Title: Born To Bite
Author: Lynsay Sands
Published in September 2010 by Avon Romance,
An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal
ISBN: 978-0-06-147432-3 Paperback
Related Books: The Argneau Series:
A Quick Bite, Love Bites, Single White Vampire, Tall, Dark, & Hungry,
A Bite To Remember, Bite Me If You Can, Accidental Vampire, Vampires Are Forever,
Vampire Interrupted, The Rogue Hunter, The Immortal Hunter, The Renegade Hunter,
Bitten By Cupid
Other Books by Lynsay: Switch, Sweet Revenge, Lady Pirate, The Key,
Devil of the Highlands, Taming the Highland Bride, The Hellion and the Highlander, and more...
Legend has it that Armand Argeneau is a killer in the bedroom…
But with all three of his late wives meeting unfortunate and untimely ends, is this sexy immortal a lover or a murderer? That's what Eshe d'Aureus intends to find out. As an enforcer, it's her job to bring rogue vampires to justice, even if the rogue in question makes her blood race red hot.
Lucien Argeneau is torn up inside. With his nephew Nicholas in detention, he is now focused on his brother, Armand. He doesn't believe either one is responsible for the crimes they stand accused of, but with the huge blank spot in Nicholas' memory, it looks bad for both of them. Even though the evidence is stacked against the pair, Lucien is not about to give up. In order to save Nicholas, he knows Armand must be cleared. But Armand has been keeping his distance from the family contacts and from all other vampires. He has not been secretive, just apart, worried about the deaths, Lucien supposes, but he needs to come forth now. To draw him out, Lucien decides to ask him for a favour, and he knows Armand will be pretty much willing to go along. It is one thing Lucien can count on, if he needs help, Armand will always do what he can, and it is one thing that convinces Lucien of his innocence. A safe place for one of his enforcers, one being hunted by some dangerous characters will certainly be a great cover for Eshe while she looks into the deaths of Armand's wives, and the possible connection with the circumstances around Nicholas's problems as well.
When Lucien contacted Armand, he gave the OK to send Eshe to his place. Yes it is out of the way, not many know where he lives so Eshe should be safe from the "no-fanged" predator Leonius Livius. But when Armand meets her, he knows he is in deep trouble. She is tall, dark, lovely, and ever-so-his, but he fears to claim her. After what happened to Susanna, Althea, and Rosamund, Armand was afraid for Eshe's safety. He feels someone is out to get him, and it is because of that, he stays away from his family. That is the sole reason why he gave up Nicholas, Thomas, and has kept away from Jeanne Marie. But when Nicholas' wife Annie was killed and Nicholas blamed, Armand was sick at heart. It was then he totally withdrew, not attending any family events or gatherings. Only when Lucien called him, or if he happened to bump into another of their kind did he even bother to say hello. Only the nearest and dearest, friends who were almost family, his foreman Cedrick, and Susanna's sister Agnes and her brother John were his only companions. But Cedrick was Armand's second and sworn to protect all within Armand's care, and he loved Susanna as a sister. As for Agnes and John, they were nowhere around when the deaths of Armand’s wives occurred...
Eshe d'Aureus is one of Lucien's best enforcers. She knows her job, and she is good at getting the most difficult of cases solved. She also knows this case is sensitive, that Lucien doesn’t want to believe his brother capable of the murders of four women. She also knows Lucien doesn't want to believe Nicholas is a murderer either, but the evidence is stacked against them both, and time is not their friend. Even though she is aware of her disguise as a "damsel in distress" and as such she shouldn't make waves, she can't help what she is, and when she blows into town on her motorcycle, Lucien almost has a fit. But the more difficult part of the assignment was soon to reveal itself when Eshe discovers Armand is a lifemate. She had one before, Orion was killed in battle, and she never thought of finding another, and not one like Armand. Now she knows she has to clear his name, or she will lose him, and Nicholas's lifemate will be without him as well. An almost immortal life is hard enough alone, but to find a lifemate and lose them so soon is a tragedy, one Eshe wants to avoid at all costs She knows what it is to lose a lifemate, and from that experience alone, she understands what Armand went through. She will not allow him to go through it again if she can do anything about it...
As Eshe starts her investigation, all seems pretty normal. Armand goes about his routine, but still tries to make her as comfortable as possible. She notices how he seems to stand away, trying to avoid her as much as he can without seeming rude. Knowing they are mates, Eshe tries to ferret out the reason, and can only come to one conclusion. Armand is truly innocent, and someone IS trying to make him pay for something in the past. Now she has to prove it, but it is a bit more complicated when the man you are trying to save is your lifemate, and you may not be thinking straight. But there are circumstances that soon clear Armand of at least two of the murders, and the tricky parts still remain. She is grateful when Lucien sends reinforcements, especially when the accidents start to occur. After she and Armand are trapped and almost burned alive in a shed fire, it is clear as day the perpetrator is closer than they think, and Eshe has to re-evaluate all those she talked to before...
Born To Bite is quintessential Lynsay Sands. It is witty, snarky, clever, and has a sense of humour running through the story that softens the roughest edges. Her characters are cut glass perfect for the environment in which they live, and they draw you in and make you feel at home. Lucien is still solemn, bossy, and very on top of it all in spite of the danger to Armand and Nicholas. Armand is totally innocent of all the skullduggery going on around him, but is quick to jump to Lucien's aid and Eshe's defense. Eshe is strong, independent, and an excellent match for Armand. She is truly the Yin to his Yang, and as such they make a formidable pair when working together. She is determined to get to the bottom of this, because the deeper she goes, the more convinced she is of Armand's innocence, and by virtue of those facts, Nicholas's innocence also. Getting the facts proves to be a daunting task, with all roads leading to one huge blank space in Nicholas' mind.
For those of you who are Lynsay Sands fans like me, Born To Bite is so very good! It is a wonderful and exciting end for the tale started with Nicholas in The Rogue Hunter, and now ending with the tale of his father Armand and his murdered wives. The key is to find those responsible for the deaths, and to prove without a doubt the innocence of Nicholas and Armand. The worst problem is time, and for Nicholas, it is running out. Can Eshe and the enforcers Lucien has sent to protect Armand come through with the evidence in time? If you want to find out, you can pre-order your copy of Born To Bite from Avon Romance, or from Amazon.com today. This is yet another of my recommended books, and one that will remain on my keeper shelf. Born To Bite is most assuredly a Selected Read and worthy of the honour. It is to be released at the end of August, 2010, so go ahead, get going and put an order in for your copy of Born To Bite now.
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