It Happened One Bite

It Happened One Bite

by Lydia Dare

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Overview

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...

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402245091
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 4,985
File size: 919 KB

About 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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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."

"Oh."

"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.

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It Happened One Bite 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 131 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.
celticlady53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Witches, vampyres, the Highlands of Scotland, sexy men and a feisty heroine... what more could you want out of a paranormal, romantic story? Not much more. This book is a very sensual read about a vampyre, James, who has been interred for a very long time by a coven of witches. His goal is to find a ring that is special to him for various reasons and he needs to find the witches that put him in the cellar of the castle or their descendantsso he can continue with his life. The problem is, he has to find this ring in the castle that was recently inherited by the feisty Blaire's brother Aiden. The sparks fly immediately in this tale of good and bad, in more ways then one, as Blaire can shoot balls of fire out of her hands. I liked the character of Blaire, but I mostly enjoyed the antics of her little brother Bran. Cute kid. The chemistry between James and Blaire is explosive. If you love the paranormal, hot sexy story, this is it.This is the first of Lydia Dare's books I have read and I did enjoy it and the writing, love the Scottish brogue, and I will certainly check out her other books.
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Blaire Lindsay is visiting her mother's ancestral home in the Highlands for the first time. She believes it's a waste of time, but goes with her brothers anyway. She soon discovers a beautiful gentleman, James Maitland trapped in the castle. He lights her fire in more ways than one - but she has no idea how dangerous he can really be.I loved James & Blaire's journey, it was a steamy and dangerous adventure that included a history that goes back to the current coven's mothers. I especially liked Blaire, she's my kind of heroine. She is fierce, independent and what ever you do, don't call her a lady. No sir, she is a warrior through and through, and ready for any battle.It Happened One Bite was a fantastic read. First Ms. Dare gave us Lycans and now it's the vampire's turn. They are just as sensuous and delectably addicting as the Lycans. If you've loved Ms. Dare's other books, you won't want to miss this one.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first book from Lydia Dare and I found it an enjoyable read with just the right amount of steaminess for me. Blaire was a take no prisoners warrior witch who could create fireballs out of thin air and who rarely backs down from a threat. James was an endearing character as well but I really felt like his maker and good friend, Blodswell, stole the show for me. He was charming, witty and just the perfect amount of angst and gentleman wrapped up in one delicious package. I honestly cannot wait to read his story.The story dragged in certain parts but for the most part was delightful. The book opens up with Blaire's mother and her coven imprisoning James to protect the daughter she is expecting but when Blaire finds James she realizes what her mother has done but she has no clue as to why. This remains a mystery until the very end of the book and honestly I was not very satisfied with the explanation. It just seems so random and even though Blaire's mother seems to regret her actions I don't see why she didn't try to rectify the situation sooner. The other minor problem I had with the story was the part of the two vampyres who were the enemies of James. The way the confrontation ends with one of them was so sudden and we do not even get to see what happens. It's just referred to after the fact. You would think if this vampyre was such an enemy we would see more of the showdown. Still the wonderful cast of characters more than make up for this and will leave you eager to see what their stories will bring.This comment has nothing to do with the story but the cover really bugged me. This is supposed to take place during the reign of King George III (1800s) and yet that guy on the cover looks very 21st century to me. I'm definitely not an expert on historical accuracy but that just doesn't look like the type of hair cut a guy from back then would have.
blodeuedd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My thoughts:I liked the werewolf books by Lydia Dare and I was curious about the vampire series and reading more about the witches. I never thought it, but I ended up liking this book even more than previous books.In this book is Blaire's turn to find love. She can fight like a man, and she is not a lady even though her brother wants it. For that I did like Blaire, she was herself, she was strong and she was not about to let a man tell her what to do. Then there is James, the hero of the book, a vampyre that has been imprisoned in a dungeon for 20 years, put their by Blaire's mum and her coven. Even though he does hold a grudge, he is a sweet vamp.But honestly the person I was the most fascinated by is Matthew Halkett, a very old vampire and who will be in the next book. I can't wait for his story.Back to the book. James is hungry and not just for blood since he wants Blaire for more. They do their little dance. Then two more vampires show up and they are not nice at all. They want death and blood. There is danger, passion and at the end we meet up with old friends. Sorcha, who still love to flirt, Elspeth and Benjamin, and Alex, I am starting to get a bit interested in him, he is turning into something nice.The best part about this book is that I just wanted more. I kept turning page after page to find out what is going to happen. The book has no dull moments and there is a flow, and you just want more.Conclusion:Dare manages to create a new fun series. Old friends, and no you do not need to have read the werewolf books, passion, magic and vampires. A fast read that I enjoyed.
zquilts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!"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!
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First book from this author. Wont be my last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. There are more books that are related to this one. I plan on reading all of them,