Sep 29, 2010

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Review: A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau #1)

Paranormal Romance
November 1 2005
Mass Market Paperback
360 pages
Avon Books

Yummy Man – Dr. Gregory Hewitt
Kick Ass Chick – Lissianna Argeneau

From Goodreads
“Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there’s another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood . . . an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn’t hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?

Dr. Gregory Hewitt recovers from the shock of waking up in a stranger’s bedroom pretty quickly—once he sees a gorgeous woman about to treat him to a wild night of passion. But is it possible for the good doctor to find true love with a vampire vixen, or will he be just a good meal? That’s a question Dr. Greg might be willing to sink his teeth into . . . if he can just get Lissianna to bite.”

This is a funny book.  Reading the back of the book or the synopsis on Goodreads, I really should have realized that “A Quick Bite” by Lynsay Sands was going to read on the light side.  But when I started giggling and finally laughing out loud, I realized that I was reading this book without the slightest inkling as to what I was getting into.  I bought this book ages ago and just let it sit there, so I had completely forgotten what to expect.  Turns out it’s light, sweet, quirky, sexy and fun.  It almost reads more like chick-lit book…until the smokin’ scenes start up with the thrusting and the biting…  Then there is no mistaking that you are reading a paranormal romance title!

Lissianna is a charming character.  She’s smart and sweet and caring.  She’s also a vampire who faints at the sight of blood.  In Lynsay’s world, vampires are unknown to the general public and feed from bagged blood — unless you are a special case, as is Lissi.  Her mother, Marguerite, desperately wants to help find a cure to Lissi’s fear of blood.  She reads about a psychologist who specializes in phobias…and brings him home for Lissianna as her birthday present!

Dr. Greg Hewitt is about to leave for his first vacation in over 8 years.  That is until he finds himself willingly getting inside the trunk of a lovely woman’s car and letting her tie him to a bed.  Greg is kicking himself for getting into his situation.  His internal dialogue while he’s trying to figure out what to do is amusing.  He’s an intellectual and very smart…but he’s still a man. *wink wink*  He and Lissi are really cute together.

I really enjoyed every character in this book.  The cousins are fantastic!  I especially loved Thomas.  From his pretending to be a bubble head to his wearing skin tight Spider Man pajamas, he provided many of the laugh out loud moments.  There is a villain, but he’s more of a nuisance…like a fly, so the overall conflict in the story is pretty low.  And even though the story is somewhat predictable, it’s still a joy to read because the characters are adorable.

I was told by those who have read them that the rest of the books in the Argeneau series are written on the light side, and if that is indeed the case, I think I’ve found my go-to books after I’ve read a few heavy and very emotional books in a row and I need to ‘lighten up’.  Smart, witty and fun.  “A Quick Bite” is a good start to a long running series.  And long running is right!  Lynsay recently released book number 13 of the Argeneau series and book number 14 is due out in stores this November.

4 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“’I can’t believe you would think we’d suck a mortal dry.  It’s just stupid, like killing the dairy cow.  You can’t get milk from a dead cow.” …

‘Did you just equate humans to cows?’

‘Not humans.  Mortals.  We’re human too,’ Thomas said with amusement, then glanced at his cousin and teased, ‘Shame on you Lissianna.  You know better than to play with your food.’”
“’My daughter is going to love you.  You are my best birthday gift ever.’  These words – along with the fact that Greg was presently spread-eagle on a bed – had first made him fear he was some sort of sexual gift.  A sex slave perhaps.  That possibility had immediately had him imagining being ravished by some huge, homely creature with a bad complexion and facial hair.  For surely only someone terribly unattractive would need a man kidnapped and tied to her bed to get sex in today’s sexually free climate?”

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