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It Happened One Bite by Lydia Dare

March 11th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: March 1, 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Blaire Lindsay’s been warned that her ancestral home is haunted. But it will take more than tales of a ghost to frighten Blaire, a battle-born witch with supernatural strength and the ability to make sparks fly from her fingertips. Hearing spectral wails, she decides to search for their source, and is surprised to find a handsome young man chained to the dungeon wall. But when Blair frees James from his bonds, she quickly discovers she’s unloosed far more than she could ever have imagined…Soon the castle is overrun with vampires whose perfect manners and compelling blood lust make for some very awkward moments, and Blair and James are joined in the fight of their lives to save everything they hold dear from the forces of evil..

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.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Romance

3 Responses

  1. Pam

    LOL no I don’t think they had buzz cutters.

  2. Edie

    Speaking of the cover, doesn’t the dude look a lot like Dean from Supernatural??

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    Now that you mention it…just not quite as hot as Dean though :)

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