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In the Heat of the Bite [Kindle Edition]

Lydia Dare
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Praise for Lydia Dare:
"Heartwarming romance, engaging characters, and engrossing plot twists...fast becoming 'must buy' books. I recommend them all."
-Star-Crossed Romance

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...

Praise for The Taming of the Wolf:
"A truly satisfying read...Ms. Dare, I'm ready for the next book please."
-Once Upon a Romance

"A compelling read that left me turning pages."
-Fang-tastic Books

"This series keeps getting better and better...flawless."
-The Book Girl 5/5



Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 779 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (1 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00514OX4E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #463,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Lydia Dare is the pseudonym for the writing team of Tammy Falkner and Ava Stone. Both are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and have sat on the organization's Board of Directors. Their writing process involves passing a manuscript back and forth, each one writing 1500 words after editing the other's previous installment. Ava specializes in writing the history and Tammy in writing the paranormal. Both live near Raleigh, NC.


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampyre Love 27 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
My summary of the book - Rhiannon has come to London to find her sister and make sure she is ok but during one of her angry storms she meets Matthew and their lives change forever. When they meet again Rhiannon manages to make a scene with her powers and his own abilities seem to be affected her as well. They manage to make a scandal and they have to spend time together to rectify the scandal and make Rhiannon's reputation good again.

Thoughts on the characters - Rhiannon is unsure of Matthew when she first meets him as she knows he is a vampyre and hasn't had good experience with them. But when she gets to know him her feelings change and soon can't stay away from him. She is also worried about her sister and tries to get Matthew to help her look respectable so she can get access to her sister. She certainly is someone who you wouldn't want to mess with as she can summon lighting bolts and it is amusing when she uses that power on the men in her life.
Matthew has been a vampyre for over 600 hundred years so when he spends more time with Rhiannon he can't understand why he can't feed from people other than her. He tries to stay away from her as he knows that he can't offer her a life that she deserves but he can't stay away. He is also very noble but when he is with Rhiannon he finds it hard to stay noble specially when she keeps offering herself to him.

Overall thoughts - Really good and amusing read. The interactions between the witches, lycans and vampyres is brilliant as they just fight and bicker amongst themselves especially as lycans and vampyres don't like each other. Lovely love story just like the first book in the series with a magical love twist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read 1 July 2011
By LAS Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A man born in chivalrous times past is no match for a feisty and seductive Scottish weather witch, and watching the lightening flash and his fangs pop is only the beginning of the fun in store for readers in Ms. Dare's latest romance.

First, this is a great stand alone book. For fans of the series, they'll get to see one of the Westfield brothers again and one of Rhiannon's sister witches. If this is the first time for a reader, those same people will come across as interesting and fun secondary characters. Either kind of reader will find entertainment and humor throughout and should find that Ms. Dare has once again provided a great storytelling experience.

Rhiannon has her story this time around and she is written as a woman who is loyal, fiercely protective, loving and giving but with bit of a temper to rival Zeus or Thor when crossed. Perhaps it has something to do with her propensity to hurl some well placed lightning bolts or two but the results are giggle-worthy and it was fun.

In the past, I believe I got a sense that her dad was a bit absent minded and at first, it didn't seem that big a deal. The author lets a reader in on a big secret that presents a very real and touching emotional hook. It made me want to give Rhiannon a hug. Having a parent who seems disinterested in a child has deep ramifications no matter how adept the offspring become at hiding its affects. I was pretty impressed with how the author wove those sentiments throughout the story, and how it touched and influenced the other characters.

One person in particular gets the brunt of the heroine's ire and saucy teasing and that's Matthew, the hero. I was tickled when I found out that this man who'd given up on hope and accepted his life's course should actually find love. I tremendously enjoyed watching him fall apart. Ms. Dare was deliciously coy with the details; it started out small, like a pebble going downhill turning into a landslide. It picked up speed and bowled the poor guy over with the truth. For all his knowledge and experience over his vast existence, the hero simply had no clue about the true power of love. It was pure romance.

As I mentioned before, there are some great secondary characters that spice up this tale and many revolve around the heroine's best friend Cait's husband, Dash. He has brothers and they all become protective of Rhiannon to the point of hilariousness. Don't get me wrong, there are some serious, all out spooky moments where I didn't know if someone was going to get shredded to ribbons or dead. Ms. Dare balanced the drama and suspense well enough that it never bogged the story down but enhanced the telling of it. There is also one special character that really had the makings for a vicious enemy. The person was certainly capable of evil and nasty attacks and I couldn't figure out which way to think. Amazingly enough, the author chose the high road in a very unconventional battle that tested the mettle of the heroine. It was Rhiannon who made the difference and who saw clearly what the true nature of the threat was. What an impressive bit of writing!

The only person or part I didn't care for was Aunt Greer. I guess I'm more vengeful or bloodthirsty because I would have not done what was ultimately done with her. I'll let readers decide if it was foolish or magnanimous.

In the Heat of the Bite is a delightful romance that paranormal fans can sink their teeth into and find sweet-tart entertainment from beginning to end. The happily ever after was poignant and beautiful. The scenes leading up to it were vastly amusing due to Rhiannon's fascination with Matthew's teeth. I found myself laughing and sighing all at the same time. I can't wait for Alec's story; it can't come soon enough.

One thing I do know is it's a guarantee that Ms. Dare's next book will be an auto-buy for me. For some reason, I can't get enough!

Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love This Series! 22 July 2011
By Lori - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a fun series. Any of the books can be read alone, however, why not enjoy them all.

1. A Certain Wolfish Charm
2. Tall Dark and Wolfish
3. The Wolf Next Door
4. The Taming of the Wolf
5. It Happened One Bite
6. In the Heat of the Bite

I loved the sneak peaks of Matthew, the Earl of Bloodswell, in the earlier books in the series. I loved the peaks at the characters from previous books. It is kind of nice to know that they are still happy. I think the author does a wonderful job of keeping the right mix of "peeks" and still stay on track with the main story. It was a very fun, light hearted, make me feel happy read. If you want a great escape - read this series. It is a keeper!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read! Get your historical and paranormal romance all in one! 21 July 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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Summary:

Matthew is a knight in shining armor, literally; at least he used to be, at over 650 years old! He was turned vampyre during the crusades and gifted with a magical ring by 5 Coig witches after he saved one of their lives. This ring allows him to go out during the day and to retain much of his humanity. Rhiannon is a member of the current Coig coven; she has extraordinary powers which allow her to control the elements. She is a force to be reckoned with. Rhiannon follows her sister Ginny to London, after the evil aunt comes to `launch" Ginny into society. Worried that her aunt does not have her little sister's best interests at heart, Rhiannon follows and decides to stay with her fellow Coig member Caitrin. Saddened by her aunt's harsh comments, Rhiannon is in the park near Caitrin's house in the middle of a storm of her own creation, when suddenly a vampyre is in front of her attempting to rescue a damsel in distress. Matthew sees a woman in the middle of a violent storm and feels the need to get her to safety. It's not until he gets to the woman that he notices a few things: first that she is incredibly beautiful, second she doesn't seem to be worried that she is in the middle of a storm and third that he becomes inexplicably thirsty when he had just fed recently and wasn't the least bit thirsty before he saw her. Matthew quickly realizes that the storm is of this beauty's making so she must be a member of the Coig coven, which he recently had some dealings with. Having recently had a bad encounter with a vampire, Rhiannon is understandably frightened of this handsome man in front of her so she flees to Caitrin's home, with him on her mind. It seems that the world is plotting against Rhiannon. Her aunt won't let her near her sister because of the "taint" that Rhiannon brings and for the life of her she can't stay away from Matthew; he is everywhere she is. Never has Matthew ever wanted a woman as much as he wants Rhiannon. He is trying to be honorable and remember that chivalry is not dead or undead in his case, but every time he nears Rhiannon all good intentions seem to go out the window; and Rhiannon is not helping his cause. Since meeting Rhiannon, Matthew has been off, first he started getting headaches (which hasn't happened in over 600 years). Then the pinches of pain where his heart used to be and now he can't feed, except off of Rhiannon which he refuses to do. After over 600 years of perfect health, could Rhiannon be the very death of him?

Review:

Let me start by saying I have been waiting for Rhiannon's story of the Coig witches; she is my favorite and Lydia Dare did not disappoint me at all. One of the things I liked about Rhiannon was her powers; her power is over the elements which are fascinating and we all know I like a good witch. L. Dare did not shy away from putting Rhiannon's powers on display and in fact she used them often. She had Rhiannon creating storms, zapping people with lightening, mini tornados, and the works. The other thing about Rhiannon that I liked was despite her great power was her vulnerability. She has all this power yet has lacked love in her life (her dad couldn't be bothered and her aunt can't stand her), so when Matthew comes into the picture, you are genuinely happy for her. Matthew is a knight of old, whom never quite lost his chivalrous tendencies. He still wants to do the noble and right thing by Rhiannon but doesn't think he deserves her as a vampire; but he has to have her anyway. Mathew recognizes that Rhiannon is powerful in her own right. You have got to love a man that knows a strong powerful woman when he sees her. Matthew is a great compliment to Rhiannon; he accepts and loves her as she is bad weather and all.

This book also has great supporting characters. The Duchess, she has a small role but it's memorable; she is a firecracker. She is cranky, direct, and says what she wants when she wants and you love her for it and hope to see her again in future books. You see much more of Dash's brothers who are very entertaining in their own right. They are very energetic, loud and mischievous. Lydia Dare has announced that this trio will be getting their own series so pay attention to these guys; not that this is a hardship. Sorcha returns in this book and I really enjoy her. She is youthful, full of life and happy. Alec also appears in this book quite often. He is a lot more morose in this book then we are used to seeing from him, but after the turn of events in the last book, it is understandable. With Alec you are left hoping that he will get his own HEA.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 8 July 2011
By Blodeuedd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My thoughts:

This book is a part of a series but you can read it as a standalone. But if you really want to dive into this world then I recommend the 4 Westfield Wolves books first to get to know our dear lycans and witches. But this series of course belong to the vampires.

Matthew Halkett is old, he has seen it all. He is this steady figure of reason and at the same time one tempting delicious vampire. I am drawn to him as a moth to a flame and much of has to do with how fast he falls for Rhiannon. Sure he has doubts but then he is a vampire who will live forever, while she is an innocent who will not. Oh yes Rhiannon, a Scottish witch with a temper. She can command thunder and lightning and sure does when she gets angry. And she is not afraid of a vampire when she has that at her command.

This world is lovely and cosy somehow. I already know the Lycans (love them) and in this book we meet more. I sure hope Dare writes their story too because they are a fun bunch. The witches are fun and now when Rhiannon has found her man there is only Sorcha left and I can't wait for her story..and, oh just read the blurb. The vampires are a great addition to this world and I really enjoyed the banter between Matthew and the 4 Lycans he came across more times than he wanted. There is nothing like a brood of werewolves telling a vampire to back down ;)

The book has got a bit of humour, great friendships and passion. I did like how Matthew tried his best to be the perfect gentleman. Just a reason to like him even more.

Conclusion:

Lydia Dare does not disappoint. She (well they do) does it again and gives me a book that I read and time just disappears. There is always something that makes me want to read the next page and on. It kept me entertained and I read it in a heartbeat.

Rating.

Good
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amusing paranormal Regency romance 29 Jun. 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
In 1817 the vampiric Earl of Blodswell Matthew Halket takes a stroll near Hyde Park when he meets Rhiannon Sinclair during a thunderstorm that appeared out of nowhere. Though centuries since he was a chivalrous knight he offers her assistance until he realizes that she is the source of the storm.

Weather witch Rhiannon wants Matthew to leave her alone as she wants nothing to do with vampires. She is also abashed that he caught her causing the storm. When they next meet her weather control abilities go haywire and his supernatural skills act crazy. To make matters worse, they are falling love with each other.

This amusing paranormal Regency romance is a fun lighthearted frolic between two star-crossed lovers whose powers go awry when they are in close proximity to one another. The fascinating theme grips readers as the vampire and the witch may have to choose between love and their respective powers; both are used to having these skills so if they could survive giving them up (that is if they can) would that prove enough for them to become soulmates? Leaving the world of werewolves, Lydia Dare provides a warm romantic historical urban fantasy.

Harriet Klausner
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