I told y’all the other day that I was reading R.G. Emanuelle’s lesbian vampire novel, Have a Bite. Since I said I was enjoying it, I started to love it even more – so much so, in fact, that I read over half of it in the past two days, and finished it feeling like I don’t know why I haven’t read more of Emanuelle’s work.
The world of vampires is, by nature, one of darkness, secrecy, and covertness. Vampires are invincible. No one can hurt them. Except vampire hunters.
Delphine Bouchard is a celebrity chef and owner of a world-renowned restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, where the chic and elite crowd mingle with neighborhood denizens. She enjoys fame, money, and women, and lives life by her own rules. She also happens to be a vampire.
Del’s life and the local vampire community are rocked when a vampire hunter begins picking them off, and Del has reason to believe that she might be next. Del is also being watched and criticized by the vampire hive council and persecuted by a coven of witches, who are the enforcers of behavior for the supernatural set. In the midst of all this turmoil, Del meets and unexpectedly falls hard for Jocelyn, who she soon discovers is holding back a disturbing secret. Del must decide whether or not to put aside her feelings of betrayal and pursue the relationship.
Meanwhile, when a food critic with a grudge sets out to ruin her business and reputation, Del has to protect her staff and restaurant. But the situation spirals out of control when a human shows up dead, her restaurant is sabotaged, and Jocelyn is threatened. Del must save her business, protect her loved ones, and find out who the vampire killer is before she is the next victim.
Set against a backdrop of elaborate meals and passionate cooking, Have a Bite is book one in the novella series The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles. The world of vampires and hunters meets the world of restaurants, foodies, and celebrity chefs—a recipe for paranormal mystery seasoned with suspense, peppered with romance, and flavored with a dash of humor.
This book has several elements I really love, such as:
- delicious food,
- sexy exploits, and
Did I mention already that I loved this book?
Del is the kind of character I understand and sympathize, without being a whiny brat or an insufferable bore. She knows that life can get tough – she’s lived enough of it, after all – but she doesn’t let it keep her down. Every day, despite obstacles mortal and immortal, she gets up and goes after what she wants. She takes care of those she cares about. And she does it all while looking good, getting laid, and tossing in French phrases that make her women melt.
Her friends and family are individuals with lives that intertwine with, and run outside of, their relationships with Del. And the antagonistic forces are written well, too, but I don’t want to say too much and spoil anyone’s surprise.
This was a fantastic book. I give it five of five stars, and recommend it to fans of any of the list above.