Thursday 17 December 2009


Etienne Argeneau can turn one human into a vampire in his lifetime - an honour his kind usually reserved for their life mates, to let their love live forever.

But it's all a bit more complicated than that. Rachel Garrett, a beautiful coroner, has just saved his life and now she's about to lose hers. Etienne has a choice: he can save her life in turn and thus doom himself to an eternity alone, unable to create his own life mate. Or he can watch his saviour die and live in the name of a love he has yet to meet.

Her life and his love weigh in the balance and whatever Etienne does he may live to regret for eternity...

The first book in the Argeneau series introduces the Argeneau family and features a chaotic romance you can really sink your teeth into.

This is the first book in the Lynsay Sands Argeneau series, which introduces the Argeneau family, who all happen to be vampires. They're also intelligent, successful individuals who happen to be several centuries old and need blood to survive.

I was lucky enough to get the chance to read an ARC of this book, which will be released in Australia next March. And boy am I glad I got it.

Rachel Garrett is a coroner who works the night shift. When she steps between an axe and a corpse lying in the morgue, she ends up getting struck by the weapon. What she doesn't know is that she's saved Etienne Argeneau's life. And, because he can't let her die after such a selfless act, Etienne decides to save her life by turning her into a vampire. Of course, the fact that he can only turn one human into a vampire during his lifetime complicates things. Especially since most vamps turn their life mate.

I had a great time reading this multiple POV book, and was hooked from the very beginning. I found Rachel and Etienne to be great and interesting characters who start out as been forcibly connected by a sheer act of fate, but wind up wanting to be together. Their passion for each other sizzled off the page, but their path towards each other is filled with danger, uncertainty, and a lot of lessons about being a vampire.

Love Bites is a fun book that made me laugh. It's also a terrific introduction to this series. Although it's a lot of fun with a little bit of everything -- danger, chaos, confusion, romance, family -- the story also deals with serious issues. Either way, it's addictive. I loved the explanation of where vampires originated from, too. Oh, and the supporting cast is amazing, adding depths to this wonderful world.

I loved it, and can't wait to read about some of the other family members.

Love Bites, March 2010, ISBN 978-057-509381-2, Gollancz Paperback

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