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Review: The Way You Bite by Zoe Forward

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The Way You Bite by Zoe Forward // VBC ReviewThe Way You Bite
Zoe Forward
Published: July 3, 2017 (Entangled)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Margaret

Rating (out of 5): 3 stars

Vampires and werewolves have been unofficially at war in America for years. As the daughter of the head vampire, Veterinarian Vee Scarpa is forbidden from assisting the enemy. But when a bloody King Werewolf comes in to her clinic she can’t refuse to treat him. Helping a werewolf is complicated enough, but she also finds him inexplicably attractive. And, oh yeah, she’s engaged to the son of the European vampire boss and Vee’s father is counting on her arranged marriage and future baby vamps to unite the families.

Lexan made a promise to an old friend, which is why he now finds himself in an American vet’s office trying to find a way to tell her that she’s not really a vampire—she’s a half wolf called a demisang and about to go through her first change. A seer predicted that it would happen this month. If Lexan can’t get her away from her family before the full moon, she’ll be killed. But rescuing her might start a global supernatural war. Claiming her as his mate definitely will.

Zoe Forward is a new-to-me author, but I’m always a fan of supernatural political machinations so this vampires vs. werewolves story sounded right up my alley.

However, The Way You Bite feels like a mafia romance as much as a shifter story. That’s partly because of the feuding families, but also the way that Vee is treated by both sides. Her father and fiancé both view her as property and her boyfriend wants to lock her in a tower to protect her. Her relationship with Lexan though is a twist on the insta-lust you often see with fated mates.

The supernatural politics and the overprotective alpha also remind me of The Last True Vampire so I think fans of that series might enjoy this book. I’m generally not a fan of alphahole behavior, but I do like the way Vee handles it. I’m also interested in the goals she’s pursuing at the end of the book. That secondary plot really doesn’t come up until the end so I don’t want to spoil it. I’d be willing to read more in the series to see where that goes.

 Sexual content: graphic sex

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