Review: Assassins Bite by Mary Hughes

Assassins Bite by Mary Hughes
Series: Biting Love (# 8)
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages: 314
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



Only her light can burn away his shadows.

On her first night as a police officer, Sunny Ruffles takes down three felons…only to be attacked by a gang of vampires who are a whole new level of hurt. Then a mysterious shadow man intervenes, saving Sunny before he disappears. She runs after him, telling herself her pursuit has nothing to do with his sharp, stubbled jaw, his powerful shoulders, or his sexy-as-hell, kissable lips.

Rescuing the humans makes Aiden Blackthorne late for a critical meeting with the vampire Nosferatu’s daughter. Yet clompy, bumbling Sunny draws him back like wild honey. He kisses her, and he’s almost got her down to her underwear when a bomb meant for him explodes. The last thing Aiden wants is to drag Sunny into his hellish conflict with Nosferatu. But Aiden’s a loner whose only friend has mysteriously disappeared, and the woman who smells and tastes like his mate is the only backup he has left. He’ll need her, everything he is, everything he was-and everything he might have been-to defeat his evil master and claim the love he never dared hope to have.

Warning: This book contains shadowy assassins shooping off vampire heads, cops bumbling in at the worst of times and opposites attracting, colliding, and exploding in lust-a.k.a., explicit fighting, humor, and sex.


Review: I am not sure if it was a good idea to begin this series at book 8. I say this because even though the book can be read in isolation, there are some areas which I believe would have had more clarity if I started from the beginning. With that said I was still able to make some sense of how the vampire population of Meier’s Corner functioned.

Assassins Bite tells the story of Sunny Ruffles (pronounced Sun-Hee) and Aiden Blackthorne. Sunny is a police officer with the Redfox Village police. She is a klutz and usually finds herself in precarious situations. It was during one such situation that she met the vampire assassin, Aiden Blackthorne. Aiden is a 200-year-old vampire who was trained to be a cold-hearted assassin from an early age. After years of abuse, he managed to escape his maker’s tyranny and live his life on his own terms. He preferred to be alone and do things on his own. He disliked authority figures and he had few friends. What he did not know was that life as he knew it would change the moment he came to Sunny’s rescue.

The story started out on a high. I was on the edge of my seat as the scenes unfolded. I loved the banter between Sunny and Aiden, it was humorous. All was going well, until the halfway mark where the story took a nose dive. It began to drag to the point where boredom took up residence. It went like this for some time before it regained some of its momentum.

I like the author’s take on vampires. Vampires mating with humans and having children. Their offspring grows at a quicker rate than a human child. It was interesting to note that they did not turn their mates. I am curious to know how that would work out in the long run.

I found the characters to be interesting. Aiden was forced to come to terms with his past. Watching him move from being a loner to a dynamic leader was uplifting. Becoming a leader enabled him to confront his tyrannical maker and in the process, he gained closure. As it relates to Sunny, I thought was a bit melodramatic thereby making it difficult for me to connect with her. I could not figure out if she was brave, stubborn or just plain foolish. In spite of this, it seemed she was good for Aiden. She helped to make him a better person.

The chemistry between Aiden and Sunny was evident from the outset, however, it did not have the effect I was expecting. In other words, it was not off the charts.

Bottom Line: The story did not live up to my expectations. It did not have the wow factor. That being said I will be reading the next book in the series and I am hoping that it will an improvement.




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