Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2011/05/25/review-the-reluctant-vampire-by-lynsay-sands/
Publish Date: May 31st, 2011
How I got this book: NetGalley
Sands is back with the 15th book in her Argeneau Series! Many times when authors carry out a series like this for so long, the books can get old and repetitive, however Sands has a way of keeping each book somewhat new and fresh.
Drina is a Rogue Hunter from Spain, and has been called over to help out with bodyguard duty for a newly turned teenage vampire. Harper, her temporary assigned partner, is one sexy vampire and might actually be Drina’s life mate. But since Harper just lost his previous love, he is hesitant to move forward with Drina.
When the danger heats up and a rogue begins pursuing them, they take the chance at being together, regardless of the potential consequences.
I’ve always been a big fan of this series, mainly because I love the twist that Sands puts on the whole “vampire” process. It’s different and fun, and even after 15 books, I’m still finding myself interested and engaged. I love that Sands infuses her romances with some hilarious scenes, and when Drina gets sprayed with a skunk, I was both laughing and cringing at the same time.
I really liked Drina. I thought she was a great addition to the Argeneau series, and I am a huge sucker for the strong woman who can come into the story, kicking butts and taking names. But at the same time, Drina is also very feminine. She is very loving and mothering to Stephanie and I enjoyed watching the friendship between those two bloom into something unique and special.
Harper was very sexy, like all of Sands heroes, but it took awhile for him to grow on me. I didn’t love him right away, and it wasn’t until he really started putting in an effort with Drina that I started liking him more and more.
I enjoyed seeing more of Stephanie, and can’t wait to find out more about what her story is, what will happen with her future, and what is in store for her. She is still too young to get her happily ever after, but I hope that as Sands continues with the story, we will get more sneak peeks into what is going on with her life.
I am still liking this series, however I have found that I am somewhat burned out on it. While I used to devour Sands previous books with gusto, I’ve begun to find that with the past few books, I haven’t been as enthused. I’m not sure why this is, maybe just getting burnt out on the series as a whole, or what. I will always love Sands writing and world-building, but for some reason the books just aren’t grabbing and staying with me like they used to.
All in all though I was very happy with this story. Sands deliverers another fun and sexy book in her series, and keeps the overall story arc from the series moving forward.
I give The Reluctant Vampire a C+