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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Clare Willis: "Biting the Bride"

Author: Clare Willis
Title: Biting the Bride
Plot Type: SMR
Ratings:  V-3, S-3, H-2
Publisher:  Zebra, 2010

     In this stand-alone novel, Sunset (Sunni) Marquette believes that she has been followed all her life by a tall, dark, and handsome protector, but after he saves her (e.g., from kidnappers, from a mugger), he never sticks around long enough to get acquainted. Sunni is the orphaned, twenty-something owner of a high-end art gallery in San Francisco, and she has always felt a bit different from other girls.  

     After Sunni fights off a drunken would-be rapist at a friend's wedding reception, she finally has an up-close encounter with her mystery man. He tells her that his name is Jacob Eddington, but he won't tell her anything else. The plot soon heats up when the villainous Richard Lazarus shows up to try to temptor threatenSunni into going off with him to bear his children. What a jerkright?  

     As the plot plays out, Sunni learns the truth about her mysterious parentage and about whoand whatJacob and Richard really are. It's really no big secret. Just take a peek at the fangs on the hot guy (Jacob) on the cover.  The primary supporting character is Sunni's best friend, Isabel, who suffers from muscular dystrophy and gets drawn into Richard's devious plotting in a really bad way.

     The heroine has the predictable mysterious genetics (and the resulting magical powers) inherited from her missing parents, and the happy ending is telegraphed from the beginning, but the storytelling moves along at a fast pace.

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