How To Bite Your Neighbor & Win A Wager – Review

Title: How To Bite Your Neighbor & Win A Wager
Author: D.N. Bryn
Series/Number: Guides For Dating Vampires #1
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Age: Adult
Publication Date: October 6, 2022
Themes: Vampires, Bisexual Man Character, Gay Main Character, Mental Illness, Parent Death (off page), Consent, Slow Burn



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.

Thank you to the author for an e-ARC for this title.

Hello friends, if you know me and my reading taste you will know that D.N. Bryn is now officially one of my favourite authors. I have read all of their published books and they have all gotten 5 stars from me. If that is a hint for what this book got then you’re probably right.

For starters I love a good vampire story. I loved this vampire story too. I am someone that doesn’t need a whole lot of world building if the story is going to be plot driven and this book didn’t lack in plot. It dropped you right into the story and I really enjoyed that. I liked that things weren’t completely explained. The book didn’t spend pages and pages going into details about how things worked or explained all the details, but I actually enjoyed that. It felt like we were learning things right alongside the characters.

Another thing I love is disaster boys being too dumb to realize they are into each other, and that is exactly what I got. Two very ridiculous men, not knowing what to do with themselves and their feelings and taking forever to realize that they should just talk to each other. I loved being able to see both Wesley and Vincent’s side of the story. Watching these two dorks be so awkward and cute and oblivious at times was a real treat.

I am so thankful to D.N. Bryn for writing because I adored this book and cant wait for more in the series to come!

Rating: 5/5 stars


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