Monday, August 23, 2010


Book 1 in series
Publisher: Kensington Books
Date published: March 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7582-4729-2
Urban Fantasy
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Library

Police Officer Sarah Petit never imagined her seemingly routine call would change her life completely. Zombies attack her and she finds out that her normal life has a shadow side-one that can kill people. A week later, Special Forces Captain Xavier Beauvoir walks in and Sarah finds herself drawn into a world where bad horror movie zombies are actually real and in her city. With his smooth Cajun accent, Sarah finds herself drawn to Xavier even as she tries to stay alive long enough stop this evil from spreading.

ONCE BITTEN, TWICE DEAD is one action packed story that will have you laughing and sighing as you root for Sarah and Xavier to beat the stuffing out of the zombies as they fall in love. I love Ms. D’Arc’s writing and this was no exception. Tight writing, enjoyable characters, and a fast paced storyline draw the reader in and deliver one wild ride from start to finish. If you haven’t read one of this author’s books before, then I highly recommend grabbing them fast-they deliver countless hours of reading fun.

Meet Sarah Petit, an officer of the local police department and when she goes on a routine call, she experiences something much more horrifying than teenagers partying but zombies, something she figures are only in bad horror movies. When Capt. Xavier Beauvoir walks into her hospital room and tells her otherwise, she has no idea her life is about to change drastically-for this isn’t the movies but real life and people are missing. Sarah is a wonderful character. She is strong, smart and feisty-all that I enjoy in a kick-butt, take no prisoners heroine. Xavier was sex on legs, in my humble opinion. He fairly jumped out at me when he walked into Sarah’s hospital room. A strong alpha male, he wanted to protect her even knowing she could do that herself. Both Sarah and Xavier were wonderful characters and the sparks fairly blew up the book in my hands when they first met. I loved how we gradually saw them fall in love even as things heated up between them. There were plenty of lighthearted moments to help keep the reader flipping the pages especially as the action heats up. The ending leaves you breathless and there are some really interesting secondary characters I am eager to know more of-hopefully in future books.

ONCE BITTEN, TWICE DEAD is one wild ride from start to finish. I look forward to reading more in this series in the future and if you are looking for a different type of urban fantasy, then grab the latest from Bianca D’Arc. You will definitely spend hours reading one of her many wonderful books.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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