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Peek Inside Bite My Fire

Master vampire Bo Strongwell needs a cop snooping around like he needs a garlic body wash. Fighting rogue vampires keeps him busy enough without Elena suspecting him of murder—even if she smells and tastes like his deepest desires.

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Elena O’Rourke packs a gun and an attitude. The gun, because she’s a cop. The attitude? Let’s just say her love life has been sorely lacking. But she’ll be damned if apartment manager Bo Strongwell is going to be the guy to turn that around, despite his Viking warrior vibe, cannonball muscles, and black satin voice—because Bo’s the biggest suspect in her murder investigation.

Master vampire Bo Strongwell needs a cop snooping around like he needs a garlic body wash. Fighting rogue vampires keeps him busy enough without Elena suspecting him of murder—even if she smells and tastes like his deepest desires.

Each book in the Biting Love series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed in any order.
Series Order:
Book #1: Bite My Fire
Book #2: Biting Nixie
Book #3: The Bite of Silence
Book #4: Biting Me Softly
Book #5: Biting Oz
Book #6: Beauty Bites
Book #7: Downbeat
Book #8: Assassin’s Bite
Book #9: Passion Bites

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640632233
Series: Biting Love, Book 1
Release Date: Jul 31, 2017
Page Count: 400
Imprint: amara next
Genre: law enforcement/firemen, mystery & suspense, paranormal, urban fantasy, vampires
Tropes: enemies to lovers, mistaken identity

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By Kara-karina February 12, 2015

This reminded me of Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones, only more of slapstick humor variety. This book takes populr paranormal tropes and thoroughly takes the piss out of them. It's dirty, hot and really, really funny! It's a great mix of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, and a heroine... ...more

By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews August 09, 2012

Kitty's review posted on Guilty Pleasures

4.5 Stars

Well, just to start off, I asked Didi to give me something light and fluffy to review since I have been doing some strong, serious books lately. Well, she delivered! The Biting series is funny, sassy, sexy and oh-so-much fun!

In Biting My Fire we m... ...more

By Janet August 17, 2017

Review to follow. ...more

By Sandra November 19, 2010

Whilst this book is 1st in series, it is actually the 2nd bk written. This is the world of Meiers Corners, a satellite city of Chicago, with the good vamps protecting the unsupecting humans from the coterie of Chicago bad vamps. (think vamp mafia)

Detective Elena O'Rourke is given the first murder... ...more

By Mrs. Missive July 17, 2012

Smart ass woman, Hot Muscular man, both looking for a killer who can drain a man dry. You get into the world though the view of Elena. Who's 5 year sex draught finally comes to an end, and the hands and fangs of Bo. Yummy sex scenes, drunken stripping, and comic relief all around. Fun read. ...more

By Kathie (katmom) April 02, 2011

SHE didn't stand a chance against HIM...

This was a fun romp. Our girl is SNARKY...and she's very funny.


By Rachel December 20, 2011

The incredibly fun writing and hot sexiness were enough to make me gloss over some of the plot holes and character issues... ...more

By Mitch January 15, 2018

I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Wasn't expecting to as I'm not a fan of first person perspectives, but this one did it right by only focusing on the female protagonists viewpoint. Her narration is entertaining, with lots of funny little comments that make you laugh out loud.

Loved the e... ...more

By Gladys September 11, 2017

Bite My Fire by Mary Hughes is book #1 in the Biting Love Series. I LOVED this book!! It is sexy, hot and laugh-out-loud funny. This book is an amazing blend of rom-com + paranormal + whodunit. So entertaining right from chapter one. The characters are superb. Elena ORourke is a strong, smart, in... ...more

By The Word Nerd September 22, 2017

Since this was a Mary Hughes book I knew there would be great world building and fantastic character development of both the leads and secondary characters. What I didnt expect was for it to be so quirky! Elenas inner monologue is filled with irreverant sarcasm and insecurities. In short, its hil... ...more

By Jennifer November 15, 2019

Watch out for the bite.

Elena is a detective in a small town. She wants to be a full fledged detective. She gets a murder case that just gets stranger as she tries to solve it. She then meets Bo and things get even more confusing. She keeps coming to the same conclusion, but the answer she keeps c... ...more

By Kimberly September 23, 2018

Elena ORourke wants two things her permanent detectives shield and an end to the five plus years of her Murphys Law-induced celibacy. The Case of the Punctured Pricker Meiers Corners first homicide seems to be her path to both. Solving the murder will put her on the fast track to getting a perma... ...more

By Starry November 07, 2011

At last, the perfect lover. Now what? Stake him, shoot him-or screw him?
A Biting Love story.

Elena O-Rourke lusts for two things-her detective-s shield and a good lay. Sass-Cgal-s -Bad Girl Sex Tips- will win her the man. But keeping the shield hinges on solving a murder.

Warrior-gorgeous Bo Str... ...more

By Felicia (Ferishia) April 15, 2010

This is the 2nd book in the Biting Love series, although I read Biting Nixie first before I knew it was a series. Elena is a by-the-book detective in the small town of Meirs Corner. Someone's been murdered and it's up to Elena to find and capture the murderer. Bo has been patrolling Meirs Corner... ...more

By SjA May 25, 2010

I think this is my favorite book out of the series. Elena is refreshing. She seems real. Her desire to protect is compelling and her sarcasm and wit was appealing to me. As a detective its her job to protect but its also part of who she is. Elena would do just about anything to solve her murder c... ...more

By Barbara February 19, 2011

I really enjoyed this funny, sometimes silly, sexy vampire romance. Elena O'Rourke is a junior detective on a small-town police force who's given a murder case to solve "quickly." The victim died with holes in his private area, so Elena dubs it "The Case of the Punctured Prick." While trying to s... ...more

By Anna August 11, 2014

A couple years ago I read The Bite of Silence which I would find out is actually the third book in the series. I'm finally getting around to starting at the beginning of the series. Bite My Fire being the first and it turned out to be an excellent read. Bo & Elena try to resist their attracti... ...more

By Helen August 18, 2011

I read book 2 in this series before book one, and while reading them out of order is no problem because Hughes does a fantastic job of setting up her world of Meiers Corners and the denizens thereof, I liked the character of Nixie in book 2 just a bit more than Elena in book 2. Nonetheless, Elena... ...more

By Tamara July 27, 2011

I read this series backwards! last book first and this the first book last. I'm kinda glad I did, I'm not sure if I had read this one first if I would have read the others and I loved them both! This story was good, but, it took a really long time to get into the meat of the story. Lots of dancin... ...more

By JoAnne October 05, 2011

Funny -- hilarious actually, I love the snark -- steamy, and vampires! Of course I loved it! I'm definitely going to be reading more from this series, and from Mary Hughes in general for that matter, I just LOVE her voice. *wanders off to add more books to her to-read list* ...more

By Keri January 03, 2016

Vampire fun

Tons and tons of laughs. I'll pick up the next one for sure, it's sort of a slap sticky type comedy though, so if that doesn't tickle your funny bone at least you know up front. ...more

By Sassafrass April 28, 2012

this was cute and quirky and a whole lot of fun. I've been putting this series off for a while for some reason, but now I'm kicking myself. I don't think I've laughed so much while reading a romance. I loved that! ...more

By Jenna February 02, 2010

Cute book! The language and sense of humor of the characters is hilarious. I enjoyed reading about Elena and Bo and the small town where they work and play. Elena is a strong character, being a cop, but she has a vulnerable side too which made her believable.


By Toni (U.A.C.) July 16, 2018

Very funny, sexy book. Wow, chicha, wow, wow! Ha-ha! ...more

By Ensley June 09, 2018

Read #1: September 25, 2013
Read #2: June 9, 2018 ...more

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Mary Hughes

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Mary Hughes

I write wickedly fun romantic adventures and steamy paranormal romances, stories that crackle with action and love. Challenging, alpha men--and women not afraid of a challenge. Oh, do the sparks fly when he meets THE woman guaranteed to infuriate and inflame him most. In real life I'm an author, a spouse and mother, a flutist, a computer geek, and a binge-TV-watcher of The Flash, Elementary, NCIS, and Wynonna Earp.

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