Friday, September 16, 2011

A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands

Publisher: Avon
Age: Adult
Species: Vampires (Atlantians)/ Humans
Rating: 5/5
Interest: Sister reads it/ Vampires/ Good names

That hot guy tied to Lissianna Argeneau's bed? He's not dessert—he's the main course!

Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood . . . an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn't hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?

Dr. Gregory Hewitt recovers from the shock of waking up in a stranger's bedroom pretty quickly—once he sees a gorgeous woman about to treat him to a wild night of passion. But is it possible for the good doctor to find true love with a vampire vixen, or will he be just a good meal? That's a question Dr. Greg might be willing to sink his teeth into . . . if he can just get Lissianna to bite. (Summary from

I was horribly skeptical of this book. While I can recommend books to my sister all day long, I'm a bit dubious when it comes to her taste for me. I put off reading her beloved Argeneau  series on the basis that it was about vampires and it seemed extraordinarily light and fluffy. A couple of weekends ago I finally mustered up the nerve to read the book. 

I finished the darn thing in one night. I cursed my sister's friend who'd lost the second book and read the entire third book the next night. (My time is now divided between reading Tall, Dark and Hungry and finding a copy of Love Bites.)

Becoming obsessed with a new series, especially a vampire one, was not my aim at all. I wasn't able to help it. I could kiss Lynsay Sands for what she did in her world building. I am not a fan of vampires procreating at all. Not because they're blood thirsty monsters or whatever, but because there is never a good reason for it. Wether it's Twilight, The Night Huntress Series or even Anita Blake, I cannot stand when vampire couples or vampires with humans get pregnant there is not a good explanation. Lynsay Sands though, she made a plausible, logical, good argument for vampire pregnancy. Vampires aren't dead, they're just from Atlantis. 

I know, I know, half of you are shaking your heads at me in exasperation. I'm serious! Sands created a world where Atlantians (an extraordinarily advanced civilization) developed a "nanogene" that would heal all damaged incurred by the body and upon the completion of this task, they would self-destruct. Now, for all the smart cookies out there, what's the problem with this solution to disease, wounds and other things? That's right, the human body constantly has damage to heal! All of the pollution and toxins, temperature changes, wounds, colds, germs, diseases means the human body is constantly under attack! The Atlantians can't even age, because the nanogenes will repair the damage of the aging process. They keep people at their optimum physical condition. The nanogenes heal all abnormalities with blood. However, with all of the work the nanogenes have to do, they totally deplete a person's blood supply. Therefore, those infected constantly need blood to survive. So, the ever obliging force of evolution evolved the Atlantians, giving them retractable fangs, better senses and the ability to control or fog most people's minds. With this mythology, the Atlantians are able to procreate and turn people. It is absolutely ingenious! I can't even fathom the genius of that brainchild and how it was created. (Seriously, this is how low I've sunk, fangirling over world building.)

Lissianna was a good vampire girl. In spite of having a debilitating problem, she didn't dwell on it. Of course, she doubted Greg's ability to help her after over a hundred years of hemaphobia, but she was still willing to try. Lissi may have been a bit sheltered and very clueless, but I still admired her strength and willingness to protect the ones she cared about. Her chemistry with Greg was amazing. 

The only pitfall of the entire book was the pacing. At certain points it felt like nothing very interesting was happening, but a few pages later there would be these chunks of action and peril. It would switch off and on like that the entire time and I didn't care for it. Another annoyance to me was the coincidences. Marguerite not explaining some things to Lissi had the poor girl running around like a chicken with her head cut off because she thought Greg and her were in danger. I simply didn't enjoy watching her go through all of this panic and secrecy to have it add up to pure kismet.

My advice is, if you enjoy vampire books (or have been scorned by less than good ones in the past) read A Quick Bite. The banter, interesting characters and whole vampire family dynamic will have you loving the Argeneaus in no time. Please, the next time you're at the store, pick up this wonderful series. 

Teaser Line: "Birthdays could be such a bummer when you were older than the country you lived in."

Happy Reading,

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