Bitten By Ecstasy by Naima Simone

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Bitten By Ecstasy by Naima Simone
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi Fantasy
Length: Full Length (156 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

A brutal attack left Bastien Sarris for dead. But a chance encounter with a mysterious female drags him back from the brink of death—and transforms the hippogryph healer into a monster he doesn’t recognize. Now a terrible hunger consumes him—one that is becoming impossible to satisfy. Desperate for a cure, he hunts the cruxim who cursed him to a hellish existence. But the petite warrior ignites a fierce desire for her body that overwhelms the sweet call of blood.

For three hundred years Sinéad lived and hunted as a cruxim—a winged vampire hunter. But one sacrificial act stripped her immortality, leaving her human, vulnerable and unprepared for the reappearance of Bastien in her life. The hippogryph is harder and colder than she remembers…and he triggers an onslaught of need within her that is as powerful as it is unfamiliar. She craves his kiss, his touch. Yet even as she surrenders to this newfound passion, she faces a crucial decision—betray the man she’s come to love and regain her immortality, or save Bastien and condemn herself to a human life and death.

First let me say that I have read quite a few of Naima Simone’s books, Bargain with the Beast, Sweet Ultimatum, A Perfect Fit as well as the first book in this Dark Judgment Series, Under His Wings. Every one of these books was a great read. I thought that my favorite book of hers was Under His Wings, but sadly I was mistaken. Bitten by Ecstasy was by far the most enjoyable book I have read. This book had everything you could possibly want, there was a strong capable kick ass female who also let her vulnerable side show, and you had a strong alpha male who realized the strength the woman had and respected it. There were villains, fighting, Vampires, Wendigo’s, a blood cross and supporting characters that helped add more dimension to the story without overdoing it. These characters were so likeable that you as the reader couldn’t tear yourself away from their tale.

Bastien Sarris, a Hippogryph (which is a mythical creature that has the upper body of a Griffin and the lower body of a Horse), was brutally attacked by someone he knew and was left for dead. He was found and healed by a Cruxim, and now he has this hunger for blood in him which if his people found out about it, his life would be in jeopardy again. He must find the Cruxim who turned him into this beast he does not want and get her to help him find a way to get rid of it.

Sinead, a Cruxim which is a winged Vampire Hunter, is the one who found Bastien clinging to life and nursed him back to health. This one unselfish act ended up stripping her of her immortality, and she is now doomed to live the rest of her life as a human. She is unprepared when Bastien once again enters her life as he is when he finds out what her good deed cost her.

I loved that the story centered around Bastien trying to find a way to rid himself of the hunger that lived within him, while trying to keep the attraction he had towards Sinead at bay. He wanted to get his life back but he also knew that this hunger for Sinead would not easily go away. However when he slept his dreams of being with her were very vivid and steamy which had this reader reaching for a fan. I liked that they didn’t jump into bed within the first few chapters, instead the author built the anticipation up until you as the reader was chewing your bottom lip as you waited for the explosion you knew would come once these two got together. This reader also loved the humor in the story, since Sinead became human her world revolved around her television. She would reference TV shows when talking to Bastien which promted him to raise an eyebrow and threaten to take away her remote.

Bitten by Ecstasy can be read as a stand alone, however I would suggest that the first book in the Dark Judgment series Under His Wings be read first. This is simply because some of the characters from the first book appear in this one, while others are mentioned. It also helps you get to know a little of what and why the villain who tried to kill Bastien did so. In my opinion, Bitten by Ecstasy is a must read, and I hope that when you get the book you enjoy it as much as I did.

Comments

  1. Hi, Fuchsia!
    Thank you so much for the AMAZING review of Bitten by Ecstasy! It so made my day! Knowing you enjoyed the book and laughed out loud with it–so awesome! I love Bastien and Sinead, and you completely nailed them in your review. Thank you for that, thank you for loving them and for the best review ever! LOL!
    Naima aka She-who-will-be-dancing-all-day-long!

  2. I love, love, love the Dark Judgment series. These are by far, the best paranormal romances I’ve ever read.

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