Bite at First Sight by Brooklyn Ann

Bite at First Sight by Brooklyn Ann
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (366 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

When Rafael Villar, Lord Vampire of London, stumbles upon a woman in the cemetery, he believes he’s found a vampire hunter—not the beautiful, intelligent stranger she proves to be.

Cassandra Burton is enthralled by the scarred, disfigured vampire who took her prisoner. The aspiring physician was robbing graves to pursue her studies—and he might turn out to be her greatest subject yet. So they form a bargain: one kiss for every experiment. As their passion grows and Rafe begins to heal, only one question remains: can Cassandra see the man beyond the monster?

I’ve been waiting for Rafe’s story and I was not disappointed. This book was fun!

I liked Cassandra immensely. I enjoyed her determination, spunk and sass. I got a kick out of her refusal to be cowed and her fascination about vampires, once she’s accepted that they’re real, and everything else that may or may not come along from the knowing. If anything thwarted her, she didn’t let it block her for long. Her uniqueness is what drew me but her personality kept me. I can see why she drove Rafe, the hero, nuts.

In the previous books, Rafe was very gruff, standoffish, opinionated and a man of few words. I wasn’t sure how in the world Ms. Ann was going to present him as a believable hero, but she did it. He never let his disability slow him down but it did affect his emotions and how he approached things in his life, like his romantic entanglements. The author garnered sympathy and interest from me for her hero and it all worked out.

I think the only thing that rang a sour note in the book was Rafe’s cluelessness about the villain. It’s mentioned he was suspicious, but he was So observant and sneaky and effective in the preceding book. His strength of character seemed a bit diluted in this one. Then again, he wasn’t in love, or fighting falling in love, in the other story either. Perhaps that explains it?

This is the third book in the series and as is true for the second, it’s true for Bite at First Sight – this is a standalone read. It’s easy to enjoy even if this tale is being read out of sequence. The author kept the story focused on Rafe and Cassandra, so a reader shouldn’t get lost. Some references are made to other characters from past books but they don’t play any significant roles except token appearances after all is said and done. However, there is a very believable and solid hook presented in this novel that truly has me wondering. I’m thinking they’ll be a good match based on their first meeting but how is the author going to navigate the emotional landmines laid down in this book for the next? I can’t wait to find out.

I enjoyed it when Cassandra and Rafe finally do get to explore the physical sides of their natures. It was especially entertaining when the heroine figured out what the fuss was all about. Her enthusiasm is delightful and very much appreciated by the hero.

Of course, there is suspense and drama injected into the romance by a very twisted, jealous and unprincipled vampire. Just when I thought the villain was going to get away with his plot, the author pleased me with her course of action. I’m glad everything turned out okay for the doctors. The scenes were tremendously well written and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Bite at First Sight is a great addition to the series and is a story easy to recommend to other paranormal romance fans. This novel is fun, addictive and wickedly entertaining. I couldn’t ask for a better happy ever after for Cassandra and Rafe – it was perfect for their characters and positions in life – or unlife. Ms. Ann certainly has a fan in me.


  1. Thank you for this great review. I’ve never read this author’s work before although I do have the first book of this series (Bite at First Sight) in my TBR list. You mentioned you thought this book could be read as a stand along book, but you also said Rafe was in the first book he was very gruff, standoffish, opinionated and a man of few words. You said you didn’t get that vibe from him in this book. All that said, do you still believe this book could be read as a standalone story? It would seem to be that the reader would be missing some important developments in the characters.

    • My bad…the first book is ‘Bite Me, Your Grace’ and that’s the book I have.

      • Xeranthemum says:

        LOL! That’s okay – I think I reviewed that story too. 😉

        Like I said before, it’s a fun series. I hope you do take it for a spin.

        Happy reading!

  2. Xeranthemum says:

    Hi, Karen!

    Great observation and question. I had to think about it for a moment.

    If I take Bite at First Sight on its own merits, Rafe will come across as a tormented hero. A reader will see him as a man that needs saving because they’ll be able to get into his head and understand what happened to him and why he makes the choices he does. In the previous book in which he appeared, the observation about Rafe was from the other main characters so they would have NO idea what really was going on. All they could read was the surface – the face he chose to show them. A reader really has no background info on his character except he’s loyal and can be counted on in a fight. And, he doesn’t like to talk. 🙂

    In this novel, readers get it all, and enough back story to relate to Rafe without getting lost. The reason why I stand behind my comment that this is a standalone read is because so much time had passed since reading the previous book, I’d forgotten most of it. I remembered Rafe enough to be excited he was going to get his HEA because I truly felt his story would be fascinating, and it was, but because I forgot so much, it was like coming in fresh to the series. True, about 1/4 way through I had that “Oh! Riiiight” moment but this book well and truly focuses on Rafe and Cassandra. Their story and romance does not rely heavily on anything that happened before.

    I hope my reply helped, Karen. It really is a fun series. And, by the time the next novel comes out, I’ll probably forget the small details again, but I KNOW the hook from Bite at First Sight is powerful enough to keep me excited about the next book. Once you read it, you’ll know why. 😉

    Thanks for your comment and question!

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