Book Review – One Bite With a Vampire by Louisa Masters


Hidden Species #2
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 255
Characters: Noah/Andrew
POV: 1st
Genre: Paranormal, Series

Blurb:
Getting kidnapped was never part of my life plan. But being rescued opened up a whole world of crazy.

It’s not easy being the only human at the Community of Species Government—and especially not when you’re the rescue case. Two years ago, I was planning to go to college, have a wild time, then settle into a normal life. Instead, I was kidnapped, spent months being a test subject, was in hiding for nearly a year, and then found out that my whole existence is a science experiment conducted by the bad guys. It’s definitely time to reassess.

My rescuers at CSG have been awesome… mostly. They gave me a job, a home, and a support network. But the whole demons, vampires, shifters thing is not easy to get used to. Especially when one particular vampire makes me want to take up stake sharpening for a hobby. How can someone be over eight centuries old and have the maturity of a drunk frat boy?

The thing is, teenage mentality or not, Andrew is a fierce protector. With the bad guys still on the loose, I need someone like that on my side. Plus, did I mention that he’s not hard to look at? I could stare at him all day if only he never opened his mouth.

As we race to find my former captor before he can find me, life takes another twist and upends my world all over again. This time, though, I’m ready—after all, I’ve got an eight-hundred-year-old vampire at my back. What could possibly go wrong?

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Review

I loved book 1 in this series, and this story didn’t disappoint. As well as catching up with the other characters, it was fun getting to know Andrew and Noah, and reading their story.

The world building in this series is fabulous, and I like the different takes with the new characters. While Noah’s background has similarities with Sam’s in that he was experimented on, his experiences are very different, and he’s human. I love Noah and the way he returns the sass Andrew gives him right back. One of my favourite lines in the book is Andrew comparing blood banks and live feeding to ebooks and paperbacks. Classic! I like the different take on vampires, and enjoyed learning about that in more detail through Andrew. He’s such an arsehole, yet not. The banter between him and Andrew is brilliant, and a lot of fun. His and Noah’s relationship is sweet, once they figure it out, and I like how Andrew is an older vampire yet still clueless. I like that there are consequences to what Noah has gone through, and that he does have PDST. It makes sense, and also that there are major consequences to his ability once he figures out what that is.

The supporting cast is great, and I’m looking forward to reading their stories. I’m especially intrigued by Percy, with David not far behind. The little details in the story really flesh out the world and make it feel real. The scene where the office gossip mill is in full swing, and Andrew’s reaction to the succubus trying to have her way with Noah is fun. Alistair is always fun.

I liked how this story built on what happened in the previous one and adds another layer to what they’re up against. I’m already looking forward to Alistair and Aiden’s story. This is a series that I’ll need to collect in paperback.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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