Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer RardinOnce Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin

Once Bitten, Twice Shy

byJennifer Rardin

Paperback | October 8, 2007

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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?
Jennifer Rardin began writing at the age of 12. She penned eight Jaz Parks novels in her life. She passed away in September 2010.
Title:Once Bitten, Twice ShyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:October 8, 2007Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031602046X

ISBN - 13:9780316020466

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Once Bitten Twice Shy I've really enjoyed reading this series! I find Jaz to be funny and quirky and sassy. And the world the author creates is really rich without getting bogged down in excess detail and complexity.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love this series! love love love! adored this book and the rest that follow. Sad news knowing the author has died and no more books will be published. rest her soul. but with this goes a legacy of wicked reads! Thank you Jennifer Rardin! well done!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this! So much! I dove quickly into this book and was happy to discover it was a series with 8 books in total. Loved it! witty. Playful. Sexy and action packed. A new twist on the assassin vampire era. I have read this book 4 times and loved it each time! Highly recommend!
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I liked this book because the characters are flawed, the plot flowed smoothly and in a genre that is saturated with mediocre storylines this one stood out. I like how the main character has idiosyncracies that give her depth and add color to her point of view as you experience the world through her. There were some hiccups with how she revealed her past to a total stranger - hot guy or not, it didn't make sense how she would just spill her guts to someone she didn't really know as well as why Vayl didn't want her to kill his dead wife. There wasn't as much confusion or disbelief when Vayl learned what really happened to Jazz and her previous team. Everyone just kind of accepted it and toddled forward when really it made more sense for it to create turmoil and struggles to understand. Maybe that will come further on in the series but as a first book it was a solid read that kept me entertained from beginning to end.
Date published: 2011-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing Ok...this is the first book in the Jaz series by Jennifer Rardin. Jaz is one funny, witty and sassy women, I think Jennifer nailed it with this character. This book had me hooked from beginning to end and if I didn't need to sleep I would have finished it in one day. I can't wait to read the sequel and find out what happens. If you are looking for a witty, funny, action packed read, this is the book for you. Jaz Parks is a sassy, witty, sexy CIA agent who takes care of assassinating bad people and supernaturals . Teaming up with Vayl, a hunky vampire CIA agent, they are on the hunt of a Miami plastic surgeon with ties to terrorism. The assignment gets complicated when it turns out that he is working with a nasty supernatural, powerful enough to bring America to her knees. How can a sassy human agent and a sexy vampire stop this evil plot?... Well I'm not going to tell you, you will have to read the book to find out.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh What Fun! This is the first book in the Jaz Parks series. Jasmine Parks, Jaz, a former Helsinger (vampire hunter) now finds herself teamed up with Vayl, the CIA's top assassin who just happens to be a vampire. Together they battle to save the world from a fanatical group of chaos worshipping cultists called the Sons of Paradise. The Sons of Paradise are terrorists who want to rule the world. In order to do this they plan on releasing a Kyron (beast of destruction) called Tor-al-Degan from its otherworldly prison to spread a manufactured plague and destroy the world. This book was great. It was like reading James Bond - cool high-tech super spy gadgets courtesy of Bergman the paranoid genius (standing in for Q) and insane villains with evil plans for world domination - but with vampires and other magical and mythical creatures. This book is also WAY funnier. Jaz, has some serious issues. After her last mission as a Helsinger goes terribly wrong, she is left full of self doubt and suffering from blackouts. Still, she is pretty kickass and capable - and she doesn’t screw up too often except when it comes to crashing rental cars. She loves working for Vayl. In fact, she is finding it increasingly more difficult to keep their relationship professional. Of course, that could be because she hasn't had sex in who knows how long. Despite being killers, both Jaz and Vayl are very likeable characters - they are the good guys afterall. Their characters are well written and multi-dimensional. Jaz is a riot. I love her inner dialogue and the interaction between the characters is great too. The developing relationship between Vayl and Jaz also has potential and I look forward to reading where it goes. A fast paced mix of magic, fantasy and vampires stirred together with a bit of espionage and a twist of romance for good measure and you have the recipe for a successful series. I have already placed my order for seconds.
Date published: 2009-07-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Good start... Well, this is the problem with buying something based on the reviews. This started off well enough, with some dry wit, and an interesting premise [Vampires are known, just mostly ignored], and the whole "Secret Agent" background worked well enough. But the heroine's constant "I'm so screwed up, but I won't say why just yet" wore really thin, and quickly; the story is very derivative, bringing nothing new to Vampires, terrorists, or love triangles; and the writing is uneven [a common first novel problem] - it's sometimes hard to follow a point of view. It was okay - but I might not bother with the second book.
Date published: 2008-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting New Vampire Novel This is a different type of vampire novel. Everyone knows there are vampires and werewolves and witches. Most everyday people try to ignore that fact though. Jaz Parks was part of the Helsingers - elite vampire killing crews that went after the bad guys and smoked them. Then something bad happened. But she ends up in the CIA with a vampire Vayl as a partner (about 15% of vampires assimilate (somewhat) into society and are considered good) in the assassination business. While this is a vampire novel it is also a mystery thriller - with the paranormal edge. We learn stuff about Jaz and slowly uncover the truth about that night with the Helsingers. We learn more about Vayl and his powers. It took me a little while to get into this book but I have a feeling the next one would be amazing know that you know the characters. It was quite interesting and I definitely would recommend it.
Date published: 2008-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great New Direction For Urban Fantasy Urban Fantasy meets Spy Thriller. Such a great mix. I would definitely categorize this as urban fantasy, but don't go into it thinking you're going to be reading a vampire novel. One of the main characters is a vampire, but the story really is about Jaz Parks, her past, and the threat of virus-wielding terrorists. The story has a wonderful blend of humour and action. You really get to like Jaz and her sarcastic view of the world, almost chuckling out loud at some of the lines. There's lots of action in the book, so for those of you who like your tough butt-kicking girls, this one is a must. The CIA-operative angle is also fantastic as it ensures that the characters have fun gadgets to play with and top secret missions. That's the sort of thing that will keep you coming back for more.
Date published: 2008-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Reading I I bought this book without having seen anything about it online, so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I will admit in advance that I love supernatural/dark fantasy books, so I am perhaps a bit biased. The characters were overall believable, but the heroine stands out as a great flawed character who starts with a darkish past and develops somewhat. Supporting characters are fine, if a bit one dimensional. The plot line is great, the humor is fun, and the read is easy. I'm giving this a solid 4/5 for being a good book in my favorite genre, and I'm ordering the sequel tonight.
Date published: 2007-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Jaz is a Van-Hensling in heels wih kickass attitude and a great sense of humor when you least expect it. For vampire lovers, this book is for you. Looking forward to the next book of the series.
Date published: 2007-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jaz Parks Rocks My World Lately I've read some pretty bad vampire books, which has resulted in me losing faith a little bit. Well after reading this book all I can say is...FAITH RESTORED! Jaz Parks is the coolest and quirkiest heroine ever, possibly even and all-time favourite. She kicks some serious ass too being an assasin with a haunting past. The plot is very good and perfectly executed. It reminded me of James Bond in the way that the action is written, I felt like it could have been a movie. I also enjoyed the various gadgets she gets and her aptitude for destroying their vehicles. I haven't even mentioned the best part yet. Her partner is ubercool vampire Vayl. He's an interesting take on vampires because he functions more or less like a human, but with the smoking hot looks, super strength and the typical vampire goodies. Anyway I digress. This book is awesome. It is fast-paced. Jaz is hilarious and quirky. Vayl is hot. The plot is great. Now I can't wait for book two to come out.
Date published: 2007-11-26