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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.

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 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. Please visit her on the web at lynsaysands.net.

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Product Details

  • Series: Argeneau Vampire (Book 13)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; English Language edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061474323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061474323
  • ASIN: 0061474320
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Part of the popular Argeneau series, 'Born to Bite' picks up where 'The Renegade Hunter' left off. Armand Argeneau's wives were killed under suspicious circumstances. His brother Lucien, a Council member, has opened an investigation. Eshe d'Aureaus, a Council enforcer, goes undercover to investigate. But to her suprise, she finds she can't read Armand and he cannot read her either--they are intended life mates.

I really like the Argeneau series. Most of the books are laugh out loud funny with engaging characters and appealing storylines. They are great beach reads. It's best to read them in order, because many of the early characters show up later in the series. The series has two different publishers, so be sure to check the reading order on the author's website. I noticed each publisher only lists the books they published, rather than the entire series.

After reading 'The Renegade Hunter' I had really looked forward to reading Armand's story. But I ended up being disappointed. This was one of my least favorite books in the series for a few reasons:
- Generally I don't like books where the main characters jump into bed together without a good focus on relationship development, romantic tension and/or emotional connection beforehand.
- Armand and Eshe weren't as well developed as most of the series other lead characters. I didn't really connect with them or care about their story.
- The mystery was pretty weak. I almost immediately suspected the murderers. The storyline was too predictable.

I usually really enjoy the books that the Argeneau family members play a prominent role. I'm hoping the next one we see more of Marguerite , Lucian, Bastian, Lissianna, Thomas, etc.
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What's an Argeneau to do in matters of the heart when every woman he gets close to dies tragically?

Armand Argeneau has become a recluse after his wives and daughter-in-law perished under mysterious circumstances. But even worse is the fact that Armand is being considered a suspect by his fellow immortals, and an enforcer, Eshe d'Aureus, has been sent to investigate the matter. That Eshe is a gorgeous female that he can't telepathically read -- a potential lifemate -- doesn't help matters any. The last thing Armand needs is another woman dying because of her connection to him.

Eshe has been through her own share of problems over the years. The daughter of a hero to the "good" vampires of the world, life has always been complicated for her, especially since losing her own lifemate centuries earlier. But while her attraction to Armand might complicate her investigation, Eshe is determined to see it through -- regardless of the fact that being around him for any length of time makes her lose her mind...

This is the best book Lynsay Sands has written in awhile! I was excited to finally read the tale of the ill-fated Armand, whose poor luck with lifemates and wives has been alluded to in numerous previous books -- and in the Argeneau family tree which illustrates each. The first book about the beloved family of vampires since the "Hunter" series, "Born to Bite" really returns to what made the early novels great, and ups the ante a bit. Armand and Eshe are one of the better couples -- since both are already vampires, they are able to accept the circumstances of their relationship and lives without some of the side-effects that have been seen in the other "Argeneau" books.
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Lynsay Sands gives us the latest in the Argeneau family with Born to Bite from Avon HarperCollins, a vampire paranormal romance set in Sands' native Canada. Since 1997, she's been penning best-sellers in the paranormal/historical romance field, injecting story with suspense, humor, and sex.

Sands wastes no time, introducing us to Armand Argeneau and Eshe D'Aureus, immortal, good-looking, and in dire need of a reason to take off each other's clothes. Sands provides us with the reason: Eshe is an Enforcer, a law officer in the vampire world, and she is there in an undercover capacity to investigate the deaths of Armand's previous wives. Armand is told Eshe needs a place to hide out for several weeks, and takes her in as a favor to his brother.

However, in the Argeneau vampire world, vampires are known to find "life mates," an instant connection between two vampires that supersedes all other concerns, awakening their senses, their desires, and their animal appetites. While Eshe is determining if Armand is a cold-blooded killer, neither can resist their hot-blooded urges.

Born to Bite is the fast-food variety of fiction, a guilty pleasure geared for the female demographic that can be gobbled down in seconds. Sands is noted for interspersing humor throughout her novels, but most attempts fall flat here. The main characters fail to stir a sense of urgency or emotional response in the reader, and the writing style is all action, lacking the attention to character detail that can make genre fiction so enjoyable when done well. Justin Bricker is the most likable character beside the main players, because, like the reader, he has no choice but to tolerate the poor jokes and boring sex scenes.
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