A Bite to Remember (Argeneau Vampire Series #5)

A Bite to Remember (Argeneau Vampire Series #5)

by Lynsay Sands

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Overview

Rule #1: Never get involved with someone who won't be there for you when the sun comes up.

Once bitten, twice shy, and sexy PI Jackie Morrisey wasn't going there again. Vincent Argeneau may be the hottest guy she's ever met, living or dead, but she's here to stop a killer from turning this vampire into dust, not to jump into bed with him.

Rule #2: Never kiss a vampire . . . it can be a pain in the neck.

Okay, so Vincent's had four hundred years to perfect his kissing skills, and he does look rather tempting when he runs around the house shirtless. He's also charming, protective . . . did we mention he can kiss? Jackie needs to be on her guard, or else she'll have to come up with a new rule: If you're going to fall in love with a vampire, make sure it's a bite to remember.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060774073
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/27/2006
Series: Argeneau Vampire Series , #5
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 74,944
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.77(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 www.lynsaysands.net.

Hometown:

London, Ontario

Place of Birth:

Leamington, Ontario

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A Bite to Remember


By Lynsay Sands

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Lynsay Sands
All right reserved.

ISBN: 006077407X

Chapter One

"Vincent? Are you there? If you're there, pick upthe phone."

Vincent Argeneau forced one eyelid upward and peered around the dark room. His home office, he saw, managing to make out the shape of his desk by the sliver of light coming through the door cracked open to the hallway. He'd fallen asleep on the couch in his office.

"Vincent?"

"Yeah?" He sat up and glanced around for the owner of that voice, then realized it was coming through his answering machine on the desk. Giving his head a shake, Vincent got to his feet and stumbled across the room. He snatched up the cordless phone, dropped into his desk chair, and growled, "Bastien?"

"Vincent? Sorry to wake you, cousin. I waited as late as I could before calling."

Vincent grunted and leaned back in the chair, running his free hand over his face. "What time is it?"

"Five P.M. here in New York. I guess that makes it about two there in L.A.," Bastien said apologetically.

"Two," Vincent muttered. No wonder he was exhausted. He'd been up until 9 A.M. dealing with phone calls, then had drawn the blackout curtains in the room and lain down on the couch here rather than go to his bed. He hadn't wanted to miss Bastien's call.

"Are you awake?"

"Yeah." Vincent scrubbed his hand over his face again, then reached out to turn on his desk lamp. Blinking in the increased light, he said, "I'm up. Were you able to get a hold of that private detective company you said was so good?"

"That's why I couldn't call any later than this. They're on their way. In fact, their plane was scheduled to land at LAX fifteen minutes ago."

"Jesus!" Vincent sat up abruptly in his seat. "That was fast."

"Jackie doesn't waste time. I explained the situation to her and she booked a flight right away. Fortunately for you, she'd just finished a big job for me and was able to put off and delegate whatever else she had on the roster."

"Wow," Vincent murmured, then frowned as he realized what Bastien had said. "She? The detective's a woman?"

"Yes, and she's good. Really good. She'll track down your saboteur and have this whole thing cleaned up in no time."

"If you say so," Vincent said quietly. "Thanks, Bastien. I appreciate it."

"Not a problem. Happy to help."

Vincent opened his mouth to speak, then paused as he heard a woman's muffled voice in the background. He began to grin. "Is that Terri?"

"Yes. She says hello, and says to warn you -- " He paused to clear his throat. "Er . . . Vincent, mother is on her way out there too."

"What?" Vincent stood abruptly. The news was rather shocking. Aunt Marguerite hadn't visited his home in decades. Usually, he visited her in Canada. She'd chosen the worst possible time to decide to visit sunny California. "Why?"

"Er . . . well, that's a funny thing really." Bastien gave a nervous laugh. "It seems she's come to the conclusion that you may be lonely and depressed."

"What!" Vincent gaped at the phone.

"Yeah. She thinks your being here in New York and witnessing Terri and I getting together -- as well as seeing my siblings with their life mates -- may have upset you, your still being single and all. She seems to think you may need cheering up or maybe some help seeing to the situation."

"Dear God," Vincent muttered, raking one hand through his hair.

"Yeah, I thought you might feel that way," Bastien said sympathetically. "I did try to dissuade her from going, but . . . You know how my mother is once she gets an idea into her head."

"Dear God," Vincent repeated.

"She's on a later flight," Bastien informed him. "She won't arrive until six o'clock your time and she's arranged for a car rental so you won't have to pick her up."

"Does she know about what's going on here?"

"No," Bastien said. "And unless you want her interfering, I suggest you not tell her."

Vincent gave a bark of laughter. Interfere was an understatement. If Marguerite Argeneau knew someone was sabotaging her nephew's business, she'd be determined to track them down and sort it out. She was very protective of those she loved and he was fortunate enough to count himself in that category.

"Dear God," he said unhappily.

"Just stick her in a guest room, give her a bunch of tourist pamphlets, and let her entertain herself," Bastien suggested. "She'll get bored and move on eventually."

Vincent grimaced, thinking nothing was ever that easy. "I'm guessing I wasn't expected to pick up this Jackie and . . ." He paused, trying to recall the second name Bastien had mentioned.

"Tiny," he supplied. "No, they'll have a rental too. Otherwise I'd have called sooner."

"Right." Vincent sighed.

"I'm guessing you probably have about half an hour before they get there. I figured that was enough time to get ready."

"Yeah," Vincent agreed.

"Okay. I guess I'll let you go wake yourself up before they arrive."

"Yeah, okay. Hey, tell Terri -- " Vincent paused and glanced toward the hallway as a knock sounded at his front door. Frowning, he stood and headed out of the office, taking the cordless phone with him. "Hang on. There's someone at the door."

"That's probably the package I sent out for Mom," Bastien said. "If so, you'll have to get it in the refrigerator right away."

"Must be nice having your meals prepared and delivered," Vincent said dryly as he walked up the hall.

"We'll eventually sort that out too, cousin," Bastien said quietly, and Vincent felt guilty for bellyaching. Bastien had set his scientists to work on finding a cure for his problem years ago. If there wasn't one yet, it wasn't for lack of trying.

"Is it the blood?" Bastien asked as Vincent pulled the front door open.

"Umm . . . no," he answered, his gaze running over the duo on the marble step before him. He'd never set eyes on such an unlikely pair. . . .

Continues...


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Bite to Remember (Argeneau Vampire Series #5) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 343 reviews.
doggis More than 1 year ago
Exciting and well written. Didn't take me long to finish. Very enjoyable
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just finished Lynsay Sands 'A Bite To Remember' and was to my great surprise... *impressed*. I expected the typical humor romance FLUFF that the former books of the series were. 'Love Bites' 'Tall Dark and Hungry' 'Single White Vampire' and 'A Quick Bite' were all enjoyable, but without a doubt, fluff-- cotton candy, cherry soda vampire fare. But the latest in the series really is a 'A Bite To Remember' and is all dark, suspenseful, and red blooded as a vampire main course. Much more mature and adult themes in the content. I've read a lot of vamp related fiction that's come out this year, and this one rises to the top with high marks all around. So far it's one of my favorites of this year's crop of new paranormal fiction. The very mortal PI Jackie Morrisey is called in to find out who is gunning for Vincent Argeneau, vampire, as his business suffers escalating acts of sabotage, from property damage, to injured employees, and now... murder. Jackie is one of the few people in the know about vampires, but her past encounter with an unscrupulous vamp named Cassius has left her on her guard, with good reason. Previous books in the series have focused on the honorable and almost laughably 'goody goody' Argeneau vampires, who rarely misuse their powers. Now in the latest book, we see the darker, more sordid side of the coin, when vampires of nastier persuasion use those same powers casually, in ways that demean and destroy. Jackie has been a victim of the petty side of vampire powers, seduced and betrayed, she'd vowed never to let another vampire get to her that way again. Vincent Argeneau has been slowly withdrawing from life for decades. Something he hadn't really realized until Jackie shows up and shakes it up enough that Vincent can see the difference between really living, and merely existing. Jackie's perception of vampires as selfish b*****ds is challenged by the example Vincent presents, and his unexpected innocence about the dark natures that people around him, human and vampire, may act upon. Jackie has a mystery to solve, a client to protect, and it's not just her heart she might lose if she gets too close to Vincent. Again, this is one of my favorite new paranormal reads of this year. Dark, suspenseful, and the s*xual content got to me in the best way. I usually skim Romance Book s*x, but this made me pause, rewind, and play over. Hot. *fans self*
slrmp1964 More than 1 year ago
I have read the complete series, and waiting for the next one out.
Spooxta More than 1 year ago
The Argeneau series is a comedy, drama, love story all wrapped up in each book. Put them all together and you have an ongoing saga that builds as you read each of these stories. Each book adds more depth, texture, and richness to this family saga as each story is told.
elizabethofindy More than 1 year ago
Good story line. Kept me interested and reading to the very end. I love this series!!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great book!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Love the family and the love stories that tell about them finding their life mates. They also include a lot of action too.
blodeuedd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Plot:Someone is sabotaging Vincent's plays and to his rescue comes a female PI, sexy, mortal, and with a bit of grudge against immortals. Then his aunt shows up too afraid that he is lonely and depressed.My thoughts:Shall I state my do not worry OCD peeps message again, ok. I read book 1 and now I read this one. Were there books in between yes, Vincent's aunt mentioned that his cousins had found life mates but that was it. And the nano thing was explained again and some other things. This book was a perfect stand alone novel. Trust me on this.Vincent then, an actor, 400 years old, and a bit tired of the hunt, and even sex. He has a disorder that the nanos can't fix. He needs to feed from a source, not bag of blood. He is a hottie, nice and cheery around others. Jackie is all business, good at what she does, and she has been bitten before and doesn't have happy memories of her old lover. But there was chemistry between this couple, even if it took some time for them to act on it.There is saboteur, and the hunt for this person. I kept wondering who it could be, and things will happen. That is all I am saying.This series is still very light, and with subtle humour here and there. Some romance, passion, danger, and interesting vampires. There was also one great side character and that was Jackie's associate Tiny, this huge guy who loved to work in the kitchen. I could just see him baking his muffins.Recommendation and final thoughts:I like this light series, and the Argenau family. They have a rich history and there are sure certain members of the family whose stories I would like to read. I also liked how easy it was to just jump into this series.
DF1A_ChristieR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jackie does not like vampires. After being wronged by one she doesn't want it to happen again, but when Vincent Argeneau needs her help seh starts to get feelings for him after a few days. Vincent needs Jackie to track down a sabateur who is sabotaging his plays. The only thing stopping them is the fact that it could be a vampire trying to get back at Vincent for doing somthing he doesn't even remember doing. I like this book because I like vampires and this just further sparked my interest in them.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"A Bite To Remember" isn't anything to write home about. It truly isn't a book I will remember clearly in a month or a year. However, this book, was a fairly entertaining read, and an improvement over "Love Bite", "Single White Vampire", and "Tall Dark and Hungry". Sands has made a wonderful world of vampires here. The Argeneau family is a hoot, and I really find myself wanting to know more about them. Sands gives and original and exceptional reasoning for the vampires. Her's is seriously one of my favorite explanations of vampirism. The problem is her previous books have felt exactly the same to me, change the name and place and the stories were redundant. "A Bite To Remember" changed that at least a bit for me. There was an interesting mystery to resolve and the romance was put off for just a little longer than normal. The funny parts weren't in every scene, but they were realy funny, unlike in the other volumes, in my opinion. The book has drawbacks. It still felt very formulaic. It wasn't very exciting. I kept thinking about other books I had in my TBR pile that I could be reading. However, this book was my favorite Argeneau novel, after "A Quick Bite".
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
PI Jackie Morrisey previously dated a vampire and he broke her heart, this is a problem with her latest assignment with Vincent Argeneau where she's bodyguarding him. Someone is threatening him, killing his previous loves. However he's very tempting..Yes it's pretty obvious what happens, but the investigation is also fun.Fun and quite readable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series has had me from the word go.The characters are personable, and hilarious. I start reading one, and I find it terribly hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm hooked on the series.
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I have eveey book this author has published, and reread them often.
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ssmommie75TB More than 1 year ago
Linsay Sands books have a great witty funny story line, along with a mystery that leaves you guessing until the end, And this one wasn't any different. Vincent is a bored with life immortal actor, who is also one of the few immortal's that must feed from mortals directly thanks to an anomaly with his system. He also hates doing so and is quite picky about who he chooses to feed from. When too many accidents start occurring on his sets of plays he calls in private investigator Jackie Morrisey. Along with finding his life mate in her, they, with the help of friends solve the mystery of the accidents.
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