Born to Bite by Lynsay Sands

Born to Bite
by Lynsay Sands
ISBN-13: 9-780061-474323
Rating: 4 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I really liked it

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.

Armand knew she was trouble the moment Eshe roared into town on her motorcycle, clad in tight black leather. She claims she’s hiding from dangerous fiends, though he suspects something more. But after three wives who’ve all had trouble remaining, well, undead, Armand is reluctant to open his heart again. Then strange accidents start to happen, each deadlier than the last, and Armand realizes he may not have much time to prove he’s a lover, not a slayer.

I love this series, and Born to Bite did not disappoint.

Armand Argeneau is the brother-in-law of Marguerite – she and her children were the focus of six of the ten Argeneau Family books, and she appears/is mentioned in the other four. Armand’s had pretty bad luck in the past, with three wives dieing, and his son’s wife being murdered. So when Eshe needs to stay at his farm and turns out to be his life mate, things get complicated – especially since Eshe isn’t staying with Armand for the reasons he was told. This is the story that wraps up the over-arching mystery plot line of the Rogue Hunter books, brings in information from the Argeneau Family books, and is just…good.

I really liked that the life mates in this one are both already quite old immortals, and have both had life mates before. There was no explanation of immortals needed, no scene of a life mate deciding (or needing) to become a vampire, and no angsty “will they, or will they not get together.” The focus wasn’t so much on the life mates this time, but on wrapping up a four book long mystery (that spanned hundreds of years). All the characters are slowly coming together, finding their life mates and repairing the breaks in the Argeneau family. As usual, the sex scenes are tastefully, and moderately – yet deliciously – written. They are an addition to the plot, they don’t take it over. I definitely had to read ahead in this one (as always happens with mysteries); I thought I figured out who the killer of Armand’s life mate and wifes, and Nicholas’ wife, was and I had to make sure 😉

Born to Bite is another entertaining addition to the Argeneau vampire series, and I will definitely be picking up the next book, Hungry For You when it’s released on November 30, 2010.

One thing I have to mention – I really wish they’d replicate the Argeneau family tree found on Lynsay Sands’ website in the books. It’s hard to keep track of everyone sometimes, especially after 13 novels.