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In the Company of Vampires: A Dark Ones Novel (Dark Ones #8)

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View our feature on Katie MacAlister's "In the Company of Vampires." When Francesca arrives at GothFaire to save her mother from the trickster god, Loki, things go from bad to worse. Her immortal ex, Benedikt, is there, full of secrets-and with a new girlfriend. Now Fran must battle a power-hungry group who wishes to dominate both the immortal and mortal worlds-and the wom ...more
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Published November 1st 2010 by Signet Book (first published January 1st 2010)
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Apr 08, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, keepers
This is the third in the Ben and Fran books. The first two, Got Fangs? And Circus of the Darned, were young adult novels. This one is not. It takes place five years after the previous two and Fran has broken off with Ben, graduated from college and finds herself still miserable.

The action starts off with the kidnapping of Fran's roommate. During the rescue (by Fran of course) it becomes apparent that Loki is at the root of the kidnapping. (Norse gods have long memories.) When Fran calls her mot
Jun 28, 2011 ReviewerLarissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review for: Bloddeuedd

Before I start this review…
I must tell you that Katie MacAlister is among my all time favorite authors. Her books perfected my English and introduced me to Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. There is really hard not to like any of the books Katie MacAlister writes. In the Company of Vampires is the very very long awaited continuation of Ben and Fran(cesca)’s story that started over five years ago in the Goth Faire series. Can you say SQUEE? That is why I asked B. for th
Mar 14, 2013 Shadow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, 11th-12th-grade
Man, I missed Fran and Ben, so it was great that there was another book after the teen series, Ben and Fran. Especially, since that series didn't have a great ending, it pretty much didn't even have an ending.

This book was funny just like rest in the Ben and Fran series. My favorite part of this book was the Vikings. They have returned from their "heaven" and are SO MUCH FUN! My favorite is Eirik, of course. I would have thought of "bedding" Finnvid if he didn't have facial hair. Anyways, the Vi
Nov 15, 2010 Natasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another hit from Missy MacAlister! I love it, she always has a new amazing read. In The Company of Vampires is the eighth novel in the Dark Ones series by the awesome Katie MacAlister.
This novel is all about lost love, and redemption, but with a supernatural twist.

From the start, I enjoyed this book. The plot was good, the characters were fun, especially the three out of touch, hot Vikings.

Francesca is destined to be with Ben, she loves him but refuses to accept this destiny and with h
Apr 07, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wer die Bücher von Katie MacAlister leist, der wird das Schema kennen. Dunkler/Vampir ist auf der Suche nach seiner Auserwählten um seine Seele zurück zu bekommen. Besagte Auserwählte ist zumeist nicht sonderlich begeistert und die Geschichte nimmt ihren Lauf. Mittlerweile bin ich also bei Band acht angekommen und ich störe mich an diesem Schema ganz und gar nicht, im Gegenteil mag ich solcherlei Bücher sogar ziemlich gerne, vor allem, wenn sie, wie hier, genau meinen Humor treffen. Die Bücher d ...more
Feb 24, 2016 78sunny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-highlights
Ich mag die Reihe ja sehr, weil mir der Humor der Autorin unglaublich gut liegt. Dieser Teil machte da keine Ausnahme. Eigentlich war er sogar mein zweitliebster Teil der Reihe.
Fran ist wirklich genial und ihre Geister-Wikinger ebenfalls. Man bekommt so unglaublich viele lustige Szenen mit ihnen bei denen ich mich stellenweise auf den Boden hätte schmeißen können. Diese ungehobelten Klotze sagen einfach frei heraus was sie denken und das ist einfach zum Schießen. Ich mag MacAlisters selbstbewuss
Feb 20, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hot, macho vampire plus three insane, but entertaining ghost Vikings equals one annoyed, but determined witch.
Five years ago, Francesca left Benedikt, her vampire soul-mate for some space as she tries to grow up and find herself. Now she's back, resolved that her mother has been kidnapped by Loki, the evil trickster god that at one time promised Fran he would make her life hell. Things have definitely changed. Ben has a new girlfriend, Noami, and he's hiding something. Fran's mother, Miranda h
Feb 01, 2011 Kara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just grabbed a book at Albertsons since I was on my way to Urgent Care. I had no idea this was in a series. I need to read the ones before it to really have a grip on what is going on!
I finished and I think that if I had read the two previous ones I would have rated it higher. It is action packed which I liked. Fran, the main character, doesn't like to swear so she uses absurd words and expressions which I liked.Her Viking escorts were only talking about sex and violence-which I guess might be
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Despite my giant TBR pile, and everything that I need to get done around the house, I found myself picking this book up for a re-read. It's been a few years since I last read it, so it's about time. I loved the Fran novellas when I was younger, and it's so nice to have Ben and Fran get their happy ending as adults.

However, there was just so much going on that it didn't feel like enough was solved at the end. While there is a definite conclusion, it felt like everything was wrapped up too quickl
N.L. Riviezzo
I've read the other books in the Ben and Fran series, I found them very cute and I liked Ben & Fran so I was eager to read this book.

But it didn't work for me. I found Fran to be hopelessly and annoyingly neurotic. The story overall bored me to tears and I just couldn't get into it. Finishing the book was very much akin to having teeth pulled.

The main characters and the secondary characters were all rather useless and just going through the motions without any purpose, emotion or thought beh
Apr 12, 2013 Skye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. From start to finish I was laughing my ass off at the antics of the side characters and main characters alike. I often tell my friends to read this strictly for the vikings. I enjoy the norse mythologies and found it fascinating that vampires and vikings mixed as well as they did. Love love love.
Mar 25, 2016 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Als die Hexe Fran nach Europa reist, um nach ihrer verschwundenen Mutter zu suchen, trifft sie dort ihren Exfreund, den attraktiven Vampir Ben, wieder. Obwohl sie ihn vor einigen Jahren verlassen hat, sind Frans Gefühle für ihn immer noch stark. Inzwischen gibt es jedoch eine andere Frau in Bens Leben. Verfolgt von dem rachsüchtigen Gott Loki versucht Fran, ihre Mutter wiederzufinden und Ben zurückzugewinnen. Doch es sind dunklere Mächte am Werk, als sie geahnt hatte …

Dies ist ja nu
Belinda Boring
Dec 02, 2010 Belinda Boring rated it really liked it
One thing I can say about Katie MacAlister is that she has one wicked sense of humor that makes reading her books an amazing experience. I've read all of her Dark One novels and was giddy with excitement when I found out IN THE COMPANY OF VAMPIRES was set to be released. She writes great storylines filled with wonderful characters so I knew I was guaranteed a great read. What I forgot however, was just how much fun I'd have as I delved into the story.

This story reunited Fran and Ben again, givin
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Favorite Quote: “Virgin goddess! Isleif is getting our ale and Eirik is using the privy, but he will return soon, unless his guts are bound up again. If that is the case, then he may need to purge his arse. You will have ale with us.”

Francesca Ghetti told Benedikt that she could not be his Beloved until she knew she loved him on her own and not because of the bond. So Fran stayed in the US and tried to get on with her life. But fate ne
Khalia Hades
Dec 19, 2013 Khalia Hades rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story reunited Fran and Ben again, giving them another opportunity to come together now that Fran was older and had a better sense of what she wanted. Having asked for space, Fran had spent a number of years away from Ben, who knew that he wanted her but was willing to give her whatever she needed in order for her to accept their relationship.

Through a series of events, Fran finds herself back amongst her friends at the Goth Faire and in the presence of Ben, this time much more aware of wha
Dec 08, 2010 Raina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book only to realize that is a continuation of a previous novel...hence the search for the other one. I had thought I read all of the Dark One novels but it seems this was originally under another name. I'm not sure but I did find it (Confessions of a Vampire's Girlfriend) and I recommend that you start with that one.

Five years after meeting in the novella, GOT FANGS?, Fran and Ben are back. After fleeing Europe, Ben, and her “date with destiny”, Fran’s grown up a bit, still belie
Lady Allison
Nov 05, 2010 Lady Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Katie Mac fans & those who love a good silly vampire romp
As a follow up to Ben & Fran's YA story, Katie MacAlister gives us her latest Dark Ones novel.

Francesca Ghetti left Europe and the Goth Faire five years ago in an attempt to be normal and go to school. She is a fated Beloved, but has been fighting it because she wants to have a choice in who she loves, she doesn't want to be an obligation. But things heat up when her roommate is captured by minions of the Norse God, Loki, in an attempt of retribution thinking it was her. She doesn't want to
Nov 14, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five years after meeting in the novella, GOT FANGS?, Fran and Ben are back. After fleeing Europe, Ben, and her “date with destiny”, Fran’s grown up a bit, still believes in free will, and the choice to love someone rather than being forced into a relationship because fate decrees it so. But, despite all her protestations and avoidance, she really does love Ben, which isn’t such a fabulous thing at the moment, considering the hot tattoo artist he hooked up with while she getting her act together ...more
Feb 17, 2012 Sapphyria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ghosts, and Gods, and Vampires, oh my!!

The story begins with Fran now back in the U.S. with a college degree under her belt, and employed as a website admin for a veterinarian. When her roommate is kidnapped and held captive, Fran is sure that Loki has invoked his revenge on her. But when her mother suddenly disappears from the GothFaire, Fran is certain.

Our ever entertaining Viking ghosts are back from Valhalla and seek Fran's help in banishing Loki from Asgard and seek her out in her apartment
Fran is all grown up and she has left the GothFaire behind along with her Dark One boyfriend Ben. But being she hasn’t given up on him she just wants a chance to grow and mature away from the pressure of being Ben's Beloved and her mother's scrutiny. But when her roommate is kidnapped by what appears to be Loki's henchmen. Fran heads back to Europe and GothFaire to take care of Loki once and for all. But Fran is not the only one who has changed in the last 5 years. Ben has a new girlfriend, her ...more
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Five years have passed since Fran left GothFaire for the US. She’s went to College, started a job & is trying to get past her break up with Ben. She just couldn’t deal with the whole “Beloved” thing, among other things. But when Fran’s mother stops answering her phone & the Vikings are sent back from Valhalla, Fran has to go back to where it all began, GothFaire.

But little does Fran know, Ben has a girlfriend & things are about to get hella ugly. She needs to remember, things aren’t
Sep 09, 2014 Eliza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 15, 2014 Lissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely. I was almost in tears because I was laughing so hard throughout this book, I'm sure my roommate thought I was nuts. The scenarios are hilarious and awkward. I would also like to note that I typically don't read romances because the sex scenes are always stupid, hokey, and use awkward phrasing that make me question whether the author is secretly a 13 year old girl writing out her idea of what sex is. I think the sex scenes in Ms. MacAlister's books are quit ...more
Jul 18, 2016 coala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es handelt sich hier um Band 8 der Dark Ones Reihe. Man kann das Buch aber auch sehr gut ohne Vorwissen lesen, da die Geschichte nicht wirklich auf Vorgängerbänden aufbaut.

Das Buch beginnt doch sehr verwirrend, scheint man doch mitten in eine Geschichte hineingeworfen worden zu sein. Die beiden Protagonisten Fran und Ben sind anscheinend füreinander bestimmt, doch Fran wollte mehr vom Leben uns ist daher geflüchtet. Nun ist sie zurück und schockiert, dass Ben sich anscheinend a
Seduced By Books
Aug 18, 2011 Seduced By Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely read 2 short stories by Katie Maxwell (Macalister’s pen name in YA) before reading this addition to the Dark Ones series. The two short stories can be found in Confessions of a Vampire’s Girlfriend or in standalone YA books – Got Fangs? and Circus of the Darned). I didn’t realize that before I dove into the new Dark One book, and had to back track just a bit.

Even though I was off kilter a little, MacAlister sets up Ben and Fran well in this book. Ben and Fran have a great banter betw
Aug 28, 2013 Jolene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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This is #8 in the Dark Ones series, and an all grown up continuation of the Goth Faire series under the pen name Katie Maxwell. This book takes place approximately 6 years after the events in Circus of the Darned. Fran has now finished college and is making plans to join her Dad's internet company. She hasn't seen Ben in several years, and in fact, had told him about a year prior that they were done and over.

What I really liked about this book was the return of the all the great secondary charac
Katie Mac is a master of the "side-kicks." It's these off the wall characters that sometimes make her books. Or at least, they add the hillarity to them. Be it best-friend, travel companions, mummies,doppleganger, nymph, mage, dragon, vampire, ghosts, dog-demons (Jim from the Asling Grey Series-- the all time best side kick) or in this case Viking Ghosts, the side kicks are always pure awesome-ness.

Ben and Fran were great too of course. I guess the story is actually about them, not the crazy si
Jul 25, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
Rating: 4.5

This book, aside from Confessions of a Vampire's Girlfriend, is the only Katie MacAlister novel I've had the pleasure to read so far. I must say that I absolutely fell for Ben and Fran as a couple. This book is definitely more mature than its young-adult precursor, but they are both an entertaining, charming read. I did think that Fran's character was much more likable in this particular story, and she and Ben seemed to have more chemistry. It is better, also, if you can locate a copy
Melanie Lake
Sep 01, 2014 Melanie Lake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The 3rd book in the Ben and Fran line of Dark One's.

I must say I truly enjoyed this book and read it in two days. I could only find it online and it seems as if there might be a forth book cause there are so many questions at the end left unanswered or they could be answered in another person's book. I'm not sure to be honest. I'm hoping they get a 4th one.

Fran has really grown as a person and is coming fully into her own and learning to except things with out losing who she is.

Ben has also g
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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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  • The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires (Dark Ones #5)
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