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Review – The Reluctant Vampire by Lynsay Sands

Publisher: Avon
Publish Date: May 31st, 2011
How I got this book: NetGalley

Has this immortal finally met her match?

Rogue hunter Drina Argenis (from the Spanish side of the Argeneau family) has been many things in her years as an immortal, but bodyguard/babysitter to a teenage vampire is something new. There’s an incentive, however: the other vampsitter, Harper Stoyan, may be Drina’s life mate.

Trouble is, having just lost a life mate, Harper is resigned to being alone. He’s completely unprepared when sexy and unpredictable Drina bursts into his life to reignite his passions. Can Drina, with a little matchmaking help from their teen charge, tempt this reluctant vampire to take a chance?

Or will a dangerous, unseen renegade kill Drina and Harper’s one chance at happiness?
*Blurb from Goodreads*

Sands is back with the 15th book in her Argeneau Series! Many times when authors carry out a series like this for so long, the books can get old and repetitive, however Sands has a way of keeping each book somewhat new and fresh.

Drina is a Rogue Hunter from Spain, and has been called over to help out with bodyguard duty for a newly turned teenage vampire. Harper, her temporary assigned partner, is one sexy vampire and might actually be Drina’s life mate. But since Harper just lost his previous love, he is hesitant to move forward with Drina.

When the danger heats up and a rogue begins pursuing them, they take the chance at being together, regardless of the potential consequences.

I’ve always been a big fan of this series, mainly because I love the twist that Sands puts on the whole “vampire” process. It’s different and fun, and even after 15 books, I’m still finding myself interested and engaged.  I love that Sands infuses her romances with some hilarious scenes, and when Drina gets sprayed with a skunk, I was both laughing and cringing at the same time.

I really liked Drina. I thought she was a great addition to the Argeneau series, and I am a huge sucker for the strong woman who can come into the story, kicking butts and taking names. But at the same time, Drina is also very feminine. She is very loving and mothering to Stephanie and I enjoyed watching the friendship between those two bloom into something unique and special.

Harper was very sexy, like all of Sands heroes, but it took awhile for him to grow on me. I didn’t love him right away, and it wasn’t until he really started putting in an effort with Drina that I started liking him more and more.

I enjoyed seeing more of Stephanie, and can’t wait to find out more about what her story is, what will happen with her future, and what is in store for her. She is still too young to get her happily ever after, but I hope that as Sands continues with the story, we will get more sneak peeks into what is going on with her life.

I am still liking this series, however I have found that I am somewhat burned out on it. While I used to devour Sands previous books with gusto, I’ve begun to find that with the past few books, I haven’t been as enthused. I’m not sure why this is, maybe just getting burnt out on the series as a whole, or what. I will always love Sands writing and world-building, but for some reason the books just aren’t grabbing and staying with me like they used to.

All in all though I was very happy with this story. Sands deliverers another fun and sexy book in her series, and keeps the overall story arc from the series moving forward.

I give The Reluctant Vampire a C+

By MinnChica

MinnChica can usually be found with her nose in a book (or nook), and can ALWAYS find a few minutes to read: stuck at a red light, sitting in the doctors office, on her lunch break. She's so addicted to reading that her family frequently threatens to host an intervention. Currently MinnChica is devouring every romance book she can get her hands on, especially ones that feature 'friends to lovers' stories. Some of her favorite authors currently are Ilona Andrews, Jill Myles, Meljean Brook, Nalini Singh and Susan Mallery.

3 replies on “Review – The Reluctant Vampire by Lynsay Sands”

I am still liking this series, however I have found that I am somewhat burned out on it. While I used to devour Sands previous books with gusto, I’ve begun to find that with the past few books, I haven’t been as enthused. I’m not sure why this is, maybe just getting burnt out on the series as a whole, or what.

I felt that way after the first three books. I continued reading until the sixth or so, but finally gave up. The spark I found in the first three books was missing. I’m glad you’ve made it to fifteen, though!

@Catherine – I will probably continue to read the books, just will get them from the library or something.

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