Runaway Vampire (Argeneau Vampire)
by Lynsay Sands
Review by Gayle Surrette
Avon Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780062316042
Date: 23 February 2016 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Mary Winslow decided, even though she'd lost her husband this past year, to take the yearly trip with their RV. She has her dog, Bailey, for company but it's not the same. She just doesn't fit in with the other retired couples at the RV sites they had regularly stayed at when her husband was alive.
Then, while on the way back to Canada, everything changed. Mary was on a dark and lonely back road when the RV hit something. She felt the tires bump over whatever she hit. When she got out to check, she couldn't find anything either behind her or caught up under the RV. As she was, understandably, a bit spooked, she noted the location and cleared out of there as fast as she could, not even taking the time to pick up all the items that had fallen out of the overheads. It wasn't until she stopped to get gas and call to report the possible accident that she found the body in the bedroom of the RV.
Mary tries to tell the waitress at the rest stop restaurant that she has an injured man in her RV but things turn surreal when two off-duty doctors offer to help and then report that everything is okay. Mary knows it isn't and can't understand why everyone insists that the man she ran over with her RV is okay.
The man Mary ran over is Dante Notte, an enforcer who had been sent with his brother to find out why immortals were disappearing from the area. Unfortunately, his brother didn't manage to escape with him. He knows that the kidnappers will be looking for him and so he has to keep Mary with him to protect her. The problem is that he can't read her or control her, and so he has to explain things to her.
Mary's 62 and she doesn't trust easily. And, she doesn't know what to think of him trying to convince her that his outrageous tales are true.
The Argeneau Vampire series remind me of the screwball comedy movies, but with added mysteries, danger, and of course romance. While there's always romance, there is also an underlying theme of accepting people for who they are, not what they look like. Of course, all the immortals are young looking and sexy, but they don't use looks to judge their potential mates -- they care about the character more than surface appearance.
If you're a regular reader of the series, Runaway Vampire is just what you'd expect -- Urban Fantasy with danger, romance, and lots of humor. There is some sex, but not as much as in other books in the series. I enjoyed the story for the interplay between Mary and Dante when she's dropped into the midst of what appears, to her, to be a Twilight Zone episode.