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review 2018-07-16 15:39
Bad mother
Twice Bitten: An Argeneau Novel - Lynsay Sands

I can see why Elspeth Argeneau ran away from her mother, I could imagine some mothers who would like to have the power to make their children do what they want them to do at all times.  When her mother follows her she isn't sure what to do next.  However she's somewhat distracted by her landlady's hot grandson who isn't sure about her, after all he fell for her when he was in London four years ago but she doesn't remember him.

 

I really enjoyed this, a park brain read where you don't ask too many questions but I enjoyed the ride.

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review 2018-06-02 21:36
Women of the Underworld Re-Read
Bitten - Kelley Armstrong

I "discovered" this  series returning from Kentucky.  My friend and I stopped at a bookstore and three volumes of this series were on the sale table. Those books were 3, 4, and 5 so I didn't read this, the first book, until later.

 

Bitten was Armstrong's first published book and in some ways, it shows.  The writing and pacing could be smoother.  There are some bit too repetitious details, and when two characters die, the emotional impact is lacking because while the heroine, Elena, is close to them, the reader has been told this and not shown.  And one of the sex scenes is a bit creepy.  Secondary characters are not as developed as they will be in later books (this is true about Clay who changes slightly).

 

But, it is a cut above most Urban Fantasy, and the creepy sex scene is one of the reasons why.

 

Bitten is about Elena Michaels, the Otherworld's only female werewolf (supposedly.  At least the only one anyone knows about).  In Armstrong's books, you can become a werewolf by birth, but only if your father was one and if you are boy; or you can become a werewolf by getting bitten by one - something that kills most people.  Elena became a werewolf because her boyfriend, in wolf form, nipped her and drew blood (She did not know he was a werewolf at the time).  Elena, therefore and with good reason, blames her boyfriend, Clay, for her change in life.  What makes it worse is the question of whether it was intentional or not.  At the start of the book, Elena has left the pack, mostly because of her anger and conflicted feelings, and lives in Toronto.  She has a human job and boyfriend.  She gets along well with his family.  The late night walks need some excuses, but so far so good.  She gets called back when dead bodies get left on pack land.  Needless to say, this causes issues.

 

The creepy sex scene occurs when Clay looses binds her arms.  He points out that if Elena says no, he will stop.  The way Clay is drawn by Armstrong as well as the sitution make it quite clear that this is true. Elena doesn't say no, but the whole binding her arms without permission is a bit well .  . creepy.  Clay is also a bit pushy.  He borders on stalkish.  He never followed her to Toronto, but he does invade her space.  He's charming but a bit much.  You can understand the attraction, but like Elena, you are conflicted.

 

Or you should be.

 

Many reviews of this book and the second in series, say that Elena was too tough on Clay, that she needs to get over it.  But, I think that is the point.  What would you do if the man you loved and thought you were going to marry, changed your life by making you something other than you were?  You have to give up everything - the job you wanted, the life you wanted.  You become stronger and special, but also bloodthirsty.  And if the bite was intentional?  Too often in Urban Romance the romantic lead does something suspect to the heroine - think Jean Claude who forces Anita Blake to date him by threatening to kill her boyfriend.  How is that charming?  It's not.  It seems that Armstrong is trying to explore a complicted issue.  To be fair, I think she doesn't pull off entirely, but at least she is trying to explore those issues of consent and stalking that other Urban Fantasy takes as a trophe of romance.

 

Elena is a fresh breath not just because of her confliced feelings (which are beautifully illustrated and totally human) but because she is realstic about her looks.  She is wanted by other werewolves not because she is stunning (she's not) but because she is the only female wolf and to male werewolves she smells like heat.  She  is insecure and messy.  She tries her best, but is far from perfect.  And when characters call her upon her behavior, she, like most of us, gets defensive but then thinks about it.  

 

 

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review 2018-05-28 10:00
Release Day Review! Bitten Under Fire (Bravo Team WOLF #2) Heather Long!
Bitten Under Fire - Heather Long

 

 

Bianca Devlin’s work is her life. Now, she’s finally taking a vacation…and guerillas hit her resort to kidnap a diplomat’s son. She does the only thing that makes sense—intervene to save the child’s life. Being dragged into the jungle with a scared kid she’s determined to protect was definitely not how she saw this trip ending. 

After she returns to Texas, the last person Bianca expected to see was Sergeant Carlos “Cage” Castillo, the member of Bravo Team WOLF that helped rescue her. Nevertheless, there he is, living across the street from the house she just bought. The coincidence is alarming, but she has to admit, his presence isn’t entirely unwanted. 

But there’s something off about Cage—the way he can move without a sound or the weird way his eyes seem to almost glow at times. And how can Bianca manage her growing attraction, when everything she knows about him and his reason for being there, turns out to be a lie?

 

 

The second book in the Bravo Team WOLF series by Heather Long confirms that my initial assessment of this series was spot on, in fact I would have to say I may have underestimated a bit. Bitten Under Fire is a thrilling romance that gets the heart pumping and passion raging.

 

This story starts off with quite an adrenaline punch and gets more exciting as it continues. It is fast paced with lots of dangerous thrills, twists that keep readers on the edge of their seat and a major secret that not only will have to be revealed but could destroy all the happiness this couple could have before it really gets started.

 

Bianca and Cage have lots of electrifying chemistry and being the strong, compelling characters they are, they easily draw readers into their lives as they strive for an happily ever after which in there is threatened by a major secret and plenty of emotional turbulence.  The attraction between Bianca and Cage is undeniable, the passion is red hot and readers can’t help but hope that they can overcome the obstacles and become another strong Bravo Team WOLF couple.

 

Heather Long has definitely created an exciting paranormal military world with lots of fascinating characters that I just want to sink my teeth into again and again. These wolves are tough, sexy and easily set hearts to pounding and passions burning and I can’t wait until their next mission.

 

 

 

Bitten Under Fire is the 2nd book in the Bravo Team WOLF series which includes:

 

  • When Danger Bites
  • Bitten Under Fire

& Black Wolf Down is coming soon.

 

Bitten Under Fire is available in print or ebook at:

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review 2018-05-10 15:02
Twice Bitten: An Argeneau Novel - Lynsay Sands

There were things that got in the way of this being a solid 4 so it's kinda a shaky, quivering, ready to shrink to a 3.5 sort of 4.

 

Elspeth was met a million years ago in Lisseane's book...as was her twin sisters...and mother. Mommy dearest is also the mother of Cale and Decker. Decker never said much about his family, but Cale revealed that his father and 8 of his brothers were killed by a rival 2 millennia ago. So I *guess* there's one more brother somewhere? maybe? The girls' father apparently only came into Martine's life a couple centuries ago, so she's been alone and fretful for a long time...and she's paranoid about the daughters' safety. So paranoid that when the h disappeared 4 years ago, she freaked and upon finding her daughter, rearranged her memories to make her forget that she'd spent 24 hours with her life mate. Elspeth finds this out later in the book. She's already fed up with being controlled (literally) so has undertook to move while her mom and sisters were out of the country.

 

Wyatt is the life mate in question, and is greatly puzzled that she does not seem to remember him, although being a mostly bright boy, he quickly figures things out. He's visiting his grandma - her landlady - to see if the elderly woman really does need to be shuffled into a nursing home. Fortunately, Elspeth's mom can't hold her hand while she eats so she's able to "encourage" the landlady's BIL to say what he really thinks during a meal, nixing any idea that grandma is incapable of taking care of herself.

 

It's the niggling things that drag this one down. An ex special forces H who works as a body guard yet he fails to notice they're being followed? And I know walmart is busy but it's possible to maintain enough situational awareness to notice someone hovering around you or following you while you shop.

 

It's almost expected at this point that the superpowers the immortals possess are not used. Nobody notices someone lurking and watching the house (in the case of Marguerite's house, not only that, but the pet Mastiff didn't notice and try to eat him or at least bark a lot), nobody takes a minute or 3 to read minds of anyone wandering near them... Oh, and what's the purpose of letting a dog out when the dog door is a magnetic one that responds to his collar. Couldn't he go out any time he wanted?

 

And they all pile in the same car, setting the stage for Elspeth to be kidnapped near the end (mortal creep instigated an accident, and grabbed her while everyone was unconscious. Couldn't have gotten her if they'd split up)

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review 2018-05-10 00:00
Bitten
Bitten - Alan Moore The whole world is in disarray and Italy may be getting the worst of it. In the future Italy has left the EU, their economy is shrinking and their National debt is rising. The only financial market in the world that is doing well is the black market. The Russian Mafia is trying to find a buyer for a stolen rare painting which sets off an important chain of events.

Organized crime and financial problems in the world aren’t even the planets biggest problem. Humans are ruining the environment and the damage is irreversible. The ozone layer is depleting, global warming is on the rise and Nature has had enough. The planet starts fighting back by using the deadliest creatures on Earth to kill every person alive.

Bitten by Alan Moore is not an easy book to describe. The reason I was curious about it was because I couldn’t figure out what genre it was from its description. Even when I looked at some of the reviews for it they said that this book doesn’t fir neatly into any genre. I had to give Bitten points for originality right off the bat since it didn’t fit neatly into any category. Name a genre and this book has some elements of it: horror, Science Fiction, Detective novel, Erotica and Thriller, it’s all here. There is a lot going on in this novel, almost too much.

The novel had the feeling of a TV series with all of the different plot lines and the length of the book. What I liked most is all the information given on the effects of global warming. Alan Moore is trying to entertain you with good characters and a lot of action, but most importantly he’s trying to point out the repercussions of not taking care of our planet. If you are looking for a book that goes deeper than your usual novel into a topic that concerns us all then this is a good book for you.
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