Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review & Contest: IN THE HEAT OF THE BITE by Lydia Dare


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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18 comments:

  1. I've never read anything by Lydia Dare but this book sounds interesting.

    I'm not really a fan of trying to read dialect. I usually just sort of read the meaning without trying to pronounce it in my mind.

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  2. mm I enjoy some dialects, give me a Highlander but I will pass on the Cajun.
    Dare has these amazing characters who are so much fun to read. I cannot wait.
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  3. Sounds like a great vampire read. I love the title too. Please count me in. Thanks
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  4. This book sounds awesome! I would love to win it :) Hmm, I haven't read any books with different dialects yet, but I am about to read Blood Red Road, so I guess that will be interesting ;) Don't think it will be that difficult for me to read it :)

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  5. Thanks for the chance to win this.I don't mind different dialects.

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  6. I too find myself slowing down and do my best to sound out dialects! Though a few just get too complicated and I have to give up! Lol:) thank you for the opportunity!

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  7. I really like vampire stories and would love to read this book. I like trying new things and I don't mind distinctive dialects. It might make the story stand out more if it suits the story.

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  8. I love dialect in books. They make them seem more real to me. I would love to win this book. It sounds fantastic.

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  9. I think dialect adds to the book

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  10. I love Lydia Dare's book! I'm just about to start The Taming of the Wolf.

    The Scottish dialect in her books is sometimes a little hard for me to follow. I occasionally get frustrated, cuz sometimes I don't really know what the girls are saying. Took me a couple of time to figure out that bairn meant baby.

    I have the first book of this new vampire series she's doing, plan to read it sometime after I finish the last Westfield Wolves book. So, I really want this new one too.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. Dialects can be hard to grasp so I'm not a fan.

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  12. Some dialects are fun, as long as it's not too hard to understand. Love me some Highlander dialect!

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  13. I'd read Lydia Dare "Wolf" series before, and enjoy it. I want to read her Vampire series too. I don't mind with dialect, since heroine of this book, Rhiannon is Scottish, I alread read her friend's story Elspeth at "Tall, Dark and Wolfish". Her Scottish brogue sometimes make me confused. I don't know about dialect, since English not my mother languange, I don't know the difference, but I want to know about, esp Irish dialect, or sometimes Cajun. Sounds sexy :)

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  14. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  15. I think special dialects should be used in doses. If it is overused or too strange it can make it difficult to focus on the story. I think when it is done well it enhances the story. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. I've read some books that had the language written like that. Sometimes it can be over done and sometimes you adjust to it. Normally I, like yourself, adjust to it. I havent read any of this series yet so please enter me in your giveaway and thanks!
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  17. Love dialects, especially Scottish. It is so hot!
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  18. If it's Irish or Australian I can really get into it.
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