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For The Bite Of It: Book One Of The Orbus Arcana Series [Kindle Edition]

Viki Lyn , Vina Grey
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Book Description

Gay Vampire Romance series. Book One of the Orbus Arcana series.
A vampire, a cupcake, plus one sexy cop, is a recipe for trouble.

VINCENT KAMATEROS is an exiled gay vampire making a routine living as the owner of a cupcake bakery in Arizona. Until a car with a dead driver crashes through the wall of his shop, bringing after it, All-American, closeted cop, JOHN REEDER. Smitten the instant he sees John, but bound to silence by the Vampire High Council, he can never reveal his true self to John. John Reeder can’t control his attraction to the sexy Italian baker. But as addictive as the sex is, John can't overcome his fear of rejection for being gay, and open his heart to a man with so many secrets.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4779 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ViVi; 2 edition (20 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J5S2KMO
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great storyline 11 Mar. 2015
By Sasco
Format:Kindle Edition
A cupcake baking vampire prince. What a catch. A sexy cop and you've got a match made in heaven.
Can't wait to read the rest of the series now.
Recommend reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Start to a New Series 3 April 2014
By Daniel Bowen - Published on
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For the Bite of It was completely different than your standard vampire story. Vincent is a prince of his people, 'the heir' to the king. As such he is centuries old and extremely powerful.

The story opens with Vincent into his second year of punishment by his council, powers stripped, and living like a human. He loves to bake and is owner of a cup cake shop. . . And except for his vampire best friend and supporter popping in and out of his life, he's very much alone. He has regrets and wish his life was different, but if given the choice, he'd do everything exactly the same. You see, he's innocent of the crime he's being punished for.

So a crime happens and Vincent is dragged into it as a suspect. The detective John Reed catches his eye and interest. From there is a complicated dance between a suspicious detective and a lonely vampire, with a few twists and turns. Unfortunately I figured out the 'who done it' early on. . . Yes that case was a bit weak at times.

So the basics of the story: Vampire Prince meeting his match around solving a crime. Add in family politics and vampire laws and how they impact Vincent and John. Stir in the angst of a 'in the closet' detective and even though he's an older guy, he keeps relying on his Catholic upbringing and respecting his devout parents. So both men are fine tuned to put their families' expectations above their own. Yes, this could have been condensed a bit more - John was so wishy washy it got pathetic and the angst was tiring at times. Even though their relationship progresses, this isn't the end of the road. There are revelations and trust issues that need to be addressed and no HEA in sight. But this is a series so there is hope.

I found it interesting Vincent was given a job to do and we never see him pursuing it. And once things heat up with John Vincent's never working at the bakery. The storyline slipped a bit there. - Dan's Wife
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars annoying issues 28 Feb. 2015
By Furio - Published on
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All in all this is an enjoyable if very short M/M vampire erotic novella, the first part in a series.
Writing is generally fluid, the leads are likeable, side characters interesting and the take on the vampire lore rather new.

Yet there are problems:
- The story is very, very light in that the mystery is no more than a pale excuse; psychologies are bi-dimentional and the growing attraction between the leads is hurried and quite a bit over the top.
- The end comes and there is luckily no cliffhanger, but it really feels like the original story was chopped into parts to be sold separately for no real reason.
- Editing is an issue as there are typos and rather crude grammar mistakes.
- A final problem may be a personal one but is no less annoying: I happen to be a native speaker of Italian with an excellent grasp of French and I have found EVERY SINGLE Italian or French phrase/expletive used in the book to be wrong as only google-translated idioms can be.

Just to make a -blatant- point, "Vincent Kamateros" is NOT an Italian name, Vincent being English (the Italian is "Vincenzo") and Kamateros being a Greek surname.
Second, there would be no reason for Vincent, his sister and Angelo to speak English instead of Italian between each other.
While it would be unpractical to write long dialogues in a foreign language and translate them in a footnote, the fact could be implied by the simple use of italics.
Third, it would perhaps make sense for Vincent to adopt an anglicised version of his name to use in the US, but his Italian family and friends would never use "Vince" and "Cent" as pet names.
Most readers will hardly notice or care, but to me it betrays a lack of research that I deem unprofessional.

I am sorry, but stars had to go from the rating because ot this shabbiness.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revamped and extended ending! 5 April 2014
By Susan65 - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I tend to find myself, from time to time, migrating towards stories with less-than stellar ratings; I’ve found a few gems out there that I would have never read had I not given the story a fair chance on my own. I also seem to love what some have not, and disliked what other’s loved, so when I was approached about reading For the Bite of It, which was re”vamp”ed and given an extended ending I thought, why not, let’s go for it and see what’s what…and I’m glad that I did.

Vincent is an exiled vampire who was cast out from his family and his position as heir to throne by the Vampire High Council for a crime he did not commit. His love and the safety of and for his family were worth the banishment, even though he is very much missing them and the loss of his powers. Seriously, a vampire without his powers is like a cup of hot cocoa without whipped cream, you just can’t have one without the other without feeling the loss.

John is a closeted, sometimes real jack-ass of a cop who is investigating a murder and Vincent is front and center as his primo suspect and, unfortunately, John is strongly attracted to the man as well. Horrible news for a guy who wants to remain in the closet. He plays a terrible game of “mixed-signals” with Vincent, and the two stay on a collision course of “should we or shouldn’t we”, mixed in with some pretty steamy sex.

This is a fast paced murder mystery slash paranormal with a side dish of secrets and lies on both John’s and Vincent’s parts. John just confuses the hell out of Vincent and for a vampire that’s been around a long time that is no easy feat. Vincent on the other hand is forced to keep his lineage and vampirism a secret or risk John’s life. Not the best recipe for a vampire baker and human cop who are trying to find their footing in the romantic relationship arena. Trust is a big deal and that’s just not in the cards for these guys right now.

For the Bite of It is book one in the Orbus Arcana series and thus far we are left with quite a few unanswered questions. The secrets are numerous and I foresee that the repercussions will be abundant in the next book. However, John and Vincent have decided to make a go of it and for now Vincent’s true identity is still unknown to John. As hot headed as John is I can just imagine the fight that will ensue when he finds out. It won’t be pretty.

So back to less-than stellar reviews mentioned above; I can totally see where they came from without the extended ending and revisions. Yes, we are still left with some unfinished business, but the series is as yet unfinished and the answers are forthcoming, so with that said, I feel confident in recommending this series for those looking for a fast paced, work-in-progress vampire paranormal.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK 30 Sept. 2014
By Sadie Forsythe - Published on
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A note before I begin: There are apparently two versions of this book, one from 2011 and one from 2014. I read the newest one, which is said to have a different ending than the first.

This book was at best OK. It wasn't quite bad, but I can't call it particularly good either. The vast majority of it is about two men who fall in lust/love at first sight and then spend 200+ pages fantasising about one another, while fighting in real life. Thus, they don't get together for a long time and the reader just gets more fantasies. This is not a format that works for me. In fact, I got quite annoyed with it after a while.

This was only one of several problems, however. The men are said to feel things for one another that they've never felt before. But the connection is instant and there isn't any reason given for it. The vampires don't find destined mates or anything like that, which could excuse the mysterious rise of feeling between the two of them, but not previous lovers. If something out of the ordinary happens, I like to know how or why.

Then there are the inconsistencies. For example, Angelo encourages Vincent to "scratch the itch' with John, then he repeatedly tells Vincent he can't have John, then he's daring Vincent to tell John the truth (breaking rules he previously said were the reason Vincent couldn't have John), then he's telling Vincent he's crazy for trying to make a relationship work and refusing to help. Back and forwards. Similarly, John and Vincent are wishy-washy-wishy-washy, changing their minds about each-other constantly.

Worst of all is the attempt to bring a bigger story into the book. Again, the vast majority of the book is John and Vincent lusting over one another, pushing each-other away, and then pulling each-other back again. But slipped in between all of this are little bits of Vincent's pedigree, history and future responsibilities. And this looked to be an interesting story...that isn't developed AT ALL. In fact, every time there was a chapter dedicated to it, it literally (and I'm careful of my use of that word) feels like someone has dropped a chapter from a different book in by mistake. This was both a waste of a good storyline and an annoyance. (I wonder if Viki wrote the romance and Vina wrote the fantasy parts, or visa versa. That might explain it.)

Then there were a number of smallish irritants. For example, John and Vincent repeatedly stated to one another how good the sex between them was. However, they'd never had actual sex. (They finally did at about 98%, but this annoying habit crept in very early in the book.) If the BJ or hand-job, or fingering is good, that's great, and maybe I'm being pedantic, but it's not sex (at least not by erotica standards) and I found the repeated reference to it as such grating.

The editing also seemed to really fall apart for the last 15 or so percent of the book. Both inconsistencies in the plot and missing/misused words increased. (I wonder if this is about the place where the additional ending was added in the new addition.)

Anyhow, a passable read. I'm not sorry to have read it, but I'm not rushing out for more either.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 7 April 2014
By ijas - Published on
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This is a great romance vampire cop story with hot sex all in balance. I really can't wait for the next book . I highly recommend it. It can get very hot without distracting from story.
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