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Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin
Series: Jaz Parks #1
Published by Orbit on 8 October 2007
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Source: Kindle Purchase
Reading Challenges: 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge, Bookish Resolutions Challenge 2015, Summer COYER 2015
I'm Jaz Parks. My boss is Vayl, born in Romania in 1744. Died there too, at the hand of his vampire wife, Liliana. But that's ancient history. For the moment Vayl works for the C.I.A. doing what he does best--assassination. And I help. You could say I'm an Assistant Assassin. But then I'd have to kick your ass.Our current assignment seemed easy. Get close to a Miami plastic surgeon named Assan, a charmer with ties to terrorism that run deeper than a buried body. Find out what he's meeting with that can help him and his comrades bring America to her knees. And then close his beady little eyes forever. Why is it that nothing's ever as easy as it seems?
Once Bitten, Twice Shy is one of those fast-paced urban fantasy novels that grabs you from the start and brings you on a wild ride full of action, fights and intrigue.
Jaz has definitely had a complex life so far, her childhood moving around to different army bases, her father being absent more often than not. But the strong ties she had with her twin-brother and little sister made it all bearable. Now, Jaz hasn’t spoken to her brother Dave in over a year, and while she speaks to her sister Evie quite often, she doesn’t have the time to see her often. The grumpy old man she calls dad aggravates her more than anything, but she still cares for him. On top of a intriguing family, Jaz also has a pretty intriguing ob. Once Bitten, Twice Shy starts with a quick flash-back showing how it was her job with the CIA changed from solo operations to having a three-hundred-year-old vampire called Vayl as her partner. The characters were all really well done, even Evie, whom Jaz only spoke to on the phone twice had enough personality to make her more than a card-board character.
At the beginning of Once Bitten, Twice Shy, Jaz and Vayl have just arrived in Miami for a top-secret mission, in which they have to wipe out an international terrorist. However, the mission was much more than what they knew, and as the story unfolded, they realized that it was bigger, more dangerous and quite possibly fatal for them.
I really enjoyed the paranormal aspects of Once Bitten, Twice Shy, and frankly, I’m wondering why I hadn’t picked up this series before now! Thank goodness for the 2015HW challenge making me go through books that have been hiding on my kindle for far too long! I know I’ll be reading more about Jaz Parks in the very near future. The action, the story as well as the characters all made me feverishly click on the next page button on my kindle to know what would happen next! The complexity of the plot appealed to me, and I want to know how Jaz is going to deal with remembering more of her past, and the new relationships with her family.
Written in first person point of view from Jaz’ perspective, in past tense and with plenty of amazing dialogues, Once Bitten Twice Shy is a solid start to the series, and I have pretty high hopes for the coming books still hiding on my kindle.
Witches, vamps, weres… some would vote to throw them all on a gigantic bonfire and have done. But there’s good sorts among those others who have earned – and deserve – the same rights and protections we humans get.
His hands full of bags, Vayl leaned over and whisepered, “According to legend this inn is haunted.”
I snorted. And unladylike habit, I know, but one which, like swearing, has its place.
I stood before the bathroom mirror resembling the pale, regal daughter my mother would’ve preferred, wondering how I was supposed to hide my modified Walther PPK, which I called Grief, underneath material that clung like an obsessive ex-boyfriend.