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Born to Bite: An Argeneau Novel (Argeneau Vampire) Mass Market Paperback – August 31, 2010
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“With sexy immortals, strong protagonists, and smart dialogue, this series launch is a winner” (Publishers Weekly on The Rogue Hunter)
“Vampire lovers will find themselves laughing throughout.” (Publishers Weekly (for SINGLE WHITE VAMPIRE))
“These fast-paced, off-beat tales will pique the interest of sophisticated readers.” (Library Journal)
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“One of the best.” (Romance Reviews Today)
From the Back Cover
Legend has it that Armand Argeneau is a killer in the bedroom . . .
But with all three of his late wives meeting unfortunate and untimely ends, is this sexy immortal a lover or a murderer? That's what Eshe d'Aureus intends to find out. As an enforcer, it's her job to bring rogue vampires to justice, even if the rogue in question makes her blood race red hot.
Armand knew she was trouble the moment Eshe roared into town on her motorcycle, clad in tight black leather. She claims she's hiding from dangerous fiends, though he suspects something more. But after three wives who've all had trouble remaining, well, undead, Armand is reluctant to open his heart again. Then strange accidents start to happen, each deadlier than the last, and Armand realizes he may not have much time to prove he's a lover, not a slayer.
- ASIN : 0061474320
- Publisher : Avon; 5th edition (August 31, 2010)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780061474323
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061474323
- Item Weight : 6.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.96 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #258,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Author: Lynsay Sands
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Romance; Mystery
Rating: 4 stars
Summery: Armand Argeneau may have killed his three wives and daughter-in-law. All of them had died in accidents that seem a little too similar to each other.
Eshe d'Aureus is sent in to investigate the possibility they weren’t accidents and to find out if Nicholas, Armand’s son, had been framed 50 years ago for the murder of a mortal woman. Finding out Armand is her life mate, complicates thing a little.
I love that they’re both very old immortals and that they both have had a life mate before. It’s a different dynamic than the normal immortal meets his mortal life mate and has to woo her before he can tell her the secret thing. That has been fun but it’s nice to have a different take. I loved Eshe and I can’t wait to meet her kids and possible grandkids.
This one continues where The Renegade Hunter left of. It’s a different couple and could probably be read without reading the other but I’d still recommend reading The Renegade Hunter first.
Argeneau and Rogue Hunter series
1) A Quick Bite
2) Love Bites
3) Single White Vampire
4) Tall, Dark & Hungry
5) A Bite to Remember
6) Bite Me If You Can
7) The Accidental Vampire
8) Vampires Are Forever
9) Vampire, Interrupted
10) The Rogue Hunter
11) The Immortal Hunter
12) The Renegade Hunter
12.5) Bitten By Cupid [anthology]
13) Born to Bite
14) Hungry For You
15) The Reluctant Vampire
15.5) The Bite Before Christmas [anthology]
16) Under a Vampire Moon
17) Lady Is A Vamp
18) Immortal Ever After
19) One Lucky Vampire
20) Vampire Most Wanted
21) The Immortal Who Loved Me
22) About a Vampire
23) Runaway Vampire
24) Immortal Nights
25) Immortal Unchained
Setting: Ontario, Canada Contemporary
Genre: Paranormal romance
Armand Aregeneau has been living as a semi-recluse for 100 years, ever since his third wife, Rosamund, died in a freak wagon accident that beheaded her. His second wife, Althea, had died in a hotel fire a couple hundred years before that, and his first wife, Susanna, who was his life mate, burnt up in a stable fire in 1400-something. By the time Rosamund died when his daughter, Jeanne Louise, was a few months old, he had grown suspicious. He knew something was happening to the women he loved, so he left his daughter with his sister-in-law, Marguerite, and wouldn’t even see her for fear something wold happen to her once she reached adulthood. The only family he sees are his sons Nicholas (until he went rogue) and Thomas, and his older brother Lucian. Now Lucian, who is the head of the North American Council of Immortals, has asked Armand, who lives on a farm, if he can use it as a safe house for one of his Enforcers (AKA rouge hunters), because a particularly nasty rogue and his remaining sons (Eshe killed a few of them) are after her especially.
Actually, Eshe d’Aureus has been assigned to investigate the deaths of Armand’s wives (which may be connected to the death of his son Nicholas’s wife, and Nicholas being framed for the murder of a mortal [see: Renegade Hunter]). Either he has some very bad luck, or he is a rogue who needs to be brought in for the Council to mete out justice. But Lucian, separately, tells them to read the other. They can’t. Are they possible life mates, or is it a fluke? They’ll have to see if the other symptoms develop...
So the book is about that, and Eshe’s (and Bricker, whom Lucian sent to watch her back) Investigation into the mystery of the murdered (?) or accident-prone wives.
Overall, the plot is good and kept my interest. I can’t remember if I was surprised by the whodunnit feature the first time I read it, but this time I did have it figured out (or remembered it). I had not remembered the resolution of the mystery though, and it was tragic and just. The characters are well developed, even the secondary ones, like Bricker, Anders, and Lucian. Aside from a couple of minor editorial glitches, the prose is, as usual, pleasing. While not as amusing as other books in the series, it is nevertheless a good addition.
I originally got this book on audio. Luckily I was able to return it because it was such a huge mistake! I didn’t even make it through the first chapter. Actually, the first sentence made me cringe. Kirby Heyborne gave Lucian a voice that sounded like a constipated Kermit the Frog. Eshe and Armand didn’t sound much different from one another. According to one reviewer on Audible. com, he gave Leigh, Lucian’s life mate, a British accent, but she is from Iowa. Here’s the deal, the book takes place in Ontario, but except for Leigh (who is about 30) and Bricker (who is only around 100), the youngest characters are the Maunsel’s, Armand’s brother- and sister-in-law by his late life mate/first wife Susanna, which makes them 500+. None of these older immortals are actually from North America. Eshe lived mostly in Africa for the first half of her long life, Armand and Lucian (before moving to Canada) lived in France and England. Anders is African but adopted by a Russian (though you don’t get his full backstory until his book, some of it is revealed in Nicholas’ book, just prior to this one). I don’t know why the narrators (there have been 19 over 31 novels and 2 novellas) don’t give accents that are not North American to the characters who originated elsewhere. I don’t know why HarperAudio doesn’t hire good narrators. <sigh> Well, not all have been terrible, but still...
My recommendation is that this is definitely a good read. But get it in text - either electronic or hard copy - and just take the time for a sit down read. I usually prefer audiobooks because they allow me to listen while I do other things, but a bad narrator isn’t worth it.
Eshe is an enforcer for the Council & has been sent to seek the truth about whether or not Armand had anything to do with the death of his wives & with the death of Nicholas' 1st wife Annie.
Lucian is taking a page out of Marguerite's matchmaking book or else she suggested it to Lucian to get Armand & Eshe together to see if they are each other's lifemate & of course they are. So, then Lucian sends Bricker to have their backs as they would most likely have a hard time keeping their hands off each other.
There were many attempts of ending lives in the book by fire & not just Eshe's life; but also Armand, Bricker & Anders. There were some sex scenes but not a lot as there were in previous books mostly I think because they were trying to discover who was behind the killings.
As I had read this book before but not for a very long time, I sort of remembered that Agnes had something to do with the killings but wasn't entirely sure.
This book also had some humor in it that made me laugh (I have very dry humor so it might have been something that I found humorous but others might not) & it also had a reunion between Armand & his daughter Jeanne-Louise which was touching.
This book was very good overall & answered many questions that were brought up in the previous book. I really like Eshe & her way of thinking. It will be interesting to see what the next book brings & if I will remember anything from it.
Top reviews from other countries
And well i cried here to,
Made the hairs on my neck standing end.
Couldn't read this book through tears in my own eyes.
Never had a book that can give me that emotion before. Thrilling read.
Looking forward to next book.
Armand Argeneau has had little contact with his family after the deaths of his 3 wives - all apparently rather unlucky immortals when it came to keeping their heads attached to their bodies. Some believe it is possible he killed his wives and if Eshe hopes to have a future with Armand then she must clear his name meanwhile trying to prevent the execution of his son Nicholas (who's own wife also had an untimely end).
This book was really enjoyable. The relationship between Eshe and Armand was different with them both being old immortals with children of their own - both pretty much accept that they are lifemates and this isn't the focus of this book. Instead the plot surrounds the mysterious deaths of all these wives and the increasingly dangerous accidents that begin to occur - all the twists and strange accidents and little clues made this book really addictive for a fan of a good mystery!
All in all the truth surrounding Nicholas and Armand is finally revealed and the ending quite satisfying if a little odd...
A book well worth reading but not the best book to start reading the series because it is so closely connected with the previous few novels.