Once Bitten

Once Bitten

by Clare Willis

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Overview

Is it more than just a one-bite stand?
 
Angie McCaffrey has endured her share of liquid lunches and boardroom shmoozefests to win new advertising clients. But her latest account--a cosmetics line for wannabe vampires--involves some unusual customer research at San Francisco's hippest private nightclub. The "undead" patrons are about as genuine as Macabre Factor's press-on fangs, but one thing is very real--the skin-tingling connection Angie feels with her clients' mysterious friend, Eric Taylor.
 
Still, there are a few problems with this hot new romance. 1) Eric is rumored to have dated Angie's scheming boss, Lucy. 2) Lucy, missing for days, just turned up dead and bloodless. And, oh yeah, 3) Angie has suddenly developed a teeny aversion to sunlight. Is Eric a real vampire, a killer, or both? Angie's got a lot riding on the answer--her heart, her life, and maybe even her soul. . .
 
"Clare Willis offers a clever twist on the world of vampires." —Alexandra Ivy, author of Darkness Unleashed

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420113723
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/01/2009
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 301,014
File size: 676 KB

About the Author

Clare Willis is a native of the Bay Area and lives with her family in San Francisco. She indulges her love of the city’s history by working in a Victorian house museum and finding places that don’t exist anymore, such as Abe Warner’s Cobweb Palace and The Chutes on Haight Street, to visit in her imagination and in her fiction.

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Once Bitten 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In San Francisco advertising executive Angie McCaffrey works the Macabre Factor account when her boss Lucy Weston vanishes. Macabre Factor is a start up cosmetics firm offering fangs to press onto teeth that allegedly make mortals look like vampires. When Lucy is found dead, the cops believe someone from one of the vampire clubs that frequent the city killed her. At one of the vampire clubs that Angie has begun to visit to get a better handle on the customers' needs for the client, she meets Eric Taylor. They are attracted to one another, but she heard he was seeing Lucy just before she disappeared. As Angie falls in love she begins to believe her soul mate has no soul and is a for real blood sucker who if true may make her his next victim. Once Bitten is a fine urban romantic fantasy in which the strong mysteries of Lucy's disappearance and what species Eric is propel the fun plot more so than the anemic romance. Angie is a strong lead protagonist who holds the subplots together as she walks the streets of San Francisco she must choose whether she can trust her life and soul to Eric or is he the one who will destroy both? Harriet Klausner
BookaholicsReviewer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once Bitten by Clare WillisParanormal Romance- Dec. 1st, 20095 starsFantastic Refreshing New Vampire Romance Mystery!!!This book was fabulous from start to end. I truly was hooked from the first couple of pages. I often tend to skim a few of the vampire books just because they often become to cliché as the story progresses. However, Once Bitten takes on an entirely different approach to the world of vampires. The story introduces the reader to an assortment of characters who are classified as wannabe vampires or the actual real thing. But the fun part is guessing who is what and how does any of this relate to the matter at hand. The writer does an excellent job in creating a mystery full of twists and excitement. The romance element added the extra topping to a wonderful fun read!!! The characters were a pure delight. I loved Steve's character, he really added a great sense of humor to the storyline. Nicolai's character was also fascinating, he gave the really interesting historical and knowledge element to the novel. I actually work in San Francisco near the Bay Bridge. I really thought the writer did a fantastic job with the scenery layout and description, it was very accurate. I can only hope this is only the beginning of a new series. I would love to read more about Angie and Eric in future upcoming books. There is a lot that could be discussed and elaborated into further details for a potential series. Do not miss this book! Reviewed by Monica from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Angie McCaffrey gets her chance to shine when her boss at the advertising firm, Lucy, is unexplainably absent. Angie steps in to continue work on a line of cosmetics for weekend vampires and finds an intriquing and irresistable man at the same time. But when her boss turns up dead from blood loss, and Angie starts shunning the light of day, she begins to suspect that there is more than make-believe to the vampire scene in San Francisco.I really enjoyed this book. The characters are very well developed, particularly Angie and her best friend, Steve. The story is good and there is a nice twist that makes me think this might become a series. The author seems to really know and love San Francisco so the sense of place is strong. Surprisingly, this book is pretty light on sex, more suggestive than anything else. It is well done and I found it refreshing not to have to plow through pages of heaving and throbbing and still have a nice paranormal romance.
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tigresslilly More than 1 year ago
It's a little fluffy for my taste, but it was a fun ride. The characters are fleshed out enough to hold some interest though I found them mildly annoying. The plot itself is a twist on a fairly classic vampire thread. Very little was surprising in it. Still it's nice for a break in between more serious reading.
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