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One Bite With a Stranger: The Others Series | [Christine Warren]

One Bite With a Stranger: The Others Series

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...
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Erin Millers Creek, NC, United States 08-25-12
    Erin Millers Creek, NC, United States 08-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't judge the entire Others series by Book 1"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    joseph eighty four, PA, United States 01-18-12
    joseph eighty four, PA, United States 01-18-12
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    "This Series went from SciFi Fantasy, to Erotica!"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mayra 01-29-12
    Mayra 01-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Dissappointed"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christine Warren again?

    Yes, in hopes that the experience will be more like 1-4 of this series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was fine


    What character would you cut from One Bite With a Stranger?

    Both main characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I just wanted it to be over.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Houston, Texas, United States 03-17-13
    Barbara Houston, Texas, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Fifty Shades of a Vampire"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda FALLS CHURCH, VA, United States 06-14-13
    Linda FALLS CHURCH, VA, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Super sensual couple!"
    Would you listen to One Bite With a Stranger again? Why?

    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!


    What other book might you compare One Bite With a Stranger to and why?

    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!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Loved the humor! Laughed too and from work. Made the commute speed by!


    Any additional comments?

    Reading the series and I am loving it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ck 01-21-13
    Ck 01-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Way too much "romance""

    I am surprised this isn't listed under erotica! Once you get past the sex scene that lasts SIX CHAPTERS, (I kid you not) the story isn't too bad. Bbut seriously, six chapters? Way too much for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. McNeil Colorado USA 01-18-13
    C. McNeil Colorado USA 01-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Words I live by: Charm is a glow within a woman that casts a most becoming light on others~Jason Mason Brown

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    "One Bite"
    What did you love best about One Bite With a Stranger?

    The romance


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like the romantic couple and Regina's friends they are funny.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sort of but I couldn't forget I was listening to someone reading to me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really, it was hard to forget I was listening to someone reading to me.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    12-15-11
    12-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "I love this series"
    If you could sum up One Bite With a Stranger in three words, what would they be?

    Great


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is funny and the love story


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes
    Thay are all great
    But they are not in order and some of this series are missing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Missus Readsalot United States 05-13-14
    Missus Readsalot United States 05-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Save your credit"
    Would you try another book from Christine Warren and/or Kate Reading?

    No on both counts


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something not so mind-numbingly awful


    What didn’t you like about Kate Reading’s performance?

    Her pacing is strange, her male character voices are laughable, she sounded too old for any of the characters.


    What character would you cut from One Bite With a Stranger?

    All of them. TSTL Is fitting for all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joy 05-06-14
    Joy 05-06-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Could not get passed the narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story did keep my attention because I wanted to see what would happen with the main characters


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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..


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    YES


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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