Monday, September 3, 2012

Biting Oz

Title: Biting Oz
Author: Mary Hughes
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-60928-958-4
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Paranormal Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Gunter Marie “Junior” Stieg doesn’t plan to sell sausages in her parents shop forever. She wants to escape Meiers Corners for the big city, and her chance comes with the new musical Oz, Wonderful Oz. Junior’s playing in the pit orchestra and if the musical is well received, the next stop is Broadway.  The first night of rehearsals is where she meets the bodyguard for the show’s new star. Everything about the gorgeous man makes Junior’s body tingle but getting involved with him only messes up her plans.

Glynn Rhys-Jenkins has been alone for eight hundred years. He’s filled his time with honor and duty, but now his desire for Junior is interfering with that. He’s just as worried for her safety as he is the young star he’s guarding. Physically Junior’s everything he’s ever wanted but she doesn’t value home and family like he does…or does she? Then a destructive enemy comes to town. Can they survive and find lasting love together?

Biting Oz is the latest release in Mary Hughes series Biting Love. Since the characters are recurring and the plot line ongoing, I recommend the books be read in order.

It’s been a while since there’s been a full length novel released in this series and I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed the quirky people of Meiers Corners. There’s just something about this group with the strange regional dialect that I find appealing—and they’re fun and entertaining too. And I mean really. Who’d think to look for a vampire stronghold in a small Iowa town in the middle of nowhere? It’s a great location and the author’s done a good job developing the town’s unique flavor over the course of the series. It just gets better with each one.

As with the other books, Ms. Hughes has created two wonderful characters. Junior (what a nickname for a girl) is a unique and interesting individual—strong-willed, loving and determined. Glynn is protective, honorable and lonely. These two are different on so many levels but they still fit well together. And yes they have trouble getting together, but that’s okay because there’s a lot going on in town with the villain, and both have their emotions all over the place.

I admit it. I liked Biting Oz. This well-plotted book has a lot going for it. The premise is interesting, the descriptions are vivid, I love the characters and the pacing is quick from beginning to end. There’s amusing, bantering dialogue scattered throughout—and I can’t forget the simmering passion between Junior and Glynn. I don’t know what comes next for this keeper series, but I can’t wait. 

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