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Born to Bite

(MacNachton Vampires #9)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  423 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Hannah Howell- "Dark Secret". Murdina Dunbar sets out in search of the only family she has left - and finds an ally in the mysterious Sir Gillanders Baldwin. Soon, not even the whispers that he's a dangerous demon can keep her from his bed...

Diana Cosby - "Highland Vampire". As King of the Highland Coven, vampire Aedan MacGregor knows that falling for the fey Rowan Campbel
Paperback, 266 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Kensington
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Monique Takens
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am really disappointed in Hannah Howell .. why create such a wonderful series but never write the last story wherein the mysterious Laird who is behind the hunt for our beloved MacNachtons gets his just reward ?
Once more Hannah Howell create a good paranormal fiction with lots of action, adventure, hot sex, love forever... damsels and bairns in distress, alpha males... and a great author anthology collaboration
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
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Simply Yummy! I needed a break from my historical romance books, every so often I need to put them down and read a paranormal-vampire-shifter-fantasy book. The blurb on this looked like to combined both my need for paranormal but also kept my focus on historical/highlanders.

Dark Secret by Hannah Howell

I tried looking to see if this is a novella from an existing series but I couldn't find one. So readers, would love your help- can you let m
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, e-book
Dark Secrets by Hannah Howell continues the MacNachton saga of which I will not miss a single installment. Gillanders is son to Efrica and Jankyn from Highland Vampire (#2). Murdina is looking for her only remaining kin after her parents have been killed and she is being hunted as a witch. Turns out her cousin, Adeline is mated to a MacNachton (Highland Blood #7). She is currently a servant at a castle and has been ordered to spy on a guest, Gillanders, by the laird of the castle who is a hunter ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Hmm. The writing style itself of the three authors in here was decent, but i found the stories themselves overwhelmingly cliche in both plot and ending. Basically, if you're looking for easy, fluffy vampire romance where the vampire is a gorgeous stud who overcomes his evil foes (and also is a good lover, to boot) then you'll like this. If you're a fan of romance novels ending in babies (or half-breed vampire babies)... well, you'll like this too.

Overall an easy romance novel with three short st
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

Just finished Hannah Howell's Dark Secret. I really enjoyed this story. It was something completely new to me. Intriguing .

Tomorrow I'll be reading Diana Cosby's Highland Vampire. Looking forward to that one
Aug 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
So this anthology consists of three short stories. All of these stories were rushed one way or the other. The first and third stories I struggled with because there was no character development and the plot not enticing. They just fell flat. The third story was not even set in medieval Scotland but Regency England. The third story had too many secondary characters which I feel the author should have eliminated and focused on developing the main primary characters instead. Also soirees, balls, re ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not usually a fan of short stories but picked this up because I am a fan of Hannah Howell's MacNachton Vampires, the first story Dark Secret did not disappoint and the chemistry between Murdina and Gillanders is believable. I did not enjoy Diana Cosby's Highland Vampire partly due to its brevity I did not have a chance to get to know the characters but Erica Ridley's Never Been Bitten was a refreshing twist on Vampire and Georgian romance, Elspetn an interesting heroine and Cain a worthy lov ...more
Clara Smith
Read "Dark Secret" by Hannah Howell
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
A guilty pleasure kind of read.
Dark Faerie Tales
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Good short historical paranormal stories , and enjoyable for quick reads.

Opening Sentence: The two crosses were simple, the letters carved into the wood neat but obviously done by an untrained hand.

The Review:

The Born to Bite anthology of stories are historical short stories with a laird theme. It’s always difficult for me to love anthologies. For the most part, I always want more. That was the case for this anthology. I am enjoying historicals
Virginia Campbell
"Born to Bite" is a sensual supernatural anthology featuring stories from talented authors Hannah Howell, Diana Cosby, and Erica Ridley. Early 1500's Scotland is the setting for Hannah Howell's "Dark Secret". Murdina Dunbar, homeless and without family, travels far to find her aunt and uncle. Hoping to meet up with some cousins too, she finds her aunt and uncle have passed away, and all her hopes for a family reunion are buried along with them in a cold, windy graveyard. With nowhere else to tur ...more
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dft, read-2012
Posted on Dark Faerie Tales.

The Born to Bite anthology of stories are historical short stories with a laird theme. It’s always difficult for me to love anthologies. For the most part, I always want more. That was the case for this anthology. I am enjoying historicals again, and I loved that these were set in that period. This anthology is great for a weekend read, especially for those who love historical paranormal.

Dark Secret by Hannah Howell - Murdina Dunbar is an orphan and homeless without f
Because I felt so different about each of the stories in this highlander vampire romance anthology, I have to rate them separately, there is just no other way to review this. Overall, I'll give the anthology as a whole 3 Stars.

Dark Secret by Hannah Howell
4 Stars
I enjoyed this story, enough that I added the first book in the series that this story is a part of to my to-read list. Despite an instant attraction, both parties hold off any action and declarations of love for at least a week or tw
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Born to Bite a collection of historical short reads Dark Secret from Hannah Howell, who tells a tale of orphan Murdina Dunbar who meets her Dark Lord posing as Sir Gillanders Baldwin while working as his maid per the lady of the house instructions. Both most flee the castle together and find out each other’s true nature along the way.

Bookswagger Marcia: Four crowns, good read on the way to swagger. I was really invested in Dark Secret, it did not read like a short story Mrs. Howell gave it her a
Sharon Tyler
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Born To Bite is a collection of three stories and is schedule for release on August 28 2012. The three romance stories feature vampires. Dark Secret by Hannah Howell unites a woman alone in the world with a vampire looking for the hunters that killed his cousin. Highland Vampire by Diana Cosby introduces a healer hunted by those that want to burn her far witchcraft to a vampire laird that has been betrayed. Never Been Bitten by Erica Ridley brings together a rakish vampire sampling the ton with ...more
Kathy Jund
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
A Taste of Love!

Born to Bite is a collaboration of three short stories containing a Vampire flavor that will certainly set you into a deliciously Halloween mindset! These stories of love composed by best selling author Hannah Howell, Diana Cosby and Erica Ridley and will leave you wanting more from each of them. In Hannah Howell’s “Dark Secret”, Murdina Dunbar finds herself on a lonely journey to find the last of her family, a cousin she has never met a woman travelling alone with no money must
Stephanie  G
Dark Secret by Hannah Howell

Murdina was in search of the only family she had left when she stumbled upon the devilishly handsome Sir Gillanders. Try as she might to stay away from him she finds she can't not keep away. When she hears men planning his murder its spurs her into action, giving her no choice but to leave with him.

This was a good story. Good compatible characters and a good love story. Plenty of steamy scenes and a good amount of romance. The overall story was entertaining and engag
Stephanie Collins
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it
You know how at times when you get a book of short stories/novellas you only love one... like a second one and really dislike a third? Or you love one and dislike the other 2? This thankfully wasn't one of those times. While I didn't love love love any of them they were all nice quick reads and are worth the time you'll need to read them.

Dark Secret - Hannah Howell:

Murdina is desperately trying to find the only family she has left and is trying to hide her psychic power lest she be condemned a
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

First up was DARK SECRET by Hannah Howell, the latest story in her MacNachton Vampire series. The story was very, very similar the the previous MacNachton Vampire novella from the anthology HIGHLAND HUNGER. In both novellas, a MacNachton vampire goes on the run with a women through a forest. While fleeing from enemies, they fall in love, destroy the bad guys then he backs off when they reach safety thinking she doesn’t want him. The women from his famil
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I received a copy of this book from Kensington for a honest review. It is a collection of three stories from authors Hannah Howell, Erica Ridley and Diana Cosby. All three stories have a tale of love and vampires and are all very enjoyable. If you like several stories in one book that are a quick read I would say pick this one up.

Dark Secret by Hannah Howell
In this story Murdina is trying to work and make money in order to find what family she has left. She takes work as a maid and soon meets
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Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.75 actually. I've mentioned in previous editions to this series that I really miss the collaborative efforts with Ms Sands. At some point, Ms Howell has become somewhat...predictable. In addition, she kinda forgot something about the offspring of the Calluns and McNachtons - they purr. So once I figured out this was about one of Janken's kids, I was sortof looking forward to seeing that.

Second story... well, that was interesting. Heroine is half fae, and her mother was the Fae Queen's daughter
Betty Lambert
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is an anthology. The three authors are Hannah Howell/Dark Secret. This was good. Pretty typical of her books of the vampires the MacNaughton's and their search for the lost ones(children that have been abandoned). The second author was Diana Crosby/Highland Vampire. This was a very good read. King of the Highland Coven Aedan MacGregor was left for dead in a stone circle of power and was rescued by Fey Rowan Campell. She is part fey and a healer and saves his life. She thinks she is hum ...more
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
How does this book relate to MacNachton Vampires? None of the main characters are MacNachton's. For me, this is totally out of sink! The only thing that is similar is that it's about a Vampire.

This is how I would read the MacNachton Vampire series:

1. The Eternal Highlander
2. Highland Vampire
3. My Immortal Highlander
4. Highland Thirst
5. Nature Of The Beast
6. Highland Beast
7. Yours For Eternity
8. Highland Hunger

Each of these books mentions MacNachton's or are star characters in each of these stori
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won this book on the GoodReads First Reads. And hope to win more books via GoodReads.

This book got better after each story (my favorite was the last one Never Been Bitten by Erica Ridley). Overall, I'm not a fan of short stories which all three of these fall into this category. I don't like short stories because they never have the time to develop a story beyond superficial or with big holes. These are three of the better short stories I have read. I might have liked the first story more if I
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
The first story was interesting. the phonetic use of the Scottish accent got “verra” annoying after a while. I am not a fan, but it may not bother you. It could be a good series, but I am not all that inspired to find out. It kind of reminded me of Christine Feehan’s work.The second story moved ridiculously fast. Way to much information and not enough development of characters. But at least the Scottish accent was toned down. I don’t see myself reading anything from this author. And last but in ...more
Dharia Scarab
Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Joni Stevens
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review for Hannah Howell story. Gillanders is Jankyn and Efrica's son. It was a verra enjoyable Highland vamp story that continues Hannah's Mac Nachton clan and their discovery to find their Mate. I enjoyed Jankyn and Efrica and the remembrance of the Callen cat blood line.

I recommend reading the vamp books in order they are more enjoyable to the continuation of the MacNachton clan and their search for the Lost Ones and their fight to stay away from the "Laird" that is after them. I'm always wi
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it

Dark Secret by Hannah Howell - 4 stars. I always crave to read more books from this series and every time they make me feel unsatisfied. I guess I find the theme intriguing and want more. I wonder how many sons Jankyn has and if we ever going to get a story of one of the Cathals children??

Never Been Bitten by Erica Ridley - 4 stars. It was rushed and made me feel that there should be the whole book. I'll check the author to see if this is part of the series.

Highland Vampire by Diana Cosby - 3.5
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Hannah Dustin Howell is a best-selling American author of over 40 historical romance novels. Many of her novels are set in medieval Scotland. She also writes under the names Sarah Dustin, Sandra Dustin, and Anna Jennet (see below).

She has also used the following pseudonyms:
Anna Jennet, Sarah Dustin and Sandra Dustin

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MacNachton Vampires (9 books)
  • The Eternal Highlander (MacNachton Vampires #1)
  • Highland Vampire (MacNachton Vampires, #2)
  • My Immortal Highlander (MacNachton Vampires, #3)
  • Highland Thirst (MacNachton Vampires, #4)
  • Nature Of The Beast (MacNachton Vampires, #5)
  • Highland Beast (MacNachton Vampires, #6)
  • Yours For Eternity (MacNachton Vampires, #7; Guardians of Eternity, #7.5)
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