Anne caught her husband cheating with the maid of honor before their wedding cake was cut. She decided to take her planned and paid for honeymoon in Tuscany, alone. On the evening of what was to be her wedding night, she gets bitten by a female vampire.
Marcus Monteleone has waited 300 years to find his fated female, only to discover her dying in his arms. He saves Anne's life by turning her, and then works to gain her trust, to cope with being a newly-formed golden vampire.
But when Anne finds out Marcus has not been completely truthful about his past, she vows to live as a human, and shuns the vampire world. Alone and unprotected, she falls prey to the very villainess who took her human soul, and who now takes the only man she’s ever loved.
Which lover will have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the other before they both are lost?
©2014 Sharon Hamilton (P)2014 Sharon Hamilton
Booked & Loaded
Honeymoon Bite by Sharon Hamilton is the first book in her series, the Golden Vampires of Tuscany. This paranormal romance focuses on a traumatized bride and an unusual solo honeymoon that changes her life.
Reviews like this are painful for this reviewer. No joke. I finished this audiobook several weeks ago and I knew it was going to be a tough review, but I have to fight through and persevere to maintain what I want to this site to be about. Honesty. And I honestly did not like Honeymoon Bite.
I think that the general story line was a great idea, but the execution of this story just fell short. So many dreadful tropes were injected for no apparent reason and served no purpose in moving the story forward.
Anne seems scared and intimidated by Marcus and his pushiness even scares her, yet he bullies her into meeting with him. Marcus also visits Anne cloaked and invisible to "pleasures" her as she thinks it is her imagination. Of course, this is all justified that she is fated mate. This seemed to really push my comfort level and I didn't really understand why it was needed in the story. I don't think it added anything other than a factor of creepiness. Chemistry between characters should not come from just the damn sex or physical pleasure. And don't me started on the moment of glowing genitals. Normally, I would probably soften this blow a little, but this was a LOL moment where there should NOT have been one. WHY! It served absolutely no purpose to advance the story whatsoever and no fabric was laid out for this event being anything other than random.
These issues are not the only ones I had with Honeymoon Bite either. Anne's husband (or non husband?) cheats on her on their wedding night and that is only the beginning. I had a hard time grasping that Anne worked volunteering as an advocate for abused women and yet was completely fucking oblivious that her fiance was a complete womanizing man-whore. AND that she continues to pacify him in many ways like she is responsible for him. I did not like this dynamic at all and his exploits that we learned about in Anne's story - again - I don't think advanced this story or would have affected any of the bottom line. Pretty sure cheating on your bride launches you into total loser category and no further explanation is needed.
LIES. I hate lies and even lies by omission unless extremely detrimental. Like..if I reveal who I am, I get murderized. I get those, but Marcus lies about things A LOT. Anything he things Anne should not know, he just leaves out. I don't think there was one single male I liked in this entire book. Even when one of the male vamps becomes her best friend, I still felt completely turned off by the relationship. Because even he, in the beginning, creeped her the hell out in a completely bizarre scene after she was being "examined" (intimately) by the vampires....
I KNOW there are a lot of people that enjoyed this book. Maybe I am picky about what comes off as romance, as I need the sex to be hawt and make sense. I didn't find it sexy or romantic at all.
Audiobook thoughts: This audiobook is narrated by J.D. Hart. This part of the review is even HARDER. It becomes very hard to judge the voice of the book without taking into consideration the content. I think J.D. Hart did a fair job. Certainly not one of my favorites, but overall I think that he did a nice job with the characters and executing the story at a steady pace.
Yep I am convinced. I have always loved the Seal books by Sharon Hamilton but the vampire in this one is so sexy. love it! I am convinced Sharon can write about toiletpaper and turn it into a best seller. And JD, what a voice, brings that sexy vampire to life!
I LOVE THE SEXY SMOULDERING VOICE OF J.D. HART, HE WAS MARCUS
WHEN MARCUS MET ANNA FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE CHURCH, THIS WAS ONE OF MANY MEMORABLE MOMENTS IN THIS STORY.
I HAVE LISTENED TO HIM BEFORE, AND AM AMAZED HOW EASILY HE TAKES ON THE ROLE OF A DIFFERENT CHARACTER, VERY WELL DONE
I JUST WANTED TO SOAK UP THE STORY, AND LISTEN TO THAT VOICE, YES COULDN'T PUT THIS DOWN.
I LOVED THIS STORY, READ IT FIRST, BUT WELL WORTH LISTENING TO IT ALSO. REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK, AND I AM HOPING J.D IS NARRATOR FOR THE NEXT BOOK IN THIS SERIES MORTAL BITE
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
This book is why I never get bored with Vampires - there's always a different 'version' of them waiting to be discovered and, with this new series, you're introduced to a fascinating Vampire world to get lost in and be captivated by.
As Anne comes to terms with her new husband's adultery on their wedding day she runs - runs from the pain, the humiliation, the sorrow but little does she know she's running into a whole new future. Handsome, sweet and loveable Vampire Marcus is about to give up on ever finding his fated female when he suddenly sees Anne however life is about to play a cruel trick on him and, just when he thinks he has everything, the cruelest of tricks is yet to come.
This is an emotional roller-coaster ride as you follow their tumultuous romance that has lots of drama, suspense, lies, plot twists, interesting and likeable secondary characters, instant attraction and sexual awareness, a tender touching romance, sex, sacrifice, heartache, character development, scorned lovers and secrets. Secrets, or maybe just 'undivulged forgotten truths', are eventually revealed that will have devastating heartbreaking results for the lovers and, when the cat's out and Marcus is left holding an empty bag...... I was left holding the tissues!!
Narrator did an excellent job of providing swoon-worthy Italian accents and giving the rest of the characters great voices too which made the listening experience more enjoyable.
Worth a credit? Whilst this is a really entertaining, unpredictable and captivating listen, there were a few actions that didn't quite make sense, I felt the story jumped ahead of itself resulting in missing 'bits' of information and I would have liked a more descriptive story to draw me into the scenes more. However, these are small issues that didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of this new Vampire species, or the book that housed them. So creditworthy, oh boy is it ever a.... YAYE & a YES and I'll eagerly be watching out for book 2.
I am open to reviewing quality products.
Just before writing this review I perused other reviews on Amazon and Goodreads to see where my opinion falls. Things are mixed, there are many who loved it and some like myself who did not. I kept being confused by the fans, maybe they saw something I did not. Hey it happens, there are plenty of books out there I did not like that became best sellers and have millions of fans. This is simply my two cents as an avid reader.
The concept as outlined in the blurb is great. I was really intrigued by it and excited to read the story. I really liked the idea of Golden Vampires and wish that had been fleshed out more. I would have loved more world building. Things are very jumpy story wise. There are a lot of side stories going on that take away from the main plot. I think this book could have done with major editing down of the story.
It would have been great to have more of the struggle Anna faced as a new vampire with out any guidance. Perhaps even go into how she felt about the people she drained while feeding. That felt glossed over. It almost seemed as though she were not bothered by those deaths, which bothered me.
The story telling is non-linear at times and a little tricky to follow in audio. One moment I am in Tuscany then I am at a flashback of a gangbang the groom had before the wedding, then right back to the present. Several times I had to rewind the audio to figure out what happened. It was very distracting and confusing as a listener.
The main story is about Anne and Marcus but that gets muddled with scenes in the POV of side characters. I just never got a proper handle on what was happening. Too much information coming from too many directions. Then when they finally did get together it was kind of a snore-fest. For all their heat and attraction things should have gotten combustible.
Most of the steam happens with other characters or in a dreamlike state. Not exactly appealing. I like my romances hot and smexy, but will pass on reading a scene like the bachelor party night cheating menage. Not my kind of sexy. Cheating is always a hard limit for me.
The narrator, J.D.Hunt is fantastic and really the biggest reason I kept listening. His yummy deep voice with a hint of rasp helps draw the listener into the book. He has a soothing and enjoyable tone, steady pace and great voices both male and female. I will definitely be looking into more of his narrations.
This is one of those books that I really wanted to like, especially after reading the blurb. It just never connected for me as a reader/listener. There are however many here who loved it, so if you come across a copy and like vamp reads you might give a go. This is the third book I have read from Ms Hamilton and have come to the sad conclusion that our aesthetics do not mesh. While I often love her blurbs and cover art, the stories never resonate. But this is the beauty of art/literature it is purely subjective. Things I did like other love and things I love others may hate. I am one opinion among many.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
I would to see if the writing gets any better. There were so many disconnects that things were difficult to follow at times.
The different spin on Vampires
not a PNR. Oh, and who pronounces Ketchup as "Cats-Up".
Any one of the issues would have allowed this to be a 4 star audio book, but the disconnects in writing and the narration issues caused it to be a 3 at best.
Love to read and I am really enjoying audible. Fantasy and sci fi are my faves but I also enjoy period novels and historical fiction.
I hate it when an author makes up jargon to go along with a new species, supernatural being etc like life mate or mate or in this case fated female. I get it. Fated yeah we all get it but nobody refers to their spouse as husband over and over ad nauseam why do the characters in the story do it? It's so distracting to the actual story. This story wasn't great to begin with but that just torpedoed it straight to to return to sender pile. I couldn't even finish it and I read almost everything to the end even some iffy stories. Please refund my credit for this one. Oh yeah one more thing. The narrator makes the whole mess worse. Can't stand it when males can't do female roles it was all in all a terrible mess
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