Vampire, Interrupted (Argeneau Vampire Series #9)

Vampire, Interrupted (Argeneau Vampire Series #9)

by Lynsay Sands

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061229770
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/26/2008
Series: Argeneau Vampire Series , #9
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 75,060
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(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


London, Ontario

Place of Birth:

Leamington, Ontario

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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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Vampire, Interrupted (Argeneau Vampire Series #9) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 371 reviews.
LB-0630 More than 1 year ago
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....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy sherrilyn kenyon and christine feehan you will live this series!!
love2read_kbl More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! OH! I never thought that Marguerite would have her own book! :o) So unexpected! Another wonderful read by Lynsay Sands!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series, but wish the auther would combine a book or two and make it a little longer read
dragonML More than 1 year ago
Fun to read about "good vampires" and that even they have problems.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best 1 in the series but i LOVE the whole series so far so i am on to the next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one is my fave from this seris and i still read it and love it more and more
scjs4r More than 1 year ago
One of the best in the Argeneau series
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you've been waiting for Marguerite's story, this is it. It certainly cleared up some questions I've had about this character. Why did she marry Jean Claude in the first place? Why did she stay with him so long? If you haven't been following this series, you may not enjoy this book as much as I did. The series begins with Single White Vampire. If you like Sookie Stackhouse and Queen Betsy, then don't miss this series...
bhryk0 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Marguerite Argeneau, in her new role as a private detective, has been asked by Christian Nott to help him find his mother. His father Julius, for his own reasons, won't tell Christian who his mother is.The trip takes her and her assistant Tiny to London, York and to Italy. Someone is trying to kill Marguerite for some unknown reason.This book is happening the same time as the 8th book when Marguerite's nephew Thomas goes to London looking for her and Tiny.For me there were a few surprises and I thought it was a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book several times now. For me it is a very heart felt story. It always puts a tear to my eye, along with making me laugh. Now I have it on the nook so if I really want to read it again, i can any time!
Kegsoccer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great story... to bad they spoiled us:I was overjoyed when Lynsay Sands released so many new books in a row. I love reading about the Argeneau vampires, and each book makes me love the characters even more. I was even happier when they began putting family trees in the front. It's so much easier to refer to them every once in awhile to find out which vampires are related and how. Then I got this book. I flipped to the family tree as a refresher before reading. Big Mistake. Doing that completely spoiled the book for me. I speak not of the fact that Marguerite is lifemates with Julius Notte. That was pretty much a given. I'm talking about who Christian's mother is. The family tree reveals the answer that the reader wouldn't normally find out until about half way through; and even when that happens the reader is still slightly confused. I read it, and my jaw dropped as I quickly tried to come up with possibilities. Instead of finding out things along with the characters, as we normally do, I was way ahead, and it sucked. I honestly liked this story, but it would have been so much better it it had remained unspoiled. We haven't seen much about Marguerite's love life, so it was great to see it now. I also enjoyed the bit with Lucian at the end. It was something I guessed but nonetheless a nice addition to the story. To sum up, Lynsay Sands: Kudos to the family tree idea, but in this case, you blew it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the story and love the drama
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me going from begining to end. It was almost like being at a huge family reunion with all the stress and mishaps. I love Margurite and I love Julius. This is their story and since Margurite is the matriarch of the family it really makes it worth the read. I especially love how Lindsay Sands brings all the characters old and new together for this book. It reminds me of holidays in some ways. I was laughing in some areas, pissed off in others, and cryng tears of happiness and sadness in the rest. It was an emotional roller coaster and I enjoyed the ride. I will deffinately be re-reading this book again.
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This is probably my favorite book in the whole series!
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This entire series is addicting!
Mindy_Lou More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book.. I have yet to be disappointed with her series..
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Have read all twenty in the Argeneau series, and this is the best of the best.
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This was the best in this family series
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