Monday, May 5, 2014

A Girl's Guide to Vampires, Dark Ones series by Katie MacAlister

Title: A Girl's Guide to Vampires
Author: Katie MacAlister
Series: Dark Ones
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 29th 2003


All Joy Randall wants is a little old-fashioned romance, but when she participates in a "Goddess evoking" ceremony with her friend, Roxy, Joy finds out her future true love is a man with the potential to put her immortal soul in danger. At first the ever-practical Joy is ready to dismiss her vision as a product of too much gin and too many vampire romances, but while traveling through the Czech Republic with Roxy, Joy begins to have some second thoughts about her mystery lover because she is suddenly plagued by visions of a lethally handsome stranger. Then, when she and Roxy attend a local GothFaire, Joy meets Raphael Griffin St. John, head of security, and she becomes even more bewildered because the dark and dangerous Raphael seems too close to her dreams for comfort.

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For as long as she can remember, Katie MacAlister has loved reading. Growing up in a family where a weekly visit to the library was a given, Katie spent much of her time with her nose buried in a book. Despite her love for novels, she didn't think of writing them until she was contracted to write a non-fiction book about software. Since her editor refused to allow her to include either witty dialogue or love scenes in the software book, Katie swiftly resolved to switch to fiction, where she could indulge in world building, tormenting characters, and falling madly in love with all her heroes.
Two years after she started writing novels, Katie sold her first romance, Noble Intentions. More than thirty books followed during the years after Noble's publication. Her novels have been translated into numerous languages, been recorded as audiobooks, received several awards, and placed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. She also writes for the young adult audience as Katie Maxwell, and for the mystery world as Kate Marsh.

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Dark Ones series

A Girl's Guide to Vampires #1
Sex and the Single Vampire #2
Sex, Lies and Vampires #3
Even Vampires Get the Blues #4
Just One Sip #4.5
The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires #5
Zen and the Art of Vampires #6
Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang #7
Cupid Cats #7.5
In the Company of Vampires #8
Much Ado About Vampires #9
A Tale of Two Vampires #10


Katie MacAlister is one of my fave authors. She wrote one of my fave series, the Dark Ones AND she wrote one of my fave books, A Girl's Guide to Vampires!

She has a certain style that makes me not want to ever put her book down, nor finish it. This particular series and book, are about vampires. She took the vampire lore and modified it a teensy bit. I LOVED it! And not just because she placed it in a country where I've got some roots from.

Our heroine, Joy Randall and her crazy BFF - gotta love a crazy BFF - are traveling to Europe. They end up in the Czech Republic, where she meets not one hot man, but TWO! One of them happens to be the famous author of vampire novels, Christian Dante. The other is Raphael Griffin St. John, a swoon-worthy man and hero! And really, he IS a hero.

I can't tell you how much I loved it and really, I highly recommend it! If you love funny and quirky, take-no-crap heroines, vampire-romance-novel-obsessed BFFs, a possessive big hunk o' man and a sexy vampire that just doesn't have 'no' in his vocabulary, along with a storyline with plots and twists you don't see coming, then this book is for you. Katie is for you. 


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