Vampire, Interrupted (Argeneau Vampire Series #9)

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After seven hundred years of life, Marguerite Argeneau finally has a career. Well, the start of one, anyway. She's training to be a private investigator, and her first assignment is to find an immortal's mother. It seemed simple enough, until Marguerite wakes up one evening to find herself at the wrong end of a sword. Now she realizes she's in way over her head.

Julius Notte wants to protect Marguerite, and not because someone just tried to take her head off. She doesn't know it...

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Overview

After seven hundred years of life, Marguerite Argeneau finally has a career. Well, the start of one, anyway. She's training to be a private investigator, and her first assignment is to find an immortal's mother. It seemed simple enough, until Marguerite wakes up one evening to find herself at the wrong end of a sword. Now she realizes she's in way over her head.

Julius Notte wants to protect Marguerite, and not because someone just tried to take her head off. She doesn't know it yet, but she's his lifemate and he's determined to woo her. It's been over five hundred years since he last courted a woman, but surely the techniques haven't changed. Now if only he can keep her alive—so to speak—so they can have that happily-ever-after.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Sands has written a number of well-received, spirited, sensual vampire romances involving the Argeneau family. The three that follow are her latest and will be released consecutively. Elvi Black (The Accidental Vampire), a recent, naïve vampire, advertises for companionship and attracts the attention of Victor Argeneau, as well as someone who is out to do her in. It's up to bachelor Victor to protect her. Self-made, independent businesswoman Inez Urso finds a love-and a life-she truly didn't expect when she falls for her business partner, Thomas Argeneau, in Vampires Are Forever. Marguerite Argeneau, fledgling PI and vampire, is the target of someone who wants to behead her. It's up to Julian Notte in Vampire, Interrupedto keep her safe in the ninth book in the series.


—Kristin Ramsdell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061229770
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Series: Argeneau Vampire Series , #9
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 174,514
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (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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Vampire, Interrupted
An Argeneau Novel

Chapter One

Marguerite wasn't sure what woke her; a sound perhaps, or the crack of light from the bathroom being momentarily blocked, or maybe it was simply an instinct for survival that dragged her from sleep. Whatever caused it, she was alert and tense when she blinked her eyes open and spotted the dark shape above her. Someone stood at the side of the bed, looming like death. That thought had barely formed in her mind when the dark shape used both hands to raise something overhead. Recognizing the action from her youth when broadswords and weapons of its ilk were more common, Marguerite reacted instinctively, rolling abruptly to the side as the assailant's arms started their downward swing.

She heard the weapon slam into the bed just before tumbling off the bed. Marguerite landed on the floor with a thump and a shout that became a frustrated curse as she found herself tangled in the sheets. Glancing up, she saw her attacker jump onto the bed to follow. When he swung the sword again, she promptly gave up on the sheets, snatched the lamp off the bedside table, and swung it around to block the blow.

Pain vibrated up her arm on impact, eliciting another shout. Marguerite turned her eyes away from the flying sparks as metal met metal, and spared a bare moment to be grateful that the Dorchester was a five-star hotel with quality—and fortunately-metal-based lamps that didn't snap under a sword's blow.

"Marguerite?" The call was followed by a knock at the connecting door to the rest of the suite that made both she and her attacker pause and glance toward it. In the next moment, herattacker apparently decided he didn't wish to take on two of them and leapt off the bed to race for the balcony doors.

"Oh, no you don't," Marguerite muttered, dropping the lamp and lunging to her feet. She wasn't the sort to allow someone to sneak up and attack her in her sleep, then run off to do so again another day. Unfortunately, she'd forgotten about the sheets tangled around her legs, and crashed to the floor with her first step.

Gritting her teeth against the pain vibrating through her, Marguerite peered toward the balcony doors as the curtains were tugged open. Sunlight immediately poured in, and she saw that her attacker was encased from head to toe in black: black boots, black pants, long-sleeved black shirt, and all of that covered by a black cape. He also wore black gloves, and even a black balaclava covering his face, which she saw as he turned to look back at her. Then he slid out onto the balcony, allowing the curtain to drop back into place as her bedroom door slammed open.

"Marguerite?" Tiny rushed toward her, concern on his face.

She waved him toward the balcony doors. "He's getting away!"

Tiny didn't ask questions, but immediately changed direction, rushing for the doors leading onto the terrace. Marguerite stared after him with amazement. The man wore nothing but a pair of gold silk boxers with a big red heart on the backside. The sight made her mouth drop open in surprise, but the moment he disappeared through the billowing curtains her surprise turned to concern. She'd sent an unarmed, nearly naked man after her attacker—who had a sword.

Cursing, Marguerite concentrated on the sheets wrapped around her legs. Of course, they fell away easily now that she was no longer under threat. Muttering with exasperation, she scrambled around the bed and hurried to the balcony doors, charging right into Tiny's bare chest as he stepped back into the room.

"Careful. It's daylight," he rumbled, catching her upper arms and moving her back away from the curtains. He turned to close and lock the doors.

"Did you see him? Where did he go?" Marguerite asked, trying to peer around his large frame as he pulled one of the heavy curtain panels into place. The action blocked out the worst of the sunlight and most of her view of the terrace.

"I didn't see anyone. Are you sure you weren't dream—?" Tiny paused mid-sentence as he glanced back and caught a glimpse of her in the bit of sunlight slipping between the gap in the curtains.

Marguerite raised an eyebrow at the sudden widening of his eyes as they traveled over her in the short pink silk nightie she wore. His stunned gaze moved slowly down all the way to her pedicured and red-painted toes and then just as slowly back up, skimming her shapely, bare legs, her rounded hips, and then skipping up her stomach to her breasts, which she knew were more revealed than not by the low neckline. His eyes stopped there, the dazed look turning to a concerned frown.

"You're hurt." Tiny caught her by the chin and tipped her face up and to the side so he could get a better look at her neck. After a second, he released her with a soft curse.

"What is it?" she asked as he took her by the arm to hurry her across the room.

Marguerite glanced down at herself. There was a line of blood dripping down her upper chest and soaking into the lace neckline of her nightie. Frowning, she felt around on her throat until she found the nick in her neck. Apparently the sword had caught her as she rolled away.

"Tell me what happened," Tiny ordered as he ushered her into the en suite bathroom and flipped on the light.

"I woke up to find a man standing over the bed. He had a sword. I rolled off the bed as he swung it," Marguerite said simply, her gaze shifting out toward the bedroom and the balcony doors as he snatched up a clean washcloth and turned on the taps to wet it. Her adrenaline was still pumping and she now found she had itchy feet. She wanted to pursue the man who'd attacked her.

Vampire, Interrupted
An Argeneau Novel
. Copyright © by Lynsay Sands. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted May 12, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!

    I have read all the books in this series...and let me tell you the plot in this book was FANTASTIC!!!!! I don't think I would have ever guessed where the author was going with this, the PI thing started in Vincents booked, and carried over into Thomas's book....and then just all came together in this book....I loved it....

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    WONDERFUL!!

    If you enjoy sherrilyn kenyon and christine feehan you will live this series!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    Wonderful! OH! I never thought that Marguerite would have he

    Wonderful!

    OH! I never thought that Marguerite would have her own book! :o) So unexpected! Another wonderful read by Lynsay Sands!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    ?

    Love this series, but wish the auther would combine a book or two and make it a little longer read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Fast, fun read

    Fun to read about "good vampires" and that even they have problems.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Love it!

    This is the best 1 in the series but i LOVE the whole series so far so i am on to the next!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    My fav

    This one is my fave from this seris and i still read it and love it more and more

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    One of the best in the Argeneau series

    One of the best in the Argeneau series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Best of Series

    Have read all twenty in the Argeneau series, and this is the best of the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    I really liked it

    This was the best in this family series

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Marguerite has lived a life of misery with the exception of her

    Marguerite has lived a life of misery with the exception of her children. On her first case as a PI attempts on her life start, not to mention
    the sexy Julius enters her life. Or reenters as it turns out. In the search for Christian's biological mother, Marguerite believes she has
    finally met her life mate, but secrets keep unfolding before her. Sands did an excellent job in the mystery of this story line, and in keeping
    me laughing along with routing for Julius.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Book number 9 in the series

    This by far was my favorite so far. It really kept u in it. I was hoping book 10 would be about christain or more on mareritte' s relationship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Biteme

    ..

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Wraith

    What is this place

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Reaper

    Sits down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Kate

    Whoa what hapenned here? I heard there was a fight!!:(...r u guys okay?!!:(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Take my hand lets go

    Somewhere we can rest our souls

    Take my hand lets go<p>
    Somewhere we can rest our souls</p>
    <p>
    We'll sit where it's warm</p>
    <p>
    You'll say look, we're here alone.</p>
    <p>
    <br />
    <b>I was runnin' in circles</b></p>
    <p>
    I hurt myself just to find my purpose.</p>
    <p>
    <br />
    <br />Everything was so worthless</p>
    <p>
    I didn't deserve this</p>
    <p>
    But to me you were perfect.</p>
    <p>
    <br />
    <br />I'm scattered through this life</p>
    <p>
    If this is life I'll say goodbye.</p>
    <p>
    <br />
    <br />She's gone like an angel</p>
    <p>
    with wings let me burn tonight.</p>
    <p>
    <br />
    <br />I see me writing on this paper</p>
    <p>
    Prayin' for some savior
    Wishin' to intake her and save her.</p>
    <p>
    <br />
    <br />In a world so, so godless so thoughtless</p>
    <p>
    I don't know how we wrought this</p>
    <p>
    All the love that you brought us.</p>
    <p>
    <br />
    <br />It feels like I'm killing myself</p>
    <p>
    Just willin' myself</p>
    <p>
    Just to pray for some help.</p>
    <p>
    <br />
    <br />I'd give it all just have, have your eternity</p>
    <p>
    It's all that assures me</p>
    <p>
    It's worth all that hurts me.</p>
    <p>
    <br />
    <br />I'd give you my heart</p>
    <p>
    And I'd let you just hold it.</p>
    <p>
    I'd give you my soul</p>
    <p>
    But I already sold it.</p>
    <p>
    <br />
    <br />On that day I walked away in December</p>
    <p>
    I will always remember.</p>
    <p>
    I&quot;ll regret it forever.</p>
    <p>
    <br />
    <br />I remeber brown eyes</p>
    <p>
    So sad and blue skies.</p>
    <p>
    Turned to darkness and night.</p>
    <p>
    I'm so sick of the fight.</p>
    <p>
    <br />
    <br />I won't breathe unless you breathe</p>
    <p>
    I won't bleed unless you bleed</p>
    <p>
    I won't be unless you be</p>
    <p>
    Till I'm gone and I can sleep.</p>
    <p>
    <br />
    <br />Everything was so worthless</p>
    <p>
    I didn't deserve this</p>
    <p>
    But to me you were perfect.</p>
    <p>
    <br />
    <br /></p>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Shut up, Ton. -________-*****

    Shut up, Ton. -________-*****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Jub/Lich. Whatever he wants to call himself.

    Jub/Lich. Whatever he wants to call himself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    I am NOT flirting with YOU. I don't flirt anymore. It's pointles

    I am NOT flirting with YOU. I don't flirt anymore. It's pointless when I am never gonna' date again so keep dreamin' Robes.

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