{Review} First Bite is the Deepest by Nora Snowdon


{Review} First Bite is the Deepest by Nora SnowdonFirst Bite is the Deepest by Nora Snowdon
Series: Dances With Werewolves #2
Publisher: Self-Published on November 25, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance (Adult)
Pages: 144

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Our Rating

4 Stars

Can a woman bitten by a werewolf choose not to become one herself? Ella is not persuaded by rich, handsome, and (unfortunately) neutered werewolf, Robert Colbert that his bite need change her life. Despite her annoyance with his arrogance, she agrees to let him take her to dinner if he’ll let her interview him for her gossip magazine LoveLifeStyle about his previous job as a designer/host for a reality TV show.

Trying to convince her to accept her werewolf fate before the rapidly approaching full moon, Robert finds himself falling in love with the stubborn bitch-to-be. But with some dark secrets of her own and a scarier suitor on her horizon, Ella may prove to be the one woman able to resist Robert’s wolfish charm.

The sequel to Just One Bite about Robert’s brother, Lucas, this steamy tale of mismatched lovers will have you dreaming of catching your own werewolf lover. Playing fetch? Not so much…

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

First Bite is the Deepest by Nora Snowdon

The Hook: After trying — and failing — to regain possession of a family portrait that could reveal their secret, Robert accidentally bites the woman who bought it.  Knowing that she’ll now become a werewolf, he shows up at her door, offering to help her through her first transition and falling in love with her somewhere along the way.  But Ella isn’t exactly what she appears to be either…

The Verdict: In Robert’s determination to get their family portrait back, he wounds up locked in Ella’s garage — still in his wolf form.  After accidentally biting her when she trips and startles him awake, he knows he has no choice but to insert himself in her life, if for no other reason than to safely see her through the werewolf transition that’s all his fault.

Ella’s a journalist, working for a gossipy rag that’s mostly interested in who famous people are dating and what they are wearing.  So she uses the opportunity to coerce him into an interview, and he uses that same opportunity to turn it into a date.  She’s a bit shocked, of course, that he’s a werewolf, but she doesn’t really seem put off by it, and she’s not about to deny her attraction to him.  However, she’s got it in her mind that even though she’s been bitten, there’s no way she’ll transform into a wolf during the upcoming full moon, and that’s got her holding back any hope for a future with him.

As with the previous book, I did have a little bit of an issue with the story of Robert’s neutering.  Clearly the vet that performed it isn’t fit to be working with animals, since he didn’t see the blatantly obvious differences between a wolf and a dog.  But that lack of family jewels should also have slowed down Robert’s libido considerably, which isn’t the case when Snowdon tells of his reputation.  I also found Ella’s surprise at the almost instant healing conflicted with the story, but I’ll let you see that for yourself, rather than spoil any of the plot.  And then there was the fish vs. steak thing, which is completely in-congruent with the species.  So yeah, it seems some of the details weren’t well thought out or researched at all, but while they were annoying, they didn’t completely ruin the story.

While I thoroughly enjoyed Just One Bite, the first book in this series, First Bite is the Deepest felt like it was better developed and had more depth.  It’s just as short, but it was somehow more substantial.  Snowdon writes Ella and Robert with such incredible chemistry that, where I’d normally be complaining because they’d just met each other, instead I was rooting for them to give into the hormonal surges.  And that twist?  While in hindsight, I can say the clues were there, I never saw it coming, and it shocked the hell out of me!  The few times my imagination wandered in that direction, I couldn’t imagine the story going that way because there was nothing concrete to really say it was possible in this fictional world.  Of course, that’s a very good thing, especially since too many authors pretty much spell it out for their readers, removing any semblance of suspense or surprise.  Snowdon, however, lets her readers experience it along with the characters, and if I hadn’t been hooked before, I definitely wasn’t putting the book down once the plot twist was revealed.  Honestly, this is one of the few shorter books I could probably have given 5 stars to, but as much as I loved it, I’m afraid those inconsistencies I mentioned earlier take it just a notch below my favorites.

The Breakdown
Cover Design
5 star rating
Plot & Pace
4 star rating
5 star rating
Style & Editing
3 star rating
Story Conclusion
5 star rating
Overall Rating 4 star rating

About Nora Snowdon

Living in New York and Toronto, Nora Snowdon was a jerk of all trades--one week hawking toys at major toy conventions, the next in a high end jewelry store pandering to the rich. She worked in the financial market, gambling dens, food service industry and sold shoes. During these years she also either appeared in or directed over twenty five plays.
Then Nora moved to the west coast, took up health foods (dark chocolate and red wine) and became a Writer of Elegant Smut. Her ambition is to become a crazy cat lady and wine hoarder, not necessarily in that order.

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