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Once Bitten

(Alexa O'Brien, Huntress #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  5,465 ratings  ·  430 reviews
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Alexa O'Brien is a professional huntress and a werewolf with the ability to conduct and manipulate metaphysical energy. When she is inexplicably drawn to the enigmatic vampire Arys Knight, the dangerous power they create together becomes more than either of them anticipated. As a result of their actions Alexa risks the loss of mo
ebook, 258 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Dark Mountain Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
It's not very often that I can't complete a book. Unfortunately, this one falls into that category. The story reads like it was written by an amateur who is in desperate need of a better editor. After struggling my way to page 162, I read the following sentences and had to go ahead and call it quits -
"My jaw dropped in horror. In his hand, illuminated by the glove box light, was a spare tampon that I had tossed in there in case of emergency.
"For those not so fresh days, huh Alexa?"
Yep, I was
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
“It was starting to feel like a hair pulling, bitch slapping kind of fight.”

*Might contain spoilers*
Arys is the only reason I finished the book. He was dark, kinda evil, and dangerous, and if you know me, you know I love a bad boy. Shaz was so boring. I only felt friendship towards him and it annoyed me that he and Alexa was together. Alexa, who I had no respect for at all, annoyed the shit out of me. She was selfish and really accusing. As boring as Shaz was, Alexa didn't deserve hi
Dec 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in what seems to be a long-running series from a new to me author. It was recommended by a fellow reader. I went ahead & gave it a chance thinking it be a good "in-between" read. FYI: The kindle version of this book is currently free on Amazon.

World Building
The world building was minimal. No info dumps to get through or massively detailed explanations revolving world dynamics. The reader learns as the story progresses. The story takes place in a contemporary world much li
Alexa O’Brien may be a werewolf with a little something extra, but the professional huntress had a love/lust life that was a complete mess. She has an inexplicable pull to the vampire, Arys and their night of passion connects them on a mental level. He is cold, harsh and seemingly heartless.

When her pack alpha, the man she once shared her bed and her heart with needs her help, she is torn between helping and letting him deal on his own, until he reveals the real problem. Self-centered and manipu
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story that, unfortunately, fell flat for me. And I can't really say why. :O

-It's true there's not much world-building, but given the plot, it wasn't a must as it's a standard "world" in UF. On the other side, some magic needs some explaining.
The monsters are real and not downplayed for the audience. Vampires kills, were too (which is good).
- The heroine is a strong woman who survived tragedy both on the physical and mental "plane".

All of these should have make this book one
Victoria Limbert
I really wanted to give this more stars. One I gave purely because that front cover is beautiful! Another star I gave because even though I found the story somewhat disjointed and lacked flow at times I liked the theme, the magic elements Alexa's struggles and with the problems the author threw at her. The third star I gave because I enjoyed the characters/personalities of those around the Alexa, yet I failed to connect with Alexa herself. I would have liked to see Shaz and Arys develop more as ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
I couldn't get into it. Reading it was a chore. I got halfway through it before I was literally screaming in frustration. The heroine of the book was a shallow, short-sighted hussy. The first real sexual interlude was with a poorly introduced character that I didn't even really care for enough to find attractive. The redeeming male character she was "really" in love with, I was hoping he'd run in the opposite direction, because Alexa was not anywhere near good enough for him. And Raoul was a poo ...more
Feb 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
This mess is WAY too long and convoluted. Over 600 pages, this could easily have been cut into two books, or better still, lose the filler. I couldn't believe how many chapters passed after the first villain was conquered, or how many were useless. Did we really need to stop while the characters are supposed to be chasing Zoey so the author could introduce the lesbian tiger, have her hit on six female strangers just to make sure we get the point, and then show that she's interested in Alexa too? ...more
Shay Williams
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was to sum this book up on one word it would be 'Incredible'. I actually picked this book up for free through Amazon and I am so glad that I did as I will now be following this series.

Written in first person (and a very good first person at that) from Alexa's viewpoint, the reader is able to get up close and personal with her strengths and weaknesses. We get to see her grow and stumble backwards. And I do have to say that I find Lex to be the perfect blend of kick ass and insecurities to be a
May 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
I just didn't really enjoy this book. It had enough that I was able to stick with it, but I felt like I was missing a piece of the puzzle through most of it. There were things that were happening (metaphysical powers, were powers, vampire powers) that just didn't flow with the story and should have been better explained early on in the book. It seemed like that stuff was mentioned and I was just expected to know what those powers (and consequently the results of those powers like psi balls) were ...more
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Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal, read-2013
Got as an ebook freebie.

If one ignores the demented relationships, than I suppose it wasn't that bad. But seriously. Lets all get the hots for the guy who uses us for sex. (view spoiler) and the guy who kills people for food because "drinking blood with out the kill is like sex without the orgasm" so she accepts and gets it that he is a murderer and it "exc
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
Imagine receiving a nicely wrapped package and you are itching to discover what lays beyond the wrapping. However, when you peel away the pretty wrapping, your excitement dims because what you uncovered pales in comparison to the outer appearance. Well, this was my experience with Once Bitten by Trina M. Lee. Not that it was a bad book; it just did not live up to my expectations.

I had purchased the e-book awhile back and when I discovered the audio was available for review, I jumped at the oppor
Nov 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was a bit confusing. There was a lot going on here, with so many characters to keep track of... & the lack of world building - made this story very hard to follow at first but it's easily picked up.

Our protagonist, Alexa O'Brien was very likeable in some ways. But more then anything, Alexa annoyed me - she was one of those girls who had to have the interest of every male in the story. Boy Hopping aside, Alexa was a cool chick. She was strong, independent but not so independent that she
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I found this book on Amazon as a free read. As most free reads I am skeptical of whether or not it will be good or lack a plot. This is another writer who has slowly changed my views. Not only did it have plot but the feelings that the writer brought up in me were crazy. I felt, lust, hate, anger, love, sadness, and many more emotions.

The story revolves around a werewolf named Alexa who was changed when she was just a little girl who watched her parents die. She survived the change from the bit
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OOOoooh wow! I LOVE finding new authors that are wonderful! This was a free read and now I'm going hunting for more of her work and will gladly pay for it. This was one damn good read!

Alexa O'Brien is a Werewolf and has an abundance of metaphysical magic. Arys is a Vampire with metaphysical magic that calls to Alexa, and he is attracted to her more and more each time he sees her. They eventually fall into each others arms, co-mingling their magics, each gaining a little of what the other has. Bu
Cheryl M-M
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Conceptually done before, but then again what hasn't been done before in the supernatural genre. It could have been a lot better, but failed to bring the money to the bank in the end.
Not sure if I can put my finger on what was wrong. It seemed a little disjointed at times, which meant it didn't flow evenly. The characters were underdeveloped and that was a shame. Lee has created a strong female and male lead with a lot of potential, so perhaps that is something we will see in the next book.
Sharon Kennedy
Apr 14, 2013 rated it liked it
This was quite a well written story, whereby a werewolf has a mystical connection to a vampire, but is also in love with another wolf. The angst that this caused our lovely heroine unfortunately reminded me of the Anita Blake stories, where she ends up sleeping with vampires, werewolves, etc etc etc, and this seems to be heading in the same direction.
The back story was interesting - someone or something is killing the former lovers of the Alpha werewolf, and is trying to set him up - but I do fe
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read. I especially enjoyed that Alexa is a 20 something yesr old werewolf who was changed as a young teenager but as a girl she had a natural affinity for controlling psychic energy that continued after being bitten by a werewolf during an attack that killed the rest of her family. This is a talent that most weres do not have and is more akin to the psychic abilities of vampires. How interesting.

So we meet Arys, centuries old vampire who Alexa is drawn to by energy and power rat
Sep 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Once Bitten is a mix of urban fantasy and paranormal romance with some mystery thrown in for good measure. Yes, there are steamy scenes, but the author works them in with the plot, not as the focus of story. The main character, Alexa, is strong but not bitchy, and she kicks supernatural butt with the best of them. She's drawn to Shaz, a werewolf and a friend who can comfort her own wolf and offer support in her chaotic life. Too bad she can't shake an attraction and the lure of power from Arys, ...more
4,25 stars - English Ebook - I have dyslexia -
- In response to his Question, I threw my head back and looked into the sky, as if it were a dark velvet veil that had the secrets of the universe. I held my hands out before me and Just let the wolf inside break free. -
Great start of the series involving a werewolf, vampire and witches. Mix it all together and you end up with a very entertaining book like this one. If you like the paranormal this is a series I recommend.
- I stared at him with a t
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Ok I give this 2.5*'s because I've read better books that I only gave 3*'s to. Ok I like half of Alexa the kickass half the rest of her is annoying! I didn't like the (view spoiler) I think the author is trying to be Laurell K Hamilton in that respect! I wish that there had been more murder mystery and less sex! The Catherine part seemed to be an add in as it had no relevance to the rest of the story! I don't think I'm going to waist my time reading anymore of these ...more
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great start to a series! Action packed and full of drama, this story was an interesting take on paranormal creatures in a modern setting.
Brianna Belbin
Once Bitten is a great urban fantasy/ paranormal romance! This book is packed with emotions, mystery, death, and a love triangle. I loved Alexa’s snarky personality and hope that her, along with the other characters, continue to develop and grow throughout the series. Alexa’s relationships with Shaz and Arys were different, but developed very well. I can’t wait to continue this series to see where it goes!
Sarah did a wonderful job narrating this book. I was drawn in from the start and couldn’t p
Debra Barstad
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book. I liked how the story flowed and the writing style was easy to read. I would recommend if you like vampires, werewolves, and the paranormal romance type books.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good start to this UF world. A bit reminiscent of the Guardian Witch and Kate Daniela series. Not as good, but if your jonesing for something like them as I often am then this might be a good series for you. Like the main characters. It has good action. Good world building so far.
Kellie Domke
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it

Loved every bit of it! Kept me wanting to continue reading.... I’m addicting! Already read the entire series and re-reading them all now. Found that it’s just as good reading it for the second time!
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
*This is currently a freebie on the kindle*

I felt that I was left out of the story quite often, specifically when it came to the magic side of things. Having finished reading this book, I've since found out there are two prequels priced at 99p and it's preferred that you read the prequels before starting the first book.

I couldn't connect with Alexa that well. Although somewhat toned down, she's a typical annoying, mouthy, fiery, "kick-ass" urban fantasy heroine. The story still continued to int
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This incredible book should come with a different kind of Warning lable with it . HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!!! I was NOSE TO SCREEN from the begining to end and craving MORE .
Alexa has grown and matured into a wolf that is finally finding what and where she should be and lucky girl to have to suffer while being drawn to a SEXY , Wolf (Shaz) and the EROTICLY SEXY Vampire Arys . What a surprise when more and more of her hidden energies are exposed and enhanced from ONE night of temptation . Was better the
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I am the author of the Alexa O’Brien Huntress and the Rebel Heart series. I write urban fantasy that is dark and gritty with a twist of romance and horror but which is ultimately about people in dark places discovering who they are and what they’re made of.

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