Once Bitten (Alexa O'Brien Huntress, #1)
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Alexa O'Brien has never been like other people. A hunter of supernatural rogues, she is a werewolf with unusual but extraordinary power. Power that draws her to Arys Knight, the mysterious vampire who awakens her dark side. What they create together is dangerous and binding, forcing her to question the source of her abilities. It threatens not only her remaining humanity,...more
Kindle Edition, 2nd Edition, 254 pages
Published April 30th 2011 by Dark Mountain Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
It's not very often that I can't complete a book. Unfortunately, this one falls into that category. The story reads like it was written by an amateur who is in desperate need of a better editor. After struggling my way to page 162, I read the following sentences and had to go ahead and call it quits -
"My jaw dropped in horror. In his hand, illuminated by the glove box light, was a spare tampon that I had tossed in there in case of emergency.
"For those not so fresh days, huh Alexa?"
Yep, I was...more
Mara
An interesting story that, unfortunately, fell flat for me. And I can't really say why. :O

-It's true there's not much world-building, but given the plot, it wasn't a must as it's a standard "world" in UF. On the other side, some magic needs some explaining.
The monsters are real and not downplayed for the audience. Vampires kills, were too (which is good).
- The heroine is a strong woman who survived tragedy both on the physical and mental "plane".

All of these should have make this book one I...more
Mistik INK
Kindle freebie.

Dark UF/PNR Awesomeness!
If you like dark PNR, many supes, kick ass heroines with imperfections, H/h embracing their non human nature and a fantastic love triangle then you will likely enjoy this book. I apsolutely loved it!


One POV.

It's unfortunate this book has been receiving some poor reviews but then again, none of my friends have read it, so I guess I'll be first to say that is was all around fabulous PNR book with shifters, vampires, demons, magic, witches, perhaps some ange...more
Amanda
I just didn't really enjoy this book. It had enough that I was able to stick with it, but I felt like I was missing a piece of the puzzle through most of it. There were things that were happening (metaphysical powers, were powers, vampire powers) that just didn't flow with the story and should have been better explained early on in the book. It seemed like that stuff was mentioned and I was just expected to know what those powers (and consequently the results of those powers like psi balls) were...more
Cheryl M-M
Conceptually done before, but then again what hasn't been done before in the supernatural genre. It could have been a lot better, but failed to bring the money to the bank in the end.
Not sure if I can put my finger on what was wrong. It seemed a little disjointed at times, which meant it didn't flow evenly. The characters were underdeveloped and that was a shame. Lee has created a strong female and male lead with a lot of potential, so perhaps that is something we will see in the next book.
Some...more
SavannahNorway aka SN
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Victoria Limbert
I really wanted to give this more stars. One I gave purely because that front cover is beautiful! Another star I gave because even though I found the story somewhat disjointed and lacked flow at times I liked the theme, the magic elements Alexa's struggles and with the problems the author threw at her. The third star I gave because I enjoyed the characters/personalities of those around the Alexa, yet I failed to connect with Alexa herself. I would have liked to see Shaz and Arys develop more as...more
Kristy
I found this book on Amazon as a free read. As most free reads I am skeptical of whether or not it will be good or lack a plot. This is another writer who has slowly changed my views. Not only did it have plot but the feelings that the writer brought up in me were crazy. I felt, lust, hate, anger, love, sadness, and many more emotions.

The story revolves around a werewolf named Alexa who was changed when she was just a little girl who watched her parents die. She survived the change from the bit...more
Shay Williams
I was to sum this book up on one word it would be 'Incredible'. I actually picked this book up for free through Amazon and I am so glad that I did as I will now be following this series.



Written in first person (and a very good first person at that) from Alexa's viewpoint, the reader is able to get up close and personal with her strengths and weaknesses. We get to see her grow and stumble backwards. And I do have to say that I find Lex to be the perfect blend of kick ass and insecurities to be an...more
Cindy
OOOoooh wow! I LOVE finding new authors that are wonderful! This was a free read and now I'm going hunting for more of her work and will gladly pay for it. This was one damn good read!

Alexa O'Brien is a Werewolf and has an abundance of metaphysical magic. Arys is a Vampire with metaphysical magic that calls to Alexa, and he is attracted to her more and more each time he sees her. They eventually fall into each others arms, co-mingling their magics, each gaining a little of what the other has. Bu...more
Sharon Kennedy
This was quite a well written story, whereby a werewolf has a mystical connection to a vampire, but is also in love with another wolf. The angst that this caused our lovely heroine unfortunately reminded me of the Anita Blake stories, where she ends up sleeping with vampires, werewolves, etc etc etc, and this seems to be heading in the same direction.
The back story was interesting - someone or something is killing the former lovers of the Alpha werewolf, and is trying to set him up - but I do fe...more
Brenda
Once Bitten is a mix of urban fantasy and paranormal romance with some mystery thrown in for good measure. Yes, there are steamy scenes, but the author works them in with the plot, not as the focus of story. The main character, Alexa, is strong but not bitchy, and she kicks supernatural butt with the best of them. She's drawn to Shaz, a werewolf and a friend who can comfort her own wolf and offer support in her chaotic life. Too bad she can't shake an attraction and the lure of power from Arys,...more
Lauren
This book was a bit confusing. There was a lot going on here, with so many characters to keep track of... & the lack of world building - made this story very hard to follow at first but it's easily picked up.

Our protagonist, Alexa O'Brien was very likeable in some ways. But more then anything, Alexa annoyed me - she was one of those girls who had to have the interest of every male in the story. Boy Hopping aside, Alexa was a cool chick. She was strong, independent but not so independent that...more
Izzy
*This is currently a freebie on the kindle*

I felt that I was left out of the story quite often, specifically when it came to the magic side of things. Having finished reading this book, I've since found out there are two prequels priced at 99p and it's preferred that you read the prequels before starting the first book.

I couldn't connect with Alexa that well. Although somewhat toned down, she's a typical annoying, mouthy, fiery, "kick-ass" urban fantasy heroine. The story still continued to int...more
Dora-lee
This incredible book should come with a different kind of Warning lable with it . HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!!! I was NOSE TO SCREEN from the begining to end and craving MORE .
Alexa has grown and matured into a wolf that is finally finding what and where she should be and lucky girl to have to suffer while being drawn to a SEXY , Wolf (Shaz) and the EROTICLY SEXY Vampire Arys . What a surprise when more and more of her hidden energies are exposed and enhanced from ONE night of temptation . Was better the...more
Jamie
Niiiiiice.

Sexy wolves, delicious vamps, awesome shifters, and unique powers.

This was a really good book, and i liked it a lot. I'm leaning towards Alexa with Arys though. Just so you know. I mean, Shaz sound really sweet and all, but it didn't feel that real to me. I felt like he so comforting to her that they should remain friends.

…But, that's just me. I'm into that HOLY SHIT DID YOU FEEL THAT? kind of feelings when a main character is with someone. It depends though.

I took away a star becau...more
Leslie
First off, this was a well written book. I don't really know why I wasn't more into the book. I guess to me I felt the story was a little disjointed. There wasn't a nice flow to the narration. I was a little surprised that I wasn't more taken with the book. To me, there was just something off that kept me from being engrossed in the story. Maybe I really wasn't taken with the characters in the book as I usually am with books that I really like. And also didn't like how the story jumped from one...more
Janell
I couldn't get into it. Reading it was a chore. I got halfway through it before I was literally screaming in frustration. The heroine of the book was a shallow, short-sighted hussy. The first real sexual interlude was with a poorly introduced character that I didn't even really care for enough to find attractive. The redeeming male character she was "really" in love with, I was hoping he'd run in the opposite direction, because Alexa was not anywhere near good enough for him. And Raoul was a poo...more
Care
Got as an ebook freebie.

If one ignores the demented relationships, than I suppose it wasn't that bad. But seriously. Lets all get the hots for the guy who uses us for sex. (view spoiler) and the guy who kills people for food because "drinking blood with out the kill is like sex without the orgasm" so she accepts and gets it that he is a murderer and it "exc...more
Jessica Cauthon
When I first started reading this book, I really thought I was going to have to stop reading it simply because it felt like it was going to read like every other supernatural romance novel out there. Instead, it took an interesting turn, and the momentum started to build.

The characters were amazing. Well, the main ones were: Arys, Alexi, and Shaz. A couple of the background werewolves were very well-rounded, but other than Kale and Jez, most of the beings she worked with fell flat. Veryl really...more
Karen
Good start to a series

Ok, this was a nice introduction to characters that I hope will continue to grow and change. The story itself was good and allowed you to follow along easily enough. There seemed to be several things being introduced about the characters but it was handled well enough that it was not confusing. The characters were fairly well fleshed out and I expect to have those which were not to be eventually. The world they inhabit is a little murky but recognizable as the same one we l...more
Krissy
This mess is WAY too long and convoluted. Over 600 pages, this could easily have been cut into two books, or better still, lose the filler. I couldn't believe how many chapters passed after the first villain was conquered, or how many were useless. Did we really need to stop while the characters are supposed to be chasing Zoey so the author could introduce the lesbian tiger, have her hit on six female strangers just to make sure we get the point, and then show that she's interested in Alexa too?...more
Yuri Bellamy
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Zoe
If you like Laurell Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong or C.J.Ellison then you have got to read this. Just amazing. It has the usual paranormals but very uniquely assembled. The deapth of emotion and personalities of the character's comes across with such claity, while the story grips you and keeps you guessing and on your toes. The descriptions and atmosphere are truly unrivaled. I just think I found my new favourite author. A truly talented writer, you are missing out by not having read this book!
Holly
One of the first super mixed up paranormal book I've read in a long time. While the world building was sort of non-existent, it didn't really need to be there. Throw in some vampires, werewolves, two hot male leads vying for the lead female's attention, and lots of actions scenes, and you've basically got the gist of Once Bitten.

The actions in this book is perfect. Really, really perfect. Alexa is kick-ass enough to be interesting, and really strong. Then the other side characters are equally pr...more
Erica
I'm not big about writing reviews, lazy ass me! But this book deserves some words! Right from the start I was enthralled.! I looooove Alexa, she is my kind of woman! And who does not love a love triangle? I know I do... The book has a good balance so it's not to much squishy squishy love stuff... some sex, some love... As I said, a very good balance! I'm totally reading the second one! Gogogo Trina! I loved it!
Zafia
I really enjoyed this book. Although I loved the ending I'm still a bit miffed that there would be no revenge for Alexa. I like the plot and the writing style even more than the 2 prequels. It felt smoother than those. I really like Shaz - Still a bit unsure of Arys. Not sure if he's one of the good guys yet or if he swings the other way. Anyway I can't wait to read the next book.
Megan
I couldn't. Just couldn't get into this book like i wanted to. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad book. It just lacked a certain flow. Although I loved most of the characters, I did not love Alexa so much. She was selfish and lacked any kind of conscience. Those two things combined made it really hard to enjoy the book.
Lindsay
I really enjoyed this fantasy story. Alexa was the main character whose family was attacked by a werewolf with Alexa being the only survivor turned were. She is no ordinary werewolf though, not only does she work for an organisation who tracks rogue paranormals, she has extra magic power. This power attracts her to a powerful vampire. She has been trying to resist for some time but gives in with interesting consequences - a link to each other's attributes! This has interesting effects both posit...more
Michelle Bradway
I enjoyed this book. It wasn't one of my absolute favorites, but it's one that I would recommend to someone who likes books with supernatural beings. I really liked the twist where Arys and Alexa are linked after their night together. I was torn between wanting Alexa to be with Arys and then wanting her to be with Shaz. Shaz is super sweet and seems like the perfect guy for her. Arys is the bad boy, but more than that he actually has feelings towards Alexa which makes him even more appealing. In...more
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Trina M. Lee writes paranormal fiction that is dark, gritty and violent with a twist of romance, eroticism and horror. She has been immersed in the thrilling world of vampires and werewolves since childhood. She has dabbled in erotic romance as well.

Trina lives in Alberta, Canada with her fiancé, daughter and three cats. She loves to hear from readers via email or Twitter.
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