Review: Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands (@Mollykatie112, @LynsaySands, @avonbooks)

Posted July 19, 2016 by Lorna in Lorna, Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 32 Comments

Review: Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands (@Mollykatie112, @LynsaySands, @avonbooks)
Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau #23
Published by Avon
Published on: February 23, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 374
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Buckle up—the argeneaus are back in a sexy, witty new novel from New York times bestselling author Lynsay Sands

Dante Notte has heard it said that love hurts. He just wasn’t expecting it to run him over in an RV. Still, a punctured lung and broken ribs are nothing compared to the full-body shock he feels whenever he’s near the vehicle’s driver, Mary Winslow. He needs to keep her safe from their pursuers while he rescues his brother. Most challenging of all, he needs to claim this smart, stubborn woman as his life mate.

The naked, injured, insanely gorgeous younger man who clambered into her RV insists they belong together. If Mary wasn’t feeling their incredible connection in every inch of her being, she wouldn’t believe it. But now that the men who took Dante’s twin are after her too, trusting her gut means risking her life for an immortal who’s the very definition of a perfect stranger.

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I have so many want to reads and so many have to reads, that I rarely see a book that’s not even on my radar, buy it, and immediately read it. That’s what happened to me with this one. It’s my first by Lynsay Sands, an author I have heard of many many times. I just didn’t know how much I was going to love this series. And therein lies the rub with me. The Argeneau vampire series has 24 installments so far. That’s daunting to many readers and to me as well. But when I read the blurb for this one and it was on sale, I had to try it. I am happy to say that I enjoyed the whole thing, and as far as I am concerned, this one can standalone. Of course there are other characters that you know are involved in the series, but it never once gave me pause to think that I was missing something.

Mary is sixty two(yes, you read that right!), a grandmother, a Canadian, and is on her way to a favorite campsite in Texas, when a naked man runs into her RV. Of course she doesn’t realize what she hit at first, but from the second she lays eyes on the man, she is attracted. Attracted yes, but not insane. The man, named Dante, could almost be a grandchild with the difference in ages! He tells her a story of being kidnapped with his twin. He was able to escape, but the kidnappers are after him, and now her, because he is in her RV and they know it. He neglects to tell her that he believes her to be his life mate, because he can’t compel her or read her mind. Mary is not a cougar that’s for sure, but he sure does fit the bill for some sexy dreams. Also known as a symptom of being a life mate. But they are on the run with kidnappers hot on their heels, so this book took off in a flurry of action and for me that can’t be beat when starting a book like this.

This was such a fun read. I knew when I started laughing just a little of the way in, that I was going to love this book. Poor Mary, and all her insecurities about her old body, and her dangerous thoughts about Dante, drew me in and didn’t let me down. The kidnapping and being threatened(and shot at) was just the icing on the cake for me. On Dante’s part, he’s way older then Mary, but looks about twenty five. He’s Italian, and oh yes, an immortal of the vampire type. The person he is closest to in the world is his twin, and he is determined to get him back. I never thought I could ever stomach sexual chemistry between a sixty two year old and a twenty five year old-either gender-but this wasn’t a problem for me. If you read the book you will understand why as it’s not some sleazy weird pairing to me. There’s reasons! Good ones.

This was funny at times, with it’s share of drama and tension, but is most notable for its good romance. Mary, backpedalling from him, with Dante, pursuing her was just fun. Especially when they keep getting interrupted. We meet others from his group of hunters, as they are called, and I enjoyed getting to know them. Now I would like to read some of their stories as well! They are headquartered in Toronto and through a series of events, the action moves to that city.

I highly recommend this book to paranormal romance readers. Even if you don’t want to get involved with a series with this many books, you wont have a problem reading this one. On my part, I have already bought book one, A Quick Bite, although I know it’s highly unlikely I will get through them all. Hey, it never hurts to try!

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I’m Lorna and I live in Maryland. Since retiring, I spend my time mostly reading and reviewing books. My favorite reads are Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult. I read a lot of indie books in addition to traditionally published books. Favorite paranormal creature? Vampires, but I am really liking werewolves more everyday.


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32 responses to “Review: Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands (@Mollykatie112, @LynsaySands, @avonbooks)

  1. Packed up in a box somewhere is the first book to this series that I have never tried…lol. It is very daunting when a series has been running for a long time. I have a hard time jumping into the middle of a series so I am glad this one worked okay for you. 🙂


  2. One of the authors I wanted to try is Chloe Neill and Lyndsay Sands. Maybe I should just do what you did and just bite the bullet. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Lorna! And that you found a new series to obsess over!

  3. Felicia GeekyBlogger ( from thegeekyblogger)

    You don’t have to read them in order (I read them as I get them from the library). They are fun 🙂 I am glad you had fun with this one!

  4. I’m glad you’re getting into these! I just binged the whole series! Haha! My sister’s been bugging me to read them for years. Dante is one of my favorites! A quick bite isn’t quite as good, because it isn’t very action-y, but Sands gets better quickly. My favorite is Lucian (book 4) the grumpy older leader of the vamps. I hope you enjoy the other books!
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  5. I have the first few of these on audio. I have to read in order, even if one could get away with being a standalone. It would go against the grain for me! I am dying to read these though. Hopefully soon!

  6. JenM

    Normally I hate to read out of order, but I did the same thing you did, jumped in with this one even though I hadn’t read any of the others because the idea of a 62 YO heroine was very appealing to me. I’m always looking for older protagonists in romances. I’d definitely agree that this is very readable as a standalone and I’m glad I took a chance on it.

  7. I just skimmed your review real quick, Lorna, as this is one series where I have only read the first book, but own many more… I’m very happy you enjoyed it so much, though, it means I’ll be in for a treat if I decide to binge-read at one point 🙂
    I mostly try to read series in order, because it makes some comments by the characters easier to understand.
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  8. I had that happen to me with a novella lately, I bought it and read it as soon as I finished my current read. It’s fun to be able to do that once in a while. I think I read the first book in this series a long time ago and wasn’t too impressed and never tried any of her other books again, but I have heard good things about her books. And wow this series is long already! Now I wonder if I would enjoy the later books more.
    I am glad to hear you enjoyed this one and the chemistry worked. It does sound like a fun one!
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