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First Bite

(Dark Wolf #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  540 ratings  ·  93 reviews
A reluctant hero.
An unwilling heroine.
And a new pack of Changelings in a darker paranormal tale that brushes the edges of horror...

Geneva “Neva” Ross doesn’t want to die. But now that she’s been turned into a werewolf against her will, she’ll do anything to protect her family and friends even if that means taking her own life.

Too bad Travis Williamson saw her jump. A lon
Paperback, 300 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Montlake Romance
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Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Rating: 3 out of 5.

This story starts off in an intriguing place. Neva Ross jumps of a cliff in an attempt to kill herself. However, being a newly turned Changeling, Neva does not realise that the jump will not kill her. Deep in the woods, Travis Williamson sees this jump and upon closer inspection, realises what she is. Soon this two is involved in a run, escaping from the authorities and villainous characters.

This book was a good solid read, but the plot, the writing and the characters were not
Dani Harper
Mar 16, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I feel this is my best story yet! I can't wait to introduce this hero and heroine to my readers on October 15th! Keep an eye on my website at for events, giveaways, blog tours, etc. ...more
Oct 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Neva is a werewolf who had the werewolf virus forced on her. Hunted by the pack she finds herself standing on the edge of a cliff intending to end her life before she is forced to kill.

When Travis sees Neva jumping off the cliff he steps in and saves her life. But with the pack closing in they need to put some space between them and the female alpha who wants Neva for a fate much worse than death.

I really like the idea of this book. The synopsis hooked me. The first few chapters were kind of c
7 January 2016: $1.99 on Kindle

This is my first experience with Dani Harper's work, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Typically books that are marketed as 'humorous' don't work for me, but I keep trying them hoping that one of them is going to hit the nail on the head. Lucky for me, the humour in First Bite was perfectly balanced and despite a few rough patches, and first-book-syndrome issues, I had a great time reading this book!

RNeva, our heroine, is a strong-willed character, she's comp
Maghon Thomas
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I always love werewolves… But I love them way more when they are written in a story this awesome!! It’s very quickly become on of my favorites and I can already tell you this series will be added to my must buy group! It’s just way too good not to. There’s definitely paranormal romance, but it’s also full of mystery, even with some mysteries left a little open for the next book, without a cliffhanger. It’s the perfect fight of good versus evil and you won’t believe when those plot twists happen, ...more
Laurie Garrison
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dani has an awesome start to a new romance series and I believe this is her best book yet. I loved all of the characters, heck even the villain is awesome at being a true villain. This is a true example of keeping the right balance of romance, story and sex. Dani didn’t go overboard on either one.

Neva is having nothing to do with being a werewolf so she sets out to do something about it by killing herself. Neva has a very good reason to do this and to be whining about the whole ordeal, heck even
*Genre* Paranormal Romance Adult
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Geneva "Neva" Ross truly believes that she will turn into a monster and end up harming those that she loves as well as other innocent humans just like her sadistic maker Meredith de la Ronde and the rest of her forcibly changed pack that continually breaks Changeling rules without a care. She believes that the only way to prevent that from happening and from becoming a monster, is to commit suicide by jumping off a cliff.

Travis Williamson
Sep 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Dani Harper's New Book FIRST BITE Leaves Room for Growth

Advanced Review Copy provided by author for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions stated herein are my own except as otherwise noted.

Original Review: http://fangswandsandfairydust.blogspo...

I always enjoy Dani’s books and First Bite was no exception, but it is not my favorite of Dani's books. The story is filled with twists and turns -- unexpected happenings. This Werecreature world is similar to that of Dani's Changeling
Tiffany Michele (BookAndCoffeeAddict)
First Bite is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance told through four distinct points of view. The first two POVs belong to the main characters: Neva, a stubborn woman willing to do whatever it takes to get away from her evil sire, Meredith, even going so far as to destroy herself, and Travis, a lone wolf who happens to stumble upon Neva at just the right time and becomes determined to help her for reasons he doesn't want to look too closely at. The other two POVs belong to the big bad herself, Me ...more
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Neva has been turned into a werewolf against her will. And now Neva is afraid that when she turns into a werewolf or a monster that she will go around hurting and killing the people she loves as well innocent ones that she does not know. Instead of going a killing spree Neva decides that the best thing for her to do is to kill herself. If she is dead then she can't hurt anyone. Neva doesn't want to be a monster and doesn't
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an exciting new series. I really didn’t know what to expect from this new werewolf/wolf shifter book but what I got was a wonderfully rich world filled with magic and an epic battle of good and evil with a little romance mixed in for good measure. This feels like it has great possibilities and I look forward to the adventure.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review.
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
review posted here...
She had been bitten, she could feel the pull of the full moon and her first change that would come with it & determined not to become the monster that they made her into…. She steps off the ledge….
Only she doesn’t die because some other pesky wolf saves her, not just any wolf either…. He’s one of them! A monster, a werewolf and as soon as she’s able, she will run from him too.
Travis Williamson is a changeling, born into the life but
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Neva was turned into a werewolf against her will and is terrified of turning into a viscous monster like her maker Meredith and the rest of her pack. She managed to escape and is determined to take her own life before the next full moon forces her to make her first change but she is saved by Travis, a natural born changeling. Travis wants to show her that not all changelings are evil and to help her embrace her new life but with Meredith hot on their trail they're going to ha
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: werewolves
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

After only a few chapters I found myself transfixed by Dani Harper’s new Dark Wolf series. The opening chapters are intense with Neva preparing to throw herself off a cliff rather than face becoming a werewolf at the next full moon. It was impossible to not be moved by her determination to sacrifice her life in order to save countless others. Aside from an incredibly brave heroine, First Bite also brings plenty of action, romance and wolfy goodness to the table. Harper’s
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Travis Williamson prefers to keep to himself but after he rescues Geneva Ross from a suicide attempt, his wolf won't let him walk away. Neva never wanted to be a Changeling and believes the only way to protect her family from the monster she has become is to end her own life. That's if Travis would mind his own business. Now both are on the run from her maker and if she catches them, she'll use her dark magic to complete a spell with dire consequences.

My favorite character was not Neva, Travis o
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Originally posted on the blog: What the Cat Read

As my first introduction to Harper’s writing, I must admit that I rather enjoyed this book. Fans of Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy will definitely want to check this out for themselves. =^.^=

I liked Geneva “Neva” the moment I met her. She’s determined, strong-willed, sarcastic at times, and just plain fun. It was interesting seeing her grow throughout the book and learn to accept her wolf half. Yes, there were moments where her initial desire to
Christen (GoldiloxReads)
First Bite is the first is Dani Harper's new paranormal romance series. I've often wanted to start her Changeling series, but so many books, so little time and all that. So, when the opportunity came along for me to participate in the blog tour for the first in a new series, which also focuses on Changelings, I jumped at it! I must say, I'm not at all disappointed.

Harper's Changelings are basically shifters who change into wolves. These Changelings do make a full shift from man (or woman) to wol
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Full Blog Post @Book-Marks the Spot

Neva Ross’s world has been turned upside down. She thought she could trust this one person in her life and now she is running for her life because of this person. She didn’t leave unscathed and what happened to her nearly destroys her. She doesn’t want to believe there are creatures in the night, but now she does because she’ll be one on the next full moon.

Travis is a lone changeling by his own doing. He has a secret and he doesn’t want Neva to know because he
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romancebookworm
I found this to be an exciting novel filled with the good, the bad, and the extremely sexy!

Not so different from the usual hero/heroine relationship, Neva and Travis seem to butt heads in the beginning and are both content on guarding their secrets and their hearts. That’s about as far as the “usual” goes, however. These two have an amazing gift in common which draws them closer throughout the novel. He’s a sexy loner that rides in on a Triumph Thunderbird, which bumps the naughty gage up a few
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - The hook in the set up for Harper's newest shape shifter romance was pretty good - leading lady Neva has been bitten and is trying to kill herself before her first turn so she won't become a ravening werewolf and Travis is a lone wolf Changeling who shows up in the nick of time to save her and sticks around to show her the ropes of her new occasionally furry existence and tries to help Neva remain free of her sire who is a magic user trying to amass power by using the darkest of magi ...more
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, z-2013
This is not a typical werewolf book with alphas and betas and pack dynamics. However, there are packs, and there are rules, they just don't seem to mean the same thing to our heroine's creator as they mean to others. Neva is afraid of becoming a killer. She doesn't want to die, but feels it is the only way to keep from becoming a monster. Travis is a loner who finds himself saving Neva without really understanding why. neither really wants to be with the other, but Travis does have some good rea ...more
This is a good start to a new series. I loved The Changeling series and this one has the potential to be just as good.
What I liked about this one is the fact that Neva has to take time to adjust to and accept being a Changeling. That probably has a lot to do with how she was changed. She doesn’t understand what she is and is terrified, for good reason. The person who changed Neva wanted to have her under complete control. The fact that both Neva and Travis had some issues to face in order to mo
Nicky Peacock
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed First Bite, having never read anything from Dani in the past, it was a pleasant surprise to find an author who can write a good story and compelling characters without falling headfirst into too many clichéd tropes.

Neva is a strong character, although I did get a bit tired of her suicidal tendencies that take up a lot of the book. I could kind of see why she’d think like that, but when Travis shows up and is so obviously different to Meredith (the evil wolf queen) then you’d thi
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
First Bite is actually the first book that I have read by Harper, and it made me wonder why I waited so long to read one of Harper's books. First Bite proved to be an amazing read full of action, intrigue, romance, and suspense. I really enjoyed how Harper created her Changeling world which was different from most of the typical werewolf books by adding her own spin to it. By combining shifting and magic, Harper did a great job at building a suspenseful tale and adding a twist to it with the add ...more
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The dramatic introduction to Geneva and her subsequent saving by the oh so delicious Travis, was enough to lure this reader into First Bite with no reservations. The high action, surprising plot twists, and Her Supreme Badness, a.k.a. Meridith de la Ronde were just a few of the things about this book that kept me turning it's pages.
First Bite, was this reviewer's first taste of Dani Harper, and I dare say it is not to be my last.
Dani is a reader's writer, crafting her stories with just the right
Neva thinks the only way out of the world she was forced into is to commit suicide. She doesn’t want to be a werewolf that kills humans. But when a big wolf thwarts her plans, she is forced to see her new life in a new way. Travis has been a lone wolf for a long time. He keeps helping Neva and can’t seem to leave her on her own. The two of them, together, discover a new way to live.

This book started out very exciting but somewhere along the middle of the book it lost its momentum and pull for me
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a new series but it follows the world in her other Changeling series. You don't have to read the other series to get into this one. However, I do recommend the other series just because I enjoyed them so much.

In this story we get to slowly know both Neva and Travis. Both on the run from their family but for different reasons. Neva is a just turned Changeling so doesn't know what is going on. Travis happens upon her and decides he cannot just leave her to her fate. He takes her under
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in place of an honest review.

Geneva Ross who goes by Neva is changed into a Changeling. She went to a party at Meredith de la Ronde's house having a good time and the next thing she knows she is surrounded by wolves and a silver wolf comes up to her. She knows she doesn't want to turn into a monster like these other wolves so she decides to kill herself. Well because of what she is to become she can't kill herself and she is saved by a man named Trav
Dolly Sandor
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
About a 3.5

Extremely quick, entertaining read.

What I liked: For a first in a series, First Bite was a solid beginning. The Changeling world is bit different from other were-books. The explanations provided by Ms Harper concerning Changelings was well plotted and thought out. The story stays on track and doesn't jump all over the place. I felt connected with the main character, "Neva" and could identify with her problems. I loved to hate the bad guy, Meredith. She was just so amorally written. Th
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal romance and Werewolf fans
I loved this book! It's a great start to another new series from Dani Harper and I can't wait for book 2 in the series to see more from Neva and Travis!
Travis made me laugh more that once in this book, like when he was teasing her in the elevator telling the other passengers that she'd broke her arm and leg cause she was a shopaholic and got in a fight at a shoe sale! Lol! I loved the two of them though Neva's refusal to listen to Travis and her stubborn refusal to listen to him for half the boo
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