Once Bitten, Twice Shy : Book One of the Jaz Parks Series, Paperback Book

Once Bitten, Twice Shy : Book One of the Jaz Parks Series Paperback

Part of the Jaz Parks series

3 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Vayl is the CIA's top assassin. A master of black ops, he has never failed. He's also a 291-year-old vampire. Assigned to protect Vayl, if such a formidable creature can be said to require protection, is Jasmine Parks - 'Jaz' to her friends.

But Jaz has got problems - and not just the run-of-the-mill ones you'd expect from someone whose job consists of putting her life on the line for an undead assassin.

She hasn't had sex in god knows how long, so Vayl's almost overpowering vampire charisma is making it increasingly difficult for her to keep their relationship . . . professional. Her personal life is a long line of missed birthdays and Christmases, and lies and excuses to her family. And then there's that other thing: the blackouts.See, there's times that Jaz can't account for and things that happen in those times that Vayl - not to mention the CIA - may not appreciate. And if they find out, Jasmine knows it won't just be her contract that's terminated . . .


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781841496375

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Jaz Parks is partnered with Vayl, a vampire from Romania. They work for the CIA as assassins. They work with each other to chase paranormal enemies. Both of them have secrets and these secrets are about to come home to roost.Vayl and Jaz are great characters and you can understand some of their reticence about issues. The two of them are great together and really come across as quite believable. I look forward to reading more in this series.

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really enjoyable and well written with great characters. A little too mystical in some places and some of the geek gadgets seemed unlikely . Generally a really good read though.

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In a genre that contains such heavy-hitters as Kelley Armstrong and Kim Harrison, Jennifer Rardin's debut novel is heralded as a fresh new take on the 'paranormal fantasy' (or whatever tag it is going by these days!) spectrum.Indeed, the idea that the main character is a CIA operative is intriguing, and the vamp/supernatural elements of the story are dropped in without any painful info-dumps or unnecessary explanations. In fact, the whole story invites you to cling onto a *very* bumpy ride and either hold on or slide off. Unfortunately for Rardin, I've decided to quit this ride on the first book and here are my reasons.The pace is frenetic - in fact, too much so. There is no breathing space, no time to effectively build the characters, no pause from the constant action to really get a feel for the world we're supposed to believe in here.Supernatural elements are thrown in without a full consideration of world-building, and characters suddenly develop new tricks without any true reasons being given. The book tries far too hard to be funny and misses on most occasions: "Oh boy. I'm in smart-ass mode and Vayl wants to break his ex's neck. If we don't play this right, they'll be scraping parts of us off the bumpers of these cars for days."Jaz is heralded as a sassy, spunky CIA operative. However, she is also held up to be a delicate-looking, beautiful redhead who, it seems, would be incapable of extricating herself out of the many, many dangerous situations her smart mouth seems determined to place her in. She is a loose cannon, and it becomes tiring to see that her only answer to everything is a wiseass comment and the threat of violence. I was also disconcerted by the fact she kisses a person she has only just met - there was no reason for this given.I struggled with the, at times, distinctly odd prose and similies. For instance: "In the silence, the banging of our bumper took centre stage like an American Idol loser" - this just makes very little sense. Add to that: "Vayl made a sound in the back of his throat, a primal distress signal, the kind you might hear from elephants as they mourn over the bones of lost brothers." This is a vampire we're talking about - a sleek, killing machine and the animal Rardin associates with him is an elephant? And which elephants actually do mourn over the bones of lost brothers? The writing stank, to be perfectly honest.Altogether a hugely disappointing read.

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I heard some good things about this series so I decided to check it out. It is hard to get into most vampire stories. I think we start too feel like we are swimming with them.This novel was different. I love Jaz's attitude, and the witty come backs. I dove into the next book in the series right away.I still had a problem a bit with vampires.. are they they norm or still a totally hidden species?

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