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Publisher's Summary

The delicious sequel to Venom and Vanilla, from USA Today bestselling author Shannon Mayer.

Alena Budrene is not just a gifted Seattle baker - she's also a supernatural. Having survived the virus that made her transformation necessary and outwitted an attack by a Greek hero, she's ready to settle down and deal with the challenges of living as a "Super Duper."

But nothing is easy for a woman who can turn into a giant snake. Threatened by her unprecedented strength, Alena's enemies team up against her. What's next on the menu? The duplicitous demigod Theseus - backed by a ruthless vampire gang and the power-hungry goddess Hera - is determined to lure her into a glorious, and rather public, battle to the death.

Now humans, even the ones Alena risks her life to protect, are afraid to acknowledge her existence. And when the friends who once rallied around her begin to fall prey to Theseus's manipulative schemes, Alena realizes she must act before she loses everything. But will the price of success be too high to pay?

©2017 Shannon Mayer. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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I hate,hate when the heroine of the story has all these powers and doesn’t know how to use them or takes the time learn how to use them. She just makes one stupid decision and mistakes after another and wouldn’t your first response for the snake oil is to find an antidote? I was soooo hoping she became more bad ass and smarter in this book but Noooo. She doesn’t want to kill the people who wants to kill her and she can’t cuss and she keeps saying married even though legally she is not and her husband had moved on !Walking around like no one is after her and is surprised when someone is trying to kill her dumb,dumb,dumb...Ugggh...smh....Her storyline is so silly and ridiculous. I love the other characters especially Ernie .

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Can't stand stupid, weak will Heroines

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The only people I think will enjoy this are people who like weakness in women

What does Saskia Maarleveld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She read the book fine, only had a few different dialects to differ between the characters the writer had, but I think she did well.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

In the beginning the weakness she showed her husband she is trying to get a divorce from and the girlfriend he constantly flaunts in front of her. She is up against Theseus in this book. Theseus is known for strength and courage, also being intelligent and wise. He is also known for helping the poor and oppressed. He took one of Alena's friend to get knowledge and to have a strategic plan on killing Alena. He should have gained knowledge of her personality from her friend, which all the "crow" girls when together. He should have realized that Hera was using him as a vengeance pawn. This just makes him NOT as all the legions paints him as. Also when Alena had the chance to kill him and be done with the obstacle that Hera created. SHE FAILED! Weak and stupid, can't stand when the writer tries to create a main female character. You can have be kind and polite, caring and compassionate and still know when to remove the threat that is invading her life. At the dinner that she poison all her family and weakened Theseus, even though it would have shown her mom she was truly a monster it would have saved her entire family if she killed Theseus or at least she could have removed him from her family's house. By removing him instead of leaving showed she truly didn't care what happened to her family, so why care what her mom thought of her by doing so. To me the story is poorly developed and the writer was just trying to make it longer when the book should have ended at her parent's dinner. I had to listen on 2 and 2.5 speed to see how stupid Alena really is and what direction the writer was heading towards. Still shaking my head over this one and sick that I wasted a credit on this book.

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I think the writer has made Alena a weak, beaten female character and then she gives her the ability to change into a great monstrous snake creature that has no mind except for killing. Then the writer shows Alena even in the monster form cares about people and the same feelings she had as a person. I see no clear direction for her character. I don't think a doormat for a main character is good for all to see. Maybe others can't see what I am talking about but then you really need to pick other books where women as a main character are shown as a good hearted person and still kill when needed.

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Pass on it

Sorry it was ok but if I hear one more time no one believes in me I can protect myself blah blah I was starting to root against the main character! I read all 3 thinking it would improve. I was wrong.

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great read

i loved the wsy it was read and acted out. the pacing was wonderful. as was the speech.

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Gets better

The first book started out with a pathetic heroine that had me rolling my eyes and ready to turn it off; however, Mayer, manages to craft into a reluctant hero. It's charming and engaging if a bit contrived at times.

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Not as good as the first one, disappointing.......

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Nothing really sticks out as being overly interesting

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

Probably not

Any additional comments?

The whole thing had a lot of whining and second guessing which gets old fast.

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WTF

Did you intend to make the lead character so - on - the - line between likeable and hated???

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some of the decisions to heroin made were ?

I enjoyed the book it had great action and I'm a sucker for a happy ending. My biggest complaint is that the heroine was an idiot occasionally which did not really make me like her very much some obvious flaws like poisoning the family and then poisoning her allies for no apparent reason made me think she was a moron.

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Love this series

I love how Shannon brings strong female characters to life. I will add Alena to my growing list of kick a$$ women.

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A good sequal

In part two of this trilogy our protagonist comes into her own. And all the baking metaphors really stir my sweet tooth. If you didn't read the first novel in the series this book could be very confusing so I recommend you start at the beginning and work your way through in series order.

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  • 03-30-20

Engaging sequel to the Venom trilogy

Alena’s decision to become a Supe rather than succumb to the deadly Aegrus Virus opened her world up to the supernatural community on the other side of the Wall. Family secrets came to light in which Alena learned that her beloved Yaya was a priestess to Zeus. Hera, in her rage, placed a curse on their family as a result.

Having defeated Hera’s champion Achilles, Alena must now face the cunning demi-god Theseus. While Achilles had been all brawn, Theseus is a cunning master manipulator who sets about turning Alena’s friends and family against her.

Meanwhile Alena is undergoing divorce proceedings in an effort to win back her inheritance as well as her beloved bakery. Her desperate attempts to convince the judge that she should not be declared dead simply because of her supernatural status hits a snag when Theseus chooses that moment to attack...

Fangs and Fennel is the third entertaining instalment in the Venom trilogy which sees Alena trying to adapt to her new life as a supernatural. Her romance with Remo is blossoming, if only she can sort out her pesky divorce from her low life ex husband, Roger. Unfortunately she faces opposition from the courts who refuse to grant her any rights as a Supe.

Meanwhile we have other forces conspiring against her, namely Hera, Aphrodite, Theseus and Remo’s vampire brother, Santos. Theseus is proving to be a formidable enemy in that he is not only trying to drive a wedge between Alena and her family and friends, but he’s working with Santos to effectively destroy her too. Zeus has made himself scarce as usual but Alena does find an ally in Hephaestus, the werewolf Officer Jensen and of course the irrepressible Eros (Ernie) who I absolutely loved!

Alena is an endearing protagonist who refuses to compromise her beliefs and is loyal to fault. I felt that she grew in confidence in this instalment. We were also given more background on the reasons behind Hera’s antagonism towards Alena’s family and I’m looking forward to this being further explored in the next instalment especially with regards to her parents and why they became Firstamentalists. Merlin is another enigma who continues to intrigue me. It’s obvious now that his initial agenda was for the monsters to fall so that humans would see the need for heroes and thereby tear down the Wall that separated them from the Supes. Alena has shown him that the world has changed and it’s monsters that are now needed.

All in all this was a fast paced, well developed instalment which I enjoyed more than the first and I’m looking forward to seeing how the author will tie up all the loose ends in the conclusion. I recommend this for fans of vampires, werewolves, warlocks, shifters, sirens, Greek/Arthurian mythology and of course baking!

I listened to this book in audible form which was narrated by Saskia Maarleveld. I was impressed by the way she was masterfully able to bring each character to life with their own unique voice, switching effortlessly between characters and accents.

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great story

Enjoyed ed every minute of the series and was happy that I gave a shot to this series when most 2018 couldn't catch my attention. plus the narrator is fantastic.

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  • 01-25-17

Absolutely fantastic

This book has me hooked and salivating hehe, its addictive and a compelling read/ listen too, i love Alena she is sassy, feisty, sexy and hot as hell and can bake cookies to die for, and Remo? Omg their chemistry sizzles like melting butter in a hot baking pan (grins n sighs). Saskia Maarleveld us awesone ib her narrative, she brings the character to life. Thank you ladies (bows) xox