Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: A Bite In Time
Authors: Viki Lyn and Vina Grey
Series: Orbus Arcana #2
Heroes: John Reeder and Vincent Kamateros
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 178 Pages
Publisher: Viki Lyn and Vina Grey
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: A dangerous secret, a vampire, plus one sexy cop is a recipe for trouble.
JOHN REEDER has accepted his love for VINCENT KAMATEROS, but he doesn’t know his lover is a vampire. When a killer targets Vincent, John has to deal with uncovered secrets that blow his life apart.
Will Vince reveal his true nature to protect the cop who has come to mean more than his own life? In doing so, he might ruin his only chance for a ‘happy ever after’ with John.
Review: Book One, For the Bite of It, was reviewed back in April 2014 – Susan’s Review.
She gives a great summary, and it will help refresh the back story for those of you who may not have read Book One recently.
In A Bite in Time, we pick up almost immediately from where For the Bite of It left off. Vincent and John are on a vacation together after having pretty much committed themselves to the relationship and its future. However… John is still very much in the closet and this very much bothers Vin. Vin is still not completely honest with his lover which is a big problem for John.
Things get even more complicated when Vincent is out jogging one day and discovers a body. Yup, now he’s involved in another of Johns’ investigations. To add to the trouble, there are suspicious markings on the body that lead right back to Vin’s door, as he is an expert on said markings.
So now we know there is someone, linked to Vincent’s vampire life, killing people in Arizona, and John is in the cross-fire. Ruh-Ro, Shaggy.
In order to protect John and the good people of Arizona, Vin requests access to all the exile’s addresses and information, because it turns out the two victims are exiles. The marking is an old marking, not used any more, for traitors, and it is suspected another vampire is killing these exiles.
Though no one knows why the exiles are targeted, it becomes clear that both John and Vin are somehow involved.
Without giving away the punch line, there is an epic battle, near death experience, confessions both good and bad, and an ending that leaves us with a very solid HEA/HFN with a promise of Book Three to answer our unresolved questions.
I agree with Susan that without A Bite in Time, For the Bite of It would have been very frustrating. I was glad to have it at my fingertips, as I finished For the Bite of It and cried… wait! What happens next???
However, that frustration doesn’t diminish the excellence of the writing, the world building, the characterizations and the story line. Both books have a little mini-mystery to solve and yet the bulk of the story revolves around character development and their relationship. To me, this is a perfect blend for a romance. Something to move the story forward and give our MCs something to struggle against, but the bulk of the story should be about the romance. (IMHO)
I just loved Vincent’s adoration of John and vice versa. In For the Bite of It, I was a little put off by John’s turn around and acceptance of Vin’s advances, it felt so sudden. But once he ran with it, I felt he was very consistent. He trusted Vincent, but only so much, therefore he really couldn’t come “out” with so many doubts left circling around in his head.
I also loved the secondary characters, Free, Sera, Angelo, each well crafted and very three-dimensional.
One other thing I really appreciated was the use of Vin’s powers. Now that they are restored, he uses them with equanimity. I think paranormal books where nothing “special” happens but for one or two pages are leaving out some of what makes these books so magical. So when Vin hops in and out of places or glamours someone, I gave a little cheer each time.
The ending will leave you hanging a little, but there’s a blurb about Book Three so have no fear! It’s also a very satisfying ending, and should Three never manifest, it leaves you in a happy place.
I really enjoyed both books and recommend them.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*
**PS – Both books are Free with Kindle Unlimited