Love Bites (Argeneau Vampires) Paperback – March 31, 2009
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- Publisher : Love Spell; Reprint edition (March 31, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 373 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0843962550
- ISBN-13 : 978-0843962550
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 1 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,095,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book #2: Argeneau Series
Source: Purchase (Print and Audible)
My Rating: 4½/5 stars
After more than 300 years of living, Etienne Argeneau finally has some new entertainment. He has a Pudge. More specifically, Pudge is a completely disturbed human who has decided, in sad, his muddled mind that he must kill Etienne. After 300 years, Etienne is willing to play along until he or his family can come up with a way to safely dispose of the disturbed man.
And then Etienne lands himself in the morgue . . . . twice!
Rachel Garrett considers herself to be a rational woman of science, but when the corpse of the seriously hot man appears in her morgue, twice, it’s time to start questioning some things. Since a person can’t die twice, there must be an explanation. Thankfully, that explanation comes in two forms: 1) the first time he “died” was just a hallucination brought on by the flu; 2) the second time he “died” was because something called Pudge blew him up. But, what the hell is a Pudge and why was he going on and on about the dead man being a vampire and why are all the crispy burned bits flaking off?
When Rachel eventually comes to, she has a metric ton of questions. One would think, after 300+ years of life, Etienne would be far better at answering questions. He is not, and it takes about 30 seconds for him to convince Rachel she is in the midst of a dream. A very long, very heavily populated, weirdly erotic dream, that involves Etienne’s mother . . . . wait, what? Since no one’s mother should ever appear in a wet dream, Etienne’s mother and sister take over and have a serious conversation with Rachel about her new life situation.
Though Rachel is justifiably freaked out by her situation, she’s learning to cope with it with Etienne’s help. Though Rachel frustrates Etienne, she also challenges him and brings to life thoughts and feelings he has firmly tucked away for many a long and lonely decade. She’s sexy and smart, funny and capable, and willing to put in the hard work needed to adjust to her new life. She also loves his video game 😊 As if the new life training wheels weren’t enough, Rachel and Etienne also have to deal with the continued presence of Pudge. Dealing with Pudge is a necessity and as Rachel and Etienne soon find out, it is a necessity that will have to be dealt with sooner rather than later. Pudge has plans . . . .
The Bottom Line: I liked this installment of the Argeneau series even better than the first! Rachel is hilarious in her determination to believe she is caught up in a dream, and Etienne’s “stupidity” after 300+ years of life is stunning. His poor mother 😊 There are so many funny, sexy, silly moments in this book that I couldn’t take my headphones off. Yeah, I listened to this one cover to cover, so to speak, in a single sitting and loved every minute. I particularly enjoyed watching Rachel unravel Etienne’s world and reminding him that he may be old, but there is a lot more living yet to be done. As for me, I have many more Argeneau’s to rediscover so it’s onward and upward . . . . .
& now the fun really begins as he & his family try to convince her that she's not a "blood sucking demon". Etienne as he can't read her mind or sway her in anyway knows that she's his life mate & tries to woo her on many occasions. His cousin Thomas helps out a couple of times in this book. Etienne's stalker also shows up to do some more damage to Etienne & Rachel, but you will have to read the book to find out what happens.
This book has a good vs bad vibe, lots of sex scenes & vampires in it & I was hooked & stayed up late to finish this book.
Side note: This book was a re-read for me however, I had never written a review before & because this series has been on my mind I am now re-reading & giving a review. I haven't read this series in ages & I have most if not all in paperback so I'll be giving my kindle a break for awhile.
Etienne has a human on his trail to end him amd at first he thought this game was humorous but now it becoming dangerous since he ia now again at the morgue under the beautiful Rachel again as a burn victim. When his assassin accidentally axes the woman he decides to save her and make her his life time mate. This is where the fun begins not coming to terms with her change thinking it all a dream the witty thought in her mind and nervous talking ... Love this series funny sweet hot page turner for sure
Top reviews from other countries
This is the second book in the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series (after A Quick Bite ) which is one of my favourite paranormal romance series. This continues in the same funny vein as the previous installment with some laugh out loud moments mixed in with the romance and drama. The storyline is well plotted and paced and the threat of Pudge lingers in the background of the novel adding a level of tension. This book is also different in that the mortal is turned at the beginning, rather than after everything has been explained leading to some amusing scenes.
Etienne is a great lead and I love that he's really a closet computer geek. It was great to see him and Rachel bonding over a love of computer games. Rachel does well as a human dragged into a paranormal world, and her reluctance to accept her new reality is hilarious. It was interesting how the idea of vampires not being able to read their true mates mind played into their relationship, especially as Etienne had 300 years of being able to judge his flirting technique through the eyes of his date.
I loved how Lissianna and Greg's relationship continues to develop in the background of this book, focusing on Lissianna's wedding shower and their wedding. It was also funny to see Greg giving Rachel advice over dating an immortal. I really enjoyed the world building here as more vampire based drinks unique to this series were introduced and explained such as Sweet Tooth, Sweet Ecstasy and Ever Enduring.
Another thing I loved about this book was that it allowed the reader to get to know the other Argeneau's better especially Margeurite, Lucern, Bastien and Thomas. The last book introduced a heap of characters and there wasn't really a chance to get to know many of them so this was a nice change, particularly given that each of these characters have their own book further into the series. Part of what was so great about the ending was that it created a little overlap with Lucern's story (up next) and hinted at the beginning of Bastien's (book 4).
All in all this was a great read and I'm really looking forward to Single White Vampire .
On researching and finding the whole series of books when I came home, I thought Love Bites was the first in the series and was going to start at the beginning and work my way through, but now know I've jumped in at book 2!!!
However, I did enjoy it, the book didn't disappoint and I will eventually be looking to read through the series, although at one book a month it might take some time!!