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Once Bitten, Twice Burned

Once Bitten, Twice Burned

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by Cynthia Eden

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"Eden's unsurpassed creativity shines once again!" --Larissa Ione

Blood--And Lust

Ryder Duncan keeps his secrets. With a twisted scientist starving him in a 10 x 12 cell, it's not easy to conceal the abilities that set him apart from other vampires, or his plans for escape. But survival--and revenge--are worth waiting for. Until the so-called


"Eden's unsurpassed creativity shines once again!" --Larissa Ione

Blood--And Lust

Ryder Duncan keeps his secrets. With a twisted scientist starving him in a 10 x 12 cell, it's not easy to conceal the abilities that set him apart from other vampires, or his plans for escape. But survival--and revenge--are worth waiting for. Until the so-called doctor tempts his appetites with something special: a woman, with a soft Southern accent and a scent like flowers. Sabine.

Sabine Acadia didn't volunteer to be dinner. She was kidnapped and tossed into the cage of a monster. A monster with fierce green eyes, a body that speaks of ruthless power--but a touch gentle as a caress. Ryder knows things about her, secrets Sabine needs to learn fast. Because while they might soon escape this prison, she's fighting an urge to set all her desires free. . .

Praise for Cynthia Eden's novels

"Cynthia's on my must-buy list." --Angie Fox

"A fast-paced, sexy thrill ride you won't want to miss." --Christine Feehan on Eternal Hunter

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Eden’s second Phoenix Fire paranormal (after Burn for Me) continues with sex scenes that elevate the otherwise unexceptional characterization. Vampire Ryder Duncan has been captured by the Genesis Group for military experimentation. After months of starvation, he nearly kills the woman they give him to feed from, only to be astonished when her body spontaneously combusts and she revives unharmed. Sabine Acadia is furious, with no memory of dying and completely unaware of her abilities until Ryder clues her in. Despite Sabine’s apparent immortality, the pain of death and side effect of amnesia has her desperate to stay alive—so Ryder turns her into a vampire, foreshadowing more interesting developments that never quite materialize. A rather standard adrenaline-driven romance follows, with sex scenes that surprisingly have more fire than the characters themselves. The twisting betrayals and complicated intrigue are summarily taken care of, making this installment less satisfying than the first. (May)

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Phoenix Fire Novel , #2
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Meet the Author

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book Worldand IndieReader  best-seller.  Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the prestigious RITA® award . Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over fifty novels and novellas. Visit her online at www.CynthiaEden.com.

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Once Bitten, Twice Burned 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
livzletlivz More than 1 year ago
And the burn continues……fangs sink into flesh…..control and lust at its ultimate……blood humming in the veins…..explosive and hot!! Cynthia Eden’s latest release, “Once Bitten Twice Burned” in her Phoenix Fire Series, sure fanned my flames of paranormal interest and the uncontrollable urge to read and read more. Ryder and Sabine turned out to be such intense and mesmerizing characters, their story sizzled with passion and chemistry.   How can the coming together of a Vampire and a Phoenix not entertain us to the fullest? Meeting as experiments in the crazy Wyatt’s laboratory Genesis, Sabine gets thrown into Ryder’s cell as his meal! And amidst the bloodthirsty lust of a vampire and the burning desire of a phoenix in transition, Ryder and Sabine try to beat all odds to survive Wyatt’s super crazy experiments as he tries to build the ultimate fighting soldier. Like I said before, Cynthia’s paranormal books were my first introduction to “Paranormal 101’. I’ve never read an author, whose books narrate a story with such intensity and authority in the words, lust and passion in action, control and power in dominance and have never looked back! What really amazes me to no end is her depth of creativity. Her stories are urban fantasies with the existence of paranormal in our daily lives. Her in depth research and her amazing ability to come with such fascinating fiction is no tall order. I sure would like to get into her brain for one day! The “Phoenix Series” should be read in sequence to follow the storyline and characters. Her first book, “Burn For Me” introduces us to Genesis and Richard Wyatt, his subject 13 aka Cain O’Conner and Eve Bradley. I was fascinated with Cain and his character, as much as I was totally snowballed with Wyatt’s crazy experiments and his history. With the first two books, it looks like the destruction and Genesis has been controlled, but who knows what more can happen in this crazy world of paranormal as Dante and his Cassandra try to come to grips with each other. Now this is another story for another time.
agnese-kohnSK More than 1 year ago
Just finished this book and its book 2 of the series:Phoenix Fire Novel and tell you what:i effing love it..Well written and the characters too specially Ryder & Sabine and the author brings back the ones on the first book and lines too like this you know what the story is about...This can be a stand alone but i will recommend to read the all series....I got hooked with it and want more..Loved it the first one but this one is even better,specially with vampire...You will find pack of action,bites,sexy scene.tenderness,feel emotion,and more. You got to read to find out the more and i will suggest it...I was so into it that i thought i was in the story and when i finished it i wanted to be continue,that it never end it.....Can't wait for more!!!!!!!!Keep them coming!!!!!!!!Turns out i got to read book 3:Playing with Fire..can't wait to start it.....Well done Author Cynthia Eden...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot but NO character development. There was no sense of who the main characters were so it was hard to care about them or get into this book. Didnt bother finishing it.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "I want you to see what I am." ... And to stay with me anyway. Stars. Another solid gold winner from the imagination from Ms. Eden. "You taste like everything I had while I walked the earth as a man, everything I wanted, and I f*****g crave you." This series just gets better and better. I recommend that you read book one before you read Once Bitten, Twice Burned as part of this book actually runs concurrently with Burn for Me. Ryder and Sabine are another strong couple, hot (literally) sexy, and not afraid to beat the crap out of anyone that gets in their way. "I look at you and I see the one person that I want most in this world." Once again the secondary characters really bring this book to life, Dante, Rhett and Cassie in particular. Knowing that the next book Playing With Fire is Dante's story, makes my girly parts clench! I am kind of running out of good things too say about Cynthia Eden, now. Every book I have read by this author is superb, and this one is no exception. "For a vampire, you aren't so bad."
Got_Romance_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Book two in the Phoenix Fire series.   Ryder is one of the oldest and most deadly of his kind.  He’s been betrayed and left for dead or even worse, left at the hands of a mad man to be tested and experimented on.  He is starving and long past his usual steadfast control.  He breaks when a tasty morsel is thrown into his cell.  He never meant to kill her. Sabine is having an all-around crappy life.  Taken against her will, thrown into a cell and is now dinner for something she never even believed in – Vampires.  Attractive as he may be, she will not be his meal, but too bad she is not strong enough to fight him off.  She thought it was bad before, well try dying. While both Ryder and Sabine have died in their past, they must try to live long enough to escape the facility that has brought them together, but is destined to tear them apart.  Life and death situations, surprising betrayals and passions that burns their souls; through it all, can Ryder keep the most precious thing in his life safe or will she be taken from him over and over again? I was very pleasantly surprised by this book.  I rarely start a book if I have not read the first in the series, but I did with Once Bitten, Twice Burned.  I couldn’t tell you who the prior characters were or their story.  I actually had to look up the names for the prior book, Burn for Me, to know if they were involved.  So I would have no problem recommending this novel as a standalone.  It is very well written and held it’s own. Ms. Eden has built an amazing world with perfect twists, compelling characters, and wondrous villains.  I couldn’t put it down and enjoyed every page.  She made me want to spend time with them through their trials and heartache.  She drew me in with the story, held me with their passions and captured me with their pain.  Once Bitten, Twice Burned is a fantastic story.  It is a departure from normal romance, with heart pounding action and an engaging refreshing plot.  Even if the book alone didn’t make me want to read more of the Phoenix Fire series, after reading the epilogue, I’m more than looking forward to the next in the series – Playing with Fire, which comes out the end of August.  I can’t wait! 
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SoniaF More than 1 year ago
Ryder was a character that kept my interested since the first time I met him in BURN FOR ME and I was curious to read his book, to get to know him better and, of course, seeing him falling in love and having his HEA. I enjoyed this ride with him and Sabine, a ride of action and desesperation that unraveled to an emotional ending. Theirs is a love story but also a story of survival, because of what they went through at Genesis. One aspect that I appreciated greatly was seeing a little bit of family: Sabine had a family, Keith and his son - another family. It gives a special emotion to read about families and how they deal with a paranormal person in the family. Finally: Dante! Oh, if Ryder had my interest since the beginning, Dante now has all my attention and interest! :)
zinajohn12 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book very much but it from ax long time for the hero and heroine to get together. When the finally did it seemed that was the eyewnd of the story.