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Bitten & Smitten (Immortality Bites, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2006
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Rowen hits the nail (or is it the stake?) on the head with her feisty debut novel about a reluctant vampire trying to cope with her newfound otherworldly status. After a blind date bites Sarah Dearly on the neck and is killed by vampire hunters, she discovers she's not only a vampire but also has been left to learn the ropes of the night by herself. Thank goodness for wise "master" vampire Thierry de Bennicoeur, who saves her life, shows her to the nearest vampire hangout and wins her heart in the process. Next comes a mix of misplaced trust, stakings and bad double dates, all with the goal of outwitting the vampire hunters and getting Thierry to see that Sarah's the one for him. Rowen perfectly balances suspense and wit by tossing in one-liners just when the novel could start getting too serious ("I just need to wash my face and brush my fangs first and we can get out of here," Sarah says). Mentions of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Anne Rice ground the novel and make it a true modern girl's guide to (vampire) life. (Jan.)
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Blind dates can be bad, but Sarah Dearly's date is a true contender for worst ever. His neck nibbling didn't just leave a bruise; it turns her into a vampire, and the newest target for a pack of zealot vampire hunters. With her date now their latest victim, Sarah runs for her immortal life--straight into Thierry de Bennicoeur, a master vampire who is just a wee bit suicidal. Thierry can't resist a damsel in distress and agrees to teach Sarah how to live the vampire life if she'll help him end his own. But as it turns out, Sarah may be his best reason for living. Bitten & Smitten is a study in contrasts: frothy chick-lit wrapped around a grittier reality and a flip side featuring a modern heroine paired with a Brontean hero. And Rowen makes it all work together beautifully. Let us welcome this fresh voice to the genre. Nina Davis
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Top customer reviews
Sarah Dearly goes on a date and the guy ends up being a vampire, who bites Sarah. The vampire is killed by vampire slayers and leaves Sarah with no one to acclimate her to this new dark life. Luckily, Sarah runs into Thierry a 600+ year old vampire, who is tired of existing. They meet on a bridge where Thierry is trying to kill himself. This is only the beginning of Sarah's vampire adventure.
Rowen makes the reader wonder what will happen to Sarah next, which makes this book a page turner. As I read Bitten & Smitten, I couldn't help but laugh throughout Sarah's paranormal journey. She finds trouble and the way she handles each misfortune it made me wonder if Sarah would survive as a vampire. The author's humor is sarcastic and each character's unique personalities are portrayed well. Thierry's depressive state and controlled manner is shown in how he speaks and deals with Sarah. The main character, Sarah, is a bit of a scatter brain and very carefree. Her naïve way of viewing her vampire life keeps the story adventurous and Sarah in danger.
Romance blooms between the fledgling vampire, Sarah, and the very old Thierry. However, there are obstacles that get in the way of the romance really heating up between the two, such as, slayers, another fledgling and the fact that Thierry is married to a vampire named, Veronique, who is gorgeous.
I loved Bitten & Smitten. It was funny and creative. This is not "just another" vampire story. Rowen took us on a paranormal adventure the way Bridget Jones or Carol Burnett would have with humor and mishaps through Sarah Dearly. Bitten & Smitten is a book I've recommended to friends and co-workers telling them they will be in for 300 plus pages of laughs.
That said the book was good. Nice romance twist and the character is VERY likable.
I was hoping for a light, engaging read that gave me a few chuckles, and I suppose I shouldn't be too disappointed, as two out of three isn't THAT bad, but given that the one that missed was the "engaging" part, I ended up feeling a little unsatisfied. I had a hard time warming up to Sarah, though admittedly, she did appear to have the right intentions for the most part, and by the time I did warm up to her, other things were going on that just annoyed me. I don't want to spoil anything, but come on, how long have vamps been around? And they can get together to socialize but haven't figured out that working together to fight against the threat of hunters just MIGHT be a bit more effective than the "walk around until you get staked" plan? Uh...right. And it takes the recently fired executive assistant to tell them that? How are they not extinct already???
I admit to having a prejudice against plot points that are outside the bounds of common sense because it does a serious number on my willing suspension of disbelief, and there were just too many things in Bitten & Smitten that pushed that button for me to be able to rate the book any higher. I'm not giving up on the series, because there WERE aspects of the story I did enjoy, but my patience won't last if the second book is of a similar vein...no pun intended.