Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Bite That Binds (Deep in Your Veins #2) Review

It’s just over a week until Sam will be Binding with Jared, and the only thing she wants is to spend that time relaxing and preparing for the ceremony. Unfortunately, she seems to be asking too much of fate, because suddenly she’s lumbered with a number of distractions that have the potential to postpone, or even cancel, the Binding. There’s a guarded fiance to crack, a complicated assignment to deal with, Jared’s ex to alienate, and a bunch of snobbish Master Vampires to win over – or offend, whichever. On the upside, things couldn't possibly be any worse, could they?

Actually, yes they could. Due to a cruel twist of fate, something strange is happening to Sam –something that is changing her in ways she doesn't like or understand. With the help of Jared and those closest to her, she has to not only handle the threats to the Binding Ceremony, but find a way to fix what has been done to her – and fast.

Warning: This book contains a stubborn and occasionally homicidal female vampire, a powerful and overprotective male vampire who refuses to lose her, and scenes of a sexual, explicit nature.

I was so afraid of hating this book.  Let me explain why.  I have read a series of novels recently that went from the first novel being amazing to the second novel either being a repeat with a different title, or complete and utter crap.  Some of which I refused to even review because I couldn't get through them.  If a novel turns me off that much, I won't even rate it.

But I really wonder why I was even worried.  Suzanne Wright did what she always does for me, she delivered!  This is the follow up to Here Be Sexist Vampires and we get to see what our favorite vampire kicking ass team of Jared and Sam have been up to.  And apparently it is a lot!  They are now "engaged" and about to have a Binding ceremony.  A lot of hi jinx ensue as you might imagine and of course our heroes come out triumphant! 

Sam is still as sassy as ever and in this installment we see her go through so much change to her physical and emotional self.  She is completely open with Jared, which she wasn't in the first one, and she seems so much more deadly.  She comes across two brother vamps who are trying to do experiments on other vamps to make them hybrids.  A combination of all three species of vampire.  Of course, given who she is, they do their mojo and lo and behold, Sam Super Vamp!  As scary as all that is, given how her body is changing and the pain she endures, she also has to deal with Jared who is crazy secretive about his former life.  Sam is also being introduced and dealing with the horrible Magda, who is Jared and Evan's Sire, and all that entails.  And she gets a new pet, Dexter, her beautiful hybrid snake that forms from her tattoo bestowed from Jared's "Grandfather".  He is quite lovely, I loved reading about him!

Jared is learning how to open up to Sam, but taking his time doing so.  Causing a lot of unnecessary awkwardness between them.  You know, being a typical male.  He also learns that his fiance is going to need him to move through this transition the Brothers Grimm have put her through.  Jared is trying to find a balance between protecting Sam & trusting her judgement to know what she can handle and what she can't.  He is the best fiance when it comes to the Magda situation because he supports Sam all the way.  And we find out in this novel, that Jared and Evan didn't exactly have Joan Cleaver as their mother when they were human.  A story that actually upset me horribly!

There are some great side stories in this novel.  The whole book kept me engaged and I was actually looking forward to the final showdown between Sam and Magda!  I loved it!  Suzanne Wright has more than just sexual appeal to her novels, she has substance.  It's why I keep on reading...

I give this 4 Lipsticks!


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