In the Heat of the Bite

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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 ...

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Praise for Lydia Dare:
"Heartwarming romance, engaging characters, and engrossing plot becoming 'must buy' books. I recommend them all."
-Star-Crossed Romance

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...

Praise for The Taming of the Wolf:
"A truly satisfying read...Ms. Dare, I'm ready for the next book please."
-Once Upon a Romance

"A compelling read that left me turning pages."
-Fang-tastic Books

"This series keeps getting better and better...flawless."
-The Book Girl 5/5

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Editorial Reviews

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"An amusing, romantic adventure with quirky, likable characters. A remarkably delightful read that will hook you from the first page. 4 1/2 Star Review, Top Pick of the Month " - RT Book Reviews

"The characters are all multidimensional, witty, charming and downright lovable. While this work is part of a series, it's also a wonderful standalone novel, and you won't be lost if you don't read the previous books. However, I highly recommend you do, just because they are that darn good. 4.75 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Reviews

"You are sure to be enchanted." - Romance Reader at Heart

"Who would have thought vampires could be so noble and romantic? The book was hard to put down, and just fun to read." - Book Loons

"In the Heat of the Bite is an enchanting read, with bewitching characters that keeps me turning the page for more. " - Anna's Book Blog

"It is a tale that belongs on your keeper shelf. " - Sizzling Hot Book Reviews

"I enjoyed this book—I liked the characters and I will continue reading this series. " - Palmer's Picks for Reading

"In the Heat of the Bite is a delightful romance that paranormal fans can sink their teeth into and find sweet-tart entertainment from beginning to end. " - Long and Short Reviews

"A fantastic story with a very endearing romance. " - Romance Novel News

"Passionate and sensual... yet tender..." - Debbie's Book Bag

"Sizzling... another fun, romantic tale from Lydia Dare." - That's What I'm Talking About

"Nothing but pure fun! " - Life in the Thumb

"Campy, romantic fun! " - In the Hammock Reviews

"The storms rage, lightning strikes and fangs drop in this fun read." - Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf

"Dare gives you everything you want in a paranormal romance... A flawless balance of suspense, hilarity and chemistry." - Rex Robot Reviews

"This is one vampyre series that will have you laughing and swooning. " - Thoughts in Progress

"Sensual and sweet with a dash of hotness." - Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My!

"A fun read; IN THE HEAT OF THE BITE is a humorous and sensual paranormal romance that will have you laughing out loud as you rapidly turn the pages to see what happens next." - Romance Junkies

"This book had me enthralled from start to finish and I am looking forward to reading more about the characters in the future and the women that in love with. 4.5 Bells" - Hanging With Bells

"It's a 'diamond of the first water' as Regency ton might say." - Star-Crossed Romance

"Captivating... " - Book Addict Patti

"Highly addictive... brilliant... intriguing... vastly entertaining. " - Once Upon a Romance

"This richly engaging paranormal has readers racing through the pages to make sure they get every delicious morsel." - Over the Edge Book Reviews

"The characters were great and the chemistry between them was amazing." - Books Like Breathing

"Absolutely scrumptious! Rated 5 Delightful Divas and a Recommended Read " - Dark Diva Reviews

"Simply Brilliant! When reading Lydia Dare's novels I fall in love with reading all over again." - The Royal Reviews

"A fun supernatural romance... Sit back and enjoy the great characters, and sizzling chemistry... " - Book Chick City

RT Book Reviews
An amusing, romantic adventure with quirky, likable characters. A remarkably delightful read that will hook you from the first page. 4 1/2 Star Review, Top Pick of the Month
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402245107
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 727,850
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lydia Dare

Lydia Dare Lydia Dare is the pen name for writing team Tammy Falkner (author of A Lady and Her Magic) and Jodie Pearson. Both are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and live near Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Cooper House, London-April 1817

Sisters were a blasted nuisance. And it made no matter whether the sisterhood came by blood or by coven. Rhiannon Sinclair had often wanted to dispense with them all and be afforded a chance to live a normal life. Yet she found herself chasing her younger sister from Edinburgh to London just so she could ensure her safety.

Rhiannon paced the entryway of her aunt's home on Hertford Street, smarting more than a bit at not having been invited to wait inside in a parlor. Instead, the Coopers' butler had looked down his craggy, beaklike nose as she explained who she was and why she'd come. Then he'd left her standing in the entryway while he walked much too slowly down the corridor. If the disdainful servant wasn't careful, she'd hit him with a bolt of lightning and show him the error of his ways. Perhaps he'd move a bit faster if she did. Before she could summon even one thought of a storm, he vanished around a corner.

After what felt like a lifetime, the butler returned and nodded briefly at her. "You may follow me,

Miss Sinclair." What had taken the man so long? Had he gone to hide the silver before showing her in? That was as likely as not. There was no wonder what her aunt had said about her.

With a beleaguered sigh, the servant led her to a tidy blue parlor where her aunt and new uncle waited. The pair had been married less than a year, so Rhi didn't know Mr. Cooper well at all. But her Aunt Greer was another matter entirely. In fact, the aunt in question was her mother's younger sister, and unfortunately Rhiannon knew her quite well.

"My dear!" Aunt Greer gushed. "It's so nice to see you." As fraudulent as ever. The woman even tried to hide the brogue she'd been born with. And her tone was so sickly sweet that it made Rhiannon want to cast up her accounts. Because, truth be told, her aunt resented her more than a little. She'd resented Rhiannon enough to take her younger sister to London in the dead of night, and she had left Rhi at home with nothing more than an absentminded father and a house full of servants for company. "What brings you to Town, dear?"

As though she didn't know. What brought Rhiannon to Town? How could the woman even say that with a straight face? Rhi took a deep breath as thunder rolled outdoors. "I came ta check on Ginny. Could ye send someone ta fetch my sister? I'd like ta speak with her."

Aunt Greer sucked her teeth lightly, a habit that had always annoyed Rhi to no end. "Unfortunately, she has already retired for the evening." She raised her eyebrows at Rhiannon. "Perhaps another time?"

It was rather late. But Rhi didn't mind waking Ginny, if need be. "Certainly, she's still awake. If

I could just see her for a moment." She pointed down the corridor. "Which way ta her chambers?"

"Not now, Rhiannon."

Thunder rumbled outdoors again.

"As I said, Ginessa is already abed. So, let me walk you out, dear," her aunt said as she grabbed Rhiannon's elbow in her gnarly little grasp and shoved her toward the doorway. Of course, Rhiannon could make the woman release her. She could do it in a way her aunt would never forget with a nicely aimed bolt of lightning. But it would probably be best not to burn those bridges in case she had to cross them later.

Her aunt's voice dropped to frantic whisper. "My husband is not aware of your particular affliction, Rhiannon. And I'd prefer to keep it that way. Keep your powers in check when he-or anyone else, for that matter-is present. Your mother never managed it. But you are still young enough to learn."

Rhi tried to keep the scorn from her voice when she replied, "I'm sorry ye were no' born magical, Aunt Greer. There's no' much I can do about that. But, really, ye should have accepted the situation by now."

"I will never, ever accept that my sister was born an anomaly. And you and your little coven of witches will never have my approval. In fact, from this point forward, I plan to limit your access to Ginessa so you don't inhibit your sister's chances of a successful launch into society. Her name will not be associated with scandal. Do you hear me?" She hissed the last.

"A successful launch into society?" Rhi's mouth fell open. Truly it was the last thing she expected her aunt to say. Ginny was barely seventeen and a rather naïve seventeen at that.

"Don't look at me like that, Rhiannon Sinclair."

"But Ginny's so young." And London would swallow her whole.

"Well, you're not her guardian, are you? Besides, your father welcomed my invitation."

Papa probably hadn't lifted his head long enough from whatever tome consumed him to even hear a word Aunt Greer had said. He couldn't possibly think this was a good idea, not if he'd actually thought about it. Her aunt had never offered a thing where either she or Ginny was concerned. Not until now. Rhi must be missing something, but whatever it was escaped her completely.

"How did you come to be here?" Aunt Greer's frown deepened. "You didn't travel south with that coven in tow, did you? I won't have you hurt Ginessa's chance at finding a proper husband."

"Proper husband? What is that supposed ta mean? Are ye plannin' ta marry her off ta some blasted Sassenach?" Rhiannon hissed.

"Better than what she'd find in Scotland."

Rhi sucked in a lungful of air. "Why can she no' marry a man from Scotland? Ginny is Scottish, after all."

"Because in Scotland, Ginessa cannot escape the taint of your creation, Rhiannon." Her aunt sighed deeply as though dealing with her was the worst sort of trial. "And I'll expect you and whoever you brought with you to return to Edinburgh as soon as possible. I'm certain your fondest wish is for your sister to find happiness."

Of course, she wanted Ginny to find happiness. But there had been no reason to remove her to London in order to do so. Rhiannon was the older of the two. And she had never been launched into society. Her aunt would never do such a thing. Not with all the resentment she held in her heart for the members of the Còig, members of the coven of witches she'd so badly wanted to belong to when she was younger. Unfortunately, only the oldest daughter in each family was born magical. Her aunt had never recovered from the slight of being second born.

"The taint of my creation is the least of yer worries," Rhiannon warned.

Her aunt's shoulders went back, and she lifted her nose a little higher in the air.

"Know this, Aunt," Rhiannon said, as she pointed a finger in the woman's face. "I willna allow ye ta run roughshod over her life just ta spite me. Or ta spite the fact that ye were born average."

Rhiannon could almost see the storm cloud forming in the air. Her aunt could as well, if her smirk was any indication. Unfortunately, Rhi's powers were often ruled by her emotions, and while most people could blink back the tears that welled behind their lashes, the telltale patter of raindrops in a room full of people could give her aunt much more insight into Rhiannon's feelings than she wanted her to have.

Rhiannon turned on her heel and fled. The butler looked supremely satisfied as he quickly opened the door. Rhi was surprised not to feel the press of his boot against her backside as she neared the threshold. He yelped lightly as she passed him. Teach the English dog to mess with Rhiannon Sinclair. She'd hit him with the force of power that one might feel after dragging one's feet on the carpet, for which he should be immeasurably thankful as she could have done much worse.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    Where is the e-Book!!!!

    Where is the e-Book for this book!!!! Are you kidding me??? Sure to be a great story..SURE WOULD LIKE TO READ IT ON MY NOOK! I thought that having an e-reader from a place that only sold books would be the best way to go, but I have had my nook for over a year and a 1/2 and Amazon always tops them on e-book releases...if they can get the e-book how come B & N can't? Making me question my e-reader purchase a little more everytime something like this happens. I will not purchase the paperback so I guess they lost that sale. I will purchase the e-book from Amazon and read it on my kindle for PC.

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013


    I enjoyed this book as much as the others in this series. I regret there is only one more book. But, as they say, all things must come to an end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    It was an awesome book! Good story line!

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    Recommend this book and author

    This is a part of a series but they are really enjoyable--I would read them in order because the characters are crossed over from each book. You can read them out of order and understand them with no problem, but the dynamics of each character is what really sells the books! Love them!

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    A must read!

    If you've read the other books then you need this in your collection as well, I recommend this to all who love these kinds of books.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Awesome Series!

    I really loved this series!! I read the whole series in just a couple of days! You should really check it out if you enjoy shifters and vamps!

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Must Read

    A Weather controlling Witch meets a real Knight in Shinning Armor. Romance, Humor. Sparks will fly.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Meet a gentleman vampyre

    This was book 2 of The Gentlemen Vampyre series and I enjoyed it as much as the first one, It Happened One Bite. Rhiannon has come to ton because her Aunt Greer has brought her sister Ginny to ton to introduce her to society and hopefully arrange a marriage for her. Rhiannon is slightly jealous as her aunt has never had anything good to say about her (not that she has much good to say about anyone)- as she is a witch and all. Rhiannon is suspicious of her Aunt's intentions, so she doesn't intend to let Ginny make any mistakes, but in the process becomes entangled in a few of her own.

    Rhiannon is the witch who can control the weather, but it often gets out of hand when her emotions are in a turmoil. If she is upset, there is bound to be stormy weather, and if she is angry - watch out for those lightning bolts! She is very feisty, but she grew up sort of neglected by her father, so she has very little self esteem. When she meets Matthew, she doesn't suspect he has any feeling for her, but embroils him in a scheme that will allow her to stay in ton for the season, and maybe gain a little respectability.

    This was a very fun read and I am looking forward to the next book in the series, Never Been Bit, which I will be reviewing in September. Since the witches all have different powers, they have different personalities and different quirks to their characters. Since their husbands are currently Lycans and Vampyres - who don't get along - it is humorous to read about their interactions.

    I would recommend this series for anyone who likes light paranormal romances. Great for reading at the beach!

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Great Read

    I read this book about 4 times. I can't seem to put it down can't wait to read sorcha's book.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Bitten by the Heat.

    Once again, Lydia Dare has written a great story. I bought this ebook and, like the rest of Lydia Dare's work, could not put it down until I read it from cover to cover. Cant wait for Sorcha's book, Never Been Bit, to come out!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2011

    a bit disappointed!!!

    i was a bit disapointed with Lydia Dare in this book. it was an ok read but the characters weren't really sexaully intimate with each other. now thats not all im looking for in the story, but it's a big change from her previous books with the werewolfs. it was exciting to read when they got married but in this book they didnt marry until practically the end!!! idk. i hope her next book to this series is better. looking forward to reading Never Been bit.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Fantastic Read

    A man born in chivalrous times past is no match for a feisty and seductive Scottish weather witch, and watching the lightening flash and his fangs pop is only the beginning of the fun in store for readers in Ms. Dare's latest romance.

    First, this is a great stand alone book. For fans of the series, they'll get to see one of the Westfield brothers again and one of Rhiannon's sister witches. If this is the first time for a reader, those same people will come across as interesting and fun secondary characters. Either kind of reader will find entertainment and humor throughout and should find that Ms. Dare has once again provided a great storytelling experience.

    Rhiannon has her story this time around and she is written as a woman who is loyal, fiercely protective, loving and giving but with bit of a temper to rival Zeus or Thor when crossed. Perhaps it has something to do with her propensity to hurl some well placed lightning bolts or two but the results are giggle-worthy and it was fun.

    In the past, I believe I got a sense that her dad was a bit absent minded and at first, it didn't seem that big a deal. The author lets a reader in on a big secret that presents a very real and touching emotional hook. It made me want to give Rhiannon a hug. Having a parent who seems disinterested in a child has deep ramifications no matter how adept the offspring become at hiding its affects. I was pretty impressed with how the author wove those sentiments throughout the story, and how it touched and influenced the other characters.

    One person in particular gets the brunt of the heroine's ire and saucy teasing and that's Matthew, the hero. I was tickled when I found out that this man who'd given up on hope and accepted his life's course should actually find love. I tremendously enjoyed watching him fall apart. Ms. Dare was deliciously coy with the details; it started out small, like a pebble going downhill turning into a landslide. It picked up speed and bowled the poor guy over with the truth. For all his knowledge and experience over his vast existence, the hero simply had no clue about the true power of love. It was pure romance.

    As I mentioned before, there are some great secondary characters that spice up this tale and many revolve around the heroine's best friend Cait's husband, Dash. He has brothers and they all become protective of Rhiannon to the point of hilariousness. Don't get me wrong, there are some serious, all out spooky moments where I didn't know if someone was going to get shredded to ribbons or dead. Ms. Dare balanced the drama and suspense well enough that it never bogged the story down but enhanced the telling of it. There is also one special character that really had the makings for a vicious enemy. The person was certainly capable of evil and nasty attacks and I couldn't figure out which way to think. Amazingly enough, the author chose the high road in a very unconventional battle that tested the mettle of the heroine. It was Rhiannon who made the difference and who saw clearly what the true nature of the threat was. What an impressive bit of writing!

    The only person or part I didn't care for was Aunt Greer. I guess I'm more vengeful or bloodthirsty because I would have not done what was ultimately done with her. I'll let readers decide if it was foolish or magnanimous.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

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    This amusing paranormal Regency romance is a fun lighthearted frolic

    In 1817 the vampiric Earl of Blodswell Matthew Halket takes a stroll near Hyde Park when he meets Rhiannon Sinclair during a thunderstorm that appeared out of nowhere. Though centuries since he was a chivalrous knight he offers her assistance until he realizes that she is the source of the storm.

    Weather witch Rhiannon wants Matthew to leave her alone as she wants nothing to do with vampires. She is also abashed that he caught her causing the storm. When they next meet her weather control abilities go haywire and his supernatural skills act crazy. To make matters worse, they are falling love with each other.

    This amusing paranormal Regency romance is a fun lighthearted frolic between two star-crossed lovers whose powers go awry when they are in close proximity to one another. The fascinating theme grips readers as the vampire and the witch may have to choose between love and their respective powers; both are used to having these skills so if they could survive giving them up (that is if they can) would that prove enough for them to become soulmates? Leaving the world of werewolves, Lydia Dare provides a warm romantic historical urban fantasy.

    Harriet Klausner

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