Paris Bites by Missy Lyons

Paris Bites by Missy Lyons
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (217 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Verbena

Christopher D’Angelo is from a very long and distinguished line of vampires, but years of blood and sex aren’t enough to make him happy. Only finding his mate can make him complete, and he doesn’t have a chance in hell without finding his family’s lost blood diamond first.

Samantha Panini is living and working as a thief on the streets of Paris dressed as a young man. Her entire life changes abruptly when she picks the pocket of a vampire. In retaliation, he kidnaps her.

Once Christopher discovers her secrets and her lush curves, he is unwilling to let her go, but he made a promise to release her if she cooperates.

In a quirk of fate, his captive turns out to be his lifemate, and she holds the keys to his heart. Will she break it completely when it comes time to release her, or will his enemies destroy her first?

As a street urchin, a pick-pocket, and an orphan, Samantha—who goes by Sam for short—has had a pretty hard life. She dresses as a boy to avoid the interest of men, and does what she’s good at to survive—stealing. But Sam is tired of being a thief. She’s not a bad person, really; just an end product of misfortune. The streets of Paris are hard on the homeless. While she might not like the man she works for, at least she has a place to lay her head. That is, as long as she can keep him from discovering her secret. Better to get out while she still can. Sam decides that one last big score should satisfy her boss. Then she’ll hit the road. Find a new life. Too bad things never work out as we plan…

Christopher is a typical vampire. He’s broody, introverted, and tired of the endless years of bloodsucking and meaningless sex. He wants to find his mate. Of course, he never expects the little pick-pocket who relieves him of his wallet is anything more than a young boy trying to get by. Furious when he discovers he’s been robbed, Christopher decides to track down the boy and put his skills to good use—stealing his kind’s most coveted prize: the Blood Diamond. Let’s just say he’s in for a big surprise when Sam turns out to be more than he expects. Beneath the dirt, grime, and stench he uncovers a beautiful woman who manages to get under his skin and change his life.

Paris Bites has an interesting plot line, but I struggled from page one with the wordiness. As though the reader might miss a pertinent point, the author repeats things, just with new words and another sentence. There were also several times when I wanted to feel the characters in their roles, not simply read about them. I felt as though the author told me what was going on instead of showing me.  The characters’ actions didn’t always seem reasonable, given their situation and circumstances, and there were some blatant point-of-view violations that really caught my attention.

However, that being said, I do want to mention that the author does a great job with several analogies that are wonderfully creative. When I read them, I thought to myself, “That was perfect, she nailed it.” Ms. Lyons’ creativity and her interesting storyline kept me intrigued enough to keep reading. I do feel the ending was rushed and it seemed as though several monumental things were thrown in at the last moment, but I did enjoy Paris Bites as a whole.

Take one broody vampire, add a sassy thief, then throw in some undeniable attraction and you’ve got the makings of an interesting and exciting love story by Missy Lyons.

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