Wednesday, October 15, 2008

“One Bite with a Stranger” by Christine Warren

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 Vidâme’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…
One Bite with a Stranger is subtitled ‘The First Book of the Others’ and as the author reveals on her website is actually an expanded version of her first paranormal romance novel Fantasy Fix (Pub. Ellora’s Cave). This is the classic supernatural creature (vampire) meets fated mate story with the traditional HEA.

The cover synopsis pretty much sums up the story except for a minor subplot involving Dmitri investigating illegal vampire turnings which adds a couple of action scenes and is quickly resolved. The main ‘thrust’ of the story is the love story between Reggie and Dmitri. The erotica factor is pretty high—the first love scene lasts 4 chapters and 64 pages.

Overall this was a quick and pleasant paranormal romance read. However, having read all of the previous novels in the Others series, I would have to say that One Bite with a Stranger adds very little to the Others cannon. If you have not read an Others novel I would encourage you to start with one of the more recent titles, all of which deliver a more sophisticated and engaging urban fantasy layer with the paranormal romance.

The next Others novel will be out next year and is called You’re So Vein. Great title.

Read an excerpt from Chapter One.

Books in the Others Series:
  1. Wolf at the Door [2006]
  2. She’s No Faerie Princess [2006]
  3. The Demon You Know [2007]
  4. Howl at the Moon [2007]
  5. Walk on the Wild Side [2008]


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