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Peek Inside Passion Bites

Dr. Alexis Byornsson is furious when her patient’s blond god of an uncle blows in while she’s stitching up his niece. Luke Steel never knew a woman chastising him could But for the first time in three hundred years, passion stirs—along with panic.

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Luke Steel hasn't felt passion since his wife died in a brutal attack three hundred years ago and he felt powerless to save her. But when he ends up in an emergency room, all of that changes. Dr. Alexis Byornsson shocks him by bringing good things to life in more ways than one.

Alexis isn't sure about this crazy new world Luke has thrown her into. Thanks to her training, she's used to chaotic, but this blond god has taken insanity to a whole new level. And she doesn't understand this all-consuming passion between them. It's like nothing she's ever experienced.

But Luke's enemies are circling, and with Alexis's life at stake, Luke will do whatever it takes to make sure she survives.

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


"Hughes told an amazing romance with good winning over evil. " --Maranda, Goodreads

"I enjoyed the story and the mix of romance with more action/detective work. I was definitely hooked until the end, and I'll be looking out for Hughes' other books!" --Dani, Goodreads

"Love her books... Got hooked with Nixie's book and have loved them all." --Michelle Woods, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640632318
Series: Biting Love, Book 9
Release Date: Jul 31, 2017
Page Count: 355
Imprint: amara next
Genre: paranormal, urban fantasy, vampires
Tropes: second chance

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By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews December 08, 2015

Kitty's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

It’s always fun to read and review a Mary Hughes book knowing that the residents of Meier’s Corners, the Strongwell’s, Elias and Nosferatu are going to be up to their old tricks … it’s like visiting with family members around the holidays and rem ...more

By Elaine December 05, 2015

This is the ninth book in the series but it works well as a standalone - I haven’t read any of the previous eight novels but still enjoyed this one which stars a thirty-nine year old Doctor who prides herself on her control and a vampire with a long term broken heart in a story which involves danger ...more

By Maranda September 03, 2018

This is the first in this series I have read but... it was an excellent stand alone. Lots of unique characters and some that make me want to catch up on this series. Always love a vampire story that includes the challenges of having children and their amazing abilities. Hughes told an amazing romanc ...more

By Eva December 03, 2015

Nicknamed Dr. Frozen, Dr. Alexis Byornsson is furious when she’s distracted from stitching up a five-year-old’s cut by a blond god, not that anyone would notice in this thrilling paranormal romance.

For the first time in three hundred years, passion stirs in Luke Steel right along with panic because ...more

By Dani January 16, 2016

See this review in its natural environment, Dani Reviews Things.

Trigger warning! This book refers to domestic abuse situations, so please keep that in mind and avoid if necessary.
Passion Bites is the ninth book in the Biting Love series, and the stars of the show are vampire Luke and broke ...more

By Michelle March 11, 2016

Love her books... Got hooked with Nixie's book and have loved them all.

This book is about Alexis Byornsson and Luke Steel...
Hmmmm....can I just say I love her men they always are excellent but soo very clueless about their women and Luke is no different...

He has been through a lot losing his mate or ...more

By Andrea December 07, 2015

I was bummed when I picked this book up and found out it was book #9 in the series. The description sounded so good!
To my chagrin, it was a fantastic read! I really liked the characters, especially the two main characters. Even the supporting characters were quirky and fun.
The plot was pretty good a ...more

By Romancing the September 16, 2019

Reviewed by Nadene
Book provided by the publisher

If you read my review of Assassins Bite you would know that I was disappointed with how the story unfolded. However, being a firm believer of second chances I decided to continue the series by reading Passion Bites . This is the ninth book in the se ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review September 15, 2018

Passion Bites by Mary Hughes is book 9 in the Biting Love Series. This is the story of Alexis Byornsson and Luke Steel. I haven't yet read the previous books, so for me this was a standalone book.
Alexis is a doctor who was treating Luke's niece when their attraction for each other hit. Luke is take ...more

By Jennifer December 26, 2019


Emotions and intrigue around every corner. Luke is called Untouchable Steel. He hasn’t held a relationship since his mate died. Alexis is called Dr. Frozen. They have both closed off their emotions. They meet and emotions try to escape. They fight them and then find themselves in a life and ...more

By Charlotte Lowe September 17, 2018

Passion Bites

This book is about strong characters, strong family and a strong love. Families should support and love each other --but not always. ...more

By Tracey December 09, 2015

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Dr. Alexis Byornsson senses that there is something different about Luke Steel. Six-plus feet of blond godliness that has Alexis' circuits sizzling, there's more to him than meets the eye. But as a resident of Meier's Corner, Alexis knows that there is plenty going on in town that the rest of th ...more

By Carrie December 10, 2015

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have only read one other book in this series (something like 5 books before this one) but this book read absolutely fine as a standalone. While there were certainly serious and deep moments, it was still a really fun read. Who wouldn’ ...more

By Melissa December 14, 2015

Passion Bites, A Fun, Steamy Read
When I first skimmed over the synopsis for this book I didn't totally missed the part that clearly states that it is the ninth... yes NINTH book in the series, I hate to come in after the beginning of the series, but the blurb was so catchy I decided to jump on in an ...more

By loves 2 read romance December 16, 2015

I have to admit I started reading this book without realizing it was book 9 I will say that while I knew I was missing some past history with the characters it still did not diminish my interest in this story.
Alexis has a reputation for being "Dr Frozen" she does her job and steers clear of entangl ...more

This was a fun story with wonderful characters and an entertaining plot. If you enjoy paranormal romance and looking for a unique story that is filled with action, suspense and humour then you will enjoy this installment.
See full review at ...more

By Peggy December 06, 2015


Not my normal type of read... and normally I wouldn't take on books like this for review, but I must say that I'm glad I did. I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would have. The characters are well developed and the story flows smoothly.

*Received for a honest review* ...more

By Keri April 28, 2016

I expected more out of Luke, he was actually kinda whiny. All in all this is a great addition to the series though. ...more

By Victoria December 05, 2016

3.5 ...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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