Review: Baby’s Got Bite by Candace Havens

baby's got biteReviewed by Shelly

It’s been 3 years since the first story in this series, Take It Like a Vamp, came out.  I read and reviewed it and I can honestly say that I remember neither the plot nor the characters in that first story. This story picks up during Nick and Casey’s (book 1) wedding. Casey’s best friend Bennett and Nick’s best friend and second in command, Linc, decide to have sex because well… that’s what people do at weddings. Two and a half months after their sexual rendezvous, Bennett finds out that she’s pregnant with Linc’s child. Doing the right thing, she goes to Linc and tells him of his impending fatherhood. Linc is ecstatic and over the moon with the news. He’s been without family for a long time and anticipates when he’ll have his own.

I’m not sure why, but I just couldn’t like Bennett. I’m not sure if it was her coarseness or just an overall sense of unfamiliarity with her, but I just found her to be well… coarse and uncouth. Cursing doesn’t make you cool, it just means you have a limited vocabulary and that’s the way I felt about Bennett. The friendship she has with Casey worked much better than the pseudo-relationship she had with Linc. I felt their affection much more that the manufactured love she had for Linc.

As the second in command for Nick, Linc’s life is primarily encompassed by the security that’s required as part of the job. That is, unless he’s designing a new fashion label. I found the dichotomy of Linc’s two roles pretty interesting considering they’re so far apart on the ‘manliness’ scale. But it worked for him and he got enough ‘dates’ from his day job, per se.

There’s not a lot that about Bennett’s or Linc’s youth that I thought was interesting. It’s a case of being told what happened in a couple sentences versus showing me what happened in order to maybe learn more about the underlying factors that current decisions are based on. Linc’s got a case of daddy issues while Bennett’s got a case of missing father and dead mother syndrome. I really would have liked to know more about that and especially the rationale behind Bennett’s mother’s decisions that changed so many lives.

Even though there was a ton of dialogue, including Bennett’s constant snarky comments, I still didn’t feel as if I got the same story that the first book had. The telling of this just didn’t work for me – I couldn’t drum up any enthusiasm for Bennett or Linc.

Overall, this was a ‘meh’ book that was saved by the conflict of who/what Bennett and Linc are and how their being together affected all those around them. If you’re wondering, there are no sex scenes.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: B-/C+

*Book provided by publisher via NetGalley for review

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Baby’s Got Bite
by Candace Havens
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Comments

  1. I recently read this and felt some things were missing that would have wrapped it up better for me. Like, what did the counsel decide? Did Bennett decide to have her powers unbound, because if not, wouldn’t she be subjected to a human life, and death like in the case of her mother?

    I also didn’t understand her mother’s reasoning for leaving the Fae king. Seriously…in the grand scale of life, power was the deciding factor. Oh, yeah…and responsibility-that was mostly for the King to wield and maintain. Just didn’t seem like a good reason to throw true love away…but hey, I’m a romantic.

    What I was grateful for is that she didn’t find Linc and the model in a compromising position/situation…I would have been too through. Thank goodness Miss Haven avoided that. Overall, it was a good read. Did you have any unanswered questions?

    I enjoy your blog and wish I could review books on the regular. Enjoy your next read.

    • Shelly Browne says:

      Hi Shea,

      I had a plethora of questions including the ones you mentioned. But in the end, I was really confused about the direction of the series. Where’s Havens going with it?

      Glad you enjoy the reviews!

      If I could quit my job, stop training and just read books – ah, that would be my version of heaven on earth.

      Shelly

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