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Bite My Fire

(Biting Love #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  811 ratings  ·  69 reviews
At last, the perfect lover. Now what? Stake him, shoot him-or screw him?

A Biting Love story.

Elena O-Rourke lusts for two things-her detective-s shield and a good lay. Sass-Cgal-s -Bad Girl Sex Tips- will win her the man. But keeping the shield hinges on solving a murder.

Warrior-gorgeous Bo Strongwell stands in her way.

Powerful as a Viking warship, Bo would be Elena-s one
ebook, 400 pages
Published July 31st 2017 by Entangled: Select Otherworld (first published 2009)
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Apr 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
People who know me, know that I rarely write reviews for books. I'm a simple girl, either I liked it or I didn't. But I had to write a review for this absolutely ridiculous book. Honestly, I spent most of my time laughing over the dialogue and "witty" remarks. It's quite simply one of the worst books I've read plotwise. It reads more like a bad parody, and if that was its intended purpose then I suppose congratulations are in order because this book is Bad.

I suppose spoilers will occur below th
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
This reminded me of Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones, only more of slapstick humor variety. This book takes populr paranormal tropes and thoroughly takes the piss out of them. It's dirty, hot and really, really funny! It's a great mix of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, and a heroine who decides in favor of bazooka instead of stakes is my type of gal. Recommended.

" There were pecans, there were cashews and then there were just plain nuts."
Barbara ★
If you are looking for a sexfest and some extremely ridiculous dialogue, you've found the perfect book.

For this reader, it was simply too ridiculous to bear. Every single sentence was lust-ridden and Elena's partner? OMG beyond ridiculous. There is simply no way on this earth that that man would be eligible to be a cop forget about a detective. I usually don't have any problem suspending disbelief but this book was just too over the top.
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4.5 Stars

Well, just to start off, I asked Didi to give me something light and “fluffy” to review since I have been doing some strong, serious books lately. Well, she delivered! The “Biting” series is funny, sassy, sexy and oh-so-much fun!

In “Biting My Fire” we meet Elena and Bo. Elena, is a strong-willed police officer who is trying to make Detective in the town of Meier's Corners, a little town outside of Chicago. She is relegated to night shift and has
Elena O'Rourke is the junior probationary police detective on the third shift, pining desperately to make full detective status, when the body of Napoleon Shrimpf falls into her lap - metaphorically. Dubbed by Elena to be The Case of the Punctured Prick, she scrambles to solve this bizarre murder as she struggles to maintain her rep as a competent cop's daughter (WWDD - "What Would Daddy Do?" is a mantra of hers) amid the frustrations of an unwanted and criminally chatty partner and under the at ...more
This had to be a parody. This couldn't be serious, could it??

Between 1-2 stars. I didn't hate it (the premise was intriguing, and there were some good moments), but I didn't really like it either. Just kinda Meh. But I didn't feel like it was a total angry read, so I'll be generous and round up to 2.

Elena O’Rourke (h) is a newly minted detective who has a murder dropped right into her lap. She's determined to solve it and make her name, earning her permanent detective's shield. To do that, she'
I did like the story. I don't mind recommending it at all. Not sure that I will read Nixie's story as this one got more stars both here and on amazon and Nixie doesn't fare too well.

Why only 3 stars? It was the writing. The love just wasn't believable to me. Read Black Dagger Brotherhood and you are in love as much as they are in a day or to. This one I just couldn't really bite into like that. I loved her snark, but maybe it was too much? Or not at all the right times? Heck maybe it was because
Apr 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I usually can pull something out of a book that I enjoyed but I really didn't like this book. I almost didn't finish it but came back and pushed through. I got it because it was supposed to be a funny vamp book/steamy romance and I have read a lot of books like that and enjoyed them. I didn't think it was funny - even though it was obviously trying to be. The fact that the main character didn't figure out the hot guy who kept showing up at night and biting her was a vamp until my kindle said I w ...more
Feb 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whilst this book is 1st in series, it is actually the 2nd bk written. This is the world of Meiers Corners, a satellite city of Chicago, with the good vamps protecting the unsupecting humans from the coterie of Chicago bad vamps. (think vamp mafia)

Detective Elena O'Rourke is given the first murder to happen since the 1920's and is determined to solve the case. Little does she know that it is a vampire killing.

Bo Strongwell, the local Master Vampire, is having trouble with a lot of rogue vampires
Mrs. Missive
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Smart ass woman, Hot Muscular man, both looking for a killer who can drain a man dry. You get into the world though the view of Elena. Who's 5 year sex draught finally comes to an end, and the hands and fangs of Bo. Yummy sex scenes, drunken stripping, and comic relief all around. Fun read.
Kathie (katmom)
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SHE didn't stand a chance against HIM...

This was a fun romp. Our girl is SNARKY...and she's very funny.

Rachel Berens-VanHeest
The incredibly fun writing and hot sexiness were enough to make me gloss over some of the plot holes and character issues...
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bite My Fire by Mary Hughes is book #1 in the Biting Love Series. I LOVED this book!! It is sexy, hot and laugh-out-loud funny. This book is an amazing blend of rom-com + paranormal + whodunit. So entertaining right from chapter one. The characters are superb. Elena O’Rourke is a strong, smart, independent and highly capable detective. Her one big problem is she suffers from a bad case of coitus interuptus syndrome. Bo Strongwell is a vampire, neighborhood watch leader and building superintenden ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Wasn't expecting to as I'm not a fan of first person perspectives, but this one did it right by only focusing on the female protagonists viewpoint. Her narration is entertaining, with lots of funny little comments that make you laugh out loud.

Loved the erotic scenes too; very steamy and enjoyable to read. Am used to skipping them in most books now, but in this case I liked them, the teasing and foreplay lasting quite a while before full consumation is e
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Since this was a Mary Hughes book I knew there would be great world building and fantastic character development of both the leads and secondary characters. What I didn’t expect was for it to be so quirky! Elena’s inner monologue is filled with irreverant sarcasm and insecurities. In short, it’s hilarious! It was nice for a change to see a character who is not physically perfect (and knows it) but who slowly comes to the realisation that she doesn’t have to be to be accepted for who she is.

Jennifer Lovins
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Watch out for the bite.

Elena is a detective in a small town. She wants to be a full fledged detective. She gets a murder case that just gets stranger as she tries to solve it. She then meets Bo and things get even more confusing. She keeps coming to the same conclusion, but the answer she keeps coming to can’t be right. The wound on the victim looks like a bite mark and the victim is drained of blood. Vampires can’t be real, right? Can she solve the case? Will Bo have his bitey way with her? Lik
A completely implausible set of characters and setting, but so damned funny that its somehow ok. Its so stupid, its clever.

Apart from the MC, whose inner dialogue about herself, her life, her job and everyone around her is absolutely to *live* for, there is nary a human in the book with two synapses firing. That *should* cancel this book out as even being time-worthy, but the humour (outlook) and the je ne sais quoi about the entire package is too engaging to do just that.

Its so stupid, its clev
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now this quirky read is both cute and annoying. The 2 main characters are well let's just say it isn't the kind of read you take seriously or characters you may expect any depth from. But I like the story and as annoying as Ruffles was at least he had some depth and kept adding to the story. I have read other books by this author that I enjoyed more but I did laugh and chuckle and enjoy the intrigue so to me that's a win.
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Great writing! A funny, badass heroine and giant hunky viking! Can't wait to read the rest of this series!
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little confusing i n the beginning, a bit corny and a whole lot of fun. Looking forward to Nixie's story.
Nov 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires, humor
Written in 1st person, in the snarky voice of Elena, this book is off to a good start from the very first page. With golden lines like "bend me over and smack my ass with a waffle iron" and "think Santa in lederhosen", I fell in love with this author without even having to think about it.

With the German-speaking Mayor getting whipped by Heidi while on the phone with our Elena, this story is off like a rocket.

"Was that a cock or did he have a Viking ship in his pants?" is just one of the many, ma
Elena O’Rourke wants two things – her permanent detective’s shield and an end to the five plus years of her Murphy’s Law-induced celibacy. The Case of the Punctured Prick…er… Meiers Corners’ first homicide seems to be her path to both. Solving the murder will put her on the fast track to getting a permanent spot as detective and the investigation itself keeps bringing her into contact with Bo Strongwell. Bo’s irresistibly sexy and strong, but he has more secrets than a room full of CIA agents an ...more
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like funny, steamy paranormal romance
Recommended to michelle+8 by: The "Paranormal Romance" group
Shelves: 2011
I picked up Bite My Fire because I'm a fan of paranormal romance, and I'd heard this book was both funny and steamy. I was not disappointed on either count. Det. Elena O'Rourke's snarky internal dialogue and wacky adventures definitely make for a hilarious read; the desperately frenzied build up of her romance with vampire Bo Strongwell left me panting for more. The story itself -- of Elena's investigation into her small town's first recorded murder, the bizarre actions of her recently widowed y ...more
Shannon C.
Small town junior detective Elena O'Rourke is excited to get assigned lead in a murder investigation. The victim has an odd injury in his private parts--two small puncture wounds. And even odder he was drained of blood. One of her suspects, sexy Bo Strongwell keeps turning up everywhere. She just doesn't trust his story that he's part of the 'neighbohood watch' and that he's her sister's apartment 'building manager'. What's up with that? And why does he keep nibbling on her when they kiss? While ...more
Seriously this book was so awful I wish I could give minus stars.

Elena is too stupid to live. How many hints do you need you ridiculous woman! Geez he's a fucking vampire and everyone but you seems to get that.

The male Bo...geez what a loser. He's alpha, then he's a giant pussy (and I don't mean cat) then he's spouting nonsense about her wetness and pussy and how good she tastes and how just one taste of her blood and he knew she was his forever mate (vomit) then he's cutting off a rogues head
Felicia (Ferishia)
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I was surprised by the length of this book. I didn't expect it to take as long as it did to read but maybe that was just because I wasn't completely into it. That being said, I only had minor issues with the book. The length was one, it just felt like it was being dragged out for too long and could have reached the end much, much sooner. Another thing was that there was a lot going on with the plot. So many things were happening at once that it was difficult to keep up and not be overwhelmed. Th ...more
May 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is my favorite book out of the series. Elena is refreshing. She seems real. Her desire to protect is compelling and her sarcasm and wit was appealing to me. As a detective its her job to protect but its also part of who she is. Elena would do just about anything to solve her murder case. Including dance on a bar, risking her job. Falling for the viking vampire Bo Strongwell, one of her suspects, wasn't part of the plan. The whole series is hilarious. I found that i've laughed at the ...more
I think I'll put all 4 books into 1 review. They are cute, funny, really sexy...something you want to read when you don't want to think. I'll give 3 stars to all.
A little different take on Vampires, I like the "common house" that they have with their love ones and "donors" living like in an apartment building.
They take off fast, the Vamps finding their one and only pretty fast so the sex gets going right off the bat. I like that the "bites" are orgasmic not painful or poison, all have a cute sto
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