Blood Bath & Beyond (Immortality Bites Mystery #1)
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Blood Bath & Beyond (Immortality Bites Mystery #1)

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Sarah Dearly is adjusting to life as a fledgling vampire, satisfying her cravings at vampire-friendly blood banks. But when her fiancé Thierry takes a job with the Ring—the secret council in charge of keeping vampires in line—Sarah’s about to get more than a taste of danger…

Being engaged to a centuries-old master vampire can be challenging—especially when he takes a job wi...more
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Published August 7th 2012 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published August 1st 2012)
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Rane


Vampires got it rough.

In recent years they've gone from feared creatures then to sexual and sensual and now sparkle teen heart throbs with great hair.

Thankfully Michelle Rowen makes her vampires have middle ground and making them pretty normal and badass. Then again what's normal now of days?

Still a newbie vampire, Sarah Dearly is getting use to her new life as a vampire. With a diet of blood and a hate for anyone able to eat that tasty sweet treat. She's happy and thankful to have her fia...more
Heather Dearly
Blood Bath & Beyond is a clever paranormal mystery with laugh-out-loud moments that charm the reader; an easy read seasoned with seriously fun helpings of vampire heroine Sarah Dearly’s signature wit and trouble magnet ways.

This book is the first in a new series, and author Michelle Rowen transitions established and beloved characters from paranormal romance to the paranormal mystery genre with style and ease.

You do not have to have read her Immortality Bites series to appreciate her new Imm...more
Amanda
i loved the last series with Sarah and Thiery, i was hoping this new branch off series was going to be just as good. it didnt disappoint! great story that had me guessing and falling in love with the characters all over again. cant wait for the next installment :-)
Felicia
Read for Profiling Mysteries Event (Bought for Myself)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.75

First Thought when Finished: What a wicked fun read that will have you giggling and then going WTF!

What I Thought of the Case: Blood Bath & Beyond is the first in a new Cozy Paranormal Mystery series. This particular case is about proving how Sarah Dearly's very old vampire fiance, Thierry, just did not commit a murder that he was accused of. Sarah is a magnet for trouble and tha...more
Jennifer
My review will prob go up next week but I'll put up my fav quotes now :-D

"What's this?"
My mouth had gone dry. "My happy happy balloon. I got it from a clown named Mr. Chuckles."
His lips curved up at the edge. "I thought you were going to the airport?"
"I did."
"You stopped by a circus on the way home?"

"I love him," I said simply, as if that would smooth everything over.
"But he's so completely different from you. You are lightness and joy and humor and he's...well, he's none of those things."

"You h...more
Text Addict
I wanted to like this book more than I did. In fact, I wanted to want to finish it. But alas, all I could come up with was a big "ho hum."

I did think the author was being a bit daring by starting her series after the heroine and the romantic lead had hooked up. Apparently, according to Sarah, it was quite the adventure - what with her being turned into a vampire and pursued by "hunters" and falling for a much older vampire named Thierry. The actual novel, though, starts when Thierry gets an ass...more
Michelle Tempted By Books
I was very excited to find that Thierry and Sarah had another book. I recalled enjoying the previous books, back a few years ago. I was grateful for the refresher though, as I have read so many books since I was suffering from some confusion. Michelle was able to get me back up to speed without bogging down the book so that was a plus. I have to say though that after reading, I am trying to remember why I like Sarah before? Honestly the woman is insanely naive and far too accident prone. Though...more
Melodiacat
Blood Bath & Beyond
By: Michelle Rowen
Published by: Signet
Published on: August 7, 2012
Reviewed by: Maria G.
Publishers Blurb: Sarah Dearly is adjusting to life as a fledgling vampire, satisfying her cravings at vampire-friendly blood banks. But when her fiancé Thierry takes a job with the Ring—the secret council in charge of keeping vampires in line—Sarah’s about to get more than a taste of danger…

Being engaged to a centuries-old master vampire can be challenging—especially when he takes a j...more
Jennifer Loiske
I'm a huge fan of Michelle Rowen so when the Autumn depression hit me I knew exactly what book I should read. BLOOD BATH & BEYOND continues Michelle Rowen's exhilarating, well written row of books.

Sarah is as sassy as before and Thierry as stone-faced as usual. Thierry has been offered a new job with the frightening organization full of the creepiest vampires of all times. He agrees to join them as they make him an offer he just cannot refuse. Sarah decides to go with him but before Thierry...more
Melodie
I really liked this one! Apparently Michelle Rowen has another series of books with some of these characters, but they look like standard "chick lit" so I'll just go with this series. I do love my vampires and putting them in a mystery is just up my alley. If you enjoy the same, give this one a shot. RECOMMEND!
Jessica
Blood Bath & Beyond is Michelle Rowen's foray into the mystery world! I love a good paranormal mystery and Victoria Laurie's quote on the cover is what led me to try this one out. It was pretty good, but I guess what threw me off was that while this is a NEW series, it's a spinoff of Michelle's previous paranormal romance one that involved the characters. So I missed 5 books worth of info, but again, this is the first in this series.

Yeah, kind of confusing. But like I said, I basically just...more
Cheryl Landmark
I haven't yet read the first series that this one is spawned from, but I had no difficulty getting into this book. There was enough backstory information given to fill in any gaps and Ms. Rowen's excellent writing catapulted me right into the heart of the story.

The plot was fun, wacky and full of humour, but there was also the more serious side of vampirism, violence and cold-blooded murder.

Sarah Dearly was snarky, stubborn, naive, compassionate, determined, and a magnet for trouble, but I loved...more
A.
Sarah Dearly is only months old as a vampire (due to a blind date with an undead), but she is now engaged to a 600 year old Master Vampire named Thierry de Bennicoeur. Thierry takes a fifty-year job with a shadowy group called "the Ring," essentially a vampire counsel. He admits it was an offer he couldn't refuse. This job entails a lot of travel over that next fifty years as well. Thierry is surprised, and a little pleased, that Sarah refuses to sit in Vancouver, but insists on traveling with h...more
Christine
Sarah Dearly is adjusting to life with her fiancee Thierry when he takes a job 'he cannot refuse' with The Ring (organization that manages vampire affairs). They relocate to Vegas so he can investigate a beauty pageant contestant (think Honey Boo Boo). Things get complicated when a series of murders occur and Thierry becomes the main suspect. Have no fear-Sarah is on the case!

Immortality Bites is one of my favorite vampire series for one primary reason-Rowen has the ability to make me laugh. Thi...more
Starry
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Cindy
Vampire Sarah Dearly is the happiest fledgling on the planet. She is engaged to Master vampire Thierry Bennicour, living in his palatial home, drinking from local blood banks...un-life just can't get much better. Thierry then tells her he has taken an investigative position with the "Ring", an organization that polices the behavior of vampires to keep everyone from letting the public know they are real. This is OKay with Sarah, it just means they will be traveling for the next 50 years, as that...more
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
This is the first book in a new mystery series based on a series called Immortality Bites - a paranormal romance series. I haven't read the paranormal romance series, since it really isn't my thing (the romance part), but I didn't find myself adrift at all reading this book.

I'm also not a fan of inner dialogue, and this book has a lot of it - she's angsty about marring a vampire several centuries older than she, worried about whether he'll be found guilty of a crime he didn't commit, and adrift...more
Jan
This is the first book in the Imortality Bites Mystery series and features fledgling vampire, Sarah Dearly and her Master Vampire fiance, Thierry from the Immortality Bites romance series. Thierry has been told that he will be working for the mysterious Ring organization that monitors vamp behavior around the world. Sarah decides to join him on his adventures rather than waiting around for an occasional visit. Their first assignment takes them to Las Vegas to investigate a child vampire who is w...more
Jemma Gutierrez
I just figured out this is actually some kind of a spin-off series with the same characters, whom i have come to adore so much...

The original series tells the story of how our two lovely characters have come to know each other. I have seen the original book and the cover turned me off (seriously book cover makers or whatever they call you guys: What the heck? Your job is supposed to turn people on not the other way around!) , Jeez...

Ok so, because of the cover and some bad reviews i intention...more
Melliane
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I already read a few adventures of Sarah Dearly through the first saga of Michelle Rowen, but I was quite surprised to find that the author had started another series featuring Thierry. I think this one could perfectly continue the Immortality Bites one. This is what surprised me, I did not really expect to have a real continuity in the story but it is still nice to see how our characters have evolved. I think the first series allowed us to really get to kno...more
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
BB & B is a welcome return to Sarah Dearly. Theres more of her fabulous sarcastic wit, and of course she always manages to find herself in the middle of things.

Although you can start this series without having read the Immortality Bites series, I'm glad I have just for the background on what has already transgressed between Sarah and Thierry. (I have certainly got myself a thing for the tall, dark, and handsome brooding vampire - honestly who wouldn't want some more of him?)

Michelle has - ea...more
Alice Liu
This is a fun supernatural mystery along the line of Cozy mysteries. There is constant action and funny character conflicts (with very different and interesting personality types). My only issue is with the heroine, Sarah Dearly. She is a bit superficial: She is constantly being told how special she is simply because she displays the emotional posturing of a socially conditioned "nice girl." She interrupts moments of crises to insist on talking about her feelings. Put next to a vapid fashionista...more
Virginia
fun, easy reading. a lot of allusions to the previous series, but not so you couldn't follow or guess what happened. I enjoyed following Sarah as she tried to solve the murders, and I was actually surprised by the culprit. I feel like Sarah can certainly grow/mature some, but i also feel like she's geoing that way in the books, and isn't static.
Rebecca
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

I enjoyed this book, but I just wasn't sold on the romance part of this pnr cozy. Thierry, the hero, just seemed really standoffish, and I wasn't really sure why Sarah was in love with him. I assumed from reading the book that this was the second or third book in the series, but it turns out that it's the first. However, this book is apparently a spin-off, so that might explain my confusion.

That said, the mystery was engaging and the heroine was very likeable. She wasn't a M...more
Elizabeth Dodd
I have enjoyed this series.
The author manages a deft touch with her combination of humor and danger. As unlikely as the basic plot may be, the characters are interesting enough to carry the story.
This is an enjoyable read.
Good fun
Shanna
Those of you who have read the Immortality Bites series will love this one! Although, if you haven't read the Immortality Bites series, you would be fine starting with Blood Bath & Beyond. But then go read the series - trust me you won't regret it! Getting caught up in Sarah's world is just too easy to do. A self proclaimed magnet for trouble, Sarah finds just about more trouble then she can handle in this one! I definitely enjoyed the cross over from romance to mystery, however I found I di...more
melissa
So, first in a new series is really a bit misleading as evidently these are characters from the Immortality Bites series. I kept feeling like I was missing something as characters mention past events and what not, but then I flipped to the cover, read "First" and just figured maybe stuff would be explained later. Nope. This really probably needs to be marketed with the other series. While I enjoyed it, I probably would have enjoyed it more had I read the series in order and knew about Thierry &...more
Jody
This is shown as the first book in a series, but in doing some searching on what the hell seemed to happen before this book. Turns out there are like 5 others before it branches off on this part of the series. Kind of pissed b/c i dont like reading in the middle of a series.
Deborah
I was sad when Sarah and Thierry's story ended in the Immortality Bites series. So, I was thrilled to see a new mystery series with the vampire couple playing detectives. They are still going through their share of trouble, but their love and determination to stay together keeps this team on top off those wishing to do harm to others and to them. Sarah still wants to see the good in everyone. Thierry is still extremely protective of Sarah, but somehow, between Sarah stumbling into more trouble t...more
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