Thursday, March 3, 2011

Review: It Happened One Bite by Lydia Dare


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 wish Blaire Lindsay arrives, and things being to heat up considerably...


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...

We're entering the vampire portion of Ms. Dare's newest trilogy.  While I loved their first three books, featuring the Westfields, The Taming of the Wolf wasn't as strong in my opinion.  Since I'm trying to stay away from vampire romances, It Happened One Bite already has a strike against it.  Luckily, Ms. Dare pulls me back into their expanded, fast-paced world.   

Blaire has moxie and isn't afraid to remain true to herself or her coven, despite the fact that her older brother Aiden wants her to become a "real lady."  She's concerned about her two brothers and her coven, and often puts her feelings for them at the forefront (rather than be selfish and focus on her needs).  

Maitland, well, he's a tougher nut to crack.  He's drawn to Blaire, naturally -- that's why he's been imprisoned -- yet he's surprised by her actions and reactions and the fact that she's not afraid to throw herself into the melee. 

I was surprised -- and intrigued -- by a plot twist I didn't see coming, and I was also surprised by who the heroine of In the Heat of the Bite would be.  Needless to say, I'm very excited to read the rest of this new trilogy by Ms. Dare.  

(A very special thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca who provided me with an ARC of It Happened One Bite.)

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