“I love Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series, first person narratives by various supernaturally gifted women. However, I'm glad I didn't pick up Bitten first, which begins the series, or I might have stopped there. It isn't a bad book; Armstrong has an enjoyable and fairly clean style, it's well plotted and I liked Elena, the protagonist and narrator. I enjoyed it more on a reread years later, the problem is that the premise itself is rather a deal-breaker for me. Before the start of the book, Clay had bitten Elena in werewolf form without her consent, making her into a werewolf.
He had his reasons, and particularly in later books I became more sympathetic to the character. But to me this scenario reminded me too well of those bad romances where the hero rapes the heroine and she winds up loving him anyway. That's not to say Elena is a doormat--but for me Clay never recovers from that act, I didn't *want* her to forgive him. And given this is the central romance in the book, that's a major problem.
I do love the series though, and later books like Men of the Otherworld among others put me enough into Clay's head to come to like him--somewhat. The series isn't just centered on Elena or Clay either, so even if you don't like them, give another book in the series a chance, such as Dime Store Magic whose narrator/protagonist Paige Winterbourne is a favorite of mine. Each of the novels seem self-contained to me, even if reading them out of order would mean you'd encounter spoilers for earlier books.”