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Runaway Vampire: An Argeneau Novel (Argeneau Vampire) Mass Market Paperback – February 23, 2016
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“A Quick Bite is fun, witty...and did I mention sexy?” (Susan Sizemore, USA Today Bestselling Author on A Quick Bite)
“A great romance, a nice bit of suspense anda good dose of humor make this addition to Sands’ vampire series a delight...great entertainment value.” (Romantic Times)
“...a delight... sure to please.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)
The Argeneau Family series has nearly 20 books under its belt now, and it is just as passionate, funny and mysterious as ever. (Romantic Times BOOKclub)
- Publisher : Avon (February 23, 2016)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062316044
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062316042
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 1.1 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #222,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Good: I liked the back story of Dante and Tomasso's capture and Dante's escape. It added a bit of intrigue to the book that had me wanting more. This storyarch looks to be something that will take place in multiple books and I'm looking forward to reading more about it. I liked Dante's character as well but found the relationship between the H/h problematic.
The Bad: Mary. She is a recent widow who claims to have loved her husband so very much but the more we learn about their relationship the more I was convinced it was terrible. Mary was less of a woman in my eyes for putting up with her husband and to stay in a marriage and making all involved miserable as well, UGH! She also had hangups about her 60-ish self and the hot stud that was Dante. Everytime she would mention it (which was all the time) I was pulled out of the story and thought, well maybe she is right. Which is NOT who I really am but when you get beat over the head with it over and over and over again you start to think it as well. Because Mary had so many issues I had a hard time with their romance. I also hated there was no real ending to this book. The interesting backstory of Dante and Tomasso was left dangling and Dante and Mary's HEA felt lackluster.
In a Nutshell: Like I said, it was a quick read. It kept my interest but nothing I'd encourage someone else to read unless they are already fans of the series but I will continue to read The Argeneau series anyway.
This book delivered in every way. Funny, sexy, adventurous, serious, just plain fun. The chemistry between Dante and Mary was off the charts. Mary is a strong, intelligent woman who is one of my favorite Argeneau heroines (along with Marguerite, Eshe, Elspeth, and Pet). Definitely my favorite started-as-human heroine. Since it’s early in the book, I don’t feel it’s much of a spoiler to say the crocheted Afghan situation was effing hilarious, as well as being sexy.
In addition to loving the central characters in this story, we got a lot of visits from some of my favorites in previous Argeneau books.
Female is too, bluntly put, whiny and wishy-washy. Like I get the angle here, and I respect it. But do it justice. The characters came off ackward, I feel like the female went through way to many emo redirects and "evolutions". Why was the cheating spouse thing necessary? Widows move on, it's not necessary to demonize a deceased loved one, because new love buds. idk that really irked me. It served no real purpose but a "greenlight", if I found out my hubby of decades was a flounderer I wouldn't be okay being consoled with someone's tongue. I'd be upset, like really upset.
Secondly Dante is idk different then he comes off in other stuff it was disappointing too.
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Author: Lynsay Sands
Page count: 368pp
Release date: 25th Feb 2016
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
Recently widowed Mary Winslow (62 years old) is driving her RV down back roads at night, with her dog Bailey for company, when she hits something, or someone in the road. But when she gets out to investigate, there's nothing in the road. Oblivious to the extra passenger hidden in her RV, Mary continues on her journey.
In the meantime, her secret passenger, Dante Notte, (vampire) is in pretty bad shape, mangled in fact, having been run over by the RV in his attempt to flee his pursuers. So now, he's lying half in the bedroom, half in the bathroom, bloody and bashed, unable to move or call for help. He attempts to enter Mary's mind to control her and get help, but he's far too weak.
When Mary finally pulls the RV over, on a mission to find a pay phone and call the police to tell them she may have run something over, she gives in to Bailey's whimpers, opening her bedroom door to let the dog jump up and sleep on the bed. But as Mary turns on the light, that isn't what she sees.
Instead of curling up on her bunk, her dog is busy licking blood off the naked man sprawled on the floor; and it's a sight for sore eyes.
After feeding on the locals at a truck stop diner, Dante is mostly healed, but still distractingly naked, as he sets off in the RV taking Mary with him (for her own safety). He explains that he and his twin brother were kidnapped, and while Dante had escaped only to be run over by Mary, his brother Tomasso is still held prisoner. The brothers, he explains, are part of a task force investing the disappearance of young men and women in the San Antonio area. To Mary, this translates as "Oh God, I've run over a Fed."
At this stage, Mary has no clue that Dante is a vampire, and a member of the Argeneau family either, one of the strongest vampire families in the world. And though she may be a withered, old 62 (in her opinion) she's still aware of Dante looking at her in a certain way and can't figure out why. But for Dante, the reason is obvious; Mary is his life mate.
What I really like about these characters and this burgeoning relationship, is that whilst Mary underrates herself, as unfortunately most women tend to do, Dante sees her as we, the reader see her; young at her core, passionate, curvaceous, intelligent and brave. As well as beautiful.
The romance is handled perfectly and believably.
Dear Reader, yes, it is possible to have feelings about another person and/or sex past the age of fifty! They way Dante describes Mary is wonderful - when she worries about him finding her attractive 'at her age' he responds "The scars and marks left by time, show that you have lived life."
As always, Sands has an excellent sense of humour, particularly with some of the love making scenes. I won't spoil all your fun, but I do have to mention the condom scene. That is all!
Between the sex, the lighthearted narrative, the intrigue and emotional aspects of the book, this is another hit from the Argeneau vampire series.
Twenty three and still going strong!
However this time she has come at it in a different way. It was very thorough and detailed as usual all the way through.
Of course there was the usual romance but without going into too much detail it was a delightful difference in the series and was most intrigued at the way things turned out.
Another fantastic book and most definitely recommended to anyone who likes this authors style of writing.