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 Vidame'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.
©2008 Christine Warren (P)2011 Tantor
"Warren brings fascinating alternate realities to life." (Romantic Times)
The Others series is actually quite good, although there are parts in the first book (One Bite With a Stranger) and even a couple in the next one (Big Bad Wolf) that resulted in cringing and were a bit difficult to get through. I look at it as enduring the growth process of the writer and being rewarded in the end for my troubles. This first book does have some really great stuff, but the sex scenes just miss the mark because they are a little too vulgar and/or a little too long and/or written in a way that makes what should be very hot kind of ... meh. Good news: The author does eventually figure it all out and achieves the right balance. Bad news: This starts happening in Book 2 and continues to improve in her later books.
HOWEVER, as far as the non-sex-related rest of the story goes, it is definitely worth the listen to get some background info and better understand the relationships of the characters as the series builds because you will see these people again in future installments. Also, you do have Kate Reading who is an amazing performer and one of the best narrators out there.
As an aside, I originally read Wolf at the Door because it was mistakenly listed as the first book in the series (though it is Book 8 or 9 actually), and I liked it enough to go back and listen to the earlier ones. Because of the bad reviews on OBWAS, I skipped it and got Big Bad Wolf before finally giving this one a try. Since I am not sure I would have stuck with the series if I had started with this one, my advice is either to start with this first book, knowing that the writing gets much better as the series progresses, or to just get the one that most interests you, as I believe they will all make enough sense to stand alone, and then see if that leads you to want to hear the entire series.
Not my favorite series in the world, but one I'll listen to in between other books. Usually there books are more of a light paranormal love stories with a bit of action, sex and "mating", with the envitable impossible love connection in the end. This one, well I have no problem with erotica, if that's what I'm wanting or expecting to listen to. But this book they took the sex scenes to a whole other level. It just went on and on and on and on and on. Instead of the book having a story with a few love scenes, this book had a huge sex scene with little doses of story. Ha ha! Even worse having one of my most adored narrators reading it. I just laughed. It was ridiculous.
I have enjoyed numerous titles by the author, but this one just went on and on, just sex and not substance. Very little to do with the Others character development. I hope the last 3 I downloaded are better.
Yes, in hopes that the experience will be more like 1-4 of this series.
The narrator was fine
Both main characters.
I just wanted it to be over.
Although this series has the potential to become formulaic, this first book should NOT be missed, even if you elect to discontinue listening to the rest of the series.
It puts an interesting twist on seduction while weaving a plot that stands up to most and surpasses many more of the worn-out writers who rely on titillation and angst to carry a flimsy plotline.
I enjoyed how this story took something from Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and blended it with the well-seasoned sex we saw in Fifty Shades of Grey.
Let’s see how well this series continues.
The Narrator, Kate Reading, does a fine job on Male/Female voice as well as Character differentiations and gets better on accents and word pronunciations as the book goes on.
All in all I give this book a substantial 4 across the board.
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.
Tell us about yourself! Love to listen to jazz, r/b and listen to erotic or a good paranormal sci-fi and " good narration is everything"
This was my first book of Ms Warren other series. I liked it and been a fan ever since, always drama and plenty of action
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
Not only was there a lot of hot sex, but it was funny as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this listen.
Maybe similar to Georgina the succubus series. There are mortals and immortals, friends and a love story!
I thought she did a great Russian accent, all her characters were well defined and developed their own personality! Great job!
Yes, I read several reviews before I purchased so I was prepared for the sexy storyline. In fact, I was expecting it to be mediocre. I laughed so much listening to this audio book. The humor is off the chain. The narrator is excellent! The "good friends" reminded me of my friends when we'd get together, but never to set up fantasy dates. And did the ladies get more than they bargained for! I am hooked!
Elisabeth Naughton, Laurel K. Hamilton, Mary Janice Davidson, Charlaine Harris and J.R. Ward are all writers of series that am a fan. Christine Warren has now been added to my favorites!
Absolutely loved it when the girls came to the rescue; busted into the bedroom! It was hilarious, couldn't wait to read Missy's story after that scene!
Loved the humor! Laughed too and from work. Made the commute speed by!
Reading the series and I am loving it!
This book was a wonderful change from this other P R books a lot of the books I have listened to in the past always have the female run away from their mates. This was a refreshing change and worth the credit. Will buy all of the other books in this series.
Christine Warren is getting a great start for me on this series. I read the second book first, which was fantastic, but I am listening to the first one to get to know how the story started. I really like her viewpoint/story on vampires and shape shifters. I recommend this book for a nice fun read.
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