Friday, August 10, 2012

Bitten Shame by Olivia Harden Review

Synopsis:  Jill Prescott returned from self-imposed seclusion to help save her best friend Devan’s life. Throwing herself into Devan’s problems and bringing an evil organization to its knees might just be the distraction she needs to keep living without the only man she’s ever loved. Her life changed forever when she was hired to spend a week with Doc Massey. On the day she became a vampire her youthful innocence ended, but Doc’s love rescued her from being consumed by the darkness. The shadow of that former life continues to loom over her, keeping her from realizing her own self-worth. Running from her past only brings her closer to a destiny that is inextricably connected to what she is trying to escape… Every gift has both a reward and a price, because All of it fits…

Review:  Bitten Shame by Olivia Hardin is book two in the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy.  While the first book in the series was told from Devan's character, Bitten Shame is told by Jill, Devan's best friend.  I really liked Jill in the first book, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that Bitten Shame would focus on Jill.  The chapters bounce back and forth between present day Jill, and the past, when she became a vampire.  Some people don't like this style of writing, but I found it easy to follow, and an interesting way of unfolding the life (or unlife) of the vampire that is Jill.

I read Bitten Shame in one sitting.  It's a quick read, but also engrossing and well written.  Jill is a complex character, and Olivia Hardin builds a strong picture of who Jill is, chapter by chapter.  The story can get pretty dark, but then there is light and laughter to balance it out.

If you like vampires, witches and faeries, a good plot, and strong characters, you will love Bitten Shame.

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