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Even Vampires Get the Blues (Dark Ones #4)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  6,260 ratings  ·  127 reviews
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Can a vampire without a soul find happiness with a half elf who is also a diviner? Yes, if Katie MacAlister, author of books like Sex, Lies, and Vampires, is in charge.

Paen Alasdair Scott (don't call him a prince of the night -- he prefers the term Moravian) is damned by an ancient curse so that only a woman -- a beloved -- can redeem his soul
ebook, 368 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Penguin Group (USA)
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I’m glad I was persistent with this series. It’s getting better and better. The characters and plot were interesting. I don’t know why MacAlister insists on giving the main female character a clueless best friend, but this one was one of the least annoying. I liked how MacAlister is connecting her books with some of the same characters reappearing. It makes sense that there would be some overlap in characters since all of the characters are connected to the “Otherworld” and they are in Europe (m ...more
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This was a quick, fun read, heavy on the cheese between the romance and supernatural aspects. I did find myself having some difficulty remembering the previous books in the series and getting it mixed up with Kerrelyn Sparks' Love at Stake novels, but it was a stand-alone, so that wasn't all that important. It was nothing deep, but still enjoyable. My favorite things about it were the African safari themed bedroom and the fairy friend who ate flower petals when she was stressed out. For some rea ...more
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Paen Scott is a Dark One: a vampire without a soul. And his mother is about to lose hers too if Paen can t repay a debt to a demon by finding a relic known as the Jilin God in five days.
Half-elf Samantha Cosse may have gotten kicked out of the Order of Diviners, but she s still good at finding things, which is why she just opened her own private investigation agency.
Paen is one of Sam s first clients and the only one to set her elf senses tingling, which makes it pretty much impos
Tofu Fairy
Well this one was better than the last but still left me wanting more from the characters. The plot was good, storyline fun and intriguing, sex scenes very very good, and it was less silly that the last one by far. I am not sure why this author insists on making the fighting scenes so silly, but I really dislike it. That was my main complaint with this book, the ending fight sequence. The rest of the book was pretty good. I thoroughly enjoyed the story lines of the sun elf and her faery cousin ( ...more
Hero Paen Scott is a soulless vampire in a real bind - he has five days to return a missing statue to its demonic owner or his mother's immortal soul is forfeit for eternity. In desperation, he engages the investigative services of Eye Scry, run by a rather flighty faerie named Clare and an alluring half-elf named Samantha.

Samantha is a failed Diviner, who got kicked out of the formal Order after a moonlight scrying session goes horribly wrong. But she still has a talent for finding lost items,
Yolanda Sfetsos
Gee... I was so hooked on this book I devoured the last 100 pages or so yesterday. It's such an awesome book. I love how Katie pumps her story full of humour and light-heartedness but at the same time injects it with a storyline toeing the edge of darkness. She's got a terrific knack for doing that, and has once again succeeded here.

Sam is a great narrator and her involvement with Paen is delicious. The attraction is instant, though they kinda fight the seriousness of a budding relationship. Sam
Part of Katie MacAlister's Dark Ones series. Set in Scotland. It's only the day after I finished this book and I'm already forgetting it - not a great sign. It was a light, cute story, that I wanted to finish, but hasn't stuck with me the way really good books do. Basic plot: Long ago a demon made a contract that will forfeit a vampire's mother's soul if the vampire doesn't find a certain statue when the debt is called due. Unfortunately, that's in 5 days, but the vampire is out of town, so his ...more
Jenny Delandro
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I was surprised by this book because I wasn’t expecting to like it, and no not just because he was supposedly Scottish because honestly I wouldn’t have known had Sam not mention how hot his Scottish so and so was or his Scottish this was something. But we will get back to that. I wasn’t to bask in the things I really liked about it first. I loved the fact that this book was about other worlders instead of some seemingly innocent human who doesn’t know what they are walking into. There were just ...more
I might as well say this to begin with: I wasn't really all that into the first book in this series. I don't really know what it was, but something just didn't campture me. Perhaps it was the whole human-fell-in-lov-with-human-and-not-vampire that didn't sit good with me. But that is all water under the bridge now that I've read the three next book in the Dark Ones series.

In this book, the fourth, a brooding, soulless Dark One, Paen, believes he needs no one. No woman and no saviour. But he is
Paen needs to find a statue and he needs to find it fast if he is going to prevent his mother from losing her soul to a demon. Sam is a half elf and has just opened a private investigation agency with her cousin Clare, she is a failed diviner but she is good at finding things. When Paen turns to Sam for help finding the statue they are both drawn to each other. Sam is convinced that she is Paen's Beloved but that is the last thing Paen is interested in - he thinks he is perfectly happy without h ...more
Once again we have an European Dark one finding his beloved in one of the most improbable North American woman.
Once again the Dark One is in trouble and doesn't want help. Once again the guy is an arrogant male that turns out to be a soft heart when it come to his Beloved.

This saga is starting to be a little tiresome. We have different women as narrator each time, but they are starting to sound all alike in my head. And for some reason Paen, that kept being referenced as Scottish and having a Sc
Ugh. Sometimes I wonder why I keep reading this series. It's not that it's terrible, but there's just nothing spectacular about it. This story seems way too forced, and there were WAY too many characters and subplots. I had a terrible time keeping up with who wanted what from Paen and Sam. Between the bird statue, the Jilin god, and the manuscript, I kept having to go back and check who was wanting what and for what purpose. And for the entire story to happen in 5 days is just ridiculous. Sam go ...more
Dorothea Müller
Samantha wird aus dem Orden der Wahrsager herausgeworfen, gründet dann mit ihrer Cousine Clare eine Detektei. Sam ist eine Halbelfe und hat ein Talent verlorene Dinge aufzuspüren. Paen Scott, gibt einen Auftrag, eine verschollene Statue zu finden.
Bei Katie wiederholte sie eigentlich nie etwas. Aus natürlich die "Dunklen", aber sonst nichts. Es bleibt immer abwechslungsreich und man weiß nie wie es weiter geht. Die Figuren sind immer sehr gut beschrieben und auch die bissige Freude ist dabei.
Leider hat mir dieser Teil der Dark Ones Reihe nicht so gefallen wie die anderen. Zum einen lag das wohl daran, dass ich allgemein Vampire wenig interessant finde und mich eher selten Geschichten über sie begeistern. Trotzdem hatten es die anderen Vampirbücher von Katie MacAlister schon geschafft. Zum anderen war der Vampir hier aber wirklich sehr durchschnittlich. Die Konstellation, dass die Beziehung nur zu Stande kam weil sich beide angeblich etwas beweisen wollten und eher ein Experiment sta ...more
My ratings system is as follows. One star is GOOD. The book is entertaining, easy to read and you don't want to stop reading because something about the book is compelling you not to. Two stars is GREAT! This time the story is not only entertaining, but highly creative, unique, easy to read and hard to put down. Three stars is EXCELLENT. Here the book has all aspects of one and two stars, but now the book is thought and emotionally provoking. Four is AWESOME. This is the read that is not only cr ...more
♥ Miss Dominus ♥
It's official!!! I love the Dark Ones series. Though this is less fave than the two others. My first is Adrian and Nell, then Christian and Allie. These girls are just so badass and humour. Paen is so funny, I don't know why but I love when Sam makes fun of him. Love is so profound. (I always have trouble remembering the name of the person in the POV, well because they always use 'I' while calling the others their name)
Ok. This one was better.

After the last book, I felt like I'd been hoodwinked. Lured to this author by the fine vocabulary and snarky sense of humor found in the first third of the first book, then condemned to a world of icky bad romance novels filled chatty obnoxiously depicted sex and a slew of heroines that while educated in wonderfully geeky topics, never show their smarts and are a craw sticking cross between Buffy and the Gilmore Girls. Buffy, I like. Gilmore Girls, I detest and despise.

I love pretty much every Katie MacAlister book I have picked up. This one involved a Titled Scottish Dark One (vampire) in a kilt, so how could you not love that? Though he was brooding and stubborn, he still managed to have a sense of humor sometimes. The female lead was awesome in that she was very honest, didn't play mind games, was up front about everything, and determined to do what was right. She was also a sun elf. But sometimes, though she was supposed to be very smart, didn't figure thi ...more
Jan 08, 2015 Elke rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire fantasy
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Katie MacAlister, What can I say about the wonderful stories, vampires, and luscious romance.
The reason to not buy the books is that you have no money. Other than that there is no excuse.
LOVE LOVE LOVE her writing style and the humor that makes me laugh out loud and want to reread the books over and over again. Very realistic characters and hot ans steamy men.

Highly recommend Must Read.
Heidi Tieman mclennan
"I am damned! You don't have the slightest concept of what it is to be in my position. You have no idea the torment, the pain - the agony of living each day without any hope, without any chance at redemption." And yet Paen claimed to be more than happy to stay that way no matter how many women his brothers sent his way." Actually aside from the first book, I enjoyed this story more than some of the previous ones in the series. Paen and Sam's story is filled with more soulless torture and heartac ...more
I don't know why I keep reading this series. It's not bad, but it's not great either. Mediocre - that's a more appropriate description. There are parts that are funny and interesting, and yet there always seems to be some ephemeral element that's missing. Whatever it is, despite my enjoyment of certain aspects of this series, I'm never truly engaged in the stories.
Paen Scott is in need of a Diviner. He needs something found fast. To appease a Demon Lord and save his mothers soul he has to find an ancient artifact. Enter Samantha Cosse, a half-elf private investigator who is good at finding things. Together they will cross into other worlds to save Paen’s mom and each other.

A vampire who wears a kilt!!!!! Is there anything yummier than that? What I really like about MacAlister’s books besides tough female characters that do as much rescuing as the males, i
Rachel Graft
I just finished Book 3 and I am starting Book 4. Very excited to keep reading this Dark Ones Series. Katie MacAlister is a great author.

I just finished Book 4. The book started off rather slow, Paen Scott and Samantha Crosse had a connection but kept ignoring the facts and kept doing their own thing. That was so-so, but once they realized that they were meant for each other and that is when the action started to happen. They had a joint mission to save the soul of Paen's Mom. I also like the bro
A good stand alone book in the Dark Ones series, but I felt as if something was missing. The relationship was nice and I liked the two main characters, Sam and Paen. I loved the idea of a Scottish Dark One, and even though some of Paen's dialogue was stilted, I still thought he was a good character. However, Sam's cousin, Clare, was trying and she didn't add any comedic value, she was just a self-absorbed nuisance. The ending was a little dumb, but not the worst I've read. I liked how Katie MacA ...more
Barbara ★
I haven't really liked most of the books in this series but this one is very good. Vampire Paen is your typical tortured hero though not so much because he was tortured perse. He was born without a soul and as a Dark One he has no hope unless he finds his Beloved. He, of course, doesn't believe this is possible and feels hopeless. When searching for a missing artifact for Paen, Samantha falls head over heels for Paen. The ensuing battle - two actually - the first is Samantha trying to get throug ...more

Katie MacAlister gets better with each book. Although this isn’t my favourite in this series it’s still a good book. This is the story of Dark One Paen and 1/2 elf Sammantha Cosse. He refuses to have a beloved and she refused to not be it!! There’s also a wonderful subplot romance of her cousin Clare, a faery and his brother Finn. You see their story unfold in background. Their story was almost as good as Paen and Sam's. This book is the great, you get two love stories for the price of one!!!
Good book. This series definitely picks up speed as it goes along. I wasn't terribly impressed with the first two but the next two have both been good.

This book took a very different point of view. The vampire was not eager to find his Beloved. He didn't want to be tied to someone in the way Dark Ones are to their Beloveds. Didn't want to think that he needed a woman to "complete" him. It was interesting and well done.

The only disgruntlement I had was that she let him off too easy at the end. It
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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 dialo ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Dark Ones (10 books)
  • A Girl's Guide to Vampires (Dark Ones, #1)
  • Sex and the Single Vampire (Dark Ones, #2)
  • Sex, Lies and Vampires (Dark Ones, #3)
  • The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires (Dark Ones, #5)
  • Zen and the Art of Vampires (Dark Ones, #6)
  • Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang (Dark Ones, #7)
  • In the Company of Vampires (Dark Ones, #8)
  • Much Ado About Vampires (Dark Ones, #9)
  • A Tale of Two Vampires (Dark Ones, #10)
You Slay Me (Aisling Grey: Guardian, #1) Fire Me Up (Aisling Grey: Guardian, #2) Light My Fire (Aisling Grey: Guardian, #3) A Girl's Guide to Vampires (Dark Ones, #1) Holy Smokes (Aisling Grey: Guardian, #4)

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