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!

 

Black Dagger Brotherhood: Lover Avenged

Lover Avenged

LOVER AVENGED
by J.R. Ward
Published by Signet Eclipse
April 2009
Book Eight: Rehvenge’s Story
J.R. WARD’S BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD novels have introduced readers to a “different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing”* world.

Now, as the vampire warriors defend their race against their slayers, one male’s loyalty to the Brotherhood will be tested- and his dangerous mixed blood revealed.

*All About Romance

Caldwell, NY, has long been the battleground for the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It’s also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and notorious nightclub that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he’s approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King, and leader of the Brotherhood. Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood, even though his sister is married to a member. Because he’s a sympath, his identity is a deadly secret- the revelation of which will result in his banishment to a colony for sociopaths. And as plots within and outside the Brotherhood take their toll against Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in a darkening world- Elhena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him- and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.Source: http://www.jrward.com/bdb/index-books.html#LoverAvenged

Rehvenge’s story was my first in the Brotherhood series, so its safe to say I didn’t go in having high expectations. My best friend gave it to me, and I trust her when it comes to book’s for me. Plus when she recommends a book with her “It was good”, you know she must really like it.
But While she may like it, I want to love it. Or really like it. I’m the kind of person who reads and immerse. Not, read, put away, out of sight out of mind. Oh no, books stick with me, which is both good and bad. Good; because I love it and I’ll be able to reread and most likely like the authors other books. Bad; because like I said, it sticks with me. If I read a bad book, i’ll be ticked off for days. I’ll just seethe and think of the ways the characters and the story could have been better. Lets face it, its usually the books with an awesome plot that ends up disappointing you.
My Review

How many stars: 4

Main Characters: The main characters were both awesome and flawed. One is too noble, the other rash, but we can’t hold that against them. Hero, although too noble, was the perfect mixture of bad ass and sweet. Heroine, sweet and strong–not afraid to go get her man, though after she stops feeling sorry for herself. All in all, they were cute and had a lot of chemistry.

Story: The story was good. Took me a while to get into it, but once I did I loved it. Loved the unity of the brotherhood, the lead characters separate stories and the other characters intertwining stories.

Would I re-read: Yes, but only once in a while.

Improvements: More of the main characters. They weren’t together nearly enough for my taste.

Topping: As far as toppings go, this was definitely Extra Caramel.  A good read.