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A Quick Bite (Argeneau Vampire Series #1)

A Quick Bite  - Lynsay Sands A number of years ago, I couldn’t even tell you how many, I somehow ended up with a book by Lynsay Sands, titled Tall, Dark & Hungry. I don’t know how it came to be in my possession, but it became my favorite bathroom book. Yes, I read it while…well, you know. And it was entertaining.Knowing it was the fourth book in a series, I had always meant to read the others, but I just never got around to it. “Readers woes.” And then A Quick Bite, the first in the Argeneau Vampire series magically went on sale at B&N for $0.99. Romance and vampires….how’s a girl supposed to resist?It could be that I have developed more discerning tastes in the last few years…but I didn’t find myself enjoying A Quick Bite as much as I did Tall, Dark & Hungry. The writing was fun, engaging and the characters all witty, so it’s not that I didn’t identify with them (okay, okay, “identify” is strong language for a vampire book, but you get what I’m saying!). I think it’s just that I sometimes found the story SO ridiculous, that even as a fictional vampire book, it was too much for me to believe. Call it what you will.Some of my problems with the story lay with Greg, the kidnappee, becoming totally a-okay with being kidnapped. Hey, I don’t care what the reasoning was, it just felt un-fricken-believable. Stockholm Syndrome much??? I also had a problem with the entire coven of vampires openly talking about their vampirism in front of Greg when he didn’t even know about it…and then acting all shocked when he heard them. “OMG, WE WERE TALKING RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU AND YOU HEARD US… NO WAY!” For vampires, some of them were just really fricken stupid. Come on, man.But I think the thing that aggravated me the most was that I knew who the bad guy was, before there was even a bad guy. I hate when authors lead me around by the nose, like I won’t be able to figure it out for myself…or even worse, like I don’t like surprises. It also felt like the said bad guy was there as an after thought, just to move the story from point A to point B, with no true substance. Because sometimes he was there, and then he would be forgotten for large portions of the book. Snooze. I don’t know, maybe there was some deeper meaning there and I just blindly missed it.But you know what? Overall, I did enjoy reading the book. I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t like it a lot. I sort of wish I hadn’t even spent 99 cents on it, but it is what it is. There is definite sexual chemistry for all you smut lovers out there, but there isn’t a ton of sex…this isn’t Black Dagger Brotherhood, after all. But it’s probably still up your alley. I did like the twist Sands puts on how the vampires came into existance in the first place. Either it’s been so long since I read the other book that I had forgotten, or it isn’t mentioned in that one at all. Either way, it was news to me, and pretty fascinating to boot. I like when an author mixes a bit of cultural legend with fiction. The writing was funny and engaging as well, and yes, it was meant to be a comedy, because it did get quite a few lulz out of me. But I can definitely tell there have been improvements between books 1 and 4. I might even still read the others….someday.