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In the Company of Vampires

(Dark Ones #8)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  4,224 ratings  ·  174 reviews
Fran was a young witch of 16 when she became Ben’s Beloved, bound to him by fate to save his immortal soul—as if puberty isn’t hard enough. Over the next five years, she fights hard for space, and time, to grow into her own person, pushing Ben away. But when her mother goes missing, she returns to GothFaire to find her, only to find Ben in another woman’s arms. Having not ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 343 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Berkley Books
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In The Company of Vampires is a romantic tale told by Katie MacAlister.

I love Katie MacAlister - she's not your typical romance novelist. She writes about vampires, some of them from other times with very silly/interesting points of views, and her books are always hot and steamy. One summer, years ago, I binged as much of her and Gena Showalter as I could get my hands on (it helped that I didn't have a part time job at the time, so literally all of my time was allocated to Katie, Gena, Rachel Vi
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: keepers, ebook
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 rated it it was amazing
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 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 11th-12th-grade, 2013
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 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Weasel Gold. I will never again think about Visa in the same way. I'm still giggling. Fran's day goes from bad to worse when her female roommate Jeff is kidnapped because she looks like Fran used to. Clearly, because it must be clear to someone, Loki is behind this. The Goddess Freya sends the three Viking ghosts to help Fran banish Fran. (Freya made sure they would get along in contemporary society by providing them with Weasel Gold.) But it isn't that simple because all roads lead back to the ...more
Oct 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Kara Peterson
Jan 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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 rated it it was amazing
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.
Belinda Boring
Dec 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Laurie Ather
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ms. MacAllister's books are my guilty pleasure read. Fun stories -- like a romantic comedy with paranormal elements. I loved Fran and Ben in this book.

And I have to comment that the Viking ghosts in this book were frigging hilarious. I loved them.
Nika Davidson
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At last!

After a rocky start Fran and Ben are finally a joined couple. The 3 naked, sexy Viking ghosts are just extra. Great story!
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is the book that has finally convinced me to give up on RB Digital. I accidentally skipped from chapter 7 to chapter 19, so the first star is in acknowledgment that perhaps the writing during those chapters was better. The second star is for the narrator who did her best with what she was given.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved this book with all its humor and action. For some reason I just don’t like the heroine Fran. I had hoped she would grow out of her angsty teenage rebellious phase but she hasn’t. Although the end gave clarity on her actions and personality, I still wasn’t a big fan and was hoping she would be a little bit more mature. However of course I couldn’t put the book down.
Kate Copeseeley
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one, except apparently there were two teen books before this one? Like, what even KM??? You want teens to just leap from teen to adult, huh? That was weird. And don't even get me started on this ending. Super cliffhanger. Another series that isn't really billed as a series?
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a continuation of the Ben and Fran storyline that was first introduced in the author's young adult books she wrote under "Katie Maxwell"; I really like the story even though I have not read the young adult books yet, however, part of the story ends on a cliffhanger.
Khalia Hades
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Mary Brebner
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
May 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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
Seduced By Books
Dec 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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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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