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One Bite Stand (Leisure Paranoramal Romance) (Leisure Paranoramal Romance) [Mass Market Paperback]

Nina Bangs
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25 April 2008 Leisure Paranoramal Romance
Harpies don't get callbacks. That's why Daria's job as night manager of the Woo Woo Inn is the opportunity of several lifetimes. Where better to prove that in the snatch-and-dispatch business she has CEO potential? So what if she doesn't really fit the corporate image. So what if she has to nurture her inner bitch to compete. And triple so what if she'd rather take Declan MacKenzie to bed than on a one-way all-expense-paid trip to Tartarus. His sexy blue eyes and hard male body lure her into deep and dangerous erotic waters. With a monster eating guests for its midnight snack, cosmic troublemakers cooking up chaos and Declan making serious moves on her, this looks like a lot more than a...One Bite Stand.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing (25 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843959541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843959543
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,037,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ugliness is only skin deep 4 Feb 2008
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When a female Harpy takes the job of manager at a hotel she doesn't realise all that she's letting herself in for. Daria has never felt like a very successful harpy as she isn't ugly enough; however her time at the hotel is part of her test to see if she's a proper harpy - she has to carry someone off to Hades to pass the test. Unfortunately Daria is worried about her test, she likes people too much to carry them off to Hades and finds herself getting involved with some of the odd supernatural creatures at the Woo Woo Inn.

One of these creatures is Declan, a vampire who has sworn off emotional entanglements with women; he's a one-night stand kind of guy and keeps himself to himself. He finds himself drawn towards Daria and they both start investigating strange goings-on at a ruined church in the grounds of the Inn. Soon they realise that there is a very nasty creature bound to the church grounds but who is attempting to escape - and destroy the world. Daria and Declan, along with a supporting cast of strange creatures at the Inn, need to work together to defeat Fenrir, the creature at the church, and the forces of evil, as well as keeping Daria safe from Hades' wrath when she doesn't pass her test.

This book was an enjoyable enough read with a very varied cast of creatures. Although it wasn't always easy to understand quite what Ganymede the Cat's powers were and some of the side-plots about the wager between Daria and Sparkle seemed a little spurious, the overall plot worked well. Characterisation was a bit patchy in that Daria seemed well drawn but Declan was a bit obscure. The pacing occasionally dragged and the final fight scene was over very quickly but all in all this was a reasonable read with some nice touches of humour and an unusual take on the need for personal beauty or personal ugliness with the harpy heroine.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book Helen Hancox 2008
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read 29 April 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book - it was quirky with the reverse in the beauty/ugly debate with a beautiful harpy as the heroine..great wee book for a night in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bangs is a howl! 17 Jan 2008
By Deborah MacGillivray - Published on
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Woo woo - we are back to the Woo Woo Inn!! And about time. Nina Bangs has two series running, but I simply love when we head back to Ganymede's and Sparkle's stomping ground. Bangs has to be one of the best at utterly sexy, wacky vamps, and other were-creatures that tramp through the lobby of the Inn. She has a sly humour that catches you from the start, and has you laughing out loud. The rare person occasionally doesn't get her. Well, that is your right. Your loss. For those of us who adore her, no one can touch her style. She is likely the best at this, the most underrated author out there. No matter how down I am when I pick up a Bangs' book, it's like a dose of happy juice! Few writers can do that every time.

This story she gives us a heroine who is a Harpy. (I still loved the werekitty though!). Put aside the blue and purple creatures you saw in "Jason and the Argonauts" in the 1960s. This Harpy, Daria, doesn't fit that mode, atall! Seems her mommy dearest was playing footsie with Apollo, so instead of a Harpy Daddy, she got a sun god for a Pop. It really messed up her genes! She tries very hard to be a big bad Harpy, but just doesn't quite make it. Instead, she flits into the radar of one Declain Mackenzie, vampire. She is up to no good at the Woo Woo Inn, and her plans could see Declan soaking his feet in the hot water of Hades, but Declan cannot resist the intrigue delectable Daria poses.

They are facing an Armageddon that could see the Woo Woo Inn short of guests if they cannot stop it. Of course, never fear, Sparkle and Ganymede are not about to let things progress smoothly when there is mischief to stir.

I sincerely hope this is not the last stay at the Woo Woo Inn, because Ganymede, Sparkle and I would be very displeased!

Just the thing to chase away the mid-winter blues.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars - Fun Bite Stand 11 Jan 2008
By melindeeloo - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Paranormal creatures both serious and silly abound as Nina Bangs does a nice job of producing another funny sexy paranormal romance which is saying a lot when the heroine is a Harpy!

Okay so Daria doesn't exactly fit the Harpy image, ugly, nasty and foul (pun intended), but not for lack of trying. Can she help it that her mom got `busy' with Apollo instead of some harpy male with strong ugly genes? Though it is amazing what awful hair and clothes in addition to her brothers magic to `help' her face along can do for her image. But even though through the illusion she's not so easy on the eyes there still something about Daria that catches Vampire Declain's eye. After 900 years of One Bite Stands, Declain is pretty bored with beauty anyway - now interesting, that's another story - and there's just something about Daria that intrigues him. Though Daria's secret reason for being at the Woo Woo Inn could win Declan an eternity in Hades if Daria can keep her eye on the prize and do her harpy worst. But with the Norse version of Armageddon on its way, and a reunion with a family that is evil enough to make even uber tough Declan shudder, Declan may be glad that Daria has a lot of Harpy power, in addition to her hidden heart or gold if there is a chance for any kind of ever after for them, happy or not.

One of the reasons that these books are so good is that the leads are the 'straight men' in the comedy team free to focus on the steamy stuff leaving the goofy or silly to our favorite cosmic troublemakers, Sparkle and Ganymede. Though this time Sparkle loses her luster a bit and even wears the same outfit twice since there is a mysterious cosmic entity stirring up trouble for Sparkle and Ganymede and their long-long-long standing relationship. While Declan is a fine romantic hero, it's Daria that really steals the show, its fun watch her struggle against her inner nature and try to cultivate mean and ugly when she really just doesn't have it in her, she is just too helpful and caring. But having been raised around tough and scary females Daria still has a strength and determination that make her admirable as well as likeable and it is always satisfying to see a character finally find themselves after years of trying to please others and live up to expectations that just don't fit.

While it sounds like this is the last stay for us at the Woo Woo Inn, where the paranormal creatures go to get away from it all and let their fangs and claws hangout, there are plenty of older Nina Bangs books around with Sparkle making other impossible matches if you've missed them. Some of the early one's are rough, but they all have that same silly spark of fun and yummy sexy paranormal heroes, if you like Katie McAllister (without the neuroses) or MaryJanice Davidson, you'll appreciate Nina Bangs.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amusing lighthearted paranormal romantic suspense 29 Dec 2007
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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Daria is undergoing a certification test to determine if she is capable of performing as a harpy. To pass she must bring a soul to Hades of Tartarus; if she fails the punishment is the worst that one could imagine; for instance one year of humiliating public wearing of a zombie's castoffs. To find a worthy victim to take to her superior Tartarus, she obtains the night manager position at the Woo Woo Inn.

Declan realizes that something deadly has stalked and killed two of his peers. He fears for the lives of the surviving vampiric council members as he thinks they are the intended victims of the culprit. He thinks a Harpy working the Woo Woo Inn desk is hilarious, but also finds he is attracted to Daria, a taboo for a vampire. Daria realizes Declan is her ticket to the top of Hades, but cannot bring herself to take his soul as she is attracted to the vampire, a taboo for a Hades employee IAW the Harpy Handbook. As their attraction turns to love, they realize a confrontation with a serial killer of the supernatural species awaits them.

ONE BITE STAND is an amusing lighthearted paranormal romantic suspense as the harpy and the vampire prove strange NIGHT BITES attractions make for a fine romantic fantasy. The suspense grips the readers, but is not needed and distracts from the fun relationship between the delightful Ds make this an entertainingly "Wicked" zany tale with quite a bang of a main plot.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A light read 14 Sep 2008
By C. Culpepper - Published on
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Nina Bangs is a very good author. There is nothing wrong with this book, it simply didn't push my buttons. The Woo Woo Inn and some of the antics are funny, others cross the line to silly in my opinon. While this isn't one of my personal favorites, it is still a good light read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best 20 Feb 2008
By sjcovey - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Bangs is one of my authors that I follow and have read all of her books but this one is just really hard to follow and sort of disconnected. I even stopped reading it for awhile and then returned to it. I hope the next one is better.
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