Tuesday, June 2, 2020

ARC Review: Forbidden Love (They Bite #2) by Lee Colgin

Forbidden Love
When an esteemed vampire doctor treats an injured young werewolf, desire sparks between them.

Dr. Benjamin Arleth has devoted his life to finding a medical cure for his species’ most devastating weakness—sunlight. Finally, one of his pharmaceuticals shows promise, but sabotage looms large in the lab.

Wolf shifter Nathan Cramer is ready to finish grad school and begin his career when a trip to Center City’s Peace Conference goes awry. Weak and bleeding, Nathan knows his wounds could prove fatal. Dr. Arleth is his only hope.

Can love flourish between enemy species despite a society in turmoil? Could vampires walk in the daylight or will darkness reign? It’s a race to find answers, and Ben will have to put his trust in Nathan if they’re going to make it out alive.

Forbidden Love is a MM urban fantasy/paranormal romance and the second book in the series They Bite but can be enjoyed as a standalone.

Todd's rating:

Book 2 of the "They Bite" series was fine, but I enjoyed book 1 a whole lot more, if I'm being honest.

In the first book, we met Nathan, an MBA student and member of Mitchel's werewolf pack, who was kind and caring, so I immediately took a liking to him.

Then when Nathan got shot following a bombing at a supernatural conference, it was the Vampire Council's top doctor, Ben, who patched Nathan up again, with their mutual attraction being a byproduct of their meeting.

I was really excited to see their story, but this one didn't pull me in nearly as much as the first book did. This story just felt a bit more generic and bland for me, possibly because neither MC had much of an edge to them.

I did like both of the MC's and mostly enjoy the book; however, it was a much more subdued experience this time around.

My favorite parts of this story were when the previous characters made appearances, including Sinclair's awesome parents, and the bits where we saw the vampires and werewolves beginning to work together to heal the centuries-long rifts between their species'.

My least favorite part was the twist that the mystery of Ben's lab experiments on vampire immunity to sunlight took, which felt extremely rushed and skimped on providing any in-depth specifics behind the betrayal.

We were introduced to Ben's snarky, pint-sized maker in this story, and I immediately liked him, so I'm hoping that the next book in the series is his, but I have no idea who his love interest might be.

So to recap, this story was "fine", but a bit of a let-down after the excitement in the first book, and I'd rate it at around 3.25 stars.

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.


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