How To Bite Your Neighbor and Win a Wager (Guides For Dating Vampires #1) by D.N. Bryn

How To Bite Your Neighbor and Win a Wager is not your typical vampire story. Pining and angsty

From the blurb:


Vincent Barnes has suffered four years as a vampire, and they’ve been the most miserable years of his
pathetic life. Too poor for black market blood, he feeds from sleeping humans to survive. He tries to never intrude on the same prey twice, but after a single delicious taste of a long-lost childhood neighbor, he can’t help returning for seconds.

Wesley Garcia has been waking up with fang marks. Lucky for him, he needs a vampire—to use as bait. He’s certain Vitalis-Barron Pharmaceutical killed his mother, but to gain access to their covert research labs, he has to bring them a bloodsucker for their experiments.

Step one, a dramatic offer: Stay, and you can bite me.

Vincent leaps at the chance to gobble Wesley up.

Wes’s plan is perfect. He’ll befriend the vampire, then trick him into coming to the lab. No fighting, no fuss. But Vincent is more than Wesley has bargained for: sweet and shy, with intoxicating fangs that awaken new desires in Wes. As the two bond, Vincent believes he might have finally found someone worth putting his trust in... and Wes fears neither of them will survive the betrayal he has planned.

How to Bite Your Neighbor and Win and Wager is a slow-burn paranormal mm romance full of laughter, angst, and thirsty pining. It is perfect for fans of fangs and scientific interpretations of vampirism, with a medium spice level that heats up further in the free bonus content. Content includes bite kink, bleeding (non-kinky), medical experimentation (not experienced by the point of view characters), one particular lesbian BFF who should be reported to HR, and the use of “bodice-ripping” as a verb.

Janet's Review:

How To Bite Your Neighbor and Win a Wager is not your typical vampire story. Vampires and humans live side by side. Humans are aware of their existence. Wes’s mother has dies and he gets a job a pharmaceutical company, he wants to know what happened to her. Vincent is a vampire that is homeless. He breaks into peoples houses to sleep and feed. Wesley uses Vincent as bait. Wes is outgoing and Vincent is shy and keeps to himself. 

Slow pining and angsty, an excellent read. This is one of those books that suck you right into the story, great world building, well written with fantastic pacing! 

Rating: 5 Stars

Angel's Review:

This is the first book I've ever read by this author, so I was a bit hesitant to dive in. However, I'm so glad I took a chance on this new-to-me author. 

This story is about Wes who just wants to get to the bottom of what happened to his mom at Vitalis-Barron. He knows they are behind his mother's disappearance, now he just needs to find a vampire to be his ticket into the building. 

In walks the vampire he needs. Victor is a vampire. He's not a cold, killing monster. He was once human too, and being a vampire isn't what it's cracked up to be. He's alone, and tired, and he hates knowing he's hurting people. He tries his best to avoid hurting people, it's why he gets their blood when they are asleep. That's how he meets Wes, his old classmate. 

I've read quite a few vampire books over the years and I think this is by far one of the most detailed oriented vampire stories I have ever read. I believed everything that was written here, from how vampires came to be to how vampires are treated like scum. When in reality humans are the ones that are the real monsters, they capture, torture, and kill vampires. Just because they can. No one can stop them, not when the government doesn't even consider vampires as "people". 
All of that just to say this was really, really well written. 

I enjoyed how exuberant Wes's character is, how he taunts and teases with his best friend and with Victor. I thought that added a great touch of humor and silliness to the book. He was also caring, if not a bit selfish. He was willing to trade Victor's life in exchange to get answers about his mom. I really liked Victor's character as well. Who has read about a shy and awkward vampire before? Cause I haven't until today! His character was just so relatable. I'm painfully awkward and shy so I understand his character. And I have to say the writing for that was spot on. You could feel the awkwardness coming through the book.

I also enjoyed the mystery and action in this book as well and I'm really looking forward to the next in this fangtastic series. 

Overall, a really great vampire romance with terrific writing and amazing characters. 

Rating: 5 Stars

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