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Review: Big Bad Bite by Jessie Lane

Big Bad Bite by Jessie Lane
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters, Demons

Ebook $2.99 (350 pages, SELFPUBLISHED)
What would it be like to live in a world where you are considered abnormal to those who are above the norm?
Jenna O’ Conner has been taught her whole life to hide from everyone. Never to let anyone to close enough to know that she would prefer a shotgun for her birthday over of a bouquet of roses. She’s been smothered by her over protective family so that no one learns what she truly is. Which is not human. Nor, is she considered the norm for the supernatural Other community that is benevolent enough to share this world with the humans.
In a desperate attempt to live her own life away from the small town she was raised in, Jenna obtains her dream job as the newest member on the Wilmington Police Department’s SWAT Team. What she didn’t predict was that she would run into trouble her first day on the job, in the form of a deadly, mouthwatering man named Adam McPhee. Who is also not human, but more like a wolf walking around in human skin. He’s determined to figure out exactly what Jenna is, which unbeknownst to him, could very well put her life in danger. He’s also determined to have her all to himself.
As if that wasn’t enough for Jenna to deal with, bad news blows into town. A group of extremist Shifters who think humans are cattle and factions of Others worldwide should stay within their own species - never to intermingle. Chaos ensues. Jenna has to find a way to shut them down, but in the process of trying to do that, discovers things about herself that even she never thought was possible.

Author Site: jessielanesite.blogspot.com

Just didn't work for me... (2 stars)

It isn't every day that I give a 2 star review. Most reviewers seem to be uncomfortable doing so because it's perceived as a 'bad review' but let me state up front that while I didn't like BIG BAD BITE, I'm pretty sure I will be in the minority. So let me get the negative stuff out of the way...

From the first pages through the last BIG BAD BITE can't decide whether it wants to be a paranormal romance or an urban fantasy. Sometimes that can work but in this case I found it weakened the overall story. I could never quite settle on whether Jenna's thing with Adam was supposed to be the central story arc or not. What made the book not work for me overall though was the inconsistent voice. With two writers contributing to a single story good editing is essential to smooth between different authorial voices but I frequently found contradictory switches in the personality of the writing. A lot of telling and not showing, little fleshing out of Adam's personality, and the feeling it was meant to be first person made it a difficult read.

Though flawed to the point that I, personally, didn't care for it, there is a lot of potential here. I'm absolutely lost as to how there's a hell type realm where demons originate from and shapeshifters are an evolution thing but love the fresh ideas the Lane duo has brought to the table. Jenna is not a character I liked, I found her general misandry to be distasteful as I would if she were a hero being misogynistic. If that had been less blatant I would have liked that she was tough and trying to make it in a man's world. The romance was very weak and I never really felt any chemistry between Adam and Jenna (a common issue with 'fated mate' type stories).

If I weren't an avid reader of both the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres I would probably have found BIG BAD BITE enjoyable but it just wasn't for me. If you like Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon series you might find this is a bit like them and should give it a try, otherwise I'd pass.

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Notes: ARC received via author.


Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I also hate giving 2 stars. People seem to see that and not read the rest. I agree that not every book is for everyone. I can see how the inconsistency wouldn't work and pull you out of the story. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. Hm... would have to think about this one.

Rhianna said...

It was one that other readers loved. I was the only reviewer below 3 stars on Amazon but sometimes a book just doesn't work for me. I'd rather be honest than ruin my integrity as a reviewer with a fluffed-up review just to not be the black sheep. lol

That said, the authors are sweet gals and I hope they continue improving their craft with each book. There is definite potential there... I think a great editor for the next book is the best thing they could do with the money they make off this one.


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