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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 27 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Vicki Gaia & Vina Grey
- Audible.com Release Date: November 18, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PURU7YM
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For The Bite Of It: Book One of the Orbus Arcana Series Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Writing is generally fluid, the leads are likeable, side characters interesting and the take on the vampire lore rather new.
Yet there are problems:
- The story is very, very light in that the mystery is no more than a pale excuse; psychologies are bi-dimentional and the growing attraction between the leads is hurried and quite a bit over the top.
- The end comes and there is luckily no cliffhanger, but it really feels like the original story was chopped into parts to be sold separately for no real reason.
- Editing is an issue as there are typos and rather crude grammar mistakes.
- A final problem may be a personal one but is no less annoying: I happen to be a native speaker of Italian with an excellent grasp of French and I have found EVERY SINGLE Italian or French phrase/expletive used in the book to be wrong as only google-translated idioms can be.
Just to make a -blatant- point, "Vincent Kamateros" is NOT an Italian name, Vincent being English (the Italian is "Vincenzo") and Kamateros being a Greek surname.
Second, there would be no reason for Vincent, his sister and Angelo to speak English instead of Italian between each other.
While it would be unpractical to write long dialogues in a foreign language and translate them in a footnote, the fact could be implied by the simple use of italics.
Third, it would perhaps make sense for Vincent to adopt an anglicised version of his name to use in the US, but his Italian family and friends would never use "Vince" and "Cent" as pet names.
Most readers will hardly notice or care, but to me it betrays a lack of research that I deem unprofessional.
I am sorry, but stars had to go from the rating because ot this shabbiness.
The story opens with Vincent into his second year of punishment by his council, powers stripped, and living like a human. He loves to bake and is owner of a cup cake shop. . . And except for his vampire best friend and supporter popping in and out of his life, he's very much alone. He has regrets and wish his life was different, but if given the choice, he'd do everything exactly the same. You see, he's innocent of the crime he's being punished for.
So a crime happens and Vincent is dragged into it as a suspect. The detective John Reed catches his eye and interest. From there is a complicated dance between a suspicious detective and a lonely vampire, with a few twists and turns. Unfortunately I figured out the 'who done it' early on. . . Yes that case was a bit weak at times.
So the basics of the story: Vampire Prince meeting his match around solving a crime. Add in family politics and vampire laws and how they impact Vincent and John. Stir in the angst of a 'in the closet' detective and even though he's an older guy, he keeps relying on his Catholic upbringing and respecting his devout parents. So both men are fine tuned to put their families' expectations above their own. Yes, this could have been condensed a bit more - John was so wishy washy it got pathetic and the angst was tiring at times. Even though their relationship progresses, this isn't the end of the road. There are revelations and trust issues that need to be addressed and no HEA in sight. But this is a series so there is hope.
I found it interesting Vincent was given a job to do and we never see him pursuing it. And once things heat up with John Vincent's never working at the bakery. The storyline slipped a bit there. - Dan's Wife
What is yet another issue is John's hiding of his sexuality. His parents are very religious and his older brother is a paragon that leaves him frustrated with not wanting to be a disappointment. He's never with the same man twice, doesn't kiss his partners, and finds those partners far away from home. He throws himself into work but meeting Vincent is electric and he can't ignore the connection between them, even when he suspects Vincent of murder. It's a struggle to accept the truth about himself but he's tired of being alone and soon realizes that his future lies only with Vincent and that his life's only complete in his presence. Things don't go smoothly though as John's constant jealousy causes issues between them and unnecessary doubts that weigh on him. There's even bigger issues lurking between them though that they've not even dealt with yet and their HFN ending will soon implode once John learns the truth about Vincent's world.
This was a clever read in its interpretation of vampirism. They're very human-like with their ability to be in the sun and eat food, but their bloodlust can overwhelm them in the throes of passion and they can teleport and use various other mind tricks. Their powers can be removed as a form of punishment with living amongst humans added punishment. Their hierarchy is just hinted at and I look forward to learning about the different abilities associated with the different clans. Along with the burgeoning romance between these two that gives us insight into their characters comes unrelenting sexual tension that leads to some super HOT sexual interludes that are surprisingly romantic too. The secondary characters are also worth mentioning as they're a supportive group who gently nudge these men together. Of this group Angelo is the most memorable, colorful in his clothes and mannerisms, but Vincent's staunchest supporter and the one to help him cope with his exile. He's flamboyant and appears carefree but is slyly intelligent with an unrequited love of his own that I hope to see addressed. The murder itself is a bit of an obtrusion and went on way too long and I wish less time had been spent on it as it kept our couple separated far too much and had no bearing on the characters beyond being the catalyst for their meeting. Overall though it's an entertaining story with an ending that feels somewhat incomplete. It leaves readers tantalized and wanting to come back for more, so here's to the next book!