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Product Details

  • Series: Argeneau Vampire (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (June 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062019740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062019745
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A prequel of sorts to Sands's paranormal comedy, Single White Vampire, this lightweight romantic romp shoots for the easy laugh and often misses. The allure of vampires lies in their strength and seeming invulnerability, but Etienne Argeneau, this book's bloodsucking hero, is curiously incompetent when it comes to dispatching a crazed mortal named Pudge who's intent on lopping his head off. Twice, Pudge manages to injure Etienne to the point where he ends up in the morgue under coroner Rachel Garrett's care. But when Rachel gets in the way of attempt number three, Etienne rescues her in the only way he knows how-by turning her into a vampire. The story moves from mildly amusing to ridiculous when Rachel, in denial, insists that she's merely having a "wet dream" involving a sexy man who thinks he's a vampire. There's little tension between Etienne and Rachel, sexual or otherwise. Instead, Sands stretches the plot with conflicts stemming from minor misunderstandings. Her attempts at hip dialogue also fall flat (at one point, a 200-year-old vampire compliments Rachel by saying, "You're a happening chick, dudette!"). Those who enjoyed Sands's previous paranormal comedy of errors may eke a little enjoyment from these pages, but this isn't something vampire fans will want to sink their teeth into.
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From Booklist

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. Diana Tixier Herald
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More 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.

Customer Reviews

Nice story line. fun book, fast paced, light hearted, great romance.
Love Bites by Lynsay Sands is another funny sexy book in the Argeneau vampire series.
It's the type of series that you finish one and can't wait for the next one.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Huntress Reviews on January 5, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rachel thought she had just another "crispy critter corpse" on her exam table; she'd never been more wrong. Etienne Argeneau only appeared to be dead. Once the bullet was removed from his heart, Etienne was able to heal. So, his intrepid assassin had to try and kill him all over again, but this time, Rachel got in the way. After she'd saved him, Etienne couldn't just let Rachel die, so he did the only thing he could do, turned her into a vampire like himself and took her home to meet the family. Now, he just had to hope that the two of them would fall in love, otherwise, he'd just lost his only chance at a lifemate. Each vampire could only turn one other person during their life.
Rachel's journey to falling in love won't be easy. Etienne's family is rather unconventional, she's worried about her face turning bumpy, like Spike's, blood is not her favorite dish, and Pudge is still out there, looking for vampires to kill. However, when she looks at Etienne, all that other stuff is just stuff.
***** Like Single White Vampire, Love Bites is an intelligent, witty barrel of laughs. Admittedly, Pudge is more irratating than evil, but that is no drawback. Marguerite, the matriarch of the clan has promised to find her other children lifemates, and this reviewer looks forward to her fulfilling the promise. *****
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 31, 2003
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Morgue Dr. Rachel Garrett is coming down with the flu when the corpse of Etienne Argeneau is brought in for her to examine. The big man was shot, but soon gets up as bullets cannot kill a vampire. Rachel assumes that her fever is making her delirious.
A few days later, Etienne returns dead again. This time when he recovers, his assailant is there too as he followed behind the transported "corpse" to the morgue. Etienne, who feels he owes Rachel, will do anything to keep her safe from the evil that has assaulted him. Besides which she has somehow gotten inside his blood. He wonders if he should convert her as his eternal mate even though he knows vampires have only one chance to get the transformation right However, before he can decide to end three centuries of bachelorhood, the vile foe takes the choice out of his hands as Rachel is under assault.
Vampire romance readers will love to tenderly bite the caring charming champion, who is simply a nice individual; Rachel is his delightful counterpart if she can "live" long enough to permanently take the role. The story line is entertaining on two levels. First there is the good vs. evil war between the hero and his vile obsessed foe (role reversal); and second is Etienne's dilemma of bringing her over or not. With this tale and SINGLE, WHITE VAMPIRE, Lynsay Sands has provided a unique vampiric family of nurturing considerate souls that readers will cherish.
Harriet Klausner
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on August 23, 2004
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If you're looking for a Para-romance/comedy with a great family then you'll enjoy this series: ("A Quick Bite" (read them in this order), "Love Bites", "Single White Vampire", & "Tall, Dark and Hungry"). I did have to remind myself to stop comparing these stories to the more maudlin Vamp books by authors like Christine Feehan or Sherrilyn Kenyon whom have both created such awesome worlds, and whose books are full of action and suspense. When I read a "Vampire" book I'm used to expecting magic and suspense, shape shifting, "Evil" bad guys, etc. But while these stories are just about relationship development, it's a refreshing change. I just love this family! Yes, there was a comical vampire hunter in Love Bites but as far as vampirism; she takes a more comical route, which is fun and different. They preferred bagged blood as opposed to biting (which they considered "out of fashion" unless it was an emergency), which for me did seem to take a bit of the intimacy out of it. But it works, because there's just enough "nibbling" between just the right people. These heroes's were also not very "Alpha" men, as some would expect from this type of book. Greg was a psychologist, Etienne was a video game inventor, Lucern was an author, and Bastien was a businessman. There were only three instances where Greg, Etienne and then Lucern were put in "dangerous" positions where they encountered a vampire hunter (which was more comical than anything else). In "Tall, Dark and Hungry" there was absolutely nothing. But, like I said, these stories are not to be missed, all of the characters were great, and I'm really looking forward to the upcoming secondary characters stories, hopefully Thomas will be next, he's such a "Charmer!"
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2004
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I am a new fan of Lynsay Sands! This book will make you laugh out loud. The sex is hot, the vampires are beyond cool and you will not be able to read fast enough. The story is so fresh and exciting, it is truly original. I went back to buy all of her books. If you want to escape into a wonderful story with rich characters you need this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr W. Richards on May 9, 2004
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This is the second in Lynsay Sands' vampire series, which began with Single White Vampire. However, it's actually set *before* SWV, so could be read before it. The reviewer below is incorrect, actually: in SWV, Etienne was engaged to Rachel; in fact, Lucerne and Kate attend Etienne and Rachel's wedding.
Etienne is 300 years old, born a vampire into a family of vampires. He's not too worried about being single, since he's sure that he'll find his one true love some day. But suddenly he has to make a choice. He's only allowed to `transform' one human in his lifetime, and most vampires use that one transformation for the woman - or man - who will be their soul-mate. But his life has just been saved by Rachel Garrett, a mortician, who jumped in front of him when a madman was about to try to bleed him to death. Unfortunately, Rachel is the one who's got hurt, and she's dying. So what does he do? Let her die - or `waste' his one opportunity, transform her, and risk remaining single and alone for eternity?
So he transforms her, and he and his family smuggle her back to his house. And, when she wakes up, he knows he will have to deal with her reaction to having been turned into a vampire without so much as a by-your-leave. And that's probably going to be the least of his worries, he thinks - apart from anything else, regardless of how many times he begs them, his family will probably ignore his wishes and tell her just how much of a sacrifice he's made for her. And that, he knows, is the last thing Rachel will want to hear. Coming to terms with being a vampire is one thing; discovering that the man in whose house she is staying has given up his chance of a lifetime's happiness is another. And the last thing Etienne wants is for Rachel to feel guilty.
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