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All about Love at First Bite (Anthology 4-in-1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. Sherrilyn Kenyon, L.A. Banks, Susan Squires, and Ronda Thompson paranormal romantic fantasies that grip readers with the first bite of love and never stops. Love at First Bite is an anthology of four paranormal romance and urban fantasy novellas, Until Death We Do Part by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark-Hunters #).

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Love at First Bite (Anthology 4-in-1)

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Now, they must come together to fight an old enemy…and the passion that threatens to consume them once more. Banks Dark dreams haunt Jose Ciponte, dreams of a woman so beautiful he aches for her-and a deadly enemy who stalks them in the night. Instead, he is called back into battle, and a desperate fate.

And Emma will venture into hell itself to save him. Mass Market Paperback1st Editionpages. Wild Wulfs of London 2. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Love at First Biteplease sign up.

Lists with This Book. Mar 25, Exina rated it really liked it Shelves: The only thing His Highness would like to see in regards to you, Princess, is your disembowelment.

The main characters are Esperetta, lovs of Vlad Tepes, and Velkan Danesti, once a sorcerer, now a Dark-Hunter with shape-shifting abilities.

They were enemies by families but fell in love and got married in secret more than five hundred years ago. Both of their families disowned them, and after a tragic chain of events, Retta ran away from Velkan.

The story is very tense from the beginning: Can she believe Velkan? Who is the real monster? Which one is real: They are both unbelievably stubborn not to reach for each other for five sherrilynn. It is just unimaginable for a mortal like me to waste so much time. Anyway, it is nicely kebyon, both for the main and the secondary characters. Originally posted on my blog. View all 10 comments. Jun 08, Julianna rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I felt like the story was overburdened with mysticism and mythology.

While it might seem that this would add a new and interesting dimension to the mythos, I found that it tended to muddy the waters more than anything by making it possible for the characters to do pretty much whatever they wanted. I think that if this had been a stand-alone novella without the Dark-Hunter elements or a Dark-Hunter novella without the other stuff, it would have been a tighter and sherripyn story. I also kenyoon like the author waited a little too long to explain what precisely had separated Velkan and Esperetta all those years ago.

Right up until the end, I was only able to speculate through inference as to why they menyon considered taking the sleeping potion. Unfortunately, this only added to my confusion.

As for the characters, I liked Velkan, but there weren’t enough firzt about him to make him a true stand-out hero. He was kind of the typical Dark-Hunter who’d been wronged, tortured and killed in his human life and then sold his soul to Artemis for his act of vengeance. I felt sorry for everything he’d been through, especially since he’d done it all for Esperetta only to bie her completely turn her back on him for years.

However, by all accounts Velkan had been an amazing husband, treating her with the utmost kindness and respect in spite of being a hardened medieval warrior, and she supposedly had loved him as deeply as he had loved her. With that kenyoon mind, I found it hard to believe that she would run away without at least giving him a chance to explain.

Also, since stories abounded about the cruelty of her father, it was even more difficult to fathom that in all those centuries, she hadn’t even considered that she might have been wrong about Velkan. Not to mention, fitst Retta’s current venomous sarcasm was added to the mix, it all made her seem very childish and shrewish to me.


Even when she finally realized she had terribly misjudged Velkan, it was just too little too late.

Love at First Bite

I could completely understand why he was so angry with Retta and felt that he forgave her far too easily. I think she needed to do a lot more groveling for what she put the poor man through, especially since he had done nothing but look out for her well-being all those years too.

I just didn’t end up sensing a deep emotional connection between Velkan and Retta as a couple. About the only good thing I can say about them is that it was a unique element to have a hero and heroine who were already married before he was turned into a Dark-Hunter, and that as a result of having their life-forces tied together, she came back to life too.

The other troublesome thing is that much like the previous full-length novel of the series, Dark Side of the Moonthere was no resolution to Velkan’s Dark-Hunter status at the end of the story. Although Until Death We Do Part is part of the Dark-Hunter series, there is no specific connecting plot and no carry-over characters that I’m aware of.

It could easily be read as a stand-alone, but for those people who prefer reading series in order like I do, it falls between Dark Side of the Moon and The Dream-Hunter in the Dark-Hunter chronology. Until Death We Do Part had a few unique elements, but it felt like it was rather hurriedly thrown together and didn’t entirely live up to its promise, ultimately, becoming a rather ho-hum read for me.

Although I’m a bit skeptical of the chances based on other fans reviews, I am hoping that the next few stories improve on the relationship development and overall storytelling, as my interest in the series is sadly beginning to wane.

It gives the backstory of Guardians Jose and Juanita who are apparently main characters in the series. I don’t really know anything more about this couple besides what was imparted in this story, because I haven’t read any of the main books in the Vampire Huntress Legends. I almost never read series books out of order, but I can’t say that this series stood out to me as one that I knew I would like for certain, and after reading Make It Last Foreveranother backstory novella, I just didn’t know if I could take such sad endings.

As a result, I have yet to try the main part of the series. Banks created two likable characters in Jose and Juanita. I could very much relate to their dreams of becoming an artist and business woman respectively, but having no one who understood or supported those dreams until they met each other.

They both were also from single-parent households in poor neighborhoods and had controlling mothers who thought the worst of them, even though they were trying their best. Jose was kind of into the gang-banging scene but had managed to use his art to avoid getting into any real trouble. He had the heart and body of a warrior with a more sensitive side underneath.

He had been dreaming of a beautiful woman whose face was hidden in shadows except for her eyes, so when he saved Juanita from an demon attack, he immediately knew she was the one.

Unfortunately, that was not to be. She too had dreams for years of a man who saves her from horrific creatures, but whose face is obscured by a motorcycle helmet, so when Jose rescues her, she knows he’s the one. Normally, I’m not a fan of quick hook-ups like what occurred in this story, but this time I was completely convinced that Jose and Juanita were meant for one another and that they were indeed falling in love even though the story takes place in only about a day.

I think having them both dreaming of one another before meeting helped that along, but Ms. Banks also managed to imbue their relationship with tenderness and a deep sense of urgency and longing. They just can’t seem to get enough of each other, and the love scenes were really intense and beautiful. That’s why just like with Make It Last Foreverthe ending of this story was so hard to take. I will admit that it was a little happier than the other novella, because unlike Jake Rider, the hero of that story, and the love of his life, Jose and Juanita are together at the end of Ride the Night Wind with the implication that it is for good this time.


However, between the final chapter and the epilogue, Jose and Juanita have been separated for nearly two decades as they each played their roles as Guardians and both have taken other lovers during that time. So, it still broke my heart to have them apart for such an extended period before finally finding each other again. Ride the Night Wind stood fairly well on its own without me having prior knowledge of the Vampire Huntress Legendsalthough I have to admit that the epilogue probably would have made more sense if I had known more about the world building and what had taken place thus far in the series.

Jake Rider is mentioned throughout the story and shows up as a secondary character in the epilogue.

If memory serves, this novella also takes place in the same small Native American community, with ar or two of the same characters, from Make It Last Forever. In spite of another unsatisfying ending, I can’t deny that the late L. Banks’ writing is pretty solid and her stories have a certain dark appeal. I’m slowly becoming more interested in the series as a whole and might be persuaded fidst give it a try.

I’m still a little uncertain though, because in spite of knowing that the series is urban fantasy rather than paranormal romance, Ms. Banks definitely has a knack for the romantic side of the story. With that in mind, I’m not sure if I can take more unhappiness if she dishes it up as liberally as she has in these two short stories.

I hadn’t heard much in paranormal romance circles about Susan Squires’ Companion series, so I can’t say that it ever really caught my eye as something I’d like to read.

That’s why I decided to go ahead with this novella without having read the previous books in the series. Now that I’ve given it a try, I’m very interested in backtracking and learning more about this interesting new vampire world. This is the first time I’ve read a historical vampire romance and to make it even more unique, the story is primarily set in Morocco, Casablanca to be exact.

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I don’t think I’ve ever read any story, much less a romance, set in Africa before. I really liked both sherfilyn hero and heroine of this novella. Davie is an honorable man who is an officer in the British army. He’s been looking forward to finally proposing to the woman he loves, but when ar calls and he doesn’t know if he’ll come back alive, he does the noble thing and releases Emma even though it breaks his heart to do so.

He was also previously held captive, raped and tortured by the queen of the vampires which made him incredibly sympathetic.

It just made me want to wrap him up in my arms and love him tenderly like Emma does. Because of his experiences with vampires, Davie would rather die than become one, but fate may have other plans in store for him. Emma is a vivacious and adventurous young lady who would rather risk her life in a dangerous place than to live without the man she loves.

I had to admire her spunk in following Davie to Casablanca and her willingness to love him no matter what. She was a very brave woman who fought valiantly by his side in more ways than one.