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That hot guy tied to Lissianna Argeneau's bed? He's not dessert—he's the main course!

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 ...

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Overview

That hot guy tied to Lissianna Argeneau's bed? He's not dessert—he's the main course!

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.

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Publishers Weekly
Sexy blond Lissianna Argeneau takes center stage in Sands's disappointing new entry in her popular Argeneau series (Single White Vampire, etc.) about a Canadian vampire family. For Lissianna's 30th birthday, her mother brings her what she considers the perfect birthday present: a psychologist, Greg Hewitt, who can cure her fear of the sight of blood so she can feed off blood-bank bags like a civilized vampire rather than from random humans. The night doesn't go as planned when Lissianna takes a romantic liking to the good doctor. Worse, the clan has trouble controlling his "strong mind" and erasing his memory of the family, putting their secret in jeopardy. Though the love scenes hit an erotic high note, the quick courtship between Lissianna and Greg is serviceable at best, and the first half of the thin plot moves like molasses as Lissianna explains... and explains... to Greg how the vampire race operates. In addition, lines like "They were all looking just as blank as she felt" can make for a clunky read. Agent, Jenny Bent at Trident Media Group. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060773755
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Series: Argeneau Vampire Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 140,663
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 4.18 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynsay Sands

Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus.

Biography

Born in Southern Ontario, Lynsay Sands is the New York Times bestselling author of the Argeneau Vampire series. She has written more than 34 books and anthologies since her first novel was published in 1997. Her romantic comedies span three genres—historical, contemporary, and paranormal—and have made the Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, USA Today, and New York Times bestseller lists.

Lynsay's books are read in more than twelve countries and have been translated into at least six languages. She's been a nominee for both the Romantic Times Best Historical Romance Award and the Romantic Times Best Paranormal Romance Award, was nominated and placed three times in the RIO (Reviewers International Organization) Awards of Excellence, and has several books on All About Romance's Favorite Funnies list.
Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers

Good To Know

1.) I started The Deed (my first romantic comedy and the first book to be published) a year after my mother's death. I was very close to my mother and the year following her death was about the most miserable time imaginable. But then I decided I was tired of being down and unhappy, and looked around for something to lift my spirits and make me laugh. When I couldn't find anything, I decided to sit down and write my own. It worked! Emmalene and Amaury's antics in The The Deed had me chuckling as I wrote.
2.) I met my husband in New York in July 2003. I was there because of the RWA conference and he was there on vacation. The first day there we kept running into each other and chatting in front of the hotel, and then he asked to join our group (it was very brave of him. He was the lone male amongst six or seven women, lol). He's a Brit and I'm Canadian and the first two months of our relationship were conducted by phone as well as over the internet. Our first date was a week in New York in September, followed by three weeks in England. He then came to Canada in both November and December, the first time to propose and the second time for Christmas with my family and then to take me back to England with him for New Years. I lived in Northern England for two years. We married in New York and now live in Canada.
3.) I was writing about my husband before I met him. Single White Vampire came out in September 2003 and I took a copy with me to England when I went for the three weeks. I walked into my now-hubby's house to find at least six months worth of mail unopened and stacked up on a shelf inside the front door. When I stopped dead, eyes going wide with shock and asked "My God. That's mail. You don't open your mail?" He looked embarrassed and muttered some explanation about bills automatically being paid by the bank so no need to open those and everything else was unsolicited and he couldn't be bothered. When I burst out laughing, he started to frown and said "What?" My response was to dig out the copy of Single White Vampire and hand it over with the suggestion he read it. The mail thing wasn't the only similarity he had to Lucern Argeneau. There are many more and when he sat down to read the book, he kept stopping and turning a rather startled and even suspicious gaze my way and muttering that this sounded familiar" or that did. I had to point out that it really was coincidence, that I had written that story at least nine months before meeting him. LOL.
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A Quick Bite


By Lynsay Sands

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Lynsay Sands
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060773758

Chapter One

"Mmm. Your hair smells good."

"Umm, gee, thanks, Bob." Lissianna Argeneau peered around the dark parking lot they were crossing, relieved to see they were alone. "But do you think you could get your hand off my ass?"

"Dwayne."

"What?" She glanced up into his handsome face with confusion.

"My name is Dwayne," he explained with a grin.

"Oh." She sighed. "Well, Dwayne, can you get your hand off my ass?"

"I thought you liked me." His hand stayed firmly planted on her left butt cheek, squeezing in an altogether-too-friendly manner.

Resisting the urge to club him over the head and drag him into the bushes like the Neanderthal he was, she forced a smile. "I do, but let's wait till we get to your car to -- "

"Oh. Yeah. My car," he interrupted. "About that . . ."

Lissianna stopped walking to peer up into his face, her eyes narrowing suspiciously on the discomfort that suddenly flickered across his expression. "What?"

"I don't have a car," Dwayne admitted.

Lissianna blinked, her brain slow to accept this news. Everyone over the age of twenty owned a car in Canada. Well, practically everyone. Okay, perhaps that was an exaggeration, but most single males of dating age had wheels. It was like an unwritten law or something.

Before she could comment, Dwayne added, "I thought you'd have one."

It sounded almost like an accusation, Lissianna noted and scowled. In some ways, the women's movement really hadn't done them any favors. There had been a day when he, as the man, would have had the vehicle or taken on the responsibility of finding them a place to be alone without a second thought. Now he was looking displeased, as if she'd let him down somehow by not having a car.

"I have a car," she found herself saying defensively. "But I rode here tonight with my cousin."

"The chick with pink hair?"

"No. That's my friend, Mirabeau. Thomas drove," Lissianna answered absently as she considered the problem. He had no car and Thomas had locked up the Jeep when they'd arrived. She supposed she could go back into the bar, find Thomas and borrow his keys; but really, Lissianna didn't want to use his Jeep for --

"Well, that's all right. I don't mind the great outdoors."

Lissianna blinked her thoughts away with a start as he grasped her by the hips and drew her against him. She instinctively leaned away, putting some space between their upper bodies, but that did nothing to stop their lower bodies from meshing. It was suddenly clear that the idea of the great outdoors really didn't bother Dwayne. If anything, the hardness pressing against her suggested that the idea excited him. He was obviously an excitable guy, Lissianna decided. She herself didn't see the attraction of the great outdoors, at least not during a Canadian winter.

"Come on." Releasing her hips, Dwayne grabbed her hand and hurried her to the back of the parking lot. It wasn't until he was dragging her behind the large metal garbage bins in the back corner of the lot that she realized his intentions.

Lissianna bit back a sarcastic comment about his romantic nature and decided to just be grateful that it was early winter. While they hadn't had their first snow, it was cold enough that there was no odor from the rotting food in the large metal containers.

"This is good." Dwayne urged her back against the cold metal of a bin and crowded up against her.

Lissianna sighed inwardly, wishing she'd not left her coat inside. She was more immune to the cold than the average person, but not completely. The cold metal at her back was leaching heat out of her, forcing her body to work harder to stay warm. Hungry and dehydrated as she was, the last thing she needed at the moment was for her body to have to work harder.

The sudden sloppy assault of his mouth on hers forced Lissianna's thoughts to the matter at hand and convinced her it was time to take control of the situation. Ignoring the probing poke of his tongue at her closed lips, she caught her fingers in the front of his jacket and turned, slamming him up against the bin a little harder than she'd meant to as she traded places with him.

"Whoa," he chuckled, eyes brightening. "A wild woman."

"Like that, do you?" Lissianna asked dryly. "Then you're gonna love this."

Releasing his coat, she raked one hand into the hair at the back of his skull and caught him by the short strands there. Jerking his head sideways, she moved her mouth to his neck.

Dwayne murmured with pleasure as she ran her lips lightly along the line of his jugular vein. Once she'd found the best spot for her purposes, Lissianna opened her mouth, breathed in through her nose as her canines slid out to their full, sharp length, then sank them into his neck.

Dwayne released a little gasp and went stiff, his arms tightening around her, but that only lasted for the briefest of moments. He soon began to relax against the cold bin as Lissianna sent him the sensations she was experiencing; the satisfaction as blood coursed up through her teeth and straight into her system, the dizzy rush as her system moved eagerly to absorb this offering.

The only description she could have given to explain that initial reaction, was the off-kilter list of a boat when everyone on board rushed to one side of the deck, making it tilt in the water. Lissianna's body had the same reaction as her hungry blood rushed to absorb the new blood, racing from every part of her body toward her head, where her teeth were sucking in what her body so desperately needed. It caused a not-unpleasant head rush. She imagined it was similar to what people experienced when they took a drug. Only this wasn't a drug, it was life to Lissianna.

Continues...


Excerpted from A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands Copyright © 2005 by Lynsay Sands.
Excerpted by permission.
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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    Major turn on

    I picked up this book on a whim in hopes of finding another series to tide me over while I waited for Lover mine By J.R.Ward. Man I was floored by how I got into it. I did not put this book down until I finished it and then immediatly picked up the next in the series. I recommend this entire series to anyone who wants to fall in love with a book. There were parts of this book that had me rolling on the floor with tears in my eyes and cramps in my gut from laughing so hard and parts that were so steamy I really needed a release myself. Good thing I am married.

    25 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

    FUN!

    If you are looking for a light and enjoyable read, do not hesitate. Pick this one up. It took awhile for me to get the book's tone and get accustomed to the writer's style but as soon as I realized that it was about a vampire who is suffering from hematophobia and a psychologist who was abducted to treat her of said phobia, I knew that hilarity would ensue and I was not disappointed. The story is entertaining, sexy and really funny at times. The characters are relatable and the dialogue will make you smile. Lissi and Greg were a delight to get to know and I look forward to getting to know the rest of the Argeneau family as I read the series.

    24 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

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    Great

    Good yet refreshing allows readers to indulge!

    22 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

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    Exciting and well written. finished it in half a day. Very enjoy

    Exciting and well written. finished it in half a day. Very enjoyable

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    Amazing

    This book is soooo good. A definite must read. Its twilight for adults.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Pages

    263 pages

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    !

    Why does harriet klausner ruin books by revealing every plot detail? That is so rude.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2010

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    A horrible waste of time and money!

    I can't believe I paid for this. Normally I love paranormal romance. Sookie Stackhouse, Twilight, Love at Stake series, Black Dagger Brotherhood etc. I have heard of this Argeneau series for awhile and decided to give it a try. I purchased this book for my Nook which is the only reason I finished it. The writing is awful. The characters aren't developed enough to even be likable. The plot is ridiculous! Her phobia is a joke. I mean, come on, it doesn't even make sense! I normally read an entire book in an evening. This book took me 3 days because it was so boring I just couldn't bear to pick it up and continue reading.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2010

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    First time, last time

    I wanted to venture out from my favorites and try a high recommended series. Thus how I came across the Argeneau Vampire Series by Lynsay Sands. I was extremely excited after reading the excerts and editorial summary. Unfortunately, it fell very short of my expectations. The writing style alone didn't do anything special. It was a basic book with a few cute turns on the typical vampire. All in all, I doubt I'll buy into this series any further, unless it pleases my O.C.D tendencies for owning an entire series. In case you don't know, this has happened several times before. My O.C.D. tendencies also include reading a series that I don't like just because I own it. It's a truley neverending cycle.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    Quick Read, Left Me Wanting

    This book is just not for me, and I won't buy any others in the series. It looked cute on premise, something to pass a rainy day with, but it was very difficult to get through. It just didn't keep my attention, the plot was a bit rough, the writing not my style. Keep in mind I am of the minority, though. You might enjoy it.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    AWESOME

    All of the books in this series are fantastic!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

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    Lynsay Sands does it again!

    Lynsay Sands has several different series she writes about, however the Argeneau Vampire series is my favorite. It puts a whole different slant on the term -Vampire- and dark, cold nights, sleeping in graveyards or coffins, and drinking blood the typical way; by killing their victims, and flying away like a bat! The Argeneau family only drinks bagged blood, provided by blood banks owned and operated by vampires. The best part of her books is the humor she puts on situations guaranteed to upset the average human being-vampire or not! In this story the main character,faints at the sight of blood, so her mom kidnaps a psychiatrist-to help her daughter as a birthday present! What happens is what the book is about. I thoroughly enjoyed this book so much, I went and bought the rest of this series and was not disappointed. I am looking forward to the next installment.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

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    A Book to Sink Your Teeth (or Fangs) into

    This is the first book in the Argeneau Vampire Series by Lynsay Sands. I found the main characters very interesting and humorous. Lissianna's phobia gives it an interesting twist, and Greg's ideas as to why he's at the Argeneau home at first are simply hilarious. Lissianna's mother, Marguerite, is a shining example of of the nosy over involved mother, but that's why the Argeneau's love her. I do as well. The end is unexpected but very good. Lissianna and Greg have sparks from the first moment and their chemistry is first rate. Read it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Harriet

    Please do something about Harriet Klasner..she ruins reviews..hence, i dont want to buy the book.....also this chat room for kids about cats are ruining B& Nobles reputation.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2009

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    EXPECTED MORE

    To be the begining of the the series it was a disappointment. While the main character Gregg was a sweatheart; Marguerite, the head of the Argeneau family was obnoxious and noisy. Marguerite did no allow Greg and Lissianna to explore their feelings for each other comfortably and at their own pace. This could have been a great book if Lissianna was more idependent and did not allow Marguerite to run her life. Overall this is a good story dont stop here since the next installments (Ethien, Lucian and Bastian's stories) are great!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Love all the Argeneaus!

    I've been reading this series for a few years now, and even though I had already read this, when it popped up as a selection for my nook I knew I had to get it again! I've always been a fan of Lynsay Sands, both her historical romance novels and this series. She makes the characters so likeable, (even when they sometimes aren't!) and especially in this series, she stays consisent. You get to know one character from one book, and then they reappear in another, yet you never feel lost. You remember every little detail. High recommend that anyone who likes romance and vampires (who don't sparkle in the sunlight) buy this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Light read

    If you want an easy read with some humor, this will fit the bill. The characters were funny and the plot was different.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Don't waste your time

    Some of the details as far as how vampires came to be was clever, but mostly the story went on and on in endless explanations about everything. The plot was predictable but long and windy. The characters were pretty lame and even the steamy parts were written in such needless detail that it lost its purpose. Did not like the author's style of writing and I will not be reading the others in the series. Just glad I only paid $.99!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Thumbs up!

    I liked the few good laugh out loud moments this book gave me. And the craving to know more about the other characters. At some points the story just seemed silly, but for this read, it worked. A story with its own charm to draw u in.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

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    An Ok Read

    I like the book. It was funny in places. I thought the actuall story line could have had a little more substance but overal pretty good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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