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Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks #1)

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I'm Jaz Parks. My boss is Vayl, born in Romania in 1744. Died there too, at the hand of his vampire wife, Liliana. But that's ancient history. For the moment Vayl works for the C.I.A. doing what he does best--assassination. And I help. You could say I'm an Assistant Assassin. But then I'd have to kick your ass.

Our current assignment seemed easy. Get close to a Miami plasti
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Published October 8th 2007 by Orbit
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Feb 26, 2011 Seth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f-h, modernfantasy
I read a lot of this subgenre (light, modern fantasy with a horror twist and usually a female protag). This book and series is getting a lot of press and a heavy and fast push to get more out, putting it in the more-mainstream and lighter-weight end of the spectrum. Combined with the garish cover, the horrible "Meet Jaz Parks in..." cover copy and the cover quotes clearly intended for non-genre readers, I expected a guilty pleasure at best.

It's better than that, fortunately, but not as much bett
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Once Bitten, Twice Shy was a fun read. I thought the storyline was interesting, and I liked the characters. Jaz is a tough heroine, but she’s also got the gooey, humane center that makes a heroine more realistic and likable to me. I am a sucker for a smart-aleck, wisecracking lead character, and Jaz can definitely hold her own. I identified with her in her complicated family dynamics. I liked that family was important to her, even though she was also in a very involving career. She’s a good pers ...more
3.5 stars

As I started reading this book, I felt a tinge of déjà vu. The main character is a kick-ass girl, and assassin. The main male character was a vampire. I then thought of the Night Huntress series and began comparing the two. Well that’s not very fair of me. The two series are very different, and I like each series on their own. So here begins my review.

Jasmine Parks or Jaz is an assassin for the CIA. Her claim to fame seems to be the amount of car wreckage she seems to leave behind in e
I'm really starting to feel like there are no good first books in a UF series. This one certainly doesn't buck that trend. It seems like there were interesting ideas, but everything felt so underdeveloped that I didn't care.

Jaz's personality was extremely irritating in the first part of the book. She seemed determined to out bitch the bitchiest heroines in UF that came before her. I don't mind a tough personality and a little snark, I actually enjoy those things. But moderation is key. If you ru
Nov 14, 2007 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I started reading 'Once Bitten, Twice Shy' I had read several reviews that claimed that this was a good book, a great book even. But in no way was I prepared for how truly wonderful Once Bitten, Twice Shy turned out to be. I loved it, plain and simple as that.

The story kicks off with Jaz and Vayl working together in Miami. Vayl is a vampire assassin, one of the CIA’s best, and Jaz is his bodyguard/assistant assassin. Six months previously Vayl had requested that she be assigned to him, s
Tamora Pierce
Dec 04, 2013 Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Woot! Another vampire hunter, female, kicks major @ss, makes almost enough smart remarks to annoy (but not quite), now teamed up with a very hot vampire who came across in the 1700s. They are government operatives, he legendary, she big tough, who are partnered because he asked for her, which leaves her much confused. They hunt bad guys of all stripes for the CIA: evil vampires, terrorists, big nasty transdimensional things, and magic critters. She is the lone survivor of a strike team that was ...more
Jul 16, 2010 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In a genre that contains such heavy-hitters as Kelley Armstrong and Kim Harrison, Jennifer Rardin's debut novel is heralded as a fresh new take on the 'paranormal fantasy' (or whatever tag it is going by these days!) spectrum.

Indeed, the idea that the main character is a CIA operative is intriguing, and the vamp/supernatural elements of the story are dropped in without any painful info-dumps or unnecessary explanations.

In fact, the whole story invites you to cling onto a *very* bumpy ride and ei
Jul 25, 2010 Yvette rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tried-to-read
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Mar 26, 2008 Sayuri_x rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2008
Once Bitten, Twice Shy revolves around a smart, sassy, paranoid, crazy and dangerous to know in a ‘Lethal Weapon’ kind of way, female character Jasmine ‘Jaz’ Parks. She works for the CIA with her boss, Vayl, who is a 291 year old vampire. (played in this reader’s imagination by Gerard Bulter…gulp.) Vayl is one of the good guys. He has chosen to live in peaceful co-existence with humans. Working for the CIA as an assassin helps him channel his ‘agression’. In this first installment Jaz and Vayl a ...more
Colliding Worlds
Gelesen: 2010 / Reread: 2016
Immer noch so genial, wie ich es in Erinnerung hatte. Jaz ist wirklich eine einzigartige Figur, selbst unter den UF-Heldinnen und ich liebe sie und ihr Team abgöttisch. Da es inzwischen sechs Jahre her ist, dass ich das Buch zum ersten Mal gelesen habe, war es fast, als würde ich es noch einmal neu lesen. Grob wusste ich zwar noch, worauf es hinausläuft, aber da ich bis auf den Abschlussband die Geschichte nun kenne, hatte ich eine ganz andere Perspektive auf einige D
Cheryl La Pa
Thoroughly enjoyable read. Loved the writing style, the characters and the paranormal world. I was intrigued with Vahl and Jazz, and loved how they worked so well together, complementing each other. I want to know more about them - their pasts, their secrets and what will happen next. I'll definitely be reading the next book in this series.
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
Once Bitten, Twice Shy is one of those fast-paced urban fantasy novels that grabs you from the start and brings you on a wild ride full of action, fights and intrigue.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
Stephanie  G
First off there is so much action and stuff going on in this I am not ever sure were to begin.

Jazz or Jasmine Parks is a bad ass assassin, who works for an even more bad ass vampire named Vayl. Jazz has been working for him for a while she given to him to be his assistant at his request. Jazz has some hidden secretes that affects her daily routine. She suffers from periodic black-outs. If that is not bad enough, the current job they are on has proved to be more challenging than expected.

Jazz a
Feb 14, 2011 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't understand why it took me so long to read this book. I got about half way and put it down and then kept picking up other books. It's not a bad book, hence the 4 stars, but maybe I was expecting more after reading too much hype.

So the story goes - Jaz Parks is an assassin for the CIA, mainly killing paranormal creatures. Vayl is her boss & partner, he is a vamp, a good vamp born in 1744 Romania.

Their latest mission is to stop a deadly plague being released by bad vamps & a mysteri
Apr 28, 2008 Courtney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This book revolves around Jaz, a woman tortured by a horrible past who's currently working for the CIA as an assassin. She's partnered with the CIA's best agent, a vampire named Vayl.

The book has some good elements, but the execution could have used some work. The world is barely described, and though the author mentions other supernatural creepies, she really only delves into the vampiric ones. Likewise, the characters are flat and rushed. The plot is also rushed, jumping in leaps and bounds at
May 15, 2009 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Basic story line - Jaz Parks is a gov. agent. She is paired up with a 300 year old vampire by the name of Vayl. They are after a immortal named Assan who is about to set loose a deadly virus. I was excited to finally get this book albiet in Kindle edition, but after reading it, I wonder what all the fuss was about. I didn't find the characters all that interesting. I tired easily of Jaz talking or thinking comments to herself. I didn't really feel Vayl was given any real characteristics that sto ...more
Nov 14, 2015 Witchmetal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I really enjoyed the first 80 percent of this book. I love Jaz so it's like to continue with the series.
The action was first rate, I got tired of the "my poor past routine". I really wanted her to connect with her vamp more, ah well lack of romance. Perhaps that lowered it a star for me. This book really called for a little love, she and he have been so wounded. I thought the distraction from the human, Cole was a wasted write in, I could not find a reason for him to be there. I really wanted to dive more into the past of these characters, perhaps she will lead us their in future books ? The way s ...more
Apr 24, 2008 Felicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire fans
This book is not great. I say that off the top to anyone who picks it up after reading what I have to say, because I don't want any nagging or resentment. The characters are pretty cliche'd, they don't even act sensically from chapter to chapter. What this book does provide (along with the other 4 I've read in the series) is just a fun popcorn snack of cliches that I gobbled up and had a ton of fun reading. If you're into mindless action-adventure vampire stuff (think Anita blake meets James Bon ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
3.5 stars

While I liked the overall premise of the book (it reminded me of Cat and Bones a bit), Jaz confused me often. I'm not quite sure if she thinks (view spoiler) is what makes her think she's crazy and makes her sort of talk to herself. Vayl has huge potential and I think he really likes her, could possibly even love her. I'll have to read more and find out ;)
The Flooze
Characters were okay, but were underdeveloped, as was the story as a whole. Very light on the romantic element-expression of emotional rather than physical intimacy. A couple of chuckles here and there. Meh.
This book was sort of just eh to me. I didnt love it, didnt hate it. Im having a hard time stirring enough emotion to even write this review.

I like the character of Jaz and I like the character of Vayl, my favorite parts of the book were their interactions. I think what bother me about this book is the writing seems very..scattered. I found myself confused a couple of times and having to go back and reread a paragraph or two. It was mostly when jumping from past to present that I found hard to f
I wanted to like this book...i really did. The plot was really interesting and the heroines snarkiness provided me with many laughs. Sadly this book disappointed big time. I think maybe it tried to be too many things and yet didnt manage to fully be any of them. It couldnt possibly have been a romance because i dont think there was even a kiss. it tried to be fantasy but only the demon put it squarely in that category because the vamp plots were more unnecessary sideline than actual important de ...more
Jan 11, 2011 Ithlilian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
A kick butt assassin, a complex mystery, and a vampire love interest. Sounds good, but it wasn't. Jaz is not your typical tough chick main character. She is whiny, helpless, and a bit incompetent. Her comments belong in a chick lit book, not an assassin book. Can you imagine CIA operatives going around saying things are icky? Exactly. The beginning of the book kept my interest because I wanted to know why the main character was having blackouts. Also, there are numerous references to her past an ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
I've been wanting to start the Jaz Parks series for a while. Jennifer Rardin's unexpected death in 2010 led to a resurgence of interest in her series, and with the final book to be posthumously published in June, I am determined to get up to date by then.
Once Bitten, Twice Shy introduces Jaz Parks, a CIA assassin who enjoys her job but is struggling with the recent loss of her team, and fiance, in a mission gone awry. At his request, Jaz is paired with Vayl, a 300 year old vampire. The partnersh
Mar 06, 2011 Kt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardcopy
Meet Jaz Parks, a kick butt covert operations assassin that has been partnered with the agency's top assassin, who just happens to be a vampire. She's not sure why she's partnered with him as he really doesn't need the help, but like all good mysteries, there is a reason behind it all. Their latest assignment is a plastic surgeon, and it was supposed to be a simple job. Drag out all the intel they can from him, and then silence him forever. However, nothing is as it seems with this case, and the ...more
Dec 22, 2013 Chibineko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lost-book
I ended up losing this book partway through and not really losing much sleep over it. I think that part of this is that I heard so many overwhelmingly wonderful and glowing reviews for this book that I just sort of felt a little underwhelmed when I started. I think that losing it was probably a stroke of luck, as I enjoyed this book a great deal more when I re-discovered it a few days ago.

This is pretty solidly normal UF fare for the majority of us nowadays, but I seem to remember that for the
Christine Morehouse
Once Bitten Twice Shy
Jennifer Rardin
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Book Rating: 1/2
Heat Rating: MILD
Reviewed by: C.S. Morehouse


I’m Jaz Parks. My boss is Vayl, born in Romania in 1744. Died there too, at the hand of his vampire wife, Liliana. But that’s ancient history. For the moment Vayl works for the C.I.A. doing what he does best–assassination. And I help. You could say I’m an Assistant Assassin. But then I’d have to kick your ass.

Our current assignment seemed easy. Get
Dec 06, 2011 Danielle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This book was boring. I didn't even finish it. The idea of this book is good, with a female CIA agent who can kick your butt and her partner who is a a 300 year old vampire. The whole thing didn't keep my attention. It was lacking in many things, such as the character development, plot, description, and some of the sentences didn't seem to flow together.

Ok the characters didn't seem to feel real to me. You get some what of a background, but it wasn't entirely convincing. The description's in th
Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)
Originally posted at The Book Nympho

Jaz is a tough heroine with a smart mouth. Got to love those kick-ass chicks with attitude. She is a totally believable character with her family problems with her stubborn dad, little sister, and twin brother. And since this book is about a tough heroine that works for the C.I.A. that is partnered with a Vamp you know there will be action in the book.

There was a good mix of humor with action and I liked the side characters and hope they continue to show up i
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