Once Bitten (Shadow Guild: The Rebel #1)
Vampires aren't real, right?People say I'm a weirdo. Sure, my idea of a party is a mini box of wine and hanging out with a feral raccoon, but it works for me.When I’m accused of murder, things get crazy. One, I learn that I have magic. Two, there’s a secret magical city hidden right in London itself. And three, my only hope is a vampire who’s sexy as sin and scary as the devil himself. He's called the Devil of Darkvale, and he all but owns Guild City.Some say I should just quit and turn myself in. Not a chance. I’m going to solve this murder myself, which means surviving in a new world of witch parties, magical guilds, and a vampire with a tortured past. The vampire and I are like colliding stars, and the heat is irresistible. I should avoid him, but if I want to save my own life, he’s my only hope.

Once Bitten (Shadow Guild: The Rebel #1) Details

TitleOnce Bitten (Shadow Guild: The Rebel #1)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 29th, 2020
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GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Once Bitten (Shadow Guild: The Rebel #1) Review

  • Marta Cox
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first in this series and I'm over the moon that a certain Vampire who was briefly introduced in a recent book is going to be the hero here. Plus the heroine Carrow is definitely someone I can get behind because she's plucky and brave enough to take on the "Devil" even though her world has been turned upside down. Carrow might believe she's human but with an unusual gift she most assuredly fits right into this new magical reality she has stumbled into. I won't give too much away This is the first in this series and I'm over the moon that a certain Vampire who was briefly introduced in a recent book is going to be the hero here. Plus the heroine Carrow is definitely someone I can get behind because she's plucky and brave enough to take on the "Devil" even though her world has been turned upside down. Carrow might believe she's human but with an unusual gift she most assuredly fits right into this new magical reality she has stumbled into. I won't give too much away although I will say there is a resolution to Carrows immediate problems. What is even more encouraging though is the way these characters feel realistic and I'm enjoying the games they are playing. There's undoubtedly a lot more to come and I will happily read more . I will say though initially it was all too obvious that this England based story was written by an American ( small wine box ??? and Ramen noodles ???? just such an over the pond vibe ) once the characters began to interact this story and its world building came to glorious life.This voluntary take is of an advanced copy and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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  • Penny
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of this author for quite some time. I really enjoy the adventure and romance that takes place in her series. This is a brand new series, and I think its probably the best one Ive read by her yet. Its a little different than the ones Ive read by this author, and I just love the turn in writing. The main character Carrow is an interesting character, and I hate how lonely she is. But that doesnt last long as she discovers magic is real, and she soon has magic friends. I was I have been a fan of this author for quite some time. I really enjoy the adventure and romance that takes place in her series. This is a brand new series, and I think it’s probably the best one I’ve read by her yet. It’s a little different than the ones I’ve read by this author, and I just love the turn in writing. The main character Carrow is an interesting character, and I hate how lonely she is. But that doesn’t last long as she discovers magic is real, and she soon has magic friends. I was intrigued by her love interest in the short story about Connor, and now we get to know the Devil a little bit better. I can’t wait to see what happens in this fascinating new world and what happens next with the cast of characters. Highly recommend. I was provided a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
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  • lynn mcelhinney
    January 1, 1970
    Loved itAnother great read from Kinsey Hall. I really enjoyed this new chapter with great new characters. I am eagerly awaiting book 2 💜
  • Lauren Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    A great start for a new series ...This is the first book in a brand new series by Linsey Hall, although if you're familiar with her other works you'll notice the nod in that direction when she describes a couple of other people Carrow sees.So, what's this books about then? Carrow is psychic, broke, living in London and wanted for murder, mainly because she has a habit of turning up within minutes of the acts being carried out. Corrigan, a police officer who believes in Carrow's skills and knows A great start for a new series ...This is the first book in a brand new series by Linsey Hall, although if you're familiar with her other works you'll notice the nod in that direction when she describes a couple of other people Carrow sees.So, what's this books about then? Carrow is psychic, broke, living in London and wanted for murder, mainly because she has a habit of turning up within minutes of the acts being carried out. Corrigan, a police officer who believes in Carrow's skills and knows she'd never actually commit murder arranges a diversion to allow her to escape the police station and go on the run. It is whilst she's on the run that she enters a whole new magical realm - one people can only enter if they are magical themselves.On entry to this new, magical world she quickly meets and makes new friends and immediately sets out on a new adventure, one that will take her to the Devil of Darkvale, an incredibly powerful vampire who pretty much runs the city. He is also the man Carrow saw on her vision and quite possibly the muderer. Carrow doesn't let that one small detail put her off confronting him, or make her attraction towards him any less.The Devil is the other voice in the book and we learn that Carrow's attraction is not one-sided. As a vampire who hasn't wanted to drink from a real person in a very long time, he finds himself wanting to taste her and his longing glances at her neck don't go amiss.As with all Linsey's books both the Devil and Carrow have to work together to find the real culprit and all the while they are fighting their attraction to each other.Of course they're not alone, which is another good thing with the books, as there is already the burgeoning relationships of the 'side kicks' to discover. These come in the form of Carrow's familiar, Cordelia, her only friend from the real world, then there is seer Mac, shifter Quinn and fae Eve who all become friends and allies with Carrow and I'm sure we will see these relationships grow as the stories do. We may even bare witness to the tension between Quinn and the Devil who are both interested in Carrow's affections.This is a great start to a new series. Linsey has written this very well and I only noticed a slight mistake where she mixed up Carrow and Mac for a couple of sentences - enough to make you think, but not confuse you, if you notice it at all.The pace of the book is good, not so slow you wonder if we'll ever get anywhere, but not so fast you feel you're missing valuable information. Her experience definitely comes into play here.Overall this is a well paced book with plenty to keep the reader interested, but not so much attention to new characters that one gets caught in a quagmire of information.I really enjoyed this, taking an immediate liking to all the characters, but look forward to more from Cordelia now Carrow finally realises both what she is, and what the raccoon is to her.Thank you Linsey for another great book and a refreshing new series, I have faith it will be every bit as popular as the last x
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  • Roseanne Lobbezoo
    January 1, 1970
    Once BittenA great beginning to a new paranormal series. Carrow has lived her whole life on the outskirts of life. Connecting to no one and barely getting by. She has a special gift however. Whenever she touches something or someone, she can sense a past, present, or future related to that object or person. Carrow knows this makes her strange and different from everyone else and she has tried to hide her strange power from almost everyone. There are only a few who know of her special power and Once BittenA great beginning to a new paranormal series. Carrow has lived her whole life on the outskirts of life. Connecting to no one and barely getting by. She has a special gift however. Whenever she touches something or someone, she can sense a past, present, or future related to that object or person. Carrow knows this makes her strange and different from everyone else and she has tried to hide her strange power from almost everyone. There are only a few who know of her special power and they are either fearful or don't understand how she does it but then, neither does she. When her best friend is savagely murdered, she is determined to find out who did it but, whenever she is forewarned of a new impending death, she always arrives too late to stop it. The fact that she has been found at several of the murder scenes makes the police suspicious and, when the latest body turns up, she is arrested for the murder. Corrigan, her one friend on the police force, knows she is innocent, and knowing that she can help him catch the real killer, arranges to help her escape. On the run, she takes the matchbook she recovered from the body of the latest victim and invoking her power, uses it to track down a hard to find, shabby little bar. She doesn't know it but that little bar is her entry into a whole new magical world where anything is possible and her whole life is about to change forever. I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the beginning of a new series by Linsey Hall and can't wait to begin the second.
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  • Aimee Bower
    January 1, 1970
    Carrow is drinking her box wine and talking to her raccoon that is outside the apartment building. The raccoon throws her a rag, she has a vision of a man that is dead. She is drawn to the location of the body. When she sees the body, she knows it is the same person that killed her friend. When she touches the items, she gets vision of a man. Carrow is drawn to the man, but he is also speaking to her. Before she can do anything, the police show up. Some think she is responsible for the crime, Carrow is drinking her box wine and talking to her raccoon that is outside the apartment building. The raccoon throws her a rag, she has a vision of a man that is dead. She is drawn to the location of the body. When she sees the body, she knows it is the same person that killed her friend. When she touches the items, she gets vision of a man. Carrow is drawn to the man, but he is also speaking to her. Before she can do anything, the police show up. Some think she is responsible for the crime, she will be taken in. Thanks to a friend, is able to get away. Carrow will follow the leads to where things she never know existed. She meets a young lady named Mac, that will help her. She knows that they will be friends. She will help her find the man of her visions. They call him the Devil of Darkvale. When she meets the Devil, she is drawn to him and fears him. They will slowly work together to get to the bottom of the murders and other matters. There seems to be a prophecy that surrounds both of them. This is just a small snippet of things that happen in this book. This was so good to read. You have a strong heroine that will do what she needs to do. She will stand with the Devil if she needs to, but she doesn't need him. I can't wait to read the next book, to see what is going to happen to Carrow, The Devil and her friends next. I recommend reading this book.I received an ARC copy of this book, this is my honest review.
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  • MG
    January 1, 1970
    I love, love, loved this book. I love everything by this author and this book was no exception. The world building is so fun and creative, and I love how the world and the story come together, blending London into a whimsical magical world with the hidden magical cities and many different parts including the different magic guilds and beings. Carrow is such a fun main character and I loved getting to know her and take part in her adventures through London as she discovers magic is real. I loved I love, love, loved this book. I love everything by this author and this book was no exception. The world building is so fun and creative, and I love how the world and the story come together, blending London into a whimsical magical world with the hidden magical cities and many different “parts” including the different magic guilds and beings. Carrow is such a fun main character and I loved getting to know her and take part in her adventures through London as she discovers magic is real. I loved reading through the scene as she finds the Haunted Hound for the first time and befriends Mac; watching her acceptance of the magical world blossom into a place of belonging and her friendships expand. And as if it couldn’t get any better, Cordelia, her raccoon familiar stole a little chunk of my heart. Of course, I loved the romantic aspect too and enjoyed reading about her and the Devil of Darkvale. I wonder what will become of the “Cursed Mates” aspect, and look forward to deciphering more about what the Oracle has said, and what the future has in store for these two. I can’t wait for the next book in the series! I have so many questions, my most pressing being where does Carrow fit into the magical world? Going off that, I also question what it means that she can hold the stone and that she has a familiar. Thank you for another wonderful book, I can’t wait to read the next one!
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  • Dora
    January 1, 1970
    Carron Barton's life has been taking adverse turns and what appears to be a gift has failed her when she has needed it most. The loss of her friend, the only one she had, sent her to a search for answers that had her involved in a criminal mess worsening her situation. But her great adventure was about to begin and in a world of magic that she never imagined could exist. As the first book in the series I found it intriguing, the action and the suspense did not wait, we have the point of view of Carron Barton's life has been taking adverse turns and what appears to be a gift has failed her when she has needed it most. The loss of her friend, the only one she had, sent her to a search for answers that had her involved in a criminal mess worsening her situation. But her great adventure was about to begin and in a world of magic that she never imagined could exist. As the first book in the series I found it intriguing, the action and the suspense did not wait, we have the point of view of the two main protagonists and several mysteries to discover. At first Carron did not impressed me as a strong heroine but soon I discovered the girl has her thing. Magic, interesting paranormal characters, camaraderie, some fun situations and others not at all fun, the bad guys who cannot miss to give more excitement to the story, romance and an ending that leaves us intrigued with the expectation of much more.
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  • Shelly Roke
    January 1, 1970
    A GREAT First Book!I love the new world of this book! Carrow is a woman in London who as a result of some strange intuition, flunked out of police school, her job ambitions crushed. Her friend was murdered a year ago, and she was found near the body, and now she was just found by another body, still warm. One Constable doesn't care that her methods are unorthodox and let's her help him, while another wants her in jail.She found a clue, one that takes her to a pub that she's never seen, and it is A GREAT First Book!I love the new world of this book! Carrow is a woman in London who as a result of some strange intuition, flunked out of police school, her job ambitions crushed. Her friend was murdered a year ago, and she was found near the body, and now she was just found by another body, still warm. One Constable doesn't care that her methods are unorthodox and let's her help him, while another wants her in jail.She found a clue, one that takes her to a pub that she's never seen, and it is very different - or at least the customers are. She has found Guild City, home of magic in London. Now, she needs to clear her name. And with the help of new friends, including the Devil of Darklane, she searches for a magical killer. Super book!
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  • Jill Urbanek Gauger
    January 1, 1970
    Linsey did it again with a mesmerizing tale of a supernatural world hidden in plain site.Carrow Burton can see things just by touch. She was trying to become a cop but was thrown out for unorthodox methods. When she sees a man being murdered she goes to try and stop it but is to late. She feels a strange presence during a vision at the murder scene but the connection is broken and the cops show up and she is arrested for the murder. Her friend from the force who she has helped solve cases Linsey did it again with a mesmerizing tale of a supernatural world hidden in plain site.Carrow Burton can see things just by touch. She was trying to become a cop but was thrown out for unorthodox methods. When she sees a man being murdered she goes to try and stop it but is to late. She feels a strange presence during a vision at the murder scene but the connection is broken and the cops show up and she is arrested for the murder. Her friend from the force who she has helped solve cases provides her with an escape.This begins her journey into the world of supernaturals she always thought were myths.I can’t wait for the next book. Every fan of Linsey’s will want to read this and so will everyone else.
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  • Tracy Kaufman
    January 1, 1970
    this is a fun read. I am already excited about the second installment. Doing the right thing is not always easy. When you have a gift of touching someone and knowing what they have done; well that is a whole new level of TMI. Love the snarky MC and the friends she finds along the way. As a police academy failure she tries to use her gift and what she learned before failing to solve a murder she is accused of. It's a race to the finish line with the police right behind her. She stumbles on a this is a fun read. I am already excited about the second installment. Doing the right thing is not always easy. When you have a gift of touching someone and knowing what they have done; well that is a whole new level of TMI. Love the snarky MC and the friends she finds along the way. As a police academy failure she tries to use her gift and what she learned before failing to solve a murder she is accused of. It's a race to the finish line with the police right behind her. She stumbles on a magical world and finally feels as if she belongs. With her new magical friends and a dark dangerous maybe possibly love interest there is no stopping the fun and mayhem that followers her. Hurry hurry and get the next installment out; because a little fun is so very welcomed right now.
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  • Elaina Kay Audette
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this new book by Linsey Hall. The writing was phenomenal, and Carrow is a much-needed distraction from the outside world. Something I liked the most about this book is how seamless it transitioned from Connor's book. The introduction into the Guild City was amazing and I loved seeing a certain vampire have the spotlight in this book. Once I started this book I could not put it down! I'm craving the second book and am anxiously waiting for it to be released. You know a book is I absolutely loved this new book by Linsey Hall. The writing was phenomenal, and Carrow is a much-needed distraction from the outside world. Something I liked the most about this book is how seamless it transitioned from Connor's book. The introduction into the Guild City was amazing and I loved seeing a certain vampire have the spotlight in this book. Once I started this book I could not put it down! I'm craving the second book and am anxiously waiting for it to be released. You know a book is good when it starts with the main character drinking wine out a box and talking to a raccoon. Once Bitten is a must-read for people who loved the characters from Magic Bend.
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  • Gskm
    January 1, 1970
    CarrowThis was so very entertaining. Thoroughly enjoyed. It had a unique take on paranormal city existing within city of London. Characters were well developed and enchanting. The plot was intriguing and captivated me from beginning to end. While there was much classification on the many characters, we still dont know for sure if Carrow (who was raised in the human world) is witch, fae, or what? Cant wait to read the subsequent books to learn more of Carrow and this world. CarrowThis was so very entertaining. Thoroughly enjoyed. It had a unique take on paranormal city existing within city of London. Characters were well developed and enchanting. The plot was intriguing and captivated me from beginning to end. While there was much classification on the many characters, we still don’t know for sure if Carrow (who was raised in the human world) is witch, fae, or what? Can’t wait to read the subsequent books to learn more of Carrow and this world.
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  • Kelly Crosby
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! This is a great introduction into a new group of characters! I love that we get to go on this journey with Carrow, learning more as she learns more. She has a whole new world to learn about, and is having fun while doing it. We all can relate to wanting to belong somewhere, to have friends, and a happy life. I found myself cheering for her as she makes each new discovery. The people that she meets along the way are really interesting, and I am looking forward to learning more of their Loved it! This is a great introduction into a new group of characters! I love that we get to go on this journey with Carrow, learning more as she learns more. She has a whole new world to learn about, and is having fun while doing it. We all can relate to wanting to belong somewhere, to have friends, and a happy life. I found myself cheering for her as she makes each new discovery. The people that she meets along the way are really interesting, and I am looking forward to learning more of their backgrounds as well. Loved it!
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  • Book Luv
    January 1, 1970
    Clean adventurous magical funAmazing new series!!! Totally love it! Fun, fast paced and lovable. Interesting to see the different angle of someone who thought she was human discovering a whole new world. Got to see old characters which was fun.Carrow and Grey are amazing, deep characters. It was good to see their relationship grow.All in all a great new series that I cannot wait to read more of.
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my I wanted a story from Linsey on the Devil and she definitely delivered. Carrow has a story to tell and I can't wait to find out more about her. Linsey built up the characters very well. Carrow basically in the wrong place at the wrong time and doesn't know how to control her powers. Mac is funny and down for anything and makes fast friends. The Devil...that's a story to unravel. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next story and we can find out more!!!
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  • Donald L Cool
    January 1, 1970
    I had a hard time putting the book down I really like the supporting characters. Their friendship with Carrow really warmed me. Carrrow's positive and negative relationship with the Devil was intriguing. The mystery of Carrow magic is slowly being solved but I know there is more depth to this character. Carrow went from lonely to having good friends this a dynamic I love about this book.
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  • Jan Bond
    January 1, 1970
    Really liked the first book in this new series. The heroine Carrow, is smart, strong willed and filled with magic she doesn't know she has. Carrow discovers the existence of a magical world where she starts to finally make friends and is drawn to the H, Devil. The other characters (her new friends) in the book are Cordelia (her familiar), Mac (a seer), Quinn (panther shifter) and Eve (a fae). I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the next in her series.
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  • Deb Cechak
    January 1, 1970
    Bite of LifeLinsey Hall! YOU ROCK!!!One Bitten, the first in the Shadow Guild: The Rebel series, once again surpasses my belief that Linsey is a creative genius-especially as she creates her PNR worlds based on archaeological realities. We meet a new set of shifter/Fae/magical support friends, and a trash rummaging raccoon. Most important is the Devil overlord in the Shadow Guild, who has found his match in our unexpectedly magical, Carrow. I loved this story!!!
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  • Angi
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, Linsey Hall gives us a story to sink into with abandon! I discovered Linseys books thanks to Kindle Unlimited and I am so glad I did! Once Bitten takes us back to the world of magic, witches, sorcerers, shifters and even a vamp! Carrow grew up in the human world but shes always been a bit different. When she is accused of not 1 but 2 murders, including the death of her best (and only) friend, she stumbles into more than she bargained for! A great read, I cant wait for book 2! Once again, Linsey Hall gives us a story to sink into with abandon! I discovered Linsey’s books thanks to Kindle Unlimited and I am so glad I did! Once Bitten takes us back to the world of magic, witches, sorcerers, shifters and even a vamp! Carrow grew up in the human world but she’s always been a bit different. When she is accused of not 1 but 2 murders, including the death of her best (and only) friend, she stumbles into more than she bargained for! A great read, I can’t wait for book 2!
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  • Margaret Pizzi
    January 1, 1970
    Throughly enjoyableI really enjoyed the book but hopefully there will be some plot twists in future books to differentiate the stoty that is so common is this genre. Cold powerful man finds girl who awakens him to some kind of goodness or humanity and they struggle with evil people/powers that keep them apart.
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    Great New SeriesCongratulations Linsey Hall on delivering the beginning of a great new series. It has good characters, descriptive scenes, good dialogue and exciting action. Carrow is a great main character and you immediately want to follow her adventure from the beginning of the book. This story is a very fun read.
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  • Bridget
    January 1, 1970
    Bloody Brilliant Linsey Hall doesn't let me down. Again, great world building and characters. Loved how it was important to establish when Carrow fell into this life, she found a great support system before she even met Mr. Tall, Pale and Deadly. And, the one liners?!?! Feminist Vampire, indeed. Can't wait to take a bite out of the next in the series!
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  • Levia
    January 1, 1970
    More fun from Linsey HallSo if you've read my previous reviews you will know that I love this bookverse. Unlike the others, this one feels like a extremely slight connection to the overarching main series. So reading this on its own wouldn't have had me feeling like I missed anything. This was a great beginning for Carrow's series. I can't wait to read more!
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  • thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great start and introduction to a new series. I loved Carrow, shes not perfect, shes learning and doesnt suddenly figure her powers out and is ultra powerful the way they do in so,e books, its more believable. The Devil, of course you love him, hes written so well, just enough to intrigue you, but we still dont know much. Fab start, looking forward to the next This was a great start and introduction to a new series. I loved Carrow, she’s not perfect, she’s learning and doesn’t suddenly figure her powers out and is ultra powerful the way they do in so,e books, it’s more believable. The Devil, of course you love him, he’s written so well, just enough to intrigue you, but we still don’t know much. Fab start, looking forward to the next
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  • Janeth Myers
    January 1, 1970
    In from the startThe book took off from the beginning which meant i did not want to put it down. The story gives you a new spin on old tales. I liked that we are left wondering more on the female lead while seeing the Male counter part be open. Give it a try it's a fast but fun read.
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  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    Intriguing worldSuch an intriguing world that Carrie gets pulled into. Will she fumble her way through and climb out on top? Lindsey does a good job developing these characters,but also leaves you a little restless to get to know them more
  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    Exciting stuff!I really enjoyed this book. It had a good storyline, great characters (I mean, who doesnt enjoy a vampire, especially one based on *the* most famous of all??) I liked the overall premise for the story and am eagerly awaiting the next one. Exciting stuff!I really enjoyed this book. It had a good storyline, great characters (I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a vampire, especially one based on *the* most famous of all??) I liked the overall premise for the story and am eagerly awaiting the next one.
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  • Lindy Studt
    January 1, 1970
    A Supernatural who doesn't know what she is...Guild City is a city inside London run by Supernaturals. Carrie gets framed for a murder because she's found next to a dead body. She runs and lands in Guild City.
  • Rhonda Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Guild City Guild City is awesome. I found myself stopping a couple times to post excerpts from the book. The Devil was introduced in Linsey's last series about Connor. The characters felt like old friends. You're going to love this story.
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