One Bite With A Stranger by Christine Warren Review
One Bite With a Stranger by Christine Warren is the first book in The Others series, though it was published out of order.
"When Regina’s friends insist on setting her up a “Fantasy Fix” to help her get over her cheating ex, she dreams up some kinky out-of-this-world encounters that they could never possibly bring to life. But the next thing Regina knows, her friends have got her laced into a shiny black corset, tight leather pants, and a sexy pair of stilettos. It’s time for some downtown vampire-fantasy fun. . . .
The Vampire Ball in Manhattan’s East Village isn’t really Dmitri Vidâme’s idea of a good time, but as a member of the Council that governs the Others, he has to keep an eye on all the young vamps who prey on the pretenders. After he feasts his dark eyes on fiery Regina at the bar, he knows that he must have her. But for the first time Dmitri meets a woman who is more than a match for his indomitable will. And he may be the fantasy Regina hoped for… until she—and her feisty friends—discover her sexy new lover’s bloodsucking secret…"
Like the back of the book says, One Bite With a Stranger is about a woman, Regina, who is brought by her friends to a themed club in order to meet a guy to get over her ex. However, she ends up meeting a real life sexy vampire instead of just a guy in a costume. Though slightly unnerved by Dmitri at first, the two fall into a very steamy romance.
I picked this book up after coming across it online. I was looking for a light read that was outside of the few series I had been reading at the time. I found this book as very fast moving and easy to get through, perfect for the light read I was looking for, though this book didn't draw me in and keep me needing to read at all hours of the day.
The book revolves around Regina's and Dmitri's romance, starting with them meeting at a club. I was actually sort of surprised because there really was no build up of them getting to know each other or them being in a situation where they spend more time together. Dmitri, as sexy as he is, is a very archaic character and simply decided he wanted Regina and more or less dominated her in order to get back to her apartment. I find that a bit off in a romance novel as, well, going that direct isn't exactly romantic. However, the book doesn't completely lack romance. Dmitri has his moments where he is definitely a lot softer toward Regina and even sweet.
I did find this book enjoyable despite the man's archaic and over-dominant ways. I was also surprised by just how many detailed sex scenes there were. It's not that I am against them, after all it is a romance novel and they often have these scenes, but this book was full of steamy, descriptive, sex scenes. I feel that some readers may be put off by this while this may be a quality in a book that others look for. To each his/her own.
Overal I did like the book and would recommend it to friends, with the warning of more explicit material that the romance novels I usually read. As many sex scenes as there was, they were not distasteful. The book was not capturing enough that I have ever felt the need to continue the series though I still keep it in mind for the future if I am ever looking for a similar light read.