The Accidental Vampire is another of Lynsay Sands' Argeneau Vampire series, this time focusing on Victor, one of the oldest of the family and a widower. Victor finds himself traveling to the small town of Port Henry with his friend and fellow vampire, DJ, in response to a female vampire's lonely-hearts advert. Not that Victor is responding as a prospective suitor - instead, he is going as a Council representative to decide what to do about this vampire woman who's breaking laws of secrecy, and that might involve having her killed.
When Victor and DJ arrive, they realize
that the situation is a little more complex. Three more single vampires turn up in response to the advert, and it's clear the entire town knows about and loves Elvi, the female vampire. It's also clear she has no idea about what being a vampire means and has gained all her information from the film version of
Dracula; She doesn't realize that she can eat food, go out in daylight, sleep in a bed
rather than a coffin, and more. Most of the book seems to be about Elvi learning the true nature of her vampire status while the four 'suitors' and DJ follow her around, trying to keep her out of trouble and wondering whether they are her 'lifemates'. But someone seems to be attacking Elvi with arrows, and it's up to them all to look after her and to try to find out who is trying to kill her.
This book is similar to several of the other Argeneau Vampire books in that the entire content of the book is pretty much about the new vampire learning what it means to be an Immortal. It's particularly noticeable in this book, where we have Elvi learning to drink out of blood bags, learning some of the laws, finding out about things she can still do, and
continuing to play her part in the community of Port Henry. The love story between Elvi and Victor is sweet enough but not particularly deep, and Victor's attitudes towards Elvi are sometimes a bit suspect. However, it
is an enjoyable read, and some of the characters are amusing, if somewhat cardboard-cutout.