A Tale of Two Vampires by Katie Macalister

Dark Ones, Book 10

Synopsis: Time isn’t always on a vampire’s side…

Iolanthe Tennyson has had a very bad year—due in part to the very bad men in her life. So, she’s accepted her cousin’s invitation to spend the summer in Austria indulging in her photography hobby. There, rumors of a haunted forest draw Iolanthe into the dark woods—and into the eighteenth century…

Nikola Czerny is a cursed man, forced by his half-brothers to live forever as a Dark One. But his miserable existence takes an intriguing turn when a strange, babbling woman is thrown in his path. Iolanthe claims to know Nikola’s daughter—three hundred years in the future. She also knows what fate—in the form of his murderous half-brothers—has in store for him. If only she knew the consequences of changing the past to save one good, impossibly sexy vampire…

Review: I was really curious about this Katie Macalister’s series after having a good time with another of her book that I had the opportunity to read. I must say that I was surprised by this one. I enjoyed her writing style with the great humor she adds in her stories. This novel is no exception to the rule. It was a real pleasure and I can see the real talent of the author for paranormal romance  novels. I was completely conquered. 

So what about the story? Our young heroine, Io, went to visit her cousin for a well deserved holiday after a problem with her boss. The sexual harassment she suffered has placed her in a rather awkward situation. But deciding to take advantage of the new landscapes with her passion for photography, she is eager to discover the new country. She will also meet some quite atypical characters she does not understand as they keep telling they’re vampires. She knows it’s something impossible and she wonders if they do not make fun of her. But soon after, while wanting to take pictures of the woods next to her house, she finds herself strangely propelled into the eighteenth century without understanding the reason. She is found by Nikola, a typical man of the century who is used to be the master of every situation. But his life is completely turned upside down when he finds a young unconscious woman after a little accident. He also thinks she is a prostitute with the kinds of clothes she wears. He can however no longer control what happens and would really like to understand why he is so attracted to her.
I really loved this story, as well as our two main characters. Io is a young determined woman who does not hesitate to tell what she wants to, whatever the consequences. Waking up in this new world, she is at first in denial and thinks she is crazy to finally accept the truth. You might think she would be discreet and thank Nikola for saving her? But it’s not the case! She will make him do whatever she wants, saying things he doesn’t understand or even annoying him as much as she cas. It is quite surprising for a man of his stature and he would like to understand who this woman is. He does not understand how this woman dares to face him in this way and he is determined to show her that he is the only master on board. But anyway our young heroine knows how to lead him by the nose. Their relationship is very well written and developed throughout the story. Their nature is explosive and I loved their arguments. We never expect what they will say and we are never disappointed.

It was a really good book and the more I read, the more I appreciate the style of Katie Macalister which is humorous and full of amazing ideas. I recommend this one to any fan of paranormal romance.
I don’t usually add some quotes to my reviews but it was too much fun:
 “Io. My name is Io.” She pronounced the name “eye-oh” as if there perfectly ordinary. Which was ridiculous, because no one he knew bore a name with only vowels.”

“Women…. They insist on being loving and kind and caring, and why do they do that? To make a man feel guilty, that’s why. And then they lure innocent men who are busy with important scientific research into impregnating them, and then said busy men end up caring about said spawn. And these ladies smell good, too. Deliberately. The wenches.”

“And you can just stop that right now, too.” 

“Stop what?

“That,” Io pointed at his crotch, “You’re getting all bulgy, and I resent your penis’s implication that I’m doing something to arouse you. Unless you’re some sort of weirdo who gets off by women saying the word ‘penis’ which is frankly kinda sad.”

“Are you planning on asking my daughter’s permission to ravish me as I deserve? If so, please take heed when she informs you that I am lonely and need a woman in my life. She’s been nagging me for the last five years to find one.”
“In your dreams, bat boy.”  


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