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Editorial Reviews


"This novel is as entertaining and engaging as its witch heroine and vampire hero. Strong writing, a spunky heroine, a rakish hero and a supernatural plot combine to make this story a delightful page-turner. 4 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"You can't help but find yourself totally bewitched by the fun and imagination of it all!" - Books by the Willow Tree

"A fantastic read.... sensuous and delectably addicting... " - Anna's Book Blog

"Another exciting foray into historical romance flavored with paranormal spice." - Long and Short Reviews

"If only they made gentlemen like that nowadays, women would be much happier... This book definitely has some magic with a little bit of bite." - BookLoons.com

"The dynamic duo of paranormal historical romance. 4.75 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Reviews

"With suspense and romance wrapped up into a sexy novel focused in the historical genre, this book did not disappoint." - My Overstuffed Bookshelf

"The best part about this book is that I just wanted more" - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

"The unique writing of Lydia Dare, her witty dialogue, humorous scenes, imaginative creativity and literary genius, make this novel, and all the books in the series, a gem for anyone's library. " - Romance Fiction on Suite101.com

"Delivers a tasty, mouthful of romance and intrigue! " - Cheryl's Book Nook

"A real page turner with a lot of paranormal action while a sweet, loving romance is still the heart of the story. " - In the Hammock Book Reviews

"Highlander vampyres that will make you tingle!" - Literary Litter

"This book gives new meaning to happily ever after... a wonderful example of a gothic fairy tale. " - Queen of Happy Endings

"A captivating tale, with engaging characters and plot. " - That's What I'm Talking About

"Wickedly sensual! You'll wish you had your own vampyre to make your heart race." - Love Romance Passion

"A fast paced adventure that will draw you in and keep you breathless till the end." - Thoughts in Progress

"If you love a paranormal, hot sexy story, this is it." - Celtic Lady's Reviews

"It Happened One Bite has a cast of strikingly sensual characters that have been well written and fleshed out with a poignant prose that relegates the paranormal to an erotic extreme. " - Over the Edge Book Reviews

"Sexy female witch, hot brooding vampire, need I say more?" - Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!

"A very fun, entertaining read. " - Reading Extravaganza

"Lydia Dare creates some of the finest heroes anywhere." - Star-Crossed Romance

"Witty, wild, seductive, and sexy... I love the complexities of the characters and the intriguing plot developments." - Fang-Tastic Books

"Dare once again blends the historical and the paranormal to create a heart-stopping romance. " - Debbie's Book Bag

"Dare created a suave and rakish vampire that completely fit in with the Regency. " - Books Like Breathing

"Sprinkled with humor and filled with an intriguing mystery. The writing is wonderful." - Chick with Books

"Each one of Lydia Dare's books have intrigued and delighted me." - The Royal Reviews

"Fast paced, action packed, filled with emotion, sensual tension and intrigue. " - History Undressed

"A romantic and endearing story..." - Book Chick City

"A marvelous read." - Book Lover and Procrastinator

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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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402245076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402245077
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 1.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Herbrand on March 26, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
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It Happened One Bite is a sexy and delicious story about redemption, twisted truths and a romance that had waited twenty years to explode into passion.

Blaire is not a typical woman of her times. She's actually pretty special and unique. Her friends don't think she's odd, neither does her family. But she also has a legacy to live up to and she thinks she knows what she needs to do. After all, as is custom, her mother taught her everything she knows, right? This unexpected journey she takes to the castle her brother inherited proves that history is a bit skewed and there are a few little secrets her mom kept to herself. What Blaire doesn't know is about to bite her in her cute and perky little derriere.

I found the heroine tended to worry things too much and that lent itself to the conflict. I like her spunk and her willingness to throw herself into the fray. Once she figures a few things out, she's rises to the occasion and doesn't back down, even when she should. In fact, in spite of knowing she should she goes where angels and fools fear to tread. Sometimes I was exasperated with her and other times I applauded her fortitude. Blaire certainly isn't perfect so it's a good thing she has her loving family around to keep her grounded.

Her family consists of her older brother, Aiden and her younger, Brannock. Siblings can be annoying and aggravating and the author depicted that aspect with vivid clarity. I rolled my eyes so often whenever Brannock interrupted and shouted and made Blaire guess certain things instead of just coming right out and stating the facts, that I thought my eyes would get stuck rolled up in my head. I knew the heroine loved her family but did they have to grate on my nerves so much?
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The Cover:
Cheesy...big time!!! If I saw this in the bookstore I would just keep on going and not bother to pick it up to investigate it further.

My First Reaction When I Finished:

When is book two available?????????? Now?? Soon???? This was fun!

My Review:
Judging by the cover I set my expectations low when I cracked this book open. But I'm happy to report that I found this to be a fun read that I flew through in no time! I thought the author had a very cool twist in the last part of the book that really added to the overall story and made me smile. This isn't one of those cheesy vampire stories at all!! I laughed a few times and I felt engaged in the story. What I found the most interesting is that Lydia Dare is actually 2 women! Each one writes 1,500 words and then sends it to the other one for editing, and that one then writes 1,500 words and the other edits. It works and I never ever found a crack within their storyline whatsoever.

Favorite character? James, the Vampyre. I loved the way he desired Blaire and how he wanted to take care of her.

Favorite quote:
"I keep getting this pain within my chest."
"Pain?" Finally, he had Matthew's attention.
"That's what I said," James repeated as he spun to face Matthew. He looked perplexed.
"We don't experience heartache. Longing. Love. It's one of the sacrifices of having eternal life." He met Jame's gaze. "Allow me to ask you a question?"
"As though I could stop you," James replied.
"Would you give up eternal life for a heart? For the ability to love? For Miss Lindsey?"
James rubbed the heels of his hands into his eyes and groaned. "Without a moment's hesitation," he finally said beneath his breath.
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