Series: Golden Vampires of Tuscany #1
Published by Self Published on December 25, 2011
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Anne caught her husband cheating with the maid of Honor before their wedding cake was cut. She decided to take her planned and paid for honeymoon in Tuscany, alone. On the evening of what was to be her wedding night, she gets bitten by a female vampire.
Marcus Monteleone has waited three hundred years to find his fated female, only to discover her dying in his arms. He saves Anne's life by turning her, and then works to gain her trust, to cope with being a newly-formed golden vampire.
But when Anne finds out Marcus has not been completely truthful about his past, she vows to live as a human, and shuns the vampire world. Alone and unprotected, she falls prey to the very villainess who took her human soul, and who now takes the only man she’s ever loved.
Which lover will have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the other before they both are lost?
Honeymoon Bite by Sharon Hamilton is the first book in her series, the Golden Vampires of Tuscany. This paranormal romance focuses on a traumatized bride and an unusual solo honeymoon that changes her life.
Reviews like this are painful for this reviewer. No joke. I finished this audiobook several weeks ago and I knew it was going to be a tough review, but I have to fight through and persevere to maintain what I want to this site to be about. Honesty. And I honestly did not like Honeymoon Bite.
I think that the general story line was a great idea, but the execution of this story just fell short. So many dreadful tropes were injected for no apparent reason and served no purpose in moving the story forward.
Anne seems scared and intimidated by Marcus and his pushiness even scares her, yet he bullies her into meeting with him. Marcus also visits Anne cloaked and invisible to “pleasures” her as she thinks it is her imagination. Of course, this is all justified that she is fated mate. This seemed to really push my comfort level and I didn’t really understand why it was needed in the story. I don’t think it added anything other than a factor of creepiness. Chemistry between characters should not come from just the damn sex or physical pleasure. And don’t me started on the moment of glowing genitals. Normally, I would probably soften this blow a little, but this was a LOL moment where there should NOT have been one. WHY! It served absolutely no purpose to advance the story whatsoever and no fabric was laid out for this event being anything other than random.
These issues are not the only ones I had with Honeymoon Bite either. Anne’s husband (or non husband?) cheats on her on their wedding night and that is only the beginning. I had a hard time grasping that Anne worked volunteering as an advocate for abused women and yet was completely fucking oblivious that her fiance was a complete womanizing man-whore. AND that she continues to pacify him in many ways like she is responsible for him. I did not like this dynamic at all and his exploits that we learned about in Anne’s story – again – I don’t think advanced this story or would have affected any of the bottom line. Pretty sure cheating on your bride launches you into total loser category and no further explanation is needed.
LIES. I hate lies and even lies by omission unless extremely detrimental. Like..if I reveal who I am, I get murderized. I get those, but Marcus lies about things A LOT. Anything he things Anne should not know, he just leaves out. I don’t think there was one single male I liked in this entire book. Even when one of the male vamps becomes her best friend, I still felt completely turned off by the relationship. Because even he, in the beginning, creeped her the hell out in a completely bizarre scene after she was being “examined” (intimately) by the vampires….
I KNOW there are a lot of people that enjoyed this book. Maybe I am picky about what comes off as romance, as I need the sex to be hawt and make sense. I didn’t find it sexy or romantic at all.
Audiobook thoughts: This audiobook is narrated by J.D. Hart. This part of the review is even HARDER. It becomes very hard to judge the voice of the book without taking into consideration the content. I think J.D. Hart did a fair job. Certainly not one of my favorites, but overall I think that he did a nice job with the characters and executing the story at a steady pace.
I rate Honeymoon Bite 2 out of 5 Bullets.
I received this title from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.