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Vincent Argeneau is in trouble. His production company has been struggling with
plays closing down due to freak accidents, random bad luck and at the latest -
contagious anaemia. Before people start pointing the finger at his fanged self
he asks his family for help and gets PI Jackie Morrisey on his doorstep. Jackie
is determined to track down the culprit but she is uncomfortable near Vincent
having sworn off vampires years ago. This culprit will need her full attention
though as the attacks are about to become much more personal...and
This is the fifth book in the outstanding Argeneau/Rogue Hunter
series (after A Quick Bite, Love Bites, Single White Vampire and Tall, Dark and Hungry) and is a little darker than those before it. The added
darkness is a welcome change as it keeps the series fresh, and it also works
better with the characters than a lighter tone would have. That said there are
still some laugh out loud moments here.
The storyline is cleverly written
with a gradual build of tension throughout as the events escalate. There are
twists and turns galore as the storyline progresses and I found it hard to
predict what would happen next, let alone try and figure out who was behind the
attacks. It was also interesting to see more about what happens behind the
scenes when people put plays on and it adds another dimension to the
Vincent was featured in the previous book and I found him
fascinating then so it was great to see this book continuing his story on by
picking up the plot threads from his introduction. He has worked incredibly hard
to build his company so to have someone sabotage is deeply upsetting to him. Add
that to the fact he feels isolated from other vampires as he is incapable of
drinking from blood bags and you have a character who I rooted for from page
Jackie is very determined and headstrong but still carries scars
from an abusive relationship with a vampire when she was still a teenager. This
makes her biased against Vincent so it is hilarious to watch them fight their
feelings for one another. Naturally Marguerite finds a reason to visit L.A. and
"help" Vincent out with his romance. On the whole the romance is sweet and well
written, but a little less head over heels than in previous installments which
is a refreshing change.
Jackie's partner Tiny is a total scene stealer.
He helps with the case and cooks up a storm, leading to some delicious
descriptions of the various types of food he creates to tempt Vincent with. He
is sweet and supportive and almost like a big brother to Jackie so their dynamic
is fun to read.
All in all, this was a great read and I'm really looking
forward to Bite Me If You Can.
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