THE RELUCTANT VAMPIRE – Lynsay Sands
An Argeneau Novel – Book 15
Port Henry, Canada – Present Day
Drina Argenis doesn’t report to the North American Immortal Council, but when the head of it—her uncle Lucian—asks her to help out for a few days, she sees no harm in it. In fact, it turns out to be a really useful trip, considering she finds her lifemate on day one. Her assignment is to babysit Stephanie, a young recently turned immortal, and keep her safe from Leonius, a rogue vampire out to get her. Drina could easily handle it alone, but she quickly enlists the help of her grudging new lifemate.
Harper found his lifemate when he first moved to the small town of Port Henry, and it’s only been a year since her death during the turning process. Now fate has seen to it that he gets another mate, but Harper doesn’t think he deserves anyone, let alone someone as amazing as Drina. Luckily for the two older immortals, they have the precocious Stephanie to push them together. But it’s not all fun and games for the reluctant lovebirds and their young charge—something has it out for them and won’t stop until they’re all six feet under.
THE RELUCTANT VAMPIRE is the fifteenth book in the series, and yet author Lynsay Sands still manages to bring original ideas and storylines to the table. Harper is a different type of hero, the first immortal we’ve met who is truly hesitant to get together with his lifemate. Full of guilt over the recent death of his previous lifemate, he’s caught between the incredible guilt of wanting to move on, and the joy that comes with finding the one person he’s meant to be with. And part of what makes THE RELUCTANT VAMPIRE such an entertaining story is seeing how Harper and Drina’s odd and difficult relationship compares to that of the other new lifemates in Port Henry.
Lynsay Sands pens characters that will really stick with the reader, and this novel is no exception. The hijinks Stephanie and Drina create to mess with Harper made me chuckle aloud and will stick with me for quite some time, and it was truly a joy to watch these three characters come together into a small family of their own, despite all the bumps in the road. There is always a suspense element to the Argeneau series, and THE RELUCTANT VAMPIRE won’t disappoint.
Reading the previous novels in the series before picking this book up is not a necessity, but it is suggested if you want to get the full width and breadth of the story. Be on the lookout for THE BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS anthology featuring an Argeneau novella coming October 2011, and the next Argeneau novel, UNDER A VAMPIRE MOON, coming January 2012.
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