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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 reHas 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?...

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The Reluctant Vampire Reviews

  • Jilly
    2018-10-27 22:11

    Make me fall in love with your characters and you get all the stars!!!Stars are always a good thing, right?Okay, sorry about that.So, this book has an awesome female character named after a product to clean out your drains - Drina. But, don't hold that against her because she is a feminist's dream-girl when you are a feminist but still love sappy romance stories with big, strong, gorgeous men who are awesome... oh, is it just me? Please don't make me hand in my feminist card! It's the only one that works to jimmy open my bathroom door when I lock myself out on accident. You know, plus, the whole feminist thing. Fight the patriarchy!Drina is already a vamp and finds her life-mate in Harper. But, it's complicated because Harper is in mourning for his old life-mate who died while he was turning her. He was one of the guys in a book earlier in the series who was vying for a chance with Elvi and ended up finding a different girl to be his life-mate in Elvi's town. And, now he is helping to guard Stefanie - the teenage girl who was turned by a rogue in Dani's book. So, we have three books converging. And, this is one of the things I like about reading a long series. You get to know the world, the characters, the back-stories. It's fun. Unless it's one of those series where nothing ever progresses. That's frustrating. I'm talking to you, Stephanie Plum! Grow the fuck up and make a choice!As long as it's Ranger.So, Harper is a little on the whiny side at first because he's attracted to Drina but feels guilty because of ..well, killing his old life-mate. I guess that would do it. So, he's resistant to the fact that he has this new life-mate showing up so soon. But, truthfully, it's been a year and a half, and he only knew the girl he killed for a week or so. I say, get on with your life, dude. So, you killed the girl. Shit happens. We all make mistakes. Just say "my bad?" and move on with your life.But noooo, Harper wants to be all moody and broody. Drina finds him acting like a little emo bitch and tries to console him by saying she understands why he is upset.Harper: “How the hell could you understand? Have you killed a life mate?” Drina’s eyes narrowed, and she said dryly, “Not yet, but there’s still time.” He blinked in surprise. “Don’t yell at me. I know you’re upset and hurting, but don’t take it out on me,” she said firmly.“It’s one thing to punish yourself for what you think is your fault, but I won’t be your whipping boy......"First off, I resent that in punishing yourself, I too will be punished. And second, I should warn you, I don’t intend to take that punishment for very long. You may want to wallow in your guilt and shun what we could have, but that doesn’t mean I intend to wait around forever for you to ‘adjust.’ You have two weeks....“Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got two doses of Sweet Ecstasy still coursing through me and don’t intend to suffer any more than necessary. I’m going downstairs to give the doorman the night of his life."That's right. Drina don't take no crap. Not only did she tell him to get his shit together, but she told him that she was going to fuck his doorman while he has his pity-party. Now, that's a woman!! lol! She didn't cry that he was rejecting her. She didn't allow him to lash out at her. She didn't baby him and let him wallow in his self-pity. She told him to man-up and move on.She's my hero!The other characters in the story were also awesome and it was fun seeing the people from previous books. I am really looking forward to our extreme hard-ass, Anders, getting his story. I thought this was going to be his book, but the longer we wait, the more I'll enjoy seeing him jumping through hoops for his life-mate.

  • Melindeeloo
    2018-11-10 16:30

    The Reluctant Vampire, Argeneau number fifteen(!), was my favorite of Sands' light vampire romances in a long time. The matching making continues, as rogue hunting Drina gets a chance to check out vampire Harper – who is still guilt ridden over losing his lifemate during her 'Turn' – while they are both pulling 'babysitting' duty for fangless teen vamp Stephanie - who is still in danger from her insane maker.The last few "Hunter" books in particular had started to feel overly familiar, but it really helped that this time around we get a vamp/vamp pairing instead of a human/vamp one. So, no need to hide the fangs from the mate-to-be or to explain the 'nanos' in gory detail – we still get coma inducing sex, but I can live with that:) What won me over initially, though is I found Stephanie's not so subtle method of getting hero Harper in the right frame of mind to accept his lifemate to be pretty funny. It was also fun to see some of the characters from previous books, but one has to wonder what Lucien was thinking putting all of those new, and easily distracted, lifemates on guard duty. Since the story is set in Accidental Vampires' home town, the character I was the happiest to see was Port Henry's police chief Teddy - and I was also happy to see that Teddy may have some fang in his future as well, since he is the star of Sands' offering in the anthology Bite Before Christmas (with Jeaniene Frost).

  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2018-10-26 22:21

    Jumping into an established series with book 15 can risky, but THE RELUCTANT VAMPIRE amply rewarded my daring. Sands interweaves details about the Argeneau vampires and this story’s main love interests without ever sacrificing the forward momentum of the narrative, and I was caught up in the story from page one. Drina and Harper’s romance was very effective as a stand alone (hot, hot, hot!), and while there were some details about the plot that went over my head, that just further motivates me to go back and enjoy the previous books in the series.The focus of THE RELUCTANT VAMPIRE is definitely more on relationships than action, which is one reason it was so easy to pick up this book and enjoy jumping into the series. Sands uses the “life mate” concept between her characters as an opportunity for both comedy and romance, not as a crutch to avoid writing well developed relationships. This attention to detail created vivid, delicious chemistry between Drina and Harper. The dance club scene was a realistic balance of sexual attraction and first date "getting to know you" conversations (which are pretty fascinating between immortal creatures), and even the skunk incident was a lovely blend of the mundane and romantic (Alessandro's vehement reaction to the "smelly cat" had me cracking up and the image of Harper sitting on a toilet seat with a clothes pin on his nose was completely adorable). While certain aspects of the plot felt like a stretch near the end (and Stephanie’s early efforts to set up Harper and Drina had me cringing), THE RELUCTANT VAMPIRE had a well paced and satisfying middle that more than made up for early and late growing pains. Despite all the happy couples cameoed in this book, it was gruff, silent Anders’ reaction to the thought of a life mate that truly charmed me. I look forward to reading his back story (and dare I hope, eventual Happily Ever After?), as I work my way through the rest of the Argeneau series.Sexual Content: Several explicit sex scenes.

  • Elenariel
    2018-11-03 23:35

    2.5*5.5/10The only interesting thing about this book was discovering Steph's potential and I hope we'll see soon enough what her powers stand for.Stephanie's jokes and taunts are funny in the beginning, but considering her age and how many times she uses this trick, they quickly become annoying. I couldn't stand how everyone manipulated Harper so easily, and how he so easily falls for what they say.Drina's character's not very well defined: she's presented like the caring and affectionate type but sounds rather selfish and uncaring when she forces herself on Harper, she's supposed to have a lot of experience but even the mating distraction can't excuse some lame judgment errors.And I find it unrealistic that Harper wasn't even a bit upset discovering that everyone lied to him about he and Drina being lifemates.I couldn't feel great passion and love in their relationship, the overall feeling was lukewarm, and the development was quite fast and after the eight chapter was a sort of repetition.The real culprit behind and target of the attacks were pretty obvious to me so no suspense there either.If I'd have to describe the book with one word, I'd say telecomandato.

  • Jenn
    2018-10-16 20:30

    This is the first one in awhile from the series that I enjoyed. Her earlier books were great but the newer ones are a bit boring now

  • valee
    2018-10-23 22:23

    3.5 STARSThis was a great and entertaining read, quick and fun. I had a nice time reading this book. I loved reading about characters that had been left aside in the previous installments. I still kinda miss the original Argeneaus from the first books though. Still it was a sweet comeback from some of the terrible last books I had read in this series. It made me wanna read more of this series again.In this installment we get to read Harper's HEA. I am very ashamed to admit that I truly don't remember who Harper was, even after reading the book, LOL. I just can't remember what his role was in the previous books. And his heroine was a lost Argentis (Argeneau in Spanish) brought from Europe never mentioned before as well. But in this case it worked for me because everything seemed new and different from the previous books, which was what I needed because all the last books just felt kind of different chapters of a same story. Harper was HAWT, way too sexy, I just loved him. He was all alpha but knew just when exactly move aside. And Drina Argenis was amazing, I mean what's not to love about a heroine who is more than 2000 years old and was a pirate, a madame, a concubine, a duchess and a gladiator in her previous lives? She was amazing. And I loved that the author rook some time to describe how those lives were, not only mentioned it. Both characters were interesting and with a great chemistry. The plot was good, nothing outstanding but nothing bad about it; it could have been better though. The romance was great but in order for me to rate this book higher I would have needed a stronger plot. Still definitely worth your time.We also get to read what happened with this 15 year old girl who had been turned against her will in the previous installment. She will be a very interesting heroine one day. Also we have the cop of the town the story develops who will be the hero in the future installment of the series ---> Can't wait for that one! Overall I had a nice time reading this installment and it brought my faith for this series back again. Way to go Lynsay! Now I will be waiting for November's installment.

  • Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
    2018-11-09 20:14

    I've never actually laughed so much it hurt while reading a book, but I certainly did with The Reluctant Vampire. I think Ms. Sands had the inner track on my funny bone this time around because I simply could not stop giggling and snickering and even the last chapter left me with a goofy smile on my face. How did she do it? I’ll share how I think she did it. First she had poor unsuspecting Harper who’s agonizing over internal angst and he gets sideswiped by an Aunt Marguerite special delivery -- Drina, the enforcer. Harper is this very uptight and Eeyore type of guy who has a strong need to help and to control. Little does he know that he’s about to be seduced and he doesn’t stand a chance against that type of smooth and underhanded trickery. It was pure genius not to mention extremely entertaining and amusing. Second, Drina is there to guard this really cute young lady named Stephanie from some bad guys, but what Drina doesn’t know is that she is going to need a guard herself from the precocious Stephanie. That girl is a delightful surprise and the cause of many a funny scene filled with racy and hilarious dialogue that spiced up the relationship tremendously. Drina likes to be in charge herself so there is that dynamic to contend with. When she tells Harper all the jobs she’s had over her long life it reads like a great book – a regular Renaissance woman. What I found really impressive was that when it first was revealed, both Harper and I were amazed, but as the story went on, a more down to earth interpretation was offered and I found that very enriching to read. I really liked how the author made it more personal and real to the characters. It may sound glamorous but the truth of it brought a real depth to Drina’s personality. And for all of Drina’s long lived life she is still astoundingly naïve and innocent. How can an immortal still be naïve after centuries of life? Easy, come to a country she’s never been before and experience new things. Folks, I have to tell you this. There is no way I want to ruin the surprise and sheer hilarity of the scene that had Alessandro freaking out but I can tell you that I re-read that whole scene three times. I could not believe how funny and adorable it was and none of it would or could have worked without the extremely awesome writing job that Ms. Sands did to bring it all to life. I want to spill spoilers so bad because they're that good. I want to laugh with others about what is so great. This chapter, my dear readers, is a Water Cooler Moment! This is the type of thing that people would gather around to trade quips, quotes and parts they thought were better than others. And just when you thought all it would be was more humor, like a boss coming around the corner scattering the workers from around the water cooler, a piece of the suspenseful conflict inserts itself seamlessly into the scene making it a clever mixture of what life actually does. Nothing is ever perfectly simple nor impossibly hard. The conflict is a bit of a light thread. The threat is very real and dangerous and yes there are times when things get nasty but it doesn’t take over the story. It propels the characters’ actions and choices but it doesn’t bog down the essence of the book which is the romance between Harper and Drina. Their relationship is forefront for most of it. Secondary characters are a gem. I love Teddy, the police chief and think it’s funny that a man of his age would say, “Shoo!” but a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do -- even when it saddens him. Yeah, like I said it’s not all whoopee cushions and saucy jokes. There is a strong emotional element that makes a reader care about what happens to everyone. And I most certainly cared about Anders. I want to see that immortal fall on his butt in love. I cracked up at Drina’s descriptions of him at the beginning of the book and giggle when I remember what it took to get him to talk in a full sentence. Okay, there was a somber part too, but the fun stuff is truly memorable. I also sniggered at the term, ‘life-mate porn’ -- way funny, but after reading the book, very accurate to the people involved. Readers are just going to have to get the book to understand everything I’m not saying in this review. Another aspect I enjoyed was when Harper and Drina finally get together. I had a great time watching them get so carried away that they forgot themselves – much to their embarrassment and my entertainment. The author was a bit creative here and there and it did much to keep their physical shenanigans fresh and interesting. The resolving of the threat was anti-climactic for me but it did its job. There are times when I’m tired of heavy handed suspense and danger so this was a refreshing and welcome scenario. I happily just sat back and read nonstop until I was done. The ending was endearing, sweet, very optimistic and well earned especially after a visit from Uncle Lucian. Readers of the series know that a visit from him usually is something to fear and creates instant suspense. The man is a walking conflict in whatever book he ends up in. What a great character. I know that I’ve mentioned some characters that have come from previous books but let me assure readers that this book really can stand on its own. I’d even go so far to say that I even forgot that I’d visited this town before in one of Ms. Sands’ previous books and I didn’t feel compelled to go back and re-read it to understand The Reluctant Vampire. I didn’t need to -– it stands on its own merits. The Reluctant Vampire is a hilarious, madcap adventure in romance that had me laughing, cheering and feeling good until the very end. I think Harper and Drina were great together and the supporting cast of characters truly made this book shine. I thank Ms. Sands for a stellar reading experience – the witty dialogue, great personalities and a sense of humor that just won’t quit are what make her books auto-buys for me. This book proved it once again. originally posted at http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

  • Amy Jacobs
    2018-11-07 23:37

    Finally! Another Argeneau Novel to quench my thirst for a little while. I am a HUGE fan of this author. She knows I stalk her website and own every novel in the series including the ones with the original covers! I have begged and pleaded for her to make me the life mate of Bricker in one of her books. I have interviewed her several times on the blog and even hosted a reading challenge featuring her books. So it is no surprise that when the publisher sent me this book for review, I moved it to the top of the pile to read first!In the latest installment we get to meet Harper again. He has been keeping a low profile since the death of his first "life mate" Jenny. When Drina arrives to help watch over Stephanie, Harper finds himself attracted to her in a way he never felt with Jenny. Together they work together in trying to not only keep Stephanie safe, but also discover the second chance at love that Harper didn't expect.While I enjoyed the story, this is not one of my favorite books in the series. To be honest, Harper never really made an impact on me enough to be anxious for his story. He was sweet and romantic, but he was just okay in the sex appeal department. Drina had a hot streak in her that could put a Jalapeno pepper to shame! She is not one that is going to take Harper's pity party lying down! She is excited to have found a life mate and she intends to make sure Harper knows it as well! Even though they were a good fit together, I just couldn't connect with their romance like I have done with the others. I didn't like the forced feel to it that the author brought this time around.I did enjoy seeing familiar faces again though in this book. We get to see Anders, Beau, Tiny and even Teddy again. Lucien even makes an appearance and steals the small scene that he is in with his bossy, yet sexy, personality. I love when an author brings back past characters and reminds us that they still have some story to tell long after their book is over. The author also brings her usual witty and laugh out loud humor to the book that quickly made me a fan of her writing.Overall, I felt this book to be a good book to pass the time with. Not much happens story wise, but the characters were fun to read about. Still a great book to read if you are a fan of the author and the series. Not one to miss if you are looking to continue reading the Argeneau series. Now, if you will excuse me, I really must go back to stalking the authors web page and emailing her about Brickers book which includes me as his life mate.

  • Megan Altorfer
    2018-10-26 18:26

    This is my FAVORITE Lynsay Sands book! Harper lost his lifemate during the turn and has become secluded and nursing his depression and his pain. He still in Port Henry with Elvi, Victor, DJ, and Mabel. Those two couples just left for their honeymoons but they left young Stephanie McGill a new edendente (a sane no fanger) who just came to live at the bed and breakfast because she can't go back to her old life because Leo the no fanger who took her wants her back to use as a broodmare to replace the sons he lost in kidnapping her and her sister. To makes matters worse for Harper he was also left with Mirabeau and Tiny two BRAND NEW lifemates who can't think of anything else but each other, they had escorted Stephanie from New York to Port Henry. But Lucien was sending two other rouge hunters to Port Henry to take place of Tiny and Beau who were wrapped up in each other. One of them was Anders and the other Drina. Drina was a rouge hunter in Spain whom Harper has never meet before, but is Lucien's niece. But Drina has a secret that only Stephanie who seemed to be able to have the uncanny ability to read anyone's mind knew. Drina had really been sent to Port Henry not only by Lucien but also Marguerite. It seemed Marguerite had her feelings that Drina would suit Harper and well after Drina tried to read Harper she found out Marguerite was right. But he problem was that Harper was punishing himself for Jenny's death and if she blurted or at first meeting that she couldn't read him that he'd avoid her. So Drina worried about how to approach Harper about their being lifemates without making him run. But it turns out Stephanie had a plan! After Harper caught Drina trying to Hotwire a car so she could by boots and warmer clothes (it is February in Canada) he offered to take them shopping. Well Stephanie used that time while shopping to make Harper think about nothing else but having sex with Drina. Then she continued to manipulate Harper into taking Drina out dancing. Well while Harper was in Toronto with Drina he discovered they were lifemates and did exactly what Marguerite told Drina what would happen, he was avoiding her. However, the usually quiet and uncommunicative Anders had a word or two to say to Harper. While Harper was dealing with his own guilt and Drina was trying to figure out a way to make sure he was willing to accept her as a lifemate, problems started to arise. It seems that Leo might have possibly tracked down the girl after all!

  • WildAboutBones
    2018-10-15 20:12

    This is the fifteenth novel in the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series and, as usual, it is full of unique vampires, engaging humor, apprehensive situations, attempted murder and seductive romance. This may be the sexiest, most sensual of all the Argeneau books and is Drina and Harper's story.Set in Port Henry again, where most of the mortal residents know about and love their vampires, fans of the series will be glad to know that Jackie's partner, Tiny, and Mirabeau are back as is Teddy, Allesandro, Stephanie, Anders and many more of the usual gang. If you are new to the series, no worries, each of these books is so well written you can start with any of them and not be lost.Drina, a 2000+ year old lovely, petite, rogue hunting Spaniard, suddenly finds herself being read by a newly turned Stephanie and unable to read Harper whom she has just been introduced to. Marguerite had mentioned she thought he might be her lifemate. Hhmmm, a lifemate... she hasn't even had or thought about sex in centuries.Harper, guilt-ridden and morose much of the time since losing his lifemate a year and a half ago, finds himself intrigued by Drina. Precocious Stephanie delights in torturing him with talk of Drina's body and having sex with her all in an attempt to get him thinking about being with Drina instead of agonizing over the death of his lifemate. Hilarity ensues.When Harper finds himself in a heavy petting session with Drina outside a restaurant and then almost takes her up against the wall in the alleyway during a blizzard while waiting for his car, he is shocked at himself. Then when they further engage in provocative foreplay in the Night Club, he decides to test his theory in front of hallway mirror in his apartment foyer while he undresses and pleasures Drina.There are several "pee in your pants" funny scenes involving what Allesandro calls a smelly cat. Don't read this books before bed because you'll never get to sleep from all the laughter.Sands is such a talented writer, she makes the reader feel a part of what is happening. Mixing hysterical banter and situations with sensual action, she has once again created a not to be missed paranormal romance.

  • Mercedes
    2018-11-03 19:25

    Started this book, just barely got into it when I accidentally left it at the park. So sad!

  • Marilyn Rondeau
    2018-10-26 23:28

    As a devout follower of Sands’ Argeneau Series I look forward to each book as it is released. In THE RELUCTANT VAMPIRE the author introduces a new heroine from the Spanish side of the family. Aunt Marguerite who is one of Sands’recurring characters and a ‘spot on’ vampire matchmaker has engineered events to place Drina in Harper’s path. Even though Harper had recently lost a ‘life mate’ odds are it would be rather impossible to have another show up so soon. In this case Sands inserts a smidgeon of mystery as to how that could be possible.The basis of the plot in THE RELUCTANT VAMPIRE is two-fold – how to amuse and contain Stephanie, the reluctant new vampire while keeping her safe from an old antagonist from previous books. All the while Harper is trying to deal with his grief yet can’t believe how much he wants to jump Drina’s bones!What I found to be the most amusing parts were the very special abilities Stephanie had that were extremely puzzling to the many people in this story. Stephanie could read everyone’s minds – a trait that only the oldest of vampires could do – in fact she didn’t even try to read them – it was as if their thoughts were drawn to a magnet in Stephanie’s head unbidden by her. Of course, being a teenager Stephanie used this information to egg on our two protagonists resulting in some very hilarious scenes.Bottom Line: While THE RELUCTANT VAMPIRE had some very humorous moments and was sensual enough, the plot of who was creating the havoc surrounding them was quickly rushed through at the end and was not one of her more riveting, or one of the surprise endings I value in Sands’ books. Consequently, this was a good read, but not fantastic.

  • Julia
    2018-10-29 16:38

    Reviewed by Mona at RexRobotReviews.comLynsay Sands does it again with her newest Argeneau novel – The Reluctant Vampire. Aunt Marguerite is at it again with her match making tendencies. But what do you do when you encounter a reluctant vampire? Well... you hunt them down of course! Harper, who has already buried one life mate, is not looking for another. But Drina shows up he just can not seem to keep his mind or his hands off her. With a little nudge from their charge, romantic havoc is in the air.As a major fan of Lynsay Sands, I must say that I am so pleased that The Reluctant Vampire runs true to her form with just the right amount of mystery, romance and danger all rolled up into another great novel! Her tongue in cheek humor as well as her fast moving action will keep you enthralled and at the edge of your seat through the entire book.This story is well written and very entertaining, you will find her characters easy to relate to and just as enjoyable too. Such an engaging read that you will find hard to put down. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a satisfying adventure with just the right amount of humor in their romance!

  • Julia
    2018-10-30 17:36

    Jumping into a long running series with book 15 is risky, but I certainly enjoyed myself. The relationship between the hero and heroine was effective as a stand alone (and smoking hot). Details about the Argeneau vampires were sprinkled at intervals in the story, and I never felt lost. There'd were some details about Stephanie's plight and Leonius's actions that could have been clearer, but that just further motivates me to go back and enjoy the previous books in the series. As a Paranormal romance, Sands did a phenomenal job balancing chemistry and character development. The dance club was hot, hot, hot, and a realistic balance of sexual attraction and first date "getting to know you" conversations (which are pretty fascinating between immortal creatures). Even the skunk scene was a lovely blend of mundane and romantic (and Alessandro's vehement reaction to the "smelly cat" had me cracking up).Full review at All Things Urban Fantasy.

  • Heather C
    2018-11-13 00:13

    I'm still liking this series!  ♦ I really loved Stephanie in this one; she's only 15 years old but she was so funny!! Probably one of the funniest characters in the entire series.  And manipulative, too.  ♦ Also, Harper and Drina are probably one of the hottest H/h so far. Man, there was some thick sexual tension and all their sex scenes were steamy, steamy; they were doing it all over the place...in the foyer, in the hallway, in the pantry, in the snow... ♦ I also liked that I got to see more of Mirabeau and Tiny...and Tiny's turn.  Plus, learned more about what happens with the nanos during the turn. Interesting! ♦ In the begging I was really confused with all the back story, but the author did a really good job of refreshing my memory.  ♦ The bad guy in the end was a total twist.  Never saw that coming.  Although, to be honest I wasn't really trying to figure it out.   Overall, I loved the comedy and romance, but didn't much enjoy the mystery.

  •  ~V~
    2018-11-01 00:14

    A really sweet addition to the Argeneau series! Very hilarious, as usual...and i do believe the steam factor might have been slightly higher in this one than some of the past books...which in my opinion is a PLUS!! :)

  • Christine Seybolt
    2018-10-18 00:28

    New York Times bestseller, Lynsay Sands latest in her beloved paranormal romance series, An Argeneau Novel, “THE RELUCATANT VAMPIRE just released by Avon Books this past May is a supernova of a read. It’s entertaining and engaging fleshed out characters with their wit and charm just explode into a million stars of excitement that I could not help myself but read through the night. Even a Vampire gets the blues. Harper Stoyan still blames himself for his lifemates death. Thankful that his friends Tiny and Mirabeau have brought Stephanie McGill is, a young newly turned immortal in need of protection from a mad-no-fanger named Leonus is just the distraction he needs. Things are work pretty well when Anders and Drina Argenis (Argeneau) show up to help protect the vamp in training. Harper finds himself attracted to the beautiful Spanish hunter. Bored and a little home sick Stephanie decides to play match maker for Drina and the reluctant Harper. But, really how hard can it be with one newly turned teenage vampire and a crazed no-fanger on the hunt and someone out to kill the sparks that have suddenly ignited between Drina and Harper. Stephanie McGill is the reason I loved THE RELUCTANT VAMPIRE. She is spunky and fire. Stephanie is a newly turned vampire. Add in the fact that she is a teenager, had to leave her family and is now being hidden away in a secluded area in Canada and she hasn’t lost her mind---or thrown a tantrum say loads about this character. I adored the fact that Ms. Sands didn’t make her a bratty teenager but one that was so full of pep and energy. Readers are going to enjoy watching all the antics this little cupid pulls out from her arsenal to bring these two lifemates together. There are so many laugh out loud moments with this character that I recommend you have a box of Kleenex hands to wipe the tears away.For the legions of fans that are very familiar with Ms. Sand’s Argeneau series, THE RELUCTANT VAMPIRE will be like a big family reunion with Tiny, Maribeau, Anders, Lucien and Marguerite. But the characters that you will fall-head-over fangs for are the happy reluctant couple themselves….or at least Harper is the reluctant one of this half-crazy in love-lust couple. Oh well reader, you have to love a man who torments himself over something he had no control over (just like a man). His lifemate Jenny died during her turning and Harper just cannot shake that if he had not given into her that she would be alive living happily ever after…not. Things start to become way too confusing for this damaged vamp when Drina Argenis appears and he is feeling more, his taste buds have revved up and the lifemates sexual bond has his overload. This shouldn’t be happening…should it? Harper shucks it of as residual feelings from his last lifemate, but he really isn’t sure. You see things aren’t adding up with his life mate as things are heating up to scorcher times infinity with Drina. Gosh, I love a confused vamp. It makes me all warm and toast inside.Drina Argenis is just as apprehensive as harper but in a completely I-know-I-am-you-lifemate kind of way. Drina is a take charge spitfire of a girl. She has known from day one that Harper is hers but she isn’t willing to fight a ghost. Even though her and Harper’s bond seem to grow through every drama, every attempt on their lives and through the most atomically powered sex either one has had. Drina still holds back. I ask…wouldn’t you? In the end I had a laugh out loud adventure with Drina and Harper. The theme that was predominating throughout the story was trust. Several of the characters had to let go over their self-contained control and trust in each other. Nothing said it better than the turning Maribeau Argeneau’s lifemate mortal detective, Tiny (BITTEN BY CUPID) into a vampire. Everyone came together to help him through the transition. I admit that sense of family bond really touched my heart.I love fiction more than fact. Sad, but true. The thing I learn most from reading fiction like a THE RELUCTANT VAMPIRE is to have strength. The strong family values—even in a paranormal setting—touch a reader’s heart. This is why we keep coming back for more. Yes Ms. Sand’s is a pro at writing drop-dead fleshed to the bone characters that we wouldn’t mind sharing a pint of blood with. But if you were to strip that all away what you have is a damn intense good story about a loving family that takes care of their own, protects their young and will move heaven and earth to prove they love you. As a reader I could not ask for more.

  • Fangs for the Fantasy
    2018-10-13 19:28

    Now that so many immortals have been paired with their lifemates, they need time off from their roles as enforcers to take their honeymoons. That means that the enforcers will be down a few hunters. Cue Aunt Marguerite, who never seems to miss an opportunity to set immortals up with their lifemates. Marguerite decides to arrange to send Drina Argenis (from the Spanish side of the Argeneau family) to help guard the young edentate Stephanie. Drina is eager to meet Harper but nervous because he is in still deep mourning after losing his last lifemate less than two years ago. Somehow, Drina has to convince Harper that they are meant to be together while protecting Stephanie from the evil no fanger Leonius.If I had to use only one word to describe The Reluctant Vampire it would be forced. The whole thing just felt crammed together and at times awkward and uncomfortable. Stephanie and Drina decide to trick Harper into a little shopping trip to Walmart. There they set about tempting Harper by showing him the bra and panties Drina is buying and naturally picturing his lifemate in these things causes him to have to take deep breathes and gulp. Then there's his whole astonishment regarding FM shoes. Really? No, really? It all just felt forced. Considering how young Stephanie is, I can understand that this is her version of helping the two lovers get it on, but it does not make sense that Trina played along. Trina has had a long interesting history which completely captivated me. She is quite different than the modern working women who have been featured as lifemates for the Argeneau men. Trina has been a gladiator, a pirate, a madam and even controlled a small country by controlling its leader for a time. Trina has spent all of her life pushing back against the limitations women have faced throughout history, determined to live her life freely. The problem however ensues when she meets Harper. I learned about what kind of woman Trina is from her backstory but somehow it all got lost in her relationship with Harper. Instead, Trina is decidedly motherly towards Stephanie with no hint of the hardness it must have taken to dress as a man and become a pirate. In terms of Harper, I found him to be extremely unlikeable. Too much of his thought pattern seemed to be about avoiding being emasculated which for him meant being thought of as one of the girls. "I’m sorry,” Drina said suddenly, and patted his shoulder as if he might need soothing. “I guess we need to try to remember that this is all alien to you. I’m afraid we just keep forgetting you’re a guy and have been thinking of you as one of the girls.”“One of the girls,” Harper muttered, as she moved off to join Stephanie again. The thought was rather dismaying. It wasn’t that he was interested in Drina and wanted her to think of him in that way, but—“Christ.” He breathed with disgust. Being considered one of the girls was damned lowering. (pg37)This is time number one where Harper reveals that being though of as a girl is "lowering."Tiny nodded again, and then explained, “My best friend most of my adult life has been a female . . . and, come to think of it, she’s probably treated me more like a girlfriend than a guy friend,” he admitted with an unconcerned chuckle.“Hmm.” Harper shook his head. “Well, I’ve never been treated like a girlfriend in all my life. It was a bit lowering.”“Nah.” Tiny shook his head. “It’s a compliment. It means they don’t see you as sexually threatening. You’re a friend rather than a man friend.”“And that’s a compliment?” Harper asked doubtfully.“It is if you’re only interested in being a friend,” he reasoned, and then shrugged, and added, “But I suppose if your interests lie in a more sexual relationship, then it’s probably less flattering. Fortunately, I never had that kind of interest in my friend, Jackie. She’s more like a combination buddy and sister type for me.” “Jackie? Vincent’s wife? The one who is flying in at the end of the week to help oversee your turn?” Harper asked. The big man had called Jackie last night to tell her he would be turning soon . (pg 79)Yes, that's time number two of Harper declaring that being thought of as one of the girls as "lowering." Someone only thinks that way if that which is feminine is thought of as a negative or somehow less than someone is masculine. Then there was the comment about Trina making good breeding stock. Yep, this love interest is a winner all right.Read More

  • Kitty Felone
    2018-10-25 20:26

    I was quite surprised when I found I rather enjoyed this story. I originally overlooked it because I wasn't sure I'd care to read it; Lynsay Sands stories are all hit or miss, in my opinion. I have a few I liked, read a few I thought were really poor, and I skipped this when I saw it in a $.50 box. Well, I wound up getting it anyways, just for shits and giggles.Again, I was quite surprised that I ended up enjoying this story. By the back cover blurb, I wasn't sure I would. The storyline didn't seem to snag me. However, the story itself drew me in rather quickly, and I did find myself instantly connecting to both the hero and heroine.Now in saying this, I will also point out that as my saying goes from other reviews, the story is well written with a few miss-typed words. But other than that, I have no complaints about the writing style.Now there is a chapter in which the hero/heroine are on a date that I found a bit boring, long-winded, and draggy. I think Lynsay Sands was simply looking for a way to throw in a chunk of background data without making an info-dump, and I believe she felt she succeeded by making it as "dialogue". Still, it was quite boring, this segment. She could have cut about half the detail of the history and focused solely on the parts that would play into this story. Just give a few key points, but don't paint the whole scenario for the reader. It's too much and boring, and yeah, it may interest your date if you talk over dinner about your life experiences, but it's more like something you'd find at a bar (those poor bartenders).Another complaint? Anders. He's a reoccuring by-the-book character in the series, who even has his own book, but even after I've read all these other stories where he's involved, including HIS story (which is ALL ABOUT HIM), I never knew until the very end of this book that he's black. HE'S BLACK! I had no idea! None whatsoever! Never in all the other stories I've read where Anders makes his appearance, INCLUDING HIS OWN STORY, have I read that he's black. I think Lynsay Sands wrote it in a way that it left out his race simply to ensure people don't pull the race card--which is completely, and utterly, stupid. The only people who pull the race card about somebody being called black in a story is somebody who's racist to begin with, and racist people usually don't have good ammo to go on. The only thing that told me Anders was black in this book was when a customer at a gas station called Anders a Nigger--which is another racist term. Up until that moment, I had no idea he was anything but what I imagined him. You can't be afraid of describing a character's nationality; Kerrelyn Sparks makes sure people know Freemont and Phineas are black in her stories--and not just by the way they talk, even (I know white people who talk like they're black--it's called Wiggas).If there's one thing I know I can trust Lynsay Sands to bring to the table, however, it's good hot sex. I was not surprised by the sexual tension she built up, but I wished she'd have more scenes after the sexy bar scene. What she had the hero do to the heroine at The Night Club was just the hottest thing I've read since Kresley Cole. It really fired up my own libido.All in all, this story basically taught me one valuable lesson: whether or not you know the author, don't always trust the back cover blurbs. Because I knew Lynsay Sands writes hot sex (whenever you get to it), I gave this story a shot, but had it been an author I'd have never read, I probably wouldn't have. The back cover still doesn't interest me, but believe me when I say, it is indeed a good story.

  • Nicole
    2018-11-02 00:12

    Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2011/05/25/...Publisher: AvonPublish Date: May 31st, 2011How I got this book: NetGalleySands 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+

  • Soraia
    2018-10-28 18:38

    Installment number fifteen in Lynsay Sands' series about the Argeneau vampires, The Reluctant Vampire introduces the Argentis branch of the family, one of the variations with roots in Spain. Drina is a rogue hunter with a very interesting past and due to Marguerite's indication, she ends up with babysitting duty in the small city of Port Henry. She's supposed to take care of Stephanie, a teenage girl we met a couple of books prior, and while at it meet Harper, her potential life-mate.Harper is still in Port Henry after the tragic death of his life-mate during her turn. He's drowning in his own guilt and hasn't seen much reason to live for for the past year and a half. What's been holding him is the care of his friends in the small city but that depression will run for the door the moment he sees Drina, if she plays her cards right that is.I still can't decide if I liked this book or not. Since the first story in the series I felt like a friend of the family, cheering for all of them and laughing a lot with them, bitting my nails and suffering when the situation called for it. This connection did not happen with this one.Drina is interesting to a point, some of her reactions got me whispering “you go, girl” but mostly it was like she was brain damaged throughout the story. Where was the smart rogue hunter? Yes, they all get distracted when newly life-mated, but this time it was an exaggeration. And that's not for her alone.Even though I did not know the answers for the plot before the end, I also considered many more possibilities than they did, and I'm not centuries old working as an enforcer/rogue hunter.Harper is alright, he's a sweet sweet guy, totally adorable, but as a male he did not stir anything in me. I couldn't even get into all the hot warm, almost cool, scenes he shared with Drina. And the interruptions, oh dear, I was ready to scream.The drama did not convince me, the chemistry between the couple didn't work, and the plot was kind of silly. Even the fun parts didn't make me laugh as much as with the others. I don't know, there's nothing fundamentally wrong with this one, but simply didn't work for me. However, I'm waiting for the next one to come, I still like the Argeneaus too much to even consider giving up on them.

  • Book Review Diva
    2018-10-27 17:23

    “The Reluctant Vampire by Lynsay SandsHarper Stoyan, lost his first lifemate during her turning into a vampire. Harper never thought he would get over the death of his life mate Jenny, or even have the possibility of meeting another lifemate during his life time. Harper has done nothing but blame himself for Jenny's death ever since. He has not even allowed himself to look at another female, or so much as smiled in the direction of one since that time. This will all soon change when a Spanish hottie named Drina Argenis, an immortal hunter, arrives at Casey's Cottage. She is there to help protect a young newly turned vampire named Stephanie from Leonius, a no-fanger rogue vampire, who wants to kidnap her. Drina Argenis knows that Harper is her lifemate, but has been told not to let Harper know this too soon as he is still mourning Jenny's death. If only Drina's lifemate Harper can put the death of his first lifemate behind him, and focus on what's infront of him. Will Harper ever realize it, or will he spend the rest of his life alone? Will Drina have the patience to wait for Harper to finish mourning, or will Drina move on and find another lifemate? Drina and Harper's love will be put to the test in this wonderful thrilling novel The Reluctant Vampire by Lynsay Sands.Lynsay Sands books just rock. I have read all of her books from the Argeneau series and everyone of them keeps getting better and better. The Reluctant Vampire is full of twists and turns that will have you turning the pages at lighting speed wanting to know what is going to happen next. I can never seem to put down Lynsay's books. I always end up staying up all night reading her books, Gee- I hate that. This book is one I really enjoyed. The humorous banter that she weaves in is just excellent! AWESOME job Lynsay, I can't wait to read your next novel in this series.5 Bats out of 5 Reviewed by Raven Kelly- Webmistress of VampireBooks.caClick Here to Visit VampireBooks.ca

  • Kinga
    2018-11-06 21:12

    So...this was definitely better the second time! I guess it's because I managed to read Tiny and Beau's story and I had a better view on the story. Harper was an interesting character. I really felt sorry for him about his life mate dying and then I got curious, well, because the truth is, immortals don't get new life mates so soon. So something was fishy from the beginning. I was quite surprised to even discover that Harper got his own story after knowing that he was settled with that Jenny someone. Anyway. I...liked Drina. I loved her as a woman and her determined mind and her being unwilling to accept bullshit from anyone, not even from Harper. And I loved the way she played Anders in the beginning. I wasn't really fascinated with her history, nor the 1st time, neither the second try. I guess I felt that the author tried waaaay too hard to make her life impressive and it turned out to be dull, for me at least. Other people might enjoy reading about her history. I'm coming to like Stephanie. I do believe (at least hope) that the author is going to give her a life mate soon. Soon I mean after she turn a legal age (I hope so....). And I'm really curious about it. I just HOPE that it won't be a sick thing like, her life mate turning out to be one ofe Leonius's son. Not that, please.

  • Kelsey
    2018-10-16 16:35

    Alexandrina “Drina” Argenis is a rogue hunter. She has been sent to help protect Stephanie McGill who is a new turn with some amazing powers from Leonius, who wants her for breeding. The truth, however, is Marguerite knows that her life mate is at the house. Harpernus “Harper” Stoyan is still reeling with the loss of his supposed life mate. He hasn’t left the area but instead just tortures himself with the memories because he feels he doesn’t deserve happiness ever again. Drina knows that she must tread carefully and ease Harper into this relationship.Also during this time it is Tiny’s time to make the change. Because of this there are several extra vamps around to help with protection. And now here comes the bad part. I didn’t care for this story at all. I felt that everything was forced and redundant. The group is attacked several times but after each attack there is no reaction. They either reflect on who they think it was or Harper and Drina go off somewhere and get it on (in the weirdest places..hello…burned out building??) I felt that there wasn’t much originality to set this book apart from the others. On the other side I liked that I didn't know who the attacker was until the end, but because there wasn’t much content in the story besides Harper and Drina sharing their past to each other you don’t have enough information to even make an assumption.

  • Darcy
    2018-10-30 16:10

    I liked this book, but I am betting not for the reason the author wanted me to. I found the couple to be quite blah, what really made the book interesting was the way that Stephanie egged them both on. Her freakishly strong powers seem to have put her way ahead of where her abilities should be, allowing her to see life mates and read pretty much anyone's minds. Stephanie uses this to her advantage and plays with Drina and Harper. Drina realizes it and decided to take her help where ever she can. I will say that it was unsettling to see a 15 year old manipulate Harper with sex and sex talk. She did do a good job of coming off as innocent so Harper never knew what hit him. A shopping trip to Wal-Mart has never been this much fun!

  • R.L. Mathewson
    2018-11-09 16:15

    After the last two books I was a little reluctant to read this book I have to admit. The last two books left me with the feeling that this series was winding down. I decided to buy the book when I was killing time at store with my little one and I'm glad I did. This book is nothing like the last two books. It was a very enjoyable read from start to finish with more explosive scenes. The plot was smooth and kept me guessing. The characters were likable and beautifully written. I even liked the cranky old sheriff and was happy to see the next book would be his. If you want an easy paranormal novel this is the one.

  • Diane ~Firefly~
    2018-10-22 23:36

    Drina comes to Canada on a security mission hoping to meet her lifemate. Unfortunately, Harper recently lost a lifemate during the turning and isn't open to the idea of a new one. She is there to watch over Stephanie who was recently turned after being kidnapped by a mad vampire. There are a lot of recent lifemate pairs who show up so it is nice to see them again, although my favorites aren't there.Drina has certainly had and interesting life and seems pretty cool. I didn't get much of a read on Harper since he was dealing with guilt most of the time. Stephanie is certainly a prodigy, but I felt too much time was spent on her.

  • Samantha (Book Lover's Cozy Cafe)
    2018-11-02 18:09

    Um I read this book a while ago, but for some reason, my review never was posted anywhere O.o I know that's a rarity because even if it's 4am I'm generally posting the review of the book I just finished. Anyrate, I liked this book, it was a little less on the romance aspect and more on the adventure side. It's hard to explain, but it just didn't have the pizazz the earlier books had, however I still enjoyed it immensely.

  • MB (What she read)
    2018-10-29 16:08

    Definitely not one of her best. This book didn't have enough of a plot to be published, imo.And the raunch factor was 1) a turnoff, 2) never felt real just forced. Glrrgh. I don't think porn is Sands' forte.Lynsay, please dump the plot direction that you took when the Rogue Hunters series started, and go back to doing what you do best. I loved the old books, but this one and the last came pretty close to being wall-bangers for me.

  • Measie Elizabeth
    2018-10-26 20:24

    A lifemate match between Drina and Harper...What a great read! A loveable and humorous story with characters that have loveable characteristics. I liked the teen Stephanie, Mucho. She made the story fun for Drina and Harper! Oh! The part with the kitty? Most Def. funny! Does Stephanie have a story? I think it will be most excellent with her newly-vamp-excelled skills. Awesomeness that.