It Happened One Bite

It Happened One Bite

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by Lydia Dare

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He's lost, trapped, doomed for all eternity...
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


He's lost, trapped, doomed for all eternity...
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...

Praise for Tall Dark and Wolfish:
"A deliciously delightful read...witty repartee, scorching sensuality, wonderfully complex characters, and an intriguing plot combine to make an unforgettable story."
-Romance Junkies

"Truly enticing and addictive read."
-Book Junkie

"A scorching hot read, full of magick and desire."
-Love Romance Passion

"A fun romp of a book, Lydia Dare continues to amuse and intrigue."
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"A marvelous read." - Book Lover and Procrastinator
RT Book Reviews
This novel is as entertaining and engaging as its witch heroine and vampire hero. Strong writing, a spunky heroine, a rakish hero and a supernatural plot combine to make this story a delightful page-turner. 4 Stars
Books by the Willow Tree
You can't help but find yourself totally bewitched by the fun and imagination of it all!
Anna's Book Blog
A fantastic read.... sensuous and delectably addicting...
Long and Short Reviews
Another exciting foray into historical romance flavored with paranormal spice.
If only they made gentlemen like that nowadays, women would be much happier... This book definitely has some magic with a little bit of bite.
Night Owl Reviews
The dynamic duo of paranormal historical romance.
My Overstuffed Bookshelf
With suspense and romance wrapped up into a sexy novel focused in the historical genre, this book did not disappoint.
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
The best part about this book is that I just wanted more
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The unique writing of Lydia Dare, her witty dialogue, humorous scenes, imaginative creativity and literary genius, make this novel, and all the books in the series, a gem for anyone's library.
Cheryl's Book Nook
Delivers a tasty, mouthful of romance and intrigue!
In the Hammock Book Reviews
A real page turner with a lot of paranormal action while a sweet, loving romance is still the heart of the story.
Literary Litter
Highlander vampyres that will make you tingle!
Queen of Happy Endings
This book gives new meaning to happily ever after... a wonderful example of a gothic fairy tale.
That's What I'm Talking About
A captivating tale, with engaging characters and plot.
Love Romance Passion
Wickedly sensual! You'll wish you had your own vampyre to make your heart race.
Thoughts in Progress
A fast paced adventure that will draw you in and keep you breathless till the end.
Celtic Lady's Reviews
If you love a paranormal, hot sexy story, this is it.
Over the Edge Book Reviews
It Happened One Bite has a cast of strikingly sensual characters that have been well written and fleshed out with a poignant prose that relegates the paranormal to an erotic extreme.
Reading Extravaganza
A very fun, entertaining read.
Star-Crossed Romance
Lydia Dare creates some of the finest heroes anywhere.
Fang-Tastic Books
Witty, wild, seductive, and sexy... I love the complexities of the characters and the intriguing plot developments.
Debbie's Book Bag
Dare once again blends the historical and the paranormal to create a heart-stopping romance.
Books Like Breathing
Dare created a suave and rakish vampire that completely fit in with the Regency.
Chick with Books
Sprinkled with humor and filled with an intriguing mystery. The writing is wonderful.
The Royal Reviews
Each one of Lydia Dare's books have intrigued and delighted me.
History Undressed
Fast paced, action packed, filled with emotion, sensual tension and intrigue.

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A tingling began first in James' toes and fingertips. He cried out in pain because the tingle was more like being jabbed by the sharpened points of hundreds of needles as his limbs came to life. He hadn't felt pain in decades. Actually, in over two centuries, not since he'd been human. But he was feeling it now. And it was none too pleasant. He'd like to think that he had blood rushing to his extremities, but that was highly unlikely. Damn if he wasn't unusually parched. A thirst tugged at him like none other had before. He needed to feed. And he needed it soon.

He glanced around himself, unsure of where he was. The dark room that held him was so black within that he couldn't even see his hand when he was finally able to raise it in front of his face. He tested his limbs gingerly as they slowly came to life. He blinked his eyes open and closed. Of course, the darkness was all he could see. But it felt good to open them, which was more than he could do earlier. A definite improvement.

He wished he knew how he'd come to be in this bizarre place. He rolled to a seated position and groaned loudly as he unbent his long body. He leaned against the frigid stone wall behind him and laid his head on his knees.

After a time, his eyes began to adjust to the surrounding darkness, and James smiled when he was able to make out a door. Freedom. Thank God.

James rose to his feet but nearly stumbled under his own weight. He clutched the wall to steady himself. Had he been drugged? Just one more sin to add to the mounting list of injustices the coven had placed upon him.

On weak legs, James slowly made his way across the cold floor and grasped the door handle. He tugged, only to find it locked. That shouldn't have been a surprise, but it was disheartening just the same. Not that a locked door could keep him trapped. All he had to do was pull it from its hinges.

He yanked on the handle, but it didn't move an inch. He slammed his shoulder against the wood, but he didn't even hear a satisfying crack. For God's sake, how weak was he? Then the most glorious sound he'd ever heard reached his ears. Footsteps came from the floor above him. He looked up. "Hello?" he called. The footsteps stopped. "Hello?" he said again, resting his head against the door. If he was loud enough, perhaps the person could hear him. "Please!" he yelled one final time. "I'm trapped. Please let me out."

The faint voice of the female he'd heard earlier trickled like rain down to him in the darkness. A bump and a muffled curse word reached his ears, which brought a smile to his face. The lass did have an interesting vocabulary. He'd teach her a few more colorful words if she'd just open the door.

Then once the lass freed him, James would be on his way. He felt his ring finger and growled. Damn witches. Hopefully it was dark outside as traveling by daylight would be impossible since one of the magical she-devils had apparently absconded with his ring.

"Come on," he cried from his prison. "Come and find me. Please."

When her footsteps slowed, James thought he'd wither away and die. He closed his eyes, willing her to continue. He couldn't lose the lass. Not when she was so close to finding him. "Hello..." he called, allowing his voice to linger at the end of the word, drawing it out like a song. "Can you hear me?" His throat burned with the force of his words. He reached one hand into the darkness, as though he could grab onto whoever was moving about above him. "Help me!" he called.

The footsteps stopped completely.

"Please!" he begged. "I know you can hear me!"

Her steps moved across the floor again, faster this time. Had James still possessed a heart, it would have leapt at the sound. "That's it," he whispered to himself. "Come this way."

Finally, footsteps, slow and measured, clipped against stone steps, the noise ringing in his ears.

"Hello!" he cried.

She stopped again.

"No! Keep coming. I'm in here, but I'm trapped."

Another step. She didn't back away. Thank God. She was still coming toward him. A flash of light crept beneath the door. It was nearly painful to his eyes. He gasped and covered them quickly. Then he cracked one eye open and took in the room, which he could now see much better from the warm glow that slid beneath the door.

He jerked at the door handle once more, but it still refused to budge. He could almost taste his freedom. Until he smelled the scent of blood that pumped within her veins. She smelled of sweet lavender, earth, and strength. He wanted to taste her more than anything. James dropped to his stomach beside the door and spoke beneath it. "Please, free me," he crooned.

"Are ye real?" The soft Scottish lilt of her words moved through him like thunder breaks a storm-laden night. He shuddered. Scottish lasses would be the death of him.

"I'm real."

"I doona believe ye." She sounded odd to his ears all of a sudden, as though she was in a trance of some sort. The tiny thread of hope he had held began to unravel in his hands.

Still he was so close to freedom that giving up seemed foolhardy. "I'm very real, lass," he promised, pressing his whole body against the door. If he could slide himself beneath it, he would. "Set me free and I'll show you." James felt the door move a bit when she tugged on the other side.

"It's locked," she said wistfully, dreamlike.

"Of course, it's locked. I told you I was trapped."


"Can you look for a key?" What was wrong with the lass? She didn't seem to grasp much of what he said, nor the urgency with which he said it. Had the coven trapped and drugged her, too? Was she a victim of their treachery as well? "Blasted witches," he ground out beneath his breath.

A startled gasp rang out from the other side of the door. "Blasted ghost!" she countered.

Ghost? Clearly the chit wasn't in her right mind. "Lass, if you'll just find the key."

"Find it yerself," she snapped.

What the devil was wrong with her all of a sudden? James heaved a sigh. "Please," he begged. But then her footsteps moved away from the door and James' hope plummeted once again "Don't go!" he cried.

"No such thing as ghosts," she barely whispered, but he heard the words clearly.

Her footsteps clipped back up the stone steps. James cursed beneath his breath and begged her to come back, but she didn't answer him. He heard her move across the floor above him. Then silence. She'd vanished as quickly as she'd arrived.

Why had she run off? What had she said? He tried to remember her exact words. Did she think he was a ghost? Was that what she meant? He scoffed to himself. He was the furthest thing from a harmless specter. But, he'd be whatever she desired, right up to the moment she freed him.

Meet the Author

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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It Happened One Bite 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
MissMary1 More than 1 year ago
Love the new characters and the way they interact with established ones.
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
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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First book from this author. Wont be my last.
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I loved this book. There are more books that are related to this one. I plan on reading all of them,
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bevstar More than 1 year ago
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.