First Bitten: The Alexandra Jones Series Book 1

Overview

A love story with bite ......

Walking home after a night out drowning her sorrows with her best friend, Carrie, Alexandra Jones stupidly takes a phone call from her cheating ex-boyfriend, Eddie, and in her anger hurls her phone into the forest before her.

But when Alex goes to retrieve her phone from the undergrowth, she and Carrie come face-to-face with a monster they never even knew existed, a V?rcolac (a nightmarish vampire-werewolf hybrid) ...

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Overview

A love story with bite ......

Walking home after a night out drowning her sorrows with her best friend, Carrie, Alexandra Jones stupidly takes a phone call from her cheating ex-boyfriend, Eddie, and in her anger hurls her phone into the forest before her.

But when Alex goes to retrieve her phone from the undergrowth, she and Carrie come face-to-face with a monster they never even knew existed, a Vârcolac (a nightmarish vampire-werewolf hybrid) and he's in search of fresh blood. The next thing Alex knows, she is staring at the impossibly handsome but mysterious Nathan who has helped bring her back to life, but not to the life she left.

To her horror, she discovers she has now become a blood-drinking Vârcolac herself and she is the only female of her kind, with the potential for breeding a whole new army of Vârcolacs if they can only track her down and press her into service.

And while Alex gets to know Nathan and his shape-shifting family as they offer her the protection she so desperately needs, unbeknown to all of them, the Vârcolacs are getting closer ...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469955223
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Amazing book!! Read in a day!!

    Amazing book!! Read in a day!! I would highly recommended to lovers of PNR. I fell in love with Alex and Nathan!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    I felt liketoo uch of the story hoping that Alex I must say that

    I felt liketoo uch of the story hoping that Alex I must say that I fell in love with Jack. He’s a wonderful guy and deserves happiness in his life. Nathan has a heart of gold but I didn’t agree with how he treated Alex on most days not that she really stood up for herself as much as she should have. I would have liked to have seen her learn what abilities she has instead of feeling sorry for herself and not be so dependent on Nathan’s family. With that being said, this is what the story is about.
    Alex is leaving an unhealthy relationship with Eddie after 3 years. She’s out on the town one night with her best friend Carrie when she gets another call from Eddie and decides in her drunken state to toss the phone in the woods. Realizing she needs her phone, they go on a search for it. While in the woods her friend and she are attacked. Nathan hears the screams and is only able to save Alex. Her life is about to change but not for her benefit as she sees it. He takes her to his home where his father, Jack and brother, Sol and himself nurse her back to health. He has a secret as well. He’s trying to teach her what she has inherited from the bite she has received. But there are others that will be out looking for her as she is the only female Varcolac that has ever survived and would be able to carry on the lineage. She’ll have to stay in hiding to keep everyone safe around her .Can Alex ever find love or is she destined to solitude forever? What will become of her? What is in store for Nathan? Will he be able to love someone and have a happy life where he isn’t always saving someone but himself? I’d be interested to see where this story goes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    Loved it!!! Definitely NOT your average vampire love story...

    Based on the cover, I was expecting to read another Twilight-esque vampire novel. Boy, was I surprised!

    Samantha creates a unique world of vampires, werewolves, and shape shifters that I hadn’t expected. Add the fact that the story is set in England, where Samantha lives, and you have a wonderfully fresh setting and voice on the paranormal romance scene, especially for an American reader like myself.

    This book was also notably different from Twilight and the other myriad of teen paranormal books out there in that this is written from an adult’s perspective. The main character, Alex (short for Alexandra), is about 29 years old, and being 27 myself, Samantha makes Alex very easy to relate to for someone who’s out of their teens. She brings in a whole new level of feelings and thoughts, coupled witmore mature issues like marriage, children, jobs, etc.

    Alex has just found out her scumbag boyfriend cheated on her -- again. Her best friend Carrie, who she’s known for 15 years since the first day of freshman year of high school (I’m making an assumption here based on the translation of the British “senior school”) takes her out to forget about Eddie. That night changes both girls’ lives forever.

    I don’t want to give too much away so I’ll move on to the meat of the story. Alex’s life is saved by a mysterious hunk named Nathan Hargreaves. He has a sexy, rural English accent, dirty blonde hair that falls into his eyes, and a motorcycle, as quoted below.

    “I look past him and see waiting on the other side of the garden fence the red Ducati that lives in the barn. So, it is his bike. That makes him even sexier, if possible. Crap.”

    So take note ladies, there’s a new heartbreaker on the fiction scene!

    Alex is a shape shifter and he helps Alex adjust to her new life. Unfortunately for Alex, she wasn’t meant to survive, and now there’s a group of really bad werewolf/vampire hybrids called Vârcolacs looking for her. As if Alex didn’t have enough to adjust to, Nathan is so irresistible despite his abrasiveness, and Alex begins to have feelings for him.

    I ended up enjoying First Bitten much more than I anticipated, and always love when I’m surprised by a book. I was completely sucked in to the fictional world that Samantha created and was pleased that not only is this story a fresh take on the vampire/werewolf tale, but that the characters have a subtle depth to them. There are a few grammatical hiccups, and some of these I admit may be due to differences in syntax and grammar from across the pond (I’ll ask Sam about those few excerpts and post the response later). Sam’s writing flows easily and I ended up finishing the book in about 14 hours, despite working out, showering, teaching for 7 hours, and making dinner.

    My biggest complaint about this book is also my favorite thing about it -- the suspense! Samantha has some of the best cliffhangers in her writing, and not just at the end of chapters (reminiscent of the TV show 24), but also within the chapters as well. She also draws out the tension in certain scenes throughout the novel, which was most evident to me in this quote from Alex’s point of view.

    “He takes a step toward me, towering over me, the toes of his boots nearly flush with my trainers, leaving a veil of air between us.”

    Along with the cliffhangers, suspense, and tense moments that are skillfully woven throughout the story, there are also funny moments that made me laugh out loud. This was a

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

    Let me start by saying immediately upon finishing book 1, I purc

    Let me start by saying immediately upon finishing book 1, I purchased book two. As soon as I write this review, I will be reading it! That should state how much I loved this book. I originally found out about this author by reading The Bringer,which I really loved, but I think I’m wholly invested! There is so much to this story that I’m not sure words will be enough. I’ve had a tremendous amount of emotion reading this book- and let me just say- THANK YOU for showing the healing power animals hold over us with Honor and Hope ( you’ll have to read to know about that) but as the biggest animal lover, that part of the story made me the happiest girl alive! 




    The amount of grief one person can take is way surpassed by Alex. It just seems that no matter what she does, she just can’t save anyone. She had made me say thank you several times that I have people I love, who love me, because she is so alone. And yet, she has become my hero. She may have been turned into one of the scariest creatures and yet she is still so human- and by that I’m saying weak. She didn’t automatically have all the skills to fight and become this totally ass kicking chick! And though I love those heroines, Alex is very very believable. Maybe that’s why her story has made me so emotional.




    Nathan still has me utterly confused. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE him, I just haven’t figured him out yet. He’s still got so many mysteries to him and I’m saying serious amounts of prayers I get to figure him out! And his family, well I absolutely fell in live with them- uhh, all but one, and I just can’t talk about that betrayal. I’m devastated and I am sad and I’m very angry! And Nathan’s dad, Jack, he’s the dad every person in the world dreams of and every man should pray to become. He has my total adoration!




    I’ve cried three times for this book. I didn’t think that possible- but there you have it. I will not spoil it for you to say why, but I’m amazed with how well this book is written. You can’t just make people cry! And the plot line has got me completely hooked. The world revolving around shapeshifters, werewolves, vampires, it’s quite fascinating I’m very happy to say I will not purchase every single thing this author writes, I will stalk her, I will beg her to write more, and then I will hug them forever! I’m a seriously huge fan now! And there’s no going back- ever! Once you have a good thing, it’s hard to compare it to a Mediocre thing- that’s how good Ms Towle writes! A MAJORLY EMOTIONAL AND WONDERFUL 5 PAWS from me!

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

    First Bitten, by Samantha Towle, is an entertaining and gripping

    First Bitten, by Samantha Towle, is an entertaining and gripping paranormal romance. Throughout the entire story, which I read in two sittings, I was completely caught up in the drama, action and characters. The main characters in particular were really easy to like and follow, with Nate happily taking a new role in my life as my newest book crush.

    Both Alex and Nate are complex creatures with aspects about their personalities and lives that are engaging and believable. Always a mark of success when a fantasy/paranormal work can achieve this! The author effectively developed their characters and relationship with dramatic tension and a plot that kept me on edge and actively cheering on the sidelines.

    I really liked the idea behind the Vârcolacs and the storyline that grew. Whilst First Bitten has many common features of the genre that are really enjoyable, the book also offers a range of original ideas too.

    Book two is now toward the very top of my tbr list, and you'll soon understand why when you reach Samantha Towles's dramatic ending! If you are looking for an emotion and tension driven pnr, with a solid enjoyable plot and characters that you can swoon over, then make sure First Bitten is moved to the top of your tbr list!

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