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The Renegade Hunter: A Rogue Hunter Novel by Lynsay Sands
Review by Gayle Surrette
Avon Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061474316
Date: 01 October 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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In the Lynsay Sands vampire series featuring the Argeneau family, it seems that each book proceeds from the previous one, continuing plot threads from the previous book, and further developing the characters and their lives. In The Renegade Hunter, Nicholas Argeneau moves onto center stage. In previous books there has been references to him as a renegade. However, readers could see that while he was accused of being a renegade, it seemed that in the stories where he showed up, he was more often than not hunting renegades himself and in one book saved the lives of several hunters and their new lifemates.

Nicholas has been tracking a renegade who has been feeding on humans. He's close to trapping him, but the chase has led him to a hunter enclave that he knows is the home of a newly mated hunter (see The Rogue Hunter). Nicholas takes a chance and follows him into the compound fearing that the rogue might attack one of the humans that he can sense in the house. As he approaches, a human female leaves the house and the rogue attacks. Nicholas fights him off but when he goes to wipe her memory, he realizes that she is his lifemate. His inattention allows the rogue to escape and Nicholas must also leave.

The woman, Josephine "Jo" Willan, is the sister of Samantha "Sam" Willan who recently lifemated Garrett Mortimer. Sam refused to be turned because she didn't want to have to leave her sisters. She and Mortimer have been trying to find vampire lifemates for Jo and Alex so they could all be turned. But Sam didn't dream that Jo's lifemate would be a renegade vampire that was scheduled to be executed when he was caught.

But Jo has her own ideas about who is the renegade and who are the good guys and she's determined to find and clear Nicholas because -- for once, she's found a man she thinks she can trust. Of course, the rest of the book is the usual Lynsay Sand action adventure where misdirection, misleading clues, misunderstanding, and good intentions seem to trip over each other in a very logical and believable manner until we end up with a satisfactory ending and a hint about what might be next.

Sands' vampires can eat, sleep, and with lots of sun block and extra blood, go out in the daylight. The vampirism is caused by nanotechnology invented years ago in Atlantis. The historical background for her world is consistent throughout the series. Vampires recognize their lifemates as being the person that they can't control with their minds -- a much neater system of identification than us poor humans have to go because they have a way of being sure this is the one person for them.

These novels are paranormal romances and they're filled with some very juicy and explicit scenes. However, I've found if you read the books one after another, the love scenes can be very tedious.

However, the characters do have some depth to them, the stories are engaging, and these books are entertaining reading when you're in the mood for a good romance.

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