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Peek Inside Downbeat

When rock-star music director and deadly vampire Dragan meets the shy flautist Rocky, they’ll have to confront everything they believe about themselves—and an evil vampire known as the Soul Stealer.

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Cruelty made Raquel “Rocky” Hrbek a shy shadow of herself, except for when performing on her flute. So when shockingly virile, filthy rich, gorgeous conductor Dragan inexplicably pays attention to her, it threatens her protective shell.

After a tragedy killed his family, Dragan Zajicek walled off his heart, threw out rules, and went rampaging with the bad boys. Rocky’s sweet nature threatens to shatter his hard-won defiance.

But the rock-star music director, spy, and deadly vampire Dragan has only taken the podium of a small orchestra near Chicago as a cover to investigate rumors of a monstrous, impossible-to-defeat vampire known as the Soul Stealer. What he doesn’t know is that the shy Rocky is there for the same reason…

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 novella
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


"This love story had a lot of action, vampires and a mega bad guy - all of which made it hard to put the book down." --Laura R., Goodreads

"Downbeat is laugh-out-loud funny with lots of romance and bit of intrigue, hot vampires and just the thing to read to get over the “after the holiday’s” doldrums." --Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

"This Author is one of my top paranormal reads... exciting writing.... always hot... with a great story to boot... what more could you ask for ... looking forward to the next book , hope it's gonna be out soon... cross fingers.... So Get One Clicking People!!!" --Barbara, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640632295
Series: Biting Love, Book 7
Release Date: Jul 31, 2017
Page Count: 375
Imprint: amara next
Genre: paranormal, urban fantasy, vampires
Tropes: boss and employee, coworkers, opposites attract, overcoming odds

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By Teri September 28, 2017

There is a lot going on in this book that I probably would have been better acquainted with had I read the entire series. BUT it really didn't take long to get on board and caught up. There's the good vamps and the bad vamps and those that ride the fence gathering intel and spreading the word. There ...more

By Jennifer December 08, 2019

Adrenaline rush

Rocky has for a while suspected that there are vampires, but everyone keeps trying to tell her that there are not. She meets her school hood crush. Things he does and the things happening around her makes her think everyone is keeping things from her. She starts to fall for Dragan an ...more

By Laura September 25, 2017

This love story had a lot of action, vampires and a mega bad guy - all of which made it hard to put the book down. Even though this is the first book I've read in this series, I plan to read more of the books to see what the story is for the other characters. ...more

Kitty‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

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I absolutely adore Mary Hughes’ storytelling abilities … the way she goes from exploring the “Bermuda Triangle” to ripping fingers off one by one is amazing. But, most of all, I adore how she makes ...more

By Gladys September 25, 2017

Downbeat (Biting Love Series) by Mary Hughes is an excellent read and a wonderful addition to this series. This is one of my favorite books by this author and of this series. The book really showcases what makes the Biting Love series so special. I love a series that takes it's characters and settin ...more

By Eva April 10, 2016

Review: Downbeat (Biting Love #7) Mary Hughes Dragan Zajiek walled off his heart long ago, but while investigating rumors of a monstrous, undefeatable vampire dubbed the Soul Stealer he’s mesmerized by the lovely, unassuming Raquel “Rocky” Hrbek in this exciting paranormal romance. Another delightfu ...more

By Barbara September 19, 2014

This is my ZON Review... :-)
This Author is One of my top Paranormal reads... exciting writing.... always Hot... with a Great story to boot... what more could you ask for ... looking forward to the next book , hope it's gonna be out soon... cross fingers.... So Get One Clicking People!!! ……… :-)
Loved ...more

By Pam February 10, 2014

I give it a 4.5 ...more

By Sherry April 28, 2017

Loved, loved this book! I really enjoy the musical references! My favorite so far. ...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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