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Once Bitten

Alexa O'Brien Huntress Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Sarah Puckett
Series: Alexa O'Brien Huntress, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
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Alexa O'Brien is a rarity among supernaturals.

A hunter of supernatural rogues, she's a werewolf with unusual but extraordinary power. Power that fiercely draws her to Arys, the intriguing sexy-as-sin vampire who awakens her dark side.

What they create together is dangerous and binding, a unique but massive force that threatens her humanity and tests the love she possesses for someone else.

When Alexa's womanizing former lover and pack Alpha is framed for murder, he turns to her for help. She would like nothing more than to watch karma at work but as the body count rises, long buried secrets are exposed. Alexa is forced to face the painful truth that not everyone is who she thinks they are.

Not even her.

©2009 Trina Lee (P)2018 Trina Lee

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  • Brandie @AudiobookObsession
  • 06-03-2019

oh the suspense

This was not only a great PNR but had a great suspenseful story as well. It was a fun mix of paranormal creature and powers. I love when a character is just developing their powers and anything is possible at that point. I can't wait to see where Alexa goes from here.

Sarah did a fantastic job of giving all these characters life. I loved the feeling and variance she gives each character. Great job!

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  • Myst
  • 06-09-2018

GOOD START

Good start to a 14 book series,had everything vampires,werewolf's,witch's,demon's etc,will definitely get the next book. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jessica
  • 07-09-2018

This was okay book

This book wasn’t what I thought it was, I thought it was an action packed bad azz female alpha. There is a lot of self doubt and inner dialogue which really isn’t my kind of book. The story was good of wise and the narrator brought the story alive.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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  • G C
  • 04-09-2018

OK READ!

I liked this book. The narration was good and kept you entertained. This was my first book by this author and I look forward to reading more in this series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER
  • 04-09-2018

Love it

BOOK REVIEW.....
I love this book. The characters are so strong, damaged, witty, fun and funny. I so so recommend this book. It's awesome. Love it !!!

NARRATOR REVIEW.....
The narrator did a good job with bring voice to the characters.

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  • Marisa Brown
  • 22-08-2018

Epitome...

I adore this book and series. Sarah Puckett did a good job. How she said the word "epitome" got me though. After not having listened to an audiobook since the 90s, I was pleasantly surprised.

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I think they fixed the mispronunciation of epitome. Also, to those that think maybe this series isn't action packed enough... Give it a little time and I promise the series will not disappoint. The character development is amazing throughout and you will fall madly in love with the characters you thought you loathed.

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  • Ginger
  • 20-08-2018

Not your typical alpha

This is a paranormal romance about an Alpha werewolf huntress. Her growing attraction to a badass Vampire and a sideline dalliance with a werewolf friend, she is also attracted too. She gets drawn into a case of solving several murders all involving her ex alpha and his love interests. In the end she unwittingly is a victim.
I was gifted this audible book by the narrator Sarah Puckett, who did an excellent job, for a fair and honest review, thank you.

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  • Claire Marie
  • 02-08-2019

A Book Worth Taking a Bite of!

I cannot say enough good things about this book! I thought that the story was actually well written, I liked the characters (even the ones I am not supposed to like), and I was drawn into the story! I wanted this world to be the one I live in! Trina M. Lee has created an amazing world full of amazing creatures, full of beauty, goodness, and evil - all mixed together in each character! If you are a fan of the Paranormal Romance Genre... this is the book for you! It has the bite that I often wished other books in this genre had!
Not to be forgotten... Sarah Puckett is an amazing Narrator! She also immerses you into the story with her enchanting voice. She makes the sexy scenes sexier, the fight scenes full of power, and everything in between just delicious!! She has a powerful voice and as I put it... it's dripping with sexuality!

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  • Ashley Wintters
  • 02-05-2019

Interesting Start to a Promising Series

I think the narrator did a great job in this book. The book starts off with action and we meet Alexa, a huntress. I loved how she and her partner worked together. Then we meet some other intriguing characters that had me drooling a bit. Alexa has some hot men in her life. Including an arrogant jerk!

I loved all the supernaturals. Vamps and Weres were the main focus here and I think the author did a good job setting up this first book for future books in the series. I'm curious as to how the characters grow and change.

It was a 5/5 for me for the narrator and 3/5 for the book. I will be checking out the future books in the series just to see what happens with these characters.

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book via audiobookobsession. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

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  • Novella Zucco
  • 15-04-2019

Great Start to the Series!

Bitten Once is by far the best mix of paranormal creatures and powers I have come across in a while. You have the perfect blend of suspense, love, and attraction just waiting to be unlocked. I fell in love with the characters quickly and can't wait to see what happens to Alexa and her relationship between Arys and Shaz. Sarah also nailed these characters and personalities and gave life to the various voices of each of the characters!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-02-2019

Loved it!!!

This was a great shifter romance! The characters were very well written. The storyline was unique, intriguing and kept me enthralled right to the end! I can't wait to listen to more of this series!

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  • Brandie @AudiobookObsession
  • 03-08-2019

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This was not only a great PNR but had a great suspenseful story as well. It was a fun mix of paranormal creature and powers. I love when a character is just developing their powers and anything is possible at that point. I can't wait to see where Alexa goes from here.

Sarah did a fantastic job of giving all these characters life. I loved the feeling and variance she gives each character. Great job!

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  • JuttaS
  • 01-07-2019

Excellent narration, enjoyable story

I have to hold my hands up and admit I love listening to Sarah Puckett. She does such a great job with the characters that I forget it's only her and just get sucked into the story.

I enjoyed the world this book sits in and the idea is a good one. The characters are good, I enjoyed getting to know them and watching their relationships play out. I feel that the story moves quite slowly and is maybe a little long winded but I still enjoyed it. I completely didn't get the twist that is revealed right at the end! I need to know what happens next....

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  • Ttly Addicted 2 Reading
  • 16-05-2019

An OK Read

Imagine receiving a nicely wrapped package and you are itching to discover what lays beyond the wrapping. However, when you peel away the pretty wrapping, your excitement dims because what you uncovered pales in comparison to the outer appearance. Well, this was my experience with Once Bitten by Trina M. Lee. Not that it was a bad book; it just did not live up to my expectations.

I had purchased the e-book awhile back and when I discovered the audio was available for review, I jumped at the opportunity.

Story
The story began on a high note, which fed my need for suspense and action. However, after the first chapter the pacing slowed to the point where it felt like a chore to continue. However, at around the sixty percent mark the story took a turn for the better, which had me hankering to learn more.

I found the mystery element intriguing and the big reveal at the end was quite the shocker. It proved heart breaking for Alexa and it was at this point, I found myself sympathizing with her.

I am not sure what to make of the romantic element. Even the heroine herself seemed confused. Caught between two men, the vampire with whom she had a metaphysical connection and the werewolf who has been her best friend for years. She cannot seem to decide as to whom she wants. Then there was her ex who came to her for help as he was framed for murder. Thankfully, there was no rekindling of romantic feelings here, as that would have been too much for me to handle. Another plus, is the fact the romance was not the driving force behind the plot.

World building
The world the author created needed to better developed. Its modern world where humans are not aware that of the supernatural beings exists. There is a wide variety of supernaturals. Alexa along with her team has the job punishing rogue supernaturals. I found nothing extraordinary or fascinating about the world.

Characters
The main character, Alexa, is a werewolf and huntress who possesses physic abilities. Turned as a teenager when a rogue werewolf attacked and slaughtered her family. Currently, an alpha for her own pack, a position she does not take lightly. Despite her being a kick butt heroine, I was not her biggest fan. I say this because her actions reeked of selfishness. Most of what she did was for her benefit, which was evident in her relationship with Arys and Shaz. When it came to grudges, she was the poster child. Her penchant for holding grudges shined through her relationship with her ex.

Shaz's character did not impress me. His feelings for Alexa made
made him blind to her faults. Their bond led towards the emotional rather than physical. Frankly, I think Alexa took him for granted and he allowed her free rein to do so.

Arys is the ultimate bad boy. Loved his portrayal in the story. A centuries old, who had his share of pain and heartache. He knows what he wants and goes after it with fire in his eyes. The raw power that Alexa exudes puts her on his radar and he is determined to share that power by whatever means.

Secondary Characters.
There were a few I found intriguing and would love to learn more about them. There is Jez, the wereleopard and the mysterious Lilah. They brought some life to the story.

Narration
Sarah Puckett narrated, and she did a splendid job. She did a great job with the voices of the characters. She helped me to get through the story as I enjoyed listening to her.

Conclusion/Recommendation
The story wrapped up nicely. I received answers to the burning questions raised in this installment. Overall, I found this to be an ok read. I own book 2, so I plan to read it to see if it gets better.

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  • tenisha
  • 06-05-2019

OKAY Listen

Alexa is a werewolf that hunts and kills vampires. She is drawn to Arys, a vampire and after their one night together they have a power exchange. She is now a powerful werewolf with vampire powers and feels everything that Arys feels. Her former Alpha ask for help to find who is killing the women he was involved with. Which leads her to putting her friends I harms way and using her newfound power. Long story that was a bit confusing at times.
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  • Toni swoffer
  • 04-05-2019

Wow

Wow love it
Awesome loved it Iv listen to it Twice can’t wait till book 2

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  • bluepits73
  • 28-04-2019

Loved it!

This was such an awesome shifter story, I loved the dynamic between Alexa, Arys, and Shaz! Since this was the first in the series, we do get a lot of background information and we learn a lot about our main character; who is a bad*** chick, in my opinion. Definitely a unique story that reminds me of some of my favorite urban fantasy romance novels and authors. Very well written with a few interesting and partially devastating surprises.

Sarah Puckett gives us another fabulous performance! She plays Alexa so well and made this story fly by.

I can't wait for the next book from this author narrator duo!

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Shakera
  • 10-04-2019

Not Your Typical Wolf

Initially, I was excited about this story because the synopsis was great and you can't go wrong with a Sarah Puckett narration. While I enjoyed the story and the narration was perfect, I wasn't in love with the character of Alexa. I can appreciate a tough, in your face heroine... but Alexa came off as judgemental and aggressive. Don't get me wrong, there were moments where her aggression was necessary, but there were moments when the aggression was a bit much. The upside, there weren't a lot of moments of overt aggression. The storyline was intriguing and kept me tuned into what happens next. I wasn't a fan of seemed to be a love triangle. I didn't think it was necessary, but I loved both guys! (There was a small part of me that wanted this to turn into a reverse harem!) With all that being said, I still enjoyed this story and Sarah was phenomenal!

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  • Ms.reads&reds
  • 19-03-2019

once bitten

**I enjoyed the narration of this book. This was the first Puckett Ive heard and she did well with all the different characters. It was easy to follow along as it had a love triangle between Alexa, Aris and Chaz. Each male bringing different desires and connections to the table. This kept the story going but I think the power/emotional connection between Alexa and each love interest was downplayed a bit and could have been more of the focus. So I feel like while this had a love triangle the focus was on the back story and setting up the rest of the series. I enjoyed the main character as a strong female lead outside of the bedroom but she was so back and forth with her feelings its hard to tell where she will go for the rest of the series. The story has a bit of a twist and has a mild cliffhanger. Good start to the series

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  • Amber N
  • 16-03-2019

Compelling

The narrator did a fantastic job of giving the main character voice and bringing her to life. The story kept me hooked throughout. Wasn't crazy about how she judged people. Seemed okay for people she knew to kill but not others. Also the alpha was definitely not a normal alpha you read about so that was different. All in all the entire story was compelling.
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