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“Reminds me of early Anita; with more emphasis on action and developing the herione's powers than having sex or wanting sex or mooning over the guys. I loved that she and the reader had no idea of what had happened previously and had to go along for the ride with her”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I read the reviews for this before picking it up, so I had high expectations. Sadly, the book then fell short. I found the love story disjointed and lacking the intensity I've come to expect from this genre. Additionally, the overall plot had a few too many facets that were a little all over...”see full review » see other reviews »
“An interesting story. Looking forward to seeing how relationships develop in the following books! 3.5”Corryn V wrote this review Thursday, May 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Once Bitten, Twice Shy was a great start to what is shaping up to be a promising series.
Jaz is a CIA assassin who has recently been partnered with Vayl a vampire assassin who is the best the CIA has got. Jaz and Vayl are sent on mission, a mission to derail a Pakistani plastic surgeon who has been very naughty, funnelling money in a terrorist bank account.
Jaz is definitely my kind of girl; she is witty, intelligent and surprisingly down-to-earth for being a high profile assassin. Jaz has a traumatic past, being part of an assassination group that hunted vampires and losing her entire team in one night has scarred her deeply, and is the reason why she is a kick-ass hunter now and why she works alone. When given the opportunity to work with the best of course Jaz wouldn’t turn it down, but she also has to content with blackout periods and memory loss. After losing her fiancé, who was part of the team that was murdered that night, Jaz feels increasingly guilty as she falls for Vayl.
Vayl is everything a vampire should be and more, not only is he refined and extremely intelligent, but after 300 years of watching people, he is very good at reading the meaning in peoples actions. He seems to really get Jaz even though Jaz doesn’t want to be understood.
Vayl and Jaz’s working relationship is a strong one, and although there is a lot of pent up sexual tension, I’m glad they haven’t pursed a romantic relationship as yet. We really got to see more of Jaz’s past and the mission at hand rather than focusing on nookie.
Once Bitten, Twice Shy was beautifully written and drew me in instantly. Once I started I just couldn’t stop no matter how much I should have. I finished it quickly but the story was one that stayed with me for a while after purely because the characters are so deep and I couldn’t get Jaz out of my head, her trauma and her strength.
Once Bitten, Twice Shy was a superb start to a series I want to dive back into as soon as possible.
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Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin left me with mixed feelings somehow.I know i wasn't all crazy about this book,but i can't either say that i didn't like it at all.I found myself somewhere in between but with a definite feeling that i expected something more of this book.
The beggining is just amazing.I loved the world,i loved Jaz and i was drawn to Vayl.The writing style was good,the pacing even and until the last page i wasn't bored for a minute.I just kept reading,if not anxious to see how things ended,at least curious.But,i thought that this book,though very good executed indeed,lacked a certain spark especially after the first half.
The world Rardin created was fantastic.Full of spies and missions plus the paranormal element to spice things up!I fell in love with this world immediately and to be honest at points i was a bit reminded of the tv show Alias...I know,the resemblances weren't really there,but in my mind,the way Jaz and Vayl lived just reminded me of that show!Apart from the world,Jaz herself is an amazing character.Independent,smart and born to be a leader.A strong heroine and among the best heroines created in the urban fantasy genre.
Vayl on the other hand,has definitely potential...I didn't "see" much of him in the first book of the series,at least not much in order to regard him as the super sexy alpha male,but the material to become exactly that kind of hero is there.Unlike Cole...I just couldn't connect with him whatsoever and to be honest i can't even regard him as a potential opponent to Vayl,for that all-so-famous triangle to form.I just couldn't see him as a potential lover and that is maybe because of the way he responded to Jaz after just a spontaneous kiss.You kiss someone you barely know for a total of 5 minutes and the next time you meet him you actually believe that something is going on between you?In my world that's not sexy,but quite lame...
Anyway,as i said the first half of the book was really good,but after that, things just got downhill a bit.Rardin spent half of her book to built a mysterious atmosphere around both Jaz's and Vayl's past only to just give rush explanations on the other half.The major turn downs was firstly the way Jaz just sucks up major things concerning herself not demanding explanations even after the book finished and secondly how Jaz talks for the first time about things of her past.I really don't want to say more for fear of spoilers,but if you'll read the book,you'll know exactly what i mean.After those two incidents i just lost half the fun.And although as i said,it's not that i didn't like this book,somehow i feel that it could have delivered much more...Because everything is already in there!
To wrap it up,although the first installment in the Jaz Parks series didn't leave me exactly astonished as i honestly expected,it's not a bad book whatsoever and a series that seems really interesting.So,i will read the next book,and hope that the things that put me off in this one,will be absent in the next! ”
“I read the reviews for this before picking it up, so I had high expectations. Sadly, the book then fell short. I found the love story disjointed and lacking the intensity I've come to expect from this genre. Additionally, the overall plot had a few too many facets that were a little all over the place.”Melissa W wrote this review Monday, September 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An Awesome Vampire Story/Series. Just amazing”Baconator_1993 wrote this review Monday, September 12, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this series is out of sight”Thomas Lewis wrote this review Wednesday, June 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm Jaz Parks. My boss is Vayl, born in Romania in 1744. Died there too, at the hand of his vampire wife, Liliana. But that's ancient history. For the moment Vayl works for the C.I.A. doing what he does best--assassination. And I help. You could say I'm an Assistant Assassin. But then I'd have to kick your ass.
Our current assignment seemed easy. Get close to a Miami plastic surgeon named Assan, a charmer with ties to terrorism that run deeper than a buried body. Find out what he's meeting with that can help him and his comrades bring America to her knees. And then close his beady little eyes forever. Why is it that nothing's ever as easy as it seems?”
“Very exciting and with interesting and insightful writing. Hard to follow at somepoints, but that is perhaps because I was reading too fast for my brain to keep up. ”Book lover wrote this review Monday, June 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No