Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: Mar. 1, 2011
Source of my copy: publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Blaire Lindsay's been warned that her ancestral home is haunted. But it will take more than tales of a ghost to frighten Blaire, a battle-born witch with supernatural strength and the ability to make sparks fly from her fingertips. Hearing spectral wails, she decides to search for their source, and is surprised to find a handsome young man chained to the dungeon wall. But when Blair frees James from his bonds, she quickly discovers she's unloosed far more than she could ever have imagined...Soon the castle is overrun with vampires whose perfect manners and compelling blood lust make for some very awkward moments, and Blair and James are joined in the fight of their lives to save everything they hold dear from the forces of evil...
The story set in the Regency era in which our heroine, Blaire Lindsey, was a witch and our hero, James Maitland, Lord Kettering was a vampire who had just woken up from a cursed sleep. I really enjoyed the characters in It Happened One Bite. Blaire was a battle-born witch and she was smart, strong-willed, brave and fiercely independent. If Blaire wasn't your typical Regency lady, James was also not your typical vampire either. He was a gentleman vamp in the truest sense: he didn't go running around biting people for food, he's very dashing and I didn't find him dark and dangerous like the other vampires in romances though he did have some brood-y moments. I thought Blaire and James's had great chemistry together. These two really cared for each other and I liked how they got together. The secondary characters were fantastic as well, especially James's friend the Earl of Blodwell, another gentleman vampire, who was just itching for his own story.
As for the plot, the story opened with Blaire's mom and the coven casting a spell on James because a vision foretold that he will be a danger to her daughter's life in the future. Then, fast forward twenty years later, Blair travels to her mother's ancestral home and felt a strong connection to the house. When she freed James from his cursed sleep, she found out that it was her mom and her coven who did it. However, what the vision revealed and why the coven had to go to the trouble of imprisoning James wasn't told until the end. There was a bit of mystery in there and also in the other plot plot line in which two vampires were after James for revenge for some reason that wasn't revealed until the end. The pacing was okay, there were some parts that I thought dragged and others that were rushed, but overall it was a good read (despite the big reveal in the end that wasn't so big) and the romance between Blaire and James was great. I wasn't sure of the Scottish brogue in the beginning because I've read some romances in the past where it got a little too much but here it was done well. It Happened One Bite was more a light, easy read and there were some great humorous moments in the book. This was my first Lydia Dare read and it won't be my last. Check this book out if you're in the mood for a light vampire romance with great characters. 3.5 out of 5 stars