27 August 2010

Advance Review: Born to Bite by Lynsay Sands

Title: Born to Bite
Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau Family #13
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Publisher: Avon
Edition: Paperback

Legend has it that Armand Argeneau is a killer in the bedroom . . .

But with all three of his late wives meeting unfortunate and untimely ends, is this sexy immortal a lover or a murderer? That's what Eshe d'Aureus intends to find out. As an enforcer, it's her job to bring rogue vampires to justice, even if the rogue in question makes her blood race red hot.

Armand knew she was trouble the moment Eshe roared into town on her motorcycle, clad in tight black leather. She claims she's hiding from dangerous fiends, though he suspects something more. But after three wives who've all had trouble remaining, well, undead, Armand is reluctant to open his heart again. Then strange accidents start to happen, each deadlier than the last, and Armand realizes he may not have much time to prove he's a lover, not a slayer.

I've always loved the Argeneau series and after 13 books I'm still not tired of this crazy big family. The previous book, The Renegade Hunter, that had Armand's son Nicolas Argeneau as the protagonist, left a lot of questions unanswered, which annoyed me a lot because I had to wait almost a year to find out why all those things happened to him and who was the guilty party. I'm happy to say that Born to Bite answers all of those questions and gives us a glimpse of what's been happening with the rest of the family.

This book had a lot more mystery than others and the romance that blooms between Armand and Eshe is sweet and unhurried. Both of them lost their lifemates and all through the book you see how they risk themselves again for a chance at happiness.

After all the mystery surrounding Armand and his life, it was fun seeing how he lived this past years and at the same time heartbreaking because he had to stay away from his loved ones in case someone might hurt them.

In this book we also get some new insights into Lucian and how he doesn't seem to trust his judgement so much anymore after what happened with Jean-Claude. Bricker also appears as a side character. He gave a touch of humour to the story and I loved his interactions with Eshe. I can't wait to read his story (fingers crossed).
We finally also get to meet Jeanne Louise and I'm hoping that she'll get her book eventually.

The story moved at a nice pace and even though it was a bit predictable (I knew who the killer was since almost the beginning), it was really interesting hearing the reason behind the murders.
All in all, this was a great entry to this series, that answered a lot of questions that were raised in previous books, with a steady romance and a really strong mystery plot.

Previous Books:
1. A Quick Bite
2. Love Bites
3. Single White Vampire
4. Tall Dark and Hungry
5. A Bite to Remember
6. Bite Me If You Can
7. The Accidental Vampire
8. Vampires Are Forever
9. Vampire, Interrupted
10. The Rogue Hunter
11. The Immortal Hunter
12. The Renegade Hunter

Next Book:
14. Hungry for You (Dec 1, 2010)

Rating: 1/2

* I received this book from the publisher for review.