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One Bite With A Stranger (The Others #1)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,077 Ratings  ·  316 Reviews

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 va

Mass Market Paperback, 332 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2003)
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Ilse Snell
Dec 04, 2013 Ilse Snell rated it did not like it
This book was pathetic – at best.
With so many reasons why it was an epic fail… I shall refrain from listing it all, in case I once again end up in a bitching tirade, wondering “who publishes such crap?!”

The story starts with Regina and her friends from the Upper East Side Manhattan (very reminiscent of Sex in the City) playing a party game called “fantasy fix”.
Normally, I would have considered the name of the game as a warning enough… as a big red sign flashing “Caution do not proceed!” but et
This was one sizzling hot read! Regina and Dimitri are my favourite book couple ever! I love the shite outta them and that will never change!
Feb 25, 2011 valee rated it it was ok
Well let me all tell you I got a huge SURPRISE while reading this book. I started it thinking it would be just another light paranormal read and from one minute to the other I was thinking WTF? I think it's important to know for all the ones who are about to start this book that this is not paranormal romance, it's actually erotica. It has paranormal in it, but not much.

Still it was a fast entertaining read and I enjoyed it. Nothing very memorable but not bad. What I liked the most about it was
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
2.5 stars. Better than book #2, but still not a home run. There's very little plot besides the sex and the vastly annoying friends of Regina's. I would murder almost all of them. Just an FYI, the sex is sub/dom, with some bdsm. Again, not my thing.
First read Jan 2016
Second read July 2016 ( review before reading sequel)
… Now I remember why I did not continue with the series. Yes, it seems like everyone else loves this. The degree to which Reggie's friends bullied her into the fantasy fix, there by bullying her into bed with someone when she really didn't want to was really uncomfortable--even though it was just supposed to be snarky and funny, the sexual coercion just wasn't funny to me.
Julie (jjmachshev)
Oct 07, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
Yep. "One Bite With a Stranger" is the retitled version of "Fantasy Fix", an early title by Christine Warren (Ellora's Cave, 2003). For those of you who weren't willing to pay the $40 most sharks were charging for the few copies available, now you can just pick up this book and you'll have the same story.

Regina and her buds were drunk when they came up with 'Fantasy Fix'--where each of them puts their heads and acquaintances together in an effort to fulfill the fantasies of one of their number.
Jan 01, 2009 Mical rated it it was ok
This story was okay bordering on bleh. Like many of it's genre, it dives into maddening passion and calls it 'eternal love'; though anyone with any sense who's been in a real relationship knows better. Survive the first 10 months, then the first 10 years before you start calling it 'eternal'.

At any rate the female lead is typically 'strong' for this type of story; meaning that she's got a good head on her shoulders and is firmly established in her own right until the first hint of the male lead
Holy crap, this really was a horrible book. I mean , i wish i could enlist one good thing about it. But, nope, no luck there.even the supposedly "witty" quips were not really funny and seemed too thought out for spontaneous situations.You CANNOT just force humour everywhere, there is this thing called 'timing',jeez.

Its starts off with Regina's friends telling her she should participate in the "fantasy fix" which basically means she has to pawn herself off to some random dude and have kinky sex w
I'd sooner read an irritating book than a boring one. At least I get to rage at the former, while I'm getting sleepy with the latter. "One Bite With A Stranger" managed to be both.

To be perfectly honest, I skipped most of Regina/Dmitri first encounter (which took about 1/3 of the book!!!) because of the boring factor. I almost fell asleep, so it was either that or not finish this story at all, which I hate doing. I'm also kind of interested in a few others books in the series, so I decided to gi
Suzan Isik
Feb 25, 2010 Suzan Isik rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010-books
There are few books that I've bought and read and then promptly wanted to return it so I didn't waste my money. I really wanted to like this book. I really did. I tried to like this book. But in the end, I screamed in frustration a lot and tried hard not to throw this book at the wall.

Let's start with Reggie, the supposed heroine. She's supposedly this independent "modern feminist" but it turns out she likes a bit of the kink. This, in itself, isn't exactly bad. What is bad is how contradictory
Jul 27, 2010 Brittany rated it did not like it
Shelves: july-2010
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Laura the Highland Hussy
Okay, so this was a short story by Christine Warren for Elora's Cave, an erotica publisher, and she expanded it to bring it out of retirement, as she will with several other of her ebook short stories. I could not put it down, but conversely I don't think that it was all that incredible a read. Her other "Others" stories are better by far. Next up is You're So Vein, and I hope it does a better job showcasing the NY Others after the unveiling, than this one did as the 6th book, written as Book 1. ...more
I read this years ago and remember not liking it that much, but thinking it was alright. Regardless my faith in this author was renewed with Big Bad Wolf( The Others #2 ).
Nov 13, 2014 Kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1st-in-series
3.5 stars
Funny and entertaining story about a human girl and a Russian vampire. It's also the first book in a series, so I'll check out the next one.
This feels like what it is, a rewrite of an erotic novella. I have a copy of Fantasy Fix from several years ago that I never read, probably still do. This feels like an erotic novel with the story and the getting together and hot sex but this version adds to it and I don't think the storyline ends up smooth. The difference is 100 pages which I would have to believe is the background plot, seeing as much of it feels put in later. I'm tempted in searching for the original and reading it. So the pl ...more
Feb 06, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it
This book opens with our main character, Regina McNeill, drunk as a skunk with a bunch of girlfriends at her apartment. But Reg sobers up pretty quickly when they bring up the "Fantasy Fix" that they all agreed to. The Fantasy Fix is where the ladies in this group (5 total I believe) all write down some of their fantasies - and then the group picks one of their fantasies and they help her find a man to make it come true. Sadly Reg was engaged when they came up with the idea so she had no problem ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Oct 18, 2008 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it really liked it
Regina is still getting over her breakup with cheating Greg when her four friends, Ava, Corrine, Missy and Danice, decide it's her turn to be "fixed" - the Fantasy Fix, where they make a fantasy come true for one of them. It's Reggie's turn and they won't hear no, so she writes down some nonsense fantasies like being abducted by aliens and being seduced by a vampire, but then runs out of ideas and puts down a real fantasy: being spanked, bound and dominated.

Her friends take her to the Vampire Ba
Jan 02, 2009 Holly rated it really liked it
Shelves: christine-warren
For months now, Regina's friends have been indulging in a sexual fantasy game they have dubbed "Fantasy Fix". They all have to put their most secret sexual fantasies in a hat and after a fantasy is picked, the friends must do their best to find a guy who can fulfill it for them. After evading her turn for as long as possible, her friends cheerfully coerce her to join their game. Thinking to make her fantasies as difficult as possible to fulfill, she smugly lists her 5 choices. A date with an ali ...more
This is ‘kind’ of my second read One Bite With a Stranger. I read the original book when it was part of her Ellora's Cave Fixed series.

I was actually looking to do a reread when I found out the Fixed series was being rewritten and added to The Others series. I was surprised but I bought book one again and started to read.

At first it was pretty much exactly like the original book but then things started to change and honestly? There is one part of the book where I know something else happened in
May 01, 2016 Snow rated it it was ok
Don't get me wrong there were a few chapters that ... well, let's no get into that let's just say it was hot.

But the secondary characters and the ending ruined the otherwise 3 star book for me. I'm giving it a two because the ahem previous mentioned chapters.
Sep 28, 2010 Jenn rated it did not like it
Why is this book listed as romance? I felt angry reading it, like I just wanted to reach out and throttle the woman. The "fantasy" played out more like rape than anything, and the love scenes that we've come to expect in PR was stretched out FAR too long. Even calling this erotica would be a stretch, IMO.
In a change of pace from her other books (which I flip through poorly written backstory until I find dialouge or smut), I actually found myself skipping past the sex in hopes that I'd find some
Dec 26, 2014 Melindeeloo rated it did not like it
I really tried. One Bite of a Stranger is actually a rework of Warren's Fixed series starter Fantasy Fix which I did read, but didn't love. And I purchased One Bite fully intending to see how Warren spiffed up the book and brought it from novella to novel, but I just couldn't get past the beginning of the book. I found Reggie's first interlude with Dmitri to be so potential-serial-killer-creepy that I couldn't go on. I am not a big fan of the dom/sub thing anyway and where I could see these kind ...more
Andrea Hussey
Jan 03, 2015 Andrea Hussey rated it did not like it
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Jenny Trout
Oct 12, 2009 Jenny Trout rated it it was ok
I think I'm not as into Alpha males as other readers are, which probably impaired my enjoyment of the relationship a bit. But I'm definitely going to check out this author's other books, because the world was really cool, and the author's writing style is very readable.
Sep 07, 2015 Marina rated it really liked it
I am reading this series every which way and backwards. I don't suggest this to other readers because you will get real confused and maybe have headaches. This works for me because I take notes which help me remember the story line. I love this series. I give this book 4.5 stars. It was fun had great chemistry and I read it super fast. I am so glad I found this series. It is awesome!
Mar 09, 2015 Sara rated it did not like it
I would like to say that I'm sorry.
I'm sorry that I ever picked up this book.
And I'm sorry for the rant there is to come.

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So the story... sigh...
Regina is your everyday woman who has just ended a relationsip because the man cheated on her. Her friends and her have this game "fantasy fix", where each time one of them will write down five fantasies and one will be chosen and the others must make it come true. Of course when it's Regina's turn she's not up for it since she just
May 17, 2014 Katja rated it did not like it
Here's the thing: I like romance novels. A romance novel is where two characters meet, fall in love, and end up together ("happily ever after!") either in spite of or because of the adversity that they have faced together. They overcome fears from their pasts, they learn to look past each others' flaws and appreciate each others' strengths. Mushy stuff like that. The romance genre is subject to a lot of little foibles and can be rather formulaic, but it's what I like.

Then we come to One Bit with
Barbara ★
Ladies night out has a different ring for these women - Regina, Danice, Corinne, Ava and Missy. They play a little game where the five of them write down their most secret fantasies and once a month someone is chosen to have a Fantasy Fix where the other four endeavor to create the fantasy for the chosen one. This time it's Regina's turn and since she is reluctant to "play" she makes up an impossible fantasy - to be seduced by a sexy vampire. She's thinking that since vampires don't really exist ...more
May 13, 2010 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers
Good read. For those of us who started with the world of the Others back in the Fantasy Fix ebook days [fyi: Fantasy Fix was rewritten as One Bite With a Stranger] it's good to finally see Ava fall. Her sarcastic 'Queen Bitch' attitude is alive and well - even though it takes a hit when she is violently turned from human to vampire. Her teeth-grinding suppression of her prejudices and fears of the Others community, even and perhaps especially her dearest friends, makes becoming a vampire herself ...more
Jan 29, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-bookshelf
This book was just okay for me. I didn't hate so much that I wanted to throw it out the window but I also wasn't on pins and needles trying to finish. In fact about 100 pages in I found myself just skimming through the rest.

The storyline was intriguing just poorly executed. A group of girl friends decide to create a Fantasy Fix. Each member writes down their top 5 (?) secret sexual fantasies, then they take turns drawing out of a hat to see which fantasy that girl will fullfill with the help of
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The Ultimate ABC ...: One Bite With A Stranger by Christine Warren 1 4 Mar 14, 2012 05:46AM  
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  • No Rest for the Witches (Nightcreature, #7.5) (Magic, #3.5) (The Others, #3.5)
  • Master of Fire (Mageverse #6)
  • Hunted (Vampires in America, #6.5)
  • Mating Claire (Sea Island Wolves, #1)
  • Eternal Hunger (Mark of the Vampire, #1)
  • Claimed by the Wolf (Shadow Guardians, #1)
  • Darkness Revealed (Guardians of Eternity, #4)
  • The Darkest Day (Immortal Heat, #1)
  • Mine
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  • Primal Law (Alpha Pack #1)
  • Dark Awakening (Dark Dynasties #1)
  • Everlasting Kiss (Everlasting, #1)
  • It Happened One Bite (Gentlemen Vampyres, #1)
  • The Vampire and the Virgin (Love at Stake, #8)
Born and raised in coastal New England, Christine Warren lived in the South and the Mid-Atlantic before hopping to the other side of the country to take up the life of a transplant in the Pacific Northwest. She completely bypassed those states in the middle due to her landlocking phobia. Hmm, need to research a scientific term for that...

When not scrambling frantically to complete her latest writi
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“You are a vampire. That's big news in my world. I don't generally date the living dead.

What sort of dead do you usually date?”
“Reggie had to take several deep breaths just to keep from screaming “Take me!” like the heroine in some melodramatic romance novel. Ye gods and little fishes. Would she ever get used to the way this man looked? From the top of his tousled, black hair to the soles of his leather-clad feet, the man oozed masculine perfection. And he was all hers. She offered up a quick and fervent prayer of thanks while he prowled toward her on his hands and knees.
“Help,” she whispered, a small smile curving her lips while lust darkened his eyes. “I think I’m about to be ravished by a wicked vampire. Help. Somebody please help me.”
“There is no one to hear your screams, girl.” He grinned at her, wicked and sexy, while he forced her legs wide apart and crawled between them. “I have you at my mercy.”
“And will you be merciful?” Her question made it clear mercy was the last thing she wanted. She reached out to trace a line down the center of his chest before she wrapped her hand around his erect cock.
“Not even if you beg, milka.
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