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"An amusing, romantic adventure with quirky, likable characters. A remarkably delightful read that will hook you from the first page. 4 1/2 Star Review, Top Pick of the Month " - RT Book Reviews

"The characters are all multidimensional, witty, charming and downright lovable. While this work is part of a series, it's also a wonderful standalone novel, and you won't be lost if you don't read the previous books. However, I highly recommend you do, just because they are that darn good. 4.75 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Reviews

"You are sure to be enchanted." - Romance Reader at Heart

"Who would have thought vampires could be so noble and romantic? The book was hard to put down, and just fun to read." - Book Loons

"In the Heat of the Bite is an enchanting read, with bewitching characters that keeps me turning the page for more. " - Anna's Book Blog

"It is a tale that belongs on your keeper shelf. " - Sizzling Hot Book Reviews

"I enjoyed this book--I liked the characters and I will continue reading this series. " - Palmer's Picks for Reading

"In the Heat of the Bite is a delightful romance that paranormal fans can sink their teeth into and find sweet-tart entertainment from beginning to end. " - Long and Short Reviews

"A fantastic story with a very endearing romance. " - Romance Novel News

"Passionate and sensual... yet tender..." - Debbie's Book Bag

"Sizzling... another fun, romantic tale from Lydia Dare." - That's What I'm Talking About

"Nothing but pure fun! " - Life in the Thumb

"Campy, romantic fun! " - In the Hammock Reviews

"The storms rage, lightning strikes and fangs drop in this fun read." - Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf

"Dare gives you everything you want in a paranormal romance... A flawless balance of suspense, hilarity and chemistry." - Rex Robot Reviews

"This is one vampyre series that will have you laughing and swooning. " - Thoughts in Progress

"Sensual and sweet with a dash of hotness." - Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My!

"A fun read; IN THE HEAT OF THE BITE is a humorous and sensual paranormal romance that will have you laughing out loud as you rapidly turn the pages to see what happens next." - Romance Junkies

"This book had me enthralled from start to finish and I am looking forward to reading more about the characters in the future and the women that in love with. 4.5 Bells" - Hanging With Bells

"It's a 'diamond of the first water' as Regency ton might say." - Star-Crossed Romance

"Captivating... " - Book Addict Patti

"Highly addictive... brilliant... intriguing... vastly entertaining. " - Once Upon a Romance

"This richly engaging paranormal has readers racing through the pages to make sure they get every delicious morsel." - Over the Edge Book Reviews

"The characters were great and the chemistry between them was amazing." - Books Like Breathing

"Absolutely scrumptious! Rated 5 Delightful Divas and a Recommended Read " - Dark Diva Reviews

"Simply Brilliant! When reading Lydia Dare's novels I fall in love with reading all over again." - The Royal Reviews

"A fun supernatural romance... Sit back and enjoy the great characters, and sizzling chemistry... " - Book Chick City

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: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402245106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402245107
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a fun series. Any of the books can be read alone, however, why not enjoy them all.

1. A Certain Wolfish Charm
2. Tall Dark and Wolfish
3. The Wolf Next Door
4. The Taming of the Wolf
5. It Happened One Bite
6. In the Heat of the Bite

I loved the sneak peaks of Matthew, the Earl of Bloodswell, in the earlier books in the series. I loved the peaks at the characters from previous books. It is kind of nice to know that they are still happy. I think the author does a wonderful job of keeping the right mix of "peeks" and still stay on track with the main story. It was a very fun, light hearted, make me feel happy read. If you want a great escape - read this series. It is a keeper!
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A man born in chivalrous times past is no match for a feisty and seductive Scottish weather witch, and watching the lightening flash and his fangs pop is only the beginning of the fun in store for readers in Ms. Dare's latest romance.

First, this is a great stand alone book. For fans of the series, they'll get to see one of the Westfield brothers again and one of Rhiannon's sister witches. If this is the first time for a reader, those same people will come across as interesting and fun secondary characters. Either kind of reader will find entertainment and humor throughout and should find that Ms. Dare has once again provided a great storytelling experience.

Rhiannon has her story this time around and she is written as a woman who is loyal, fiercely protective, loving and giving but with bit of a temper to rival Zeus or Thor when crossed. Perhaps it has something to do with her propensity to hurl some well placed lightning bolts or two but the results are giggle-worthy and it was fun.

In the past, I believe I got a sense that her dad was a bit absent minded and at first, it didn't seem that big a deal. The author lets a reader in on a big secret that presents a very real and touching emotional hook. It made me want to give Rhiannon a hug. Having a parent who seems disinterested in a child has deep ramifications no matter how adept the offspring become at hiding its affects. I was pretty impressed with how the author wove those sentiments throughout the story, and how it touched and influenced the other characters.

One person in particular gets the brunt of the heroine's ire and saucy teasing and that's Matthew, the hero. I was tickled when I found out that this man who'd given up on hope and accepted his life's course should actually find love.
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The story is about Matthew the Earl of Blodswell vampire and Rhiannon a Coig coven witch. I was very disappointed in the way these characters where written Matthew was not the typical Alpha Male he condescended to just about everyone in the story and their are a lot of people to keep up with. I started out liking Rhiannon until the end of the book when she becomes the defending hero and protector instead of Matthew their was to much of a role reversal. Chivalry is not dead but it was in this book. I like it when the man protects the women. I also, didn't like that the vampires in the story are turned human after meeting their true mates and falling in love. I read Vampire books because I like the immortality of vampires and their mysticism. Rhiannon is never with Matthew she is always with the other characters in the book like Lord Archer Radbourne and his other Lycan brothers. Their was more romance and interaction with Rathboune than Matthew. The Lycans in the story Rathbourne and his twin brothers Wes and Grey were very annoying acted acting like teenagers instead of adults. I didn't like Rhiannon's Aunt Greer being rewarded with a trust fund to be nice her, she hated her niece all through the book, so at the end they pay the villain to be nice and treat her like a niece. I don't reward bad behavior and I hate stories that due. These two authors (pseudonym Lydia Dare) Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson Can Not write love making scenes!!. They were Awful!! Tt was two petting love scenes a few lines long and two actual lovemaking scenes about one paragraph. Just horrible for a PR Romance.

I did like Calissta who was Matthews maker, but at the end of the book the authors vilified her. She was good and kind all through the book to Matthew who she called her son .
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3.5 Stars

Biggest pet peeve about this one? Well, how Rhi was so off. She meets Matthew, knows he is a vamp, is wary of him and runs away. Then she gets really angry because she finds out he changed Alec, smacks Matthew, because she just assumed he is a bad person because he is a vamp, then later falls for him almost out of nowhere. One, I don't like assumptions. I get why she is wary of vamps, but then again, knowing Alec is one should have made her wary, but because she knew him, she was not. Matthew was a KNIGHT and Cait and Alec both say he was not a bad guy, but that is not good enough for her initially. Then there are the Hadley brothers. I struggled with her familiarity with them. Seriously, if I had not known this was her and Matthew's book, I never would have guessed it with the way this was going.

And Ginny? Don't get me started on her, the aunt, all of their treatment of Matthew, and even Alec's behavior. I like the characters in general and was looking forward to Matthew's book, but I was a bit disappointed too. I love these regency romances, but I didn't like Matthew's decline and there is a part of me that doesn't like he loses his vamp powers and becomes just a normal guy. I get it...I just don't like it. He was a Knight and I want him to retain some of what made him special.
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