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

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

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by Jennifer Rardin
 

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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

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316022750
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
10/08/2007
Series:
Jaz Parks Series , #1
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
167,730
File size:
375 KB

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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Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Llamannerdymama More than 1 year ago
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.
Xedra77 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
cer-2 More than 1 year ago
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.
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Mary Styer More than 1 year ago
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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I ended up liking this book more than I thought I was going to. Give it a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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