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Jen’s Review: Once Bitten, Twice Burned by Cynthia Eden (paranormal romance)

Jen’s Review: Once Bitten, Twice Burned by Cynthia Eden (paranormal romance)Author: Cynthia Eden
Title: Once Bitten, Twice Burned
Series: Phoenix Fire #2 (Jen's review)
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Pages: 352
Release Date: April 29th 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance

Ryder Duncan keeps his secrets. With a twisted scientist starving him in a 10 x 12 cell, it's not easy to conceal the abilities that set him apart from other vampires, or his plans for escape. But survival--and revenge--are worth waiting for. Until the so-called doctor tempts his appetites with something special: a woman, with a soft Southern accent and a scent like flowers. Sabine. Sabine Acadia didn't volunteer to be dinner. She was kidnapped and tossed into the cage of a monster. A monster with fierce green eyes, a body that speaks of ruthless power--but a touch gentle as a caress. Ryder knows things about her, secrets Sabine needs to learn fast. Because while they might soon escape this prison, she's fighting an urge to set all her desires free. . .
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Immortal Danger, Bound By Blood, Once Bitten, Twice Burned, Playing With Fire, Burn for Me, Burn For Me (2nd review)
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Once Bitten, Twice Burned is the second book in the Phoenix Fire series by Cynthia Eden. I loved most everything about this book. It was exciting, action-packed, and sexy. Sabine and Ryder are both likable characters. I especially liked how this book overlapped with the first book, but from different characters’ perspectives. I also loved the surprise later in the book. I can’t wait to see what happens to Cassandra and Dante in the next book.

The only things that I didn’t like were:

  1. typos in a finished copy. ex: Wyatt says to shoot and Sabine shoots Wyatt. This should have been Ryder says to shoot.
  2. the author gave away who had betrayed Ryder before he knew. I would have preferred for him to figure this out first.
  3. the author always uses the word “sex” to denote female anatomy. Sex is not a body part!

In the big picture, those complaints can easily be overlooked because this book is so much fun to read. I give Once Bitten, Twice Burned 5 stars for danger, excitement, and passion.

About Cynthia Eden

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the prestigious RITA® award. Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over fifty novels and novellas. Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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