- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 856 KB
- Print Length: 296 pages
- Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (14 Aug. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0088QYAD6
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #566,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Biting Oz (Biting Love) Kindle Edition
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Biting Oz is Mary Hughes' latest Biting Love book, and one of the hottest so far. Her tiny town of Meiers Corners is a unique society, where ancient vampires and eccentric humans coexist in peace unless the evil Chicago vampires attack. The characters are all well-defined, and the conflicts are edge of your seat, fast paced and mostly unexpected when they come. I have become addicted to the Meiers Corners gang and all that they encompass, from Nixie and Elena to Julian, Glynn and even the mysterious Mr. Elias, seldom seen but all knowing.
Gunter Marie `Junior' Steig is determined to make her move to the big city. She dreams of freedom and a life of her own, away from the sausage shop her family runs. She's falling for Glynn, but feels if she gets close, she will lose her one shot at escape. I enjoyed watching as she falls under Glynn's protection, and his affection, and slowly comes to realize that home is where the heart is, be it New York, Meiers Corners or even the cornfields of Iowa. She's smart, talented and determined, and I loved watching as she discovered she could have her dreams and Glynn too.
Glynn is a centuries old vampire, and in all those years he has never found his one soul mate...until he meets Junior. He's strong, sexy and sensitive to her desires, but finds it harder and harder to keep from claiming her as his and keeping her by his side. I like Glynn's sense of loyalty and his generosity in trying to keep Junior safe and yet give her what she dreams of most: her freedom to be who she is.
There are two recurring threads here-the growing relationship between Junior and Glynn, and the repeated sabotage by the Chicago vampires and their minions. I enjoyed this for the unique humor Ms. Hughes brings to all of her Biting Love books, and of course the hot and steamy passion that erupts from the page every time Junior and Glynn come together. I also enjoyed watching as the town united against the `outsiders' and saved not only the show, but the town as well. I recommend this for those who love a side of humor with their main course of romance.
Originally posted at LAS Romance reviews
I liked how the book wasn't one where it was girl meets boy, girl falls for boy, happily ever after. Junior is very insecure about relationships, and she wants out of her small town. Her relationship with her parents, especially her mom, is very volatile, and she is afraid of falling in love and forgetting about her dreams. However, with a guy like Glynn, staying away was not easy! He was not going away, and she was very attracted to him.
Junior is one hilarious girl! She's not very good at jokes, but she sure tries. She is a caring daughter, and a great friend. She wants to get her big break to New York so that she can get out of this small town atmosphere. Meeting Glynn was not in her plans at all, and she is very resistant to having a relationship.
This book does have adult situations, and the rest of the series is going on my to be read list! I absolutely would recommend this book if you like paranormal books!
*I received a copy of the book to provide an honest review
The "staples" of Meiers Corners are back with a few new faces and a lot more hysterics. We meet the next adversary from the Coterie to try to take over Meiers Corners - Camille, the "Cheese Dudes", and Mishela. Elias (the "Ancient One") is also back giving orders and the wonderful residents of Meiers Corners have all gone bat-shit crazy! Well, thanks to Camille, that is, and the new night club in town "Fangs To You" and "GObubbles".
I laughed throughout this book. From Toto lifting his leg on everyone and everything, to the cheese-ball fight between the Cheese Dudes and the Stieg's. Camille makes life interesting in the way she is trying to shut down the opening of "Oz, Wonderful Oz" and the CIC is up to it's old tricks in trying to bankrupt the little town. All this to get control of the Blood Center. You would think they would give up by now. But, not our wonderful vampires. The Alliance is getting stronger and stronger with the addition of new vampires. The humans are all banding together in an attempt to stop the take-over and Dolly Barton has a surprise for us. And, the secret? Well I guess we will have to wait to find out what it really is since no one seems to want to tell us.
But, with all that said, Biting Oz covers a lot more than just the crazies in the Corners or the fight between the Alliance and the Coterie. Junior and Glynn are the shining stars in this book and their message to us is one that we all need to remember. Love and Family go hand-in-hand, having a house doesn't necessarily mean that you have a home, and, of course, "there's no place like home". Yes, all cliches but that's what this book is all about. Love, family and home. Trusting yourself to know that you can walk away to make someone elses dreams come true ... loving someone enough to let them go to find their dreams. Then, finding a way to make it work with you in their life.
Mary Hughes writes in a style that is enjoyable and fun. She brings together a cast of characters that have you laughing and just waiting to see what is going to happen next. How she comes up with some of the people and the things that they say and do is amazing. What a wonderful imagination she has. Well, I hope it's her imagination and not something from her real life. If it is, I would love to be her. The characters that she writes are totally off-the-wall. And the sex ... can it really be THAT BIG? Can they really have that much stamina?
I hope you enjoy "Biting Oz". I totally did and am really looking forward to see who is next in the long line of Meiers Corners characters to be bitten.
SPECIAL NOTE - BITING LOVE SERIES READING ORDER
There is a bit of confusion about reading order because of publication dates. I got this reading order from Mary Hughes.
Bite My Fire (Biting Love Book 1)
(Biting Dracula-free short story)
Biting Nixie (Biting Love Book 2)
(A Biting Christmas Special-free short story)
The Bite of Silence (Novella, Biting Love Book 3)
Biting Me Softly (Biting Love Book 4)
(Oz Bites-free short story)
Biting Oz (Biting Love Book 5)
Review copy provided for an honest review.
Pulse-pounding danger meets slapstick sausage and cheese wars in the quirky Biting Oz. Author Mary Hughes has a way of blending sensuality, danger, and over-the-top oddness in a way few authors ever could, which is why I simply adore her books.
Junior is a woman on a mission; she wants to make her dreams a reality while still being a good daughter. I admired Junior for both her ambition and her love for her family. Though I adore Meiers Corners and there is something truly special about the town and its residents, there can be something almost claustrophobic about living in such a close-knit town. What Junior needed was to find her own balance, and it was wonderful to watch her come into her own and truly uncover what it was she wanted in Biting Oz. As for Glynn... Can I borrow a phrase from a previous Biting Love heroine and say "Holy Donut!"? Glynn is a too-sexy-for-words vampire who could make any woman fall head over heels in lust. He also had a vulnerable side that made me want to hug him. Quite simply, I loved Glynn. And, as with all of Ms. Hughes's heroes, I'd even go so far as to say I'd wade through a flood of pistachio fluff if I had to for a chance to get a hero like Glynn.
Speaking of pistachio fluff (don't worry - you'll witness the horror of that food-like item if you read Biting Oz), the town of Meiers Corners is even more madcap than usual in Biting Oz. There were times the slapstick was a bit too much for me, but that's simply a personal preference. My affection for the town has grown from the first few Biting Love novels and because I was so attached to Meiers Corners, the stakes of the battle between good and evil in Biting Oz were all the higher for me. This time around, the town's in serious danger, and though I won't spoil what happens, suffice it to say that the action of the book will have you every bit as engaged as the romance between Junior and Glynn.
Biting Oz is the fifth novel in the Biting Love series and though it can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading Bite My Fire, Biting Nixie, The Bite of Silence, and Biting Me Softly first. Readers new to the series might miss out on some of the enjoyment that comes from having grown attached to characters from previous books, most of whom play strong supporting roles in Biting Oz. In addition to old favorites, Ms. Hughes has a plethora of unmatched characters in Biting Oz whose stories I am anxious for, most notably Mishela, Rocky, and "Scary Ancient Dude" himself, Kai Elias. So while I finished Biting Oz a well satisfied reader, I am already eager for my next Biting Love fix!
Shayna for Joyfully Reviewed