Tuesday, August 23, 2011

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of The Reluctant Vampire

Lynsay Sands is the Ontario born 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.

The Reluctant Vampire, Argeneau #15
Author:  Lynsay Sands
Has this immortal finally met her match?
Rogue hunter Drina Argenis (from the Spanish side of the Argeneau family) has been many things in her years as an immortal, but bodyguard/babysitter to a teenage vampire is something new. There's an incentive, however: the other vampsitter, Harper Stoyan, may be Drina's life mate.
Trouble is, having just lost a life mate, Harper is resigned to being alone. He's completely unprepared when sexy and unpredictable Drina bursts into his life to reignite his passions. Can Drina, with a little matchmaking help from their teen charge, tempt this reluctant vampire to take a chance?
Or will a dangerous, unseen renegade kill Drina and Harper's one chance at happiness?

Our Review [by Michelle L Olson & Jennifer Vayda]: 

Drina has been sent by Lucian and Marguerite to Port Henry to help protect Stephanie from a jerk that looks like he’ll stop at nothing to get his grubby mits on her. Stephanie isn't the only vamp Drina is keeping her eye on though... 
After being picked up at the airport by tall, dark and rude (a.k.a Anders who not much for the talking), Drina meets Harper.  After doing so, Drina notices that her appetite has returned and that she’s getting peeks into Harper’s thoughts—2 very important signs that indicate the two are lifemates.  The problem is, Harper feels that he doesn’t deserve another chance at happiness, and so Drina is thrown into 2 fights, and she’s not willing to give up on either easily.
Drina is warned ahead of time that she’ll have a hard time convincing Harper that he’s worthy and that he should give love a chance, and though he was a bit of a stick-in-the-mud in the beginning he wasn’t as difficult as everyone kept saying.  A lot of that had to do with the fact that little Stephanie just could keep her nosy little match making thoughts out of the mix, and pretty much tied herself into knots trying to help Drina get Harper to realize what everyone else already knew…That he and Drina are meant for each other.   
Together, Drina and Harper’s relationship was “awww!” worthy, & there were several Sandstastic ‘naked and unconscious on the floor’ moments.  Outside of the relationship I found Harper average, loveable but baseline.  Drina was a big plus though.  She is a a self assured female who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to grab it.  She’s also smart, sexy, deep and a warrior in more than 1 way. 
While The Reluctant Vampire wasn’t our favorite of the series thus far, it was still a thoroughly enjoyable read. Slightly more romance based than the previous Rogue Hunter installments, it’s great for those that got hooked on the Argeneau series because of that, and fans and followers of the series will be happy to reunite with some of their favorite cast members.  
While it could be read alone we would strongly suggest that you not.
All in all, LITERAL ADDICTION Paranormal Book Club gives The Reluctant Vampire 4  Skulls and would recommend it to Lynsay Sands and Argeneau fans, and Paranormal Romance readers who like wit in their read. 

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