Thursday, October 16, 2008

“The Rogue Hunter” by Lynsay Sands

FROM THE BOOK COVER:
Samantha Willan is a workaholic lawyer. She's grateful for some rest and relaxation in cottage country, and after a recent breakup she wants to stay as far away from romance as possible. Then she meets her irresistible new neighbor. There's something strange and mysterious about his eyes. Is it just her imagination, or are they locked on her neck?

Garrett Mortimer is a rogue hunter. His last assignment united Lucian Argeneau with his life mate, and Mortimer is hoping this one will be less . . . adventurous. He's here to track down a reported rogue, but fun in the sun is every bloodsucker's nightmare. Worse, he can't seem to get his mind off Samantha, especially when he spies her skinny-dipping in the lake. After eight hundred years as a bachelor, is he ready to turn a volatile attraction into a lasting love affair?
The Rogue Hunter is the tenth foray for Lynsay Sands into the paranormal romance world of the Argeneau vampires. Reports have reached the Council that a rogue vampire has been feeding from the human population in cottage country north of Toronto, so a two-man Enforcer team is dispatched to investigate. Mortimer and his partner Bricker arrive at a fellow Enforcer’s cottage to use as a base of operations and discover three lovely women vacationing next door.

Very quickly Mortimer recognizes that Samantha, Sam for short, is his ‘life mate’ because he cannot read or influence her thoughts. She is not at all what he expected nor is he sure she’s the life mate he wants, but can he afford to pass up the chance? Samantha is smart, independent and suffering from an inner ear infection that makes her appear drunk and clumsy (it takes Mortimer a while to figure this out). Needless to say Mortimer becomes distracted with conflicting priorities—his mission or his life mate.

The guys are eager to combine business with pleasure by spending time with the gals and using their local knowledge to help them find the rogue. Of course the girls have no idea the guys are vampires. To further complicate matters, Sam is asked by her boss to look into the disappearance of a clients’ daughter in the area. The guys wonder if the two events are connected. Sam and Mortimer partner up to solve their individual problems.

This book had me laughing out loud numerous times. Sands’ uses impeccable timing and outrageously funny circumstances to repeatedly thwart Sam and Mortimers’ amorous opportunities. I am not going to itemize them here but suffice to say they involve leeches, bears and police sergeants. Add the equally outrageous idea of daylight averse vampires spending time in vacation country, boating on the lake, barbecuing and site-seeing and you have a comical tour-de-force. A cast of amusing and entertaining secondary characters rounds out the picture.

The various mystery plot lines and the central romance are neatly intertwined and come to satisfying conclusions. The Rogue Hunter is one of the best Argeneau novels to date. As long as Lynsay Sands keeps writing about these charming vampires, I will be waiting in line for my copy. This novel is an excellent entry point into Sands’ paranormal romances but does not require prior knowledge of the series (the author does have a unique interpretation of vampire origins and abilities but it is conveyed well in the context of the story for new readers).

Read the first four chapters.

Previous Books in the Argeneau Series:
  1. A Quick Bite [2005]
  2. Love Bites [2004]
  3. Single White Vampire [2003]
  4. Tall, Dark & Hungry [2004]
  5. A Bite To Remember [2006]
  6. Bite Me If You Can [2007]
  7. The Accidental Vampire [2008]
  8. Vampires Are Forever [2008]
  9. Vampire, Interrupted [2008]
The eleventh book in the series is called The Immortal Hunter and will be out in March 2009.

3 comments:

  1. I love her books, and you just had me laughing all over again thinking about the leeches. (yuck...lol) :)

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  2. I loved the whole scenario because I have vacationed often in the cottage country Sand's is talking about (I live about 2 and half hours south from there). It really is that easy to find leeches and black bears.

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  3. Wow, that's pretty cool! I don't think I've seen leeches, but we do sometimes have black bears in our yard. :(

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