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Praise for the Dark Ones Novels

“A humorous take on the dark and demonic.”—USA Today

“Wild [and] zany.”—The Best Reviews

“The paranormal romance equivalent of soul food.”—Errant Dreams Reviews

About the Author

Ever the romantic, Katie MacAlister decided one day to write a story that included all her favorite literary elements—dishy guys, strong women, steamy love scenes, and lots and lots of humor. She’s been blessed to write more than forty books since that first one, and is always madly in love with her latest hero.
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  • Series: Dark Ones (Book 10)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Original edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451237730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451237736
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Ramsey on September 9, 2012
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A Tale of Two Vampires: A Dark Ones Novel

Iolanthe has had some issues. After being sexual harassed at work and then fired for reporting it, she has a new career to start. Iolanthe or IO, as she likes to be called, has all ways liked photography. So when she visits her cousin Gretal for the summer, she thinks the local scenery may be perfect to start her new career. When she meets some of Gretal's friends, she thinks they are weird. When one of them thinks he is a vampire or Dark One, IO knows someone is not working on all cylinders. Imogene and Ben, brother and sister, talk of there father, Nicola. Imogene says he has died, Ben says he is in Brazil sleeping with lots of women. As IO talks with the two, she knows there is something off with them. They keep asking IO, what she is? It just makes IO more and more confused. Imogene agrees to let IO take pictures of her but not near one area of the forest. IO's curiosity is peaked. When she goes to the area by herself, and finds a swirling mist and wonders what it is. She goes to put her arm through it and take pictures of it and ZAP! Waking up 300 years is just the start of her problems.

Katie MacAlister does it again. I vote her as Queen of situational humor! I laugh in every one of her books! IO, is very funny and even when she really does not know what the heck is going on, is confident and sticks to her principles. Nicola, although stuffy and uptight at first, really grows on you. He really almost has to learn how to love again. They two, you know are meant for one another but they of course fight it all the way. They use the excuse of lust rather than love. As the story unfolds, IO is reluctant to say the words even though you know she feels it in her heart. Will IO be able to make the Ultimate sacrifice?
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"A Tale of Two Vampires" is a laugh out loud, funny and silly romp!
Eternally cursed and lonely, young, handsome Dark One, Baron Nikola Czerny is on his way home to his castle one dark night when his horse knocks down a woman running out of the dark forest. Because of the way she's dressed, in a short dress, he takes her home to his castle thinking she's a woman of ill repute. A very fetching looking one at that.
Little does he know she's from the future! And, what a handful she turns out to be.

I found "A Tale of Two Vampires", my very first Katie MacAlister book to be engaging, off-beat, fun, sexy, silly and downright entertaining. I really liked the characters Nikola and Io. The book has a good flow and pace to it and is a very enjoyable book. Recommended! Enjoy! ;}

Grade: B-
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This book, although beautifully written in the sense of world building as others have noted, was altogether not that great. I enjoyed the overall story line, and while I thought at around page 100 that this was a bit predictable, I was proven wrong in the middle. The dialogue in this, however was the worst I've ever read. And I mean that.

FROM HERE ON OUT, THERE ARE SPOILERS:

Okay, so, yes, this is the first book I've read of the series. I found this at my local library and since I love romance and vampires, I took it home with me. At first, I was captivated by the characters, the world building and wasn't even aware that there was time travel at first. But the dialogue. AWFUL. I've been ruined by authors like Kresley Cole that make it realistic, understandable, and witty. This was just... awful. No woman in their right mind would talk about the dirty sexy things that a guy wants to do to them in front of their kids. Furthermore, no woman would have long, drawn out mental conversations with a man when they're in front of people who kidnapped them and were planning on killing them.
Here are some of the quotes that were just RIDICULOUS:
*while the brother of the main character, Nikola, are standing in front of them with a knife, ready to attack...*
"I love you, Nikola."
He shot a startled glance over his shoulder.
"Whoops. Did you hear that?"
"Yes"
"Frak. Can you pretend you didn't?"
"No."
An adorably indignant look crossed over his face. She made an effort to straighten up and glare at him. "Well, I think you could if you put your mind to it."
"We will talk about this later, Io. Right now I must ascertain just what Rolf meant by his statement."
"What statement? Rolf is here?" She squinted past him. "Oh, yeah, he is here.
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A Sensational read!! Exceptionally well written. First of all I loved how this story made me laugh from the beginning thru to the very end. The banter between Io and Nikola when they would communicate telepathically with each other was very entertaining! I loved that about this book. The romance was whimsical. I wish I was Io! And Nikola, wow! I want a man like him!! Tall, muscular, desirable and very handsome!! Over all a wonderful read and highly recommended! Thank you for such a great book Katie!!

Note: I was given this book from the author (through goodreads.com). I was in no way required to write a review. This is strictly my own honest review.
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I don't normally like switching POVs and had a problem liking Ben and Fran's story for that reason, but this book was so much fun that I couldn't stop reading it. Nikola's pov was a blast. Io started off a little drab personality wise; however, her interaction with Nikola brought her to life. I enjoyed every second of this book though the time travel thing was slightly hard to follow. Also, and this is purely personal, a different title would've worked better. I got it and everything, but when I read it I was definitely thinking something, er, kinkier. Lol.
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