Time for some Regency paranormal romance today from Lydia Dare! And to win a copy of In the Heat of the Bite…read on.
THE OFFICIAL BLURB: 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: In the Heat of the Bite (love the title!) is the second in Lydia Dare’s Regency Vampyre trilogy, but reads fine as a standalone. I loved the first book, It Happened One Bite, and this one was just as much fun, as we get a better look at Matthew, former knight turned vampire and genuinely nice, well-grounded guy, er, vampire, who more than meets his match in the fiery Rhiannon, a Scottish weather witch (she’s a coven mate of the witch Blair in the first book). I’m always on board when weather gets stirred up, so this was a fun read for me. The romance doesn’t overwhelm the plot and, as we’ve come to expect from a regency, includes its share of misunderstandings and breaches-of-manner.
One thing to note. I’m always a little squichy when it comes to dialect, and the witches’ Scottish brogues get a bit heavy for me sometimes in these books (“Doona get yer hair standin’ on end,” the character might say to me). I usually find by the first third of the book, I’ve adjusted and don’t notice it so much anymore but in the early pages I’m always stopping to try and pronounce it. So, if that’s something that gets you squichy, you’ve been warned 🙂 Now, as to exactly what “squichy” means…no idea.
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