The Reluctant Vampire (Argeneau Vampire Series #15)

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Has this immortal finally met her match?

Rogue hunter Drina Argenis (from the Spanish side of the Argeneau family) has been many things in her years as an immortal, but bodyguard/babysitter to a teenage vampire is something new. There's an incentive, however: the other vampsitter, Harper Stoyan, may be Drina's life mate.

Trouble is, having just lost a life mate, Harper is resigned to being alone. He's completely unprepared when sexy and ...

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Overview

Has this immortal finally met her match?

Rogue hunter Drina Argenis (from the Spanish side of the Argeneau family) has been many things in her years as an immortal, but bodyguard/babysitter to a teenage vampire is something new. There's an incentive, however: the other vampsitter, Harper Stoyan, may be Drina's life mate.

Trouble is, having just lost a life mate, Harper is resigned to being alone. He's completely unprepared when sexy and unpredictable Drina bursts into his life to reignite his passions. Can Drina, with a little matchmaking help from their teen charge, tempt this reluctant vampire to take a chance?

Or will a dangerous, unseen renegade kill Drina and Harper's one chance at happiness?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061894596
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Series: Argeneau Vampire Series , #15
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 188,015
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (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.
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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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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Excellent Read

    I loved reading this wonderful book! It has a story that keeps you entertained for hours.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Another good Argeneau

    Our Review [by Michelle L Olson & Jennifer Vayda]:
    Drina has been sent by Lucian and Marguerite to Port Henry to help protect Stephanie from a jerk that looks like he’ll stop at nothing to get his grubby mits on her. Stephanie isn't the only vamp Drina is keeping her eye on though...
    After being picked up at the airport by tall, dark and rude (a.k.a Anders who not much for the talking), Drina meets Harper. After doing so, Drina notices that her appetite has returned and that she’s getting peeks into Harper’s thoughts—2 very important signs that indicate the two are lifemates. The problem is, Harper feels that he doesn’t deserve another chance at happiness, and so Drina is thrown into 2 fights, and she’s not willing to give up on either easily.
    Drina is warned ahead of time that she’ll have a hard time convincing Harper that he’s worthy and that he should give love a chance, and though he was a bit of a stick-in-the-mud in the beginning he wasn’t as difficult as everyone kept saying. A lot of that had to do with the fact that little Stephanie just could keep her nosy little match making thoughts out of the mix, and pretty much tied herself into knots trying to help Drina get Harper to realize what everyone else already knew…That he and Drina are meant for each other.
    Together, Drina and Harper’s relationship was “awww!” worthy, & there were several Sandstastic ‘naked and unconscious on the floor’ moments. Outside of the relationship I found Harper average, loveable but baseline. Drina was a big plus though. She is a a self assured female who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to grab it. She’s also smart, sexy, deep and a warrior in more than 1 way.
    While The Reluctant Vampire wasn’t our favorite of the series thus far, it was still a thoroughly enjoyable read. Slightly more romance based than the previous Rogue Hunter installments, it’s great for those that got hooked on the Argeneau series because of that, and fans and followers of the series will be happy to reunite with some of their favorite cast members.
    While it could be read alone we would strongly suggest that you not.
    All in all, LITERAL ADDICTION Paranormal Book Club gives The Reluctant Vampire 4 Skulls and would recommend it to Lynsay Sands and Argeneau fans, and Paranormal Romance readers who like wit in their read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

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    This is a terrific entry in the Argeneau saga

    In spite of her objection against babysitting the new teen vampire Stephanie, Marguerite assigns protection of the tyro to rogue hunter Drina Argenis. Knowing her leader never does anything without a secret agenda, Drina wonders why her when she only does field cleansing.

    Marguerite believes her niece Drina and Harper Stoyan are life mates, but knows the latter will be in denial as his life mate Jenny died under eighteen months ago when he tried to turn her. Drina has no problem with Harper being hers, but knows he cannot accept the concept of two life mates so shortly apart. However, the pair better focus on living because someone wants Stephanie dead and killing two other vampires is acceptable to this unknown renegade.

    This is a terrific entry in the Argeneau saga (see Born to Bite) as Lynsay Sands deftly adds humor starting with Drina's descriptions of Tall, dark and doorstop, and includes self deprecating commentary mostly by Harper to a taut suspense thriller. The fast-paced story line hooks the audience from the moment the heroine lands in cold Canada for the first time and never slows down as Ms. Sands provides a fabulous tale that hooks us grateful throughout.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

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    Not the best one of the series

    Alexandrina "Drina" Argenis is a rogue hunter. She has been sent to help protect Stephanie McGill who is a new turn with some amazing powers from Leonius, who wants her for breeding. The truth, however, is Marguerite knows that her life mate is at the house. Harpernus "Harper" Stoyan is still reeling with the loss of his supposed life mate. He hasn't left the area but instead just tortures himself with the memories because he feels he doesn't deserve happiness ever again. Drina knows that she must tread carefully and ease Harper into this relationship.

    Also during this time it is Tiny's time to make the change. Because of this there are several extra vamps around to help with protection. And now here comes the bad part. I didn't care for this story at all. I felt that everything was forced and redundant. The group is attacked several times but after each attack there is no reaction. They either reflect on who they think it was or Harper and Drina go off somewhere and get it on (in the weirdest places..hello.burned out building??) I felt that there wasn't much originality to set this book apart from the others. On the other side I liked that I didn't know who the attacker was until the end, but because there wasn't much content in the story besides Harper and Drina sharing their past to each other you don't have enough information to even make an assumption.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Cute couple....loved it

    I really enjoyed this story. It was nice seeing the Port Henry crowd again, and I enjoyed Harper and Drina's courtship. There was a lot of humor and some steamy romance in this book. The mix of both made for a sweet laid back romance with a hint of I love Lucy thrown in for good measure.

    Some of the antics might have been a little overboard...but they made the book fun. I really got a kick out of the way Stephanie tortured Harper at the Wal-Mart...although somehow I have never found the little black dress/thigh high boot/bustier aisle at my Wal-Mart. (Maybe it is hidden behind the granny panties/oversized sweatshirt/flip flop aisle.)

    I would recommend this book, but if you have not read her previous books in this series, it might take you a bit to catch up with past events.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    I just reread this

    Since i did not remember it. Two vamps trying to make it work, one teenager hiding from the bad guy, old friends from previous books and more. Humor, romance and those fainting spells. I enjoyed this. Need to see if I have The Gift to read, then on to books 16 & 17. Shelley K.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Love, Mystery, and Vampires....

    Love, mystery, and vampires...what else do you need???? I couldn't put it down, and I never guessed what happened in the end....I would have totally failed that game of Clue. The book will keep you guessing and surprise you in the end

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Not the best,but still good

    I love all the Argeneau stories. This was not one of the best ones but it was still an enjoyable read. I loved the character of Stephanie and hope we see more of her in the future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

    Drina was definitely one fiery Spanish immortal, extremely indep

    Drina was definitely one fiery Spanish immortal, extremely independent, a and controlling. Until meeting Harper, who was recovering
    from the loss of a life mate. I do have to say Drina meeting Anders was one of the most comical parts of the book. Teenage Stephanie
    also played a big part.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Hey i know a vampire spell

    If u want to know it let me know and say to:gothic vampire girl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    To haley

    Hello

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Before purchasing the first book in the series, I had read many reviews. Several had stated that they did not like the way the books were written. I very much enjoyed every book in the Argeneau Vampire Series. There was just the right amount of funny parts and hot and steamy parts. After the first book I could not waite to start the next one and then the next one and the next one. My husband made fun of me because he could tell what was going on in the books by my face and me laughing out loud. I hope that there will be more books in the series. Looking forward to seeing who the next life mates are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Kala

    Walks in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    highly recommend

    This is an awesome book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Connie to tori

    (Go to next result since youre locked out.)

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

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    A Must Read

    I can't say enough about Lynsay Sands. She is one of my favorite authors. She writes a great story that makes you want to bare you throat and become a vampire. She adds so much humor to her books that you can read them over and over and find something else to laugh about. This story is about Drina Argenis who is a Argeneau and Hrper Stoyan. They are so perfect together. I will tell you that I feel you should read this series in order because it will make the book more enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Loved it

    Stephi is adoreable bad ass..andthe smelly cat is too funny...funny and fun..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Love this series

    I havent read on i didnt like

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Love this series of book

    This is one of the best series of book i have ever read. These books have everything from adventure to humor and even mystery. Best of all they are love storys. I wouldnt recomend this book if you like reading yourself to sleep.

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