When King Werewolf shows up in veterinarian Vee Scarpa’s ER, she’s livid. Her father, North American head honcho vampire, has threatened a chilling or else if she “ accidentally” helped a wolf again, especially since they’re at war. But she’s tempted by the sexy wolf. And his deadly blood calls to her in a way that should set off warning bells...
A promise to his brother in arms obliges Lexan Dimitrov to rescue the aristocrat vampire before her family discovers her secret—a secret Vee herself isn’t even aware of. What he didn’t expect was to find her sexy-as-hell. He’s not into vamps, yet the inescapable heat building between them is a delicious temptation guaranteed to end in total disaster.
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About the Author
Zoe Forward is a hopeless romantic who can't decide between paranormal and urban fantasy romance. So, she writes both. In addition to being a mom to one rambunctious kindergartener and wife to a conservation ecologist who plans to save all the big cats on the planet, she's a small animal veterinarian caring for all the small furries, although there is the occasional hermit crab.
When she's not typing at her laptop, she's tying on a karate belt for her son or cleaning up the newest pet mess from the menagerie that occupies her house. She's madly in love with her globe-trotting husband of ten years and happiest when he returns to their home base in North Carolina.
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Fifty-five minutes until wedding kickoff. She was going to be late.
"Wait up, Dr. Scarpa." The request came from across the veterinary hospital's main treatment room.
Vee Scarpa whirled, one step shy of exiting.
One of the day doctors, moonlighting as an overnight fill-in, flipped her blonde, frizzy braid over her shoulder and stomped Vee's way. The doctor had to dodge the techs triaging a Labrador with a bleeding paw. She huffed to a parking spot in Vee's personal space, close enough to rain spittle.
"Room One kicked me out. Says he'll only see you. Actually, he said the Dr. Scarpa. Funny, 'cause he's a new client. It's a stat, but he won't let the dog out of his sight for us to triage it. The owner also wouldn't let anyone touch it even though the thing is bleeding a river." She paused with a dramatic eye-roll and snort. "Fine with me if you see it. Looks like it's a biter." She held out the chart.
"It's five after nine. I should've left over a half hour ago." Vee eyed the chart as if it was toxic.
"I hate after-hours emergency. If I wasn't getting paid extra, I wouldn't be here. I've got no idea why you choose to do this long term." The doctor shrugged and threw the chart on the counter. She snatched a new chart from the ever-dutiful tech, Crystal, who grimaced.
Vee flashed Crystal a supportive smile as the temperamental veterinarian strode away. She stared at the discarded chart for a few seconds before her give-a-shit meter spat out a maybe-I-should.
Don't do it. Seeing this patient would make her late. Her appearance in one hour was mandatory. Tonight would've been a good night to take off, but she needed the shift. Only another three months on vet ER pay and she'd have enough money saved to leave this life behind and disappear.
"Shepherd mix. Fight wounds," she read. At least it wasn't another heatstroke emergency. The record-breaking heat wave in Charlotte was atypical for October in North Carolina. A dog fight, however, meant at least an hour between the sedation, wound care, and recovery. If this required general anesthesia, then it might take even longer. If the dog required surgery, then she'd have to punt it to another doctor. Maybe it wouldn't be severe. An antibiotic, some pain relief, and see-ya-later.
"Want me to go in with you?" Crystal materialized at her left elbow.
"Sure. Get any history from" — she glanced at the name on the chart — "Mr. Vorste?"
"What you see is it. He wouldn't even put his monster dog on the scale. The guy may be hot in a dark, Goth sort of way, but he's really odd. I didn't get the feeling he speaks English well. He's Eastern European or Russian or something. I'm pretty sure that dog isn't a shepherd. If so, it's mixed with Wolfhound or Newfie. Be careful. It lunged when I tried to take its temperature."
Dread twisted her stomach. Please let it be just a Newfie mix, not something else. "Is it up to date on rabies?"
"Nope." Crystal's eyebrows shot up in judgment. She'd profiled and condemned this client as one of those who viewed rabies vaccines and any level of preventive care as unimportant. Those people considered a pet to be a right, not a responsibility, an attitude that permeated certain populations around town.
Vee glanced at the unhelpful chart again. She took a deep breath to attempt a mental scan to see if she could pick up any nonhumans in the vicinity. Between exhaustion and blood hunger, focusing to do an effective scan was difficult.
Crystal interrupted her scan by touching her arm. She flinched while the tech said, "You going to see it?"
"I suppose so. Don't get bitten. The last thing we need is the nightmare of phoning Animal Control and rabies quarantining a dog tonight. Let's wrap this up quickly. I should've been on my way to an event twenty minutes ago, and I've still got to change out of scrubs. Grab a muzzle."
A thirtyish guy slouching on the client bench greeted her in the exam room. His odd golden eyes tracked her entry. With an abrupt movement, he pushed at his dark hair and sat up straight. The short, choppy strands were too heavily pomaded into stylish disarray to dare alter direction. At his feet, a super-sized black "shepherd mix" scrutinized her with eyes a shade too pale blue for natural dog irises.
One sniff and her pulse skyrocketed. Werewolf.
What were they doing here?
Only the king was rumored to have eyes as light in color as this animal. This couldn't be him. Not in her ER.
Her "client" unfolded his over-six-foot muscular frame to stand, forcing her to look up. She wasn't a shrimp at five-six, but he had many inches on her. His move to an onlooker may appear respectful, but he meant to intimidate her.
He extended a strong hand. "Eric Vorste."
She glared at his hand. A public handshake was a symbolic truce. Doing so during this time of war was treason. Crystal might not be a vampire, but under a vamp's persuasion she'd tell. Her father's minions checked up on Vee on a regular basis. They mind-wiped whomever they spoke with, but he'd find out about this.
Crystal sucked in a loud breath, clearly astonished at her rude reluctance.
Eric's mouth curled into a smile at her dilemma.
Vee lifted her lip, exposing her half-mast elongated canine. They both might be the product of centuries of evolution, but fundamentally, vamps and werewolves remained primal species. Everything about both of them was engineered to make them effective predators who valued strength.
"I'm Dr. Scarpa," she said for Crystal's benefit. The wolves had known her identity well before they stepped into the building. She gripped Eric's hand in the briefest of clasps.
She and Mr. Vorste shared a moment of unspoken understanding. Nothing in front of the human.
Her father's threat from years ago echoed in her brain. Never get involved with them. The penalty for violating the edict had been a chilling, "Or else." Those two words implied death by something guaranteed to be prolonged and painful. Although, she did have a Get Out of Jail Free card, not that she'd ever put her powerful fiancé between herself and her father. She'd come out on the crap end of that plea for help.
"Mr. Vorste, tell me what happened to your ... dog." Vee gazed at the useless piece of paper that was the dog's chart. She pushed aside unease to draw on professionalism.
"Let us speak alone, Dr. Scarpa." He spoke with a thick Eastern European accent.
Vee glanced skyward as if a deity would swoop down and save her. "Crystal, would you excuse us, please?"
"Okay, Dr. Scarpa, but I'll be right outside if you need help." She placed the blue nylon muzzle on the counter by the exam room's sink on her way out.
The second the door swung shut Vee backed away from the wolves, putting as much air as possible between her and them. She looked at her watch. Her stomach lurched.
"What does Ambrose DiFalco think of you still working and not preparing for a life of subservience and reproduction?" Eric's gaze fell to her ring-free left hand.
Ambrose had presented her with an engagement ring, but she refused to wear the ostentatious emerald at work. The complicated land mine of her relationship with her fiancé was none of Eric's business.
She addressed the bleeding wolf on the floor. "Why are you here? This is not protocol. If you need help, you go through your own channels." Like Roman, the werewolves' regional primary care doctor.
Eric frowned. "Protocol?"
Crap. They didn't know she'd helped others in an organized effort.
"I'm not treating him." She pointed at the wolf, although guilt speared her vicious claws into her brain. He looked to be in a lot of pain.
As if resuming a prepared script, Eric said, "You did a good job on the kid last month."
"He breached protocol, too, and showed up here. It's not safe for you to be here." She rubbed her forehead. "You guys have to leave. I'm sorry. I stay out of the war as best I can, and it needs to stay away from me, at least for right now." For another three months.
"The North American vampire leader's daughter helping a wolf? I'm sure when Dominic found out about that incident last month he was thrilled." Eric's lips twisted upward into a sarcastic smile.
She checked the time again. "I got off shift over a half hour ago. The two of you need to see a different doctor and make whoever is assigned his case think he's a dog. No shifting. I'll send in someone else." Anyone else. She reached for the door.
"Do Dominic and Ambrose know about the incident in California?"
"California?" she repeated dully, caught off-guard. How could this guy possibly know about what happened a decade ago? As a vampire, she shouldn't have laid one finger of aid on the werewolves. But they were prepubescent kids who'd been filled with holes by a Squad ambush in her front yard, and no one understood the physiology of werewolves better than her, a trained medical doctor and veterinarian. This war was what it was, but moments like that disgusted her. The only wolf who'd survived couldn't have been more than fourteen.
"I'm pretty sure neither is aware of your charitable work. How do you think they would feel about you being a werewolf sympathizer?"
She marched toward Eric. "What is this about? Ambrose remains neutral in this war. Is this about Dominic?"
Eric didn't answer. His expression didn't give any clue of his intention, and his mind was closed to her ability to read his thoughts.
"Who put the word out I was a safe bet for a quick patch-up? What little I've done over the past few years is on a case-by-case basis as a favor for Roman. I work on a referral basis only. The incident in California? I believe murdering kids, regardless of species, is wrong. I can't help you." She gripped the Sharpie inside her lab coat pocket tight in her left fist. The smartest play was to walk away. She tensed to leave.
"Why do you help wolves when one supposedly murdered your mother? And inspired Dominic to start this war?"
"Did a wolf murder my mother? Seems to me the details are a bit unclear." With Roman's help and expertise in human medicine, she'd exhumed her mother's remains in secret years ago and examined what was left. Most dead vamps were sun dusted, their own version of natural cremation, but the aristocratic class liked to save their remains in crypts, as if some secret would emerge in the future to reincarnate them. She'd been a wreck during the exam process, but the lesions she'd found weren't caused by a wolf. Roman had agreed. Someone wanted this war between the species and had used her mother to start it. Someone powerful. It wasn't her job to end it, but since it'd crossed paths with her life one too many times, she'd decided to do what she could for those she felt were unfairly targeted. Did that make her a sympathizer? Perhaps, it did. "Do you plan to fight past Dominic's Termination Squad to tell him about me?"
"Email. And we've got pictures of you helping wolves."
"Dominic doesn't use email." He considered computers evil.
"His secretary does."
True. Where could they have possibly gotten pictures? They had to be bluffing. She hated being on the butt end of blackmail. Did she dare call their bluff?
No. Damn it. No.
If they sent the pictures, she could appeal to Ambrose and his line of neutrality, but she wanted no part of a showdown between Ambrose and Dominic. As the North American territory liaison for the ruling DiFalco family, Ambrose never muddied his hands in the Stateside war. The arrogant jerk would probably grant her one of his patented gorgeous, condescending smiles and let Dominic exact punishment in the name of war neutrality. He might not allow Dominic to kill her, but the sadist would probably enjoy watching whatever humiliation Dominic doled out.
Three more months and she could fake her death and ghost out of existence to a remote island in Southeast Asia. Property already purchased. No vamps. No wolves. No forced marriage. Just her and a buttload of technology to alert her whenever a nonhuman entered into her domain. Then she could reinvent her life, maybe as a vet again. Maybe something new. She'd never be a broodmare or a political wife. All she had to do was keep her head low and avoid conflicts ... like this.
Eric's superior gotcha smirk tempted her to flip him off and leave, but he had her checkmated. Eric turned away from her. He touched his ear. A communication device? The bleeding wolf was someone who required protection. Someone important.
Eric's cell phone dinged. He scrolled through a few screens and started typing. God, she hated being ignored for a cell phone.
She resumed her previously interrupted mental scan, this time picking up at least six wolves hovering outside the building. How could she have been so oblivious as to miss eight werewolves in the immediate area? Seven to guard the bleeding one? She and the bleeding wolf locked gazes while she wondered about his identity.
The oversized mutt might just be the king himself. Aleksander Dimitrov. She broke the staring competition to glance at Eric, who was still typing on his phone. He could be one of the king's super warrior protectors, which would account for the eerie way the guy tracked her every move. The communicator then made sense. Supposedly, King Werewolf was more secured than the queen of England.
The wolf couldn't be the king. This was her imagination kicking into overdrive. She rolled her wrist. "I don't have time for this."
Eric shoved his cell phone into his cargo pants' side pocket. "You'll still make the wedding party if we get this done now."
Of course they knew her destination tonight. Everyone in the wolf and vamp world knew her sister was getting married.
"What do you want from me?" She eyed the wolf while faking outward calm. Her pulse pounded loudly in her ears.
"Let's start with you examining his injuries. Then we'll go from there." Eric resumed his slouch on the bench.
Her mind catalogued everything she'd ever heard about the wolf leader, which added up to a jumble of fear-based speculations and rumors. Except for one fact: the wolf king was the only being on the planet who both Ambrose and Dominic feared. Actually, the whole vampire race feared Aleksander Dimitrov.
The bleeding wolf wavered on its feet, igniting her instinct to help. Given the blood pooling beneath him, he might be borderline shocky. She didn't want a defibrillator incident tonight. Plus, when he died on the table in central treatment in wolf form, there would be an awkward human transformation. That could become an instant YouTube sensation, given the whole clinic was on closed circuit video surveillance. She didn't want to be the cause of the human holy-crap-another-species moment. At least the exam rooms were camera free.
"I've got three conditions."
Eric didn't budge from his slouch. Both he and the wolf watched her.
"First, no biting anyone. You bite and I'll be forced to call Animal Control. Then your dog gets six months of quarantine since he's not up to date on rabies. That's lockup at Animal Control." She bit back a smile at Eric's wide-eyed surprise. A bite couldn't transform a human like legend claimed. The wolf or vamp status was genetic. She lost her war against a grin and could've sworn the wolf on the floor rolled its eyes.
"Second, no transformation in this building. Most places in here are on candid camera. I know he'll heal faster in human form once I'm done, but he stays wolf until you guys leave."
"And third?" Eric asked.
"You behave like clients. You'll treat the staff nice and check out up front like a normal client."
Eric nodded. "Okay, but definite no on the muzzle over there. Let's get started. He's not leaving the room or my sight."
Vee folded her arms over her chest. "I'm charging you extra for keeping me overtime."
"Does he want anesthesia for this? At least a local block?"
He glanced at the injured wolf. "Just get the bullets out of him so he can transform."
"Now they're bullets and not dog attack bites like you checked him in as having?"
"This is ridiculous," he muttered. The wolf growled and bared his teeth at Eric, who cleared his throat. "Checking him in with bullet wounds garners too much attention."
"Let's take a look at the damage." She pulled on latex gloves and approached. The wolf maintained a less than trusting glower, but, to his credit, showed no teeth.
Excerpted from "The Way You Bite"
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Wow! What an intense and action packed story! But this one had several characters aside from Vee and Lexan that you could really like. I thoroughly enjoyed Vee the most in this book. She kept everyone on their toes and never backed down. She was strong and feisty. Most of my favorite scenes were when she was talking back to all these alpha makes and sticking up for herself. And Lexan was the best. His immediate connection to Vee was fierce and protective. He was a force to be reckoned with. I loved their insanely deep and hot connection and the way they would lose themselves in each other. They truly made a great team. And all they went through to be together was tremendous. I loved their story and was sad to see it end. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
The Way You Bite by Zoe Forward is one hawt read! Introduced to this author about a year ago, I have enjoyed each of her stories that I’ve picked up. The Way You Bite is a winning combo of world, characters and storyline. Ms. Forward brings us a unique story with twists and turns, action and heat, and a steady pace that makes it difficult to put down. Gripping...and highly recommended! An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
Veterinarian Vee isn't allowed to help werewolves any longer. Her father is an aggressive vampire and doesn't tolerate any kind of interaction with his archenemies. He wants his daughter to get married to the vampire he's chosen for her and breed, but Vee loves her job and her betrothed repulses her. When Lexan shows up at her practice with bullet wounds Vee descides to treat him anyway. Lexan is the king of the werewolves and he makes Vee feel things she's never felt before. However, spending time with werewolves is dangerous, they are at war with the vampires, and Vee should stay away from Lexan, but can she? Lexan has promised someone important to keep an eye on Vee. He visits her because he feels it's his duty and the last thing he expects is to like her so much. There are quite a few family secrets that Vee doesn't know about, but they have to be uncovered eventually and when they come out Vee needs to be prepared. Can Lexan help Vee when she needs him the most or will their different upbringings make it difficult for them to spend time together? The Way You Bite is a fabulous story about werewolves and vampires. I immediately liked Vee. She can stand her ground, she doesn't let anyone intimidate her and she's fiercely independent. She's a powerful woman who can make demands when she needs to. She's strong and strategic and can hold her own in a fight. I liked her amazing temperamental personality. Lexan has a lot of strength and he has a good head on his shoulders. He's also kind and caring, but can be incredibly tough at the same time. He's a worthy opponent and his people are extremely loyal to him. However, Lexan's king status doesn't impress Vee and that makes her a great match for him. I loved their game of pushing and pulling, discovering each other's boundaries and protecting one another. It made the story dynamic and interesting for me and I couldn't put it down. Zoe Forward's writing style is easy to read, it has a lovely natural flow and I liked her vivid descriptions of her main characters and their world. The Way You Bite is both gripping and romantic. It's fast-paced with many surprising twists and turns. It's an adrenaline rush without a single dull moment, which is something I absolutely loved. I'm a big fan of shifter stories and The Way You Bite is definitely a good one. I really enjoyed reading this hot, energetic and spellbinding story.
The Way You Bite is the very first book I’ve read by Zoe Forward. Velvet or “Vee” Scarpa is a vampire and is the daughter of the head of all of the North American vampires, Dominic Scarpa. Her father is a ruthless leader and has tried to control Vee’s life without success. But he has forced her into a betrothal with an equally evil Ambrose DiFalco. There is no love or even the faintest attraction between Vee and Ambrose. In return for her silence regarding some incriminating information Vee has regarding her fiance, he lets her keep working as a veterinarian. For now that is. While she is working, an emergency is brought in, a gun shot wound on a pet wolf. Only Vee’s vampire senses tell her that this is no ordinary wolf. This is a shifter. For some unexplained reason, just being near him is driving her senses crazy. His scent is calling to her like nothing she has ever experienced. She soon realizes that this is not just any werewolf, this is Aleksander or “Lexan” Dimitrov, the leader of the Werewolves. Lexan has been alone for a long time and he has felt himself withdrawing more and more. Until he walked into that vet office that is. He can barely stand to be near her. Her scent is so alluring. Lexan made a promise to someone that he would help Vee. You see, there is a secret regarding Vee. When Lexan makes a promise, he always follows through. But Vee must allow Lexan to help her of her own free will. Those are the rules to the agreement. Lexan knows a secret regarding Vee. Something she doesn’t yet know herself. Something that will change both their lives forever. Lexan is not attracted to vampires. So why is he drawn so strongly to this one? Why her? Vee finds herself stuck right in the middle of a war between the vampires and the werewolves. A war her father has been instigating. Her father has lost patience with her and is planning on forcing her to submit to his plans. It is time for Vee to put her own plan in to action. It is time for Vee to disappear. But it seems that a pesky werewolf King won’t let her. The pull she feels towards Lexan and the need to disappear are constantly at war within her. I really enjoyed this book. It is non-stop from start to finish. Vee is thrust into one situation after another, none of them pleasant. All the while, Lexan is there, claiming that he won’t leave her, that he wants to protect her. Vee has been at the end of her father’s leash all her life. She doesn’t need to be on another one. But the need she feels for Lexan is battling against her need for freedom. Which one will win? Can it be both? If you enjoy paranormal steamy romance with lots of nail biting action, then you will most definitely enjoy this. It definitely won’t be my last book by this author.
The Way You Bite by Zoe Forward is the 1st book in her new paranormal series. The Way You Bite is a fantastic start, and I can’t wait to find out what Zoe Forward has in store for us in this series. Vee Scarpa, our heroine, is a veterinarian and a vampire. Vee is independent and even though her father is a master vampire, she is determined to live how she wants. When at her emergency clinic, a man brings in a wolf, which is really a werewolf, Vee is not happy. Since there are bad feelings between the vampires and werewolves, she does not want to be in the middle. She does not like the werewolves, since one killed her mother. But since the wolf is injured, the doctor in her treats him. What she discovers is that the injured wolf is Lexan, our hero and the King of the werewolves. When Vee gives in to help him, Lexan feels an immediate attraction to her. Lexan knows the truth about Vee, which would change her life forever. However, he does know that she may not take well to the news he eventually will have to tell her. Vee leaves to attend a family wedding, and to her disgust her father is forcing her to marry her arranged fiancée, a wealthy Euro vampire. When she finds a way to escape, she finds herself saved by Lexan and his men; and in a short time Vee will also find herself attracted to the gorgeous and sexy Lexan. What follows is an exciting, fun storyline that will bring both sides to war, with Vee the prize. Lexan and Vee’s romance will heat up, with him determined to win her, and she knowing she is falling for him, but knowing there can be no future. At least not until she learns that she is a mix of vampire and wolf; making her a rare commodity. Lexan knows that she will have her first shift soon, and tries to stay with her at all times to help her through it. The Way You Bite was a very good story, with two warring species, and a couple that are meant for each other. Lexan and Vee were simply a great couple, and sizzling hot. I loved how Vee did her first shift, and was able to quickly accept this and use her new powers to help save them all; including revenge against those who truly killed her mother. The Way You Bite was a fun, exciting & captivating story, with a wonderful couple, great secondary characters, and nonstop action throughout. I hope Zoe Forward will give us more of Lexan and Vee, as well as more from those sexy werewolves.
I have really been winning with the classic paranormals lately. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading authors’ new creations and mythologies, but sometimes, the classics are just tops. A good ole fashion feud between vampires and werewolves? Yes please! Not only that but it was done well. It was difficult not to love the hero. At first, you think he is going to be just another Alpha. Then you are treated to an open loving man who is willing to modify his actions and thoughts rather than remain unyielding. The heroine was a little more complicated. I agreed with her sense of independence and thoughts about violence. However, you can be independent and still have a partner. At times, Vee is stubborn and set in her ways to the point of being obnoxious. I am all for strong independent women, but I am tired of them associating it with being alone. Overall, it was a great paranormal novel. An interesting world inhabited by good characters and an action-packed plot to keep you reading until the end. The chemistry didn’t seem forced, and I couldn’t have asked for a more satisfactory ending. I believe this is a standalone for the author, but you can bet I am going to check out some of her other work. If you are looking for a good paranormal romance for a rainy day, this one’s for you!
When King Werewolf shows up in veterinarian Vee Scarpa's ER, she's livid. Her father, North American head honcho vampire, has threatened a chilling or else if she "accidentally" helped a wolf again, especially since they're at war. But she's tempted by the sexy wolf. And his deadly blood calls to her in a way that should set off warning bells... A promise to his brother in arms obliges Lexan Dimitrov to rescue the aristocrat vampire before her family discovers her secret—a secret Vee herself isn't even aware of. What he didn't expect was to find her sexy-as-hell. He's not into vamps, yet the inescapable heat building between them is a delicious temptation guaranteed to end in total disaster. Review: I am gonna say this first. This is not listed as the beginning of a series and not sure if it will be or not, but it really needs to be...at least in my opinion. The story leaves lots of possibilities for future books and I would definitely read them. Always a sucker for a good supernatural romance, I am glad I picked this up for review. It was action packed, super sexy, lots of drama and intrigue to keep me reading and guessing who was going to do what next. Also, I love good dialogue and this book had lots of it. Lexan as the werewolf king was a great character, strong, alpha but he definitely met his match with Vee. Vee is not going to sit by and let others dictate her life, she makes plans, of course those plans get waylaid when Lexan comes on the scene and she finds out a secret about her parentage. Like I said, I don't know if this will be series...I think it should be. You could definitely read this as a stand alone too. It has been awhile since I read a supernatural romance and I thoroughly enjoyed this one! 4.5Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Sizzling chemistry, the ultimate Alpha male, and secrets that put their lives at stake. The Way You Bite has it all. Zoe Forward’s latest paranormal romance will have you turning pages long into the night and ensure you miss work in the morning.
'The Way You Bite' by Zoe Forward is the story of Lexan Dimitrov and Vee Scarpa. Vee has a fiancé and a controlling father who has plans for Vee. Vee has her own plans which she hopes to go forward with in three months when she has raised enough money to fake her own death. Vee has never really gone along with what her father does. Lexan is the King of Werewolfs and is in town due to Vee's father. There has been a war going on between Vampires and Werewolfs and things are just heating up. This was an exciting romance read! This was my first book by Ms. Forward but it won't be my last. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
An exciting read of fated mates. Lexan (love the name) was the perfect alpha werewolf king, Vi was an overly strong-willed hybrid. I didn’t understand her need and want to return to her family considering how they treated her and what they would do to her upon her return. I hope this is the beginning of a series. I was given an ARC for my honest review.
Things are changing in Vee Scarpa’s life and she better buckle her seat belt up and enjoy the ride! Vee has always thought that she was a pureblood vampire until the King Werewolf shows up and unleashes secrets and intrigue to her past. The Way You Bite has you on a roller coaster ride of who is actually the “good guys” in Vee’s life; as she discovers love and strength in who and what her heritage really is. I found this book to be a quick read that had me chuckling out loud a few times, too. Vee keeps the King on his toes with her desire to not be dependent on anyone, especially him. This is the beginning of a new series for Zoe Forward and I enjoyed this introduction. I’d only read the Keep of the Veil’s series previously, but I’m intrigued enough to continue on with the series, too. I received this book as an advanced reader copy, however, I have purchased all of Ms. Forward’s books previously. I will continue to do so in the future, too.
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book! This is my first time reading Zoe Forward’s work though I do own a couple of her books that I will read in the future!! I believe this is a standalone, but I’m hoping it turns into a series because I loved the world created by Zoe with Vampires, Werewolves, and Hybrids called Demisangs. This is for adults only due to the violence and steamy content. Vee has tried hard to maintain her independence, and things get real interesting. I love her fierceness and attitude and that she fights for what she believes, but she also has a caring and protective nature. She doesn’t believe in senseless killing especially of the innocent. She is trying to put off both her fiancé and her father, so she can keep her job and independence. Lexan is interesting because he has honor and keeps his word, and he finds Vee very interesting which is something that he has been missing for a long time. Vee’s world is rocked by Lexan in more than one way, but I refuse to ruin your adventure in reading. This book was action packed with treachery, plotting, adventures, fighting, and romance. My favorite kind of book, I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this book to any paranormal fans who love an adventure with wolves and vampires who on the verge of war!
The Way You Bite is an inventive, exciting, adventurous vampire v. werewolf tale. I really enjoyed Velvet as a smart, stand up, take no crap kind of gal. Lexan Dimitrov is sexy as heck in a Neanderthal kind of way and the bad guys made you want to destroy something. Strap in for a terrific read.