Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks Series #1)

Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks Series #1)

by Jennifer Rardin

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Overview

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.

Vayl and I have to take out a Miami plastic surgeon with ties to terrorism. But the assignment gets complicated when it turns out he's in cahoots with a supernatural nasty powerful enough to bring America to her knees.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316020466
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 10/08/2007
Series: Jaz Parks Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 326,083
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Rardin began writing at the age of 12. She penned eight Jaz Parks novels in her life. She passed away in September 2010.

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Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 131 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a light, fluffy, sanitized clone of Hamilton's Anita Blake series. Vampires in contemporary society: Check. Cute girl always underestimated despite being super-tough: Check. Girl has ambiguous unexplained supernatural powers: Check. Mysterious, powerful, and handsome vampire partner: Check. Working for/assisting government agency to keep baddies under control: Check. The only real differences seem to be related to target audience and style - it seems to be almost teen-targeted. While Hamilton never shies from explicit sex and violence, Rardin (at least in this first book) rarely ventures beyond a quick smooch and the baddies go poof rather than leaving inconvenient bodies laying around. Throw in a relatively short lengith, a dose of pop-culture references, some snarky commentary, and a huge dues-ex machina and you end up with a Hamilton-esque book suitable for quick reading on the beach without either having to engage your brain or getting dirty looks from passers-by.
Llamannerdymama More than 1 year ago
Wow, I learned a lot from this book. The first thing I learned from this book is that a sense of humor is a good thing to have if you are a CIA agent partnered with a vampire, and your job is to hunt bad guys especially bad vampires. Jaz vaguely reminds me of maybe a female James Bond, not because she is a man whore but because she has cool toys and kicks ass. The relationship between Jaz and her partner/boss Vayl is quite interesting. Of course there is the required sexual tensi...more Wow, I learned a lot from this book. The first thing I learned from this book is that a sense of humor is a good thing to have if you are a CIA agent partnered with a vampire, and your job is to hunt bad guys especially bad vampires. Jaz vaguely reminds me of maybe a female James Bond, not because she is a man whore but because she has cool toys and kicks ass. The relationship between Jaz and her partner/boss Vayl is quite interesting. Of course there is the required sexual tension but that doesn't stop Jaz from enjoying a kiss with someone else to the point of obsession though. One of the things I like most about this book is at the back of the Ms. Rardin has a section where she "interviews" Jaz after the end of the book. Quite a good piece of tongue in cheek to me. All in all this was an enjoyable read for me, so much so that I went and bought the next book to start as soon as I finish the other two books I am reading right now.
Xedra77 More than 1 year ago
OK, to date, and I'm including the infamous Edward (both text and film), Vayl is my FAVORITE vampire. If you're into the genre, you've probably come to expect a certain personality stereotype from vampire kind, no matter who's telling the tale: Superior, Infallible, Arrogant, you get the picture. Vayl is gentler, quiet, unsure, almost vulnerable as far as Jaz is concerned. It warms the heart to see a three hundred year old man reduced to a school boy in pursuit of a woman who is, excuse the pun, clueless when it comes to boys. And, if that weren't enough, Jaz's mind wanders throughout the book in such spectacular detail that I imagine I could read it a hundred times and still pick out little details I missed. I like characters with active imaginations and Rardin does not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it!!!!!! I think it was a cross between Anita Blake and Rachel Morgan. Anita for more of the Vamp kicking aspect and Rachel for more of the less steamy scenery and sassy attitude aspect. It was a good mix so far but I would like to see for steam between Jaz and Vayl or someone, at least something. Great start for the series though, interesting plot and definitely keeps you guessing. Hope the rest of the books keeps up the pace! It is hard to find a good series like Rachel Morgan ect these days that keeps you hooked for the long haul. Will definitely read more JAZ!!!!
cer-2 More than 1 year ago
Good read; well written; not completely formulaic paranormal genre and somewhat more plausible in the characters and worldbuilding. I did enjoy; but, I think, like another reviewer, this will have trouble standing out from everything flooding the shelves in this genre just from the book cover and blurb on the back cover because while not completely formulaic does not wow me with the originality of the worldbuilding. Having read it, I can recommend even if you are sick to death of vampire tales.
sbrew1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Readers Annotation:After having her entire team killed by vampires years earlier, Jaz is paired with one of the CIA¿s best assassins, who also happens to be a vampire. She must learn to overcome her fears and prejudice in order to save the world from a deathly virus. Plot Summary:Jaz Parks is a CIA agent for the supernatural community, and also what they have termed a Sensitive. A sensitive means that she can "smell" vampires, sense power, and has very accurate intuition. Jaz gets partnered with Val a centuries old vampire. They are given an assignment to take out a terrorist who turns out to be working with a powerful entity everyone thought was just a myth. Together they must unravel a complex mystery in time to save the world from a horrible virus. Evaluation:I liked Jaz¿s character she is sarcastic and strong willed and a very hard core CIA agent. Although I don¿t like to compare authors, it is hard not to compare this series against the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. It is a funny murder mystery series that happens to have vampires in it. The vampires in this novel are not dark and gothic like traditional vampire tales. Add to this the romance mixed though-out and you have a fun, easy read, that doesn¿t take a lot of thought. Ages: 13+/Interests: Murder, Mystery, Vampires, Romance.*Adult crossover-a book written for adults that teens may appreciate.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book of the Jaz Parks series by Jennifer Rardin. So far there are 8 books planned for this series. The fifth one comes out Jan '09 and is called "One More Bite". This was a great book.Describing this book as James Bond meets the supernatural community is definitely accurate. Jaz Parks works for the CIA. 6 months after she starts reporting to her new boss; the group's top assassin, Vayl, requests that Jaz join him as an assistant. What Jaz and Vayl thinks is a typical, kidnap and question the terrorist, kind of gig gets complicated when they find out that the terrorist in question belongs to an underground organization that is aligning itself with the underbelly of the supernatural community in order to unleash a virus deadly to vampire-kind.Jaz is an amazing character. She is tough, by uses common sense and recognizes her bounds. She accepts the changes in her life and tends not to whine and agonize over them. She is a get-it-done kind of girl, who loves her gadgets, and her hot cars. There is a lot Jaz has to discover about herself; as a Sensitive she doesn't quite know the bounds of her power. She is working on it though and makes leaps and bounds in discovering what she can do in this book.Vayl is also awesome. He is tough and has some crazy cool vampiric abilities (he is a wraith for goodness sack!); yet he does make mistakes, and he does have that vulnerable side that a good male character needs. We find out some of Vayl's past in this book, but there is a lot more there to uncover.The writing is very solid. I like the writing style a lot. It is fast-paced, full of awesome action scenes, and cool ideas. The gadgets that Jaz gets to work with are really neat, her gun Grief, is lots of deadly fun, and I just couldn't put this book down.I bought books 2-4 used before I had read book 1. Now I am glad that I did. I am excited to read the next couple books. So far I think this is going to be an incredible series. I wanted to give it more like 4.5 stars because I think the second book will tell if this is an outstanding series or just another good series in the long line of good paranormal series that are out there.In summary, I love Jaz, I love Vayl, I love the writing and I am so excited to read more of it! There wasn't a single thing about this book that I didn't love.
rexrobotreviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Once Bitten, Twice Shy" was better than I expected! The first two? chapters I pushed through a little, but once I got into the book I really got into it. I'm really happy there are already four other books out and the sixth due out 10/29/09. I'm reading the second now- so maybe the 29th will be around by the time I'm finished with the 5th =)Jasmine (Jaz) Parks is an assassin for the CIA. Before joining the CIA,she led a Helsinger team. (Helsinger team is a special ops group formed to kill high profile vampires and terrorists.) Her entire team is wiped out by a group of badass vampires- Jaz being the only survivor. This is when she joins the CIA as an assassin so she can work alone.Now, Vasil Nicu Brancoveanu (Vayl) is a three hundred year old vampire and sixty years ago, he became an assassin for the CIA. He is their best assassin and gets to choose mostly the who, what and where of every mission. He has taken Jaz as his assistant out of the blue- blindsiding Jaz. She accepts- after all, who better to learn the tricks of the trade from?Mohammed Khad Abn-Assan (Assan) is a "plastic surgeon" of Pakistani origin. Assan holds massive charity affairs for New Start to raise money for disfigured children. However, the majority of the funds that is raised are deposited into an account for the Sons of Paradise terrorist group. Vayl and Jaz need to take him out and almost do when they're slapped in the face with a plot twist. (Remember, nothing ever goes as planned! I believe Jaz's military father taught her this.)Our Jaz has many psychological problems throughout the book- such as blacking out and memory loss. A big thing that our heroine needs to overcome is the fact that she was the only surviving member of her Helsinger team... It may have been easier for her to move on if her best friend/brother's wife and her fiance weren't apart of those that died. Also, there is obvious sexual tension between Jaz and Vayl. Can't wait for these two to hook up- they have to eventually, right? I'll be reading the next novels to find out! Jaz struggles with her sexual attraction towards Vayl because it has only been a little under 2 years since her fiance was murdered. The more she considers lovin' up on her boss- the more guilt builds up over the death of her fiance.This novel has many twists and turns, with lots of action. I liked this book a lot, but it is a one time read. Don't let that turn you away! I definitely think anyone who loves vampires, confused assassins, covert operations and sexual tension should read this one!!
samantha.1020 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Once Bitten, Twice Shy, we meet Jaz Parks who is an assasin for the C.I.A. and is partnered up with a very powerful vampire named Vayl. Their newest assignment is to take out a plastic surgeon who has to ties to a dangerous group of terrorists. But Jaz and Vayl soon find out that their assignment is more complicated than they thought and before they know it they are up against an ancient evil.Will someone please tell me how I have not heard more about this author before?? This book rocked and I was swept away within the story. Jaz is a great main character: she's strong but has her weak points, is a bit haunted, and has a mysterious past (although there is light shed on some of it). And Vayl is just awesome in my opinion. Jaz respects him a lot but can't seem to figure out why he chose her to be his partner. It gives Vayl and his motivations an air of mystery which added to the story. The chemistry between the two is great and makes me really excited to see how their relationship develops further along in the series because right now they are strictly partners. The story was fast paced and exciting and I flew through this book in a matter of days. The storyline itself was original and I found that the details surrounding the ancient evil to be very interesting (I'm not saying any more in fear of spoilers). Suffice it to say that I couldn't get enough of this book while I was reading it and am already itching to get my hands on the 2nd book.All in all, a promising beginning to a new to me series and a series that I will most definitely be continuing on with. I'd recommend this book to anyone that enjoys urban fantasy or a good paranormal read.
Midnightshadow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found the three first books in the Jaz Parks series in a thrift shop where I usually go. I read on the back of one of them but was mostly caught by the pretty covers. Since they were insanely cheap I decided to buy all three and give them a chance.The basic idea about the first book is that we meet the female investigator Jaz Parks and her partner Vayl (who happends to be a vampire). The book was described as a 'fantasy version of Bond'. Ehm.. I think it is more related to Charmed or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The language is pretty bland but the story was interesting enough if you like action and crime related books. I've not decided whether or not I want to read the two other books yet but this book is fine for taking to the beach or anywhere else if you want something that's easy to read and that doesn't move you or make you think.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shallow characters and plot.
Jac8604 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty funny, although a bit cheesy at times that just added to it's charm. I enjoyed this one much more than I thought I would.
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
AWESOME BOOK, DEFINITE MUST READ. I was engrossed in this book from page one. I love the main characters witty sense of humor, it has me laughing all the way through. Jaz and Vayl romance is one that lacks action, but not suspense. Jennifer Rardin adds just enough interaction that you continue reading craving for more. I will definitely continue through this series.
Jacey25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once Bitten, Twice Shy is about the super secret CIA team of Jaz, a young woman with a lot of baggage and a black cloud over her, & Vayl, a centuries old kick butt vampire, who have been assigned to neutralize a plastic surgeon who has been sending money to terrorist operations. This is one of those books I've seen many times but thought it didn't sound right for me, if you're in the same boat I reccomend you pick it up and give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book despite being so not into spy, CIA type ideas. The Jaz Parks series thus far is good fun- reccomended.
maughta on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes for this novel, but tortured similies and a heroine that I just didn't LIKE ruined it for me. I made it eighty pages before I decided that it wasn't so much a vampire/urban fantasy novel as a CIA/James Bondesque novel with a vampire playing James Bond and our heroine as his ditzy sidekick. If you like James Patterson and schlock like that, you'll probably enjoy this. If you were hoping for something more akin to Patricia Briggs and Kim Harrison, prepare to be disappointed.
irunsjh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An good start to your typical Urban Fantasy series. The mythology is not anything drastically different from anything else used in the typical vampire story, but it did not distract from the novel. Sometimes it is nice to know what to expect right from the get go. I did like the main character, I thought she was an interesting character, with a back story I was not expecting. Overall I enjoyed this book, and look forward to seeing what else is in store for her and her partner at the CIA.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has been in my TBR pile longer than most. When I heard the author passed away I moved it to the top of my pile. I am glad I did because I found a lot to like about this series and especially these characters. Why the book rocked and I can't wait to read more: Jaz is an awesome character. She is strong but vulnerable. She has expereienced serious trauma and heartbreak in her past. She does some weird stuff because of it and she questions herself a lot. I found all that to be realistic and therefore more likeable. Also I really liked Vayl. I usually don't care for the dark vampire in these books, but Vayl is such a nice guy! He could end up being my favorite vampire character ever. I want to see more depth in his character through the series' progression. I also liked her sometimes inventor sidekick. So yes, a very good group of characters. I liked the explantion of what happens when someone dies and what Jaz sees. While the theme of vampire/human detectives isn't exactly unique, there are enough twists to this tale to make me excited to read more. Why the book couldn't be rated higher than four stars: This was Rardin's first published book. The pacing was off a little but wasn't distracting. What did distract me from the enjoyment of the novel was the constant "Like a blah blah, her movements were blah blah" or "Jazz did this, like a blah blah". Too many similes. Sometimes three a page! From what I hear this does get better as the series progresses. Overall the tale was enjoyable and the characters were standout, in my opinion. I am definitely on board to read the rest of the series and I feel badly that I waited this long to read this. My condolences to the family of Mrs. Rardin. She created a fabulous world and I am thankful she was able to share her talent with us.
amf0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun urban fantasy/vampire book. Jaz Parks is a good heroine, snappy, fearing for her sanity, has a crush on her vampire boss. It all got a bit too neat at the end, with the band of strangers pulling together to become this fighting machine/team, but the start was great. A freshish voice in a crowded genre, I'm definitely buying the next one.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this first book of the series, Jaz Parks is a CIA hitperson teamed with an ancient vampire. Their assignment is to eliminate a Miami plastic surgeon with links to terrorism and the supernatural. Before they can accomplish this goal, complications arise and the plot thickens rapidly.This book is almost chicklit but not quite. Jaz is very funny and I could not help comparing her to Janet' Evanovich's Stephanie Plum but Jaz is actually competent and deadly. I know it sounds odd but it works. The cast of characters are great and you get to know them pretty quickly. I am already on the hold list for the second in the series.
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Mary Styer More than 1 year ago
I haven't had this book as long as some of the others languishing on my TBR pile. I've been very hesitant to start a new series as it seems to be getting more difficult finding Nook copies of some series at the library and I've just gotten so stingy with my book dollars, that I am very reluctant to just purchase the book (again) without thought or care like I used to. Though I consider myself a seasoned veteran of vampire fiction (having sunk my fangs into several of them over the years), Jennifer Rardin is a new to me author. This series is a little different than I've encountered before as well. For one thing, there wasn't a lot of focus on romance. Jaz works for Vayl, who is a CIA assassin and a vampire. Her job is assistant / bodyguard, though does a 200+ year old vampire really need a bodyguard? When you find out what the bad guys have in store for all of humanity and what Jaz and Vayl find themselves going up against, you may want a bodyguard for yourself. I wasn't completely ecstatic with the book after I finished and can't say it's the best vampire fiction series I have read, hands down. I can say this book isn't bad if you like feisty characters who can hold their own with all sorts of evil and creepy characters. I will say this book holds a lot of potential that has left me just curious enough to find out what Jaz and Vayl get into next and see if their relationship is just business.
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