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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Historical Paranormal Romance Novel Review: It Happened One Bite, by Lydia Dare

I must first start off by saying, I am a fan of the writing duo that is Lydia Dare, and have previously enjoyed reading her books, and It Happened One Bite was no exception.

Book Info:

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…

Available now from Sourcebooks in ebook and paperback
ISBN: 9781402245077


Review:

Fast paced, action packed, filled with emotion, sensual tension and intrigue, I read It Happened One Bite, in a day, which is saying a lot for me! I couldn't put it down.

I liked the idea of a battle-born witch hooking up with a vampyre, and in the Scottish Highlands no less. Blaire and James have an instant connection, in which they both tease each other, and clash at the same time--but its a good clash, its that tension that we all seek out in romance novels and can't wait to watch the story of their love unfold.

There is a wonderful twist at the end, which I won't give away, that makes this romantic vampyric/witch story quite memorable, and solves all the issues of a happy ending between two lovers without them both being damned to walk the earth for eternity.

There was one glaring problem that I had through the majority of the book--and be warned this may be considered a spoiler alert to some--and it was the ring Blaire kept around her neck.  For as much as James is kissing and nibbling her neck, he never notices the necklace that she keeps hidden in her bodice until just past the mid-point of the book.  There is even a scene where he takes her clothes off--and doesn't notice the necklace that holds his ring. Now, this sort of thing wouldn't normally have bothered me so much, except every time he kissed her I thought--"Here it is! He will surely see that his ring rests on her necklace!" And then he wouldn't see it...

But, besides this issue, I did enjoy the book. I liked the connection, the paranormal elements and the historical setting.  I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

1 comment:

Jena Lang said...

This one sounds really good. Thanks for sharing your review, Eliza!