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In the Heat of the Bite by Lydia Dare

July 28th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: July 1, 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from

Chivalry is far from undead…

Matthew Halkett, Earl of Blodswell, is one of the few men in the ton who can claim to be a knight in shining armor- because that’s precisely what he was before being turned into a vampyre. When he spies a damsel in distress in the midst of a storm in Hyde Park, his natural instinct is to rush to her aid…

But not every woman needs to be rescued…

Weather-controlling witch Rhiannon Sinclair isn’t caught in a storm-she’s the cause of it. She’s mortified to have been caught making trouble by the imposing earl, but she doesn’t need any man-never has, and is sure she never will…

But when Rhiannon encounters Matthew again, her powers go awry and his supernatural abilities run amok. Between the two of them, the ton is thrown into an uproar. There’s never been a more tempestuous scandal…

I really do not know why I put off reading all of these great romance books that I’ve had on my shelves.  They have all been so good and this one was certainly not a disappointment.  Matthew intrigued me when we first saw him in It Happened One Bite so I was excited to hear this book was focusing on him.  He truly is a knight in shining armor even if he’s left his armor back home but as is usual of our tortured heroes he feels that Rhiannon deserves better since he will never grow old and cannot provide her with children.  Rhiannon was also a joy to read.  She has a total kick ass power to control the weather and it’s funny to see her causing rain and thunder storms in her fits of temper.  It’s a good thing I don’t have power like she does because it would be awfully tempting to send a few bolts of lightning at people who irritate me but she showed remarkable restraint.

The chemistry between the two is sizzling and it was fun to watch the interplay between them as well as some of the supporting characters.  The three single Lycan brothers really do remind me of puppies romping around and getting themselves into all sorts of mischief.  I can actually picture the silly smiles on their face as they wreak havoc.  Just as a warning though there are a ton of characters that come up in the book and if you are like me and haven’t read her previous series it can get a bit confusing.  I do want to go back and read about Dash and Cait and some of the other couples that make an appearance.  The only character I did not really care for was Alec MacQuarrie.  Granted he’s having a rough time adjusting to life as a vampire but still he was a bit too whiny and love sick over Cait for my tastes.  Sometimes you just want to slap him and tell him to grow up.  Still I have enjoyed the first two books in the series so I will most likely pick up the next book which I believe will focus on Alec and another witch, Sorcha.

The main reason I did not give this book a higher rating is there wasn’t much to the plot.  Don’t get me wrong, it was a fun read but there was no real villain, no mystery to solve and no major obstacles to overcome.  I was actually surprised at how early on in the book the two fall in love, realize it and go for a happily ever after.  Still Lydia Dare is another great author to add to my romance library.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Romance

One Response

  1. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    Haha, ok, I’m not a big fan of romance but I seriously adore the name of this one.

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