Monday, August 30, 2010

Lynsay Sands, The Argeneau Vampire Series

Today, we're taking a look at the Argeneau Vampire series by Lynsay Sands.  VampChix reviewed her lastest, BORN TO BITE a couple days ago, so page down to read the review.  The book is due in stores tomorrow, but if you're lucky, you've probably already found a copy.  If you haven't read Sands, I believe you can start anywhere in the series, and not miss too much.  But I know most of you diehard paranormal romance fans like to start series at the beginning!

Lynsay is offering a signed copy of BORN TO BITE to one lucky commenter.  So let's hear about your favorite Argeneau hero or heroine!  And if you haven't read the series, tell us if you prefer standalone vampire romance stories, or those in a long-running series.

Here's the exciting trailer for BORN TO BITE:

And a blurb:
 In BORN TO BITE, readers are introduced to Armand Argeneau, a vampire with a reputation for being a killer in the bedroom (literally). It’s not that Armand has been unlucky in love per se, he’s just had a string of bad luck with wives staying...well, undead. Eshe D’Aureus is on the case to discover just how these wives perished. But just as Armand realizes the beautiful investigator is his true life mate, someone starts making attempts on Eshe’s life.

Now let's take a look at the entire series, starting with the first book, and going in order:


Roundhouse Publishing editor Kate C. Leever's first letter to her newest legacy author was intended to impress upon him the growing demand for his "vampire romances." Though he'd expressed little to no desire for publicity, book tours or the like, it was clear that this was a writer waiting to be broken out. Correspondence with Mr. Lucern Argeneau tended to be oddly delayed, but this time his response was quick and succinct.
But Kate was adamant: Luc will attend a romance convention to meet his fans. By hook or by crook, despite his reclusive nature, odd sleep schedule and avoidance of the sun, the surly yet handsome Luc was going to be recognized as the real charmer a nationally bestselling author should be. But soon Kate would learn that his novels were more biographies than bodice rippers, and it'd be her neck on the line.
A sweeter surrender, or more heartwarming a love story—his own—Luc has yet to write.

The second in Sands' deliciously sexy comedic series featuring the charismatic Argeneau clan (following Single White Vampire [BKL S 15 03] ) is a delight. This time the focus is on Etienne, a successful computer game designer who has become the target of a homicidal maniac called Pudge. The first time Etienne sees Dr. Rachel Garrett, it's in the hospital morgue where she removes a bullet from his apparently stilled heart. She doesn't recognize him when he is brought in again a week later as a charred corpse. Astounded to find a heart beat, she shields her "patient" from an axe-wielding Pudge, who attacks her instead. When Rachel regains consciousness, she discovers that Etienne has made her into a vampire to save her life. Rachel has to stay with Etienne to learn to control her teeth and drink blood, which she finds extremely unpalatable. Add one sexy cousin and a page-turning climax, and readers will be highly amused, very satisfied, and eager for the next Argeneau tale. 

The taste of temptation

Terri had flown from England to help plan her cousin's wedding, but paying for a New York hotel room was like giving blood! She had an alternative: the new in-laws were offering lodging.
Of course, the Argeneaus were a certifiably odd bunch. There was the sometimes chipper, sometimes brooding Lucern—a "vampire romance" writer. There was the wacky stage actor, Vincent. She couldn't imagine Broadway casting a more ravenous singing-and-dancing Dracula. And then there was Bastien. Of this unique cast of characters, he seemed the tallest, darkest and hungriest—and his effect on Terri was decidedly delicious. Just looking into his eyes made her want to serve up her innocence on a silver platter. And she had a feeling the love feast was about to begin.

That hot guy tied to Lissianna Argeneau's bed? He's not dessert—he's the main course!
Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood . . . an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn't hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?
Dr. Gregory Hewitt recovers from the shock of waking up in a stranger's bedroom pretty quickly—once he sees a gorgeous woman about to treat him to a wild night of passion. But is it possible for the good doctor to find true love with a vampire vixen, or will he be just a good meal? That's a question Dr. Greg might be willing to sink his teeth into . . . if he can just get Lissianna to bite.

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.

Once Bitten . . .
One minute Leigh is walking home in the early hours of the morning, and the next a vampire is sinking his teeth into her neck. Turns out it was a rogue vampire marked for termination, but it does Leigh little good because the damage's already been done. She's become one of them.
Lucian Argeneau, hunter of rogue vampires, has been alive for over two thousand years, and there's very little to excite him anymore. Food has become tasteless, sex is ordinary. Then Leigh drops into his life. Suddenly he finds himself craving coffee . . . and imagining the sassy brunette atop the black satin sheets on his nice big bed. It's Lucian's job now to enlighten Leigh on the inner workings of being immortal . . . and tutoring her is igniting a fire in him that hasn't burned in centuries.
But until they stop a renegade bloodsucker from destroying the human race, passion will have to wait!


Ever since an accident turned her into a knockout vamp, Elvi Black's been catching her z's in a coffin, staying out of the sun, and giving up garlic. She knows there's more to being undead than what she saw in Dracula, but she can't very well ask her mortal friends about proper biting etiquette. But when her neighbors placed a personal ad for her in the local paper, she never imagined she'd meet Victor Argeneau, a vampire who could have his pick of any woman—dead or alive.
Rich, powerful, and drop—dead gorgeous, Victor's the perfect man for a novice neck—biter like Elvi. He's willing to teach her everything he knows, but he'll have to do it fast. Someone's out to put a stake through her new vamp life, and only Victor can keep her safe—and satisfied—for all eternity.

Inez Urso is beginning to have her doubts. Her business associate Thomas Argeneau has some interesting traits, like an allergic reaction to the sun, excellent night vision, and not much of an appetite for food. And to top it all off, he just tried to bite her neck . . . but maybe that was a sign of passion. If so, she'd be happy to experience more, despite her determination not to mix business with pleasure.
Well, if not forever, at least two hundred years. Inez is the most beautiful woman he's seen in centuries. Those luscious lips, seductive curves, and her elegant neck . . . he just couldn't resist the temptation of one little bite. Now Thomas will do anything to convince her that only an immortal like him can satisfy her all night long . . .


After seven hundred years of life, Marguerite Argeneau finally has a career. Well, the start of one, anyway. She's training to be a private investigator, and her first assignment is to find an immortal's mother. It seemed simple enough, until Marguerite wakes up one evening to find herself at the wrong end of a sword. Now she realizes she's in way over her head.
Julius Notte wants to protect Marguerite, and not because someone just tried to take her head off. She doesn't know it yet, but she's his lifemate and he's determined to woo her. It's been over five hundred years since he last courted a woman, but surely the techniques haven't changed. Now if only he can keep her alive—so to speak—so they can have that happily-ever-after.

BORN TO BITE - see above

A spin-off series from the Argeneau Vampires is The Rogue Hunters novels:


Samantha Willan is a workaholic lawyer. She's grateful for some rest and relaxation in cottage country, and after a recent breakup she wants to stay as far away from romance as possible. Then she meets her irresistible new neighbor. There's something strange and mysterious about his eyes. Is it just her imagination, or are they locked on her neck?
Garrett Mortimer is a rogue hunter. His last assignment united Lucian Argeneau with his lifemate, and Mortimer is hoping this one will be less . . . adventurous. He's here to track down a reported rogue, but fun in the sun is every bloodsucker's nightmare. Worse, he can't seem to get his mind off Samantha, especially when he spies her skinny-dipping in the lake. After eight hundred years as a bachelor, is he ready to turn a volatile attraction into a lasting love affair?


Even vampires need a vacation. But Decker Argeneau's ends abruptly when he's asked to help hunt the group of rogue vampires targeting mortals -- one that might include a defector in his own family. Before he can worry about that, though, he's got to rescue the latest victim. It's all part of the job, including taking a bullet for a beautiful doctor.
Dr. Danielle McGill doesn't know if she can trust the man who just saved her life. There are too many questions, such as what is the secret organization he says he's part of, and why do his wounds hardly bleed? However, with her sister in the hands of some dangerous men, she doesn't have much choice but to trust him.
Except now Decker's talking about life mates and awakening a passion that's taking Dani beyond anything she's ever known. Being undead may not be half-bad...especially if it means spending forever with a man who would love her with his mind, body, and immortal soul.

The Argeneau family has a secret . . . one of their own is a rogue vampire!

Nicholas Argeneau was once a successful hunter who went after rogue vampires who broke the immortal law. Except no one has mentioned his name in the last fifty years, not since he turned into a rogue himself. But once a hunter, always a hunter. When Nicholas sees a bloodthirsty sucker terrifying a woman, it's second nature for him to come to her rescue. He had no idea he would also want to kiss her senseless . . .
One minute Josephine Willan is taking in a breath of fresh air, and the next sharp fangs are heading straight for her neck! Luckily, a gorgeous stranger saves her life . . . and gets locked up for his troubles. Can a man who kisses so lovingly and passionately really have committed the crime he's accused of? Jo isn't so sure . . . and she's determined to prove that this renegade hunter is worth fighting for.

A novella in the Argeneau series...
"Vampire Valentine" by Lynsay Sands, in the BITTEN BY CUPID anthology
Mirabeau LaRouche knew she had a job to do, but she never expected her assignment to take her through New York City′s dark, dank underground-in her bridesmaid gown, no less! And when her partner turns out to be mortal private investigator Tiny McGraw, Mireabeau knows it′s no ordinary Cupid′s arrow that has struck her heart this Valentine′s Day.

And coming in December...

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Virginia C said...

Hey, I love Tiny McGraw! Nothin' small about that man--he's larger than life. He can handle anything that comes his way, and he does it with great charm and heart : )

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Kirsten said...

Oh I love Lynsay's vampires. Romance, adventure and humor are all so cleverlty placed together. I just know I'll have a blast picking up one of her books.

I'm mad for Bastien Argeneau! Like Teri I believe him the most handsome of men. Victor is also one of my fav and I could be wrong but I thought Lisianna's story was the first in this amazing series? Anyway, Love 'm.

tetewa said...

This woould be a new series for me, sounds good!

WickedLilPixie said...

I loved Lucian, but Elvi was hysterical!

MDOBSON said...

I was given the chance to review Born to Bite early and I loved it. My review for it is on my site.
But the reason for my comment is to say how much I enjoyed the book trailor. It was great.
I loved Born to Bite and all the books by Lynsay Sands but that trailer was so catchy that I would have bought it even if I didn't.

donnas said...

I love this series. Its so hard to pick one favorite. It would probably be - Lucern, Etienne or maybe Lucian. Cant really narrow it down anymore.

patterv said...

As much as i would to have my own copy of Born to bite, I don't think I can choose just one A. hero! I also think I would absolutely melt into a puddle if i were to ever meet one! So far I haven't been much of a fan for the trailer made for books, but I really like this one.

Robin K said...

That is a hard choice. I loved Lissianna Argeneau's story. I also adored Garrett Mortimer! So funny!

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Anonymous said...

Do I have to choose? Because I love them all.

I don't care if a vampire story is part of a series or stand alone, just as long as its good. But! I am strongly against reading a book in a series, whether it can be read alone or not, out of order. Oh it drives me batty. If I catch someone I know reading out of order I'll casually walk past them and knock the book out of their hand, snatch it and run. Buah ha ha... But if it can't be helped like you have to read out of order to review the book than it must be done. Even if it makes me want to cry. lol.



iokijo said...

I love this series, but I don't think I have a favorite character.. there are to many good ones. I mean all the A. guys.. yum
I was really glad to see Tiny get his story, and Marguerite just kills me with her helping I can't wait to read this one..
Thanks for the chance to win Born to Bite :)

buddyt said...

On the whole I prefer stand alone stories to ongoing series.

I think there are very few writers who can avoid the trap of repeating the same story with only a slight twist in a series.

When that happens, I turn off.

Carol T

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Jenn said...

I have all these books on my wish list already, but haven't gotten a chance to read them yet. I prefer a long-running series, and getting to know all the characters.
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throuthehaze said...

I definitely prefer series.
I would love to read this!

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

Sand's books were one of the one's that got me throughly hooked on PR and her vamps are one of only 5 or 6 that are on my auto buy list without evah looking at the book blurbs. I love them because along with the romance and fangs, we get humor and true emotions. I could never pick an absolute favorite book as there are many but one of my most favorite heroines was Elvi Black, I swear I laughed my ass off at her, and
when I realized her age, it was just that much funnier. Oh, I could so see my granny in that situation.
By all means a long running series. I love revisiting old friends, catching up on gossip and knowing the rules of this world without having to spend half the book establishing them. Keep the mysteries and love going!