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It Happened One Bite by Lydia Dare


Cover art: It Happened One Bite by Lydia Dare Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: It Happened One Bite - 1st in the Gentleman Vampires series
Author: Lydia Dare
Publisher: Sourcebooks
ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-4507-7
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Edinburgh, Scotland 1817
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Lydia's Website/Blog: www.lydiadare.com

Blair Lindsay is part of a coven of witches in Edinburgh, Scotland. Each of the five girls has been brought up by their mothers in different forms of magic. There is a healer, one who is able to control the weather, one who can control plants, and one who can sense emotions and then there is Blair. Blair is able to create and control fire. Times are hard for Blair and her two brothers. Both of their parents are dead and itís up to Blair and her older brother Aiden to take care of their younger brother and the home. They find out one day that they have inherited an old castle and they pack up to go investigate what their mother has left to them.

Upon entering the castle, Blair is struck by how much work is going to be needed in order to restore the castle to its former beauty. Blair starts going through rooms and hears moans coming from the cellar. Against her better judgment, Blair goes downstairs to investigate and comes upon a locked door. There seems to be someone locked in the cellar.

James Maitland is a vampire and has just woken to find himself locked in the cellar of a castle. Unsure of how he came to be there, he hears voices and manages to get Blair to free him. He is immediately taken by how much she looks like one of the witches who knocked him out. James is also very aware by how much he is attracted to Blair. James must convince Blair to help him find out why he was locked up in the cellar and to convince her that she can make his cold heart beat again.

This was certainly a very charming love story. I had a bit of trouble at the beginning only because of the use of Scottish brogue in the characterís speech. Once I became more used to it, the book flowed wonderfully. Blair is certainly one of the bravest and take charge characters I have come across. She has taken on the role of holding together her tight-knit family as well as being part of her coven of witches. James Maitland is certainly a wonderful match for her and gives as good as he gets. He is able to stand toe to toe with Blair without taking anything away from her personality. There are many ups and downs for this pair and the ending will bring out the tissues. This is by far a great addition to the romance genre.


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