Once Bitten, Twice Shy is Jennifer Rardin's debut book in this exciting new fantasy series starring Jasmine (Jaz) Parks and Vayl, a 300-year-old vampire. Jaz, a former vampire slayer, turned CIA paranormal agent, has a new case on her hands. Vayl has requested Jaz to work alongside him as his assistant assassin. Jaz has to take the job even though she has no idea why Vayl has specifically requested her for it. Their assignment is to assassinate a plastic surgeon named Assan, who has ties to terrorism.
After investigating Assan, it quickly becomes apparent that he isn't the only bad guy they're after. There is a group of terrorists and vampires who have a plan to destroy America with their deadly plague. With the help of a fortuneteller named Cassandra, a gadget genius named Bergman, and a hot guy named Cole, the five of them try to save the world by killing off the enemy one by one.
The assignment becomes very complicated when someone from Vayl's past comes back to haunt him. This person is the enemy and must be killed. They're extremely lethal and part of the problem. Will Vayl be able to kill someone from his past or will it be too hard of a task for him to handle?
Jaz and Vayl develop a close bond while working their case together. Will this assignment bring forth a new relationship for them or will it end in heartache and death?
Once Bitten, Twice Shy is a suspenseful, action driven story that will leave readers breathless. The story starts off at a slow pace teasing the reader with a little bit of information at a time. We meet Jaz but we don't know what happened to her in her past, how she became who she is, what is so special about her, and what happened that fateful night to her fellow vampire slayers. Little by little, the reader is given the pieces to the puzzle that is Jasmine Park's life. The biggest surprise is Jaz doesn't know her story either and is discovering it right along side you, the reader.
The descriptions are vivid, the fights are full of intense action, the untold feelings developing between Vayl and Jaz is heart felt, and the writing is perfection. Once Bitten, Twice Shy is fantasy at its best. Every element that you could ask for is in this book! Mystery, romance, fantasy, suspense, paranormal, espionage, comedy, it is all within the pages of this story. There are more books quickly coming out in this series so keep your eyes and ears open. Reading a Jaz Parks book is pure fantasy enjoyment, not to be missed. Look out for the second book in the series, Another One Bites the Dust, due out in December 2007.
I'm Jaz Parks. My boss is Vayl, born in Romania in 1744. Died there too, at the hand of his vampire wife, Liliana. But that's ancient history. For the moment Vayl works for the C.I.A. doing what he does best--assassination. And I help. You could say I'm an Assistant Assassin. But then I'd have to kick your ass. Our current assignment seemed easy. Get close to a Miami plastic surgeon named Assan, a charmer with ties to terrorism that run deeper than a buried body. Find out what he's meeting with that can help him and his comrades bring America to her knees. And then close his beady little eyes forever. Why is it that nothing's ever as easy as it seems?