Title: Never Been Bit
Author: Lydia Dare
Series: Regency Vampyre Trilogy, #3
Genres: Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (Imprint of Sourcebooks)
Date Published: September 1st, 2011
Edition: ARC Paperback
Source: ARC (Provided by Publisher)
Lydia Dare’s paranormal historical romances feature the hottest theme in paranormal combined with the most popular time period in historical romance. This is the third in a trilogy of vampire Regency romances, where the glittering world of English high society is a playground for the rich, titled, and undead.
Vampire Alec McQuarrie’s heart was broken long before it stopped beating. Now Alec’s after-life is an endless search for pleasure. Young witch Sorcha Ferguson has come to London in search of a man, beast-or even a blood sucker-of her very own…
I really enjoyed this last book in the Regency Vampyre Trilogy. Throughout the other books I’ve always liked Alec and wondered how he would come out of his shell after being heartbroken over Cait. I think Lydia Dare did an awesome job with the story overall and the relationship between him and Sorcha.
Sorcha I loved. She was probably my favorite female from this series. She’s just this sweet yet daring girl, but at the same time she’s quite innocent too. It made for a good mixture and I could definitely see why Alec would fall for her. Alec I loved as well. I wasn’t sure if his character would be a little too hard-hearted because of his history, but I thought he was written really well.
There are a couple things I wasn’t a big fan of throughout the trilogy. The first one is a bit of a spoiler so I’m hiding it behind a spoiler tag:
First off, as I’ve mentioned in my other reviews for the first two, I’m not a big fan of the vampire turned human thing. It feels just backwards to me. I usually like it better when the non-vampire somehow becomes immortal instead. It is sweet though that falling in love causes their hearts to start beating, and the fact that they can’t have children as vampires kind of changes that. But in general I’m not big fan of this kind of ending.
I also thought there could’ve been a little more action going on. These books mostly focus on the romance itself, and other than the first book having a bit of a villain, there aren’t really any outside conflicts going on. I think it would have made things more interesting, but at the same time this particular book (and the first one), I still found pretty entertaining despite that.
Overall, I really liked this book. After being a bit disappointed with In the Heat of the Bite, I’m glad to see that this is back up to par with It Happened One Bite. Now I just can’t wait for the next werewolf series she’s putting out about Radbourne and his brothers. I’ve really liked him in these books and can’t wait to get to know his brothers more too! But before that, I think I’m going to go back and read the Westfield Wolves series because there were definitely moments where I would have appreciated already having read about those romances in these books. If you’re thinking about starting this series I would recommend reading those as well because there are some crossovers. It’s not absolutely necessary and you’ll follow the storylines just fine, but I think it would add more to the story too.
Now for those of you in the US, I’m giving away my ARC copy of the book so you can check it out for yourselves! Checkout the giveaway rules and enter below. (click the “more” link if you’re on the homepage)
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