"A lot of action with magical charm"

Nell Harris has traveled half way around the world to the Czech Republic to examine a piece of armor that shouldn't exist. Only when she arrives at the house of her client Melissande Banacek, she is pestered by the housekeeper to get rid of the imps. This easily, Nell is thrust into a world she wanted to forget -- a world involving magic- all because of a horrible accident that took the life of her best friend and left her left side partially paralyzed.

Nell is a natural Charmer, and refuses to use her abilities. When a sexy Moravian Dark One known as Adrian the Betrayer kidnaps her, protecting him against the other Dark Ones trying to kill him suddenly has her forming Charms Nell didn't remember.

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.

s 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 about another one of Katie MacAlister's Dark Ones.

Posted February 23, 2006

Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted December 4, 2006


Take a flawed charmer named Nell, add a cursed Dark One called the Betrayer who has sold his own kind for centuries to a demon lord, and throw them together in a desperate attempt to save an innocent child...while along the way unentangling themselves from a Welsh knocker named Gigli who runs a house of ill repute for poltergeists, avoiding death by a revenge-minded vampire, and trying to convince a group of mummies that dead really does mean forever.

Reading order of The Dark Ones series (per author's website):
  1. A Girl's Guide to Vampires
  2. Sex and the Single Vampire
  3. Sex, Lies, and Vampires
  4. Even Vampires Get the Blues
  5. Bring Out Your Dead (novella from Just One Sip anthology)
  6. The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires
  7. Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang (May 2009)

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Sex, Lies and Vampires
(Dark Ones: Book 3)
by Katie MacAlister

Love Spell
February 1, 2005
Available: February 1, 2005
ISBN #0505525550
EAN #9780505525550
352 pages
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Other Books by
Katie MacAlister

Much Ado About Vampires
The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons
In the Company of Vampires
Death's Excellent Vacation
Love in the Time of Dragons
My Zombie Valentine
Me and My Shadow
Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang
Zen and the Art of Vampires
Up In Smoke
Playing With Fire
My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon
Holy Smokes
Ain't Myth-Behaving
Last of the Red-Hot Vampires
Light My Fire
Just One Sip
Even Vampires Get the Blues
Fire Me Up
Hard Days Knight
You Slay Me
The Trouble with Harry
The Corset Diaries
Sex and the Single Vampire
Men In Kilts
A Girl's Guide to Vampires
Heat Wave
Noble Destiny
Improper English
Noble Intentions

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