Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands

RUNAWAY
Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (218 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

The latest entry in the sizzling paranormal vampire series featuring the Argeneau family – no one does wickedly funny and irresistibly steamy like 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.

I can always count on Ms. Sands to deliver a tale that takes me away from my every day gerbil wheel and propels me into a world I’m always happy to visit. Time ceased to matter, and indeed, it flew by because reading Runaway Vampire was an adventure in joy, excitement, exploration and fun. I usually feel happy after reading a book by this author and I’m glad to say this one continued the tradition.

Another reason that I can safely say this was a very good book was because of the one I read right before. It was so long of wind that by the time I hit page 150, my brain was alternately screaming from the slow pace of the story and trying to fall asleep at the same time. The plot and characters were good but the delivery was an exercise in molasses. Not so with Runaway Vampire, oh no, by page 150 it was steamy, it was exciting and I couldn’t wait to read more, more, more. Maybe my higher rating is because I was so incredibly happy to read a plot that actually moved and had a brisk and stimulating pace that thrilled me to my toes. I enjoyed the emotions of an older woman finding herself young again, I loved watching Dante love her before the turn, and after, I giggled at the part where Lucien (fans can never forget HIS character) actually cracked a joke and I adored the reason why he won’t change his phone ringtones no matter how much they irritate him. So romantic!

Ms. Sands does have a little background drama that starts off in this book but it is meant for the next one. Talk about a successful hook; there is no way on this good earth that I will miss the next book if it’s about Tomasso. The external conflict does however plague both Dante and Mary and provides opportunities for readers to see just how well matched they are as a couple.

As for humor, I never knew where it would pop up. One of the most hilarious scenes for me stems from where this sentence shows up, “Stop playing with your condoms and kiss me.” If readers have a sense of humor like me, they are going to have a giggle fest that will last for at least a page or so because the whole visual Ms. Sands painted with her descriptions and dialogue was uproariously funny. I’ve re-read those paragraphs quite a few times just so I could snicker/snort some more – it’s total fun!

Runaway Vampire is a hit. It’s practically perfect, a little quirky, still has the Argeneau family feel to it and I’m satisfied with the happy for now. Why an HFN? Because it ended with a beginning and I am excited about the prospect. Ms. Sands knows how to leave a reader craving for more in all the best ways.

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