Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Love Bites by Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau/Rogue Hunter #2
Type: Adult Paranormal Romance
Etienne Argeneau has a problem. Pudge, a fan of his game Blood Lust, has become obsessed, realised Etienne is a vampire and keeps trying to kill him. After being run down and shot, Etienne is blown up and ends up in the morgue being examined by reluctant nightshift ME Dr Rachel Garrett. But when Pudge tries to behead Etienne Rachel gets in the way and ends up mortally wounded so Etienne returns the favour and saves her life in return...although with the realities of being a vampire, Rachel may not be willing to thank him.
This is the second book in the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series (after A Quick Bite) which is one of my favourite paranormal romance series. This continues in the same funny vein as the previous installment with some laugh out loud moments mixed in with the romance and drama. The storyline is well plotted and paced and the threat of Pudge lingers in the background of the novel adding a level of tension. This book is also different in that the mortal is turned at the beginning, rather than after everything has been explained leading to some amusing scenes.
Etienne is a great lead and I love that he's really a closet computer geek. It was great to see him and Rachel bonding over a love of computer games. Rachel does well as a human dragged into a paranormal world, and her reluctance to accept her new reality is hilarious. It was interesting how the idea of vampires not being able to read their true mates mind played into their relationship, especially as Etienne had 300 years of being able to judge his flirting technique through the eyes of his date.
I loved how Lissianna and Greg's relationship continues to develop in the background of this book, focusing on Lissianna's wedding shower and their wedding. It was also funny to see Greg giving Rachel advice over dating an immortal. I really enjoyed the world building here as more vampire based drinks unique to this series were introduced and explained such as Sweet Tooth, Sweet Ecstasy and Ever Enduring.
Another thing I loved about this book was that it allowed the reader to get to know the other Argeneau's better especially Margeurite, Lucern, Bastien and Thomas. The last book introduced a heap of characters and there wasn't really a chance to get to know many of them so this was a nice change, particularly given that each of these characters have their own book further into the series. Part of what was so great about the ending was that it created a little overlap with Lucern's story (up next) and hinted at the beginning of Bastien's (book 4).
All in all this was a great read and I'm really looking forward to Single White Vampire.