The Bite Before Christmas

The Bite Before Christmas

by Lynsay Sands, Jeaniene Frost

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ISBN-13: 9780062022608
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Series: Argeneau Vampire Novella Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 121,103
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to nineteen different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling—by car. Airplanes, children, and cookbooks frighten her.


London, Ontario

Place of Birth:

Leamington, Ontario

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The Bite Before Christmas 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 176 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love both authors; for those of you criticizing Jeaniene Frost, to bad for you! You don't know what an excellant series in her books you are missing. The first book in the series featuring Cat and Bones starts out a little slow but OMG! Stick with it and you won't be disapointed! Keep up the good work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave it four stars instead of five because I felt like Lynsay Sands shorted us on another great Argeneau book!!! This book contains two stories. The story by Lynsay Sands, author of the Argeneau Vampire Series and a story by author, Jeaniene Frost. I have read all of the Argeneau Series by Lynsay Sands and almost missed this one! Her story is only 75 pages and is the story of Teddy, the sheriff of Port Henry, who already knows about the immortals, finding his life mate! I was sooo excited and happy for him! I wish this had been a whole book included in the Argeneau Series! The story is named "The Gift". Don't miss this one if you are following the Argeneau Series!!! The other story was a good story about a different type of vampire group and fighting a demon. I enjoyed it, but already follow enough authors in this genre... PLEASE, Lynsay, don't hide Argeneau characters in short stories that are not part of the Argenuea series!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
"The Gift" by Lynsay Sands. Port Henry Police Chef Teddy Brunswick is snowed in without electricity at Marguerite Argeneau's isolated Colorado cabin. He cannot escape as downed trees block the road and his truck is frozen. Next door is Katricia Argeneau who tells him she has food while he has a fire in the fireplace. Tricia is excited as she cannot read her fellow stranded traveler, which means that Marguerite is probably right that the man who looks like her grandfather is her life mate. She tells him she is in law enforcement as a Council Enforcer in New York and that Marguerite is her aunt; he knows what she is but is unsure what he is to her. "Home for the Holidays" by Jeaniene Frost. Cat arranges a surprise birthday party for her beloved husband Bones the vampire. Fabian the ghost, Spade, Ian, Mancheres, Denise and Kira arrive, but Annette fails to show up. Ian goes to see why. Blood is everywhere and Annette looks like she was tortured but refuses to say by who in spite of her sire Bones demanding she does. Bones catches a vampire in the woods; he says he is his half-brother Wraith. Ian distrusts Wraith while Cat has doubts too. After a few hours, Cat decides to kill Wraith in order to save her beloved who acts as if he is entranced. She obtains help from Ian and Denise, also affected by Wraith. With strong casts, these are two thrilling vampire romances that are part of each author's respective series (Lynsay Sands' Argeneau saga and Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress saga). Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy both the nigh huntress series and the argeneau series and so I was looking foward to catching up with the characters. Lynsay Sands "The Gift" was about Teddy finding his lifemate. I reall y like Teddy and I'm glad he has a lifemate but this sory was very light. I didn't feel the connection or feel like they were falling in love. I give it 3 stars. Frost's "Home for the Holidays" on the other hand was great. I love Cat and Bones but this story had Cat and Ian working together to save Bones and their friends. I think Ian is hilarious and I was happy to have so much of him in this novella. I give it 5 stars.
mcfan More than 1 year ago
Lynsay Sands "The Gift" featuring Port Henry's Police Chief Teddy Brunswick and Katricia Argeneau deserves a 5-Star rating. The unfolding love story is developed completely and touches one's heart. Only flaw is the story ends too quickly. Because of this story, I am adding the book to my permanent collection. Jeaniene Frost "Home for the Holidays" featuring Kat and Bones is good. I always enjoy when the hero and heroine work together to solve the problem from early in a story rather than a large part of the story being them fighting against each other. Should get a 3.5 to 4 Star rating. Because the book contains only 2 stories, it is so obvious that Ms. Sands writng abilities far outshine Ms. Frost. Perhaps such a new talent should not be featured side by side with a professional. Bunny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has two short stories in it. I was already a fan of Jeaniene Frost and that was why I purchased this book. So, when Lynsay Sands work I was blown away. The short story is apart of a 18 book series and I've now read all 18 books. Some of them twice. Lynsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost are both remarkable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Neither author will leave you disappointed! I bought it to read one of the authors stories and out of bordem I red the other and love it so much I bought the rest of the series to read as well! Thanks again, Authers
evanescenceSE More than 1 year ago
I don't know why I love this type of novel, but I do. For one thing the characters are thoroughly likeable and deserving. But I also love this kind of storyline, where there is some paranormal element in it. It makes the whole book very suspensful
Zbones More than 1 year ago
I purchased this in hopes of reading full story about the Argeneaus. Similar to the other negative reviews, I wanted a more involved story about them rather than one from an author that I am not familiar with. The amount of pages dedicated to Lynsay Sands characters were far less than the Frost story. In addition, the cost of this book was significantly higher. Rather than paying for a novel with combined authors, I would have preferred to pay less for a short story from a single author. I would not make this purchase again in the future.
Fulvia More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed all of Lynsay Sands books. This did not disappoint me. Plus, I've never read Jeaniene Frost before, and found it to be a great read! Can't wait to collect her back issues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed both stories in this book. I am a huge fan of the Night Huntress series & the last novel was kind-of a let down. However, the story in this book made up for my disappointment. As for the Agreneau story, I have been wishing that Teddy would join the clan for quite some time & loved how it all came about. I hope he reappears in future novels so we can see how the happy couple is doing.
talksupe.blogspot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a new release so I encourage you to buy it, give it as a gift or put it on your wishlist, borrow a copy, doesn't matter as long YOU READ IT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good stories
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
Two entertaining paranormal tales set at Yuletide! The Bite Before Christmas is a festive paranormal anthology featuring two fun reads. I enjoyed my previous one experience with Lynsay Sands writing so much that when I saw this book on display at our library, I grabbed it. As a bonus, I received an introduction to Jeaniene Frost’s books too. Even though these novellas are both installments in the authors’ established series, I had absolutely no problem jumping in with these! I never once felt lost. They have ignited my desire to read more from both of these authors soon! The Gift by Lynsay Sands is a light and sexy romp in the midst of a holiday storm which finds a human and a vampire snowed-in. I liked that the hero is fit, but not so young. He’s sixty four year old and planning to retire soon from a job that he loves as chief of police in a small town. Being single, he’s escaped all the family celebrations to a secluded cabin – but doesn’t plan on finding himself stranded with no provisions and electricity and housebound with a centuries-old vampire whose blood delivery didn’t arrive due to the storm. No worries! All works out well in the end! (116 pages) 4 Wine Glasses! A few favorite quotes from The Gift: “She drawled, "I think I'd really like to see that gun of yours later.” --- “Where did your clothes go?” Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost is an engaging urban fantasy set in the holiday season. There’s some sizzling romantic sparks, too - just enough to spice things up. As the story opens, it’s Bones’ birthday and as part of his surprise, he discovers that he has a long-lost brother. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the brother carries unwanted baggage. This tale will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. (153 pages) 5 Wine Glasses! A few favorite quotes from Home for the Holidays: “Get your bloody hands off my wife!” --- “You call that begging? Oh, Kitten, you can do better than that...” Both reads are highly entertaining, with great characters and teeming with sweet and intense moments. I read them both in one day – not wanting to put either down until I’d finished. I highly recommend this pairing to anyone who craves a fangy holiday escape anytime of the year! My full review is published at Reading Between the Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two books by two of my favorite authors. I love the stories of the Argeneau family of immortals and this one although Short was just as good as all the rest. The story of Bones and his friends for the holidays was also quite good as Bones discovers he has a half brother and they have the same name! This one was quite interesting with some unusual happenings. Quite a few twists in this story that will keep you reading well into the night! I very much enjoyed it.
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good short stories!
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ssmommie75TB More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed both Linsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost's novellas in this book. This book is recommended, especially if you are a Linsay Sands fan wondering about Teddy.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
Neither of these stories have anything to do with Christmas. Just take place in the holiday season. The Gift by Lynsay Sands was just offal. It had potential but was just crude and all about sex. I did not get through it. Definitely not worth reading. Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost however was much better. I actually enjoyed it. It is the first I have read from this author so I did not know the characters but the story stood well on its own. I now have a desire to read previous stories to get some more background on them. This story was a typical paranormal bad guys try and take over good guys. Only some of the good guys are not affected and have to fight for all. There is a lot of language in it and a sex scene between a married couple.