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The Reluctant Vampire by Lynsay Sands


Cover art: The Reluctant Vampire Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: The Reluctant Vampire - 15th in the Argeneau Family series
Author: Lynsay Sands
Publisher: Avon
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-189459-6
Release Date: June 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Port Henry, Ontario
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Lynsay's Website/Blog: www.lynsaysands.net

Drina Argenis has been a rogue vampire hunter for a couple centuries and has seen and done many things in those years. Vampires that canít handle the change or the immortality and lose their minds must be killed. Drina is just one of those that has to hunt them down and end their lives. Now she has been sent to Canada by her uncle Lucian for another mission. This mission, however, is completely opposite to what she has in mind. A young girl was kidnapped and turned into a vampire by a known rogue and is now having to deal with not having contact with her family and being a teenager on top of it. It is Drinaís mission to protect her until the rogue vampire can be stopped and to help the young vampire cope with what she is. There is a bonus to Drina playing bodyguard to the young girl; Harper Stoyan.

Harper Stoyan is an immortal also and has just recently lost his mate who was going through the change to be immortal. He is slowly coming out of his depression and has been assigned to be a bodyguard to a newly turned young girl. Harper also sees heís not alone on this mission. Drina Argenis is also there to be a bodyguard. The two of them have a mutual attraction for one another and Harper finds there is hope for him to love again. Odd events start to happen though and put a damper on the budding relationship. Itís up to Harper and Drina, with a little help from their young charge, to solve the mystery of these events before they find themselves on the pointy end of a stake.

This is the latest in Lynsay Sandsí Argeneau series and it packs a punch from the very beginning. Drina is a no-nonsense immortal who has been through some interesting events in her long life. She has been everything from a pirate to a madam and has always come out on top. Now, however she is at a loss. Not only does she have an opinionated teenage vampire on her hands, but she also has to deal with Harper. The attraction between Drina and Harper is instant and fiery from the moment they meet. Drina helps Harper deal with the tragedy of his last love and to push through the pain. She helps him see there was nothing he could have done and that there is no shame in loving again. Stephanie (the newly turned teenager) provides wonderful humor and enough sarcasm to light up the town. All in all this has got to be one of the more humorous books in this series and I canít wait to see what Ms. Sands has in store next.


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