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A Taste of Darkness [Mass Market Paperback]

Nina Bangs
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing; Reprint edition (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843956348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843956344
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,296,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Forced to preserve the bloodlines of the despicable Werewolves and the Werecats, a menacing vampire, with the help of some cosmic troublemakers, falls in love with a sexy werecat, who is his enemy. Original.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Its not a bad story 25 April 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Its the first time I've read this story and although I wasn't riveted to the point where I couldn't put the books down, it was interesting none the less. Here is the synopsis.

He lived a thousand years for this? Reinn Mackenzie was one ticked-off vampire.

[...]. Werecats--sneaky whisker-twitching manipulators. Reinn hated them all. But most of all, he hated his job. Guardian of the Blood. What a crock.

The Mackenzie council, in its infinite stupidity, had ordered him to protect the purity of the clan's bloodline. What purity? They were all just a bunch of bloodsuckers, for crying out loud. Besides, how could he destroy a clan member for mating with someone not on the council's approved list when the very sight of a certain little werecat revved his engine?

Kisa Evans made it impossible for him to think about anything but the dangerous fantasy of freeing his own inner beast. NO matter how he fought the desire to feel the soft heat of her throat beneath his lips, the craving only grew. Kisa might be the enemy, but he longed to show her the sweet ecstasy to be found in...A TASTE OF DARKNESS.

It wasn't a bad book but I do wish that some of the other characters were explained a little better.
I want to buy the other book with Cindy and Thrain, which is before this book.
Happy readings
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Bang Bangs! 11 April 2006
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. How does a vampire keep the blood "pure" when by nature they are running around having "suckfests" as the Woo Woo Inn?
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By Cherry
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The author obviously has a very good sense of humor and is showing through the lines in the pages. Which makes a very fun reading indeed!

I only realized that this is the third book in the THE MACKENZIE VAMPIRES SERIES halfway down the book. Maybe if I've read the first three books first, then perhaps I would have a greater appreciation of events and characters. As it is, the story telling quality wasn't very compelling. I find my mind wandering while reading that it took me a few weeks to finish this book.

I would say this is a good read but not grab-your-attention-and-carry-you-away kinda book.

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He'd lived a thousand years for this? Reinn Mackenzie was a one ticked-off vampire.

Werewolves - furry pains in the butt. Werecats - sneaky whisker-twitching manipulators. Reinn hated them all. But most of all, he hated his job. Guardian of the Blood. What a crock.

The Mackenzie council, in its infinite stupidity, had ordered him to protect the purity of the clan's bloodline. What purity? They were all just a bunch of bloodsuckers, for crying out loud. Besides, how cold he destroy a clan member for mating with someone not on the council's approved list when the very sight of a certain little werecat revved his engine?
Kisa Evans made it impossible for him to think about anything but the dangerous fantasy of freeing his own inner beast. No matter how he fought the desire to feel the soft heat of her throat beneath his lips, the craving only grew. Kisa might be the enemy, but he longed to show her the sweet ecstasy to be found in...
A Taste of Darkness
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Bang Bangs! 11 April 2006
By Deborah MacGillivray - Published on Amazon.com
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. How does a vampire keep the blood "pure" when by nature they are running around having "suckfests" as the Woo Woo Inn?

Our delight Reinn, Harley-loving, sword-toting avenger of the Mackenzie clan, evokes a touch of Ash from Army of Darkness. I could just hear some of these lines Bangs penned being uttered by the droll Bruce Campbell! It would be a perfect vehicle for the talented actor.

Only our sourpuss lad is about to run into one sexy puss, Kisa Evans, one of those aggravating werefelines. She is one of the werecats the vamps feel pollute their pure bloodline and they want her removed. Only grouchy Reinn finds this particular werekitty is driving him wild with desire.

This has to be Bangs' best. The book is just so dead on target. I absolutely laughed from start to finish from the witty writing that just shows why Bangs keeps hitting the bestsellers list time-after-time. This is one gem of a tale. I don't reread my books these days because I just don't have the time. This one I will reread; it's one of those books that nests in the imagination and won't let you go. Kudos for the writer having the vision and craft to deliver this knock out book.

Keep 'em coming, lass.

Very highly recommended for the non-humor impaired!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody does it better 5 May 2006
By Gerry Bartlett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Nina Bangs! 24 May 2006
By Deborah Wiley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. In fact, Bangs does such an excellent job at depicting Trouble's thoughts and actions that he almost steals the show, particularly when he meets up with Mel at the conclusion! Newcomers to the series will not be lost, however, as each Nina Bangs book is written as a stand alone novel. A TASTE OF DARKNESS is one book that readers will not want to miss!

COURTESY OF CK2S KWIPS AND KRITIQUES
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining star-crossed supernatural romance 6 May 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nina Does it Again! 25 Aug 2006
By Sandra Hart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to agree with Deborah MacGillivary when she said in her review that Nina Bangs was..."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." I have recently started reading Nina Bangs novels and was partially disappointed in my first one, the Pleasure Master. I liked the book up until the ending, but liked it enough for me buy another one to see if it was just me or the story. A Taste of Darkness is the exact opposite. It's well written, humorous, and exciting. Reinn is sexy to the max and I hated when the book ended. You are kept on edge wondering when Kisa would transform into her unusual cat shape (don't want to spoil the story for you). Loved the character Sparkle and her obsession with sex. Loved how Nina solved the conflict in the end with the vampires...great job. Liked how she brought in characters from her other stories. You felt like you in were in on secret. If you want a great romantic adventure with an unusual twist, then buy this book. Watch out for the wereduck!
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