Review: The Bite of Winter

The Bite of Winter

Lauren Smith

Love Bites #1


Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication date: 24-Nov-2015
Date Started: xx-Apr-2018
Date Finished: xx-Apr-2018
Format: eBook
Pages: 113
Genres: Romance, Paranormal, Vampires, Novella
Source: GooglePlay Books
3 star


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 a mortal 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 and her 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.



Having read quite a few books by this author, I was optimistic about this read. I adore her historical romances and a couple of her contemporary romances, so I figured I would give paranormal a try. I was not disappointed. This novella was addicting, I struggled to put it down.

I usually dislike novellas as they try to smash too much information in so few pages, but Lauren Smith pulled this off well. She created an interesting plot line with vampiric dynamic characters. Often times novellas lack backstories, fortunately, an interesting backstory was weaved into this tale.

The ending definitely left room for a sequal which is exciting. Overall, I recommend this paranormal romance!

About the Author

“Lauren Smith is a USA Today Best-Selling author and an Oklahoma attorney. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. To connect with Lauren, visit her at or twitter at @LSmithAuthor.”


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