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Summary

Newly appointed vampire governor of New Jersey Belladonna Barrone is fast discovering that life as a vampire isn’t much easier than life as a mobster’s wife. But that experience certainly taught her some things about how to handle the problems that come with being governor. That is until a friend is kidnapped by the fae and his life put in danger, all because of her actions.

Figuring out how to save him feels very much above her pay grade, but she’s the boss, and the decision about how to handle this potentially deadly situation is completely up to her. With the clock ticking, she has no choice but to attempt a rescue.

Thankfully, she has the help of her team and some impressive new friends. But going to battle with the fae has painfully real consequences, and the outcome of their mission leaves them all reeling. While dealing with the fallout from the fight, Donna once again becomes the target of a jealous vampire rival, which puts her future in question. Somehow, she has to find the strength to keep going and overcome these new attacks.

But there’s only so much a woman can handle. Or is there? With new resolve, Donna knows her only option is to fight back. Who else is going to protect her family and friends? She’s never been one to run from her problems.

Even when her problems feel like a supernatural sucker punch.

©2020 Kristen Painter (P)2020 Kristen Painter

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A Gripping Story That I Enjoyed From Start To End

You can find many of Kristen Painter’s books in my review archives – I love her light paranormal romance Nocturne Falls series. The First Fangs Club series is different: less light-hearted. However, that’s a good thing as they need that extra weight due to some of the darker themes.

I love that Kristen can tweak her writing style to accommodate different genres and I absolutely love that her main character in the First Fangs Club series is a middle-aged woman. I did chuckle and smile, recognising many nods to women of my age. 😉

This story picks up where the last book, Suck It Up, Buttercup left off.

B.J. Harrison is a really good narrator.
Sucker Punch is written from the point of view of our protagonist, Donna. I think the pace of BJ’s narration captures her maturity and personality. BJ varied his tone to convey the appropriate emotion in every scene – he transported me into the story. I liked the voices he created for all the characters and didn’t feel confused about who was speaking during the dialogue.

Sucker Punch was a gripping audiobook to listen to.
Our protagonist, Belladonna Barrone (aka Donna) continues to exhibit all the personality traits that I crave in the main character. Donna is intelligent, resilient, resourceful and has plenty of gumption. However, she isn’t stagnant, Donna is growing into her role as Governor of New Jersey and leads by example. Kristen isn’t breaking the mould with any of her supporting characters. However, I enjoyed that she created a wealth of them with various personalities and roles to play to progress the story. I’m invested in their journey and feel connected to our band of heroes.

I really enjoyed the plot with all its twists and turns and like how some of the threads were satisfactorily concluded by the end while others were left to continue into the next book and beyond. 😉
I don’t think that there’s any offensive content within these pages – language, violence or sex. However, there is implied violence that happens “off-stage” that’s worth mentioning.

I’d recommend Sucker Punch to lovers of second-chance stories. I think fans of women’s fiction will also enjoy it, even if the paranormal genre isn’t your usual thing.

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next book please

I listened to all three books in the series published so far. i am waiting patiently for the next one. please hurry, I am in need of a fix. Great series!

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Another great addition to the series.

A really good series and like the last ended with a cliff hanger now have to wait for number 4.
"Paranormal women's fiction" as a litary slot might put off other men from getting hooked on the genre I would hope not.
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Brilliant!!!!

I really enjoyed this book, although there were a couple of shock events in the book! I do love a lot of the new characters that were introduced. I can't wait for the next book!

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Got pulled into the story

Enjoying all of this series, will certainly listen to the next one. Good narrative and storyline.

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nooooooo I need the next book

and I will have to wait it is a great story and I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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I’m a sucker for this series.

Another fabulous book from Kristen I love this series so much and hoping there’s more to come .

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  • Nancy H
  • 04-01-21

loved it

I really liked the story line of this one. can't wait for the next one with that cliff hanger ending.

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  • Julia
  • 01-11-21

love this series

finally a book where women are written intelligently. lead female didn't jump into sex. instead.. she understood the assignment and got stuff done. looking forward to book 5. also, narrator .. awesome

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  • Carol K.
  • 16-01-21

Holy crap! Outstanding.

Book 3 of the First Fangs Club is a book you just can not put down. It is just one hurdle after the next for Donna. Kristen Painter has created a world of wonder with likeable characters. Whether reading or listening to this series, you won't be disappointed. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series, and the next, and so on. I hope there are a lot more books planned.

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  • Carol Lynn Pothier
  • 09-01-21

Fun and Exciting

Fun and exciting and full of heart! I’m becoming a Kristen Painter addict. Can’t wait for the next book.

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  • Jodie Smith
  • 18-10-21

Highly recommend

First Fangs Club is a great series and Kristen Painter is an amazing writer. I highly recommend this and all of her books.

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  • Christy Lou Heidelberger
  • 06-10-21

Get me MORE!

I LOVE this series! Great stories that let me escape just for fun. I love the fantasy and the friendships that are so interesting.

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  • GardenCat
  • 27-08-21

fun

It is just a fun story. It's not deep, not serious, just a fun fantasy ride that makes housework much easier.
The narrator is great. I can always tell who is who, and he's very easy to understand.

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  • Mark Lewis
  • 13-07-21

Refreshing take on women’s paranormal

I really enjoyed a women that was mature enough to know what she wanted and finally able to do it. I can’t wait for the last book to come. I don’t normally do audible and kindle so I can read at home and on the go but with this series I listen on my commute and read at home!

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  • A1 Shopper
  • 03-06-21

love this series

I love this series so please continue with the series. I cannot wait to read the next book. This is one of the best series that I have read in a long time.

J Garrison

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  • kozychic
  • 02-06-21

Wow! This series just gets better with each book!

I just finished and am already jonesing for the next book. Don't dally, please, Kristen.