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Runaway Vampire (Argeneau Vampire Series #23)

Runaway Vampire (Argeneau Vampire Series #23)

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by Lynsay Sands

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Buckle up—the argeneaus are back in a sexy, witty new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands

Dante Notte has heard it said that love hurts. He just wasn’t expecting it to run him over in an RV. Still, a punctured lung and broken ribs are nothing compared to the full-body shock he feels whenever he’s near the


Buckle up—the argeneaus are back in a sexy, witty new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands

Dante Notte has heard it said that love hurts. He just wasn’t expecting it to run him over in an RV. Still, a punctured lung and broken ribs are nothing compared to the full-body shock he feels whenever he’s near the vehicle’s driver, Mary Winslow. He needs to keep her safe from their pursuers while he rescues his brother. Most challenging of all, he needs to claim this smart, stubborn woman as his life mate.

The naked, injured, insanely gorgeous younger man who clambered into her RV insists they belong together. If Mary wasn’t feeling their incredible connection in every inch of her being, she wouldn’t believe it. But now that the men who took Dante’s twin are after her too, trusting her gut means risking her life for an immortal who’s the very definition of a perfect stranger.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Sands's 23rd Argeneau paranormal romance (after About a Vampire) features a somewhat nontraditional heroine who meets her hero in an unusual way. With all of the spark of a low-speed chase in a traffic jam, 62-year-old widow Mary meets the younger-looking Dante when he comes bounding along through the woods like a deer in flight and runs into her RV on a lonely back road. Mary was taking one last trip to say goodbye to her husband's memory before returning to her beloved Canada. Dante's arrival does quite a bit to upend those plans. Unfortunately, Dante is a hunted man with a desperate need to find his twin brother, which means Mary's life isn't the only one changed by that chance meeting. The opening sets an unfortunately implausible tone for the remainder of the story, which focuses more on the interplay between Dante and Mary than any deeper plot. Readers who are excited to read paranormal romance with a senior citizen heroine will be disappointed when Mary is turned into a vampire and ends up looking like Barbie, and Sands never really makes her sound as mature as her age would imply. At its best, this installment has the feel of a transition book, paving the way for future stories wherein the deeper mystery alluded to will finally be addressed. Mostly, readers will suspect that Sands had a contract to fulfill. Agent: Jenny Bent, Bent Agency. (Mar.)
Romantic Times
“A great romance, a nice bit of suspense anda good dose of humor make this addition to Sands’ vampire series a delight...great entertainment value.”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
The Argeneau Family series has nearly 20 books under its belt now, and it is just as passionate, funny and mysterious as ever.
Susan Sizemore
“A Quick Bite is fun, witty...and did I mention sexy?”
Romantic Times on The Hellion and the Highlander
‘Sands is at her best in the third Devil of the Highland novel. Her delightful story featuring highly emotional characters, is filled with honor and passion and laced with Sands’ hallmark wit and sensuality. This one’s a keeper!”
Library Journal
Dante Notte wouldn't have chosen to get run over as a way of eluding his kidnappers, but that's what happens when he escapes and ends up under 62-year-old Mary Winslow's RV on a dark, country road in Texas. Naturally, vampire that he is, Dante survives, but fearing that his pursuers remain on the hunt, he commandeers the rig, along with Mary, in order to keep her safe. Of course, he's figured out that she's his life mate—and she doesn't have a clue, which adds to the fun. Fans of older women/younger men romances will be entertained and delighted by this romance road trip. VERDICT Sexy, laugh-out-loud funny, and brimming with nonstop adventure, this latest addition to Sands's "Argeneau Vampire" series is a rollicking good time. Sands (About a Vampire) lives in London, Ont.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Argeneau Vampire Series , #23
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4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

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 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. Please visit her on the web at lynsaysands.net.

Brief Biography

London, Ontario
Place of Birth:
Leamington, Ontario

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Runaway Vampire (Argeneau Vampire Series #23) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the heroin, Mary. Reminded me of some the author's eatlier works. Had to put the book down several times because was laughing so hard at certain scenes. This is the Lynsay Sands that I love to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can never get enough of the Argeneau stories. Please hurry and rescue Tommaso.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars. I have read all of this series and watched the ups and downs of this author and the last few books have been all downs for me. This one surprised me a little. There were not as many slap stick or duh moments from the characters for one. The character building was more strong and the graphic moments were not badly done. Definitely one of her better installments. I didn't care for the plot because I feel like I missed a whole dang book, like over half the story line. The humor was good and I didn't come away feeling too much like I had read something from an aging grandmother. The ending was too quickly resolved between the two main characters but good otherwise. I don't mind the cliffhanger but this series is now on my "nothing else to read so I might as well get this" list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of course it would end on a cliff hanger and now we wait for the next one to come out. Great read as usual, Lindsey is a great author and she gave us another great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does not disappoint!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great new book to sink your teeth in. Can't wait for the next book to continue the series. Want to find out what happens to the other twin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Obviously, there will be a continuation to this story but it is short and could have been longer or come to a conclusion.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Humor and action are always there in this series. Once again love leads the way to trouble and life long love. This series is a must buy.
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Always a good read sweet and funny can't go wrong
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not my favorite book in this series but it was still an ok read
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands Argeneau Series Book Twenty-Three Dante Notte wakes up to find that he and his twin brother, Tomasso, are in cages. He is able to escape but has to leave his brother behind. Running from his captures, he's suddenly run over by an RV. An RV driven by a woman he can't read. A possible life mate. Widowed Mary Winslow is making her way through Texas to go home to Canada. And then everything changes. A thump in the road, a dying man in her RV—naked—and her world turned upside down. She is suddenly running for her life to help save a man she just met. A young man that a woman of her age should not be having such heated thoughts of. Dante is caught between fighting the new feelings of having a life mate and trying to find his twin—and best friend. The author takes the reader on another adventure into the world of the Argeneau's—do not call them vampires, it angers these immortal descendants from Atlantis. So hold on tight for another ride of their life. **Sexual content
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
ArcherKat More than 1 year ago
This is the 23rd book in the series and I still love every new story that comes out.
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gaele More than 1 year ago
I wonder just where the idea of a ‘cougar-like’ relationship came into Lynsay Sands head – especially when the cougar in process is recently widowed and all too human Mary. Completely defying expectations, Mary is older, still mourning the loss of her husband and taking that one last ‘dream trip’ in their RV to recapture the feeling of their yearly trips. Running over the very beautiful, and now damaged Dante was not part of the plan, but she can do nothing BUT try to help. Tomasso was kidnapped and Dante has been ceaselessly trying to find his twin before the unthinkable happens. At just over a century old, Dante has yet to find his mate, and this search for Tomasso while avoiding those who are chasing him has pushed the desire for companionship aside. You’ve heard the phrase ‘it was like being hit by a bus?” Well, Dante was run over by an RV, and lo and behold his destined mate was behind the wheel. Talk about making an impression. It was SO very easy to get lost in Mary and Dante’s story: as the attraction grows and secrets are revealed. Mary is so very solid and wonderful, and manages to challenge Dante in the right ways, that keep their relationship moving forward even when finding Tomasso and avoiding the threats that are coming are foremost in their minds. Clever dialogue, some serious steam and a wonderful pairing that felt unlike any other ‘fated mates’ I have ever seen with a nice balance of give and take between the two. Working well on its own, this story kept me engaged and felt fresh and new, even as a later installment in a long running series. I received a paperback copy of the title from the publisher via Avon Addicts for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book but not the ending. It feels like a cliffhanger which I don't like. You're left hanging until the rest of the story is told!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waiting to preorder the next book
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Being run over by an RV isn’t the smartest way to meet your mate, but then tortured, drugged and escaping in the nick of time wasn’t in Dante’s plan. Now he isn’t just running for his life but has his human mate in tow. Mary isn’t past her prime she’s just spent a lot of well lived life years getting here. Her beloved human husband has passed and she endeavors to make their yearly RV trip on her own. When she thinks she hits something on a long deserted stretch of the road on her way, Mary gets more than she bargained for. A beautiful man, obviously bloody and damaged by her RV, in desperate need of medical help. Mary is swept into Dante’s plans of rescuing his brother. The same group that captured him are also in hot pursuit of Dante and Mary. Now Dante is doubled in value because he’s found his mate, making him more useful in their nefarious schemes and experiments. I loved Mary, she was older, wiser and someone who already knows her mind. Confused by the serious cougar relationship budding between her and Dante, it was great to see the conflicts of her draw to Dante and social norms at play. I honestly couldn’t see how Sands was going to bring it all together but she masterfully kept me enchanted. Don’t miss this amazing, exciting, paranormal, vampire, heartfelt adventure, all captured in Runaway Vampire. I received this ARC copy of Runaway Vampire from HarperCollins - Avon in exchange for a honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago