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Bitten & Smitten (Immortality Bites #1)

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Dear Mom,

I might be a wee bit late for Cousin Missy’s wedding. It’s been a tough week. Turns out, my blind date from hell was literally from hell. Guy bit me. Next thing I know, I’m being chased all over the city by vampire hunters. And did I mention that I got fired, too?

Bright side-I met a man. Thierry de Bennicoeur. How great is that name? Anyway, he’s sexy, six-hundred
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Forever
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Oct 18, 2010 Bird rated it did not like it
Eh. Another disappointing read. I seem to be having bad luck lately.

The narrator was annoying (why does "funny" paranormal romance/urban fantasy always mean the main character is a complete idiot?) and the plot was dull. I figured most of the plot out way before Sarah did.

The love interest, Thierry, didn't do it for me. They fell for each other much too fast (pet peeve) and didn't even spend enough time together to know if they actually liked one another. Chemistry was lacking, but that might be
Nov 19, 2012 Jam rated it did not like it
Shelves: crap
I saw several aspects which I thought could use improvement (understatement) , or were a severe detraction to any self-respecting vampire romance novel.

First, were the many idiosyncrasies in the series. Where, in any vampire novel, would one find a centuries old vampire who meekly let's himself get killed? In tons of books, of course. But these books normally make use of only one or two, to make the story more interesting. You don't get whole towns of such vampires volunteering to die. They are
Jun 30, 2009 Morgan rated it really liked it
I purchased this book from a library book sale with several other random things. I had no idea this was part of a series, but thought the author sounded weirdly familiar.

The reason was that a month before, while at a used bookstore, I had picked up #4 in this series just thinking it looked interesting. This book is #1. When it came time to read them, it still hadn't occurred to me that I might have another book by this author in the ginormous piles that sit behind my chair. I just happened to pi
Mar 17, 2011 Tessie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, have-in-english
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Amy (Aye.Me?)
Feb 06, 2010 Amy (Aye.Me?) rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist
I seem to be addicted to vampire stories lately. This one is another light, funny read.

Sarah Dearly has absolutely no good luck. After a blind date she wakes up to find her date burying her in a cemetery, having just changed her into a vampire. The next day she goes into work and has a meeting with her boss who unfortunately gives herself a papercut. Of course Sarah just can't resist having a suck on her employer's finger, leading to her being sacked for sexual harassment! Some of the scenes in
After going to a rendezvous arranged by her best friend, a young woman woke up in a cemetery, the man trying to burying her. He pretends to be a vampire and that she now belongs to him. She, of course, hit this obviously crazy man with the pepper spray that every woman must permanently have with her and she run away, only to fail into the hands of other madmen pretending to be vampire killers. They stick a stake into her aggressor’s heart and she only survives thanks to the intervention of a sui ...more
Diana Escamilla
La protagonista Sarah, es sumamente divertida, sarcástica, ocurrente y ..torpe. Es un libro bastante sencillo, ligero y muy divertido.
Jan 31, 2016 Mike rated it did not like it
Bitten & Smitten has a really cute premise - a girl gets turned into a vampire and is saved by a super old vampire who wants to kill himself. In turn, she ends up saving him by bringing enjoyment back into his life. It's just too bad that's the only positive thing I can really say about this book...

Sarah, the female protagonist, seemed to lack any common sense about pretty much anything. She consistently would end up in situations where she was about to be killed because she couldn't fathom
May 21, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As soon as I started reading this book, I was instantly hooked by the main character, Sarah Dearly. Sarah is on a blind date with a guy who bites her, but then gets killed by vampire hunters right before her eyes. Sarah has no idea vampires exist and gets thrown for quite a loop learning that she's now a vampire, too. Trying to get away from the vampire hunters who just killed her date, she crosses paths with a man who is on the verge of killing himself, who turns out to be a 600 year old vampir ...more
Aug 29, 2010 Stef rated it liked it
Bitten & Smitten is a funny and light paranormal read. Sarah Dearly is a former wannabe actress turned executive assistant in an advertising company. Even if life hasn’t panned out for Sarah the way she thought it had, she seems pretty content with the simple thrills in life like shopping, drinking and just the hope of finding “the one.” Sarah’s simple uncomplicated life is cut short when she goes on a blind date and is, unwillingly, turned into a vampire. She has troubles coming to the real ...more
Oct 14, 2010 Sevie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sorry, I seem to be in the minority here. This was pretty tough to get through and I tried to give it a fair read without skimming over parts. This book is about Sarah Dearly, a twenty-something, executive assistant that lives in Toronto. She goes on a blind date and he turns her into a vampire. In this world the vampires still keep their secrecy. So we go through the whole vampire in denial bit. Her vampire love interest is completely unlikable. He is no Bones that's for sure. I don't know what ...more
Mar 06, 2012 Anna rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, vampires
As a completely irrelevant side note, my screwed-up brain kept reading Thierry's last name as "Biencoeur" (which means GoodHeart) instead of "Bennicoeur" (which means... nothing really).

My reading words that weren't actually in the book might be a side effect of all the times I started ramming my head on the desk, though. I would say the heroine was dumber than a post, but that would be insulting to posts everywhere, and I'm not so eager to be getting angry e-mails claiming slander against posts
Laura-Louise Slattery
Oct 19, 2012 Laura-Louise Slattery rated it it was amazing
Hilarious & witty with a few dark moments thrown into the mix. Bitten & Smitten tells the story of Sarah Dearly, a new-born vampire who tries to adjust to her new life as a vampire while trying to avoid getting slain by vampire hunters in the process.
Sarah was a good main character. Never got bored of listening to her & she's down-right funny!
She may be a stuck-up brat at times, but unlike other female main characters in vampire literature, she's smart & never lets a man overpow
Sep 11, 2010 Colleen rated it it was amazing
I randomly picked up this book while browsing for a different book, something about the cover caught my eye and it looked like a quick read so i grabbed it. I read the book in 2 sittings! I loved this book. I was skeptical at first since romance novels aren't really my style but this book packed a punch. It wasn't filled with the gushy, voyeuristic, and sometimes downright weird "romance" scenes but instead filled with snarky, sarcastic, and hilarious banter and situations.. I loved the heroine, ...more
I really liked this start to the series! It's a bit more PG13 rated than what I'm used to, but still a fun, enjoyable read. Sort of reminds me of the Lily Bard series, combined with a PG13 version of Sookie Stackhouse.

Though at times I felt as though I was reading about a teenager, and not a grown woman, Sarah's adventures from human to new vampire were entertaining and humorous. I love her wit and sense of humor, especially her demeanor towards Thierry, who everyone else seems too afraid to sp
Sep 22, 2008 Cara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes MaryJanice Davidson
Sarah Dearly goes on a blind date, and the next thing she knows, she's being buried. She of course freaks out, and the guy said she's been turned into a vampire. She watches vampire hunters kill her date/sire then decides she better run. She ends up running right into Thierry, who just happens to be a master vampire with a death wish. He saves her and sort of takes her under his wing. And he's hot.
Sarah is quite determined to take care of herself. At one point, she goes into a bar that is filled
Tara Beth
Fun but a little corny. I like the main character and she does save the story. There was a bit of a twist in finding out who the traitor was, but like another reader's review, I felt that the intense love was absolutely not developed. It had/has potential, but I didn't really believe that it was enough to save the day. They spent most of the time being angry and avoiding each other. If the author had let the readers into the guarded character of Thierry a little more (just a couple of glimpses) ...more
Dec 08, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampire
This book is a quick read, but it is not light hearted and simple as the title implies. It's about a women made into a vampire against her will, I know we've all read this before...but this book is really good and nothing is cut and dry. Sarah has not one but two love interests making quite the triangle and one has a wife!!! I like reading all the different takes on vampires that one author has compared to another. Like these vamps can go out in the sun, have no reflection and can't eat solid fo ...more
I have to admit, I didn't read the last 50 pages of this book. I just couldn't do it! I tried, I really did, but I simply couldn't drag myself through a mess like that. I mean it was just so contrived, all over the place, badly written and seen before. When I sat down with this book I was most of all looking forward to a funny, comical book. Admitted, Rowen did try to be funny, but failed quite miserably if you ask me. Nothing really seemed original, every intented surprise fell flat and the fem ...more
Apr 06, 2015 Lesedelfin rated it really liked it
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May 05, 2012 Geli rated it it was amazing
This book rocked! Its about time there were some older vamps around. I am very tired of the whole "teen" scene. Anyhow, this story isnt unlike any ive read lately. This is a funny and thrilling story of a girl who ends up having the week from heck. Everything that can go wrong does of course. Very entertaining and totally worth a read. I hope the rest of the series is just as good.
Jun 11, 2014 Amiee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay a good book all round. But that is only because the good little twists only slightly out weigh the completely stupid and unneeded sexual tension bits.

I like this book. In fact I've reserved a load of books from the rest of the series. But my god at some points in this book did I just want to chuck it at a wall. Sarah dearly, good character but so stubborn and grossly unaware at points it's amazing. 'I'm a vampire, let's not keep that secret. Let's flash our fangs all around shall we?' Yes
Mar 24, 2016 Mel rated it really liked it
Es muy entretenido y gracioso, lo super recomiendo :D por momentos
me hizo acordar a besos de sangre ( Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1)
Jeaniene Frost ) lo termine en un día, es una lectura rápida, porque queres saber
como termina. sus personajes son geniales, que más puedo decir(? es Chick Lit.
Ahora sigo con el 2do :D
May 28, 2008 Mouse rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who needs a laugh
When i got this book i just put it on my shelf and forgot about it. While playing a game the name of this book was brought up and I started reading it. I read it in bout 6-8 hours straight. It was soo good and hilarious. it has a lil bit of a love story but its comical enough that it's definitely worth the read!
Jamie Collins
Oct 15, 2007 Jamie Collins rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, vampires
Typical vampire romance - not very memorable. I'm always looking for something as cute as Maryjanice Davidson's Undead books, and I rarely find it. The vampire romances by Katie MacAlister and Lynsay Sands are better.
Jan 26, 2011 Evey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bit-lit
Pour le moment je me marre bien et l héroïne est aussi tordue que moi, sauf que moi ce n est pas pour les fringues que j ai ce comportement...
Sep 18, 2010 Shelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do love any book with a centuries old vampire who has forgotten how to live and irreverent young vampire who annoys the heck out of him.
May 26, 2009 Susi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampires, 2009-05
This book is really great. But You should be warned, my boyfriend was really annoyed by my laughter. Extremely funny.
It's been a while since I've read anything this fluffy. I'm not sure I liked it. The fluffiness, I mean, as far as books go this was pretty solid. Alright plot, ordinary protagonist who managed not to make me want to stake her within the first twenty pages. Obviously it was a little on the light side of the paranormal scale, the very much chick lit side of things, but it was a nice way to pass the evening. Sarah wasn't a strong kick ass heroine but she wasn't meek either. She stood up for what s ...more
Becky Bone
Jun 06, 2014 Becky Bone rated it liked it
this book has mostly everything I love about this style of paranormal romance and yet there was something lacking for me that I can't quite put my finger on...I wanted so desperately to feel compelled by the characters but just couldn't get into took me a lot of attempts to finally complete it because I'll never leave a book halfway through if I can help it...anyone who knows me, knows that I love books and have a soft spot for the paranormal romance genre...amongst others but sadly I wo ...more
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National bestselling author MICHELLE ROWEN writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and young adult fantasy, both light and dark, sexy and sweet, long and short -- it all depends on the story! She's won a Holt Medallion for Best First Book and a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Vampire Romance. For more information, please visit Michelle at her website at
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“Why were you running?” Gordon looked confused. “I wasn’t going to hurt you.”

Bite me,” I told him. He was so going to get charged with assault. I might even have to put a restraining order on his sorry ass. “Oh, wait a minute, you already did bite me, didn’t you… you psycho!”

He rolled his eyes. “You’re really going to have to get over that if this relationship is going to have half a chance.”
“You bit me on the neck? What kind of a sorry-ass vampire wannabe are you, anyhow?”
I grabbed for my dirt-covered purse that lay by my feet. I kept a can of pepper spray in it for protection, or at least I used to. Did I still have it? Did those things have an expiration date? Didn’t matter. If I had to, I’d just use it to bash him over the head.
I’m not a wannabe.” He actually had the audacity to look insulted. “I am a vampire.”
Psycho, I thought. Total psycho.”
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