Once Bitten, Twice Shy by C. C. Wood
Series: Bitten #2
Also in this series: Bite Me
Published by Self-published on March 5th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Suspense
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I used to think that my life was boring. I resigned myself to the rut I was stuck in. Then my entire existence was turned upside down. In the last six months, I've learned things that would get me committed to an asylum if I repeated them. First, I was kidnapped by vampires. Yes, vampires. Sounds crazy, right? My best friend, Donna, became one of the fanged after that little adventure and hooked up with a hot, Scottish vampire named Conner. They're even planning a wedding. Secondly, I learned not all vampires are evil. In fact, some of them are downright sexy. Alexander Dimitriades has it all. He's tall, dark, and handsome and manages to give me tingles in all the right place and also make me laugh. Unfortunately, to be with him, I would have to give up my humanity and I like being human. Then, there's the fact that the whole drinking blood thing gives me the heebie jeebies. To make matters worse, there are plans in motion to change the place vampires hold in the human world. And I'm caught in the middle, between the vampire I'm falling in love with and a group that wants to create a vampire dictatorship, with humans as slaves. Now, all I want is my calm, normal life back. As my friend, Ricki, likes to say, "Be careful what you wish for because it might come and bite you on the ass." I hate it when she's right. *This work contains BDSM elements/themes, spanking, bondage, anal play, and a bossy, persistent Greek vampire.
A Dom Vampire stopped in his tracks…
Once Bitten, Twice Shy is the second book in the series with our hero Lex meeting and falling for our heroine Ivie. We were introduced to our characters in the first story as Ivie is Donna’s (the heroine in book 1) best friend. Ivie is still recovering from the trauma of being kidnapped by bad vampires and she has recurring nightmares. Lex knows of Ivie’s trauma, but also know’s that she is his destiny.
The plot is a continuation from the first with the rebel vampires, The Faction, still trying to kill Conner (hero from book 1) , Lex and other members of their brethren who oppose them. The Faction’s mission is to make Lex and Conner vulnerable by hurting their loved ones. Lex has lived nearly 1000 years by himself and now that he has found Ivie wants to protect her. She is hesitant to put her trust in vampires after her experiences.
I dropped a star because I didn’t particularly like Lex. He leaves Ivie for long periods of time without saying goodbye and does not keep in contact with her while he’s gone. Lex’s reactions to Ivie’s rejection when he returns made me like him even less. He is a Dom, makes it clear that he is angry and his reaction is to punish her….stop the clock. Aren’t Dominant’s supposed to be in control of their emotions and not hit in anger? I just didn’t like her automatic submission because she’s kinky. I wanted him to suck up to her and work towards gaining her trust as her partner and Dom.
Overall, I enjoyed this story and the tease at the end did get me intrigued enough to go on.
Sassy’s Rating: 4 Stars
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