"A very humorous addition to the vampire world"

Sarah Dearly was set up on a blind date by her best friend Amy. While the date was a bust, her whole life changed that night. Sarah wakes up as Gordon, her creepy date, is burying her alive. Pepper-spraying him, she escapes and watch him get staked and turned into a puddle of goo moments later. Having to find out you are now a vampire from the vampire hunters certainly doesn't ease the stress she is feeling at the moment.

Running for her life, she is saved by Thierry de Bennicoeur, an ancient vampire with a death wish. While she refuses to become the evil monster she believes vampires to be, her attraction to her mentor is worth exploring!

Michelle Rowens definitely can write with a humorous flair. BITTEN & SMITTEN, caught me off guard and I laughed my way through the book. I was laughing so hard when Sarah went to her cousin's wedding and (a completely separate instance) on a double date with Amy and her new boyfriend...who is a vampire hunter.

I do agree with other reviewers regarding the romantic side of this story. I don't understand why she is more interested in Thierry than Quinn, a vampire hunter turned vampire whom she spends more time with and who is actually (to me) a more interesting character. I have decided that its partially hero worship: Thierry did initially rescue her from the hunters because face it, she wouldn't have taken the plunge into the river by herself. But, because Quinn does say he will win her back, I don't think the story is over.

However, why Quinn would really be so fascinated with Sarah is also a mystery to me. Sarah starts out as a very ditzy, materialistic girl. Her life is (or was) consumed with her shopping addictions for clothing and shoes. She is also an airhead. She is obsessed with the Buffy and Angel series, but this is where her knowledge of vampires really steers her wrong. She has to grow up fast, or the hunters are going to get her. And okay, honestly, I don't know how she was able to outsmart them other than shear luck.

While the story is very campy, I'll take it and its humor any day. I was planning on just reading BITTEN & SMITTEN for the shear enjoyment of reading. Except, somewhere along the way I started laughing my head off and decided I really needed to share this gem of a novel. If you are looking for something light and funny that cannot be taken seriously, I really recommend BITTEN & SMITTEN.

Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted November 21, 2006


There's a new vampire in town...

Dear Mom,

I might be a wee bit late for Cousin Missy's wedding. It's been a tough week. Turns out, my blind date from hell was literally from hell. Guy bit me. Next thing I know, I'm being chased all over the city by vampire hunters. And did I mention that I got fired, too?

Bright side-I met a man. Thierry de Bennicoeur. How great is that name? Anyway, he's sexy, six-hundred years old, and a tad suicidal, but no one's perfect, right? And we have a deal-he's gonna show me the ropes of the vampire world, and I'm supposed to help him end his existence. Or maybe I'll just try to convince him life is worth living-no small challenge with the mostly immortal, let me tell you. I'll admit it's a complicated relationship. But with any luck, I just might have a date for that wedding after all...

Hugs and Kisses,

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Bitten and Smitten
(Immortality Bites: Book 1)
by Michelle Rowen

Warner Books (Forever)
January 1, 2006
Available: January 1, 2006
ISBN #0446617008
EAN #9780446617000
400 pages
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