matthew Blodswell aren't your run-of-the-mill vampyres. They are truly the gentleman vampyres that the series suggest. They do not kill for food and they never change a person into a vampyre unless the person wants to be changed. (They reminded me of the vampires from The Twilight series - difference is that this all takes place in the early 1800's.) Being a paranormal romance, you have to ask about the sex scenes. Yes, there are sex scenes in the book, but I found them to be romantic - the kind you read while sort of holding your breath just waiting for what will happen next. I am definitely a Lydia Dare fan and can't wait for the next book in the series. In the Heat of the Bite is due out in July with Never Been Bit following in September of this year.
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Posted August 5, 2012
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Posted April 28, 2012
I was actually really disappointed in the book. I really like t
I was actually really disappointed in the book. I really like the first 4 books she did and was expecting so much more, but it turn out just alright. It was too rushed, not well planned out, and kind of choppy. She didn't go into debth on any of the characters, you weren't left feeling anything for them. It was such a great story but she botched it. I still like the author and I will continue to read her books...unless she continues to decline and things get worse. It was a nice book, and not completely worthless but just be prepared for it not to be up to par like the others.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 23, 2012
Lydia Dare is a must have
If you are a fan of both historical and paranormal romance then this author is for you! Best to read the books in order so as not to be spoiled or confused.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 4, 2012
Posted April 2, 2012
Posted April 2, 2012
Scottish witch + Gentleman vampyre = Fun
He's lost, trapped, doomed for all eternity...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Rich, titled, and undead, gentleman vampyre James Maitland, Lord Kettering, fears himself doomed to a cold and lonely existence-trapped for decades in an abandoned castle. Then, beautiful Scottish witch Blaire Lindsay arrives, and things begin to heat up considerably...
Unless he can persuade her to set him free...
Feisty Blaire Lindsay laughs off the local gossip surrounding her mother's ancestral home-stories of haunting cannot scare off this battle-born witch. But when she discovers the handsome prisoner in the bowels of the castle, Blaire has no idea that she has unleashed anything more than a man who sets her heart on fire...
With a mouth like a sailor and a stubborn personality as well, Blaire's brother Aiden doesn't think she'll be able to grab a husband unless she becomes more of a 'lady'. Upon accompanying her brothers to a newly inherited Scotland castle and temporarily leaving her witch coven behind, Blaire discovers some hidden secrets that changes her perceptive on her Mother's past and love. Spooky castles, dark vampires, and historical flashbacks makes Dare's new book a real treat.
It Happened One Bite was a refreshing read since Dare's characters are oddly realistic and yet charmingly headstrong. Since her characters are easy to like, the reader can quickly become absorbed in the mystery, adventure, and romance going on between Blaire and James. Lots of enjoyable side characters enhance the stories depth and the love scenes are just the right amount of steam/heat without overdoing it. For me, James may not be the most dashing male lead out of Dare's supernatural series, but he does have his charms and is very jovial. Blaire begins the story with a bang since she's very out-going and isn't afraid to speak her mind. No matter how much her brother's reprimand her for her daring behavior, it's very apparent they depend on her a lot; but near the end of the book, Blaire's fire-cracker personality fizzles down somewhat, which was nice since she can come off as a little too-much at times. All in all, this was a fun read and I cannot wait to check out In the Heat of the Bite next, followed by Never Been Bit in September.
Likes: The younger brother Brannock wasn't really needed to complete the tale, but his personality added some comical entertainment.
Dislikes: The big bad villains in the story were kind of wimps overall.
Posted January 25, 2012
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Posted July 31, 2011
Fun new series--er, continuation of a series....
(Really more of a 3.5 star rating, but I'll round up...)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A fun read, though both Blaire and James occasionally veered into eye-rolling territory (honestly, of COURSE he loves you; he's just obtuse--much like you're being right now); also, though I do appreciate what happens to James, it's very strange that no one (even those characters who happened to be around for centuries) had ever heard of that happening before...unless, of course, Matthew was holding out on him. Matthew did disappear about three-quarters of the way through the book, not to be seen again until book two in the series, so....
I did like the first in the werewolves series better, but this one was pretty good too. I didn't realize how connected the two series were before I read this one, so now I'll have to back up and read #2-4 in the first series before picking up #2 in this one. Oh, the sacrifice.
Posted April 5, 2011
Not a Disappointment
This book was a good read, however, it was not as good as the previous Lydia Dare books. I quess I'm a lot like Sorcha and I find that it's intriquing that the love interests of a witch is a Vampire. For him to lose his vampire gifts and turn back human was a turn off. But, I will say by then you do fall for the lead male character and so how much does it really matter?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Yet, I love that the previous male leads are lycans and have animalistic characteristics, it's fantasy that's why we read the books, not for human characteristics...lol. Overall, I am a big Lydia Dare fan and I do recommend the book to other LD fans as well.
Posted March 31, 2011
A MUST READ SERIES!
I love Lydia Dare. There I said it...I just adore her books! It happened one bite is the latest book in a series that did not disapoint! As soon as I started the book I could not put it down! I was up into morning finishing this book. James is a perfectly yummy vampire Lord. Blaire is a spitfire with a spine of steel. They are a perfect match in this story. I love that characters from past books in the series also made their way into this book..I love to know how my favorite couples lives turn out so that was a cherry on top of the book for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Visit the authors website here to learn more about the series. You will become as addicted to it as I am! Book 6 comes in July! I CAN'T WAIT!
Posted March 18, 2011
Love this historical paranormal series!
Blaire Lindsay is a witch - one of a coven of five powerful Scottish witches. Her brother has inherited Briarcraig Castle, so she must go with him to inspect it and see if it is hospitable.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
James Maitland, Lord Kettering, has been in a magically-induced sleep for 20 years, in the bowels of the castle. The last thing he remembers is being surrounded by a group of five witches... When Blaire gets to the castle, Kettering stirs. He doesn't know how long he's been asleep, where he is, or why he woke up.
When Blaire finds him in the cellar, she is as confused as he is, but offers hospitality. She is curious about him and wants to find out why her coven's mothers would have trapped him. Kettering is intrigued by Blaire, she doesn't respond to his vampyre suggestions. As they spend more time together, attraction between them grows.
Kettering must find his ring - one of three given to his master by an ancient clan of witches, it allows him to roam in the sunlight. As soon as Kettering is awakened, his master can senses him and rushes to the castle, thankful that he is "alive" and anxious to find out what happened to him. The only problem with that is that the other vampyre tied to their group, Sarah, also senses Kettering. They know Sarah is seeking revenge and coming for Kettering.
My thoughts: I am a huge fan of Lydia Dare's werewolves, so when I heard they were doing vampires, I was thrilled! The story was cute, but did drag a bit in spots, such as hunting for the ring and pondering the reasons for trapping Kettering. I really liked the vamps though - Kettering and his maker, the Earl of Blodswell were both delightful. Of all the witches in the coven, I think Blaire has been my least favorite, and that was apparent in this book; she's very arguementative and I found myself a bit put-off by it. We do get to see some of our old friends again and catch up on what's been happening with the other witches; Alex MacQuarie has a big storyline in this book that I'm looking forward to following in future books. I'm not sure how I feel about Kettering's final situation; it's a happy ending, but seemed a bit too "easy" for this reader. All in all though, It Happened One Bite is a wonderful installment to this fabulous series!
Posted March 6, 2011
Posted February 25, 2011
It Happened One Bite is a sexy and delicious story about redemption, twisted truths and a romance that had waited twenty years to explode into passion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Blaire is not a typical woman of her times. She's actually pretty special and unique. Her friends don't think she's odd, neither does her family. But she also has a legacy to live up to and she thinks she knows what she needs to do. After all, as is custom, her mother taught her everything she knows, right? This unexpected journey she takes to the castle her brother inherited proves that history is a bit skewed and there are a few little secrets her mom kept to herself. What Blaire doesn't know is about to bite her in her cute and perky little derriere.
I found the heroine tended to worry things too much and that lent itself to the conflict. I like her spunk and her willingness to throw herself into the fray. Once she figures a few things out, she's rises to the occasion and doesn't back down, even when she should. In fact, in spite of knowing she should she goes where angels and fools fear to tread. Sometimes I was exasperated with her and other times I applauded her fortitude. Blaire certainly isn't perfect so it's a good thing she has her loving family around to keep her grounded.
Her family consists of her older brother, Aiden and her younger, Brannock. Siblings can be annoying and aggravating and the author depicted that aspect with vivid clarity. I rolled my eyes so often whenever Brannock interrupted and shouted and made Blaire guess certain things instead of just coming right out and stating the facts, that I thought my eyes would get stuck rolled up in my head. I knew the heroine loved her family but did they have to grate on my nerves so much? I mean, the wooing and cooing from those two sisters towards Aiden and the way he acted in return just about made my teeth grind. Gah!
Thank goodness there was balance with the hunky and tormented James, Lord Kettering. Oh, I liked him. I got the giggles when the state of his dress first was explored. How mortifying for him. I actually enjoyed reading about his background and how he came to be as he was. The absolute best was watching him fall for Blaire - and I mean that in the literal and figurative sense. Blaire shows him an interesting physical art she is excellent in and I enjoyed his reaction. James has a sense of duty, caring and resignation about himself. His ennui about the state of his existence is about to get turned upside down and around and its telling is quite romantic and sweet. Yet, don't think that James is a sweet guy. He's a man and a fighter through and through and his mettle gets tested.
One thing that really had me enjoying this story is when Alec MacQuarrie showed up. If a reader followed the other series with the Westfield brothers then they'll remember he was heading up this way. If this is a first time visit for a reader, let me give assurance that this book can stand on its own. But I remember the guy and I'm also sure I remarked that I liked him as a character and I hoped to see him again. Boy, did I get my wish and then some. On the other hand, I bet he'd not be too happy with me. Why? Let's just say that Alec's visit didn't go as smoothly as he probably expected. It made for exciting reading, a wonderful plot twist with a guarantee that his story is going to be an auto-buy for me. I never saw that coming.
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Posted February 20, 2011
If I was going to make a choice to buy - or not buy- these books based on the covers alone I can guarantee that they would not have made into my house. I am not, or so I have thought, a romance, bodice-ripper kind of gal. Lately, however, I have come to realize that many of my beloved historical fiction books are considered to be 'romance' books by those who are in a position to 'know' these categorizing details. I suppose then that it should come as no surprise that a very enjoyable book could also lurk between these rather tawdry covers. These are covers that make me want to consider buying a cover so that others won't see what I am reading!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
"It Happened One Bite" is an utterly delightful romp into a romantic land where regular folks can inter-marry and co-mingle with beautiful and handsome werewolfs (lycans) ,vampyers and witches. This paranormal romance series is a delight; a rollicking romp through a world of romantic possibilities where every one's 'gifts' are appreciated and considered worthy.
Beautiful witch Lindsey Blair's brother Aiden inherits a key to the family inheritance of Briarcraig Castle in the Scottish Highlands. Unbeknownst to Lindsey, this is the ancestral home of the "battle-born" witches. Lindsey's mother was a battle-born and Lindsey inherited the battle-born legacy from her. Lindsey had no knowledge about this family castle and found it odd that her mother had not passed down any information about it before her death. Lindsey has heard rumor that the castle is haunted and, as soon as she and brother's enter the old rooms they feel a strange force at work.
Lindsey's brothers, Aiden and Brannock, did not inherit the same witchy qualities as Lindsey has. They go about exploring the castle and the town; planning the cleaning and refurbishing of it and meeting and greeting some of the highland locals - even inviting two lovely young women and their father to dinner at the castle. No matter that the family does not, as yet, have a staff or operable kitchen. In the blink of a witches eye they're off to town to hire staff, a cook and supplies. In the meantime Lindsey has discovered a locked basement room and, more to the point, she has heard odd sounds coming from the room.
What follows this puzzling discovery is a delightful tale of witches, battling vampyres (male and female) and werewolves (lycans) - that can all, when the proverbial chips are down, work together for the greater good. A love story between the last of the great battle ground witches and her vampyre love, James, Lord Kettering! There is a lot of action, love, and interaction of the species contained in the pages of this book - all of it thoroughly delightful -dare I say spell binding !
This series and these authors make me smile - and I want to read more of their inventive, rollicking good tales. If you can get away from the cover this is a truly entertaining, delightful book to while away a couple of the hours. You can't help but find yourself totally bewitched by the fun and imagination of it all!
Posted April 13, 2012
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