“I WANT YOU TO BITE ME.”
Vincent Barnes has suffered four years as a vampire, and they’ve been the most miserable years of his pathetic life. Too poor for black market blood, he feeds from sleeping humans to survive. He tries to never intrude on the same prey twice, but after a single delicious taste of a long-lost childhood neighbor, he can’t help returning for seconds.
Wesley Garcia has been waking up with fang marks. Lucky for him, he needs a vampire—to use as bait. He’s certain Vitalis-Barron Pharmaceutical killed his mother, but to gain access to their covert research labs, he has to bring them a bloodsucker for their experiments.
Step one, a dramatic offer: Stay, and you can bite me.
Vincent leaps at the chance to gobble Wesley up.
Wes’s plan is perfect. He’ll befriend the vampire, then trick him into coming to the lab. No fighting, no fuss. But Vincent is more than Wesley has bargained for: sweet and shy, with intoxicating fangs that awaken new desires in Wes. As the two bond, Vincent believes he might have finally found someone worth putting his trust in… and Wes fears neither of them will survive the betrayal he has planned.
How to Bite Your Neighbor and Win and Wager is a slow-burn paranormal mm romance full of laughter, angst, and thirsty pining. It is perfect for fans of fangs and scientific interpretations of vampirism, with a medium spice level that heats up further in the free bonus content. Content includes bite kink, bleeding (non-kinky), medical experimentation (not experienced by the point of view characters), one particular lesbian BFF who should be reported to HR, and the use of “bodice-ripping” as a verb.
[I received a digital arc for an honest review]
How to Bite Your Neighbor and Win a Wager is a Queer Paranormal Romance by author D.N. Bryn.
Never, Wesley wanted to say, there’s no one I could ever crave the way I crave you.
Wesley’s been on his own since his mom disappeared a year ago. He believes the corporation she worked for had something to do with it. In order to infiltrate the corp he needs to get hired and to do that he has to bring them a vampire for research. When he discovers that he unknowingly has been the midnight snack for a vampire in the neighborhood, he thinks his problem is solved. But the more he gets to know Vincent, he sees that even though he’s a vampire, he deserves to be treated with respect and kindness. He also develops feelings for Vincent he can’t ignore. When Vincent’s life is in danger, and he finds out Wes’s secret betrayal, will it ruin what the connection between them.
Friends who happened to be a human with a bite kink and a vampire so in tune to that human’s scent that it engulfed him likes its own kind of intoxication.
This vampire book is kind of precious. I absolutely loved our vampire Vincent right from the start. He’s practically human, except for the whole being allergic to sunlight and the need to consume blood. Other than that, he’s simply a shy young man trying to get by in life without hurting anyone. He feels horrible stealing people blood without permission, but he has no other choice. I knew as soon as he started to develope feelings for Wes he was going to get his heartbroken, and it killed me. Then we have Wesley who was in the dog house for me half the time because of his abuse of Vincent trust. He was manipulative and dishonest, even when he started to actually care about Vincent. I did love the quality Bisexual rep he brought to the book. Also, I really enjoyed his best friend, she was a fun supporting character.
He wasn’t allowed to want this, not the thought of Vincent’s mouth on his neck or Vincent’s mouth on his neck or Vincent’s hands in his hair or any of the feelings that came with it.
Together Vincent and Wesley have a friends to lovers set up in a way, even though Wes has ulterior motive they form a friendship by hanging out and video gaming. I think one of the reasons I’m not going for a higher rating on this one is because of the lack of communication between them. They do a lot of assuming and keeping issues to themselves in order to not burden the other. The romance itself is mildly steamy with some yummy sexual tension build up but no on page bedroom scenes, just some make outs and heavy petting. On the plus side, at the end the author mentions there will be erotic bonus scenes available through their newsletter eventually, which is something I’m very much looking forward to .
“Do that,” he breathed. “Do that, but everywhere, to all of me.”
“Eat you like a delicacy?” Vincent asked, dragging one fang along Wesley’s cheek, his lips brushing along behind.
Overall, How to Bite Your Neighbor and Win a Wager by D.N. Bryn is a wonderful vampire romance. Filled with keeping secrets, trust, betrayal, text message chains, bets, spicy ramen, sexual innuendos, video gaming, a human with a bite kink, and a happy ending. After the little sneak peek of book 2, I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
Rep : Bisexual MC, Gay MC, Mexican-American MC, Lesbian SC