Born To Bite by Lynsay Sands Review
A Brief Overview
Born to Bite is the thirteenth book in the Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands that revolves around Armand Argeneau and Eshe d'Aureus. Eshe is an enforcer - basically a cop for the immortal race, or vampires - to investigate the "accidental" deaths of Armand's three wives. Not only does this investigation following up on Armand's wives' questionable deaths, but his son's, Nicolas, as well. Without spoiling the previous book few books, this investigation will possibly clear Nicolas's name and find out if these women's deaths were more than accidents after all.
Sorry for how cryptic and possibly vague that summary was. There are three books previous to this one that goes more deeply into Nicolas's story and if you haven't read those yet, I wouldn't want to spoil them for you - especially since they are fantastic! So, long story short, Eshe was sent to find out if Armand's wives all really died in accidents, hopefully clear Nicolas's name. Once getting to Armand's house, using the fake story of needing somewhere to hide out because a rogue was hunting her. Once arriving, she realizes that Armand is her life mate, which makes the investigation and the fact that Armand may be a possible killer get a bit complicated.
Here is the back of the book:
"Legend has it that Armand Argeneau is a killer in the bedroom....
But with all three of his late wives meeting unfortunate and untimely ends, is this sexy immortal a lover or a murderer? That's what Eshe d'Aureus intends to find out. As an enforcer, it's her job to bring rogue vampires to justice, even if the rogue in question makes her blood race red hot.
Armand knew she was trouble the moment Eshe roared into town on her motorcycle, clad in tight black leather. She claims she's hiding from dangerous fiends, though he suspects something more. But after three wives who've all had trouble remaining, well, undead, Armand is reluctant to open his heart again. Then strange accidents start to happen, each deadlier than the last, and Armand realizes he may not have much time to proves he's a lover, not a slayer."
I think the back of the book simplified my summary a bit, though this book did kind of continue a story line started three books previous, however, I will leave those details out so I don't spoil those books for you, just in case. You don't necessarily have to read any of the books previous to this, while you wont get as much background, this book does fill you in enough to complete the story on it's own.
Alright so I want to say that this book was quite enjoyable, but this has been the book that has taken me the longest in the entire Argeneau series to read so far, and it wasn't because it was the longest. From the start, when I saw who's book this was, I just wasn't as interested in them as I had been about the couples in previous Argeneau books. Armand is portrayed as the sexy farmer who really hasn't had a part in previous books due to choosing to live an isolated life from the rest of the family, which kind of made me shrug. He just seemed so plain compared to some of the other character, those this is more my personal opinion. Then moving on to Eshe who has been introduced in the last couple previous books. I simply didn't like her when she was introduced, though she did get a bit more tolerable when the story was told from her point of view, I just didn't like her personality. She wasn't simply confident in my mind, she was more pushy and obnoxious.
Next what made the story kind of drag on for me was the fact that not even a chapter into the book, the two character knew they were life mates, and since they were both immortals already there wasn't any sort of conflict. Well, I suppose that Armand was possibly a murderer but even after reading the back of the book I found it pretty predictable that he most likely wasn't so there was nothing really interesting about the romance.
Some of the scenes did get steamy and there were definitely some exciting plot twists with uncovering what really happened to Armand's wives, but I wasn't quite enough to really suck me into the book like the previous books have in the series. Instead of finishing this book in a couple of days, or even less, it took me over a week. I found the mystery plot alone was quite good and it did actually take me until nearly the end before I really had a solid idea of what might have happened and even then there was more of a twist than I expected.
Overall, I do recommend the book. Me not liking the character falls on more of personal opinion and not poor writing. Sometimes you simply don't mesh with some characters in books, and Eshe was not for me. I also like the romance to have a bit more conflict rather than a pretty confident pairing right off the bat.
Anyway, if you like the series, I think you'll enjoy it and recommend you give it a shot, though there were definitely better books in this series and after being so sucked into and in love with previous characters, this book was just a little bit of a let down.
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