After reading Allee’s urban fantasy, Banshee Charmer, I was excited to hear about Don’t Bite the Bridesmaid, the first in a new series entitled Sons of Kane. However, I was in for a bit of a surprise as this book was very different from her previous work. Luckily, this was in a good way and I found myself lost in the book very quickly.
The premise of the story is that Alice Shepard desperately needs a date for her sister’s wedding, since her ex is her future brother-in-law’s brother. Not wanting to ask any of her co-workers due to fears that it will get too complicated, Alice decides to ask her mysterious, yet incredibly hunky next door neighbour, Noah.
Luckily Noah needs to leave town for a few days, since the Vampire Council (yup, he is a vampire) has ruled that Noah needs to bond with a younger vampire to prevent him from falling into a fit of depression that will result in him committing suicide.
What starts off as just two friends helping each other out, develops into something much, much more, but with both Alice and Noah hiding parts of their past, you do wonder if they can ever really have a future.
Once again, Allee proves that she is a master at weaving a compelling tale. While this is much lighter fare than Banshee Charmer, it is by no means any less entertaining. By containing the story on a cruise ship, you are able to see how difficult it is to keep secrets from the ones you love. This confinement also racks up the tension between Brent, Alice’s ex, Alice and Noah considerably. There is no walking away when Brent goads and taunts Noah, nor when he tries to smooch his way back into Alice’s good graces. It is interesting to see how this plays out and I genuinely felt for both Noah and Alice.
Alice, to me, is a character who seems to have always gotten the fuzzy end of the lollipop when it comes to relationships. Having been wounded by Brent, it is only natural for her to be more cautious when it comes to relationships, so it was a nice surprise to see her hit it off so well with Noah.
Noah is just everything I love in my male characters in a book. Of course he is handsome, but he is also very considerate and caring. He is protective of Alice and I couldn’t help but hope he would suck Brent dry before throwing him overboard. True, he did act like a bit of knuckle head with regards to not telling Alice about his impending nuptials, but in the grand scheme of things you begin to see why he is hiding this from Alice. All I do know, is that I was really rooting for them to get together.
As another reviewer pointed out, they will never look at lasagne the same way again. What should be a rather mundane task of preparing a family meal, quickly turns into a really hot and steamy scene. This alone would make this book entertaining, but the family dinner is hilarious. Both Alice’s mother and sister know about the shenanigans in the kitchen, but it is done in such a way that shows typical family behavior. You believe that these characters are family and that show’s great writing ability.
Although the main story was really entertaining, I was more than intrigued with the world in which Allee has created. Noah’s brothers, Alex and Charles, really look to be interesting characters, especially Alex, who has been forced to marry a female vampire by the Council. From the limited time that he is in the book, you get the feeling that he would like to end his life, but due to his life force being linked to a mystery female, he is stuck. Since this series is called the Sons of Kane, I suspect we will get his story at some point, as well as Charles’. I also hope we find out more about Kane, as he seems to be a pretty interesting character in the one scene he is in.
Not to spoil any of the surprises in Don’t Bit the Bridesmaid, all I will say is that I do hope we learn more about Alice’s brother and his ex-fiancé Olivia. That story looks to be really intriguing and I have my own theories on how it could tie in with Noah and his brothers.
Don’t Bite the Bridesmaid a really quick, fun read with a couple you root for from the get go. Allee has created two characters whose chemistry jumps off the page. There is definitive ending to Noah and Alice’s story, but you are introduced to so many other characters, you can’t help but want to read how their stories will turn out. For a fun, flirty read, Don’t Bite the Bridesmaid ticks all the boxes and is an excellent start to a new series.
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