Reviewed by Susan65
Title: For the Bite of It
Author: Viki Lyn and Vina Grey
Series: Orbus Arcana #1
Heroes: Vincent Kamateros and John Reeder
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 181 pages
Release Date: Re-released March 20, 2014
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes
Blurb: Re-released with additional ending.
A vampire, a cupcake, plus one sexy cop, is a recipe for trouble.
VINCENT KAMATEROS is an exiled vampire making a routine living as the owner of a cupcake bakery in Arizona. Until a car with a dead driver crashes through the wall of his shop, bringing after it, All-American, closeted cop, JOHN REEDER. Smitten the instant he sees John, but bound to silence by the Vampire High Council, he can never reveal his true self to John.
John Reeder can’t control his attraction to the sexy Italian baker. But as addictive as the sex is, John can’t overcome his fear of rejection for being gay, and open his heart to a man with so many secrets.
I tend to find myself, from time to time, migrating towards stories with less-than stellar ratings; I’ve found a few gems out there that I would have never read had I not given the story a fair chance on my own. I also seem to love what some have not, and disliked what other’s loved, so when I was approached about reading For the Bite of It, which was re”vamp”ed and given an extended ending I thought, why not, let’s go for it and see what’s what…and I’m glad that I did.
Vincent is an exiled vampire who was cast out from his family and his position as heir to throne by the Vampire High Council for a crime he did not commit. His love and the safety of and for his family were worth the banishment, even though he is very much missing them and the loss of his powers. Seriously, a vampire without his powers is like a cup of hot cocoa without whipped cream, you just can’t have one without the other without feeling the loss.
John is a closeted, sometimes real jack-ass of a cop who is investigating a murder and Vincent is front and center as his primo suspect and, unfortunately, John is strongly attracted to the man as well. Horrible news for a guy who wants to remain in the closet. He plays a terrible game of “mixed-signals” with Vincent, and the two stay on a collision course of “should we or shouldn’t we”, mixed in with some pretty steamy sex.
This is a fast paced murder mystery slash paranormal with a side dish of secrets and lies on both John’s and Vincent’s parts. John just confuses the hell out of Vincent and for a vampire that’s been around a long time that is no easy feat. Vincent on the other hand is forced to keep his lineage and vampirism a secret or risk John’s life. Not the best recipe for a vampire baker and human cop who are trying to find their footing in the romantic relationship arena. Trust is a big deal and that’s just not in the cards for these guys right now.
For the Bite of It is book one in the Orbus Arcana series and thus far we are left with quite a few unanswered questions. The secrets are numerous and I foresee that the repercussions will be abundant in the next book. However, John and Vincent have decided to make a go of it and for now Vincent’s true identity is still unknown to John. As hot headed as John is I can just imagine the fight that will ensue when he finds out. It won’t be pretty.
So back to less-than stellar reviews mentioned above; I can totally see where they came from without the extended ending and revisions. Yes, we are still left with some unfinished business, but the series is as yet unfinished and the answers are forthcoming, so with that said, I feel confident in recommending this series for those looking for a fast paced, work-in-progress vampire paranormal.
Overall Impression: I Really Liked It
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*