Sunday, January 27, 2013

Big Bad Bite (Big Bad Bite #1) by Jessie Lane

Check out the official book blurb and dual review by Steffi and Karla for the first book in the Big Bad Bite series. Thank you to Jessie Lane for providing an advanced copy of the book. We are excited about this fun new series! 

What would it be like to live in a world where you are considered abnormal to those who are above the norm?

Jenna O’ Conner has been taught her whole life to hide from everyone. Never to let anyone to close enough to know that she would prefer a shotgun for her birthday over of a bouquet of roses. She’s been smothered by her over protective family so that no one learns what she truly is. Which is not human. Nor, is she considered the norm for the supernatural Other community that is benevolent enough to share this world with the humans.

In a desperate attempt to live her own life away from the small town she was raised in, Jenna obtains her dream job as the newest member on the Wilmington Police Department’s SWAT Team. What she didn’t predict was that she would run into trouble her first day on the job, in the form of a deadly, mouthwatering man named Adam McPhee. Who is also not human, but more like a wolf walking around in human skin. He’s determined to figure out exactly what Jenna is, which unbeknownst to him, could very well put her life in danger. He’s also determined to have her all to himself.

As if that wasn’t enough for Jenna to deal with, bad news blows into town. A group of extremist Shifters who think humans are cattle and factions of Others worldwide should stay within their own species - never to intermingle. Chaos ensues. Jenna has to find a way to shut them down, but in the process of trying to do that, discovers things about herself that even she never thought was possible.

Who said the wolf was what you had to worry about?
Welcome to the real world.

 Release date: January 28, 2013

What worked
Karla: The first 30% percent of this book was EXCELLENT! I loved that Jenna was part of the SWAT team and that she could go toe-to-toe with the men, she gave as good as she got.
The way Adam and Jenna find each other, really made for an exciting beginning, and then to have Kent reveal himself for what he really is, well this was the start of something good!!
It was very witty…laugh out loud funny, especially the banter between Jenna and Kent!
The sibling relationship between Logan and Jenna, even though it was new for both of them, it was believable and they cracked me up! 

Steffi: I cracked up about every 5 pages. The writing is funny and witty and very charming as well. I also enjoyed that not a single character was painted in a bad light. They all had something funny, endearing and slightly crazy about them. The humor actually reminds me a lot of Shelly Laurenston and her Pride series.
When Jenna and Adam come together it sizzles and there are some very sensual scenes with the two of them. All the other male characters are hot and sexy in their own right and I can’t wait to read their stories.
Lastly, I especially enjoyed the sub plot that will carry on into the next book. While Big Bad Bite is a romance, you will also get some action (pun intended) and suspense. There is something for everyone.

What didn’t  work
Karla: Sometimes the humor felt forced, when it was on it was on, but there were moments that the humor just felt out of place. I had a love/hate relationship with Jenna’s snarky kick-ass attitude. I like a strong female character, but there were times when it was too much.
Kent was huge part of the story and then he wasn’t, he was such a plus, a fun quirky character, and his presence was sorely missed in the second half of the book.
The story strayed away from it’s original foundation. I wish the author would have built the story around Jenna and Kent's job on the SWAT team, and then continue to bring  Adam in as the bounty hunter, it was working so well. I didn’t care for this wild goose chase to another country The story was right there in front of us, and if the author had stuck with it, it would have been a fantastic read.

Steffi: I felt that the story lost its momentum about halfway through. The beginning was exciting and thrilling, full of new discoveries but then some scenes were dragged out and I felt a bit lost while reading. That did change again towards the end, though.
While I felt that the humor was one of the strongest points of the book, I have to agree with Karla and say that the jokes felt a bit repetitive towards the end. It was still funny but more of a small chuckle than an outright laugh as it was at the beginning of the book.

Best scenes
Karla: Jenna’s understanding that what she was feeling for Adam was not love, but that because he was everything she was looking for in a man, they could build on their feelings for each other and that love would be imminent. She was so sheltered from this world and when Logan and her had a heart to heart, it was a beautiful moment.
The first skin to skin scene with Adam and Jenna. I thought it was sensual, passionate, and very well written. It was in these  moments where I thought the writing shined!! I could feel the undeniable chemistry that these two had for each other. Adam was amazing!! 

Steffi: The first skin to skin moment with Adam and Jenna was a favorite of mine as well. I wished for more moments like that throughout the story. I felt that that scene was one of the strongest points of the book when the chemistry was off the charts. I also really enjoyed the parts about Jenna’s job on the SWAT team. They were action packed, exciting and showed a strong side of her which worked well with the vulnerability she showed with Adam.

Favorite characters
Karla: Adam: Sweet, charming, protective! I thought he was perfect for Jenna and oh so patient and understanding, just what she needed in a man.
Kent: Man-whore extraordinaire, witty and someone I want to read more about!
Logan: Typical younger brother, annoying, but in a cute way. I love when he came in the bedroom and was staring at Jenna’s neck, so brash! He’s got great potential moving forward in the series. 

Steffi: Adam: I have to admire him for his patience with Jenna. I was also a bit sad for him sometimes because his mate didn’t know anything about the shifter world and he often had to stand back and suppress his instincts to allow Jenna to get used to this new world.
Logan (Jenna’s brother): He was one of the most hilarious characters. I will never forget the scene when he bursts in on Jenna and Adam in the bedroom. So funny!
Jenna’s mother: She only makes a couple of short appearances but she is hilarious and slightly wacky in her own way.

Overall Thoughts
Karla: I was sucked into this story, the beginning just came at me full force, and then I felt like it was being mired in descriptive narrative and a storyline that was over-the-top and not necessary. I wish that the author had stuck in keeping the story within the SWAT team setting and the initial surroundings that it started out with. I loved that Jenna met her extended family, particularly her brother Logan, but some of the other characters just didn’t quite make much sense to me. Simpler would have been better; Jenna and Adam’s pairing as the crux of the story, with Kent mixed in for some extra tension. Jenna finding out why she was so protected all her life, and being introduced into pack life would have been a great way to introduce this series. However, I’m impressed enough that I’m looking forward to the next book, and really, really hoping for the return of Kent!!! 3 ½ Stars!!

Steffi: Overall, Big Bad Bite was a winner for me on all fronts. Yes, the story fell through a bit in the second half but it picked up again towards the end and considering how often I laughed and how much fun I had with this book, that is easily forgivable. If you like funny paranormal romance with crazy but endearing characters, Big Bad Bite will be for you. I am definitely curious about yummy shifter Gage, the hero of Walk On The Striped Side (how amazing is that title?), the second book in the Big Bad Bite series. I hope there will be more of Jenna and Adam as a couple and of course Kent. How could I forget about Kent, the man whore? He needs to be taught a lesson and I have a feeling he will have both hands full with the woman that catches his eye. Hopefully, soon! 4 Stars!

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