The second in the series, this book stands alone without difficulty, and lighter on the Paranormal than one is led to believe from the blurb.
John is a very Byronic vampire: brooding, dark and not particularly friendly, not to mention he’s not strongly alpha, a more typical characteristic for vamps in these stories. He’s decided that he wants to blend in, and has bought a sports bar to further his desires. Not at all willing to embrace his new life (death?) status, we learn a bit about his life, although only a taste.
Sarah’s backstory is consumed with her abusive marriage, her current and continual mishandling of her own personal safety in attempting to reason with the ex, and her lack of self-esteem that results in her essential spinelessness keeps her from believing she deserves better. While I don’t mean to sound unsympathetic, her back and forth behavior as she tries to decide if John is worth trusting to advanced attempts at seduction just after a rape are uncomfortable and don’t lead into the belief that she can or will find love: with or without John.
Darker in tone than I expected, attempts at levity were made by the simple dating / courting relationship between John and Sarah as they started, ramping up to some moderately steamy sex and the only real solid expected ‘vamp’ trait in John biting her during sex. Far less focused on the paranormal and more a story of the developing romance and the threats to Sarah, the story didn’t give lots of conflict from the vampire side about this new relationship, while we are told that John could face punishment from the council, we never see it and the thread isn’t developed.
A decent enough story with enough of a twist to make it interesting, although I don’t know that I fully believed in the connection or the characters to continue on with the series.
Title: Bite Me, I'm Yours
Author: Stacy McKitrick
Published by: Lyrical Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Sarah's known monsters...and John isn't one. Sarah's life isn't going well. She's divorced from an abusive jerk, been drugged, stuffed in her trunk and nearly kidnapped. Between that and a harsh winter, it's almost more than a girl can take. She's rightly distrusting of any man's affection, so an ice-skating date with John - who doesn't seem to feel the cold - isn't exactly on her bucket list. Yet something about him captures her attention.
John is determined to live as an ordinary mortal. He's moved into the city, bought a sports bar and works there as the bartender. As a new vampire, he's never considered dating, until he meets Sarah. Prudence dictates he stay away from her, but everything about her calls to him...right down to her cute animal socks.
Sure, finding out John is a vampire is scary, but Sarah's learned not all monsters have fangs. Besides, someone else isn't too happy about their budding relationship. Sarah will have to survive before getting her chance at love.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.