Once Bitten
(A Darker Hollow #2)


Shannon West, T.S. McKinney


Painted Hearts Publishing

Release Date

September 5th, 2017



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When Mason comes back to Dark Hollows, he doesn’t quite get the homecoming he’d hoped for.

Mason, who has become something not quite wolf and not quite vampire, has new powers of his own that he’s still trying to figure out, not to mention a complicated relationship with his new mates. He knows his brother Jax will be shocked to find out he’s still alive, and he’d expected some resistance to his new mates, Finn and Valerian, but not the open hostility he meets when they arrive.

The Dark Hollow alphas, Marco and Cade, are not at all pleased to have another alpha like Finn in their territory. And as for the beautiful vampire, Valerian, only Mason’s sudden display of his startling new powers forces an uneasy and tentative truce among them. Meanwhile Mason is still struggling to forgive Finn and Valerian for what they did to him in the past, and his mates are growing impatient for him to make a decision about their lives together.

The sudden reappearance of an ancient, evil vampire named Cassius makes the entire pack hyper-vigilant and uneasy. When Mason and Finn discover the creature is Valerian’s sire, they fear Cassius’s influence over him.

Betrayal, infighting, and even some romance. The next rousing adventure in Dark Hollows is here.



Book Cover

  • Well-done


  • Read all at once (normal)


  • More backstory as predicted

Character Depth

  • Hip deep

Mood Upon Completion

  • Apathetic


  • Very few/no typos

Sex Scenes

  • Decently hot and/or sweet


  • Most of the same things as in the first book
  • Climax was anticlimactic

Emotional Depth

  • Apathetic

Content Warnings

  • Hardcore BDSM (namely S&M)
  • Kink
  • Abuse (sexual & emotional, past, main character)
  • Dub-con/non-con (past, main character)

Don’t think I’ll finish this series. The concept was exciting, but the execution wasn’t that great.

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