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Bite My Fire (Biting Love) [Kindle Edition]

Mary Hughes

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Book Description

At last, the perfect lover. Now what? Stake him, shoot him--or screw him?
Biting Love
Book 1.

Elena O'Rourke lusts for two things--her detective's shield and a good lay. Sass-Cgal's "Bad Girl Sex Tips" will win her the man. But keeping the shield hinges on solving a murder.
Warrior-gorgeous Bo Strongwell stands in her way.

Powerful as a Viking warship, Bo would be Elena's one-stop solution to celibacy--except for his apartment building full of mysteries. Plus, his kisses...and nibbles...and full body tongue-swipes...keep distracting her from the case. As if a caped clown named Dracula, a hooker with a heart of gold (and boobs of steel), and Elena's own clueless partner aren't distraction enough.

Bo Strongwell is a master vampire who needs a cop snooping around like he needs a garlic enema. Fighting rogues keeps him busy enough without Elena trying to pin the murder on one of his kind...even if she does taste like heaven.

Two fighters for justice. One incredible attraction. A terrible secret. Drunken women dancing on the bar... It all rides on Elena solving the Case of the Punctured Prick.

Warning: Jammed with hot explicit sex, graphic fanged violence, and acid cop humor. May contain donuts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1136 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002R2OF4G
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #390,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

As a girl, Mary spun romantic, happily-ever-after stories to get to sleep. A husband, family, two degrees, and a blackbelt later, she's delighted to spin them for readers.

She has lived with love and loss, in bright times and dark, and learned we can all use a break from reality now and then.

So join her for action, sparkling wit and red-hot love. Strong men. Stronger women.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be turned off by the title.... 3 Aug. 2010
By T. Anderson - Published on
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Seriously, who comes up with these titles?? I would have passed this series up just because of the silly names, but thankfully, I didn't. I have read the 1st two books in the series, Bite My Fire, and Biting Nixie....I enjoyed them because there was plenty of romance and steam, but there was also a good story, somewhat of a mystery, and a happy ending. All must haves for me to enjoy a book. The books could be stand alone, but you would miss the back story of some of the characters which carry over to the next book. The main characters do change in each book, but are introduced in the previous book. If you like vampire stories, give this series a shot. This is a book for adults only, not recommended for teens. Sex scenes are explicit, and there is also quite a bit of language, though it did not detract from the story for me.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Humorous, But With Flaws 17 Feb. 2010
By Tracy - Published on
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Elena O'Rourke is the junior probationary police detective on the third shift, pining desperately to make full detective status, when the body of Napoleon Shrimpf falls into her lap - metaphorically. Dubbed by Elena to be The Case of the Punctured Prick, she scrambles to solve the crime as she struggles to maintain her rep as a competent cop's daughter (WWDD - What Would Daddy Do - a mantra of hers) amid the frustrations of an unwanted and criminally chatty partner and under the attentions of the sexiest male she's ever seen, Bo Strongwell. And despite the fact that Bo keeps turning up to turn her on and she wants nothing more than solving her case AND ending an achingly long sexual drought (not necessarily in that order), he's a suspect, and puts the suspicious in "suspicious character."

Strongwell wants nothing more than to protect his town and his...people...until he gets his first taste of Elena, and then the Vikingesque vamp can't get enough of her scent and her taste and HER. But secrets divide them, and as he tries to protect Elena AND keep his true identity hidden, his growing lust and affection may draw her into a deadly threat - not only to her life, but to the future of the whole town.

I have to say, I liked Bite My Fire. I thought the plot was engaging and the vampire mythos seemed original enough not to come across as a tired revamping (no pun intended). The setting, Meiers Corners, is chock full of quirky and pop-iconic tertiary characters (like the town gossip and hair cutting maven, Dolly Barton, and the CSI agent whose initials are CSI and who bears a startling resemblance to William Peterson...and for those Buffy aficionados, the vamp prostitute, Drusilla) who add a definite flavor to the mix. And too, while I didn't find it laugh-out-loud funny, I certainly found it humorous enough to make me smile quite a bit through the reading of it. But there were some problems...

Most notably, I had some issues with the two lead characters. Written in first person from Elena's point of view, I couldn't seem to truly warm to her and thought too much of her character was defined by her hormones, not enough by her intelligence. I'm all for a lusty lead, but when it's the driving personality trait and to such an extent as it was in Bite My Fire, the character seems a bit too two dimensional. It's a pity, too, because there was definitely enough backstory provided to give her some depth - with the history of her parents and connection to her sister - but she focused SO much on her sexuality that it muffled all the rest. And Bo was little more than a cardboard cutout of hunky male yumminess. Again, I like me some hot male vamp, but if it's the only aspect of him we really see, it makes it hard to see him as a full person. And this was particularly jarring during a scene at the end, when he seemed to do a complete about face from tall, blonde, sexy, and mysterious to earnest family man wannabe.

Ah, but I said MOST notably. I had other issues as well. Personally, I think this book would've benefited from some critical editing - not to fix errors, but to pare down and streamline the story itself. I felt the beginning, pre-Elena finding out about vampires, went on far too long. I also think what started as a shiny glitter of amusing and quirky characters dragged straight into repetition and ended up bordering tedium. Detective Dirk, for example, started out as a cute character and quickly got on my nerves real fast. As did Elena's fleeing from him. In fact, I'd say overall I would've preferred a bit more focus on character development and the relationship between Elena and Bo, and there would've been plenty of room for that if everything that happened 3-4 times (or more) in the book had been pared down to 1-2 times (including evading Detective Dirk, confrontations with Elena's sister, descriptions of every nuance of Bo's body, and the many many reminders of how long it'd been since Elena had last had sex). Also, I had one other slightly odd issue that I can't remember having in the many paranormal romance/urban fantasy series I read. I thought the vampire mythos in this book was a bit vague and anorexic in definition. What WAS there SEEMED sort of new and potentially fresh, but there really was so little explained, and most of that not even by an actual vampire, that I couldn't quite sink my teeth into it (pun intended). The lack left that aspect of the world far less clear in my mind than the setting, and as it's a vampire paranormal, I think that's a problem.

All that being said, I did like the book and I'm going to be reading Biting Nixie: A Biting Love Novel, which, if I understand correctly, was the first book published, but the second in the timeline of the Biting Love series. I may be wrong about that, though - I'm a bit confused on the point - so don't quote me.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Viking Vampire & Hopeful Detective really shine! 29 July 2010
By Karyn-Anne Brown - Published on
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This is the first Biting Romance novel by Ms. Hughes. It centers on two main characters: Bo Strongwell and Elena O'Rourke. He is a vampire enforcer with a vampire household, and she is a provisional detective. Her permanent shield is being held up until she solves the case of "The Punctured Prick".

She meets Bo Strongwell, the manager of the building where her sister and niece are living after the death of her brother-in-law, Steve. The building seems full of secrets, which naturally leaves Elena wanting to figure them out. Her stint of celibacy hits the skids after she meets Bo. She wants him as much as she wants to push him away.

His kisses and nibbles give her the a good way. Before long, things start heating up between them. Fighting rogue vampires, and trying to steer her away from penning the murder on one of his people, keeps him a little busy.

The humor is laugh out loud, and to die for. I wish Elena's realization that she loved him had come earlier so I could have enjoyed the development afterward more. All in all, this is a very nice first book in the series. Highly recommended!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Mary Hughes' best work 25 Mar. 2010
By Shannon C. - Published on
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Small town junior detective Elena O'Rourke is excited to get assigned lead in a murder investigation. The victim has an odd injury in his private parts--two small puncture wounds. And even odder he was drained of blood. One of her suspects, sexy Bo Strongwell keeps turning up everywhere. She just doesn't trust his story that he's part of the 'neighbohood watch' and that he's her sister's apartment 'building manager'. What's up with that? And why does he keep nibbling on her when they kiss? While working the case, she learns there's a lot going on in her town that she ever knew about--and her job is on the line!

This book was just OK. The storyline of the book was pretty good, but it really needed a good line editor to suggest parts that could have been cut out and streamlined. It tended to drag and bog down in parts. I got tired of some of the repetitive run ins with annoying Dirk, how many times we had to hear it had been five years since Elena had sex, etc. The character development was weak--I didn't connect with either of the main characters. I would have liked more development of the relationship between Bo and Elena. Seems like they had sex, and then boom they are supposedly in love.

This is the second book I've read by Mary Hughes. Biting Nixie was the first, and I enjoyed it a good bit more than this one. It was much more funny, better paced, and had good character development. If you are trying this author for the first time, I suggest starting with Biting Nixie (Biting Love). Laugh out loud funny, it was similar in style to the popular Queen Betsy series.

I looked it up on the author's website and here's the chronological sequence of the Biting Love series:

Bite My Fire: Biting Love Book 1
Biting Dracula* a free short story--a follow up to this book (on her website for download)
Biting Nixie: Biting Love Book 2
A Biting Christmas Special a free short story--a follow up to Biting Nixie (on her website for download)
The Bite of Silence a novella
Biting Me Softly: Biting Love Book 3

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Hearts from The Romance Studio! 16 Jan. 2010
By Tina Pavlik - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this hilarious paranormal story that in turns had me laughing out-loud or fanning myself. This is the second release in the A Biting Love series by the author. I haven't read the first novel but I definitely will now. This was a fabulous read loaded with wonderful characters in a perfect locale. Meiers Corners is a town I'd love to visit if not move to. Elena was such a strong, realistic heroine, I'd really like to be her friend. Viking-type heroes have never really appealed to me but I have to say Bo totally lit my fire. They are perfectly suited to one another, in their wonderful assets and flaws. The secondary characters were so enjoyable. My favorite was Detective Dirk who is so absurdly clueless that I gave myself a sprain from shaking my head at his actions. This was such a fantastic story that I will not hesitate to recommend it to anyone I can. It had everything -- humor, heat, mystery, memorable characters, love bites and loads of fun. - Theresa Joseph
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