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an alternate cover edition can be found hereAs far as she can tell, Nell Harris is either going insane or she is in love. Nell thought she had been summoned to Prague to work on an inscription in a rare fourteenth-century breastplate. Instead, she is immersed in the world of the Moravian Dark Ones (think vampires) when she is swept up in the search for a boy held captive ban alternate cover edition can be found hereAs far as she can tell, Nell Harris is either going insane or she is in love. Nell thought she had been summoned to Prague to work on an inscription in a rare fourteenth-century breastplate. Instead, she is immersed in the world of the Moravian Dark Ones (think vampires) when she is swept up in the search for a boy held captive by the demon lord Asmodeus. Although Nell would like nothing better than to use her powers as a "Charmer" to help find the missing boy, the last time she dabbled in magic the consequences were dire. Then Nell meets Adrian Tomas. Bound to serve Asmodeus and forced to betray his fellow Dark Ones, Adrian desperately needs Nell to charm away his curse. One look into Adrian's haunted eyes, and Nell discovers she will do just about anything to save the soul of her new beloved....

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Sex, Lies and Vampires Reviews

  • Cherie
    2019-02-17 16:10

    This was a fairly good read, though not quite as good as the previous book in the series, Sex and the Single Vampire. (This is the third book in the series and A Girl's Guide to Vampires the first.)Thank Goddess we no longer see Joy and Roxy, main characters from the first book who reminded me of a couple of whiny teenagers, in this one. We do have Ally and Christian and a few other characters from the second book though and I was glad to see them return in this one.In this installment, Nell Harris, a Professor of Medieval History at the University of Washington, is also a Charmer who can create and disarm magical charms and curses, a practice she gave up 10 years ago when she accidently killed her best friend while trying to disarm a curse. She's been asked to the Czech Republic by Melissande, a Dark One (sorta like a Vampire), on the premise of translating an inscription on a fourteenth-century breastplate. The real reason behind Melissande's asking Nell to come though is because she's aware of her background as a Charmer. Melissande wants Nell to use her Charming skills to help find her 10-year-old nephew Damian who's been taken by the demon lord Asmodeus.Immediately, Nell runs into "The Betrayer", Melissande's brother Adrian, who has been bound to Asmodeus, while searching for clues to Asmodeus's whereabouts in Christian's castle. Adrian whisks Nell off against her will when he realizes what she can do for him. Despite Adrian's curse binding him to the demon lord by his father when he was only 2 years old, Nell immediately sees the good in him and they soon realize that Nell is Adrian's Beloved. (A Beloved is a Dark One's "other half" who is able to bring light into his soul, etc.) Melissande, Christian, and the other Dark Ones including Melissande's other brother Saer are all against Adrian and would prefer to just do away with him. But Adrian also wants to save Damian as well as have Nell remove his curse. So Nell joins forces with Adrian and while working to get the information they need to free Damian, they must also avoid the other Dark Ones trying to slow them down. Thoughout the story, Nell's character reminded me a little too much of Joy or Roxy from A Girl's Guide to Vampires—her comments and American colloquialisms were meant to be funny, but I found them annoying more often than not. Plus, she's a bit too mouthy for her own good and doesn't think how her actions will affect what she's trying to accomplish. Fortunately, there were a number of other funny parts in the story, the mummies for instance, which had me cracking up!

  • Jane
    2019-01-31 16:10

    It's an enjoyable read. You know what you're going to get with Katie MacAlister and it doesn't disappoint if that's what you are looking for.One thing I will say is that if you do read a lot of these books in one go the heroines kind of blur around the edges and you forget who is who. But as an easy and quick read they are great pick me up pieces of fluff and no worse for that.

  • Megan
    2019-02-03 16:07

    Well I liked this one better than the others.. Actually I was really enjoying it until about 80% in and then we find out that thing about Adrian and then I hate him for keeping it a secret. Yes that's confusing but I don't want to give it away. But let's just say that I find him less appealing afterwards.. Not because of the actual thing but just because he didn't tell anyone. But this one was pretty funny. There were times.. okay a lot of times that I wanted to punch Nell. She was immature and she got over things way too quickly. She finds out that imps and vampires and demons are real and she's all 'oh okay. Let's go kick some ass.' I dunno. I go back and forth with her. Adrian seemed like an ok guy. lol. Ill read the next one because at least this one was better. Hopefully the next one gets better?

  • Buttons
    2019-02-16 00:28

    "To each male Dark One there is one woman, his Beloved, who can redeem his soul. Those who remain unredeemed are forever damned." I know it's corny but believe me the humour, sex and interesting story make up for it - and it's an easy and quick read ;)In this book we meet the Betrayer Adrian (the Dark one who gave Sebastion to Asmodeus in the last book) and his soon-to-be Beloved Nell. Of course Nell has a handicap/dark past, having had a stroke after she tried to lift a curse by Asmodeus 10 years ago and now her whole left side is weak and she can't use her powers as a Charmer anymore. Adrian is hated by his people and has been working for Asmodeus as long as they remember, but no one ever made an effort to ask for his reasons. The Moravian Melissandre calls Nell under false pretence as a medievalist to Prague, actually wanting her help as a Charmer to find her missing nephew Damian. Nell doesn't have anything to do with the otherworldly, not anymore, and does not want to be involved with it but is manipulated into helping. Before she can do much, she is kidnapped by the Betrayer, the man Melissandre warned her of.I have to say I loved the ending in this book. How they defeated the villain is just brilliant. I would like to explain my reasons but I really do not want to spoil anything.Here my review for the whole series:Summary: easy to read, humorous, paranormal, kick-ass romance with lots of good sex.The basic ideas are the same in every book: Every single book is humorous, has an macho Dark One and a kick-ass Beloved. The Beloved is the only human(-like creature) in the whole world who can save the soul of the Dark One and end his pain, most Dark Ones never find their Beloved. The dynamic between the godlike male and the female is always hot and really funny to observe. In most books at least one of the two doesn't want the relationship or has issues, he mostly wants to dominate her but she doesn't like that and gives it to him straight. Eventually he is under her thumb and she realises it may not be as bad to have a male in her live (the roles can be reversed). There is a crisis they have to overcome and bad boys that need to be kicked in the ass. Always the same basic ideas and always successful. Nonetheless, each story is unique and all books are different, therefore it doesn't get boring, quite the opposite. Of course the stories are (more than) a bit corny but the really hot sex makes up for it.The story is always interesting (and funny) and the magic system and magic world that is revealed a bit more with each book is really(!) fascinating. First, the Dark Ones (kind of vampire) are introduced together with the fact that there is magic and there are psychics like summoners, who interact with ghosts, or guardians, who make sure that nothing demonic makes itself at home in the human world. But there is a lot more to it and at the end of the official tenth book I was very pleased with the system and magic world (like the system of heaven, hell, god and devil; it's just great)!My only critique is that the background story that becomes apparent after a few books is kind of annoying because it takes a very long time and you still don't know anything. Normally a common thread is nice but this is just annoying. I hate not getting answers to events and questions that happened, right now there are ten official books and which each book (starting with the sixth) there are only more questions. The first books can be read as stand-alones but all the characters we meet appear again in later books and I would reccomend to read them in order (but skip the first one). I know there are quite a few books in this series, but they are easy to read and e.g. for the second book I did not even need 6 hours to read it.read: (?, 05.03.15,) 09.08.15

  • Teresa Kleeman
    2019-02-06 18:20

    Class Desc: Are you responsible for lifting a centuries-old curse from the sexiest vampire you've ever seen? Does a demon lord want to destroy you? Have you somehow inadvertently bound several mummies to your soul? If you answered yes.... well, you're in big trouble. Let this book show you the power of love can salvage even the worst of situations.... not to mention the most tormented of men.This book is about Nell Harris, she's a charmer who is hired by a Moravian woman to find her nephew and brother.Adriam Tomas, is a Dark One who is called the Betrayer, because he's Bound to a Demon Lord and he has no other choice but to lead some of his people to this Lord to destroy. Poor Adriam is doomed to be hunted by his own people.Nell is kidnapped by Adriam when she's in Christian Dante's castle looking for a object that will lead to a curse so that she may unravel to save a child. While searchin a room she's accousted by Adriam who's macho attitude is You should fear me I'm the Betrayer. Nell just brushes him off, because she doesn't feel that he's evil. This is the beginning of a funny and adventuous relationship. Nell and Adriam realize that Nell is his Beloved.However Adriam has other plans when it comes to that. He feels that he doesn't deserve anybody or anyone for he's doomed to die. There story is such a touching and funny love story. Katie has such away of writing. I thoughly enjoy reading her books because I'm constantly laughing at the heriones and hero's in her book.If you want to feel good and get a beautiful story. Read Katie MacAlister's books. I have yet to read a bad one from her.

  • Tofu Fairy
    2019-02-16 18:14

    I can't decide if I like this series or it makes me nuts and I just keep reading it because it is about vampires and sex. The silliness of this one really got to me. I found myself huffing and putting the book down, rolling my eyes, and just generally being irritated with the stupid conversations and silly reactions of the female lead. The story was good, the sex scenes were good, the other characters were good, and I enjoyed, as usual, the further information on characters from the previous books (an continued epilogue if you will). BUT the silliness and stupidity were REAL distractions in this one. I enjoyed some of it and laughed as usual, but more times than not it was just dumb. I hate to be so harsh, but that is how I honestly felt. Unrealistic responses and conversations during times of conflict were the most annoying. Now I realize that these books are about vampires; however, even in this genre you can go to far with the comfort zone of the humans in this supernatural world. That is what this book does. No one in real life is going to be shooting their mouth off about someone being too bossy when their lives are in jeopardy. No one is going to be saying silly pet names to their rescuers when danger is still there. No one is going to take time to swoon and have a fondle session when the enemy is right there standing behind them. And no enemy would allow that! ugh. I will continue on with this series and see where it goes for now. I don't really recommend this book unless you are a fan of silliness or just want to read it because you are into the series like I am.

  • Dana
    2019-02-04 17:03

    This book came right on time for me. It was a sip of water in the “good book” drought that I’ve been experiencing. Thus far, this book has been the most interesting of the Dark One series. I liked both main characters, the male and female. I’m uncertain of the reasons why MacAlister insists on making her main female characters quasi-cripples, but this one was more appealing than Allie from the last book (Sex and the Single Vampire). Reading about someone repulsing others and hobbling around does not go hand-in-hand with love scenes, in my opinion. Yes, there is someone for everyone and it is nice it have character diversity. On the flipside though, it is sometimes difficult for me to relate to the characters in these situations. I also get frustrated when these women have to run and their bum leg slows them down. It ruins the action scenes. Anyways, this book was full of surprises and kept me enthralled. My skimming was kept to a minimum even though I still found it a necessary skill. There was too much repetition of obvious feelings and thoughts. Some of the story was also reminiscent of other MacAlister novels, particularly the Aishling Grey: Guardian and Silver Dragon series. The main characters in this book did and said the right things, creating a dreamy atmosphere that I could happily choose over reality. Finally, an all-around enjoyable book in this series.For more book recommendations and reviews go to thatcedalife.wix.com/home.

  • Sarah Marie
    2019-02-01 17:22

    This isn't really a proper book reiview, as I never finished the book. I got to about half way, and something else came along to read that was better, so I switched to that instead. Sex, Lies and Vampires was nowhere near as good as the second book in the series, and to be honest I was getting bored of the tone of the books. Sure the writer was trying to be funny, trying to show how ridiculus and crazy the whole supernatural world was, but because the books never took themselves seriously, I never took them seriously either. Like in Twilight, everything is so serious that at some points its a bit silly and over dramatic, but due to the serious tone , as a reader you take the events that happen seriously and it makes the whole thing more realistic if the Characters understand the danger they are in. But Katie MacAlister's books seem to laugh at the whole supernatural world. The main female character in this book anyway, seems so loved up she can't even tell how dangerous the whole plot is, this is the same as in book 1 of the series. And also by the third book, I realised how formulatic each book in the series was: girl protoganist meets vampire who must be saved, and a fight for dominance between them occurs while other forces ( human, demon, it doesn't matter) try to kill them.If your looking for a light summer read with comedy, romance and the supernatural, I recomend some Charlain Harris.

  • Meep
    2019-02-09 20:11

    Nell is just a reincarnation of Allie from the previous book. She has a simialr handicap but mummies to replace the ghosts.There are a few genuinely funny moments; Adrian defending his grim reputation and getting shot down, the mummies, Damien. Often though it tries too hard, I found the 'Oh look at the cute American' theme highly irratating. For a supposed professor of medieval history, Nell shows no signs of being capable of even basic intellect, she's all mouth off and talk her way into trouble. When another Dark One comments 'You're joined to her' I totally saw his point. She must be the least perceptive character ever created.I don't quite get the mix of dark moments with the frothy talky tone of the rest of the book. It just makes Nell more annoying by context.If the big bad demon is trapped in a statue why is Adrian still running around at his bidding? If it was that easy to save Damien how come they hadn't done it already?This is a quick trashy read, as long as you tackle it looking only for a brain-off giggle you'll likely enjoy it well enough.

  • Amy
    2019-02-04 17:16

    I am definitely starting to enjoy these books more as the series progresses. For one thing, the two idiots from the first book weren't in this one at all. That helps a lot. Christian and Allie are back, and I thought it was a really interesting twist to see them as the "enemies" for a good portion of the book. I'm a bit confused on Sebastian, though. After Christian's book, I had the impression he was a good guy. I hope he gets better in the next ones. Adrian and Nell are a fun combo. I like that they bicker like a normal couple. It's funny to see her calling him "snugglebunny" and such, and then seeing him enraged and yelling, "I'm the Betrayer! Men cower before me!" It just tickled me. :)

  • KayvanTee
    2019-01-23 22:19

    Leider nicht so gut wie die ersten beiden Teile aber was nettes für zwischendurch.

  • Melanie Page
    2019-02-14 21:11

    Content Warning: sex described with more euphemism than descriptive diction, falling in love with the captor, sex in inappropriate places, and tons of lying (if that sort of thing bothers you like it does me).Oh, Katie. Can I call you Katie? Probably not. Katie MacAlister’s 3rd book in the Dark Ones series is largely a rehash of what was contained in the 2nd book. Well, except the female protagonist has even less personality. Nell Harris is a medieval history professor in the United States. When a woman in Prague calls with the promise of a 14th century artifact, Nell hurries over. Except the woman, Melissande, tricked Nell. Somehow, Melissande knows that one time her in life Nell tried to charm a curse, so, naturally, Nell is the right person to help Melissande track down her nephew, who is missing. Right? Right.Melissande is a “dark one,” which is Katie MacAlister’s version of a vampire. They don’t do sun, and they have to drink blood, but other than that, these dark ones are described very, very much like humans. They brush their teeth, for goodness sake. Where’s the fun in that? Some dark ones are made, others are born, but for some reason they all stop aging right around the time they hit smoking hotness.Melissande and Nell go to the castle of Christian Dante, the lead male in book 2 and a medium-sized character in the 1st book. Nell has no idea who Christian is, but readers will get antsy knowing that we’re supposed to love Christian and who is this Melissande trickster!? In the castle, Nell is abducted by our male protagonist for book 3, Adrian, a dark one who kidnaps other dark ones and sends them to a demon god to be tortured and killed. She falls in love with him almost immediately . . . because she’s scared of the dark. That’s all the plot you really need to know, dear reader.Although we know Nell is a college professor, she has the personality of a 15-year-old high school girl. Her life in the United States is completely ignored, meaning her PhD smarts aren’t even useful to the dark ones. Odd, because they were largely born during the period that Nell studies. She likes to irritate people. Like, purposefully. She calls all dark ones “vamps,” a word that twanged a murder synapse in my brain each time. She — just like the leading lady in book 2! — tries to make up pet names for her dark one lover. And not good ones, friends! Terms like “lambikins.” Every time, Adrian rages that he is the powerful undead, feared because he betrays his own kind, which leads Nell to keep trying out new names. It was an aggravating shtick.The way Nell shows her affection is repetitive, too, and I would argue babyish. How many times did I need to read that she was “…nuzzling the sweet spot behind his ear.” Friends, go test out your significant other. Does he/she have a “sweet spot” located behind the ear? Is it just hair gel residue and ear funk? I thought so.She’s also constantly “kissing the tip of his nose.” Have you ever kissed someone’s nostrils? How about the side of the nose, where skin oil collects? No? So the description — tip — is redundant, but I also ask: are such chaste kisses really the vibe readers want in what’s supposed to be a sexy romance novel? This book does get super intimate. At one point, Adrian licks under Nell’s breast and she professes, “Oh, god, this must be illegal!” Errrr . . . in what country? I’m back to the image of the 15-year-old girl. Not a good one. The only time Nell sounds like an adult woman is when she and Adrian walk into a brothel for ghosts. One room has been enchanted to make ghosts feel sexy and want to strip off their clothes (ghosts have clothes, I learned), and Nell actually says, “I want you inside me.” I was impressed! It’s a short-lived scene, though.Nell never grows up, though. And her inability to mature is compounded by the fact that the leading lady in Book 2 is almost exactly like her. This nondescript woman Katie MacAlister keeps conjuring is the Peter Pan of romance. After another dark one tries to kill her beloved Adrian, Nell calls the thwarted murderer a “poop.” There you have it. A poop. I’ll say no more.This review was originally published at Grab the Lapels.

  • vakilo
    2019-02-10 00:14

    Die Dozentin Nell wird von Melissande nach Prag eingeladen, um hinter ein Geheimnis zu kommen und die „Dunklen“ von einem Fluch zu befreien, dabei lernt die den Verräter Adrian kennen. Nell soll aber nicht nur das Geheimnis lösen, sie soll auch noch jemanden für Melissande retten. Während der Geschichte findet dann Nell heraus, dass Adrian an den Dämon Asmodeus gebunden ist und sie versucht diese Verbindung zu lösen.Die Protagonisten in dieser Geschichte sind einfach nur ...ätzend! Ich war von dem ersten Band so begeistert und dann habe ich diese Geschichte gelesen und das Gefühl gehabt, ich lese etwas von einem ganz anderen Autor. Nell verhält sich wie ein kindischer Teenie. Sie ist einfach nervig, ihre Kommentare total daneben und sie ist dauer-notgeil (sie will mit Adrian am liebsten auf der Straße vor all den Leuten Sex haben. WTF?!). Adrian ist der dunkle, heiße Vampire. Er redet dauernd davon, dass er böse ist, und dass er „der Verräter“ sei. Ich hatte das Gefühl, die Dialoge zwischen den beiden haben sich immer wieder wiederholt, um einfach auf eine bestimmte Seitenzahl zu kommen. Die Grundgeschichte, dass Adrian an einen Dämon gebunden wurde, und dass Nell nun versucht diese Verbindung zu lösen, ging für mich unter.Ich war von dieser Geschichte so enttäuscht.Da ich die Geschichte in der deutschen Reihenfolge gelesen habe und mich über Christian und seine Freundin gewundert habe, habe ich etwas im Internet nachgeschaut und dabei festgestellt, dass Band 2 und 3 verkehrt veröffentlicht wurden. Dabei kam aber auch heraus, dass die Geschichte zwischen Christian und Allie wohl genauso geschrieben wurde, wie zwischen Nell und Adrian, nur mit vertauschten Namen. Wenn ich so etwas lese, dann frustriert mich das als Leser.

  • Kathy
    2019-02-02 20:19

    Setting: from Seattle to Czech Republic – Prague; library and rooms Drahanska Castle (Christian’s home); Art Museum in London; hotel and Christian’s other home in London; ghost whore house and drabby room in Berlin;Theme: working within framework of fate; taking on fate and shaping it for yourself; optimism and faith; love;Characters:Dr. Nell Harris: of antiquities/history; a Charmer – able to create charms, and unwind other’s charms; enticed by the Graven Plate of Milan – a medieval piece of armor; in college met with a Romany wiccan that her friend/roommate was studying under; learned a few wards, can see wards/charms, and follows the patterns, and can touch one, and tracing the pattern backwards can remove ward/charm; encouraged by roommate to disable a curse charm on a cloth used by the first Inquisioner; the curse belonged to demon Asmodeus, and once she started to unravel it she could not stop – her roommate was enthralled and would not leave when she told her to, things were going wrong – and at the end, there is a light in her head and a blast – leaving her roommate dead and her in a coma – when awoke, had a stoke – leaving her left side somewhat damaged and weaker and her closing off that side ofher brain;Melissande Bancek: Moravian; contacts and flies Nell over (with promise of the Graven Plate) knowing she is a rare Charmer, who can release her 10 year old nephew from the curse holding him bound to Asmodeus; Though Nell denies the charmer abilities, Mel overwhelms her and engages her aid;Asmodeus, demon lord: Adrian is his servant; Allie stole his power ring, and he is bound to a statue held at the London museum; he has instructed Adrian to locate his ring and bring it to him/Damian: Adrian’s son (though Nell doesn’t know this until they finally rescue him); his uncle Saen bound him to Asmodeus – as part of his plot to depose Asmodeus; he is in suspended animation, in a box in the museum;Belinda: Adrian’s ex lover, Damian’s mother; Saen’s unclaimed Beloved; she wants her son safely back;AdrianTomas, Moravian Dark One: aka The Betrayer; he calls Nell “Hasi”, German for bunny – a term used for lovers; identical twin to Saen; sold to Asmodeus at the age of 2 by his father, in trade for sexual prowess/attraction; he is forced to draw other Moravian’s to Asmodeus and within the boundaries set, he does his best to protect those he can – never taking pleasure in what he is doing; he meets up with Nell when breaking into Christian’s house to retrieve Asmodeus’ ring, and he recognizes Nell as his Beloved, and he also wants to rescue Damian – kidnapping her to insure her help – knowing Mel would not accept his help; Saer: Adrian’s twin; he is the one who has bound Damian to Asmodeus, trying to get the power himself; plans to take ring, finish joining with his Beloved, then sacrifice her to the power needed to take Asmodeus’ power; Christian Dante / Allie: working with Mel and Saer to locate Adrian and Damian; but when Nell stands up for Adrian, Christian considers what she said, and sees the truth – and offers help and apologies to Nell;Sebastian: Saer’s friend, and fully committed to taking Adrian the Betrayer down;Gigli:Knocker – Welsh spirit who inhabiting a human form; Berlin; madame for a whore house for poltergeists; she helps Adrian and Nell get false passports and a flight to London as Adrian has aided her in the past;Summary:When first taken from Christian’s library, Adrian takes her through a tunnel to a small room to wait out daylight… she has a panic attack, and Adrian eases her through it, providing what light he can, holding her, allowing her to sleep in his arms; and when they kiss, Nell sees the pain, loneliness, desolation where his soul belongs – and she promises to help him regain his soul; she can see the charm/curse that binds him to Asmodeus, but keeps insisting she is not a Charmer – that she cannot release him… but bit by bit as she ties into her powers to counter the various situations they find themselves (fighting Sebastian, imprisoned in the dungeon, escaping) she is gaining confidence in her powers;They find Damian, she unbinds him (with the power of the ring to aid her)… and then return to Christian’s to prepare for Saen’s attack; Nell turns his Neo-Nazi men to slugs, goes to rescue Adrian from Saen (he plans to sacrifice himself for her safety) – she finds him pinned to the wall with swords in the wall – and Saen attacks her, Adrian frees himself, and slices Saen’s head off – an anticlimactic end to Saen; but the ring is broken, and she despairs of breaking the charm/curse; but she knows they cannot live with him not gaining back his soul, and though it may destroy her, she must try… and she does unbind the curse, through the cold and pain it produces – and having embraced her light, she is fully healed and in access to her power; ahhhMemorable scenes:“With my good arm I clutched my bag (beat up with one torn handle) to my chest (stuffed into a bra stretched to its limits to restrain overly abundant occupants)…”“… tall, taller than me and I’m no slouch, with lovely broad shoulders and a chest that had my Inner Nell doing a girlish swoon.”“…change my name to Alice and settle down to a happy life of insanity in Wonderland.”Nicknames Nell tries for Adrian: lambypie, spaetzel, potato cakes; loveykins; etc. – Adrian likes ‘love’ best of all;After Nell joins fully with Adrian, becoming his full Beloved – she voices her disappointment that she still has the results of the stroke – slightly sagging left side of face, arm and leg on leftside not so strong; then she has to reassure Adrian she joined with him because she loves him fully, not because she expected to be healed – she just thought that would be a side effect; When Damian wakes after Nell frees him, he complains to his dad that Nell smells nasty, and he is not happy dad had a girlfriend… Damian doesn’t warm up to her, and nell suggests to Adrian – Dark Ones Boarding School : )

  • Josephine
    2019-01-22 22:09

    This book was okay but it was pedantic at times

  • Angela
    2019-01-22 22:02

    A fun enjoyable vampire romance. I especially liked the attempt to find a pet name that fits The Betrayer.

  • Bex
    2019-02-09 16:16

    Definite 4.5 stars :)If you like mysterious vampires known as the Dark Ones, sassy heroines, castles filled with treasure unlike any you can ever imagine, mummies, imps ,humour, immortals and magic, then SEX, LIES, AND VAMPIRES is definitely the book for you. I was hooked from the first page...imps! It was intriguing to say the least, so I sat down to read it.Nell Harris is the type of woman who delights in the old-namely, in ancient artefacts. A junior professor of medieval history in Seattle, she's been lured to the Czech Republic by Melissande Banacek to view the Holy Grail of her profession-the Graven Plate, a breastplate from a suit of armor made in the late 1300's at the castle of Churburg. A legend among medievalists, no one has ever laid eyes upon the interlocking plates that detail the history of a knight-errant. For Nell, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. Unfortunately, upon her arrival at the home of Ms. Banacek, she gets a little more than she bargained for. Nell is not one to believe in paranormal beings or things that go bump in the night. So, when she spots a common Central European Imp in Melissande's living room, she's a little unnerved. When Melissande goes on to inform Nell that she's a Dark One, a Moravian vampire, Nell decides that the lady must be insane. Next, this strange lady goes on to tell her that Nell herself is a Charmer. A demon lord by the name of Asmodeus has taken Melissande's brother and nephew hostage, and a fellow vampire by the name of Adrian, whose also known as The Betrayer, is responsible for it all. Bound to Asmodeus by a curse, Melissande's brother and nephew cannot escape. Hence the need for Nell, who as a Charmer has the power and ability to charm the curse. All would be easy if not for the fact that Nell has forgotten that ten years ago she actually believed in charms, curses, and her abilities. After a charm gone wrong killed her best friend, Nell buried herself in the past and tangible evidence. Now she's been tricked into helping a boy who can only survive with her help and in return, she'll have sole possession of the Graven Plate. Greed and the desire for tenure may be the motivating factors at the start of her journey, but joining forces with Adrian, who isn't what she first thought him to be, is what keeps her going. There's more at stake than the release of a vampire and his son, and it's up to Nell and Adrian to combine their powers to rescue a society on the verge of collapse. SEX, LIES, AND VAMPIRES is full of fun characters, quirky dialogue, and the redeeming power of love. This isn't the first book I've read by Ms. MacAlister featuring the Dark Ones, and it most certainly won't be my last. I love Ms. MacAlister's world of vampires and supernatural beings, and once you pick up one of her books, I'm sure you'll feel the same. I thought the humour was insinuating and sassy and contagious, I laughed out loud. (" yeah, yeah, feared by all, yadda-yadda") The intrigue was there, twists in plot I never saw coming....right out of the gate. I am not easily pleased and am known for my ability to always know the end of books. I saw some of it coming, but not all and it was not your run of the mill "stupid" twists that make no sense. And the sex, well, need I say that it was incredible for me. I mean her, I mean ....anyway. I revelled in it. Never have I enjoyed a take you away, into another realm that you can follow, sexy, thrilling and funny as hell book more. Going to the book store to find more....today!! Thank-you Katie MacAlister

  • Katie
    2019-02-12 22:03

    Witty, funny, fabulous... All of them.Just finished rereading this one. (For like the 5th time)I have so many favorite parts in this book I am loathe to give even a few examples, lest I end up writing them all out here. Buuuuut, you talked me into it, lol. I can't help but discuss a good book, and I am very passionate about this series. :"Nell, I will not explain it to you again! There is nothing you can do. Leave now!"I leaned forward and, carefully avoiding the swords, kissed the tip of his nose. "Make me." "What?" I thought his eyes were going to bug out."I said make me. You can't, huh? That's why I'm here, snuggypants."This is just a small part, but the what just cracks me up because I can totally see his eyes going huge. i imagine it's adorable on Adrian. And Oh, the snuggypants thing just does good stuff for me. :)Another scene that I love is the first train station scene, where Adrian disapears to looks around and Nell ends up going after him. It's when things begin in earnest, Nell using their link, and deciding she isn't the same without him."Men with dimples sing Broadway show tunes. Upbeat Broadway show tunes!"This has got to be one of my favorite rants of hers, besides the whole, mummies aren't puppies one, in the library of Christian's house when she asks for some news papers for the mummies to sit on.Antonio is hilarious., although I don't get the reference of Pigeon Breasts that he calls Nell.See below for some wicked quotes"I pinched a bit of flesh on his back exposed between his black cotton sweater and the waistband of his pants. "Bad vampire." ""I'm the only girl in the whole of England who ever voice-activated mummies.""I am Team Adrian, so Sear can just suck on that fact.""Adrian groused. "I am not a lambypie, nor am I a spaetzel."I love the vampire references in all of their misguided glory (Buffy, knot bun...), I love that the phrase 'wild bunny sex' is used a lot, I love that we get to see so much of some of the old characters, and I love the new. I love that Nell is so flippant with Adrian and in general, and that it's hilarious. I love that Damian is so disagreeable, "Damian sighed a sigh of such martyrdom that only a ten-year-old could produce it.". I love the mummies (OH THE MUMMIES!) They are freakin fabulous. With their cooing and gamboling around and names like Ginger. What is not to love? I love that the characters are badass yet "human". I loved Nell's "introduction" into the world of the supernatural; House imps really are hard to get out of the carpet, lol. Really, the list could go on and on.And now that I'm just posting random awesomness from the book, here are my ending statements before I get too out of hand... While the end of Saer is a little anti-climactic, even for me (And Nell too: "It's over. I can't believe it's over. I walk in here, you're playing Adrian-the-pincushion one minute, and whammo! the next you lop off Saer's head and it's over." ), it was super well worth the read! It just gets better every time. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  • [☆] мєℓαиιє [★]
    2019-01-19 21:01

    Allein der Titel hat mich schon zum Schmunzel gebracht und da ich bereits Werke der Autorin und auch andere aus dem Bereich von anderen Autoren oder Autorinnen kenne ( .. und auch den einen mehr, den anderen weniger liebe), ist dieses Buch wie von selbst in mein Regal gesprungen.Nell wird von einer für sie unbekannten Frau nach Prag eingeladen, um eine urlate Ritterrüstung zu begutachten. Für Nell kommt das gerade recht, zumindest solange, bis sie wirklich in Prag landet. In der Wohnung ihrer Auftraggeberin - der geheimnisvollen Melissande - stolpert sie als aller erstes über einen Kobold, welcher darüber natürlich alles andere als erfreut ist.Schnell merkt sie, dass nicht so zu sein scheint, wie es ihr weis gemacht wurde und doch kann sie nichts anderes tun, als diesen Auftrag anzunehmen, wenn auch gleich er einen kleinen Haken hat.Um an diese Ritterrüstung zu kommen, soll Nell der geheimnisvollen Frau helfen, ihren verschwundenen Neffen und dessen Vater wiederzufinden. Noch bevor Nell überhaupt richtig weiss, wie er geschieht und was sie mit all dem zu tun hat, wird sie - auf der Suche nach Hinweisen zu dem Verbleib des Neffen - in einem alten Schloss entführt und stolpert so in das Abenteuer ihres Lebens, welches nicht nur ihr eigenes von Grund auf verändert und beeinflussen wird. Der Schreibstil hat mir von Anfang an total gut gefallen. Bereits auf den ersten Seiten und Nell's Ankunft in Prag, ihrer Begegnung mit dem Kobold hat mich die Autorin zum Schmunzeln gebracht. Nell ist ein Charakter, welchen man einfach lieben muss und gerade ihre Begegnungen und Gespräche mit Adrian haben mich echt zum Schmunzeln gebracht, gerade wenn sie Adrian nicht den Respekt entgegen bringt, den er haben möchte und seien wir doch mal ehrlich.. welcher Vampir - oh Verzeihung Adrian, welcher Dunkle - will schon Kuschelhase von seiner Freundin genannt werden.Ihre Versuche, einen Spitzname für ihn zu finden, haben manchmal nicht nur Adrian an den Rand der Verzweiflung gebracht.Anfangs wusste ich nicht recht, wie ich Melissande einschätzen sollte und auch Belinda nicht, welche im weiteren Verlauf des Buches noch auftaucht. Einerseits will Melissande, dass Nell ihr hilft, aber auf der anderen Seite kann sie sich auch nicht recht entscheiden, auf welcher Seite sie eigentlich stehen will.Ich kann es durchaus verstehen, immerhin kann sie nicht einfach einen ihrer Brüder verraten, aber manchmal fand ich sie einfach ein wenig zu .... engstirnig?Ich muss ehrlich sagen, dass ich mir von dem Ende auch ein wenig etwas anderes und vor allem ein wenig mehr Aktion gewünscht habe, aber die Reaktion Nell's auf das Ende, war dann doch schon wieder einfach wieder... typisch Nell, eben!Die Autorin hat mich wirklich witzige Stunden bereitet und ich weiss bereits jetzt, dass es nicht das letzte Buch der Autorin gewesen ist, welches ich mir zugelegt habe. 4/5 Schneeflöckchenbäume, für dieses Buch, was mich wirklich zum Grinsen bringen konnte.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-01-22 17:05

    If you like mysterious vampires known as the Dark Ones, castles filled with treasure unlike any you can ever imagine, a heroine more content to translate obscure languages than work charms, and a supporting cast of imps, betrayers, and immortals, then SEX, LIES, AND VAMPIRES is definitely the book for you. Nell Harris is the type of woman who delights in the old-namely, in ancient artifacts. A junior professor of medieval history in Seattle, she's been lured to the Czech Republic by Melissande Banacek to view the Holy Grail of her profession-the Graven Plate, a breastplate from a suit of armor made in the late 1300's at the castle of Churburg. A legend among medievalists, no one has ever laid eyes upon the interlocking plates that detail the history of a knight-errant. For Nell, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. Unfortunately, upon her arrival at the home of Ms. Banacek, she gets a little more than she bargained for. Nell is not one to believe in paranormal beings or things that go bump in the night. So, when she spots a common Central European Imp in Melissande's living room, she's a little unnerved. When Melissande goes on to inform Nell that she's a Dark One, a Moravian vampire, Nell decides that the lady must be insane. Next, this strange lady goes on to tell her that Nell herself is a Charmer. A demon lord by the name of Asmodeus has taken Melissande's brother and nephew hostage, and a fellow vampire by the name of Adrian, whose also known as The Betrayer, is responsible for it all. Bound to Asmodeus by a curse, Melissande's brother and nephew cannot escape. Hence the need for Nell, who as a Charmer has the power and ability to charm the curse. All would be easy if not for the fact that Nell has forgotten that ten years ago she actually believed in charms, curses, and her abilities. After a charm gone wrong killed her best friend, Nell buried herself in the past-and tangible evidence. Now she's been tricked into helping a boy who can only survive with her help-and in return, she'll have sole possession of the Graven Plate. Greed and the desire for tenure may be the motivating factors at the start of her journey, but joining forces with Adrian, who isn't what she first thought him to be, is what keeps her going. There's more at stake than the release of a vampire and his son, and it's up to Nell and Adrian to combine their powers to rescue a society on the verge of collapse. SEX, LIES, AND VAMPIRES is full of fun characters, quirky dialogue, and the redeeming power of love. This isn't the first book I've read by Ms. MacAlister featuring the Dark Ones, and it most certainly won't be my last. I love Ms. MacAlister's world of vampires and supernatural beings, and once you pick up one of her books, I'm sure you'll feel the same.

  • Anorielt
    2019-01-20 19:17

    Erster Satz: "Kobolde?"Ich bin wirklich unglaublich erleichtert. Nach Blind Date mit einem Vampir hatte ich so meine Bedenken die Reihe betreffend, denn wirklich viel von Vampiren bekam man da nämlich leider nicht zu Gesicht. Der zweite Band allerdings erfüllt endlich meine Erwartungen an eine gute Vampirreihe. Schon der erste Satz sagt sehr viel über den Inhalt des Buches aus.Nell wird frontal mit der Welt der Vampire konfrontiert und obwohl sie selbst in diese Welt gehört, schließlich ist sie eine Bannwirkerin, ist sie doch erstaunlich unwissend. Was vielleicht daran liegt das sie der Überzeugung ist das sie keine Bannwirkerin ist und das obwohl die Vergangenheit es deutlich gezeigt hat. Es dauert auch nicht lange bis Nell auf Adrian den Verräter trifft und ebenso schnell funkt es zwischen den beiden. Ein langsames verlieben gibt es hier nicht, es geht alles schlag auf schlag und war deshalb in meinen Augen auch ein bisschen unrealistisch. Nell steigt einfach über alle Bedenken hinweg und ignoriert die schlimmen Dinge die Adrian getan hat, alles nur weil sie in seine Seele gesehen hat. Trotz der unrealistischen Liebesgeschichte war das Buch dennoch sehr amüsant und spannend. Es kommt immer wieder zu lustigen Situationen, vor allem die Teile mit den Mumien haben es mir angetan. Wie Nell mit ihnen angeht bzw. sie mit ihr umgehen ist einfach zu köstlich und sorgte für den ein oder anderen Lachanfall. Was mich allerdings verwirrte war die Tatsache das Christian plötzlich eine andere Auserwählte hatte? Im ersten Band ist er noch fest entschlossen das Joy seine Auserwählte ist und im zweiten Band ist er dann plötzlich mit Allegra zusammen, seiner Auserwählten? Also irgendetwas scheine ich da verpasst du zu haben oder der Verlag hat die Bücher nicht in der richtigen Reihenfolge übersetzt. Ich kann mir einfach nicht vorstellen das es so gewollt ist. Auch das Ende ging etwas zu schnell von statten. Leider ist das bei vielen Büchern so. Erst wird ein großes Trara um den Bösewicht gemacht und dann ist er nach zwei drei Seiten total einfach besiegt und alle Probleme aus dem Weg geräumt. Das hinterlässt doch immer einen bitteren Nachgeschmack weil man so den Eindruck bekommt das es der Autorin niemals um den Plot selbst, sondern nur um die Liebesgeschichte ging.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Fazit-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Besser als sein Vorgänger, aber immernoch mit zu vielen Schwächen4,5/5 Sternen

  • Zel Polev
    2019-01-23 23:26

    I liked this book. This seems more in line with the good MacAlister books I have read. It's silly in a funny way. The characters are endearing and it is enjoyable to read. I thought Nell carried the book. She reminded me of Aisling. I thought the scenes with the mummies was a comic relief. Her coming to think of them as pets was pretty funny. Damian was also great. His entrance into the book made the rancid smell scene possible. I also found Damian and Nell dynamic pretty endearing. It was the fact that these were Dark Ones, who have cursed souls, having a pretty ordinary step family issues. I find it endearing that Adrian had to explain to his son that having Nell doesn't mean that he loves his son any less. One of my favourite scene was Nell performing the spell while they were fighting Christian and the gang. There was just something epic in the "dark" side fighting the good side. They were seen as the villains but they really weren't. The fact that they were ganged on and put up a good fight was great. The book revolves around Nell and Adrian. Adrian was known as the betrayer because he was in the service of Asmodeus. His father traded him for sexual powers and Adrian had been bound to the wishes of Asmodeus. He turned in other Dark Ones, which made him a hated figure. His son was kidnapped and other people believed he was the culprit. A group of people were devoted to get Damian back and Nell was roped in. Nell was a charmer. However, a curse breaking went wrong, which resulted in the death of her friend. Since then, Nell hasn't touched the stuff. She was lured in the debacle when she was hired to study a historical artifact. She stayed, despite her better judgment, because she was offered the priceless artifact. She mistook Adrian for Christian and he ended up taking her along. They discovered that she was his mate and they ended up in a journey together. She fought the previous books' protagonists and was seen as a convert to the dark side. The real villain was Saer. He was the one who kidnapped Damian. He wanted to overtake Asmodeus. One way of fighting him was having the artifacts. The other was sacrificing an innocent, Damian. This was discovered in the second half of the book, the half that had mummies and Neo-Nazis. Anyways, Adrian was absolved of the Betrayer name. He worked things out with the Dark Ones. Christian pledged to help him. Damian was working through step mother issues and Nell and Adrian ended up together.

  • 78sunny
    2019-01-22 17:02

    *Meinung:*Erst einmal möchte ich erwähnen, dass ich es etwas verwirrend finde, dass dies eigentlich der 3. Teil der Reihe ist, er in Deutschland aber als der zweite Teil verkauft wird. Leider fiel mir das erst beim Lesen auf. Die Story war interessant, wenn auch nichts besonderes in dem Genre. Ich bin ja grundsätzlich kein Vampirfan, aber für Katie MacAlisters Schreibstil und Humor vergesse ich das gern mal. Davon bin ich nämlich ein echter Fan. An ihre Drachen-Reihe kommen ihre Vampir Bücher allerdings bei weitem nicht heran.Es war angenehm spannend und durchschnittlich emotional. Die Betonung liegt eindeutig auf Humor und Liebesgeschichte. Für die sehr, sehr einfache Auflösung der Konflikte/Spannungsmomente gibt es allerdings den Abzug von mir. Hier wird selbst für jemanden wie mich, der nicht viel Spannung mag, viel zu schnell alles aufgelöst. Die Charaktere waren wieder gewohnt sympathisch, witzig und interessant. Ich mag die sehr humorvolle Beschreibung der Charaktere und die Tollpatschigkeit der weiblichen Helden bei Katie MacAlister. Tja und die Männer sind gewohnt sexy. Der Kosename, den der männliche Hauptcharakter hier für seine Partnerin wählt, ist allerdings mehr als gewöhnungsbedürftig im Kontext der Geschichte. Es war schön wenigstens einen bekannten Charakter aus Band 1 wiederzusehen, aber ich habe es sehr bereut nicht erst den wirklichen zweiten Teil gelesen zu haben.Die Liebesgeschichte wird ebenfalls humorvoll beschrieben und ich mag das sehr. Allerdings muss man auch hier wieder sagen, dass es nicht besonderes ist. Mich konnte es trotzdem gut unterhalten. Die erotischen Szenen waren sehr, sehr ansprechend. Grundidee 4,5/5 Schreibstil 4,5/5 Spannung 4/5 Emotionen 4/5 Charaktere 4,5/5 Liebesgeschichte 4,5/5*Fazit:*4,4 von 5 SternenDie Geschichte ist nur ein Durchschnittsroman in diesem Genre, aber mir gefiel er trotzdem recht gut. Vor allem liebe ich Katie MacAlisters Humor. Ich werde die Reihe auf jeden Fall weiter verfolgen.Reihe:Blind Date mit einem Vampir Küsst du noch oder beißt du schon? (eigentlich Teil 3)Kein Vampir für eine Nacht (eigentlich Teil 2)Vampir im Schottenrock Vampire sind zum Küssen da Ein Vampir kommt selten allein Vampire lieben gefährlich Ein Vampir in schlechter Gesellschaft Ein Vampir liebt auch zweimal Keine Zeit für Vampire

  • Joanne
    2019-02-04 22:58

    I'm in a Starbucks leaching free wifi in a foreign country on my holiday and this book has driven me to a point where I'm going on to goodreads to review it. Having just read the last three books in the past few days, I believe that my judgement was highly impaired in the past to believe that the books in this series that I've read, namely Even Vampires Get the Blues and In the Company of Vampires were in any way okay. The first book was atrocious and I didn't want to review it cause I didn't want anyone to realise I read it and actually bothered to put in effort to hate it. Joy epitomises my abhorrence of some paranormal romance. She's oblivious, useless, and proceeds to nearly get everyone killed in her pathetic attempt to save the world. Perhaps she should get applause for making the attempt. But her ignorance of her own idiocy and ineptitude drives me up the wall and I just want to reach in the hook and strangle her. The second book was slightly more palatable with a more intelligent female protagonist in allie but the story baffles me as she seems to go from complete ignorance of dark ones to a veritable expert. This one takes the cake. The author constantly reminds you that they have known each other for one short day and they have already completed 4 steps of the joining. You might be attracted to the man physically. You might even be in love with him after you get to know him. But I refuse to accept that she is demanding he join with her and is completely okay with spending the rest of eternity with him. And at the scene where I presume they're about to have sex and she tears his shirt off, I find myself wincing in pain. At the absurdity and at the fact that I have nothing else to read but this trash.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-24 22:14

    When Nell is hired to translate the writing on an antique breastplate she has no idea what she is getting herself into. It isn't her skills at translation that Melissande is interested in - her assistance is needed to help locate Melissande's nephew and rescue him from a demon lord and a Dark One known as The Betrayer. Although Nell is reluctant to take on the task she is unable to leave the boy to his fate. As she begins her investigation she discovers that all is not as it would seem. Her initial fright when she meets The Betrayer is soon overcome by lust and she finds herself questioning everything she has been told. But are her suspicions correct or is she about to become The Betrayer's latest victim? Although books 1 & 2 really need to be read in order I do think Sex, Lies and Vampires could be read as a stand alone story. I'd still recommend reading the whole series though as I've really enjoyed reading all of the books so far. I love the humor that Katie MacAlister has infused into the series and found myself laughing out loud throughout the story. Nell is a great character - she is fiesty, determined and when she sees something she wants she sets out to get it. I absolutely fell in love with Adrian who is a fantastic tortured bad-boy with bucket loads of sex appeal and you can't help but want him to be redeemed. This book really had a little of everything - comedy, romance, lust, love and some great plot twists that took me by surprise. I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes a good romantic comedy - especially if you like a paranormal twist. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

  • Yui
    2019-01-19 22:16

    Book 3 of the Dark One series. Once again Katie MacAlister had me laughing out loud every chapter of this book. This one is about Adrian, known as The Betrayer/servant of a Demon Lord and Nell, a retired charmer. If you're following the series there is not much to explain since the main story is about the whole tormented soulless male need to find his Beloved to save his soul. Only this time Adrian, The Betrayer really has no soul since he's been bound to a Demon and instead of looking for his Beloved, he runs away from her. Good thing our stubborn Nell is a strong minded, strong willed person who knows what she want and refuse to let go.The whole humor of this book runs like this..Adrian: I am The Betrayer! Feared by my own people! They cower by my the mere sound of my voice. I am loathed and an outcast because I am powerful and terrifying!Nell: Yeah, yeah I get that the first time snugglebunny.Adrian: You mock me? Me who has seen darkness that would kill a mere mortal. Death and destruction follows me.Nell to other people: Please excuse him he's really nice under all the harsh exterior.Adrian: I am The Betrayer! I am not a lambypie nor a spaetzel! And I am not nice!Nell: And he's not used to people since he's been bound to a demon lord but he's getting better. ^-^There's one scene where a male character from previous book whose supposed to be one of the people who hates and wishes to destroy Adrian sympathized with him after learning all the love names Nell gave Adrian as he has the same trouble with his own Beloved. ^-^

  • Khalia Hades
    2019-02-03 23:13

    SEX, LIES, AND VAMPIRES by Katie MacAlister spins a wonderful story involving her Dark Ones. Melissande hires Nell to actually try and find her nephew, and wow! What a story! Adrian is a true misunderstood hero, and I'm so glad Nell was able to see his inner strength and goodness.As a heroine, I found Nell very refreshing and interesting. I didn't find her humor very funny, (it kind of missed its mark with me) but I did find it funny that she would be just making lazy loops and swirls that would turn into a charm. Or she would try to copy a charm she had undone but would bungle it so badly that that would be good enough to keep anything warded! She is just the epitome of 'I'll try to do my best, but I've never done this'. Nell was a quick learner, but far from perfect and I liked that a lot.As I haven't read any of the stories involving the Dark Ones, I don't know if this is standard or not, but Katie MacAlister has written SEX, LIES, AND VAMPIRES in first person, from Nell's point of view. Katie MacAlister also has the great writing talent of misdirection, which is something else I really enjoy in a good book. Christian and Allie from a previous story have a roll in saving Milissande's nephew, and I have to say I find Allie very intriguing and look forward to reading her story.If you are looking for a not too serious read that has a lot of action with quite a bit of magical charm, I would highly recommend SEX, LIES, AND VAMPIRES. It's memorable and I'm looking forward to reading another story about Katie MacAlister's Dark Ones.

  • Artemisa
    2019-01-29 21:23

    Don't get me wrong, I loved this book, but it's a trashy little novel, I wanted to nominate it for worst sex scene and worst opening line (even if the opening line is actually a excerpt from the middle of the book). The actual opening scene is quite funny, because being the 3rd book in the series I was actually expecting the imp to appear (as it did).This is on more book in the Dark One series, it has more action, more danger and a bit less romance.This narrator (Nell) is more like Allie than Joy, she shares some of Allie's characteristics, she has a physical handicap, she has dealt with the supernatural, but doesn't really believe it and she has low self esteem and lack of confidence.On the other one this Dark One is supposed to be a real dark Dark One, but in the end he is just trying to protect his friends and family and the real bad Dark One is evil twin.(view spoiler)[That is nice plot twist, I didn't see it coming, I wasn't really expecting the good twin is the really evil twin twist, but I wasn't surprised by it, the real surprise was Sebastian teaming with Saer.And did I mention that Nell gets a couple pet mummies? Allie had her ghosts, Nell has mummies (they aren't as helpful as Allie's ghosts thou)The only loose end for me was how Christian and Allie managed to escape with Damian. (hide spoiler)]

  • Jenny Delandro
    2019-02-02 00:25

    Nell is a 'Charmer' (view spoiler)[ - who accidentally caused the death of her best friend 10 years ago - also gave herself a stoke that has weaken the left side ofher body and caused her face to be lopsided. - To say she has issues with her charm powers is an understatement. (hide spoiler)]She has never had training but in her travels she does acquire a Charm Spell Book which helps her save the day(view spoiler)[She is sucked into a sibling rivalry and while looking for evidence in a house owned by Christian she meets Adrian, called the Betrayer by his own kind (Dark Ones not vampires) she falls hopelessly in love with him and allows him to 'kidnap' her.She is his 'beloved' very similar to Christine Feehan with her 'Dark' series and their unique partner.She is convinced he is not evil just misunderstood and when she finds out that he was bound to a demon lord at the age of 2 by his father then she is goes ballistic and he is astounded that she will fight for him. he can not control her but she finds ways of helping him even when that was not her intention. (hide spoiler)]HEA except for the evil child Damian who turns out to be Adrian's sonas his beloved she is immortal same as him

  • Archer
    2019-02-14 00:04

    From the back cover:Instructors: Nell Harris, CharmerAdrian Tomas, Dark OneClass Desc.: Are you responsible for lifting a centuries-old curse from the sexiest vampire you’ve ever seen? Does a demon lord want to destroy you? Have you somehow inadvertently bound several mummies to your soul? If you answered yes… well, you’re in big trouble. Let us show you how the power of love can salvage even the worst of situations… not to mention the most tormented of men. Duration: A lifetimeMy Thoughts:Well this book didn’t waste any time in getting started, it was a quick hello this is your new world now deal with it. And for once I’m grateful, there wasn’t any “oh he’s so dark and evil, but boy he sure is cute” it was wham bam thank you, and now on to the real meat of things. (No pun intended)This book kept me reading from the time I picked it up and if I hadn’t had to work today I would have finished it much earlier this morning than tonight. It was a great read, it kept you going, it kept reaching for more and it delivered. I am very happy with this book, and it just solidifies why I love this Author so much.