Review: The Bite of Winter by Lauren Smith

The Bite of Winter

By: Lauren Smith
Pages: 113
Published on: November 24, 2015
Review: The Bite of Winter by Lauren Smith

She is theirs to claim. They are hers to save.

Zoey Blake is about as far down on her luck as she can get. A car crash took her parents, leaving her destitute and on the street. When she’s attacked by another homeless person, her lifeblood drains away as her fading vision is filled with the face of a handsome stranger.

Ian Kennedy, a century old Irish vampire, never could resist rescuing a stray. As a few drops of his blood heals Zoey’s wounds, he realizes she’s a sweet, tempting, flesh-and-blood woman. But there’s one problem. Connor, who made Ian promise decades ago: no more mortal lovers.

After another vampire murdered his soulmate, Connor O’Shea swore never to let amortal woman pay the price for loving him. Until he feels Zoey’s skin and tastes her lips.She makes him want to break that vow.

Zoey finds herself caught in their web of seduction. But as Christmas draws near andher grief deepens, happiness seems far out of reach. And Ian and Connor join forces to prove their love is sacred, special…and forever.

Warning: This book contains two scorching-hot Irish vampires, one lady with plenty of pluck but zero luck, naughty lingerie, and enough Christmas cheer to redeem even the darkest creatures.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Andi's Review


This one was SO close to being a five star, but I just couldn’t do it because of one main glaring error that I will talk about in a bit. OOO I just realized that this is not released yet.  Due date for it is around November 24, 2015 so please get excited, because this is good :).


So Zoey, a young homeless girl is wandering around the city that she lives in when she is stabbed by what I assume is another homeless individual for what he assumed was money, which in fat it was not, it was Zoey’s past life. So you don’t know why she is homeless, what caused her to be homeless, just that she is young, helpless, and now bleeding on the snow covered alleyway. Until Ian shows up. So Ian is my idea of a super dreamy, want to shag Vampire. Actually I think he is more Melanie’s type, while Connor is mine, but anyways. Ian shows up and heals Zoey but maintains her humanity. When she awakes she meets Conner, Ian’s Vampire “brother” who is also Irish, but he is Blonde while Ian is a brunette. Conner is also more possessive and not as romantic between the sheets.


So the story has a little sexy time in it, I mean she does live in a house with two vampires, two vampires that are day by day not only becoming closer to each other but closer to Zoey.  Apparently it is the Vampire brother code to shag the same person, I don’t know but it is a good read.  I liked how although it was really short there were issues, there was conflict, there was suspense, and laughter, and love, and conversation that did not seem trivial or forced.


So here is the the thing that I did not like about it.  Not once but a couple of times Ian and Connor spoke of Lara and what happened to her at the hands of Seamus who was turned at the same time.  As they are talking about it you can already foretell what will happen in the book right?  No, and that is what frustrated me, don’t get me wrong then ending was good, but I personally feel that it could have been better.  For me that was the sticking point that pushed this book from a 5 star to a 4.5.


4.5 stars


About Lauren Smith

Born and raised in Tulsa, Lauren Smith spent the first twenty-two years of her life in Oklahoma, bridging the worlds between urban girl and cowgirl. After high school she attended Oklahoma State University where she earned Bachelor of Art degrees in history and political science. Drawn to paintings in museums and obsessed with antiques, she has satisfied her fascination with history by writing and
exploring exotic, ancient lands.
Over the years, Lauren’s studies have opened doors throughout the world. From spending two summers at Cambridge to attending classes at such divergent places as Ireland and Chengdu, China, she has discovered fascinating opportunities for enrichment wherever she goes. After completing college, Lauren moved to Michigan to attend law school at the University of Detroit-Mercy and University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Armed with two Juris Doctorate degrees from both countries, she returned to Tulsa and became an intellectual property attorney.
Since third grade when her English teacher proposed that all students should craft a story for a young writers’ conference, Lauren has been hooked on writing. Her first self-illustrated manuscript described the mysterious disappearance of rare brown bats that were being captured by scientists bent on using them as carriers for an incurable disease. The immense sense of joy in sharing that story with others, and discussing plots and characters, made it clear to Lauren that writing was her true passion.

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