Bitten and Smitten (Immortality Bites Series #1)

Bitten and Smitten (Immortality Bites Series #1)

by Michelle Rowen
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Bitten and Smitten (Immortality Bites Series #1) by Michelle Rowen

In Rowen's death-defyingly funny debut--a cross between "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Sex in the City"--Sarah Dearly goes on a blind date . . . with a vampire. Original.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446550437
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/15/2008
Series: Immortality Bites Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 94,097
File size: 596 KB

About the Author

Michelle Rowen is a full-time writer and self-confessed bibliophile living in Ontario, Canada. Her first young adult fantasy novel will be published in Fall 2009 from Walker Books for Young Readers. Under the pseudonym Michelle Maddox she has also written futuristic romantic suspense for Dorchester.

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Bitten and Smitten (Immortality Bites Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Three words for the quickie review. 'I. Love. It!' I hate to say it, and all you Anita Blake and Southern Vampire and Carpathian addicts out there -- don't stake me. This (and its sequel) are my favorite paranormal romance books. (Oh, wait, oops, I probably just offended said Anita Blake audience by lumping the books under that heading. Oopsies -- but I'll go into that when I do my Hamilton reviews...) Why? Because, and I'll just take Bitten and Smitten and not sequel Fanged and Fabulous in this review... it's *not* a true paranormal romance. It has this little thing called plot. And believability. And it's a damned good plot. With bite. I'll stop punning one of these days. One thing I won't ever forget from a writing panel at a sci-fi convention I went to a few years back was a comment an author made about catching a reader right off the bat, and not to take half an hour of reading time to introduce every character before any action strikes. Damn. Does Ms. Rowen take that advice, or what? I love it! Sarah Dearly is a secretary. Er, executive assistant. Then she goes on a bad blind date and ends up in a cemetery. Hmm. Then, quickfire, the local hunter crowd wants to stake her and a hunky vampire rescues her. Ohhh yeah, this book's gonna be good. And it also should be in Toronto's travel packet. I want to go see Toronto now. Heh. Yes, I'm biased. Yes, I love Thierry, Sarah's vamp 'flame'. Yes, I want him... to get with Sarah. Yes, that really was what I originally planned to type. Really it was! Thierry has all the makings to be a 'generic' dark and brooding master-vampire-Angel character. But he's more... human than that. He's got dark and brooding and sexy down, but there's something different. There's an almost, dare I say it... boyish charm to him? And he's really a pain in the ass who does his share of stupid, masculine things. But I love him anyway. The thing that I kept getting through the book is how damned believable it is! No, we're not dealing with the oh-so-soulless Buffy vampires, or the complex and twisted universes where the world has to be 'altered' to let vampires have their play-room. These are real people that are vampires who can sun on a Mexico beach and show up in photographs. All the side characters, all the main characters. Michelle Rowen 'gets' it. Characters that take lots of interesting twists and turns. Though I must wonder -- will Sarah go through a few psychological issues where all her friends end up fangy? Clearly it's not the end of the world, but no more pasta? Ow. That's gotta bite. (I promise to stop punning. Soon.) Also, for the record, I adore Quinn. I am of Sarah's mold -- made for Thierry, but Quinn is... hot in an irresistably sexy-hunter-gone-sympathetic-character way. I'm just glad drooling is allowed for both, and unlike her, I don't really have to decide. Thank God. Oh, yeah, before I forget, I like the 'shard' concept. Like, love it. Heh. And yes, for those that must have their were-thing fix -- we have a werewolf. We do have a werewolf. absolutely adore that name, too. Barkley. And we get Buffyverse mentions! In a word, w00t! Okay, I'll stop, and try not to gush and give away the entire book, but... twists and turns and more twists in an exciting plot that doesn't devolve at all as the novel goes on. Like the eternally-cliche energizer bunny, it keeps going and going and going... and the only disappointing part when it ends only in that it has ended! (Which is why there's 'Fanged and Fabulous'. Go buy it so you can jump from one book to the next with no pain.) The ending, too? Love the ending. And the book hits a good, 'you-start-to-panic' climax, too. In short, I love it! The book rocks. Go buy it. To the author: Fangs for this book!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Her blind date Gordon Richards is tossing a dirt sandwich on Sarah Dearly in a gravesite at a cemetery. She thinks he is lunatic, but he reminds her that he offered her eternity and bit her in the neck. He claims she belongs to him as her vampiric creator, but Sarah assumes the word lunatic is not strong enough. That is until the hunters arrive and kill Gordon. --- Sarah flees into what she thought was the night, only to end up in the arms of another crazy person claiming to be a vampire, six century old Thierry de Bennicoeur. She soon realizes that she was changed and her only hope to survive remains Thierry as her bloodsucking mentor. Meanwhile someone has sold out the vampires to the hunters who are killing them one at a time. Sarah falls in love with her teacher, but he insists it is time for him to die once he uncovers and kills the traitor. She has waited a lifetime for love so, refusing to allow Thierry to not exist, she plans to teach him a thing about life. --- BITTEN & SMITTEN is a terrific vampiric chick lit tale filled with biting humor due to the caring antics of Sarah who goes from one calamity to another. She is the Perils of Pauline of the undead and other paranormal species while Thierry is her reluctant Dudley Do-Right always coming to the rescue when all he wants is to end his existence. Ironically, he has eternity to do so except he seems to spend all of his time kissing, biting, or saving the newest bloodsucker. Readers who appreciate a witty lighthearted supernatural romantic romp will want to read this fun tale of love and rescue amongst the night crowd. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was browsing for almost an hour when I finally found this book and I'm so glad I did! It was such a great read -- witty, clever, dark, romantic. Loved the heroine Sarah. She was self-reliant, tough and completely sassy. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes the 'chick lit' genre or a fun, light, paranormal read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sarah knew her date with Gordon was going badly, but really, when he starts burying her in a grave, that is going too far. Still, she didn't mean for the guys she met in the graveyard and asked for help in escaping the psycho who claimed they were both vampires to kill him, much less go after her! Her first bit of good luck is meeting Thierry, who also happens to be a vampire, and suicidal, but is willing to help her adjust to this new life that facts simply force her to accept. Suddenly, Sarah finds vampires or hunters everywhere she goes. Her problems continue to pile up she is fired for attacking her boss, her friends and family are being affected by her little lifestyle change, and she's been accused of dating everyone but the guy she wants to date, Thierry. Now, a vampire hunter turned vampire wants to find the cure for them both, no matter what the price, and Sarah has to find a way to stop the fallout from the guy's crisis. This has got to be the worst week of her life. ..................... ***** Ms. Rowen has created a laugh out loud new version of the vampire legend. Whether or not there will be a sequel is not clear, as the story's loose ends all seem to be tied up neatly. Whether Sarah's adventures continue or not, this is a writer to watch. *****
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suzatm07 More than 1 year ago
I've read four other Michelle Rowen books which I loved and could not put down. This one I had a hard time keeping focused on. I found at times that Sarah's actions twanged the nerves. I'll still stay with the series because I think the author is a really good one. I just would put this one at the end of my list of her books to recommend.
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