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The glittering world of high society is the playground for the rich, titled, and reluctantly undead...
Alec MacQuarrie's after-life has become an endless search for pleasure in an effort to overcome his heartbreak and despair. Wandering through the seedy world of London's demimonde, he's changed into a dark and fearsome creature even he doesn't recognize until he stumbles into a magical lass he knew once upon ...
The glittering world of high society is the playground for the rich, titled, and reluctantly undead...
Alec MacQuarrie's after-life has become an endless search for pleasure in an effort to overcome his heartbreak and despair. Wandering through the seedy world of London's demimonde, he's changed into a dark and fearsome creature even he doesn't recognize until he stumbles into a magical lass he knew once upon a time and sees a glimpse of the life he could have had.
But the ton is no match for one incorrigible young lady...
After watching each of her coven sisters happily marry, Sorcha Ferguson is determined to capture a Lycan husband of her very own. When she encounters Alec, she decides to save her old friend from what he's become, all while searching for her own happily-ever-after.
Over his dead body is Alec going to allow this enchanting innocent to throw herself away on an unworthy werewolf, but that leaves him responsible for her, and he's the worst monster of them all...
Praise for It Happened One Bite:
"Entertaining and engaging...Strong writing, a spunky heroine, a rakish hero, and a supernatural plot combine to make this story a delightful page-turner."
-RT Book Reviews
"Wickedly sensual! You'll wish you had your own vampyre to make your heart race."
-Love Romance Passion
"A wonderfully engaging read, a great addition to the series... Both adorable and quite sensual." - Anna's Book Blog
"Lydia Dare never fails to please" - Yankee Romance Reveiwers
"Vampires, Lycans, witches, oh my! I love this series." - Sexy Women Read
"Simply delightful and so adorable... saucy and dazzling with a sweet romance full of fun, culminating in a sigh-worthy happily ever after." - The Long and Short of It
"A sweet ending to this vampire series. Just what I wanted." - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
"An entertaining, well written book, with saucy dialogue, humor, and hot romance. Definitely a page turner." - Bookloons.com
"Lydia Dare's historical romances with a paranormal twist come to an epic crescendo with an intriguing love story between a vampire and a witch." - Romance Fiction on Suite101.com
"Dare's ability to blend both historical and paranormal romance is unparalleled. 5 Apples." - Debbie's Book Bag
"Sexy and emotional... a fun read." - Love to Read for Fun
"A fun, romantic historical with a cast of funny and heartfelt characters. Lydia Dare's best book yet!" - In the Hammock Book Reviews
"A fun, engaging, and well-written romance trilogy." - Life in the Thumb
"Brilliant... Fantastic..." - The Royal Reviews
"Sexual frustration, hot-as-sin kisses, stolen erotic moments and much more! 5 Delightful Divas" - Dark Divas Reviews
"Just fantastic. The characters are funny and willful." - Fresh Fiction
"The plots and characters these two come up with are just incredible. 4.75 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Reviews
Castle Hythe, Kent
Ever since Sorcha Ferguson had met her first Lycan, she'd been determined to have one for her very own. And her coven sister had promised there would be Lycans at the Duchess of Hythe's house party. Since the day that glorious news had reached Sorcha's ears, she'd planned her entire visit south around the idea of falling in love with a beast just like two of her very best friends had done. Yet she hadn't seen even one Lycan since she'd been in Kent, and she'd already been at Castle Hythe for a sennight.
There was only one thing left to do. If they wouldn't come to her, she would go to them. But first, she had to fix the shambles that was the Duchess of Hythe's orangery. Sorcha had been nearly overcome with sadness when she'd seen all the plants in such a s sad tate of neglect.
She scoffed. She was feeling very much like the plants these days. Every one of her friends had married within the last year or so, and she was the only witch in her coven left to find a husband. She snorted. She hadn't even come close to finding one, and all because those promised Lycans had yet to make an appearance.
Sorcha walked from row to row in the orangery, laying her hands on the forsaken plants. The lilies could use a kind word to boost their spirits. Their stems sagged, and there was not a single bloom to be found. She blew a lock of hair from her eyes in distraction.
A piece of Irish ivy reached out to touch her ankle. The poor thing was yellowed and aching for attention. She smiled and touched her hands to the vine, watching it strengthen and fortify itself right before her eyes. "Ye're welcome," she murmured when the vine stroked across the toe of her shoe. She wiped her hands together. The duchess would be appalled if she saw the dirt beneath Sorcha's fingernails.
"There you are," Lady Madeline Hayburn called from the other side of the orangery. "I've been looking everywhere for you!"
Sorcha bit her lip. She shouldn't have stopped to tend the plants. But she couldn't just allow them to suffer, could she? "I was just thinkin' of goin' out for a bit," she said evasively, avoiding the other girl's gaze as she lifted herself up to sit on a low table.
Maddie's face fell. "Oh," she said with an understanding nod. But Sorcha could tell her friend was disappointed. And she'd be the worst sort of friend if she abandoned the young lady to go in search of a man. Or men. Or Lycans. Or her destiny.
Maddie wouldn't have any idea how to go along without her. Sorcha patted a place beside herself. "I just thought I'd pay a visit ta Eynsford Park. The ride isna too far, from what yer grandmother said."
Maddie smiled as she settled beside Sorcha, her blond curls bouncing about her shoulders. "I can't believe how wonderful Grandmamma's plants look. Just a fortnight ago, this place looked as though it had died a less than peaceful death. You are a miracle worker."
Sorcha remembered. It had hurt her very heart to see the plants in such shape. "Oh, I just have a bit of a green thumb."
"Something I clearly lack." Maddie smoothed her skirts out in front of her. "What is so important at Eynsford Park?"
Only Sorcha's future. "I just want ta visit my old friend."
Maddie leaned in conspiratorially. "For years," she whispered, "the villagers swore a monster resided at Eynsford Park. Did you know?"
Sorcha knew all about that particular monster. And she could hardly wait to lay eyes on his half brothers, especially as the monster, or Lycan, in question was married to her coven sister and dear friend.
"Monster?" she giggled, determined never to give the secret away. "Cait, I mean, Lady Eynsford, would no' put up with a monster on her grounds."
Maddie giggled then too. "I can't imagine the marchioness scaring a monster away. She seems of the sweetest disposition."
"Ye've never seen Cait in a temper." Sorcha nudged her new friend's shoulder with her own. "Ye can take my word for it, Maddie. A monster would no' wish ta make her angry." Cait in a temper was a force to be reckoned with. Any self-respecting monster would steer clear of her wrath. That was what her husband did, after all.
"She sounds like Grandmamma."
The two were a bit alike with their commanding presence, now that Sorcha thought about it. "And would a monster dare enter Castle Hythe?"
Maddie laughed again. "Not if he had any idea of the dressing down he'd receive. 'How dare you trod upon my roses!'" She mocked her grandmother's imperious tone. "'Did you just eat my footman? Out with you, and don't come back until you learn some manners.'"
Sorcha could well imagine her coven sister barking in just that same manner at her wolfish husband. "Well, there ye have it. If a monster couldna dwell here at the castle, it couldna dwell at Eynsford Park either, if it ever did. Would ye like ta ride over there with me?"
She wouldn't be able to speak freely with Maddie about, but she hated to leave her behind. The English girl was terribly timid when left alone.
Her friend sighed. "I would love to, but Grandmamma would have a fit of apoplexy if I did. She's expecting more of those gentlemen to arrive, and she'll expect me to be there to greet them."
Ah, those gentlemen. Men of privilege the Duchess of Hythe had handpicked as acceptable matches for Maddie, men she might want to choose for a husband during her first season. This house party was an opportunity for her friend to see which men she might fancy ahead of time. It also would allow the duchess to investigate their character more closely and determine if a match might be made.
Sorcha had a reasonably sized dowry, one that would be considered large at home in Edinburgh, but it didn't compare to the fortune attached to Lady Madeline Hayburn. Hopefully, the gentlemen present would see more than pound signs when they looked at Maddie. She was the sweetest girl and deserved a gentleman who appreciated all her good qualities.
If more of those gentlemen were arriving today, Sorcha's excursion to Eynsford Park would have to be put off. She wouldn't throw Maddie to the wolves. That made her giggle. She was the one looking for a Lycan, after all.
"We doona have ta go as far as The Park. We could just ride around the castle grounds. I'll send Lady Eynsford a note askin' her ta come visit me instead."
If only there was a way to beg Cait to bring some of Eynsford's Lycan relations with her, but her coven sister was adamant that a beast was not in Sorcha's future, so the odds of that happening were slim, to say the least.
Maddie's green eyes twinkled almost as brightly as her smile. "Let me go get my habit, and I'll meet you in the east drawing room."
After changing into her riding habit, Sorcha penned a note to Caitrin Eynsford. That took a little longer than she had expected as she tried to find the right words to entice her coven sister to bring along her pack. Finally, note in hand, Sorcha left her chambers and made her way through the twisting and turning corridors that made up Castle Hythe. Once on the main level, she handed her note to the Hythes' stoic butler with directions that it be delivered to The Park at once.
She smoothed her sapphire riding habit into place and frowned. It was a bit long. She'd have to fix that later when no one was watching. Magic spells tended to make most people a little squeamish. Looking at her feet to make sure the hem didn't touch the ground, Sorcha started toward the east drawing room without even glancing up and promptly ran headfirst into an immoveable object that blocked her path.
"Ouch!" Her head shot up. As she reached for the injury, she looked right into the black-as-night eyes of an old friend. Tall and handsome as ever, he was a friendly face in this English world, and she'd never been so happy to see him.
"Alec!" she gushed. "I had no idea ye would be here."
Posted August 29, 2011
If I was a puppy, I'd be wagging my tail hard enough to knock someone down. I am excited to share the news that the youngest member of the Coig not only gets her man but the ending was simply delightful and so adorable, if it had cheeks, I'd pinch them.
Sorcha is the cute one. I'm not talking about in looks, though the hero is certainly smitten with them. I'm referring to her sunny personality. I have to give credit to Ms. Dare for her consistency. For me, that's a major point because I've read many books where a reoccurring secondary character totally changes in personality, or dialogue or actions from what a reader was expecting as soon as they become the main focus. I do understand that the difference in perspective will alter the voice of the story somewhat, but I've been let down before - to the point where I wondered who I was reading about because certainly it's not the same person. Ms. Dare had Sorcha be her regular, endearing and chipper self. Her innocent charm is intact and her enthusiasm for all things wolfie made me giggle numerous times. Being upbeat and an eternal optimist doesn't mean Sorcha is a ditz, or daft or weak. She has a temper, she has courage and she has determination. She's also intuitive at times which takes her fellow characters by surprise at interesting points in the tale.
The most entertaining element of Never Been Bit is the romance. Sorcha and Alec have known each other all their lives. They see with eyes of the past and their roles in it. But a lot has changed over the years. Both Sorcha and Alec have experienced things that made them grow up, be aware of the wider world and take a stand on certain issues, all while setting goals for their lives. The one thing they both wanted and thought unattainable ended up being found in the depths of their own hearts - in each other.
That whole process of cluelessness, awakening and then pursuit was alternately heartbreaking, hopeful and many times hilarious. Okay, a lot of it was hysterical. I had the best time reading this book because they truly were great together. I loved their dialogue with each other, the plots and plans and the things that went awry. I enjoyed watching their feelings stir and their passions flare. And I got the greatest kick out of Caitlin, one of the heroine's best friends, and her machinations to interfere but not actually interfering. It was a delicate dance of friendship that drove Sorcha nuts. She knew that Caitlin knew something but couldn't get a hint out of her. But you know what they say, actions speak louder than words and I'm not saying a peep more.
Unlike the previous books in the series, the main conflict and the only one that mattered was getting Sorcha and Alec together. They were their own worst enemies. The culmination was like a family reunion. Hurts were soothed, friendships were strengthened and/or renewed and a most wonderful and heartwarming happily ever after unfolded to my immense delight. There were even some unexpected surprises that tickled my fancy that made the book so much richer and well rounded. The editing was perfect, the dialogue thoroughly entertaining and the characters, both main and secondary, are great together, giving the tale a robust and natural feel to it.
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Posted August 28, 2011
Sigh! This might be my favorite Lydia Dare book ever! I waited so long for this book, and loved every page. Two more likable characters are hard to find. I may have to read it again while I wait for her next book.
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Posted August 27, 2011
I have waited and waited for Alec to get his Happy Ever After and I wasn't disappointed. Sorcha is delightful and the perfect woman to help heal Alec's broken heart. I adored this series so much and can't wait to read more from Lydia Dare!
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This was a great series! I loved each book and recommend them to anyone who enjoys witches, wolves, and vampyres. They have a slightly different picture of all three of these, but it was good. For example, the lycans only changed on the full moon not at will and the vampyres didn't always stay that way. Enjoy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2012
Out of all the Lydia Dare books this is my second favorite one, but my favorite when it comes to Gentleman Vampire series. I absolutely loved this story, so without further ado here's Never Been Bit and what makes it so great.
Every since we were first introduce to Sorcha Ferguson, in Tall, Dark and Wolfish she has always been described as a wood sprite. Which is fitting since she's the witch that has the power to work with plants. I know you're thinking, what's so great about that? Just ask a couple of her recipients of the damage that can be done. Overall, she's a sweet, kind and caring witch that is sensitive to everyones needs. One can say that she is soft hearted. Ever since she's met a couple of her fellow witch's husband that were Lycan, Sorcha has set out to capture one of her own. After all she has no problem with there drool and tails.
Now Alec MacQuarrie tends to have a grim out look on life since becoming a vampire. Alec has no desire to socialize with proper society since he lost Caitrin Macleod to a mangy flea-bag (his words not mine). Yet, somehow he's invited to the Duchess of Hythe. Once he arrives he hears what Sorcha has plan. Let's just say he wasn't too please to hear that. So, Alec sets out to stop her from making the biggest mistake of her life.
As I said at the beginning I love this book, and I think a lot of it has to do with the previous books. I mean you watch Sorcha grow so much in the previous stories. Granted they're not focus on her, but she's always in the background. Plus, she has so much love for everyone, you cannot help but love her. I love how she can look at Alec and see more than just a vampire.
So, you know where I stand on this book: LOVED IT! I mean, I laughed and I cried. Overall great book. Seriously, worth the read. Especially, when you have a dark vampire and a sunny witch. I mean opposites attract and they certainly do in this story. So, go out and have some fun while you read.
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I have waited since the first hint in previous books about Alex and Sorcha....although I enjoyed her romantic chasing and how much humor she added to many situations, I could not wait for her story! Being the youngest and last to fall in real life, I thoroughly enjoyed this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 28, 2011
This book does not dissapoint!!! I have been waiting for sorchas and alecs story since they first showed up in Tall Dark and Wolfish!!!! Once you pick this book up you will not let it down!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 30, 2011
this is my favorite book by far of the series. I have always been in love with Sorcha and my poopr Alex I'm glad there was finally a happy ending for him. Lydia DAre writes amazing books and I can not wait for another to come out.... Love you have to read the series
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Posted September 15, 2011
I have read all of this authors books and not one has failed to keep me interested. This book is part of a series and the youngest witch of a coven from Scotland. I thought I would not be as interested but it got me from the first page. You must read all of the Werewolf books and move on to the Vampires and the five witches of the coven. Each one is charming in their own insecure way. they are tough and yet unsure. Lydia Dare's books never fail to please. Great writing. Keep it up. I want more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 11, 2011
In 1817, Scottish witch Sorcha Ferguson still dreams of marrying a Lycan like Benjamin Westfield who wed her coven sister Elspeth Campbell. She figures that should not prove difficult but so far she has not found any that fascinate her and besides the seer Caitrin Thorpe refuses to tell her who her Lycan soulmate is.
Kind shy Alex McQuarrie chose vampirism over death but rues his decision as the life of an Undead is lonely. He wants a love of his own; someone who will cherish him as much as he would her. However, he is taken back when he becomes upset over his friend Sorcha seeking to marry a Lycan. Exploring his lost inner soul, Alex realizes the sweet plant savior he has known for years may be the one to mend his non-beating broken heart if he takes a chance on love and can convince her to redeem all he lost.
This bewitching paranormal Regency romance is an entertaining redemption tale as Sorcha wants to help her shy friend Alec find what he lost and Alec wants to help his sweet friend Scorch find the love of her life as long as it is not an uncouth Lycan. Sorcha makes the story line fun and fresh as she gives her heart and soul to the man she loves even though he lost his soul and his heart fails to beat. Readers will appreciate Lynda Dare's engaging historical romantic fantasy (see It Happened One Bite and In the Heat of the Bite) as two hearts cannot beat as one since his fails to beat.
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