Bite Me If You Can
Lynsay Sands
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Bite Me If You Can
Lynsay Sands
Avon
Paperback
384 pages
January 2007
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Bite Me If You Can is another book in Lynsay Sands' Argeneau Vampires series, although it's not necessary to have read the others to understand this one. The family tree at the beginning of the book gives you a clue that there are a lot of people involved in the plot, and indeed there are - but it doesn't get confusing, as the characters from former books generally have walk-on parts rather than being central to the plot.

Leigh Gerard is minding her own business walking home late at night when she's attacked by a vampire and taken away by him to his lair. She manages to escape one of her guards and is on her way out of the house where she's been stashed when she finds that a group of three different men are attacking the house. She's rescued as most of the other vampires are destroyed, but it soon becomes apparent that she's been made into a vampire and is "turning", a very painful and noisy experience.

Lucien Argeneau is a bossy, grumpy, arrogant vampire who doesn't really care for anyone since his wife and children died hundreds of years ago. He finds himself having to take care of Leigh, much against his will, while she turns. Initially, his care for her is fairly perfunctory, but soon he finds he's getting more involved. When she wakes up properly and has lots of questions, he's the only person around to help her with the answers. Leigh opens out the world to him a little more, introducing him to the delights of eating real food and of underwear shopping. It becomes clear fairly early on that she is his "life mate," so there's not much "will they/won't they" tension in the story - more "when will they." There's a subplot of the rogue vampire who turned Leigh chasing her, but that's a minor part of the story and it's half-heartedly tacked on to the end to give the book a bit more of a rousing ending.

Bite Me If You Can had a lot of similarities with Love Bites, another of the Argeneau Vampire series, in that most of the book revolves around the new vampire learning to live with her status and getting to know the hero. There's little tension in the love story; it's always clear they'll end up together - even the characters themselves know it. There are a few cheap jokes at Lucian's expense (he's had a rather long period of celibacy), and Leigh has a few more sparky moments when her self-defencs training comes into play, but overall this is a rather unmemorable book with a little characterization, a little plot and a lot of filler.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2007

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