Sep 27 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Lynsay Sands’s About a Vampire (September 29, 2015)

Lynsay Sands
About a Vampire (Argenau #22)
Avon / September 29, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

In New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands' new Argeneau novel, a vampire accustomed to seducing every woman he meets finds the one determined to resist him...

With immortal good looks and scorching charisma, Justin Bricker has yet to meet a woman he can't win over. His potential life mate should be no different. But instead of falling into his bed, Holly Bosley runs away and ends up mortally wounded. To save her, he has to turn her. And then Bricker learns the shocking truth: Holly's already married.

Holly wakes up with a bump on her head, a craving for blood, and a sexy stranger who insists they belong together. She needs Bricker's help to control her new abilities, even as she tries to resist his relentless seduction. Choosing between the world she knows and the eternity he offers is impossible. But Justin is fighting for his life mate—maybe even his life—and he'll break every rule to do it.

On a run of the mill evidence-hiding excursion, Justin Bricker is tossing severed heads into a crematorium when the very human Holly Bosley walks in on him and his rogue hunter pals in Lynsay Sands's About a Vampire.  Holly takes off running with a pair of scissors and manages to stab herself (seriously kids, don’t run with scissors).  Justin finds her dying and since he was unable to read her mind or control her while chasing after her, he realizes that she could be his potential life mate, he therefore makes the impulsive decision to turn her into an immortal (these guys don’t like being called vampires).

I love a good “coming out” of the coffin scene, and when Holly finally regains consciousness as a newly minted immortal, Justin has some mansplaining to do and Holly thinks he might have mental health issues, to put it lightly.

The guy was cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs and this was getting pretty creepy.  She was starting to have visions of being locked in a cellar and forced to sleep in a coffin, maybe even raped in that coffin by the man who had decided she was “the one”. He needed help. And she needed to get away from him as quickly as she could.

“I know it’s a lot to take in,” Justin said sympathetically. “But it’s really all a good thing. Being a life mate is like…” He struggled briefly, obviously looking for something to compare it to and then finished with, “Well, it’s like winning the lotto or something.”

That made her jerk her head toward him with a start. “The lotto?”

“Yes,” he assured her. “It’s all good. You’ll never age, never get sick, never have to go to a dentist again. You’ll always be young and healthy.”

Grinning, he grasped her arms lightly and said, “Basically you have won a lotto of sorts. The Bricker lotto.”

While Justin may think Holly has just hit the jackpot, she thinks he’s a little deranged. Unfortunately, becoming a life mate is not as easy as fleeing a gruesome crime scene, stabbing yourself with scissors, having some immortal blood jabbed into you, loosing consciousness for a couple of days and then waking up as an immortal because (and this is awkward) Holly is actually married!

Since Holly is not the type of lady to cheat on her hubby, she and Justin are kind of stymied from getting into a relationship.  But Holly can’t exactly ignore Justin because he’s putting her through a vampire (ahem, immortal) training crash course. So while he’s teaching how to get her fangs out, she’s determined to keep her pants on. The more Holly learns about the cocky and charming Justin, the more conflicted she is.  The lack of sex doesn’t stop an emotional intimacy growing which is harder and harder for her to ignore.

Readers wanting more bang for their buck will be happy to know that there may still be some opportunity for sexy times, because Justin is determined to partake in the life mate tradition of sharing dreams, that’s right–sexy dreams. And dream sex is pretty much like real sex, except you don’t have to brush your teeth or shave your legs, merely dream yourself minty fresh and silky smooth. As a bonus, dream sex is not technically cheating on your husband!  Aside from the shame of needing a cleansing shower after the wet dream, there’s virtually no guilt!

Holly learns being a vampire really sucks and love triangles are a bloody pain in the neck.  About a Vampire is a lighter paranormal which delivers the laughs and adventure. I really enjoyed this installment of the Argeneau series and I can’t wait for more from Lynsay Sands!


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Jane Kriel, lover of chocolate and all things Sweet Valley High.


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