Book Review: Part of me was tempted to give this book lower rating. It's certainly not the best I've read. But when it comes to reviews I try to evaluate a book on its own terms, rather than what I wish it had been, or what I had been expecting, so...
First, it may help to know a few things. 1) This was this author's first published manuscript. 2) It was originally published in 2003 as erotica, under the title 'Fantasy Fix'. It was only later revised and expanded in 2008, and republished as 'One Bite with a Stranger'. 3) It deals with bondage/dominance elements, though I would not go so far as to call it a BDSM novel. So what we have here is a first novel originally written for a different genre than the one it's been shoved into now.
Given all that... Yes it's heavy on the sex. Would I classify it a erotica? No. Barely. However thin it maybe on plot, it's far more story developed than all the examples of erotica I've encountered. It's characterization is adequate for the story it's telling. It does end abruptly - kind of a 'lets wrap up all the loose threads in one go' sort of ending.
As for the story itself - all too believable. Well, not the vampires/werewolves etc being real part. But the character dynamics I can easily see happening. The heroine is sort of wimpish, but that's more a matter of poor character than poor characterization, and we all know friendships/relationships can be complicated. She does display enough flashes of backbone to give the impression of someone lacking confidence rather than lacking strength - a stage most of us go through at some point. And Vidame was hot. In a masterful sort of way.
Audio Review: I found myself pleasantly surprised at how good the narration is in this. A poor reader could have turned this into a torturous listen. I was expecting a decent reader. I got an excellent reader, who made the book come to life.
Love to read!
This is the second book from this series that I have read/listened to and I plan on getting the next one. I really enjoyed it and did not want to stop listening. My only complaint is that some of the scenes were a little drawn out, but not enough to keep me from high recommending it.
Christine Warren has happened upon one of the best story line I have heard yet. Couple that with the narration of Kate Reading and you have one of the best performance I have heard yet. I would not hesitate to compare it to one of the best of Laurel K. Hamilton and Laural Merlington, Kim Harrison or Carrie Vaughn and Marguerite Gavin. All that and it is erotic too.
I think the group is the best character because they hold the story together. Apart from the group there is no favourite character. The ladies all have strengths that make for the perfect partnerships
I could listen to Kate Reading read for days. Oh! That is what I did.
This book was definitely not one I wanted to listen to in one sitting. The whole series was.
Christine Warren is one of the finest writers I have heard.
I couldnt finish it. However, I am willing to try another book in the series because the author got great reviews. The premise for the series is good so I am willing to give it another chance. I didnt really love the narrators voice for the main male character. He sounded too growly.
Great Book althrough.
Wolf at the door...It's got all the same connections
No one scene comes to mind, just an overall great book...
Not any one moment, just great book...
No... boring... I like my romance novels with more romance... no a multi-chapter endless sex scene..
Did not give me enough story within the Others world... almost like this one was outside of it... just went on and on and on in an endless very graphic sex scene... it's a porno without the video to back it up
Kate Reading does a great job with the voice over work... she can't help what she was given to work with...
I've read other books in this series that I was very impressed with... then the order of the series was changed and this was made to be book 1. I hope there will be no more like this one...
I've read "Wolf at the Door" thru "Walk on the Wild Side"... they are SOOOoooooo much better than this one...
It is funny and the love story
Thay are all great
But they are not in order and some of this series are missing.
No on both counts
Something not so mind-numbingly awful
Her pacing is strange, her male character voices are laughable, she sounded too old for any of the characters.
All of them. TSTL Is fitting for all of them.
It seemed like the author was going for funny vampire erotica, and she accomplished neither the funny or the sexy. There was nothing new here to make it stick out in the paranormal romance genre, and the sex scenes were so very, very, very, very, very long and drawn out and completely boring. The comedy aspects weren't funny at all. The story (if there was one, a fact I dispute) was a mish-mash of other books along the same lines that I've read before.
Insta-love? Check. I think this book took place in less than a weeks time.
TSTL leads? Check check
A host of sidekick that are two dimensional and annoying? Check x infinity
It seems like those awful sidekicks are being set up for their own books, but seeing as I wanted to stab all of them with a rusty nail, I will not be sticking around to find out what happens next.
This was seriously bad. Save your credit and ignore the other reviews that made me spend a credit on this pile.
The story did keep my attention because I wanted to see what would happen with the main characters
Honestly, I could not get passed the narrator...the story kept my attention but would have been soooo much better with a "younger" narrator. She just sounded too "mature" for this particular story...the character was supposed to be in her 20's and the narrator's slavic/russian? accent was ANNOYING..
This story was not so good. I couldn't even finish this book. I wish I would have listened to the reviews and just skipped this one, it has turned me off to the rest of the series.
The narrator was fine.