C.C. Wood has written four fun, sexy novellas. I loved them all. So when she told me she was writing a full length vampire novel, honestly, at first I was disappointed. I have barely read any paranormal romance in the last 2 years, and was nervous I wouldn’t get into it. Luckily, CC used her signature snarky humor, and wrote Bite Me as a more “paranormal light” book, and I loved it so hard.
Here’s the difference. Some paranormal books have an entire new world you have to learn about, and some are a little more mainstream, where our world hasn’t changed, but we find out that vampires are secretly living among us. I enjoy the second type much more. Building a whole new world is very difficult, making some paranormal series much harder to get into. I had no such issue with Bite Me. In fact, it came at a time when all the books I was reading started to run together, and I was struggling to find something different. Bite Me hit the spot perfectly. If you are hesitant in trying a paranormal book, I must remind you, there is something so sexy about being with a guy that can break you in half but would never…someone who bites, and that bite is sheer ecstasy. See my post from when I first started blogging: The link between BDSM and Vampires. I must preface this review, in all fairness, by saying that C.C. is a good friend of mine. In fact, I have been written into this book (with my real name). I am trying my hardest to be as impartial as possible, and I may be going overboard in my efforts to combat that, like when my sister was my counselor at camp and was meaner to me than everyone so it wouldn’t look like she was favoring me.
“He was beautiful, beyond beautiful. His hair was dark and long, almost to his shoulders. The bones of his face looked as though they had been sculpted by a master. His high cheekbones and strong jawline should have been considered works of art. However, it was his eyes, those piercing blue eyes that I couldn’t look away from. I felt pinned.”
Donna had a great job in advertising, but when she discovered her boss embezzling she was fired and blackballed in the industry. She is now forced to work as a cocktail waitress. While working, Donna spots the gorgeous man in the shadowy corner booth, but he disappears while she is serving some guys who can’t stop ogling her chest. When she leaves late that night, the same three guys are waiting for her. Fighting them off with everything she has, Donna is rescued by the beautiful, shadowy stranger who snaps their necks like it’s nothing.
“It was the gorgeous stranger I had noticed earlier. He looked feral and dangerous and, if it was possible, sexier than before.”
She sees evidence of vampirism, but refuses to believe what she sees. She can’t help the magnetic pull she feels towards him. Thinking he used mind control, Donna tries to deny her attraction.
“Then why did I just kiss you? I would never do something like that without being coerced.”… “I believe it’s called chemistry, not coercion.”… He wrapped an arm around my lower back and my hips connected with his. I felt what had to be a vampire penis poking me in the belly. Oh hell, no way was I playing sink the salami with a creature that would sink fangs into me too.
Donna’s real and snarky attitude, and that of her friends are one of my favorite features of Bite Me. This was just one of the lines that made me giggle, but this isn’t a comedy book, there is just some nice, light, funny moments. Waking up black and blue after what the three guys did to her, Donna hid out for a day of recovery and couldn’t help but think about him.
“I dreamed about bright blue eyes and a beautiful vampire who held me as though I was made of glass.”
When Conner Savage (the vampire) shows up at her work to check on her the following day, those feelings are still there. And he is feeling the pull too.
“You make me feel human for the first time in a long time”
Despite the fact that Donna doesn’t really want to believe he is a vampire, and thinks he might be a nut, she agrees to go on a date with him to one of the most exclusive restaurants in town. When he finally has her convinced he is a vampire, it was fun to read how he debunked all of the silly vampire myths. Then, as he politely kisses her goodnight…it became not so polite.
Did I mention Conner has a Scottish accent? That and the fact that he is mind-blowingly amazing in bed (300 years of experience!), and treated Donna better than any other guy made Conner dangerous for her. Dangerous for her heart.
Even after an amazing sex scene, C.C. made the book so much better when Donna went out for GNO with her friends. I love books with a group of girls you want to hang with. Bite Me has a totally silly and fun group of girls that you can clearly see love each other. All these girls are familiar to me…and one scene was borrowed from Wicked Book Weekend!
Then she goes back to be with Conner, and when she playfully makes him chase her, she sets off all of his animal instincts.
“Put your hands behind your head, bend your knees and spread your legs.” Even though we had been lovers for a couple of weeks, I hesitated. “Do it now, Donna” I brought my other hand behind my head and laced my fingers together. I bent my knees and moved my feet apart. “Wider,” Conner growled.
So I was just like this while reading:
Added to the hot sex and the great girlfriends, we have danger. MAJOR danger, with a big climactic scene. I love a little action (besides the bedroom type) in my books.
Bite Me was the perfect blend of hot sexiness, fun snarkiness, and dangerous situations. It reminded me of 2 of my favorite paranormal authors, Jeaniene Frost, or Lynsay Sands, who both write funny, sexy, exciting vampire books.
- I love the girlfriends!
- Conner was so yummy and alpha.
- C.C. knows how to write sex!
- I loved to hate Marissa, with the head to big for her body, and Vanessa in all her cuntiness.
- Tons of funny lines, but the book itself was romantic, hot and dangerous too.
- Donna’s snarky personality and her love for Highlanders were fun (and familiar!)
- Bite Me was ‘vampire light’, you don’t have to like paranormal to enjoy this campy story.
- A nice change from the books I’ve been reading lately.
- No cliffhanger, Bite Me can stand alone, but luckily each of the girls get their own story.
- I read the whole thing straight through and loved it the whole way.
- Great set-up for future books. The epilogue set up the next book so well, that I can’t wait to read it!
- No condom discussion. How would Donna know she wasn’t going to get some vampy disease?
- As much as I enjoyed this book, and it was unique to what I am reading nowadays, there was nothing truly unique about Bite Me compared to some other paranormal books I have read in the past. Vampires are always fighting for power…there was nothing new or different about the vampire society in this book. But on the other end, it was nice to not have to learn too many new rules for a society.
- I would have liked another 40-50 pages that let us get to know the characters more. As hot as Conner was, I didn’t 100% fall in love with him, or Donna. I just didn’t know them well enough to truly connect and fall head over heels for them.
Rating: Solid 4.5 stars (might be even higher if you are new to paranormal) 4.5 Heat.
I read Bite Me in one day. It was a quick, fun romp into the paranormal and had everything I love in a book. Sex, fun friends, romance, alpha guy, banter and some danger. It was such a pleasure to read something different for a change. The books I have been reading lately, as much as I loved them all, were starting to mix together in my head with a lot of similar themes. Bite Me stood alone like a unique breath of fresh air. I read the whole thing smiling to myself, and the epilogue has me drooling for the next in the series, Ivie’s book.
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I had the perfect life; an awesome job in advertising, a gorgeous high rise apartment, and a flirtation with the guy down the hall. Then it all came crashing down. Two months later I was a cocktail waitress living in a tiny one bedroom apartment. I had also developed a serious ‘men suck’ attitude. That all changed the night I met the beautiful and enigmatic Conner Savage. But there was just one little problem…he said he was a vampire. Figures a man that hot would be batshit crazy. Or so I thought. It didn’t take me long to realize that Conner wasn’t a nut job and that I was addicted to him. With every moment we spent together he drew me deeper into his world and the supernatural culture in which he lived. Now I had a choice: the vampire I craved or a normal life. Couldn’t be easier, right?
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