Friday, June 29, 2012

Review: Once Bitten, Forever Burned by Eve Langlais & Stacey Kennedy

Once Bitten, Forever Burned by Eve Langlais & Stacey Kennedy
Synopsis (Goodreads):

Bethany lost her one and only love to a war overseas. As if that weren’t bad enough, a brutal attack and claiming by a Lycan makes her life a living hell. She lives only for revenge until the day love comes back into her life and promises to rescue her from her misery. However, the mate who forced her isn’t about to let her go.

Devon died on the battlefield only to be reborn as a creature of the night. He fights to stay away from his one true love, but when he caves to his desire and sees her again, he discovers redemption is possible even for one who walks in darkness.

CRUZ'S SALVATION by Stacey Kennedy

Cruz understands torment. A mortal turned vampire in the war, he has suffered untold loneliness and despair. That is until he meets Kiara—a werewolf he’s forbidden to love.

Though Kiara needs Cruz, and wants him forever, werewolves and vampires are bitter enemies. To make matters worse, her Alpha, also her father, suspects that Kiara pines for a mate. Mistaking her sadness for the longing she feels for Cruz, he sets out to give her all the happiness he can provide.

Together, Kiara and Cruz will have to fight against the rules placed upon them to hold onto their love. But an unwanted visitor creates a complication neither of them planned for. Milo, Kiara’s chosen mate, has come to stake his claim. Now, not only are lives at risk, but hearts are threatened and dreams hang in the balance.
My Thoughts:
Devon's Redemption
As a general rule, I love love love Eve Langlais' writing and this story was right up there with her longer books for me. Ultimately, this was Bethany's story, though. Her harrowing experience at the hands of her "mate" was what propelled it into eye-popping territory. Devon's reappearance in her life after she'd thought him dead and gone gives her a dash of hope. The fact that he thinks it's best to walk away because of what he is (not knowing about her situation with the pack) was heartbreaking and had me shaking my head. Frankly, it worked for me on a lot of levels. I liked Bethany. I like Devon. I liked the vampire master. I just liked the story.

Cruz's Salvation
I'm almost ashamed to admit that this is my first foray into Stacey Kennedy's work. The good news is that it won't be my last. It was naughty enough to make me smile plus I'm a sucker for the star-crossed lovers who are willing to give up everything to keep their significant other happy. I loved the crossover between the characters from the first story and I liked the ending because everything didn't turn out peachy-keen fine between the vampires and the werewolves. I like a little darkness with my books and this one hit the spot. Actually, both stories hit the spot in that regard.

Author Links
Eve Langlais - | Website | Facebook | Amazon | Kindle |
Stacey Kennedy - | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Kindle |

Reading challenges: Ebook Challenge, Why Buy the Cow? Challenge
Once Bitten, Forever Burned was a free Kindle download I picked up on 05/25/12.


  1. I'm going to have to #GutterPass you on hitting your spot.

    1. *finger guns*
      That's right you have to #GutterPass me!