A Guest Review by Larissa
Review Summary: ARGH! Grrrr. Really? Seriously? Get over yourself already. This book features an overcomplicated romance, an unconventional family and a werewolf with a stick stuck in the wrong place and a gypsy with communication issue and one very annoying grandmother. There might have been hair pulling involved on the reviewer’s side.
One bite has never been a life changing decision but it is now — to bite or not to bite that is the question.
All Lucius needs is his family. They might be a mismatched and unconventional group but they’re the only “real” family he knows and wants. What Lucius doesn’t need is the strange, beautiful man who arrives as a last minute dinner guest and knocks him and his wolf on his ass, literally.
Just being in the same room with the mysterious Nicu proves disastrous. Lucius knows without a doubt he doesn’t need the havoc Nicu threatens to bring to his predictable, but comfortable existence. But when he stands to lose the man who is tearing his life apart, Lucius realizes he doesn’t know what he needs at all.
So. Lucius’ Bite. Alright. [Insert some hair pulling and a frustrated sigh] This is not an easy review because I’m firmly fence sitting on this one. Personally, thoughts involving this book are: gah! Objectively, it’s not such a bad book. Now how to put this in a coherent review.
Lucius’ Bite is about Lucius, a werewolf who lives with his unconventional family consisting of a witch with an overprotective mama bear streak a mile wide, a timid mountain lion and a growly bear. It’s as the blurb indicates, all he needs. That and his internet hook-ups and the occasional run.
All of that changes when the mysterious Nicu is invited for Yule dinner. Nicu not only turns Lucius world upside down, he also makes him feel things he doesn’t want to feel. But Nicu is there with an agenda and he only has a few days before the game is up.
Nicu is from Romania, a gypsy and very much human. Not something Lucius likes. The human part that is. Nicu and Lucius are also spirit mates, a more complicated form of the regular mates. Unfortunately for Nicu, Lucius neither believes in mates nor knows about spirit mates for that matter, but he also doesn’t know that there are strings attached to being spirit mates.
One of those strings is that Nicu is not allowed, according to tradition, to tell Lucius they are spirit mates. On top of that, Lucius only has a limited amount of time to: FIRGURE IT OUT before Nicu dies.
As a result there is a lot of circling around each other and the truth. It also involves, as you may well suspect, a lot of frustration. It’s a tedious story to read, complicated by the arrival of Nicu’s grandmother. Gah, I wanted to hit everyone over the head with a stick.
To break it down:
What I liked about this story and also what stands out is the unconventional mating. I liked the part where this is not a stock romance as seen in so many other paranormal romances. Nicu and Lucius may be spirit mates, but that doesn’t mean they are compatible or that they have to like each other. While they do, not every pair of spirit mates is matched. It’s a new a fresh approach and there is a lot of lore connected to spirit mates.
I also liked the unconventional family. Every member has his own little quirk and reason for being in this family of misfits. They are a close knit group and while they don’t always get along, as illustrated by the ‘chicken incident’ they do stick together. It was very nice to read about.
On to what didn’t quite work
Gah, the circling around each other. I’m not a big fan of stories with communication issues. While there is no Big Misunderstanding here it was frustrating to read how Lucius has to figure everything out on his own. It made me wonder. How can he know what’s going on if he doesn’t know the lore?
On top of that Lucius is fighting his instincts. Just a little bit too much. From what I understand about the story, Lucius and his wolf are one. They have been born this way, yet it’s clear from the story that Lucius doesn’t trust his wolf or his instincts nor does he listen to them. It was a little far-fetched for me. Especially given the confusing situation they are in. This wolf would be the one thing he should trusts, especially because they have been this way since birth. It was a very humanized approach to werewolves.
What also didn’t work for me were the little inconsistencies. For example, there is an issue with Lucius’ past. His father was murdered and Lucius witnessed some of it. The fact that the others in his pack didn’t believe him on top of that caused Lucius to pack up his things and leave at a later date.
Later on in the story, it was suddenly mentioned that Lucius was ‘send away’ by the pack. This doesn’t make sense. Nor the fact that it’s not explained as to why Lucius was send away.
Reading Lucius’ Bite made me wonder if some of the situations in the story were created to fit the story as a whole, such as that of the murder of Lucius’ father.
For me, this story didn’t quite work. Apart from the small inconsistencies – which can be overlooked – the characters didn’t quite work for me. It could the circling around each other for most of the story or the, to me, unconvincing romance. Too many issues.
However, the story is well written, with an interesting concept for mates. That the story or the characters didn’t work for me doesn’t mean they can’t work for you. If you like a romance that has tedious tendencies and complicated issues, then you should definitely take a look at this one. I’ll just remain sitting on the fence.