For the Bite of It by Viki Lyn and Vina Grey is a departure from the usual vampire fare. One of the main characters, Vincent Esposito is a vampire and a baker who runs around in the daytime. Vincent is not only hiding the fact that he’s a vampire; he’s keeping some serious family secrets. Meanwhile, the other main character, John Reeder is a detective hunting up a killer and hiding firmly in the closet.
Lyn and Grey work well together as a team in this opening episode of Vampire in Exile. The scenes between Vincent and John are fraught with sexual tension as they try to solve the mystery surrounding the death of Vincent’s landlord.
The story moves back and forth between Vincent’s life as a vampire and baker, and John’s life as young detective trying to resolve a puzzling mystery. For the Bite of It successfully combines a murder mystery with a romance and a paranormal tale of vampires.
The Vampire Council and the world of vampires weaves cleverly into the murder mystery, as does the romance between Vincent and John. Some entertaining secondary characters, Detective Free Norman and Angelo DeLuca also spice up the story.
For the Bite of It is a refreshing read with some interesting plot twists. There are some weaknesses in the story, particularly, the ending, which feels somewhat rushed. Still, the next episode promises to answer some of the questions left unresolved in For the Bite of It. This romance is definitely worth 3.5 stars.
Originally reviewed for Two Lips Reviews
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
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