The Reluctant Vampire: An Argeneau Novel
by Lynsay Sands
Review by Gayle Surrette
Avon Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061894596
Date: 31 May 2011 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Marguerite is matchmaking again. This time she's sure that Drina Argenis is the lifemate of Harper Stoyan. So Drina has been partnered with Anders to go to Port Henry, which happens to be where Harper is located. Marguerite felt Drina needed a cover story since she'll have to get Harper to accept her without letting him learn he's her lifemate. Confused? Well, so is Drina. It seems that Harper recently lost his human lifemate, Jenny, when she died during the turn. He's still in mourning and consumed with guilt because he feels that her death was his fault and that if he'd never met her, she'd still be alive.
Drina, for her part, is willing to wait since he is her lifemate – she tried to read him when she got to the house and couldn't. The job that brought her there is to help look after Stephanie, who was forcefully turned against her will by a rogue Edentate immortal. Her older sister, who was also turned, is with another group of rogue hunter trying to capture him. Meanwhile Stephanie, having read Drina's mind, is more than willing to help romance bloom between Drina and Harper.
That's the basic setup, but as things get going some serious accidents occur that could mean either the rogue is in Port Henry and trying to kill Stephanie, or they're having a string of very, very, bad luck. Teddy Brunswick, the town's chief of police, knows about the immortals even though he's human, is keeping an eye out and covering for them when necessary.
Lynsay Sand's stories are pure pleasure. The dialogue is always witty, the plots convoluted, and the action just right to keep you reading from page one to the end. These are romances with a paranormal twist, so there is sex – hot and steamy, straight up sex. They're also action-packed mysteries. In this case the mystery is who is out to get them and why. What makes them appealing to me is the humor that naturally occurs in every book. Stephanie is a delight and her campaign to get Harper and Drina together will make you smile if not laugh out loud.
So, if you're looking for something with strong plot, interesting well-developed characters, humor, romance, and consistency in the world building, give Sands' Argeneau books a try. I'll admit I have some problems with some of the traits these immortals have but the rules are consistently applied and even when you believe that it's not – it will turn out to be not what you thought.
I'm already looking forward to the next book and wondering if Marguerite's matchmaking skills will strike again.