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Re-release with additional ending. A vampire, a cupcake, plus one sexy cop, is a recipe for trouble. VINCENT KAMATEROS is an exiled vampire making a routine living as the owner of a cupcake bakery in Arizona. Until a car with a dead driver crashes through the wall of his shop, bringing after it, All-American, closeted cop, JOHN REEDER. Smitten the instant he sees John, but Re-release with additional ending. A vampire, a cupcake, plus one sexy cop, is a recipe for trouble. VINCENT KAMATEROS is an exiled vampire making a routine living as the owner of a cupcake bakery in Arizona. Until a car with a dead driver crashes through the wall of his shop, bringing after it, All-American, closeted cop, JOHN REEDER. Smitten the instant he sees John, but bound to silence by the Vampire High Council, he can never reveal his true self to John. John Reeder can’t control his attraction to the sexy Italian baker. But as addictive as the sex is, John can't overcome his fear of rejection for being gay, and open his heart to a man with so many secrets.


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Re-release with additional ending. A vampire, a cupcake, plus one sexy cop, is a recipe for trouble. VINCENT KAMATEROS is an exiled vampire making a routine living as the owner of a cupcake bakery in Arizona. Until a car with a dead driver crashes through the wall of his shop, bringing after it, All-American, closeted cop, JOHN REEDER. Smitten the instant he sees John, but Re-release with additional ending. A vampire, a cupcake, plus one sexy cop, is a recipe for trouble. VINCENT KAMATEROS is an exiled vampire making a routine living as the owner of a cupcake bakery in Arizona. Until a car with a dead driver crashes through the wall of his shop, bringing after it, All-American, closeted cop, JOHN REEDER. Smitten the instant he sees John, but bound to silence by the Vampire High Council, he can never reveal his true self to John. John Reeder can’t control his attraction to the sexy Italian baker. But as addictive as the sex is, John can't overcome his fear of rejection for being gay, and open his heart to a man with so many secrets.

30 review for For the Bite of It

  1. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    Actual Rating: 1.5 stars Meh. I can't say I enjoyed this book. The whole thing seems unnecessary and old fashion to me. Then, as vampire fantasy goes, this was incredibly lame, terrible. Furthermore, the audiobook narrator's voices were fake and even robotic at times. Actual Rating: 1.5 stars Meh. I can't say I enjoyed this book. The whole thing seems unnecessary and old fashion to me. Then, as vampire fantasy goes, this was incredibly lame, terrible. Furthermore, the audiobook narrator's voices were fake and even robotic at times.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bookwatcher

    Oh boys and girls, I'm angry... very angry The plot is not bad. I read it because I'm a vampire slut . Yeah I cant see a vampire book because I'll get it. Yes, I'm admit I'm a vampire slut, and I not ashamed of it Reading so many vampire books of course I was curious about this idea, of a vampire exiled and now a baker. BTW my 2 stars is all to this, the original plot I enjoy so much. The main characters are interesting but I didn't felt in love. Sorry, honest person here. I must admit I really di Oh boys and girls, I'm angry... very angry The plot is not bad. I read it because I'm a vampire slut . Yeah I cant see a vampire book because I'll get it. Yes, I'm admit I'm a vampire slut, and I not ashamed of it Reading so many vampire books of course I was curious about this idea, of a vampire exiled and now a baker. BTW my 2 stars is all to this, the original plot I enjoy so much. The main characters are interesting but I didn't felt in love. Sorry, honest person here. I must admit I really didn't went nuts for the main characters. I like the secondary one, Angelo. And I like both men are very close to their family, loving their sisters, brothers and nephews. It was cute. The murder that is said in the blurb is not (at all) a mystery. I read it, but I didn't care, for even a second, about it. It wasn't a mystery, it didn't catch my attention. At all. BUT, let me get to the point. Why I start this review saying I'm angry? I was cheated. Oh yes, I was fooled and I HATE IT! This book don't have an end. It's (probably) part of a serie. All the angst and doubts if their will or not be more than fuck buds will not be answer. WTF is the problem here? you are asking yourself? Simple, nowhere, no place at all, it's mentioned it's part of a serie. Why? Dammit! WHy? It's so hard to add it, a little phrase after the title (Book 1, or crap like that!) telling the buyer it's not a standalone, but a book 1 of a serie! Do I have the right to be pissoff? I don't know, but I'm, and simple phrase, saying it's not a standalone book would prevent it. Info from a very know seller Info from the editor site I know many times the selling of the first book will be crucial to the writing of more, but damn, don't tell the buyer it's a serie is cheating! So ok, more calm person now 2,5 stars if there will be more probably I'll read... hey I told you, vampire slut here *pointing to myself*, so yeah, I'll read more.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Meh paranormal m/m romance about an exiled vampire stripped of his powers and baking cupcakes in Tempe, Arizona, where he comes under suspicion of murder. Did the suspicious cop have to be so appealing and so deeply closeted? Although this is kind of choppy and sloppily edited ("scoured" instead of "scowled"?!), it was heading for three stars until it abruptly stopped, at the point of a critical conversation, feeling very unresolved. If this is supposed to be the first part of a serial, there's Meh paranormal m/m romance about an exiled vampire stripped of his powers and baking cupcakes in Tempe, Arizona, where he comes under suspicion of murder. Did the suspicious cop have to be so appealing and so deeply closeted? Although this is kind of choppy and sloppily edited ("scoured" instead of "scowled"?!), it was heading for three stars until it abruptly stopped, at the point of a critical conversation, feeling very unresolved. If this is supposed to be the first part of a serial, there's sure not anything about it on Liquid Silver's page for the book. And if there had been - I wouldn't have purchased it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan65

    I tend to find myself, from time to time, migrating towards stories with less-than stellar ratings; I’ve found a few gems out there that I would have never read had I not given the story a fair chance on my own. I also seem to love what some have not, and disliked what other’s loved, so when I was approached about reading For the Bite of It, which was re”vamp”ed and given an extended ending I thought, why not, let’s go for it and see what’s what…and I’m glad that I did. Vincent is an exiled vamp I tend to find myself, from time to time, migrating towards stories with less-than stellar ratings; I’ve found a few gems out there that I would have never read had I not given the story a fair chance on my own. I also seem to love what some have not, and disliked what other’s loved, so when I was approached about reading For the Bite of It, which was re”vamp”ed and given an extended ending I thought, why not, let’s go for it and see what’s what…and I’m glad that I did. Vincent is an exiled vampire who was cast out from his family and his position as heir to throne by the Vampire High Council for a crime he did not commit. His love and the safety of and for his family were worth the banishment, even though he is very much missing them and the loss of his powers. Seriously, a vampire without his powers is like a cup of hot cocoa without whipped cream, you just can’t have one without the other without feeling the loss. John is a closeted, sometimes real jack-ass of a cop who is investigating a murder and Vincent is front and center as his primo suspect and, unfortunately, John is strongly attracted to the man as well. Horrible news for a guy who wants to remain in the closet. He plays a terrible game of “mixed-signals” with Vincent, and the two stay on a collision course of “should we or shouldn’t we”, mixed in with some pretty steamy sex. This is a fast paced murder mystery slash paranormal with a side dish of secrets and lies on both John’s and Vincent’s parts. John just confuses the hell out of Vincent and for a vampire that’s been around a long time that is no easy feat. Vincent on the other hand is forced to keep his lineage and vampirism a secret or risk John’s life. Not the best recipe for a vampire baker and human cop who are trying to find their footing in the romantic relationship arena. Trust is a big deal and that’s just not in the cards for these guys right now. For the Bite of It is book one in the Orbus Arcana series and thus far we are left with quite a few unanswered questions. The secrets are numerous and I foresee that the repercussions will be abundant in the next book. However, John and Vincent have decided to make a go of it and for now Vincent’s true identity is still unknown to John. As hot headed as John is I can just imagine the fight that will ensue when he finds out. It won’t be pretty. So back to less-than stellar reviews mentioned above; I can totally see where they came from without the extended ending and revisions. Yes, we are still left with some unfinished business, but the series is as yet unfinished and the answers are forthcoming, so with that said, I feel confident in recommending this series for those looking for a fast paced, work-in-progress vampire paranormal. See this review and more at The Blogger Girls

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Emily

    I'm with everyone else...where's the last third of the book? haha. Great build up in their relationship, interesting vampire world building, but the ending is left completely unresolved. I'm assuming there will be a second book? I'm with everyone else...where's the last third of the book? haha. Great build up in their relationship, interesting vampire world building, but the ending is left completely unresolved. I'm assuming there will be a second book?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mandy*reads obsessively*

    FREE today and tomorrow ( 3rd and 4th of April) on amazon.com

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 2.25 stars For the Bite Of It is the first book in the Orbus Arcana series and it introduces us to the gruff cop, John Reeder, and his vampire lover, Vince Kamateros. I struggled with this one from the beginning, despite its occasional redeeming moments. Vince is a fairly interesting character and while not fully developed, he definitely feels more fleshed out than John or anyone else in the book. His reason for exile is fairly straightforward, but the nature of the Orbus A A Joyfully Jay review. 2.25 stars For the Bite Of It is the first book in the Orbus Arcana series and it introduces us to the gruff cop, John Reeder, and his vampire lover, Vince Kamateros. I struggled with this one from the beginning, despite its occasional redeeming moments. Vince is a fairly interesting character and while not fully developed, he definitely feels more fleshed out than John or anyone else in the book. His reason for exile is fairly straightforward, but the nature of the Orbus Arcana is less so. I was never quite sure what they do or what control they have over vampires save that it is absolute…except when it isn’t. There is reference to a growing rebellion, but the core of the book focuses on the murder and the initial phases of John and Vince’s relationship. I would say the murder is a fairly useless subplot. It never goes anywhere and given that Vince is ruled out as a suspect fairly early on, there’s never even a threat to either he or John. It’s an excuse for these two to meet and that’s fine, but it serves as page filler rather than an a meaningful addition to the overall story. Read Sue’s review in its entirety here.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Line

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  10. 5 out of 5

    Sabi

    The ending was awful.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    I got to admit authors Viki Lyn and Vina Grey deliver a sexy tale filled with smoldering vampires, cupcakes and a simmering sexual tension that leaves you in the end wanting to jump your significant other’s bones. The authors do a wonderful job in creating a world that draws the reader in, keeps them captivated and eager for more when the last page is read. The story flows nicely though it does have a few things that left me wondering if the scenes in the beginning were just fillers (John and Vi I got to admit authors Viki Lyn and Vina Grey deliver a sexy tale filled with smoldering vampires, cupcakes and a simmering sexual tension that leaves you in the end wanting to jump your significant other’s bones. The authors do a wonderful job in creating a world that draws the reader in, keeps them captivated and eager for more when the last page is read. The story flows nicely though it does have a few things that left me wondering if the scenes in the beginning were just fillers (John and Vincent’s occupations for example are only mentioned a hand full of times and you never see them doing their jobs so to speak after meeting one another). Meet Vincent and John. Vincent is a century’s old and powerful vampire who was exiled and now runs a cupcake bakery. John is a closeted cop who finds himself attracted to Vincent. A mystery, secrets and powerful sexual tension will keep the reader on the edge of their seat until the very end. I got to admit; I loved how John flummoxed Vincent and kept him on his toes. These two dance around one another, falling in and out of bed with abandon even as the secrets that Vincent holds will either break these two apart or bring them together. Only time will tell on that aspect of the story. These two characters dance and weave around one another with the grace of a dancer, letting the reader see one thing even as another scene is playing out in the background. I loved how these two main characters interact with one another and I can foresee the fireworks that will ensure after John finds out Vincent’s secrets. The secondary characters keep the story flowing nicely and were as well written as John and Vincent were. FOR THE BITE OF IT is just the beginning of a new series from authors Viki Lyn and Vina Grey. I really liked how they fleshed out the background of the main characters and it gave the story more depth as well. Humor, sexy scenes and more abound within the story and I can attest I am eager for book two now. If you enjoy a different take on vampires and love cupcakes as well as cops, then get ready FOR THE BITE OF IT and settle in for one smoking hot ride. Now the question is can Vincent keep John and learn that some secrets need to be told or else the trust one has with someone is broken.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Corazon

    This one was recommended to me. The blurb was okay; therefore I’ve taken it on my read-next-shelf. You can do so many things with a vampire, but the author made Vincent so boring I didn’t see him as a vampire; I didn’t “feel” him. It’s the same with John, the closeted cop. Where the vampire doesn’t really exist for me, the cop was so full of clichés; it hurts to read the book. Usually I like to read short stories and I’m satisfied with it. But in this case I lost interest after 20 pages and at t This one was recommended to me. The blurb was okay; therefore I’ve taken it on my read-next-shelf. You can do so many things with a vampire, but the author made Vincent so boring I didn’t see him as a vampire; I didn’t “feel” him. It’s the same with John, the closeted cop. Where the vampire doesn’t really exist for me, the cop was so full of clichés; it hurts to read the book. Usually I like to read short stories and I’m satisfied with it. But in this case I lost interest after 20 pages and at the end I asked me where is the book, where is the story? Maybe this book is a prequel to a second one - I don't know - but since I didn’t enjoy this one I’m in no mood to read another boring story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    2.5 stars The blurb is promising, but for me personally, the story just doesn't click. It might have to do with Vincent's vampire status. I don't really feel it. Like, everything can still work if he's not, since I don't exactly see the "benefit" of him being a vampire. I don't even feel that his vampire-ness. So a story about closeted cop and a cupcake store owner would still be suffice. By half of the book, I just lose interest. 2.5 stars The blurb is promising, but for me personally, the story just doesn't click. It might have to do with Vincent's vampire status. I don't really feel it. Like, everything can still work if he's not, since I don't exactly see the "benefit" of him being a vampire. I don't even feel that his vampire-ness. So a story about closeted cop and a cupcake store owner would still be suffice. By half of the book, I just lose interest.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kinny

    yup, the ending was abrupt and more of a cliffhanger. It was obvious John was going to break up with him but he gets jealous and decides to dump blame on Vince. I hated John Reeder: selfish, manipulative, hypocrite that he was. Vince was the wimpiest vampire! Walk away from the jerk who is stringing you along and wants to stay in the closet. Make him suffer!!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Felicia

    Very bad ending. Leaves you hanging and the book felt incomplete.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This had been sitting on my Amazon wish list, but it took being unpublished for me to get my butt in gear and track it down (first on Audible--where it is still available as of 08/2020--and then ebook courtesy of directly emailing Viki Lyn). I wish I had read it so much sooner!!!! At first glance, this is a wonderful little murder mystery, starring a closeted, grouchy cop and his suspect--a cupcake baker. John the cop is a great character, relatable in how much he prevaricates about coming out vs This had been sitting on my Amazon wish list, but it took being unpublished for me to get my butt in gear and track it down (first on Audible--where it is still available as of 08/2020--and then ebook courtesy of directly emailing Viki Lyn). I wish I had read it so much sooner!!!! At first glance, this is a wonderful little murder mystery, starring a closeted, grouchy cop and his suspect--a cupcake baker. John the cop is a great character, relatable in how much he prevaricates about coming out vs the fear of what his family and other cops might think. But it's Vincent the baker who steals the show. Vincent has a secret of his own, and it's not his sexuality. He is an exiled vampire, kicked out of magical society and stripped of his powers after circumstances force him to confess to a murder he didn't commit. And he isn't just any exiled vampire--he's the son of the King, the Lord Heir of the whole Vampire Kingdom. I just loved all the layers in this, and I love the slow burn pace which means in this book (view spoiler)[John and Vincent get together romantically, but John hasn't come out as a gay man and Vincent hasn't told John he is a vampire (hide spoiler)] . Bring on book 2!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laks

    A murder mystery romance with political issues from vampire world thrown in. The beginning with the murder scene was interesting, but other than the discussions with other vampires, there are no usual stuff you expect from a vampire story. It didn't feel like a really paranormal book. Maybe more stuff is coming in the rest of the series, I dont know. Altogether it an okay read. A murder mystery romance with political issues from vampire world thrown in. The beginning with the murder scene was interesting, but other than the discussions with other vampires, there are no usual stuff you expect from a vampire story. It didn't feel like a really paranormal book. Maybe more stuff is coming in the rest of the series, I dont know. Altogether it an okay read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janeylou

    3.5 stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jody

    Everything you thought you knew about vampires gets twisted and turned in For the Bite of It as a hierarchy of vampires living separate from humanity sends those who've done wrong to live amongst humans after stripping them of their powers. This sets up a rebellion just hinted at here that doesn't bode well for humanity once the battle starts. Into a war just bubbling beneath the surface comes Vincent, cupcake baker extraordinaire, and future king of his line if he can reclaim his place once his Everything you thought you knew about vampires gets twisted and turned in For the Bite of It as a hierarchy of vampires living separate from humanity sends those who've done wrong to live amongst humans after stripping them of their powers. This sets up a rebellion just hinted at here that doesn't bode well for humanity once the battle starts. Into a war just bubbling beneath the surface comes Vincent, cupcake baker extraordinaire, and future king of his line if he can reclaim his place once his penance is over. He misses the life he once knew and the family that accepted him wholeheartedly and feels nothing but loneliness and bleakness now. He throws himself completely into his bakery and it's here that his life takes an even bigger turn once he meets human detective John. Vincent will do anything to claim him, even help him catch a murderer, but he knows he can't tell him the truth about what he is which causes numerous roadblocks between them and leads to an ending that leaves room for more to come. Vincent is sexy with old world mannerisms. He's cultured with an air of the aristocracy surrounding him which is very different from John's blue collar way of life but these differences aren't much of an issue thankfully. Though John brings light to Vincent's lonely life he knows that being with a human could lead to John's death and this fear hangs over him as their relationship grows and has me fearing for their future. What is yet another issue is John's hiding of his sexuality. His parents are very religious and his older brother is a paragon that leaves him frustrated with not wanting to be a disappointment. He's never with the same man twice, doesn't kiss his partners, and finds those partners far away from home. He throws himself into work but meeting Vincent is electric and he can't ignore the connection between them, even when he suspects Vincent of murder. It's a struggle to accept the truth about himself but he's tired of being alone and soon realizes that his future lies only with Vincent and that his life's only complete in his presence. Things don't go smoothly though as John's constant jealousy causes issues between them and unnecessary doubts that weigh on him. There's even bigger issues lurking between them though that they've not even dealt with yet and their HFN ending will soon implode once John learns the truth about Vincent's world. This was a clever read in its interpretation of vampirism. They're very human-like with their ability to be in the sun and eat food, but their bloodlust can overwhelm them in the throes of passion and they can teleport and use various other mind tricks. Their powers can be removed as a form of punishment with living amongst humans added punishment. Their hierarchy is just hinted at and I look forward to learning about the different abilities associated with the different clans. Along with the burgeoning romance between these two that gives us insight into their characters comes unrelenting sexual tension that leads to some super HOT sexual interludes that are surprisingly romantic too. The secondary characters are also worth mentioning as they're a supportive group who gently nudge these men together. Of this group Angelo is the most memorable, colorful in his clothes and mannerisms, but Vincent's staunchest supporter and the one to help him cope with his exile. He's flamboyant and appears carefree but is slyly intelligent with an unrequited love of his own that I hope to see addressed. The murder itself is a bit of an obtrusion and went on way too long and I wish less time had been spent on it as it kept our couple separated far too much and had no bearing on the characters beyond being the catalyst for their meeting. Overall though it's an entertaining story with an ending that feels somewhat incomplete. It leaves readers tantalized and wanting to come back for more, so here's to the next book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Forsythe

    A note before I begin: There are apparently two versions of this book, one from 2011 and one from 2014. I read the newest one, which is said to have a different ending than the first. This book was at best OK. It wasn't quite bad, but I can't call it particularly good either. The vast majority of it is about two men who fall in lust/love at first sight and then spend 180+ pages fantasising about one another, while fighting in real life. Thus, they don't get together for a long time and the reade A note before I begin: There are apparently two versions of this book, one from 2011 and one from 2014. I read the newest one, which is said to have a different ending than the first. This book was at best OK. It wasn't quite bad, but I can't call it particularly good either. The vast majority of it is about two men who fall in lust/love at first sight and then spend 180+ pages fantasising about one another, while fighting in real life. Thus, they don't get together for a long time and the reader just gets more fantasies. This is not a format that works for me. In fact, I got quite annoyed with it after a while. This was only one of several problems, however. The men are said to feel things for one another that they've never felt before. But the connection is instant and there isn't any reason given for it. The vampires don't find destined mates or anything like that, which could excuse the mysterious rise of feeling between the two of them, but not previous lovers. If something out of the ordinary happens, I like to know how or why. Then there are the inconsistencies. For example, Angelo encourages Vincent to "scratch the itch' with John, then he repeatedly tells Vincent he can't have John, then he's daring Vincent to tell John the truth (breaking rules he previously said were the reason Vincent couldn't have John), then he's telling Vincent he's crazy for trying to make a relationship work and refusing to help. Back and forwards. Similarly, John and Vincent are wishy-washy-wishy-washy, changing their minds about each-other constantly. Worst of all is the attempt to bring a bigger story into the book. Again, the vast majority of the book is John and Vincent lusting over one another, pushing each-other away, and then pulling each-other back again. But slipped in between all of this are little bits of Vincent's pedigree, history and future responsibilities. And this looked to be an interesting story...that isn't developed AT ALL. In fact, every time there was a chapter dedicated to it, it literally (and I'm careful of my use of that word) feels like someone has dropped a chapter from a different book in by mistake. This was both a waste of a good storyline and an annoyance. (I wonder if Viki wrote the romance and Vina wrote the fantasy parts, or visa versa. That might explain it.) Then there were a number of smallish irritants. For example, John and Vincent repeatedly stated to one another how good the sex between them was. However, they'd never had actual sex. (They finally did at about 98%, but this annoying habit crept in very early in the book.) If the BJ or hand-job, or fingering is good, that's great, and maybe I'm being pedantic, but it's not sex (at least not by erotica standards) and I found the repeated reference to it as such grating. The editing also seemed to really fall apart for the last 15 or so percent of the book. Both inconsistencies in the plot and missing/misused words increased. (I wonder if this is about the place where the additional ending was added in the new addition.) Anyhow, a passable read. I'm not sorry to have read it, but I'm not rushing out for more either.

  21. 5 out of 5

    multitaskingmomma

    For Vampire & Cupcake Lovers eARC Series Review: Orbus Arcana #1 & #2 ~ For the Bite of It & A Bite In Time by Viki Lyn & Vina Grey When I was asked to review this series I immediately thought: what a delicious blurb! And just like the promise of said blurb, it was a delicious read indeed. I not only loved the cupcakes and the ideas of them, but the vampire world that unfolded? Now that was a delicious idea too. This is the Orbus Arcana series, story about vampires and the drama of their world. In For Vampire & Cupcake Lovers eARC Series Review: Orbus Arcana #1 & #2 ~ For the Bite of It & A Bite In Time by Viki Lyn & Vina Grey When I was asked to review this series I immediately thought: what a delicious blurb! And just like the promise of said blurb, it was a delicious read indeed. I not only loved the cupcakes and the ideas of them, but the vampire world that unfolded? Now that was a delicious idea too. This is the Orbus Arcana series, story about vampires and the drama of their world. In this world, however, we have Vincent Kamateros, Lord Heir to his father's kingdom, accused and found guilty of killing another vampire, stripped of his powers and exiled from his world hidden from human eyes. It was a human world he now lived in, as a cupcake baker of all things. Then again, it was his only way to forget what he had lost - until a car crashes into his shop and Officer John Reeder walks in. John is the typical closeted cop and he does not disappoint in his closetedness if there is such a word. Try as he might, he could not resist cupcake nor baker and it does not help that said baker was unusually charming and handsome. There was just something about the man's eyes that glittered his imagination crazy. That he was a tentative suspect to the accident turned murder, it was hard to ignore the man. As for Vincent, it was difficult to resist the cop of his dreams for this was a relationship that was frowned upon by his world. Then again, his world had him exiled so he could have one, right? Wrong. Apparently, his world is calling him once more to try to put a stop to a supposed rebellion by the other exiled vampires. Should he accept their terms, he could get back his powers and his position as prince but that would mean he has to forget his thoughts of loving a human. This was such a fantastic read for although the blurb prepares the reader to a formulaic vampire-loving-human-mate plot, it is definitely not that. Yes, there is that plot but it is not the focus of this read. Instead, we have a relationship that would best be described as a star-crossed love affair but because of the murders that keep happening with Vincent in the middle of everything so to speak, this read turns more like an action-suspense-thriller-mystery. Of course there is the romance and it just keeps getting hotter, but it is not in-your-face. The story of the men, their personal and separate lives, their angst and their adventures into the paranormal is a developing plot that does not cease nor stagnate in any way. Each book just adds more to the intrigue of this romance and it just keeps getting better. Note that this is a series best read in order for the second book opens right after the first one closes and the promise of a third book will open to where the second closes. I cannot wait for that third book especially after having been teased of it. Recommended for vampire and paranormal lovers who also love cupcakes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    GayListBookReviews

    This is a great start to a fun and sweet paranormal series.  While this is a vampire story with some strong world building and backstory, I found it to be light and charming. Vincent is haunted by his past and the choices he has made. The bakery and human life feel like nothing but a punishment until John is comes crashing into his life. Suddenly all Vincent can think about is one sexy, confusing and closeted cop and not even murder investigations, vampire politics, or his own conflicted heart se This is a great start to a fun and sweet paranormal series.  While this is a vampire story with some strong world building and backstory, I found it to be light and charming. Vincent is haunted by his past and the choices he has made. The bakery and human life feel like nothing but a punishment until John is comes crashing into his life. Suddenly all Vincent can think about is one sexy, confusing and closeted cop and not even murder investigations, vampire politics, or his own conflicted heart seem to be able to stop the building need to have John in his bed and in his life. John is a good cop, which means he is caring, curious and suspicious. Two of which can get him and possibly Vincent killed if he doesn’t stop asking questions and looking into Vincent’s past. John’s close ties to his family anchor him and he is terrified of their response to his sexuality. I loved his sister and their relationship. Being an out and proud police officer does not seem like an option, but the irresistible pull towards Vincent is leaving him on edge and defensive even as it draws him deeper into a relationship he’s sworn he’ll never have. While Vincent has strong allies there are those who would use his new relationship with a human to destroy any hope of him ever making peace with his people. What is a vampire to do when he is pulled between the instincts and desire of a trained human investigator he can’t seem to stop falling in love with and his people who would demand his lover’s death if he learns the truth of their existence? Vampires do not mate with humans. These men dance around each other throughout the story. They can’t seem to stay away, but neither can they seem to stop fighting, and the lack of trust and communication on both sides seems to mean that a lasting relationship is doomed. Except for that spark that won’t go out, not just the sexual but the emotional connection and their genuine interest and caring for one another. I couldn’t help but want these guys to find a way to make it work. Even if I did have moments of wanting to bop John for his stubborn fear and his tendency to lash out at Vincent. Vincent’s past and the huge secret weigh heavy on him and their hopes for a future together, but I think these men are going to make it. Somehow and maybe despite themselves, the connection seems to have a deeper meaning than we have yet learned. I am excited to read the next books to find out how they manage to deal with all the craziness that we know is coming. Reviewed by Nina To see more of this review and others like it please visit us at Gay List Book Reviews at www.gaylistbookreviews.wordpress.com    

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julie Hayes

    Fate has a funny way of making itself felt, sometimes when we least expect it. For Vincent Kamateros, it struck the morning his landlord crashed through the window of his bakery in his car, only to be discovered to be dead. Not a propitious start to the day. But it led to the arrival of hot and sexy police detective John Reeder. And now the complications begin—those nasty little things that like to bite you in the ass. Vincent is not the innocuous baker he appears to be—he’s a vampire in exile fo Fate has a funny way of making itself felt, sometimes when we least expect it. For Vincent Kamateros, it struck the morning his landlord crashed through the window of his bakery in his car, only to be discovered to be dead. Not a propitious start to the day. But it led to the arrival of hot and sexy police detective John Reeder. And now the complications begin—those nasty little things that like to bite you in the ass. Vincent is not the innocuous baker he appears to be—he’s a vampire in exile for something he didn’t do. And he’s the heir apparent, oldest son of the King. But to John, he’s a complication John doesn’t need, because John is a deeply closeted gay man, who has no intention of stepping foot outside his comfortable closet anytime soon. Plus, as if things aren’t difficult enough, Vince is a suspect in the landlord’s murder. The attraction between them cannot be denied. But John’s doing his damnedest to do just that. Plus Vince knows better than to get emotionally involved with a human. As a vampire, it’s not allowed, but as heir to the throne? That’s just begging for trouble. But he’s never felt this way before, and these feelings are crumbling his determination. How likely is he to be forgiven and to receive his powers back? Why not live a little? These two men dance around each other, in serious denial. And yet t hey find they cannot stay away from each other. I absolutely loved this book, loved the sexual tension between these men. I adored Vince from the beginning—where can I find a hot sexy vampire to call my own? Bakery a plus. The writing is great, the sex is wonderful, and the plot is filled with twists and turns, as well as secondary characters you can sink your teeth into. There are no pat endings, either, no rushed resolution. There will be another book, and I for one can’t wait. I love the bakery and the way the authors blend food and sex in a very sensual way that is a real feast for the eyes. Did I mention the sex is hot? It is. I could not put this down, and I thought about it when I couldn’t read it. This is a winner in my books, and I hope the next book comes out soon. I want to get back in their world as soon as possible!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Skye

    I think this is an underappreciated series/audiobook that deserves some more attention. I read/listened to this originally last year and re-listened this year because it’s just so good! This is a GFY/OFY with the very staid and stoic cop, John Reeder, finding himself inexplicably drawn to the enigmatic Vincent. Not only is Vincent potentially involved in the crime John is investigating, he’s a guy! He’s also got strange friends and is clearly hiding a lot of secrets – ie he’s a vampire! So we get I think this is an underappreciated series/audiobook that deserves some more attention. I read/listened to this originally last year and re-listened this year because it’s just so good! This is a GFY/OFY with the very staid and stoic cop, John Reeder, finding himself inexplicably drawn to the enigmatic Vincent. Not only is Vincent potentially involved in the crime John is investigating, he’s a guy! He’s also got strange friends and is clearly hiding a lot of secrets – ie he’s a vampire! So we get John trying to deny himself his attraction to Vincent on at least three fronts. John’s family is very conservative as well, save for his sister, and he worries about their response to his newfound sexuality. As if that weren’t enough, Vincent’s family is not welcoming at all and brining a human home is a no-no. I really loved the emotion in this story. The mystery does monopolize this first book, but the emotions between John and Vincent are building and it’s a slow burn to an intense passion that gets set up for book two. So while book two remains my favorite of the pair, book one is no slouch. The writing is excellent, the character development superb and the sexual tension intense. Beware that we don’t get all the secrets revealed ‘til book two, but the wait is worth it! (This is the revised addition which I understand “fixes” a lot of things the original missed.) Audio Chip Wood did an excellent job with this narration. Not perfect, but really good. I love his interpretation of John, flat and cop-like at times, but emotional at others. He does a good job with the Italian and the sweet endearments. He was a bit flat when not doing the dialog, but that’s a small complaint. It's always clear who's speaking and even the women are handled well. This was very easy to listen to and a great way to enjoy this story. (I’ve also enjoyed his work with Lex Valentine’s Sunday’s Child: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Sun...) 4.5 of 5 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Furio

    All in all this is an enjoyable if very short M/M vampire erotic novella, the first part in a series. Writing is generally fluid, the leads are likeable, side characters interesting and the take on the vampire lore rather new. Yet there are problems: - The story is very, very light in that the mystery is no more than a pale excuse; psychologies are bi-dimentional and the growing attraction between the leads is hurried and quite a bit over the top. - The end comes and there is luckily no cliffhanger, All in all this is an enjoyable if very short M/M vampire erotic novella, the first part in a series. Writing is generally fluid, the leads are likeable, side characters interesting and the take on the vampire lore rather new. Yet there are problems: - The story is very, very light in that the mystery is no more than a pale excuse; psychologies are bi-dimentional and the growing attraction between the leads is hurried and quite a bit over the top. - The end comes and there is luckily no cliffhanger, but it really feels like the original story was chopped into parts to be sold separately for no real reason. - Editing is an issue as there are typos and rather crude grammar mistakes. - A final problem may be a personal one but is no less annoying: I happen to be a native speaker of Italian with an excellent grasp of French and I have found EVERY SINGLE Italian or French phrase/expletive used in the book to be wrong as only google-translated idioms can be. Just to make a -blatant- point, "Vincent Kamateros" is NOT an Italian name, Vincent being English (the Italian is "Vincenzo") and Kamateros being a Greek surname. Second, there would be no reason for Vincent, his sister and Angelo to speak English instead of Italian between each other. While it would be unpractical to write long dialogues in a foreign language and translate them in a footnote, the fact could be implied by the simple use of italics. Third, it would perhaps make sense for Vincent to adopt an anglicised version of his name to use in the US, but his Italian family and friends would never use "Vince" and "Cent" as pet names. Most readers will hardly notice or care, but to me it betrays a lack of research that I deem unprofessional. I am sorry, but stars had to go from the rating because ot this shabbiness.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barb Manning

    For the Bite of It by Viki Lyn and Vina Grey is a departure from the usual vampire fare. One of the main characters, Vincent Esposito is a vampire and a baker who runs around in the daytime. Vincent is not only hiding the fact that he's a vampire; he's keeping some serious family secrets. Meanwhile, the other main character, John Reeder is a detective hunting up a killer and hiding firmly in the closet. Lyn and Grey work well together as a team in this opening episode of Vampire in Exile. The sce For the Bite of It by Viki Lyn and Vina Grey is a departure from the usual vampire fare. One of the main characters, Vincent Esposito is a vampire and a baker who runs around in the daytime. Vincent is not only hiding the fact that he's a vampire; he's keeping some serious family secrets. Meanwhile, the other main character, John Reeder is a detective hunting up a killer and hiding firmly in the closet. Lyn and Grey work well together as a team in this opening episode of Vampire in Exile. The scenes between Vincent and John are fraught with sexual tension as they try to solve the mystery surrounding the death of Vincent's landlord. The story moves back and forth between Vincent's life as a vampire and baker, and John's life as young detective trying to resolve a puzzling mystery. For the Bite of It successfully combines a murder mystery with a romance and a paranormal tale of vampires. The Vampire Council and the world of vampires weaves cleverly into the murder mystery, as does the romance between Vincent and John. Some entertaining secondary characters, Detective Free Norman and Angelo DeLuca also spice up the story. For the Bite of It is a refreshing read with some interesting plot twists. There are some weaknesses in the story, particularly, the ending, which feels somewhat rushed. Still, the next episode promises to answer some of the questions left unresolved in For the Bite of It. This romance is definitely worth 3.5 stars. Reviewed by Creative Ink by Barb Manning Originally reviewed for Two Lips Reviews

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marinda

    This is a M/M story about two men from very different backgrounds. Vincent Kamateros is the exiled Lord Heir of the Orbus Arcana. Since Vincent was excited from his home and clan in Italy he decides with the help of his friend Angelo, to open a bakery. When his landlord crashes his car into the bakery and dies he meets Detective John Reeder. The attraction between the two is instant but there are a few problems, John hasn't come out of the closet yet and Vincent isn't human. That's right Vincent This is a M/M story about two men from very different backgrounds. Vincent Kamateros is the exiled Lord Heir of the Orbus Arcana. Since Vincent was excited from his home and clan in Italy he decides with the help of his friend Angelo, to open a bakery. When his landlord crashes his car into the bakery and dies he meets Detective John Reeder. The attraction between the two is instant but there are a few problems, John hasn't come out of the closet yet and Vincent isn't human. That's right Vincent is a vampire and is living in the human world. Their problems begin when John isn't willing to come out of the closet to his friends and family and Vincent definitely can't tell John he's a vampire. Vincent has spent the last two years in exile and other than his friend and fellow vampire Angelo popping in and out of his life he is all alone. John is afraid of the reactions of his fellow cops and his family so he has tried to date women but once he falls for the Italian prince he realizes that there isn't anyone else for him. This isn't your average vampire story, no sparkly vampires and no teenaged angst. But it kind of did bother me how wishy-washy John was about his feelings for Vincent and how he kept falling back on his Catholic upbringing and his parents wishes even though he is an older man. There is some comedy.some hit and miss suspense and some romance woven into the story. I will read book 2 and see where it goes, hopefully the relationship aspect picks up more now that John has finally decided he wants a relationship with a man, not just a one night stand. I give it 4 stars and am diving into book 2 right away.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Potts

    I'm not sure how to rate this book.... Mine seems to be missing another 50 pages or so, it starts out fantastic, you have a closeted cop, an exiled vampire prince, a cupcake bakery and a murder investigation. Then it ends but it's missing the ending there is no resolution or finding out what happens next (view spoiler)[ so the ending is Vince getting in the car after his best vampire friend tells him to tell John (cop) the truth... That Vince is strong enough to deal with the governing vampire b I'm not sure how to rate this book.... Mine seems to be missing another 50 pages or so, it starts out fantastic, you have a closeted cop, an exiled vampire prince, a cupcake bakery and a murder investigation. Then it ends but it's missing the ending there is no resolution or finding out what happens next (view spoiler)[ so the ending is Vince getting in the car after his best vampire friend tells him to tell John (cop) the truth... That Vince is strong enough to deal with the governing vampire body (mating with a human is a no no) then he gets in the car and that's it. John still hasn't come out to his family, we have no idea if Vince tells John that he's a vampire or if the governing vamp council finds out... You also have the sub plot of the other exiles sort of rebelling and even though Vince accepted the job of trying to calm them and keep an eye on them we never met any other exiles. It was like the last 50 pages or so of the book didn't get published, which is sad because I thought it was well written. (hide spoiler)]

  29. 4 out of 5

    Secretly Reading

    (note, I read the 2014 edition, not the 2011 that readers complain had an unresolved ending. It's my understanding the authors rewrote the ending for the 2014 edition that I loved) This was so fun to read. The relationship between John and Vince was incrementally progressed and the sex was delicious, as was the emotional intimacy. I suspect some readers will want all the big relationship reveals in this one book but since I had book two waiting to read this one had enough relationship resolution (note, I read the 2014 edition, not the 2011 that readers complain had an unresolved ending. It's my understanding the authors rewrote the ending for the 2014 edition that I loved) This was so fun to read. The relationship between John and Vince was incrementally progressed and the sex was delicious, as was the emotional intimacy. I suspect some readers will want all the big relationship reveals in this one book but since I had book two waiting to read this one had enough relationship resolution for me. The secondary characters are wonderful too, especially both John and Vince's sisters. I love the scene where John's sister brings her three kids to Vince's cupcake shop. Vince's friend Angelo is funny and nearly stole the scenes he was in. I also love and want more of the Orbus Arcana world that exists parallel to the human world. This book had some but the sci-if nerd in me wants more. Very good book one in a series and now off to book two...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristy Grissom

    i feel a little cheated and am glad i participate in amazon unlimited. the book seems to just cut off with no reason. even the excerpt from the second book seemed like it should be in this book. im on the fence whether to wait for it or forget about the series so many questions started and im only left with more, So this review goes to show some books are meant to be reread and this is one of them the second time around I was able o continue to book two and then three and I must say my opinion ch i feel a little cheated and am glad i participate in amazon unlimited. the book seems to just cut off with no reason. even the excerpt from the second book seemed like it should be in this book. im on the fence whether to wait for it or forget about the series so many questions started and im only left with more, So this review goes to show some books are meant to be reread and this is one of them the second time around I was able o continue to book two and then three and I must say my opinion changed drastically i was able to learn more the second time around and fell in love with this trilogy.

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