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The Bite Before Christmas (Argeneau Vampire) [Kindle Edition]

Lynsay Sands , Jeaniene Frost
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

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Book Description

With The Bite Before Christmas, New York Times bestsellers Lynsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost—two of the hottest names in paranormal romance—team up for the first time to bring lucky readers a holiday anthology…with teeth! Here are delightful brand new stories featuring familiar faces from their enormously popular Argeneau family and Night Huntress series. Lynsay and Jeaniene’s legion of loyal fans will flock to these unforgettable novellas celebrating the dreams and desires of immortals at Yuletide. Better than a midnight visit from Santa Claus, The Bite Before Christmas proves that nobody does sexy vampires better than Sands and Frost.


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From the Back Cover

This holiday season, join two of today’s most popular paranormal authors for a special look into their worlds, where creatures are always stirring and no one sleeps through the night...

The Bite Before Christmas

The Gift by Lynsay Sands

Teddy Brunswick knows about the immortals among us. . .but he never counted on being snowed in with one over Christmas. Katricia Argeneau is a tasty little bundle and she seems to feel the same way about him. Problem is, he’s not sure it’s quite the same way. After all, the snowstorm has derailed her blood delivery, which leaves him the only available meal on the menu...

Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost

Cat and Bones are looking forward to a normal holiday—at least as “normal” as it gets for the combustible vampire couple and their otherworldly friends and family. But their yuletide plans are shattered when a stranger shows up and reveals long-buried family secrets that threaten to take a bite out of their holiday cheer...and lives.

About the Author

Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus.



Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to nineteen different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling—by car. Airplanes, children, and cookbooks frighten her.


Product Details

  • File Size: 891 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062088661
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DIB72E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
The Gift by Lynsay Sands

Teddy Brunswick is snowed in at his holiday rental cabin and things start to appear bleak until he meets his beautiful, and too young for him, neighbor. Katricia Argeneau has lived a long time and is thrilled to finally have found her life mate in Teddy. Now she'll just need to convince the weary Teddy that what's happening between them is real and worth holding on to.

The Gift has a much slower pace compared to the other Argeneau books but it manages to capture everything I like about this series and has a cute story. Teddy is the police chief of the small town of Port Henry, a town that has several immortal (vampire) residents. Instead of feeling like an outcast at some holiday dinner one of his friends will invite him to, Teddy decides to head out of town to a rental cabin. After finding himself snowed in, he meets Katricia and despite feeling guilty for having sexual feelings for a woman who appears to be half his age, he and Katricia hit it off from the start. Katricia knows right away that Teddy is her life mate but needs to take it slow so she doesn't scare him off, which proves to be easier said than done.

I thought Katricia and Teddy made a solid couple and even though their relationship moves quickly, their emotions for each other still felt genuine. I think those who will enjoy The Gift are those who are already fans of the Argeneau series because Teddy is a reoccurring character and one you really want to see get his happily ever after.
My Rating: 3.5 stars

Home For The Holidays by Jeaniene Frost

Vampires Cat and Bones are enjoying a party when it comes to an abrupt end after receiving word of an attack against one their friends.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Bite Before Christmas October 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Bite Before Christmas features The Gift by Lynsay Sands set in her Argeneau world and Home For the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost, a Night Huntress story.

The Gift by Lynsay Sands

Two days before Christmas, Teddy Brunswick finds himself in a cottage, away from his home town of Port Henry where he is a police chief because he has no family to spend the holidays with. But it has snowed a lot and his cabin has lost power. He also doesn't have much food stocked up, but after looking at the snow covered roads, he is not sure when he will be able to make it to a store. Luckily, he meets the person staying at the neighboring cabin, Katricia Argeneau. Katricia has food, but no heat. Since Teddy has a fireplace in his cabin, they decide, Katricia will bring food over to his place, and they can stay warm by the fire.

What Teddy doesn't realize is that Katricia is a vampire, who has just realized much to her surprise she has found her life mate.

I was very disappointed in The Gift. I will say, this is the first I've read of Lynsay Sands so I am not familiar with her Argeneau world. But this one reads very well as a stand alone. I understand the world, or at least the small glimpse we see in this book. Basically this book is Katricia meets Teddy and realizes she can't read his mind, which is a big signal that he might be her life mate. Teddy knows the existence of vampires, so her coming clean with who she is is not a big shock to him. I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen. Something, anything! But these two just hang out in the cabin. To me, they don't have a spark of attraction between them at all. Their chemistry totally falls flat. It is very much a case of telling us, rather than showing us:

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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An odd pairing of holiday vampire novellas served up with a fangy twist - from Sand's light humorous Argeneau vampire romances and Frost's sexy wise cracking Night Huntress urban fantasy series.

(5 stars = I really really liked it) "Home for the Holidays" by Jeaniene Frost - A Night Huntress novella - Looks like Annette has totally one upped Cat's birthday present to Bones but the surprise guest has almost every one in Bone's 'family' acting really wierd - Frost had released the first few chapter of this as a sneak preview a while back but even having read the beginning before, this Cat and Bones short was really excellent. If the anthology had been a mass market release, I'd have almost said that this story was worth the price of the whole book, since "Home for the Holidays" is a pretty substantial novella length short story, with a really great conflict, with a touching moment near the end, and with lots of cameos, plus a decent sized supporting role for Ian - he's so unabashedly bad but with a redeeming touch of loyalty that makes him a standout character.

(3 stars = ok) "The Gift" by Lynsay Sands - an Argeneau connected novella, starring Teddy the Port Henry Chief of Police who has appeared in quite a few of the books (Accidental Vampire for one). Teddy's attempt to avoid a 'charity' invite to one of his paired off friends' holiday celebrations, ends up with him snowed in and with no power, but with a very interesting neighbor to make the experience more interesting. - I was happy that Teddy got his HEA, but there were places where I was borderline squicked with the 60 something Teddy thinking 'gramppa thoughts' while lusting after the 20's looking Katricia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 of my favorite authors in one so of course I loved it
2 of my favorite authors in one so of course I loved it! Can never get enough of Cat and Bones anyway ;)
Published 1 day ago by Lisa Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the Hardback Book and the stories and my Argeneau Vampires
Published 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars the bite before Christmas
Don't waste your money
It was a very short story it inculded more than one story. I wish I would have saved my money
Published 9 days ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!
These two ladies sure know how to weave a story. They are two of the best storytellers in this genre.
Published 10 days ago by Denise M.
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy reading the series
As always, I enjoy reading the series, and the latest book was just as good.
Published 21 days ago by Patricia Hickey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
for my wife and daughter.
Published 24 days ago by David S.
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read
Love love love Jeaniene Frost this is a great addition to my collection.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bite Before Christmas
A very good read. This author has a great series going. Each book is of a different family member but all are related
Published 2 months ago by Mike Dehart
3.0 out of 5 stars it was all too easy. I read paranormal romances because of all the ...
The Gift by: Lynsay Sands - I wasn't a big fan of this book. The visuals of a 25 year old woman making passes at a 60+ year old man was a bit disturbing, regardless of her real... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tammy Herrin
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise! Surprise!
This book was good,It just wasn't what I expected....Idon't know exactly what I did expect but it was enjoyably
Published 2 months ago by deedee65
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