Happy book birthday to an excellent sequel! Yesterday, I interviewed author Sara Dobie Bauer about her paranormal romance Bite Somebody. Today, I’m pleased to review the sequel, Bite Somebody Else. #Imogene4Life!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Imogene helped her newbie vampire friend Celia hook up with an adorable human, but now Celia has dropped an atomic bomb of surprise: she has a possibly blood-sucking baby on the way. Imogene is not pleased, especially when a mysterious, ancient, and annoyingly gorgeous vampire historian shows up to monitor Celia’s unprecedented pregnancy.
Lord Nicholas Christopher Cuthbert III is everything Imogene hates: posh, mannerly, and totally uninterested in her. Plus, she thinks he’s hiding something. So what if he smells like a fresh garden and looks like a rich boarding school kid just begging to be debauched? Imogene has self-control. Or something.
As Celia’s pregnancy progresses at a freakishly fast pace, Imogene and Nicholas play an ever-escalating game of will they or won’t they, until his sexy maker shows up on Admiral Key, forcing Nicholas to reveal his true intentions toward Celia’s soon-to-arrive infant.
Disclaimer: I received an electronic copy of this novel from the author, whom I consider a friend, in exchange for an honest review.
I was surprised by how much Bite Somebody delighted and entertained me, and in retrospect, that had a lot to do with the how much main character Celia went against the grain as a vampire. I wasn’t sure I was up to an entire novel inside her best friend Imogene’s head, because Imogene is definitely the quintessential vampire. Stuck in a time period that she remembers fondly, obsessed with sex, and badass to the core.
Over the course of Bite Somebody Else, though, these things turned into positives instead of negatives.
The author continues to overturn many traditional vampire tropes while still weaving a believable (but still unique) relationship between Imogene and Nicholas. I won’t call it a romance, because Imogene would have words with me, but the way it builds is still entertaining and adorable (okay, now she is going to have words with me).
The twists at the end of this book were not as hilarity-inducing, but I liked them more because they integrated with the plot so well. Overall, I loved this peek into the world Bauer has built from the perspective of a vampire who has been around longer. It’s nice to know that vampires are still classing up the joint in London, for example, but I enjoyed spending time in (sunny) Florida with this crew instead.
I can’t wait to read more from this author, whether set in this world or any other.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sara Dobie Bauer is a writer, model, and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. Her short story, “Don’t Ball the Boss,” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she’d really like to live in a Tim Burton film. She is a member of RWA and author of the paranormal rom-com Bite Somebody, among other ridiculously entertaining things.