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Sex, Lies and Vampires

(Dark Ones #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  7,480 ratings  ·  217 reviews
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As far as she can tell, Nell Harris is either going insane or she is in love. Nell thought she had been summoned to Prague to work on an inscription in a rare fourteenth-century breastplate. Instead, she is immersed in the world of the Moravian Dark Ones (think vampires) when she is swept up in the search for a boy held captive b
Paperback, 342 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Love Spell (first published January 27th 2005)
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Apr 02, 2008 rated it liked it
This was a fairly good read, though not quite as good as the previous book in the series, Sex and the Single Vampire . (This is the third book in the series and A Girl's Guide to Vampires the first.)

Thank Goddess we no longer see Joy and Roxy, main characters from the first book who reminded me of a couple of whiny teenagers, in this one. We do have Ally and Christian and a few other characters from the second book though and I was glad to see them return in this one.

In this installment,
Dumpy Unicorn
It's an enjoyable read. You know what you're going to get with Katie MacAlister and it doesn't disappoint if that's what you are looking for.

One thing I will say is that if you do read a lot of these books in one go the heroines kind of blur around the edges and you forget who is who. But as an easy and quick read they are great pick me up pieces of fluff and no worse for that.

Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Nell is just a reincarnation of Allie from the previous book. She has a simialr handicap but mummies to replace the ghosts.

There are a few genuinely funny moments; Adrian defending his grim reputation and getting shot down, the mummies, Damien. Often though it tries too hard, I found the 'Oh look at the cute American' theme highly irratating.
For a supposed professor of medieval history, Nell shows no signs of being capable of even basic intellect, she's all mouth off and talk her way into troub
Megan (BookWifeReviews)
Well I liked this one better than the others.. Actually I was really enjoying it until about 80% in and then we find out that thing about Adrian and then I hate him for keeping it a secret. Yes that's confusing but I don't want to give it away. But let's just say that I find him less appealing afterwards.. Not because of the actual thing but just because he didn't tell anyone.

But this one was pretty funny. There were times.. okay a lot of times that I wanted to punch Nell. She was immature and
Ian (The Indomitable Reader)
I read this book for God-knows-when and I have barely remembered anything from it except that I laughed and cringed of how cliché it was. I can't remember anything from it but it was certainly a book where you want to keep reading but just have to stop halfway to laugh your guts out. I don't know OK!! I'm feeling mediocre for this book. I'll probably do a reread soon after I read Renegades and binge-watch Stranger Things(STOP JUDGING ME!! I STILL HAVEN'T FINISHED IT YET OKAY? AND THEY BETTER HAV ...more
Melanie Page
Oct 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sjcpl, audiobooks
Content Warning: sex described with more euphemism than descriptive diction, falling in love with the captor, sex in inappropriate places, and tons of lying (if that sort of thing bothers you like it does me).

Oh, Katie. Can I call you Katie? Probably not. Katie MacAlister’s 3rd book in the Dark Ones series is largely a rehash of what was contained in the 2nd book. Well, except the female protagonist has even less personality. Nell Harris is a medieval history professor in the United States. When
Nix Buttons
"To each male Dark One there is one woman, his Beloved, who can redeem his soul. Those who remain unredeemed are forever damned."
I know it's corny but believe me the humour, sex and interesting story make up for it - and it's an easy and quick read ;)

In this book we meet the Betrayer Adrian (the Dark one who gave Sebastion to Asmodeus in the last book) and his soon-to-be Beloved Nell. Of course Nell has a handicap/dark past, having had a stroke after she tried to lift a curse by Asmodeus 10 yea
Teresa Kleeman
Jan 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Class Desc: Are you responsible for lifting a centuries-old curse from the sexiest vampire you've ever seen? Does a demon lord want to destroy you? Have you somehow inadvertently bound several mummies to your soul? If you answered yes.... well, you're in big trouble. Let this book show you the power of love can salvage even the worst of situations.... not to mention the most tormented of men.

This book is about Nell Harris, she's a charmer who is hired by a Moravian woman to find her nephew and b
Tofu Fairy
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I can't decide if I like this series or it makes me nuts and I just keep reading it because it is about vampires and sex. The silliness of this one really got to me. I found myself huffing and putting the book down, rolling my eyes, and just generally being irritated with the stupid conversations and silly reactions of the female lead. The story was good, the sex scenes were good, the other characters were good, and I enjoyed, as usual, the further information on characters from the previous boo ...more
Sarah Marie
May 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
This isn't really a proper book reiview, as I never finished the book. I got to about half way, and something else came along to read that was better, so I switched to that instead.
Sex, Lies and Vampires was nowhere near as good as the second book in the series, and to be honest I was getting bored of the tone of the books. Sure the writer was trying to be funny, trying to show how ridiculus and crazy the whole supernatural world was, but because the books never took themselves seriously, I nev
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This book came right on time for me. It was a sip of water in the “good book” drought that I’ve been experiencing. Thus far, this book has been the most interesting of the Dark One series. I liked both main characters, the male and female. I’m uncertain of the reasons why MacAlister insists on making her main female characters quasi-cripples, but this one was more appealing than Allie from the last book (Sex and the Single Vampire). Reading about someone repulsing others and hobbling around does ...more
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am definitely starting to enjoy these books more as the series progresses. For one thing, the two idiots from the first book weren't in this one at all. That helps a lot. Christian and Allie are back, and I thought it was a really interesting twist to see them as the "enemies" for a good portion of the book. I'm a bit confused on Sebastian, though. After Christian's book, I had the impression he was a good guy. I hope he gets better in the next ones. Adrian and Nell are a fun combo. I like tha ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
This had a bit of slow start, but once Nell and Adrian met, the book picked up. The humor side of the writing and the argumentative dynamic of their relationship was a lot of fun. When it came to the serious side though, I wasn’t convinced at all. The best way to describe it is compare it to B-level horror movie acting. The plot could be interesting and the lines said are all the right things, but you just don’t buy the delivery of the emotions.

Also, the sex scenes got super cheesy. The dialogue
I set this one down without finishing. I've read the first two books in the series (loved the first, disliked the second), so I knew what I was getting into—uninitiated, mouthy heroine snarking at the supernatural world and a brooding, I'm-more-damned-than-damned vampire love interest. It was fun for a little while, but then it stopped being fun when Nell (main character) got way too comfortable around her predatory kidnapper, whose supernatural existence she hadn't even believed in not three da ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was okay but it was pedantic at times
R. Pion
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was working up north and it was an exciting book. Loved every minute of it.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So far this has been my favorite book in the series. Loads of hilarious moments, adventure, mystery and romance. Of course there’s the added bonus of the hot alpha male.
Kate Copeseeley
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The mummies. The hilarious, hilarious mummies. These are KM at her best.
Mark Petrozella
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Great book, in a great series! Reccomend for those that like vampire series. Good characters, twists, story lines, and great writing!
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very funny and sexy it's cute and fluffy
Jennifer Prescott
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook from Library

Loved this story, I like Nell & Adrian. The narrator took some time to get used to, but once the story got going, it was great.
Lois Alston
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great reading

Lots of intriguing things happening in this story. Funny, exciting, adventure, danger and romance are abundant in this story. Power can corrupt.
Christa Nickum
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
GREAT book, absolutely loved it!
Randi T
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Ashley Burrow
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! It's thrilling yet hilarious. It'll have you laughing one minute and blushing the next (not really blushing but lots of sexy time in this one). Definitely recommend.
Love the irreverent quirky humor from mouthy females.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire
A fun enjoyable vampire romance. I especially liked the attempt to find a pet name that fits The Betrayer.
Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, e-books
Definite 4.5 stars :)

If you like mysterious vampires known as the Dark Ones, sassy heroines, castles filled with treasure unlike any you can ever imagine, mummies, imps ,humour, immortals and magic, then SEX, LIES, AND VAMPIRES is definitely the book for you.

I was hooked from the first page...imps! It was intriguing to say the least, so I sat down to read it.

Nell Harris is the type of woman who delights in the old-namely, in ancient artefacts. A junior professor of medieval history in Seattle,
Sep 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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“I should warn you, I’m an expert on vampires. I’ve seen every episode made of Buffy, Angel, and Forever Knight, so don’t think a little fang-flashing is going to scare me.” – Nell to Adrian

Oh, my God! You bit me on the leg! You drank my blood! I am not an appetizer!” You are much more then an appetizer. You are a twelve-course banquet. – Nell & Adrian

I slid my tongue around the glossy enamel of his teeth, pausing to stroke down the length of an elongated canine tooth.
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