The Renegade Hunter
Lynsay Sands
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The Renegade Hunter (Argeneau Rogue Hunter 3)
Lynsay Sands
384 pages
September 2009
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Taken on its own, The Renegade Hunter is an enjoyable book. Taking some fresh air at a party, Jo Willan is attacked by an unknown assailant. She fights back but is soon rescued by another man, Nicholas Argeneau, who is on the run. Nicholas is a 'rogue' - a vampire who has killed a mortal and has been hiding from the hunters for fifty years.

But Nicholas recognizes Jo as his lifemate and can't keep away, especially when Jo is targeted by Ernie, another rogue. Nicholas tries to keep Jo safe, which seems to involve them being on the run together. But why did Nicholas commit murder, and is there more to the story of his past than Jo or even he realizes?

I enjoyed this story focused very strongly on the relationship between Nicholas and Jo. They are together in almost every scene, and we follow their conversations as they get to know each other.

However, I was left with the overwhelming feeling that, having read one Lynsay Sands Argeneau Vampire series book, you've really read them all. The underlying story is too familiar, and when many other vampire characters appeared in this book along with their lifemates, I couldn't separate them in my mind - their stories had all merged because they are so similar. The end of the book rather disappoints; we aren't told what actually happened to Nicholas when he was found with the murdered woman. Presumably this will be revealed in a future book, but it means that this one doesn't feel complete.

Despite the large list of supporting vampire characters, the focus on Nicholas and Jo means that The Renegade Hunter can be read by those who haven't read any others in the series. In fact, with the repetitive nature of these stories, this book might work best for those new to the series - it's just too similar to the others to be otherwise entirely enjoyed.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2009

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