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Thursday, July 21, 2011

In the Heat of the Bite by Lydia Dare (Book Review)

Title: In the Heat of the Bite
Author: Lydia Dare
Publisher: Sourcebooks

About the book: Chivalry is far from undead. . .

Matthew Halkett, Earl of Blodswell, is one of the few men in the ton who can claim to be a knight in shining armor -- because that's precisely what he was before being turned into a vampyre.  When he spies a damsel in distress in the midst of a storm in Hyde Park, his natural instinct is to rush to her aid. . .

But not every woman needs to be rescued. . .

Weather-controlling witch Rhiannon Sinclair isn't caught in a storm -- she's the cause of it.  She's mortified to have been caught making trouble by the imposing earl, but she doesn't need any man -- never has, and is sure she never will. . .

But when Rhiannon encounters Matthew again, her powers go awry and his supernatural abilities run amok.  Between the two of them, the ton is thrown into an uproar.  There's never been a more tempestuous scandal. . .

My thoughts:  This was book 2 of The Gentlemen Vampyre series and I enjoyed it as much as the first one, It Happened One Bite.  Rhiannon has come to ton because her Aunt Greer has brought her sister Ginny to ton to introduce her to society and hopefully arrange a marriage for her.  Rhiannon is slightly jealous as her aunt has never had anything good to say about her (not that she has much good to say about anyone)- as she is a witch and all.  Rhiannon is suspicious of her Aunt's intentions, so she doesn't intend to let Ginny make any mistakes, but in the process becomes  entangled in a few of her own.

Rhiannon is the witch who can control the weather, but it often gets out of hand when her emotions are in a turmoil.  If she is upset, there is bound to be stormy weather, and if she is angry - watch out for those lightning bolts!  She is very feisty, but she grew up sort of neglected by her father, so she has very little self esteem.  When she meets Matthew, she doesn't suspect he has any feeling for her, but embroils him in a scheme that will allow her to stay in ton for the season, and maybe gain a little respectability.

This was a very fun read and I am looking forward to the next book in the series, Never Been Bit, which I will be reviewing in September. Since the witches all have different powers, they have different personalities and different quirks to their characters. Since their husbands are currently Lycans and Vampyres - who don't get along - it is humorous to read about their interactions.

I would recommend this series for anyone who likes light paranormal romances.  Great for reading at the beach!

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~I received a complimentary copy of this book from Sourcebooks in exchange for my review.~


In the Heat of the Bite
Publisher/Publication Date: Sourcebooks, July 1, 2001
ISBN: 978-1-4022-4510-7
368 pages

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