One Bite With A Stranger By Christine Warren

Okay, I know you have some questions, and or suspicions, so let me answer em. No, I don’t only read paranormal romance, especially ones about vampires. And no I don’t have vampire fetish. Or one for werewolves either. It just so happens that I wanted to write about one of my favorite books–I felt I needed to show some variety. But back to business *putting on business face*.

One Bite With A Stranger

 

When Regina’s friends insist on setting her up a “Fantasy Fix” to help her get over her cheating ex, she dreams up some kinky out-of-this-world encounters that they could never possibly bring to life. But the next thing Regina knows, her friends have got her laced into a shiny black corset, tight leather pants, and a sexy pair of stilettos. It’s time for some downtown vampire-fantasy fun…

The Vampire Ball in Manhattan’s East Village isn’t really Dmitri Vidâme’s idea of a good time, but as a member of the Council that governs the Others, he has to keep an eye on all the young vamps who prey on the pretenders. After he feasts his dark eyes on fiery Regina at the bar, he knows that he must have her. But for the first time Dmitri meets a woman who is more than a match for his indomitable will. And he may be the fantasy Regina hoped for… until she—and her feisty friends—discover her sexy new lover’s bloodsucking secret…

This book, oh my gosh. Let me just stat off by saying Yummeh! This book is so ridiculously great, your slack jawed when its over. This one belongs to my friend Brina who gave it the “Its was good” stamp of approval. Boy was that an understatement, and oh boy was I so not prepared. I picked up this book, thinking: “Haven’t read a vamp romance in forever, hopefully its good”. It was. This book was such a quick read, a fun read, a damn great read,  and most assuredly a sexy read. If you can’t take the heat, don’t go in that kitchen. The chatacters Dmitri and Regina–Reggie for short–were just so great and hilarious together. Dmitri had me not wanting to let him go. I wish I could have plucked him out of that book and kept him with me. If ever there was a man as raw and male and utterly protective of his territory, its Dmitri. And I’m all about independence, but when there’s a guy like Dmitri around who wants to exercise his primitive side, well I’d damned sure be happy.  Be my guest, warrior. Yummeh!! I can rave about this book forever. Its just so good.

My Review

How many stars: 5

Main Characters: Dmitri is so male! He is the epitome of strong and wonderful. He’s all about taking care of and pleasing his lady. Yes, singular, lady. Reggie is so cute with Dmitri. She’s just so speechless about what happened in her life, one moment on a fantasy fix, the next she’s completely taken over by a stranger. They were a good lead, and they made you laugh and experience their passion with them.

Story: The story was nice paced and developed. the characters were funny, and its are the Love-at-first-sight kind. Your not going to want to put the book down.

Would I re-read: I would so reread. This is a definite reread, your just going to love and miss ’em too much when your done.

Improvements: It really doesn’t need any improvements, but it could have been a little longer. Its such a quick read, but very satisfying that you wont go crazy. You’d be content and just want to pick it up for another read when you can.

Topping: Caramel frappuccino, light whip with nicely placed extra caramel on top and on the sides. You don’t have to mix, everything just comes together in every pull, so the flavor and aftertaste is perfect. Yummeh!

 

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Discussion: Black Dagger Brotherhood

I love the Brother hood, and all its characters, so don’t get me wrong by my complaints. I’m not a basher of authors, because I have a great amount of respect for authors who can pen their thoughts into a book. Especially books that are great, and creative like the brotherhood.
I love the sense of community and how the brothers interact mostly. There are only a few characters, and a few other things, that i don’t like and I would just like to point them out, hence this discussion post. I love how she wrote the characters, and how they are all so fiercely loyal and have a bond with each other, yet so complex and different when you get to know them individually. I love how they aren’t so perfect, and that they have emotions, not just commitment issues.
Zsadist, Rhage, and Rehvenge are my favorites, and all for different reasons. My least favorite however is Phury, twin brother to Zsadist. I bought his story, skimmed a page and promptly returned it. Not saying that it wasn’t a great, or even good, book–I wont make such judgement–but it didn’t engage me. It went to a place where I just would not like to explore, not even in a book. But what ticked me off was that he even went there, when things were just not that bad. At least from my perspective. I liked Phury at first, felt for him, but the more I read the books, the more he just got on my nerves. Just thinking about him ticks me off still. He’s the reason I wanted to rant mostly, and I’m glad I got it off my chest. He literally almost ruined the series for me. I guess the real why of why I’m so ticked off is because I liked him so much. He was just so sweet and considerate, though way too self sacrificing. But I was thoroughly distressed at his self decline from the book two all the way to his book. It got so bad that I literally started skipping his parts. Its not like I can’t identify that shit happens, because I so can. But I just don’t think his situation warranted that. I’m not being a goody two-shoe either, or naive, I know bad things happen–I see it all the time. I just thought that his method sucked, and in turn, sucked everything out of the characters appeal, and about his book.
Phury, coupled with the way Vishous’s story ended and the not-so-hot news about the next book, book eleven, had me wondering what kind of tangent can J.R. possibly be going on. She’s mixed the rules of romance and I still like her, but her next book, Lover Reborn, just seems to be pushing the cake. I don’t think I’m going to be able to take it. And that sucks because I want to take it. But I mean, really? What can she possibly be thinking?
I’ve already had it with the; Perfect brother unraveling at lightning speed, while not-so perfect brother becomes the reasonable and grounded one. I don’t know how the characters are going. Too much twist and turns and unfairness to me.
But let us leave this on a good note though, I have it on good authority that Dark Lover, Book one–haven’t read–is good. She gave it her stamp of approval; “It’s good”. I don’t know if I’m going to read that, but we’ll see. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is really great–excluding Phury’s hellish decline–and its easy to get caught up in it. As you can see, it doesn’t matter if you read it in order or not, but if you want to go ahead. Rhage and Mary’s story is so profound and just Great! Zsadist and Bella’s story is just so compelling a well written, you feel everything. You see the guy who’s so bad ass, but super innocent. How many times do you get that? To read his story is to seeing just how awesome he is. Yeah, I think this is the positive end I was looking for. I ranted, and I rave. I’m out.

Black Dagger Brotherhood: Lover Mine

Lover Mine LOVER MINE
by J.R. Ward
Published by Signet Eclipse
April 2010

Book Nine: John Matthew’s Story

Readers have flocked to the “raw, gritty…genre-bending”* novels of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. Now return to that seductive- and dangerous- night world as the fever rises in the war between the vampires and slayers.

*Booklist

In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. Long divided as a terrifying battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was- or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate.

Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.

Lover Mine, book nine in J.R. Ward’s BDB series, was my second read and the book that really got me craving more of the Brotherhood–and sad to say that crave was not satisfied until months later, because my friend kept forgetting to find the books. But anyways, Lover Mine was definitely a great read. It got me to start understanding just how this Brotherhood thing worked, and it got my feelings sucked in so much, I teared up. I’m a crier, and I’m not afraid to say it. I love a book that can make me cry–see Rhage and Mary, I was bawling. But Lover Mine is about John and Xhex, and boy are they a real good couple.

How many stars: 4 1/2

Main Characters: John Matthew and Xhex are the main character, and they are both broken and frustrating, but like all heroes and heroines the baggage is expected. But John is so determined and he is so in love with her its absolutely powerful. His love and his willingness to fight until he gets her back or avenge her is so compelling you cant help but turn the pages. Its not new in a story, but when you get to know John, it all seems a little different. Xhex is complicated, but you have to love her, because under that I’m a bad ass-which she is- theres that little flower that needs some TLC. And I wanted to give her some TLC along with john.

Story: The story is fun. The plot is filled with a great deal of juicy tidbits, aside from the main story, that just keeps you turning the page. The story developed at a nice pace and John and Xhex are so good together.

Improvements: I really loved Lover Mine, but I still thought there could have been a little improvement, though this is just my thought. Well its not improvements so much as a little more clearing up, especially about John’s Identity.

Topping: Hmm this was definitely a very nice, perfectly blended frappuccino, with light whip and about medium amount of extra caramel to make it just good enough your tempted for more.

Black Dagger Brotherhood: Lover Unbound

LOVER UNBOUND
by J.R. Ward
Published by Signet Eclipse
September 2007
Book Five: Vishous’ Story

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other—six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Now, the cold heart of a cunning predator will be warmed against its will…

Ruthless and brilliant, Vishous son of the Bloodletter possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a pretrans growing up in his father’s war camp, he was tormented and abused. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of a human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time- until a destiny he didn’t choose takes him into a future that cannot include her.

Lover Unbound, what a book! And that’s with both the good and the bad, and the “what the hell did I just read”. All in all, a very Interesting Ride. This is book number five in the BDB Series, featuring Vishous and Jane. Although I didn’t salivate for Vishous’s story the way I did for Zsadist, I could not wait to get to his. Vishous, with his leathers on and off the battlefield, is just an interesting character. The all around smart guy–er…vampire, with a love for BDSM. You had to be intrigued, to see hwo all this would play out. It played out good, then it lost me, then I was like WTH!

How many stars: 4

Main Characters: As far as kick ass main characters go, Vishous and Jane takes the cake. Both literally and figuratively. They are such a good pair together. Both smarty pants and smart asses. They clicked and understood each other, but most amazingly was their romance. It wasn’t the long enough for me, but it was short, sweet and intense. They were just on the same wavelengths and no bullshit miscommunication in here.

Story: The story was good. Vishous and Jane came together nicely, their stories were both heartfelt and poignant, but the beauty of their troubled past was that it made them perfect for each other. The book wasn’t long enough to please me and the ending totally left my mouth agape in “what the hell was that?”

Would I re-read: Yes, though I would still get pissed off at the end, but most assuredly yes.

Improvements: I would want a little more Jane and Vishous time, and the ending could have been resolved in a different way, but its also not bad. I don’t know what the authors plan is so I don’t wanna totally be disgusted about it. But it was a really good read.

Topping: It was good extra caramel, nice and yummeh.

Black Dagger Brotherhood: Lover Revealed

LOVER REVEALED
by J.R. Ward
Published by Signet Eclipse
March 2007
Book Four: Butch’s Story

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York,
there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their
slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers
like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their
race. Now, an ally of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
will face the challenge of his life and the evil of the ages.

Butch O’Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard living, ex-homicide cop, he’s the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world- to engage in the turf war with the lessers. He’s got nothing to lose. His heart belongs to a female vampire, an aristocratic beauty who’s way out of his league. If he can’t have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers…

Fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, found by a miracle, the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him…

Source: http://www.jrward.com/bdb/index-books.html#loverrevealed

Lover Revealed, book number four in the BDB series, is about Butch, ex-homicide detective now friend of the brotherhood and Marissa, ex Shellan (mate/wife) to the king and. This was an okay book for me. I was mostly reading  to get information or tidbits on Z and Bella, or Rhage and Mary. But I didn’t completely disregard the book, so don’t worry. I liked the leads, which is about all I can say really. I felt for them, but I didn’t love them. I loved the development between Butch and Vishous, and their new dynamic.

My Review

How many stars: 3

Main Characters: Butch And Marissa were the main characters, in this book. They were both wonderful characters, but it seemed they were on two different wave lengths. They loved hard, but got on the nogging with all the miscommunication.

Story: The story was actually a very nice read. The characters didn’t make me care that much for their romance, but I did love the plot and how things developed. I loved how Butch and Vishous has a new dynamic to their relationship, showing you just how much they are destined to be together. I love how things really did get cleared up, though not a lot of things, so don’t hold your breath.

Would I re-read: Not really. I may skim it again, but I don’t see myself rereading this book.

Improvements: I think there could have been some improvements on the length of time Butch and Marissa spent apart. They misunderstood every single word they spoke to each other, which in turn brought them both into a depressive state. It was so not cool. They got down the fact that they bot were in love with each other, but they spent the most of the book on a rollercoaster–up, down, up….etc.

Topping: This was sloppy placed caramel to me, one where I have to mix everything up for it all to come together and taste good.

Black Dagger Brotherhood: Lover Awakened

LOVER AWAKENED
by J. R. Ward
Published by Signet Eclipse

September 5, 2006
Book Three: Zsadist’s Story
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…Source: http://www.jrward.com/bdb/index-books.html#loverawakened

Lover Awakened the third book in the series, but my fourth read, was positively amazeballs. I wanted this book before I was even finished with Rhage’s book, and I went out that same night to buy it. The way Bella and Zsadist are together in Rhages book, alluded to the cosmic kind of love that their story would possess. I wanted it. I anticipated it, and I was not at all disappointed.
They were so good together it hurt to let them go. They were so perfect together, I wanted more of them in the next book, more than I wanted to hear about the lead characters.

My Review

How many stars: 5

Main Characters: Zsadist and Bella were totally amazing. Zsadist was a perfect broken hero. He was the right amount of dangerous, but the perfect amount of consideration and tenderness for Bella. He was a hero. As a heroine, Bella was absolutely great. She went after her man, but she wasn’t afraid to be pissed off. She is no shrinking violet.

Story: The story was great. You got to really understood Zsadist and where he was coming from, but more importantly, you got to love him and want Bella for him even more. She was–is–his perfect antidote. And together they had a sweet and passionate story that leaves you salivating for more.
Would I re-read: This book is re-read worthy. I think I read it again, after I was done. It was way too perfectly good. I wanna give spoilers–but I wont.
Improvements: There really wasn’t any improvements as oppose to, just needed more of them. Needed a little bit more of them towards the end. Just like another 5 pages, minimum.

Topping: This book was my Extra Caramel swirl on the most amazingly made frappuccino. The amount of extra caramel was amazing on top of the light whip cream, and it looked nice instead of sloppy. Loved It, Loved It!!

Black Dagger Brotherhood: Lover Eternal

LOVER ETERNAL
by J.R. Ward
Published by Signet Eclipse
ISBN# 0451218043
Publication Date: March, 2006
Book Two: Rage’s Story
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Possessed by a deadly beast, Rhage is the most dangerous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood…
Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover—for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Possessed by this dark side, Rhage fears the times when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships, is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant on Rhage’s protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. Her faith in miracles was lost years ago. But when Rhage’s intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves…

Source: http://www.jrward.com/bdb/index-books.html#lovereternal

Lover Eternal is Yummeh! Rhage, Full warrior, part dragon, and amazing lover. What can I say? The guy is a beast. I love him. I literally forsake my school work, and most of my priorities to be with him–er…read his story.    And when I was free, I locked myself in my room and delved deep into the pages.
Rhage’s book is the second installment in the black dagger brotherhood series, but my third read, as I read the eight, Lover Avenged, first and the Ninth, Lover Mine, second. My thirst for another BDB book was dormant for months before my friend gave me this book. I was so in love with this book, that I ran out and bought the third one, Lover Awakened, and fifth, Lover Unbound, before I even finished.

My Review

How many stars: 5

Main Characters: The main characters were awesome and unforgettable. Rhage, the strongest of the brotherhood warriors, and the most emotionally freeing. He loves and aches with the same fervor. Mary, a fighter until the end, is the most kindest and most compassionate heroine. Together she and Rhage are compelling, and unforgettably and achingly perfect.

Story: The story grabs you by the collar and pulls you in from the first sentence. It was paced perfectly. The story made you ache for them, both individually and together. I cried with them, and for them, but mostly I enjoyed them. They loved fast and hard and they fought, both each other and for each other, and always willing to sacrifice. So good.

Would I re-read: Yes and I already reread it. Its just that good. Its re-readable, from the moment you finish.

Improvements: A little bit longer. And that’s just purely for my sake. It was so perfect I didn’t want it to end.  I wanted to be with them a little longer.

Topping: This book was the perfect Frappuccino, light whip, and the perfect amount of extra caramel.

I love this book. To me it emphasizes just how much of a stellar author J.R. Ward is. I love how she put this book together, from copy right page to the end.