Lynsay Sands A Quick Bite


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That hot guy tied to Lissianna Argeneau's bed? He's not dessert - he's the main course! Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sign of blood ... an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Her mother thinks she has the perfect solution, and serves up the therapist on a silver platter (or at least a wrought iron bed). Of course it doesn't hurt that this psychologist has a delicious looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that? Dr. Gregory Hewitt recovers from the shock of waking up in a stranger's bedroom pretty quickly - once he sees a gorgeous woman about to treat him to a wild night of passion. But is it possible for the good doctor find true love with a hemophobic vampire vixen, or will he be just a good meal? That's a question Dr. Greg might be willing to sink his teeth into ... if he can just get Lissianna to bite. (Quelle:'E-Buch Text/09.12.2010')
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    A Quick Bite


    06. June 2013 um 20:07

    A blood phobia isn't the worst phobia you can have - it's not as if you have to see blood all the time, right? Well... Try telling that to Lissiana Argenau, a relatively young vampire whose phobia really puts a damper on her quality of life (she is neither dead nor undead, thank you). It would be so conveniant to be able to keep the fridge stocked with a few bags of blood instead of having to feed the old-fashioned way without spilling even a drop! When her mother hears about Dr. Gregory Hewitt, who specializes in treating phobias, she is delighted - what a perfect birthday present for Lissi! Maybe making an appointment would've been the reasonable approach, rather than tying the man to Lissiana's bed with a bow around his neck. That way, Lissi wouldn't have mistaken him for dinner. And Greg wouldn't have come to the conclusion that he was abducted to be her sex slave... Pros: A vampire with a blood phobia is a charming idea. The story starts out with tongue-in-cheek humour and a light-hearted take on supernatural romance, and manages to weave that through the whole novel, beginning to end... But. See further down under "Cons"! I like that the author tries a fresh aproach to scientifically explain the existance of vampires - I just don't like the execution, which I will also talk about a bit further down. I do like that these vampires are still very much in touch with their human side, and that they live in families - there are no dark, brooding, tortued creatures of the night here, which is a nice change. Lissi is a nice character, and so is Greg... In fact, all of the main characters are likable. Heck, I even sort of liked the "villain" (at least until he really lost it towards the end.) Cons: The language is a bit repetitive at times, and often, the author over-explains and over-describes. There were a few scenes that got a chuckle out of me, but in many situations, the humor felt forced and construed. Some of the characters lack depth. Maybe they will be developed more in the other books of the series, though? The scientific explanation seems more than a little far-fetched to me. I don't want to give too much away, but there are a few details that just don't make much sense. (If you need more blood in your *veins*, then *drinking* blood isn't going to do you much good?) While I usually like it when an author doesn't simply say "It's magic!" and calls it a day, I'd prefer that to an explanation that I can't "believe" in. For people who are supposed to be very intelligent, both Lissi and Greg are downright oblivious to what goes on around them and/or fail to draw the right conclusions to what they witness. I don't want to spoiler you too much, so here's just a small example: Greg is abducted by people who can obviously control his mind. When Lissi finds him tied to her bed, she thinks he's dinner. Her young cousins talk about drinking bagged blood in front of him. Lissi's mother looks as young as her daughter. Nobody seems to make much effort to hide what they are. And it doesn't occur to him at all that they might be vampires (or at least suffer from the delusion that they are) until he sees the bite marks on his neck? The love story between Greg and Lissi is cute but a bit lackluster. From the first time they meet, it's clear that they are going to turn out to be soulmates eventually, but I didn't really feel the the spark. It had all the suspense of a cooking recipe: take one pretty vampire, add a hunky doctor, sprinkle some spicy misunderstandings on top and stir until you get a perfect couple. It feels like there isn't enough plot there to fill a novel, so the author tacks on two threatening issues: a mysterious person who's out to harm Lissi, and an authoritarian vampire uncle who might have Greg's mind wiped. It's a classic pattern: person A and person B fall in love, but there is conflict C that stands between them and possible villain D that means them harm, so they need to come up with solution E to gain their happy end. But it shouldn't be so bloody obvious! (Pun intended.) Don't get me started on the "mysterious" person! From the first time he is introduced, it is absolutely 100% crystal clear what's going to happen - and it's absolutely 100% unbelievable that Lissi doesn't even have a clue! Come on, she CAN'T be that dense? I literally groaned out loud when I realized that the book really *was* going to end the way I'd suspected all along; I'd hope that it was a red herring. Summary: I honestly wanted to like this novel because it seemed right up my ally: vampires, a love story, quirky humour and an unusual explanation. But the logical flaws and the utterly ridiculous obtuseness of the main characters sort of killed it for me. I'm still going to pick up the next novel, because I feel that the author has something here that *could* be really fun and entertaining, and I'm hoping that this novel just suffered from first-book-syndrome.

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    A Quick Bite

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    07. February 2009 um 00:12

    Der eigentlich erste Band der Reihe. Er war sehr amüsant, da Lissi kein Blut sehen kann und ihre Mutter auf die Idee kommt ihr einen Therapeuten zu "schenken". Ich hab das Buch sehr genossen, es war witzig und ich michte die Charaktere wirklich gerne. Lissi und Greg waren einfach sympathisch!

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