I might be a wee bit late for Cousin Missy’s wedding. It’s been a tough week. Turns out, my blind date from hell was literally from hell. Guy bit me. Next thing I know, I’m being chased all over the city by vampire hunters. And did I mention that I got fired, too?
Bright side-I met a man. Thierry de Bennicoeur. How great is that name? Anyway, he’s sexy, six-hundred years old, and a tad suicidal, but no one’s perfect, right? And we have a deal-he’s gonna show me the ropes of the vampire world, and I’m supposed to help him end his existence. Or maybe I’ll just try to convince him life is worth living – no small challenge with the mostly immortal, let me tell you. I’ll admit it’s a complicated relationship. But with any luck, I just might have a date for that wedding after all…
Hugs and Kisses,
“Bite me.” I told him. He was so going to get charged with assault. “Oh, wait a minute, you already did bite me, didn’t you… you psycho!”
2018 has been my year of the reread and catch up. See, Immortality Bites came out with a sequel spinoff trilogy sometime between 2018 and when I last read this series a decade ago. So I thought I would reread this and get to the new stuff. Back then, when I found that I really liked stories with vampires I employed a very, very wide net to find what I liked and what I didn’t like. This is one of those series in that wide net that I found that I didn’t mind, but it wasn’t quite what I was looking for, so I stopped reading stuff like it. It is one of those series that are part of the early urban fantasy boom crossed with chick lit.
If you’re looking for a very light series where even if bad things happen, everything is all okay in the end, look no further. None of the events are taken seriously, even when they should be. Bitten & Smitten is just completely light and bubbly on the tone. Even through all the death and pain that happens, everyone just shakes everything off within moments and goes back to whatever it was they were doing.
The main character, Sarah Dearly, is a ditz. There is no making sound better than it is. She flits from event to event like a moth. She doesn’t listen to any advice, thinks she knows better than those who actually know better, and generally has a bad time because of it. She doesn’t really question anything that is happening to her, because hello! She is turning into a vampire! You think you’d ask some questions about to expect, no? Sarah just doesn’t really like thinking about anything she thinks might cramp her style. While she is clearly written like we’re supposed to find her smart and funny and that everything is someone else’s fault, I found Sarah a bit more annoying and I found she caused more problems than she solved.
The love interest, Thierry de Bennicoeur, is a special kind of love interest. He ignores the main character, except when she forces him to pay attention to her. He never talks to her about anything that is going on in her life even though life is dangerous for vampires currently. He does tell her to just follow everything he says to do, though. Then if she doesn’t listen, he threatens her by tossing her out on her ass. Oh, and did I say that he is supposed to be her fill-in Sire, her mentor, her guide to being a vampire? Because that imbalance of power never goes wrong. A match made in heaven! Toss in the fact that all of the problems above are caused by his severe suicidal tendencies and that Sarah doesn’t want to be a vampire, and Thierry and Sarah are really just a perfect match.
I do have some major problems with the plot. Like, is every single person in this city a vampire hunter or a vampire? Because those are the only people we meet, almost. What is with this worldbuilding? I couldn’t begin to tell you how to sire a vampire in this series, because it just seems to happen, despite the main character and two other people close to her being sired this book alone. What are the vampire capabilities? How in the world are they so utterly defenseless against hunters? How many do they lose a week to vampire hunters if this many got killed in a single book? How in the world do they cover all those deaths up without the humans finding out? I could go on and on with questions but the biggest question I have is:
How in the world did it take this ditz of a main character to finally wake up the vampires enough for something to happen versus the vampire hunters?
Yes, I have some problems.
Yet it was kind of fun to read if you want to stop thinking and just enjoy it. It was pretty good mindless fun, if you’re into that sort of thing.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Immortality Bites series page!