Jenna O’ Conner has been taught her whole life to hide from everyone. Never to let anyone close enough to know that she would prefer a shotgun for her birthday over of a bouquet of roses. She’s been smothered by her over protective family so that no one learns what she truly is. Which is not human. Nor, is she considered the norm for the supernatural Other community that is benevolent enough to share this world with the humans.
In a desperate attempt to live her own life away from the small town she was raised in, Jenna obtains her dream job as the newest member on the Wilmington Police Department’s SWAT Team. What she didn’t predict was that she would run into trouble her first day on the job, in the form of a deadly, mouthwatering man named Adam McPhee. Who is also not human, but more like a wolf walking around in human skin. He’s determined to figure out exactly what Jenna is, which unbeknownst to him, could very well put her life in danger. He’s also determined to have her all to himself.
As if that wasn’t enough for Jenna to deal with, bad news blows into town. A group of extremist Shifters who think humans are cattle and factions of Others worldwide should stay within their own species – never to intermingle. Chaos ensues. Jenna has to find a way to shut them down, but in the process of trying to do that, discovers things about herself that even she never thought was possible.
Who said the wolf was what you had to worry about?
Welcome to the real world.
Big Bad Bite is the first book in Jessie Lane’s series by the same name. It’s also the first book by the writing duo that I’ve read. That fact is soon going to change because if this book is any indication of the humor, wit and just plain fun in their writing style, I’m going to be stalking them big time. So, yeah, I really liked this book.
I absolutely loved Jenna. Readers were in her head from the start of the book and from that moment on I knew I was going to be hooked. She was smart, witty, strong and determined to prove herself without giving any of her well kept secrets away. Scenes like this one (the very first one in Big Bad Bite) pretty much sum up Jenna’s personality:
Sweaty gym socks. That’s what the inside of the Wilmington Police Department’s SWAT van smelled like which, in a word, is… nasty. Tamping down on the overwhelming urge to reach over and grab the offending socks, so that she could shove them down the owner’s mouth before giving him a stern warning to wash them, was downright hard. However, somehow Jenna O’Conner managed to keep herself in check because overpowering a two hundred plus gym jock when you were a woman of only five feet four inches, who looked as if you might weigh a hundred and thirty pounds soaking wet, would be hard to explain. So, sometimes it seriously sucked to be her.
Is it any wonder that I loved her? Adam felt the same way. She was a mystery that needed to be solved and he was relentless. It took a little longer to get to know him but it didn’t take long to figure out that he was perfect for Jenna. He was a trusted alpha, loyal, strong and had the same kind of wit and humor laced charm that Jenna had. Together they were…. well, not perfect to begin with, but their encounters were definitely interesting.
Big Bad Bite was one of those books that was hard to put down. There was action, mystery and plenty of heat. There were also more than a couple of tense moments along with even a few tears. I love a book that keeps me on the edge of my seat and this one definitely did that. The world building was also great. Just the way I like it… familiar enough to make ‘sense’ yet unique enough to make it the authors’ own.
The other great thing about Big Bad Bite were the supporting characters. The story centered around Adam and Jenna, but the other characters added just as much to the story. Kent was one of my favorites. Especially when someone found a way to put him in his place. 😉 Jenna’s family was an interesting bunch too and they definitely kept things interesting, along with the rest of the pack.
I also fell in love with Gage and his family, which is a very good thing because he is the next character featured in the Big Bad Bite series. Luckily for me (and you too) the second book in the series, Walking on the Striped Side has already been released. Readers were not only introduced to Gage in Big Bad Bite but were given just a taste of what’s to come in the epilogue. Yes, it was a perfect tease, but since I already have book 2 ready and waiting I’m not complaining too much 😉