Wednesday, October 20

Love Sucks! (Bite Me #2)

by Melissa Francis

Summary: AJ Ashe is moving on. Sure she still has not-so-sisterly feelings for Ryan, her ex-boyfriend-turned-step-brother, but there’s a new vampire in town and his name is Alexander Archer. Caught between the desire to move forward with Sexy Lexy and being drawn to her past with Ryan, AJ thinks life couldn’t get anymore complicated. Yeah, right. When her mother’s pregnancy is threatened, it looks like AJ’s long lost father is the only person who can save her. But Dad’s help comes with a price. AJ is forced join the evil side of her family, and a very creepy shape-shifting demon is there to make sure AJ cooperates. All this and she’s still got to plan the prom. Being a teenager is tough, but being a teenage vampire just flat out sucks. Pun totally intended.

My Thoughts: I adored Bite Me, Melissa's first book in this series so I was very excited to get Love Sucks! We are reintroduced to AJ and her dysfunctional family. Her mother, her stepfather, her step-siblings, etc. AJ and Ryan have been trying to get over each other. Remember Ryan? Her ex-boyfriend who is now her stepbrother? Talk about major drama and major dilemma. I couldn't even imagine that happening! Well, we learn more about Melissa's ancestors and how her distant family thinks she is the key to something more. Something dangerous, something that only she can do. Enter a few new characters sent to help AJ become a better fighter and learn to control her vampire nature more. Lex and his brother Robbie. I really liked Lex a lot. He and AJ have great chemistry but nothing compares to my love for Ryan. I loved the little sparks of jealousy throughout the novel between Ryan and AJ. They try to fight it, their love for each other but it still always shows through their emotions. Lex and AJ also have a very complex relationship but I just didn't feel the intensity between them. Yes, there were some hot scenes. For example, when AJ bit him. Yes, very very smexy but nothing compared to her kissing Ryan. I also hated that AJ and Ryan had so much trouble trusting each other throughout the novel.

Well, AJ's mothers pregnancy is threatened so everyone is on the lookout and has to be careful. AJ's Dad shows up and he's the only one who can help. He wants AJ to find the runes, which AJ has already found a few with Lex and Ryan's help.

I won't give away the whole plot since this one is pretty short and its easy to give away spoilers.

Overall: I really liked this one. I didn't love it as much as Bite Me but I think that is mainly because Ryan was absent a lot. The story focused more on AJ and Lex and I wanted more Ryan. I did enjoy the story and I was very happy on how it progressed.

Cover: Like it a lot! It's got the same appeal as Bite Me did!

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Kelly aka yllektra(I Work For Books) said...

Oh, I haven't heard of this book series but it sounds awesome!
And the level of angst sound just perfect!!
Thanks for the review!

E.J. Stevens said...

Sounds like a fun read. Great review!
From the Shadows

Erin said...

I agree completely. I want more Ryan.

justpeachy36 said...

Sounds like a great addition to the series... Bite me was awesome...

Raina said...

Sounds like a fun book to read. I think it's funny how some characters you can fall for so darned hard that you miss them in any subsequent books. I think that's one of the marks of an author who does great character building. Too many authors treat their secondary's as lesser citizens.

It sounds like Ryan is more than a normal secondary character but my feelings on it still apply I think.

I like the twist with AJ being forced to join the evil side of the family. Very nice idea!

Dwayne said...

Wow I really have no urge to read this, but maybe I should give it a try. Fab review!

Mandy said...

I'll have to look at your reviews for the first book then! I got an ARC in the mail for this book and it looked really good and the cover is really pretty. The only problem is I don't have the first book, lol.

When I noticed it was the sequel to a book I was all "Crap!".

Great review!


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