Friday, January 11, 2008

Review: Love Bites (Argeneau Vampire #2)

"Then she saw the man of her dreams emerging from his…coffin? And the look in his bright silver eyes said they’d be spending a lot of time together. She just hoped he tasted as good as he looked.”

Love Bites, by Lynsay Sands, is the second novel of the Argeneau Family Vampire series. As a prequel, it takes place before Lucern ever meets Kate and focuses on how Rachel Garnett and Etienne Argeneau met each other. Rachel works as a coroner on the night shift at the local hospital in Toronto. She dislikes the night shift, but she looks forward to the day shift promotion. One evening, an unconscious man with a gunshot wound is lead into the infirmary room. Looking at the body before her, she notices how handsome he is. Just who is this man, she wonders? Immediately, an unknown man walks into the room with an ax and brings it down on the body. With a quick reaction, Rachel tries to protect the body from danger—even if it meant forsaking her own life.

Etienne, finally conscious from his unfortunate encounter with the crazed vampire slayer, notices the unconscious woman lying on top of him dying. She had saved his life, and now she was dying before his very own eyes. Etienne, 300-year-old vampire, must make a serious decision. According to the life-mate vampire rule, a vampire can only turn one human in his lifetime. Is this woman the right person to spend together for eternity? With time racing against him, Etienne and his family (Marguerite, Lucern and Bastien) rush the woman to his home to save her. It’s the best he can do for her gratitude.

Rachel wakes up the next evening feeling better and hungry. Wait a second—didn’t she just die from a deadly blow? Surely there must be large blood wounds everywhere on her. She stands in the mirror and notices physical changes: vibrant hair, flawless skin, and pointy canine teeth!? Despite her dislike for the night, she must accept her new condition. Before she can curse Etienne, the two fall in love together. Etienne notices he cannot read her thoughts. (Vampires have the ability to tap into people’s thoughts and control them.)

Unfortunately, the crazed vampire slayer intrudes into Etienne’s home. He kidnaps Rachel and leaves Etienne vulnerable and unable to follow her. Can he rescue Rachel in time?

I read the first book of this series, Single White Vampire, with much delight and enthusiasm. When I heard that the second book was already in stores, I immediately bought and read the next story. Although this book is a prequel (Lucern and Kate have not even met yet, so expect the surly, grumpy Lucern personality), it does a nice job of introducing Etienne Argeneau in the series. Etienne was mentioned in the prior novel as a weird, younger brother of Lucern’s. In fact, the wedding in Single White Vampire, was Rachel’s and Etienne’s. I highly recommend this book!

Stay tuned for the next book in the series, Tall, Dark and Hungry.

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