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- Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (27 Aug. 2013)
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- Language: English
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In an attempt to save Meiers Corners from the clutches of Nosferatu, Twyla sends her cousin Synnove to try to persuade Ric Holiday, Ad-Man extraordinaire, to take on putting Meier's Corners on the map and to bring in the tourists they so desperately need. Oz, The Musical helped but they still needed to draw people to the town. What starts off as a comedy of errors, miscalculations and utter humiliation for Synnove, turns into a laugh-a-minute, oh-my-god is he hot, I gotta get into her pants, book.
Ric Holiday is an Ad-man by day and a Vampire through and through. He has his own household and Aiden to protect his back. His one peeve is Nosferatu - his maker. Him and Aiden were the only ones to ever escape from him and they have the key to keep him away. Meier's Corners is the last place Ric will go, it's to close to his maker and he refuses to become part of the war between him and The Ancient One for power. But, in walks Synnove and his life is not going to be the same.
Synnove is a shy, well-built, doctor. Well, not really. Since "The Incident", she had to leave her residency. She's tired of everyone just looking at her body and not seeing the smart woman within. She refuses to use her feminine wiles to achieve her goals. Common sense is the way for her to go and she is not going to back down. Well, that is until she has to go up against Camille and her feminine wiles. I guess she's going to have to put the girls on display to get Ric Holiday to take her side. What she doesn't know is that Ric sees the real person behind the body - yea, he'd love to get inside her and all, but knows there is more to her than that. She's his "sunshine" and he's her darkness.
After Elena is attacked, all hell breaks loose. Nikos is gravely injured and Twyla is beside herself. Bo is determined to protect Elena and their unborn child. Synnove learns everything she never wanted to know about vampires. And a show-down between Synnove, Camille, Chicken-little, Ric, Aiden, and Nosferatu brings everything to a head. Ric finally agrees to take on the ad campaign to bring tourists to Meier's Corners and Synnove goes back to her residency - thanks to the love of her life, Ric.
So, what did I love most about "Beauty Bites"? Well, of course, there's hot vampire sex but that's not the only thing. I adored how the whole story was built around "Beauty and the Beast" and all the references to fairy tales. And, then there's Synnove - she was a hysterical. Whenever she got nervous, she started sprouting "Grey's Anatomy" lines. See, her mind was set on medical terms and she just couldn't get them out of her head. Ric turned out to be one of the most loveable vampires ever. He never thought he would find someone like Synnove and wanted nothing more than to love, cherish and protect her in the end. So, Aiden, are you next? I hope so!
I love the writing of Mary Hughes. I can always depend on her to lift my spirits, take away my worries and just make me laugh. She writes stories that will always put a silly grin on your face. They are funny, fast-paced, and so very easy to read. If you haven't read the whole series, I strongly suggest that you do. The whole Biting Love crew is a blast!
Review copy provided for an honest review.
Vampire Ric Holiday wants nothing to do with any town near Chicago, the home of the vampire who turned him as a child. But Synnove is a hard woman to turn down, particularly since she’s immune to his vampire capabilities. It’s not long before the brainy beauty has him tied up in knots. To be with Synnove, Ric will have to face his past, embrace the future, and join forces with Synnove to outwit a powerful vampire capable of destroying them both.
Beauty Bites has both style and substance. Mary Hughes’s trademark zany humor combines wonderfully with a story about beauty that’s more than skin deep.
Synnove is a drop-dead gorgeous doctor whose looks are the bane of her existence. People don’t take her seriously, even though she’s incredibly intelligent and has a deep desire to heal people. I liked watching Synnove come into her own over the course of the book. Ric, a vampire who deals in show and style, is one of the few people who sees the real Synnove. I really enjoyed peeling back Ric’s layers as we saw through flashbacks how he became the man he is today. He and Synnove make a good couple; their solid chemistry makes it easy to root for them to find happiness.
Beauty Bites is the sixth book in the Biting Love series, but it can be read as a standalone. That being said, we do get to catch up with Bo and Elena (of Bite My Fire), which was a lot of fun. Synnove’s cousin Twyla and her vampire lover Nikos (of The Bite of Silence) are also strong supporting characters, and I loved that Ms. Hughes showed us the progression in their relationship. While familiar faces are sure to delight fans, new Biting Love character Aiden (Ric’s best friend) stole a lot of the scenes he was in and I can’t wait to read his story.
What separates Beauty Bites from a lot of the other Biting Love books is that it takes place outside Meiers Corners. I admit, I missed the zany little town. The quirkiness of Beauty Bites didn’t fit quite as well in Minneapolis, perhaps this is because the slapstick humor came mostly from the main characters rather than their surrounding environment. Still, Beauty Bites is a solid installment to the Biting Love series and I finished it eager to read the next book, Downbeat.
This book was reviewed by Shayna for Joyfully Reviewed (JR), and was provided by the publisher/author at no cost to JR for the purpose of being reviewed.