Relegated to selling sausages in her parent’s shop, Gunter Marie “Junior” Stieg feels like she’s stuck in a rut in good old Meiers Corners until an opportunity to play in the pit orchestra for a possibly Broadway bound production of “Oz, Wonderful Oz” presents itself. This could be the chance she’s looking for to escape the tedium that is her life.
Trouble rears its ugly head in the form of a threat to the production’s talented young star. A mysterious but devastatingly handsome bodyguard works with Junior to uncover the plot to tank the play while simultaneously setting the sausage maiden’s lederhosen on fire.
Cryptic as a druid with a feral nature, Glynn Rhys-Jenkins is the quintessential Alpha male who’s yearned for a place to call home these last eight centuries. As annoyed as he is with Junior’s haste to leave Meiers Corners, he can’t help but be enraptured by her Rapunzel length braid and wee womanly body.
A perilous and hedonistic malevolence unleashes an aria of dark doom on the production and very inhabitants of Meiers Corners. Glynn and Junior must join forces, confronting their own fears about what love and home really mean, while battling to save the town.
If you’ve never read anything by Mary Hughes, I would advise you to run (not walk) and grab a copy of Biting Oz. Yes, it’s the fifth book in her Biting Love series, but the way the author gives you just enough backstory on characters from her previous installments makes it worth your while to read this story out of series order. She’s created a multi-layered family centric fictional town in Illinois where everyone is related and lederhosen is a fashion staple not a faux pas.
The quirky Gunter Marie “Junior” Stieg, and the heart-stoppingly handsome Glynn Rhys-Jenkins, make you laugh, cry, pound your fists on the table in frustration and fan yourself all at the same time! You just can’t avoid falling in love with Junior, Glynn, and yes, even the “Cheese Dudes”. Ms. Hughes unique take on vampirism is refreshing – they consume food, make babies, and have “regular jobs”. They love (and HOW!), fight for what they believe in, truly care about the humans in their lives, and suffer from all of the same emotional frailties their mortal counterparts do.
I found myself getting so wrapped up in the emotion and humor of the tale that I almost forgot that there were supposed to be preternatural beings involved and I loved that! Biting Oz is a wonderfully funny and sexy novel by an equally passionate author and it’s on my “TBRA” (To Be Read Again) list for sure!