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A Bite to Remember : Argeneau Vampire Novel : Book 5 - Lynsay Sands

A Bite to Remember

Argeneau Vampire Novel : Book 5

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Rule #1: Never get involved with someone who won't be there for you when the sun comes up. Once bitten, twice shy, and sexy PI Jackie Morrisey wasn't going there again. Vincent Argeneau may be the hottest guy she's ever met, living or dead, but she's here to stop a killer from turning this vampire into dust, not to jump into bed with him.

Rule #2: Never kiss a vampire . . . it can be a pain in the neck.

Okay, so Vincent's had four hundred years to perfect his kissing skills, and he does look rather tempting when he runs around the house shirtless. He's also charming, protective . . . did we mention he can kiss? Jackie needs to be on her guard, or else she'll have to come up with a new rule: If you're going to fall in love with a vampire, make sure it's a bite to remember.

About the Author

Born in Southern Ontario, Lynsay Sands is the New York Times bestselling author of the Argeneau Vampire series. She has written more than 34 books and anthologies since her first novel was published in 1997. Her romantic comedies span three genres historical, contemporary, and paranormal and have made the Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, USA Today, and New York Times bestseller lists.

Lynsay's books are read in more than twelve countries and have been translated into at least six languages. She's been a nominee for both the Romantic Times Best Historical Romance Award and the Romantic Times Best Paranormal Romance Award, was nominated and placed three times in the RIO (Reviewers International Organization) Awards of Excellence, and has several books on All About Romance's Favorite Funnies list.

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5.0

Very different

By jodo

from Byron Bay

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
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    Comments about A Bite to Remember:

    Very different story line from others. Characters are great and story line brilliant. Can't put my vampire series down!!

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    I think I'm going to wear this book out

    By Amy the Bookworm

    from Gold Coast, AU

    About Me Bookworm

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging Characters
    • Page Turner
    • Suspenseful
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift

      Comments about A Bite to Remember:

      I first borrowed this book from my sister after her badgering me for months. I read this book and others in this series from cover to cover. As soon as I finished I jumped onto Booktopia and ordered it.

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      Chapter One

      "Vincent? Are you there? If you're there, pick upthe phone."

      Vincent Argeneau forced one eyelid upward and peered around the dark room. His home office, he saw, managing to make out the shape of his desk by the sliver of light coming through the door cracked open to the hallway. He'd fallen asleep on the couch in his office.

      "Vincent?"

      "Yeah?" He sat up and glanced around for the owner of that voice, then realized it was coming through his answering machine on the desk. Giving his head a shake, Vincent got to his feet and stumbled across the room. He snatched up the cordless phone, dropped into his desk chair, and growled, "Bastien?"

      "Vincent? Sorry to wake you, cousin. I waited as late as I could before calling."

      Vincent grunted and leaned back in the chair, running his free hand over his face. "What time is it?"

      "Five P.M. here in New York. I guess that makes it about two there in L.A.," Bastien said apologetically.

      "Two," Vincent muttered. No wonder he was exhausted. He'd been up until 9 A.M. dealing with phone calls, then had drawn the blackout curtains in the room and lain down on the couch here rather than go to his bed. He hadn't wanted to miss Bastien's call.

      "Are you awake?"

      "Yeah." Vincent scrubbed his hand over his face again, then reached out to turn on his desk lamp. Blinking in the increased light, he said, "I'm up. Were you able to get a hold of that private detective company you said was so good?"

      "That's why I couldn't call any later than this. They're on their way. In fact, their plane was scheduled to land atLAX fifteen minutes ago."

      "Jesus!" Vincent sat up abruptly in his seat. "That was fast."

      "Jackie doesn't waste time. I explained the situation to her and she booked a flight right away. Fortunately for you, she'd just finished a big job for me and was able to put off and delegate whatever else she had on the roster."

      "Wow," Vincent murmured, then frowned as he realized what Bastien had said. "She? The detective's a woman?"

      "Yes, and she's good. Really good. She'll track down your saboteur and have this whole thing cleaned up in no time."

      "If you say so," Vincent said quietly. "Thanks, Bastien. I appreciate it."

      "Not a problem. Happy to help."

      Vincent opened his mouth to speak, then paused as he heard a woman's muffled voice in the background. He began to grin. "Is that Terri?"

      "Yes. She says hello, and says to warn you — " He paused to clear his throat. "Er . . . Vincent, mother is on her way out there too."

      "What?" Vincent stood abruptly. The news was rather shocking. Aunt Marguerite hadn't visited his home in decades. Usually, he visited her in Canada. She'd chosen the worst possible time to decide to visit sunny California. "Why?"

      "Er . . . well, that's a funny thing really." Bastien gave a nervous laugh. "It seems she's come to the conclusion that you may be lonely and depressed."

      "What!" Vincent gaped at the phone.

      "Yeah. She thinks your being here in New York and witnessing Terri and I getting together — as well as seeing my siblings with their life mates — may have upset you, your still being single and all. She seems to think you may need cheering up or maybe some help seeing to the situation."

      "Dear God," Vincent muttered, raking one hand through his hair.

      "Yeah, I thought you might feel that way," Bastien said sympathetically. "I did try to dissuade her from going, but . . . You know how my mother is once she gets an idea into her head."

      "Dear God," Vincent repeated.

      "She's on a later flight," Bastien informed him. "She won't arrive until six o'clock your time and she's arranged for a car rental so you won't have to pick her up."

      "Does she know about what's going on here?"

      "No," Bastien said. "And unless you want her interfering, I suggest you not tell her."

      Vincent gave a bark of laughter. Interfere was an understatement. If Marguerite Argeneau knew someone was sabotaging her nephew's business, she'd be determined to track them down and sort it out. She was very protective of those she loved and he was fortunate enough to count himself in that category.

      "Dear God," he said unhappily.

      "Just stick her in a guest room, give her a bunch of tourist pamphlets, and let her entertain herself," Bastien suggested. "She'll get bored and move on eventually."

      Vincent grimaced, thinking nothing was ever that easy. "I'm guessing I wasn't expected to pick up this Jackie and . . ." He paused, trying to recall the second name Bastien had mentioned.

      "Tiny," he supplied. "No, they'll have a rental too. Otherwise I'd have called sooner."

      "Right." Vincent sighed.

      "I'm guessing you probably have about half an hour before they get there. I figured that was enough time to get ready."

      "Yeah," Vincent agreed. "Okay. I guess I'll let you go wake yourself up before they arrive."

      "Yeah, okay. Hey, tell Terri — " Vincent paused and glanced toward the hallway as a knock sounded at his front door. Frowning, he stood and headed out of the office, taking the cordless phone with him. "Hang on. There's someone at the door."

      "That's probably the package I sent out for Mom," Bastien said. "If so, you'll have to get it in the refrigerator right away."

      "Must be nice having your meals prepared and delivered," Vincent said dryly as he walked up the hall.

      "We'll eventually sort that out too, cousin," Bastien said quietly, and Vincent felt guilty for bellyaching. Bastien had set his scientists to work on finding a cure for his problem years ago. If there wasn't one yet, it wasn't for lack of trying.

      "Is it the blood?" Bastien asked as Vincent pulled the front door open.

      "Umm . . . no," he answered, his gaze running over the duo on the marble step before him. He'd never set eyes on such an unlikely pair. . . .
      Lynsay Sands

      I was born in 1142 which is why my first love is historicals. I’ll let you guess why I love stories of immortals…er…well, vampires to you people. When I first started writing the family history, everyone was up in arms, afraid I was revealing too much, but I explained they were being published as fiction and I wouldn’t use real names. Of course, that was before I found I just couldn’t write the stories with other names…

      Just kidding! I couldn’t resist. Of course, I’m not a vampire. I wouldn’t mind being one. It would be a heck of a diet and I’m always looking for a successful diet, but despite not being a vampire…well…a gal can dream can’t she? And that’s what books are; waking dreams or stories, tales to amuse, entertain and distract us from everyday life.

      I love books. Reading books takes me away to other worlds and on grand adventures I just couldn’t have otherwise. Writing them does the same, but also lets me play God for a bit. I know that sounds weird, but when writing my stories, I decide who lives and dies, who succeeds or fails and so on. I can give the good guys the happy endings they deserve and be sure the bad guys lose and get their comeuppance. Unfortunately, that’s something that doesn’t always happen in real life.

      Perhaps that’s why writers write. Maybe we writers are all secret control freaks, wanting to control the world. Or maybe we’re just dreamers lucky enough to be able to make a living at dreaming. Either way I love writing and would do it whether I was paid for it or not. But I’m very very grateful to be able to share these stories with you. I hope they help you escape your troubles and trials if only for a little bit, and I hope they make you smile…You can be certain I’m often chuckling myself silly while writing them. Enjoy!

      Visit Lynsay Sands's Booktopia Author Page


      ISBN: 9780060774073
      ISBN-10: 006077407X
      Series: Argeneau Family
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 384
      Published: 27th June 2006
      Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
      Dimensions (cm): 17.1 x 9.6  x 2.7
      Weight (kg): 0.19