Master of Ecstasy (Mackenzie Vampires, #1)
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BLYTHE SPIRIT
Her trip in time to 1785 Scotland was supposed to be a vacation, so why did Blythe feel that her stay at the MacKenzie pile of stones had her imagination working overtime, making helpful suggestions about every bump in the night: demon, considers you yummy take-out; really ugly gargoyle, wants to sleep in your bed.

So she wasn't at all surprised when the first...more
Mass Market Paperback, 358 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Love Spell
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Diane ~Firefly~
I like the books with Ganymede and Sparkle Stardust, aka Cosmic Troublemakers, as they are fun to read about. This couple was just ok. Blythe and others traveled back to a Scottish castle in 1785 where vampire, Darach had just arrived back home. Blythe is from the 24th century and this is a business trip for her. Ganymede spends most of the book worried about getting into trouble with "The Big Boss" so he wasn't as fun as usual.
Carolyn F.
I really, really liked this book. The title and the cover made me think it was going to be a serious sexual book. There's sex but lots more laughter and a little sadness. She reminded me of Kresley Cole a lot here. Would recommend this book.
Kathleen Burket
Sometimes a book just resonates with you, and this book did that for me. Blythe 56-2310, the fifty-sixth Blythe born in 2310, has signed up for a time travel visit to Scotland in 1785. The trip was organized by that cosmic troublemaker, Ganymede, who some readers may be familiar with from other Nina Bangs series. (In fact, I believe that Master of Ecstasy was actually the first appearance of that cosmic troublemaker duo, Ganymede and Sparkle Stardust.) Ganymede has taken over the castle the belo...more
Robin
This book is about a vampire by the name of Darach MacKenzie and a woman named Blythe. Blythe lives in the future and takes a travel tour to the distant past which happens to be the Scottish Highlands of 1785. This is where she meets Darach. Blythe works for a company called Ecstasy INC which basically is a company that is hired out to make people happy. Blythe discovers Darach and decides that it is her job to make him happy. He on the other hand doesn't exactly feel like he is unhappy. She goe...more
Deirdre
A tick-the-boxes vampire romance. Scotland, check; vampires check; time-travel, check; culture clash, check, magic, check; I could continue but it's not that bad. Blythe (oh yes the Blythe Spirit thing is used on the cover) is on a holiday back to 1785 from 2339, when the world is overpopulated and longevity is taken for granted. He's Darach McKenzie, from a family of vampires who is in the castle to deal with some of the out-of-control vampires who are homing back to the castle as the ancestral...more
Siry
Creo que lo mas novedoso de esta historia comparada con otras de vampiros es que la sangre humana en exceso vuelve locos a los vampiros.. tambien el viaje en el tiempo que hace la principal y como son las pocas cosas que describe del futuro sobretodo lo que forma parte de su miedo.. de el lo interesante seria los poderes que va adquiriendo con el paso de los años..y como cada vez se puede ir volviendo mas humano..
Pero mi personaje favorito definitivamente fue la gata blanca :p... con todo su rol...more
JoAnna
This was a great start to this series. You are introduced to 2 hilarious supporting characters that play a part this series as well as the Castle of Dark Dreams series. Ganymede and Sparkle Stardust are cosmic trouble makers. A woman from the future meets a vampire when she takes a vacation to the past. This vacation is important for Blythe, it's a working vacation. She has to complete a job without becoming emotionally involved with the person she needs to make happy. Darach Mackenzie is the su...more
Gypsie Holley
Definitely different. So, this chic books a travel from the 2300's back to the 1300 to 1700 for a 2 week vacation. Doesn't believe in Vampires and then falls for one. I really don't care for futuristic reading, but it was interesting the items that were shared from the future. I still prefer the past anyday. I am glad this book was completely read from in the past. I could not have finished it were it to go back to her time. Although one thing that I found to be truly incredible were the sex sce...more
Olean Public Library
This first novel of the MacKenzie Vampire Series is a decent start to a very funny series. I will admit if I had not read Night Bites first I never would have made it through this book. It isn't that it's a bad book; I simply found it a little too busy. This book combines time travel (distant past and distant future at one time), vampires, and cosmic troublemakers all at once. It is a wonderfully fast paced, introduction into this universe. I recommend this book as an introduction to the series,...more
Betty Hogan
oh this book is so good, I love how she describes all the characters, she is a wonderful writer, I am so glad that she describes the vampires without really pale skin,because not all vampires are pale skinned, just like in the books that I read they are not all pale white that is how they blend in with the other people in this books, and I love sparkle, she is so funny, she tries to be such a trouble maker but somehow she always ends up helping someone. the hero in this book is great but she doe...more
Sarri Morin
This was my first introduction to paranormal romance and what a trip it was! I was introduced to Sparkle Stardust and Ganymede (Cosmic Trouble makers) what a riot! I love to read Nina Bangs and every book she puts out there! She is one of my favorite authors, she has me laughing out literally and she has me crying just as easily. Her characters are witty and heroic and just selfish enough that you have to love them. She has all kinds of super natural beings from the Jersey Devil to The Godddess...more
Beth
Blythe (no-last-name) is time-traveling from the 24th century back to 1785. She runs into a 500-year-old vampire named Darach. They both have the hots for each other, but she's been 'assingned' Darach as her next job. She works for Ecstasy, Inc. where her job is to scan people who are depressed and find a way to make them happy. The storyline just sounds hokey and stupid before you realize that the author intends for it to be funny. It doesn't really sound funny until about half-way through the...more
Karen
I wasn't sure what to think of this book at first, but over all I rather liked it. I loved Sparkle the cat - very funny. And although there was quite a bit of sex in the book, it was actually quite well written, so I enjoyed reading it. And there was a pretty decent plot and characterization. I wasn't entirely clear why the women thought they would be given immortality if they had sex with a vampire, but perhaps that is explained better in another book or I skipped over an explanation. I'll defi...more
Jaime
Master of Ecstasy is a paranormal romance that lean towards erotica without actually being erotica. It certainly has its share of sex, but I don’t think it has anything more than a lot of other romances I’ve read. What it also has is its fair share of humor, which cuts the sexiness quite a bit. The world-building is very odd, a mixture of 1700s Scotland and the future. I’m not sure that I’ll read any more in the series. It wasn’t bad, it just didn’t really hold my interest much.
Cathy
I had high hopes for this one, as Dakota Cassidy seems to be such a big fan. I was hoping for a fun romance with heart. But it jumped right into the story without developing the characters at all and felt extremely contrived and silly. But not fun silly. This one just isn't for me. I didn't even want to finish it.
Chinablue_25 West Bostedor
It was ok. Ummm. It wasn't too busy for me, but the whole time travel thing was a bit different for me. While I think I could really get behind reading a really good time travel based plot, this book isn't what I would call a quality example of time travel. I liked the guy in this book. He was yummy. I don't know. Not sure I would read this one again.
Lili
Oh my God!
Stupid, silly, boring and a waste of my time.
I rolled my eyes so much I thought they were going to stay looking upward.
The plot was so very very stupid, the characters... ugh!, I liked Darach but Blythe was so annoying I wanted her gone, dead or in a coma, just so she would shut up.
I really liked Sparkle, she was fun!
Natalie
Book 1 in the MacKenzie Vampires series. Sparkle Stardust and Ganymede are fantastic! I really enjoyed the time travel aspect of the story. I want a Bittyfluff of my own! Typical paranormal romance (nothing wrong with that), good action and adventure, good sex, and funny characters. I have no hesitation to read more in this series.
Gabrielle    ~ Bhlack  Benehvolence ~
I loved this book! It was great again there were times when I couldn't put it down! Nina Bangs is an excellent writer! So if you like guys in kilts with that scotish brogue that makes you want to melt! Than this book is for you!
Jess
I couldn't be bothered to finish this one. It was not my cup of tea. But I did read Eternal Pleasure by Nina Bangs and really enjoyed it.. so I'm not sure what happened with this one. I just wasn't interested. Oh well.
Erika  Badass
Not a serious read, but funny, a bit silly and romantic to a point.
The concept is neat. Time travel vacations. From 2360 I think, to 1795? I love Sparkle and Mead they are hilarious.

Mical
Not one of my favorite. Maybe it was the time travel thing. Sparkle Starburst and Ganyemede keep it going. I love those characters. I'll go on to the next in the series.
Bren
Great read. Another great book by Nina Bangs. I loved reading about Darach and Blythe's story. And as always Mede and Sparkle just add something special to the story.
Rachel
I honestly worried I was going to run out of post-its while flagging all the amazingly bad sections in this book (plot-wise, dialogue-wise, and other-wise).
Georgia Scott
Somewhere between 2 and 3 stars. It wasn't one of Nina Bang's best books. Reading her newer books you can see where she's grown as a writer.
Sheri Ward
I liked the time travel aspect of this one. The heroine travels back to 1785 Scotland on vacation and stays in a gloomy castle with a yummy vampire.
Jade aka MrsTosh
Didn't really like this book....kept checking the % on my Kindle waiting for it to be over. I liked the plot but the writing was sadly lacking for me
Marina
Love sexy vamp's.But most of all I love Mede and Sparkle. I hope their are more books about them.Very nice love story.Good characters.
Tracy
Aug 21, 2012 Tracy added it
I picked up a Nina Bangs book after reading the back of one in the store, fell in love with it and have looked for her books ever since.
Nancy
There was too much going on.
vampires, demons, vikings,
time travel, etc.
I felt like I was dropped in the middle of
the story.
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