Book Review: LOVE BITES: A Paranormal Romance

It’s been awhile.  I needed to take a break from blogging and reviewing (thanks summer), but I’m back with a short review for an amazon short reads.

Love Bites: A Vampire Romance (House of Sanquin Paranormal Romance Series Book 1) by [Wolfe, A J]

LOVE BITES, book 1 in an intended short reads series, is a fun, fast paced, light paranormal romance. It’s appropriate for teens +. I liked that it wasn’t just the same old same old tired vampire tropes. There were new ideas like some (but not all) vampires were able to have children and go out into the sunlight. That could lead to some really interesting twists in later stories in the series.

For the plot itself, Brooke is desperate to find her sister Clara. They don’t have the best relationship, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t love and worry about her. When she finds a mysterious letter addressed to Clara from the house of Sanguin with the word “vampire” on it, she decides to take her sister’s place at the scheduled appointment. George’s job is to turn humans into vampires. He turns Brooke thinking she’s Clara…and gets in trouble for doing it. The also fall into (slightly) insta-love. It’s a romance trope so I can deal with that. Especially since there’s some insecurities, doubts, and secrets that jump up later. Brooke settles into her life at House of Sanguin but George must deal with the consequences of accidentally turning someone into a vampire. Clara’s return complicates matters even further.

I liked that sisterly love is just as important as romantic love in LOVE BITES. Even if Brooke and Clara have had their differences in the past, they still love and care for each other. I’m interested to see what else is in store for the House of Sanguin in the rest of the short reads series.

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Amazon and Barnes and Noble are hitting me where it hurts this holiday season — with tons of sales on ebooks!   In the last two days,  I’ve spent more than I usually spend in 6 months to a year on ebooks.    Some of my purchases include:

The Luxe Collection is one of my favorite book series.  I own them all in hardback but it’s definitely worth having a set in ebook as well!   It’s technically classified as YA but is like a historical soap opera set in 1899 New York.  There’s forbidden love, jealousy,  back stabbing BFFs, social climbing maids, and a socialite faking her own death. The covers are absolutely gorgeous as well.   The Luxe series cemented Anna Godbersen’s place in my insta-buy category.  It’s currently on sale for $9.99.

The Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead is one I decided to take a chance on.  I enjoy Mead’s  Vampire Academy series.  It’s fun and fresh with great narrative voice.  Dark Swan seems to be an adult version instead of YA urban fantasy.   The series has been on my radar for awhile since I like Mead as an author.  The $8.99 price tag was too good to pass up.

Sweet Valley High books 1-12.   If you grew up in the 80s or 90s,  chances are you have fond memories of  Sweet Valley High.  I remember cutting my teeth on Sweet Valley Twins before moving up to Sweet Valley High.  Those Wakefield twins lived a crazy, soap opera drama-rama life, but it was so addicting.  I’m anxious to see if the books hold up to the test of time or if they will come across as not as cool as I remember them being.  Currently, the first 12 books are on sale for $7.99

My Lady Viper.  This was a definitely impulse buy for me.  It showed up on my daily BookBub newsletter,  I saw it was about one of my absolute favorite time periods for historical fiction — Tudor England — and clicked the link.  The $2 definitely helped as well.  The sample hooked me instantly…So much so that I also bought the 2nd book in the series Prisoner Of The Queen which is also currently on sale for $2.

I posted the Amazon links but Barnes & Noble started the sale and Amazon price matched.  I’m going to be busy reading for a long, long time!   *cue happy dance*