One Bite With A Stranger (The Others, #1)
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One Bite With A Stranger (Novels Of The Others #1)

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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 vamp...more
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Published April 1st 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2003)
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Ilse Snell
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...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
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....more
valee
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...more
Mical
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...more
Jessica
I first read this one years ago, probably around the time it first came out in 2003, and it's always been one of my favorites. And this review relates to that original version, which I still have in PDF form.

The author creates a wonderful intensity of attraction and emotion between Regina and Dimitri that sizzles off the screen. The pacing of the story is good, with things between them progressing slowly but steadily, until (view spoiler)...more
Isha
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...more
Ar-Feiniel
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...more
Suzan Isik
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...more
Brittany
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Didi
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 ).
Kaleigha
I have been quicky working my way through the whole "The Others" series, and very much enjoying them. This one was no exception. Although book six in the series, One Bite With A Stranger is actually an expanded version of "Fantasy Fix"...or book one of The Fixed series. So, really, this is ACTUALLY the very first book in The Others. That is probably my only issue with the series...with the re-releases, the timeline jumps around, almost like we are getting prequels mixed in with newer stories.

Thi...more
Jennifer
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)
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...more
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
Jenny Trout
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.
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
Holly
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
Tina Andersen
sex, sex and more graphic sex.

i loved how this book ended i alway love a happy ending.

as far a a story goes for this book it basical vampire meet girl and claims his mate, lots of other stuff happens but that the basic jist of it.

love the characters in this book top stuff. regina is head strong but as it turns out love being submisive in the bedroom. she has 4 friend that get in her way a time or 2 which is quite funny
and the sexy dmitri, wouldnt we love a man like him (youll have to read to no...more
Jessica
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...more
Dannielle
I'm not sure where to start with this one. While I liked both Reggie and Dmitri, I also had problems with the book. Reggie I was actually OK with. I thought she could have stood up a bit more to Dmitri, but in the end she did and that's what matters.

Right off the bat I didn't like the force Dmitri used on Reggie to get his way. He said that he couldn't control her, only influence what her subconscious really wanted. But I still think he acted without her consent on numerous occasions. He was bo...more
Kristin
Ladies, imagine a great night in with the girls. There’s wine, snacks and fantastic company. You and your girls are all single and still have those fantasies you want to experience before you get too old and the opportunity floats away. Regina McNeil and her friends have nights just like this but the twist on their girls nights is that one of the friends get set up for a “fantasy fix”. In your fantasy fix you can put your wildest dreams into a hat and have one fix set up by your friends. So say...more
Louise
I feel conflicted writing this one cause on a normal day I think this would get 3 stars(& that's generous!)......but it's not a normal day ...today i could possibly give it 4.
I'm at home in bed feeling sorry for myself with a bad dose of the flu and this read worked like a hot bowl of chicken soup. It was a terribly cheesy, trashy, chick-lit, paranormal romance full of erotically hot scenes with a centuries old Easten European vamp who was chauvinistic, egotistical, domineering ...gorgeous,...more
Jade
I liked this book, but found that it had the potential to be better than it was. I enjoyed the main male character as an alpha male(Dmitri), and how quickly taken he was with the main female character(Regina). However, I felt like this book's plot was rushed. It seemed to be more about steamy sex then anything else, which don't get me wrong I love my steamy sex as much as the next romance/erotica reader, but like I said there was a good story here that I was interested in, and it just seem to be...more
Katie(babs)
Another paranormal story with vampires is the steamy romance by Christine Warren called One Bite With a Stranger. This book is an extended version of a title Christine originally published with Ellora’s Cave called Fantasy Fix. Since this a romance and an extension of an her original novel, you can pretty much presume that there is going to be some hot loving going on. There is definitely some of that, but the way the two main characters act with each other, especially the way the hero claims hi...more
Silver James
One Bite With A Stranger is the first book in Christine Warren's Others series. After receiving "She's No Faerie Princess" (#10 in the series) and enjoying it, I back tracked to start reading from the beginning. The books were not released in order but Ms. Warren has a downloadable reading list on her site. Using that as a guide, I started with One Bite. This is a sexy book. In fact, Regina (Reggie) and Dmitri spend chapters in bed. Tip this one over into the erotic category. While not exactly m...more
Judithe
Jan 27, 2012 Judithe marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Not first in published order, but recommended first from author's reading site.

http://christinewarren.net/books/inde...

Book 1: One Bite with a Stranger, September 2008 (aka Fantasy Fix)
Book 2: Big Bad Wolf, September 2009 (aka Fur Factor)
Book 3: Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here, November 2010 (aka Faer Fetched)
Book 4: Black Magic Woman, April 2011
Book 5: Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale, November 2011 (aka Fighting Faer)
(Books 6-8 are still to be published. Stay tuned!)
On The Prowl
Fur For All (t...more
Michelle Tempted By Books
I was a little thrown here. I thought this was a paranormal romance but it actually should be in the Erotica category. As far as an Erotic Romance story goes, this one was pretty good. I was reminded of some of Lora Leigh's early books. The paranormal aspect was really more of a footnote but it was there for fans of the genre, nonetheless. This story was really just a coupling, Regina and Dmitri are extremely hot together. The fantasy scenes, while a little on the longer side, were very well wri...more
Kat Klein
This was not a bad start to a series, although not what I was expecting. It made more sense when I found out it started life as a novella for Ellora's cave. For that, it was actually very well done.

For an actual book, though, it wasn't as well done. Not that the sex scenes bother me, although BDSM is not my thing. It was the heroine. I really dislike wimpy heroines. And giving in to her submissive trip in the bedroom was not where she wimped out. More the way she gave in to pressure from friend...more
Mara
As I said before, I find it difficult to believe that this book has been written by the same author of Big Bad Wolf.

The story is non existent, all the characters make me cringe (if anyone had friends as those why looking for villains...), the sex scenes so numerous (and boring) the only sane thing to do is to skip them.

Regina keeps saying she is a modern woman, that she is a sexual sub but not a doormat. Well, this is a clear case of wishful thinking. She's not a doormat, she is actually worse...more
Lauren
One Bite With A Stranger
2 Stars

Regina is definitely NOT my kind of heroine - she is a closet submissive who, despite her claims of independence, allows her friends to bully her and her lover to manipulate and control her. Dmitri is your typical alpha male with no real characterization.

The world building is virtually non-existent with some hints about a council of some kind and cooperation between vampires and shapeshifters. The suspense plot is underdeveloped and when the resolution comes aroun...more
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The Ultimate ABC ...: One Bite With A Stranger by Christine Warren 1 4 Mar 14, 2012 05:46AM  
  • No Rest for the Witches (Nightcreature, #7.5) (Magic, #3.5) (The Others, #3.5)
  • Mating Claire (Sea Island Wolves, #1)
  • Claimed by the Wolf (Shadow Guardians, #1)
  • Fetish
  • Wicked Nights (Castle of Dark Dreams, #1)
  • I Thirst for You (Primes, #2)
  • King of the Unblessed (Realm Immortal #1)
  • Vampire Elite (Vampire Elite, #1)
  • Sweeter Than Wine (Brotherhood of Blood, #4)
  • Courting Midnight (Midnight, #5)
  • Ascension (Cherchez Pack, #1)
  • Bite Me If You Can (Argeneau #6)
  • Dragon's Kiss (Shadow of the Dragon, #1)
  • Sophie's Dragon (Supernatural Bonds, #3)
  • Fangs But No Fangs (Young Brothers, #2)
  • Master of Fire (Mageverse, #6)
  • Ecstasy (Shadowdwellers, #1)
  • Immortal Danger (Night Watch, #0.5)
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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...more
More about Christine Warren...
Wolf at the Door (The Others, #9) Big Bad Wolf (The Others, #2) She's No Faerie Princess (The Others, #10) Howl at the Moon (The Others, #12) Walk on the Wild Side (The Others, #13)

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