- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st Edition edition (Aug. 31 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312367287
- ISBN-13: 978-0312367282
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 522 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,542,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Love Bites Hardcover – Aug 31 2010
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"The fast and furious final pages will leave fans hoping for a third installment.” --Publishers Weekly
"Charming!" --The Romantic Times
“Adrienne has taken a very tired genre and super-injected it with a hyper-charged blast of raw sexual energy. A wild, tense, exciting ride that instantly grabs you by the neck and doesn't let go!"
-- Rob Zombie, director of The Devil’s Rejects and Halloween
"Love Bites is pure fun from beginning to end."
--David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Creepers
"A fast, funny, sexy take on Hollywood vampires. Her vampires are not only divine, they're famous!"
--Anne Stuart, New York Times bestselling author of Fire and Ice
"An engaging, sinister romp.”
--Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, creator of the Saint-Germain vampire series
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This book didn't disappoint. Lots of Hollywood, fashion, etc. Some humor, although rather black at times. But what I wasn't expecting was a really well crafted, well edited and well-plotted story. There is lots of gore including flying body parts, some sex, but also major additions to vampire lore that get expounded upon in greater detail with this second book. The author spins a very engrossing tale, with a new take on the lore, with interesting characters and I, for one, really hopes she makes it a trilogy, at the very least.
The biggest problem I had with this book was it was just so over the top and the author wanted it to be "educational". An outrageous amount of time was spent talking about the types of vampires and weres and not nearly enough went to making an entertaining story. It tried to be a mystery, but was absolutely obvious. It might have passed as paranormal romance, but that wasn't great either. Mostly, it was just lame.
I'd like to say that I read this one without reading book one so that may have had something to do it I believe that if I had read it though and it was written the same way that I would have liked it even less.
It had great potential with a 450 year old "original" vampire that was born and not changed, passing herself off as a Hollywood 3rd generation movie star. In this case the owner of her film studio with a clan of vampires. Many of these are past Hollywood actors that were thought to have been dead for years. As I said it had too many filler type tangents that took away from the story though. If it weren't for those, I'd have rated it a lot higher but ad it was I could only give it 2-3 stars tops so I'm going with a 2.5.
This is Ovsanna Moore's deceit and moral dilemma; never mind the other beasties. Can she ever truly feel love or anything? Is Peter destined for severe anemia? I hope to see as the series progresses. I hope Ms Barbeau keeps on writing.
Love Bites, the second in her Vampyres of Hollywood series, is a funny, scary, tense thriller that demonstrates that Barbeau is more than just a pretty face. Beverly Hills homicide detective Peter King met writer/producer/star Ovsanna Moore during the investigation of a string of brutal murders dubbed the Cinema Slayer case. During the case of that investigation in which they vanquish the killer, Peter learns that Ovsanna is a 400-year-old vampire named Ovsanna Hovannes Garabedian, and is the top vampire in Tinsel Town. Things get a bit complicated, however, when they develop a more than casual interest in each other.
Now, someone wants Osvanna dead, and that someone is not human. Peter quite literally has his hands full as he juggles his feelings for Osvanna, the need to keep the relationship a secret from his boss (since, Osvanna is still a suspect in the Cinema Slayer case because the killer was a vampire, and Peter can’t tell his boss that they’ve already killed her), the jealousy of Osvanna’s personal assistant and lover, Maral, and the challenge of staying getting a jump on a pack of inhuman (meaning non-human) killers before the body count becomes unmanageable.
Barbeau nails the Hollywood scene as only an insider could, but she does it with a skill with words that few performers, accustomed to speaking words written by others, possess. The wittiness is as biting as a vampire’s fangs, and the action’s nonstop.