Tuesday, January 11, 2011

BORN TO BITE by Lynsay Sands

An Argeneau Novel #13
Publisher: Avon Books
Date published: August 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-147432-3
Vampire Murder Mystery
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Tammy
Obtained via: publisher

It’s a vampire love story and a murder mystery with a bite. So it must be Lynsay Sands latest Argeneau novel, BORN TO BITE.

Armand Argeneau’s wives keep dying and now his son Nicholas is on trial for his life for a murder he is accused of committing 50 years ago. Eshe d’Aureaus is assigned the task of unraveling the mystery surrounding all these deaths and to hopefully clear Armand of any wrongdoing. Armand thinks she is staying there because she needs a safe place to hide from a rogue out for revenge. But when Eshe discovers that she can’t read Armand’s mind and it becomes apparent that he is her life mate, what’s a girl to do?

BORN TO BITE picks up where Renegade Hunter left off. Armand’s brother Lucien, as a Council member, has sent Eshe in to investigate the mysterious deaths of Armand’s past wives.

Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau books are generally very well written and humorous. They are laced with engaging characters and amusing storylines. And while this story had all of those elements present, for this reader, it just wasn’t the page turner that the other books have been. Perhaps, the reason lies in the way Eshe and Armand instantly fall into bed as soon as they discover they are destined to be life mates. There really wasn’t any big romance. They just didn’t spark. As soon as the symptoms started showing up, the desire for food, the inability to read each others’ minds, it was like they both decided sex was inevitable so why fight it? And yet, the very reason that Eshe is investigating Armand is the reason he gives for not getting emotionally close to Eshe. His wives have all died under mysterious circumstances and he doesn’t want to see Eshe end up that way. Frankly, if I were sent to investigate a possible serial murderer, I would be a little leery about jumping into the sack with the possible murderer.

On the other hand, the Argeneau’s are all interesting, sexy and well worth the bite. The mystery element of the story and where it leads are excellent storytelling. And most importantly, we don’t see the final reveal coming half way through the book.

So, if you are looking for a love story with a little mystery thrown in, this book will probably disappoint. However, if what you are looking for is a good mystery with a little bite, than give Lynsay Sands’ BORN TO BITE a chance. It’s a good introduction to the Argeneau books and answers questions raised in prior books.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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