"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
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