Born to Bite: An Argeneau Novel
by Lynsay Sands
Review by Gayle Surrette
Avon Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061474323
Date: 01 September 2010 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
In the previous book, Nicholas, who was on the run for murder, decided to turn himself in and Lucian Argeneau has decided to reopen his case. Somehow everything leads back to the deaths of Armand Argeneau's, Nicholas' father, three wives. Lucian has assigned Eshe d'Aureau, an enforcer, to investigate, giving Armand the cover story that they need to keep her safe from an old enemy and their safe house may be compromised.
Eshe is finding investigating a man whose house you're living in is difficult, especially as she finds herself attracted to him. However when the accidents start happening it begins to look as if someone is out to kill anyone close to Armand. But who and why?
Since, as a vampire, the deaths of Armand's wives happened over centuries it either has to be another vampire or a terrible set of coincidences, but since the death of Nicholas' wife Annie was also in a fire, it might be a vampire. The problem is how to find clues for deaths that happened years and centuries ago.
As much mystery as paranomal romance, the Argeneau series are usually a mystery that must be solved, or a problem that must be handled by a council enforcer. The enforcers in the context of the investigation then usually run into someone who turns out to be their lifemate. Then it's a matter of balancing the investigation with the changes in their habits and life that meeting a lifemate engenders. Some of these changes such as beginning to enjoy and eat food and losing control over their ability to shield their thoughts can add a bit of comedy to the story line. Others, such as passing out while having sex with their newly found lifemate, can (and should) place the couple in jeopardy.
Sands has set up an internally consistent set of rules for her vampires. They are vampires and do live on blood, but it is not the result of a virus or infection, but from nanobots that keep them in peak condition and require blood to continually repair and maintain the body. They avoid sun because of the sun damage to the skin that the nanobots then have to do extra repairs, requiring more blood than normal. Luckily, the Argeneau family runs a multinational corporation that has among its holdings blood banks so these vampires don't need to bite humans; their blood is delivered to their door.
It's an interesting series that mixes mystery with romance and lots of sex scenes that tend to be non-kicky but very steamy nonetheless. In the past some plot threads have run over several books. This particular mystery has been built up over several previous novels until with Born to Bite, we finally learn who, why, and how Armand Argeneau's wives died. There is enough backfill in this book to bring a reader unfamiliar with the series up to speed without reading the previous book so if interested just jump in.