We ADORE the new adult book Bite Somebody by Sara Dobie Bauer, a romantic comedy with vampires. And we think it’s the perfect book to read at the beach this summer. Why? Well, let us count the ways …
6. It takes place on a beach!
I mean, yes. This is obvious. But Bite Somebody does take place in a fictional Florida town called Longboat Key (which Bauer based on a real place). The descriptions of the beach, the ocean, and the nearby town just invoke a feeling of summer!
5. Swoon. Worthy. Romance.
As the heartthrob of this story, Ian is perfect. Bauer admits she based the character (at least his appearance) on Benedict Cumberbatch. And we can totally get down with that mental image.
4. It’s genuinely funny.
This book will actually make you laugh! From romantic interludes gone wrong to (my favorite) Ian’s comparing vampires to vegans. (Would YOU rather give up cheese or drink blood? I mean. CHEESE. It’s so delicious!)
3. Rum! (And other fruity, beachy cocktails.)
Imogene is a force in this book. And one of those forces is her deep passion for rum drinks. Cheers to that!
2. Ballsy, bad-ass ladies.
Sure, Celia is a little naive — but she knows what she likes and in the course of the story, we see her gain the confidence to go after it. And Imogene is … well, Imogene is Imogene. And don’t forget Dr. Rayna Savage, who is bold, sexy, and powerful in a very subtle, understated way that is way cool and also kind of … scary?
1. Reading a romantic book on the beach!
I mean, do you really need any other reason?
That’s what Danny asked Celia the night he turned her into a vampire. Three months have passed since, and immortality didn’t transform her into the glamorous, sexy vamp she was expecting but left her awkward, lonely, and working at a Florida gas station. On top of that, she’s a giant screw-up of an immortal, because the only blood she consumes is from illegally obtained hospital blood bags.
What she needs to do—according to her moody vampire friend Imogene—is just … bite somebody. But Celia wants her first bite to be special, and she has yet to meet Mr. Right Bite. Then, Ian moves in next door. His scent creeps through her kitchen wall and makes her nose tingle, but insecure Celia can’t bring herself to meet the guy face-to-face.
When she finally gets a look at Ian’s cyclist physique, curly black hair, and sun-kissed skin, other parts of Celia tingle, as well. Could he be the first bite she’s been waiting for to complete her vampire transformation? His kisses certainly have a way of making her fangs throb.
Just when Celia starts to believe Ian may be the fairy tale ending she always wanted, her jerk of a creator returns to town, which spells nothing but trouble for everyone involved.
Sara Dobie Bauer is a writer, model, and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. She spends most days at home in her pajamas as a book nerd and sex-pert for SheKnows.com. Her short story, “Don’t Ball the Boss,” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she would really like to live in a Tim Burton film. For more about Sara, visit her website.