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Once Bitten

Once Bitten

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Once Bitten

ratings:
3.5/5 (4 ratings)
Length:
188 pages
1 hour
Publisher:
Released:
Aug 14, 2011
ISBN:
9781465812254
Format:
Book

Description

Judy Morton doesn't want a man in her life. She breaks off her engagement to two-timing Mark Simmons, and is grateful to her sister Fay who asks her to look after her dogs while she and husband Paul have a long holiday in Australia.
She is delayed starting out, arriving after Fay and Paul have left. Letting herself into the house she tosses some luggage onto the spare room bed only to find Justin Danby occupying it. He is Paul's cousin, offered a room by Paul until he can move into his own flat, which is being rented out while Justin, an architect, was working in Oman. He tells her Fay, an interior designer, often works with him and Judy suspects he and Fay could be closer than just colleagues. Justin is also recovering from a broken engagement from Barbara, who ditches him for a rich Texan.
Justin offers to move out, meanwhile they agree they can co-exist. Justin suspects there is something worrying Judy. Walking the dogs Judy meets a neighbour, Ken, talkative and hospitable. Then their pasts begin to catch up with them. Late one evening Mark arrives, aggressive and attempting to resume the engagement. Barbara comes, having decided her Texan is not for her.
Judy, meanwhile, is hoping to expand her small business designing and selling greetings cards, and Ken's wife Magda suggests she takes a stall at a local craft fair.

Publisher:
Released:
Aug 14, 2011
ISBN:
9781465812254
Format:
Book

About the author

Most writers can't help themselves! It's a compulsion. Getting published, though, is something really special, and having been so fortunate myself I now try to help aspiring writers by handing on tips it took me years to work out. I've published over 60 titles, including four in the How To Books' Successful Writing Series, and Writing Historical Fiction for Studymates. I have judged short story competitions, been a final judge for the Harry Bowling Prize and was an adviser to the 3rd edition of Twentieth Century Romance and Historical Writers 1994. If you want to find out more about your favourite authors, consult this book. I once wrote an article on writing romantic fiction for the BBC's web page, for Valentine's day. I have given talks and workshops for the Arts Council and at most of the major Writing Conferences, and helped establish the Romantic Novelists' Association's annual conference. I was Chairman of the RNA 1991-3, ran their New Writers' Scheme and edited their newsletter. I am now a Vice-President. As well as writing I have edited books for Transita, featuring women 'of a certain age', and for Choc Lit where gorgeous heros are the norm. I was asked to write A Century of Achievement, a 290 page history of my old school, Queen Mary's High School, Walsall, and commissioned to write a book on Castles and Corvedale to accompany a new circular walk in the area. Most of my Regencies written under the pseudonym Sally James are now published in ebook format as well as many others of my out of print novels which my husband is putting into ebook format. Our daughter Debbie is helping with designing the covers. For details of all my books and my many pseudonyms see my website.


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  • (3/5)
    Another urban fantasy/paranormal romance love triangle. This one suffers from a jerky plot, an often unlikable heroine, and two male leads that follow suit. For stronger shifter books, try Patricia Briggs, Nalini Singh, or Shelly Laurenston.
  • (3/5)
    Nothing really different in this story to any from Kelly Armstrong or Kerri Arthur, except the characters didn't feel whole. Not interested in the rest of the series.
  • (3/5)
    Alexa is a werewolf, an assassin and has a very complicated love life (or lack of). Alexa was bitten when she was 16. She was the only survivor of that fateful werewolf attack. She then met Raoul and became her pack leader and former lover. When she moved out of his property she met Veryl and took the job of eliminating werewolves and vampires alike for heinous crimes.The characters: The vampires in this book actually drinks blood and kills their victims without any guilt nor whining. The werewolves need strenth replenishing by eating meat. Arys seems to be a pretty cool vampire. Sexy and dangerous and that power, he is certainly unique (and perfect for Alexa?). I immidiately labeled Shaz as lame, I might be biased because I prefer vampires more than werewolves, but really if you are to take a liking with an assassin you shouldn't be just a bartender, he should be in the action. As far as Alexa is concern, I don't understand why she's still putting up with Raoul's b.s and why does she always needs to explain herself to people. Her personality is confusing and sometimes irritating.The plot: There is so many things that is happening in this book. First Raoul is being framed (supposedly) for killing her former lovers. Is he really not? If not him, then who? and why? Then Arys and Alexa finally gave in to the lust and had a mind blowing sex that short circuited his whole house as both of their powers merge. The aftermath was not too pretty their intercourse was beyond physical and is causing a problem. Then there was an issue of Arys ex-fiance wanting him exterminated. I feel for Alexa this two men are such pain. At the middle of the book, I changed my mind about Shaz, I am actually glad that he's just his glorious self and is always there for Alexa. Then there is the mysterious witch and part demon Lilah. What's her story? The way she got rid of the demon was way cool. The plot on this book kept me guessing and the pace a little slow but once you get to that turning point. It is unputdownable until you get your answers..Dark, edgy and suspenseful. These are definitely not you high school supernaturals. Book two please...
  • (4/5)
    I can't really come up with anything to say about this book!

    I enjoyed it, but most of the elements within it are nothing new to me. Weres are mostly bitten and not born (Alexa has one full blood were friend). The magic in this one is a little different from most series, charms and blasts of power instead of spells and ritual. The magic isn't really a big focus of this book, so that likely isn't all the magic this series has to offer, but that's all the magic in this book. One review I read said that they felt a little lost with the magic and learned only after starting this book that it's suggested that you read the prequels before reading this book. That seems a little silly to me. I'm not saying that I disbelieve the reviewer, just that most people are likely to read the book first.I dont't read prequels before reading at least one of the books. I wouldn't have any idea who anyone was and I likely wouldn't want to read the books.

    There's a love triangle going on. I tend to hate those, but the author has made it believable, since she loves one and is metaphysically connected to the other. I'm worried about how it's going to work out, but it could be interesting. I only really see it working out one way, but I could be wrong and the author has a trick up her sleeve.

    As for the plot, it was good, but I would have just let the man die. Stop trying to save him, Alexa!