Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks Series #1)

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I'm Jaz Parks. My boss is Vayl, born in Romania in 1744. Died there too, at the hand of his vampire wife, Liliana. But that's ancient history. For the moment Vayl works for the C.I.A. doing what he does best?assassination. And I help. You could say I'm an Assistant Assassin. But then I'd have to kick your ass.

Vayl and I have to take out a Miami plastic surgeon with ties to terrorism. But the assignment gets complicated when it turns out he's in cahoots with a supernatural nasty...

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Overview

I'm Jaz Parks. My boss is Vayl, born in Romania in 1744. Died there too, at the hand of his vampire wife, Liliana. But that's ancient history. For the moment Vayl works for the C.I.A. doing what he does best—assassination. And I help. You could say I'm an Assistant Assassin. But then I'd have to kick your ass.

Vayl and I have to take out a Miami plastic surgeon with ties to terrorism. But the assignment gets complicated when it turns out he's in cahoots with a supernatural nasty powerful enough to bring America to her knees.

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Jaz Parks is an assistant assassin who works for the CIA. She and her boss, Vayl, have just received an assignment to meet, assess, and neutralize a Miami plastic surgeon with some disturbing supernatural connection. A spunky tale with real bite.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316020466
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 10/8/2007
  • Series: Jaz Parks Series , #1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 271,817
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Rardin began writing at the age of 12. She penned eight Jaz Parks novels in her life. She passed away in September 2010.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Sanitized Anita Blake

    This is a light, fluffy, sanitized clone of Hamilton's Anita Blake series. Vampires in contemporary society: Check. Cute girl always underestimated despite being super-tough: Check. Girl has ambiguous unexplained supernatural powers: Check. Mysterious, powerful, and handsome vampire partner: Check. Working for/assisting government agency to keep baddies under control: Check.

    The only real differences seem to be related to target audience and style - it seems to be almost teen-targeted. While Hamilton never shies from explicit sex and violence, Rardin (at least in this first book) rarely ventures beyond a quick smooch and the baddies go poof rather than leaving inconvenient bodies laying around. Throw in a relatively short lengith, a dose of pop-culture references, some snarky commentary, and a huge dues-ex machina and you end up with a Hamilton-esque book suitable for quick reading on the beach without either having to engage your brain or getting dirty looks from passers-by.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

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    My Favorite Vampire

    OK, to date, and I'm including the infamous Edward (both text and film), Vayl is my FAVORITE vampire. If you're into the genre, you've probably come to expect a certain personality stereotype from vampire kind, no matter who's telling the tale: Superior, Infallible, Arrogant, you get the picture. Vayl is gentler, quiet, unsure, almost vulnerable as far as Jaz is concerned. It warms the heart to see a three hundred year old man reduced to a school boy in pursuit of a woman who is, excuse the pun, clueless when it comes to boys.

    And, if that weren't enough, Jaz's mind wanders throughout the book in such spectacular detail that I imagine I could read it a hundred times and still pick out little details I missed. I like characters with active imaginations and Rardin does not disappoint.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

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    I liked it!!!!!! I think it was a cross between Anita Blake and

    I liked it!!!!!! I think it was a cross between Anita Blake and Rachel Morgan. Anita for more of the Vamp kicking aspect and Rachel for more of the less steamy scenery and sassy attitude aspect. It was a good mix so far but I would like to see for steam between Jaz and Vayl or someone, at least something. Great start for the series though, interesting plot and definitely keeps you guessing. Hope the rest of the books keeps up the pace! It is hard to find a good series like Rachel Morgan ect these days that keeps you hooked for the long haul. Will definitely read more JAZ!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

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    Good read; well written; not completely formulaic paranormal gen

    Good read; well written; not completely formulaic paranormal genre and somewhat more plausible in the characters and worldbuilding. I did enjoy; but, I think, like another reviewer, this will have trouble standing out from everything flooding the shelves in this genre just from the book cover and blurb on the back cover because while not completely formulaic does not wow me with the originality of the worldbuilding. Having read it, I can recommend even if you are sick to death of vampire tales.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

    What a kick

    Wow, I learned a lot from this book. The first thing I learned from this book is that a sense of humor is a good thing to have if you are a CIA agent partnered with a vampire, and your job is to hunt bad guys especially bad vampires. Jaz vaguely reminds me of maybe a female James Bond, not because she is a man whore but because she has cool toys and kicks ass.

    The relationship between Jaz and her partner/boss Vayl is quite interesting. Of course there is the required sexual tensi...more Wow, I learned a lot from this book. The first thing I learned from this book is that a sense of humor is a good thing to have if you are a CIA agent partnered with a vampire, and your job is to hunt bad guys especially bad vampires. Jaz vaguely reminds me of maybe a female James Bond, not because she is a man whore but because she has cool toys and kicks ass.

    The relationship between Jaz and her partner/boss Vayl is quite interesting. Of course there is the required sexual tension but that doesn't stop Jaz from enjoying a kiss with someone else to the point of obsession though.

    One of the things I like most about this book is at the back of the Ms. Rardin has a section where she "interviews" Jaz after the end of the book. Quite a good piece of tongue in cheek to me. All in all this was an enjoyable read for me, so much so that I went and bought the next book to start as soon as I finish the other two books I am reading right now.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    I haven't had this book as long as some of the others languishin

    I haven't had this book as long as some of the others languishing on my TBR pile. I've been very hesitant to start a new series as it seems to be getting more difficult finding Nook copies of some series at the library and I've just gotten so stingy with my book dollars, that I am very reluctant to just purchase the book (again) without thought or care like I used to.

    Though I consider myself a seasoned veteran of vampire fiction (having sunk my fangs into several of them over the years), Jennifer Rardin is a new to me author. This series is a little different than I've encountered before as well. For one thing, there wasn't a lot of focus on romance. Jaz works for Vayl, who is a CIA assassin and a vampire. Her job is assistant / bodyguard, though does a 200+ year old vampire really need a bodyguard? When you find out what the bad guys have in store for all of humanity and what Jaz and Vayl find themselves going up against, you may want a bodyguard for yourself.

    I wasn't completely ecstatic with the book after I finished and can't say it's the best vampire fiction series I have read, hands down. I can say this book isn't bad if you like feisty characters who can hold their own with all sorts of evil and creepy characters. I will say this book holds a lot of potential that has left me just curious enough to find out what Jaz and Vayl get into next and see if their relationship is just business.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Good

    I ended up liking this book more than I thought I was going to. Give it a try.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Best vampire book

    Rush of exsitement in the thrill of the kill.no way should you miss this.with a little romance but,hardly noticeable like back round music.suspenceful thats one of the many words that cant even come close to discribing how awsome it is. -book critic-

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    Awesome

    This was one great book. I enjoyed the humor and action that flowed throughout it. It was a little simpl but it was still one of the best books ive read.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

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    Not Impressed

    I thought this book dragged along at a boring rate. The most interesting parts were when Jaz began to remember her black-outs. I like my books to have a strong female lead and a strong male as a love interest, and while Jaz is a strong character, I thought Vayl to be annoying an emotionally weak...and old! I kept picturing a Liam Neeson when I really wanted a David Boreanaz. All in all this book goes on the shelf as a last resort.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

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    I've Been Bitten, but I'm Not Shy

    I'm always looking for a good vampire series, but I don't want the same story over and over. I want or originality. This series definitely has that. I love the main character and her vampire CIA partner. This book is easy to read, grabs your attention, and makes you want to get the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2009

    Needs More Experience

    This story, though it is about vampires is a long read, very wordy, and you'll have to pay close attention if you want to follow what is going on in the plot. I recommend this storyline to readers who are die hard vampire fans, because if you are just a passing fan then this book is NOT for you. The book is slow to get started and continues onward at a slow pace. The characters are pretty one-demientional, and they don't give you very much support to root for them when the bad guys come running.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    A Fun Easy Read

    Other than the main heroine being way too young to be believable, it is a great story with a lot of humor. I like the authors way of writing believable banter that occurs between the characters. I have really grown fond of them.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    This book was a fresh new outlook on the vampire novel.

    I loved this book, it pulled me right in from page one. Jaz is your typical badass assassin with her gorgeous vampire boss/partner. I highly recommend taking the time to read this book and the rest of the books in the series!

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  • Posted December 29, 2008

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    just ok

    this book had some interesting spots, but overall was just ok. It didn't really have certain characteristics that usually like such as romance and more fantasy. I kind of got confused on what exactly is Jaz. What kind of "undead" is she?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    A reviewer

    You can run but you can't hide from Jaz Parks. Vayl and Jaz are the next generation of the worlds best secret agent team. This book will grab you and pull you in from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2008

    Fast Paced Thriller

    For those of you who like your funky heroines, steaming vampires, and and a realistic setting for something not so realistic, this is the book for you. Jaz playes the role of a high-rank CIA agent whose gone through hell, and works hard to cover it. Once she's paired with the legendary Vayl, though, she'll never be the same again. Charged in taking out a plastic surgon with terrist ties, they stumble upon a more deadly problem- A virus of unknown potency that will be released in the U.S. Jaz, Vayl, and a few sidekicks, 'geeks, PI's, and a Seer' struggle to save the world as we know it- And Jaz.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    This is a terrific contemporary paranormal CIA thriller

    Jaz Parker left the Helsinger elite team of vampire killers to become a CIA. paranormal operative. She prefers to work alone as she trusts no one the critical element for an assassin to stay alive.---------------- However, two and a half century old Romanian expatriate Vayl the vampire wants Jasmine as his partner anyone else would appreciate the honor of having the top CIA. paranormal agent as her cohort, but not her. Still she has no say except to agree to serve as an expendable bodyguard to the revered Vayl though she wonders why her as he is not telling. Vayl believes Jaz has some unique abilities including the skill to sniff out vampires. As they work in Miami investigating Assan, a plastic surgeon with ties to terrorists, she proves worthy when his blood supply is tainted, Jaz gives him her throat. Vayl knows that Jaz and he belong together beyond lead assassin and apprentice assassin however, his ex-wife Liliana the vampiress with ties to Assan has plans for her former spouse that exclude Jaz, who must die.------------------ This is a terrific contemporary paranormal CIA thriller starring two likable good guys and an assortment of nasty mortals and vampires. The counter terrorist story line is fast-paced with a chick lit bite as Jaz¿s in your face comments are fun to follow although she needs to be kept on decaf. Vayl is her mentor and much more and yet much less. Although Liliana and Assan show no redeeming qualities beyond perfect matches for Gonzo at Guantomino, fans of supernatural suspense thrillers will want to read ONCE BITTEN, TWICE SHY.----------- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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