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Monday, September 26, 2011

Never Been Bit by Lydia Dare

9781402245138 Title: Never Been Bit
Author: Lydia Dare
ISBN: 978-1-4022-4513-8
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: Mass Market Paperback
$7.99 £5.99
Pages:  384
Release Date: August 2011
How I Read It: Mass Market Arc
Rating:  4.5 Crowns



 Alec MacQuarrie’s after-life has become an endless search for pleasure in an effort to overcome his shame and despair. Wandering through the seedy world of London’s demimonde, he’s changed into a dark and fearsome creature even he doesn’t recognize…


 After watching each of her coven sisters happily marry, Sorcha Ferguson is determined to capture a supernatural husband of her very own. Then she finds herself embroiled in an atrocious scandal and has to bring to heel more mystical gentlemen than she knows what to do with…

Over his dead body is Alec going to allow this lovely radiant innocent to throw herself away on an unworthy cad, but that leaves him responsible for her, and he’s the worst monster of all…

My Thoughts:

Sorcha was born with a green thumb; she can coax a plant back to life in the blink of an eye. Although when it comes to claiming a supernatural man for own it is going to take a bit more work than she realized. 

Alec, once a gentleman, now a vampyre, just wants to be left alone to brood. Yet, when he realizes Sorcha’s intentions, he knows he must stop her come hell or high-water he just never realized that saving her may led them to the alter.

Sorcha Ferguson is the youngest member of the coven and I have to say that she is indeed the spunkiest member she is also a bit reckless and overly determined. When the nature-born witch realized that fellow Còig member, Elspeth captured a Lycan of her own, Sorcha was bound and determined to get one for herself, no matter the risk.

Alec MacQuarrie’s heart was broken when the Còig’s seer, Caitrin turned down his offer of marriage then his soul was taken to save his life. Now he is living existing for all eternity without the possibility of love or happiness.

Yet, when he discovers that Sorcha is determined to snatch a Lycan of her own, Alec is determined to stop her from making the biggest mistake of her life. It is finally then that Alec truly notices the woman Sorcha has bloomed into.

Will a monster such as him be able to save Sorcha from the scandal she found herself in as well as the Lycan she wishes to catch?

I have loved Alec from his first appearance in the series and waited, somewhat patiently, for his book to come out. Alec has a lot to contend with in this novel, not only is he dealing with losing Cait to a Lycan he has to deal with the fact that he is a vampyre. A vampyre whose maker as well as his friend, has turned back into humans due to the love they felt. He feels that he will never find love because of Cait’s rejection as well as the fact that he views himself as a soulless monster. Then on top of that, he has to deal with the fallout of Sorcha’s scandal and the fact that she wants to marry a Lycan of her own. Just to make things a bit more interesting, Alec also has to deal with the fact that his best friend, Ben is a Lycan.

Alec has a lot on his plate, and it made for a great read seeing the way he dealt with it. He was gruff yet lovable.

Sorcha, as the youngest and most determined member of the coven could have come off, as annoying, and I have to admit I was worried that she would come off as annoying due to her persistence in finding a Lycan to call her own. Although I am happy to report that, she was very likable and spunky. She reminded me of a very good friend of mine which made the book ever that much more likeable.

A brilliant end to a fantastic trilogy.

NEVER BEEN BIT is the third and final book in Lydia Dare’s Vampyre trilogy it is also the fifth and final book that features a member of the Còig as the books heroine.  While it is a standalone read, I recommend that you read the entire series.  

The Hadley Brothers who are featured in this book will be receiving a series of their own in 2012, and I have to say that I am eager to read the new Lycan Series.


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