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A Taste of Darkness (Mackenzie Vampires, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2006

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As "Protector of the Blood,"^B it was Reinn Mackenzie's job to keep the Mackenzie bloodlines pure. Which meant any Mackenzie who mated with anyone other than another vampire was toast. So when Alan Mackenzie decides to marry werecat Julie Evans, Reinn travels to the Woo Woo Inn in Pine Barrens, New Jersey, to give Alan a choice: marriage or life. Reinn's duties as the official Mackenzie clan exterminator become a bit more complicated, though, after he meets Julie's sister, Kisa, and realizes he, too, is falling for a werecat. Bangs continues her wildly imaginative Mackenzie vampire series with another deliciously dark tale that is perfect for readers who like their paranormal romances sizzling, sexy, and wickedly funny. John Charles
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The author of more than 12 novels to date, Nina Bangs has published with Dorchester and NAL. Nominated for four Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards, she finally won in 2009 for Best Shapeshifter Romance (Eternal Craving).

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books; Reprint edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843956348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843956344
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 10, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been a long time fan of Nina Bangs' writing, so I am always surprised by the few who don't "get" her. She has a style that is all her own. A sexy, campy, cheeky, irreverent style (might be the cause of those few naysayers) that delights in taking the vampire genre and redefining it, making it all her own. Many vampire fans want utter reverence of the night creature. Bangs goes beyond the accepted level to drag in humor, and I think maybe a few resent that. Their loss.

She is an imaginative, incisive author who skillfully weaves sensuality, hot sex and belly laughs, which leaves me howling and wanting more. I have enjoyed all her works, but I think Taste of Darkness is Dead Bang Bangs - her best novel yet. From the opening lines, she had me laughing out loud - not an easy task, but how can you not with an opening so wonderfully brilliant, so Naughty Nina as this:

"Werewolves - furry pains in the butt.

Werecats - sneaky whisker-twitching manipulators.

Werejerks - every freakin' loser with a "were" in front of his name."

What a delightful opening! She grabs the reader from that point and takes them into the mind of one of her most brilliantly conceived heroes - Reinn Mackenzie. He is the oldest vamp in the Mackenzie Clan, over a thousand years old and that age has made him one grumpy vamp. He bought a home in the Colorado Rockies and shunned everyone. So what did Clan Mackenzie do to reward their elder? They made him Guardian of the Blood. Reinn has a few choice opinions on that job as well as his outlook on the Woo Woo Inn, where he finds himself at the opener the book. He thinks being protector of the blood, keeping the lines pure, a total crock.
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Reinn MacKensie hates his job as Guardian of the Blood, almost as much as he hates were-wolves, cats, ducks, you name it. So it figures that the only woman to light his fire in about forever is a were-kitty who turns into something even Reinn has trouble controlling. Vampires, cosmic troublemakers and assorted other creatures people this hilarious revisit to the Woo Woo Inn. I picked this up after reading the review in Romantic Times Magazine--a four and half star top pick paranormal for the month. I sure wasn't disappointed. Bangs has a wicked imagination as well as a talent for coming up with creatures that actually come from mythology-- I mean what is a harpy anyway? But as usual with Bangs, the harpy is just another madcap creature that makes me laugh. Highly recommended.
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Vampire Reinn Mackenzie has the ultimate bad job- he's the Guardian of the Blood and responsible for lopping off the head of any Mackenzie caught tainting the family bloodline with a shapeshifter. Unfortunately for Reinn, he now finds himself back at the Woo Woo Inn with the task of preventing Alan Mackenzie from marrying werecat Julie. His intentions are derailed, however, when he meets sexy werecat, Kisa, and finds he wants to taint those Mackenzie bloodlines as well!

Kisa is highly attracted to Reinn but there are a few obstacles in her way (other than his job, of which she knows nothing about!). Werecat law forbids her from having sex with any man who is not stronger than her- and Kisa's werecat is a saber tooth tiger! Meanwhile, someone is trying to keep her trapped in cat form by planting catnip all over the place. And of course, cosmic troublemakers, Ganymede, Sparkle Stardust, and Trouble are around to keep things lively!

A TASTE OF DARKNESS has perhaps the funniest introduction to a story this reviewer has ever read. Nina Bangs sucks the reader right into Reinn's sarcastic but humorous worldview from the very first sentence. Reinn is decidedly disenchanted with his job, the Council, his peers, and all were-animals until Kisa turns his world upside down. Bangs has done a fabulous job at creating a believable world-weary character and teaching him how to appreciate life again.

Nina Bangs has once again written another fantastic book in her ongoing Mackenzie vampire series. Fans of the series will enjoy seeing what chaos reoccurring characters Sparkle Stardust, Ganymede, and Trouble will create while uncovering the secret identity of the vampire Mason.
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Vampire Reinn Mackenzie wants nothing to do with his peers or for that matter any creature, supernatural or human. However, the Clan Council informs him he has no choice as he the Guardian of the Blood. Instead of peaceful solitude, Reinn must hunt down vampires who mate with shapeshifters, a major taboo forbidden by the clan.

Reinn knows he must kill Alan Mackenzie who is engaged to marry a were-cat Woo Woo Inn. However, going undercover, Reinn learns that the trio of Sparkle, Stardust, and Ganymede are stirring up their usual cosmic relational troubles. He also finds himself attracted to were-cat Krisa, but wonders if the three troublemakers are behind his desire. However, when Reinn realizes that someone is trying to force Krisa to change into her alter ego, a saber tooth tiger, he becomes too involved as he falls in love, but killing himself for breaking the taboo seems extreme.

This entertaining star-crossed supernatural romance grips the audience from the moment a disgruntled Reinn goes undercover and never slows down through a series of capers until the final confrontation. Readers will believe in vampires and were-creatures as the Nina Bangs' mythos seem genuine. Sub-genre fans will appreciate the WICKED NIGHTS of this fun humorous and sexy paranormal romantic suspense thriller.

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