Friday, September 24, 2010

Lynsay Sand's Born to Bite

I have been looking forward to Born to Bite FOREVER! Or at least since the end of The Renegade Hunter, the first book in the totally awesome (and thus highly recommended) Argeneau Series to have a cliffhanger-ish ending. So Frustrating! I stayed up until 1am on release day to get this one downloaded onto my Nook and then spent the next few hours reading the first half of the book before sanity took over and made me sleep, then got up early and finished it before work. What can I say; I think I have an Argeneau problem.
My curiosity’s been piqued about Armand Argeneau since the first time he was mentioned in the series (Vampire Interrupted, maybe or earlier?) the poor man had three (vampire) wives die. Now, even if you’re not all up on the whole Argeneau-Vampires-Are-From-Atlantis mythology of the series you should still be able to acknowledge that three accidental deaths in a row of any vampire takes some seriously bad luck... or foul play (duh duh dun). That alone made me curious... add the fact that he’s a recluse farmer too... and what can I say, the idea of a vampire farmer interests me greatly.


Eshe, the female side of the story, has been in the series before... what I hadn’t realized was how OLD she is supposed to be. I always thought she was young-ish (for a vampire) nope, not so... apparently she’s closer in age to Lucian (WAY OLD) than she is to Armand (one of Lucian’s “little” bros.). I felt the romance in this book happened a little too fast, there wasn’t really any build up at all, both are unattached vampires experienced in the ways of life mates so when they discover they are what they are they just accept it and jump right to the raging vampire sex, leaving me a little cheated out of the romance portion of the story... no tension, no wooing... but good nonetheless.


Unlike the other books, I found myself having to rethink about all of the character’s ages and to keep reminding myself that they all look young constantly while reading. What work. Maybe it’s because we’ve been introduced to the Argeneaus and the hunters and known them for so many books that these new “civilian” vampires are an oddity, or maybe I’m just losing touch with reality and fiction and can’t keep a thought straight long enough to process someone who acts like a sweet old grandmother really being a super hottie vampire.


I enjoyed this book, like all of the Argeneau books it was over too soon, but it was a fun journey and it was nice to see a bit more of the extended family. Luckily the wait for the next book is super short, Alex Willan (the last of the Willan sisters who needs a life mate before their sister will go vamp) is apparently going to get her own Argeneau man in November. Woot.

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