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Rule #1: Never get involved with someone who won't be there for you when the sun comes up. Once bitten, twice shy, and sexy PI Jackie Morrisey wasn't going there again. Vincent Argeneau may be the hottest guy she's ever met, living or dead, but she's here to stop a killer from turning this vampire into dust, not to jump into bed with him. Rule #2: Never kiss a vampire . . . Rule #1: Never get involved with someone who won't be there for you when the sun comes up. Once bitten, twice shy, and sexy PI Jackie Morrisey wasn't going there again. Vincent Argeneau may be the hottest guy she's ever met, living or dead, but she's here to stop a killer from turning this vampire into dust, not to jump into bed with him. Rule #2: Never kiss a vampire . . . it can be a pain in the neck. Okay, so Vincent's had four hundred years to perfect his kissing skills, and he does look rather tempting when he runs around the house shirtless. He's also charming, protective . . . did we mention he can kiss? Jackie needs to be on her guard, or else she'll have to come up with a new rule: If you're going to fall in love with a vampire, make sure it's a bite to remember.


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Rule #1: Never get involved with someone who won't be there for you when the sun comes up. Once bitten, twice shy, and sexy PI Jackie Morrisey wasn't going there again. Vincent Argeneau may be the hottest guy she's ever met, living or dead, but she's here to stop a killer from turning this vampire into dust, not to jump into bed with him. Rule #2: Never kiss a vampire . . . Rule #1: Never get involved with someone who won't be there for you when the sun comes up. Once bitten, twice shy, and sexy PI Jackie Morrisey wasn't going there again. Vincent Argeneau may be the hottest guy she's ever met, living or dead, but she's here to stop a killer from turning this vampire into dust, not to jump into bed with him. Rule #2: Never kiss a vampire . . . it can be a pain in the neck. Okay, so Vincent's had four hundred years to perfect his kissing skills, and he does look rather tempting when he runs around the house shirtless. He's also charming, protective . . . did we mention he can kiss? Jackie needs to be on her guard, or else she'll have to come up with a new rule: If you're going to fall in love with a vampire, make sure it's a bite to remember.

30 review for A Bite to Remember

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    You know when you are reading a series and there is a side character that is really fun and cool and you're thinking, "Oh, I can't wait until he gets his book!" and then he does and suddenly he isn't so fun and cool anymore, but kind of a boring guy? And then you're all, "What the hell happened to the guy with the charm who was cracking me up in the last book?" Yeah, that. It wasn't terrible or anything. Just not anything to write home about. Or, a review, in this case. You know when you are reading a series and there is a side character that is really fun and cool and you're thinking, "Oh, I can't wait until he gets his book!" and then he does and suddenly he isn't so fun and cool anymore, but kind of a boring guy? And then you're all, "What the hell happened to the guy with the charm who was cracking me up in the last book?" Yeah, that. It wasn't terrible or anything. Just not anything to write home about. Or, a review, in this case.

  2. 4 out of 5

    CC

    I am pretty much sick of writing reviews for this series. I think that is a sign I need a break from it! This book sucked. It did not make me mad, hence the 2 stars for a sucky book. It was boring, the hero was a wuss, the heroine was supposed to be tough but ended up being a wuss too. They definitely did NOT act like they were life mates. He let another man kiss her!!!!! How is that ok - ever?!?! They did not pass out during/after sex (like every single other couple in the series). They were un I am pretty much sick of writing reviews for this series. I think that is a sign I need a break from it! This book sucked. It did not make me mad, hence the 2 stars for a sucky book. It was boring, the hero was a wuss, the heroine was supposed to be tough but ended up being a wuss too. They definitely did NOT act like they were life mates. He let another man kiss her!!!!! How is that ok - ever?!?! They did not pass out during/after sex (like every single other couple in the series). They were unsure of each other until the very end. There was a funny scene in the beginning with the hero going shopping but it was downhill from there. I listened to the audio version and the narrator made Tiny sound like a dopey, stupid lug. I have no idea if he reads that way. I would totally skip this installment in the series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    What a great book! A Bite to Remember is the fifth installment in the Argeneau series. The Argeneau's are turning out to be very interesting and fun! Honestly, I enjoy Lynsay Sands, but this book is my favorite by far. It has even more action, romance, mystery and suspense than the other books combined. The other books I've read by her are still great but I find they are a bit simple and straightforward. But she does have a interesting twist on the creation of vampires that hearkens back to the tim What a great book! A Bite to Remember is the fifth installment in the Argeneau series. The Argeneau's are turning out to be very interesting and fun! Honestly, I enjoy Lynsay Sands, but this book is my favorite by far. It has even more action, romance, mystery and suspense than the other books combined. The other books I've read by her are still great but I find they are a bit simple and straightforward. But she does have a interesting twist on the creation of vampires that hearkens back to the times of Atlantis. So let's get down to why this book was so good.. Private Investigator, Jackie Morrisey is hired by Vincent Argeneau to help him out with a business problem that has turned critical. Someone disrupted the plays put on by his production company, and it's only the beginning. Vincent's present production, Dracula on Broadway (ironically), is turning out to be a nightmare. Several actors are injured in “accidents” and an entire cast is struck with contagious anemia. Nothing's going right and the opening date is getting closer. Vincent needs help tracking down the person responsible for the sabotage..but he didn't realize she would be human, and attractive. But she’s one of few mortals who know about vampires and is trusted by the Argeneau family. She's also amazing at what she does. What they both don't realize is the saboteur is about to get worse, and when people start getting hurt and it hits close to home they may very well be over their heads with this case. Jackie Morrisey and Vincent Argeneau are the main characters of this novel, but it also features Tiny(Jackie's partner and best friend, of whom is not tiny in any way, being way over 6 feet in height). The lovely Marguerite (Vincent's Aunt and Basien's very stubborn mother). Christian Notte, Dante and Tommaso. Vincent is one of my dream characters. He's tall, handsome, strong but also very caring and sweet. He's kind to everyone, even if it isn't deserved. I liked his character from the first chapter, even if he wasn't so sweet to start with. Jackie is also a strong character. She has a painful past that catches up with her in this book. And I'm happy to say she is a great protagonist. She's curious and stubborn and can be cranky as hell, but she was really fun to read and in ways is easy to relate to. Doesn't everyone have a ex they'd rather not see again? Sure, this is a very beautiful love story, but it's not constantly focused on that aspect, like in many others. It truly has a great developed plot and enough twists and turns that kept me wanting more! If you love Vampires, Romance, Suspense and mystery..this is the book for you! It's great for a summer day read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    It's an Argeneau book. They all seem to have basically the same sort of plot...ish. It's not a bad thing necessarily, but if you've read one, you've kind of read them all. Still, I'll be the first one to admit that I find them a fun way to pass the time, and A Bite to Remember is no exception. It's got a halfway decent mystery and a cute romance (although I did get a bit bored with the love scenes and had to start skimming). I'd recommend it for the beach, but not for a book club. Well, unless it's It's an Argeneau book. They all seem to have basically the same sort of plot...ish. It's not a bad thing necessarily, but if you've read one, you've kind of read them all. Still, I'll be the first one to admit that I find them a fun way to pass the time, and A Bite to Remember is no exception. It's got a halfway decent mystery and a cute romance (although I did get a bit bored with the love scenes and had to start skimming). I'd recommend it for the beach, but not for a book club. Well, unless it's a Lynsay Sands' book club.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fangs for the Fantasy

    Someone is sabotaging Vincent Argeneau's business and each act sabotage is getting more violent. He reaches out to his cousin Bastien, who hires Tiny and Jackie Morrisey. What Vincent does not realise that the private investigators are human. He is not exactly open to the idea but Bastien assures him that both of them know all about vampires and are skilled at what they do. Vincent know has to deal with mortals in his home, a saboteur and his aunt Marguerite, who has decided its time for Vincent Someone is sabotaging Vincent Argeneau's business and each act sabotage is getting more violent. He reaches out to his cousin Bastien, who hires Tiny and Jackie Morrisey. What Vincent does not realise that the private investigators are human. He is not exactly open to the idea but Bastien assures him that both of them know all about vampires and are skilled at what they do. Vincent know has to deal with mortals in his home, a saboteur and his aunt Marguerite, who has decided its time for Vincent to find a life mate because he has become despondent. Jackie is a typical paranormal heroine and so of course has a tortured past. Both of her parents are dead and her mother died when she was just a child. Jackie has been in one relationship with a vampire and it didn't end well. Essentially from the moment she met Cassius, she was enamored with him and even dated him behind her fathers back. This went on until she learned had been toying with her and was taking control of her mind and body, forcing her to do things against her will. Sands took great care to point out that this was a violation of Jackie's person, but she never explicitly labelled the sex that occurred rape. Sands even compared when Lily took over Tiny's body briefly to what Cassius did to Jackie. One of the more interesting characters in this book is Tiny. He is Jackie's partner and we are constantly reminded that his name is a misnomer because is in fact a very large man. I don't know about you, but a large man with the name Tiny didn't actually read as creative. Tiny absolutely loves to cook, but Sands often used this fact to emasculate him. Tiny had taken a gourmet cooking course years ago and she'd often caught him leafing through women's magazines over the years, looking at recipes. She suspected Tiny was a very small woman in a large man's body, which was probably why they got along so well. Her father always claimed she was a big tough guy in a little woman's body. (page 33) Paranormal romance often sticks to extremely binary gender roles and as you can see from the above passage, performing one's gender is absolutely essential to the story. Despite his size and identifying as male, Tiny is not masculine because he enjoys cooking. It's absolutely ridiculous given the rampant sexism in the food industry which constructs all good chefs as men, even as it blocks avenues to success for women. In this case, Tiny cooks as a way to nurture and it is the fact that he does this for no pay that Sands felt comfortable using this skill to assert that he is somehow subverting traditional masculinity. Quite a few times in A Bite to Remember, Jackie asserted that he body is not perfect because she has not been able to loose 10-15 pounds to fit into our current idealized body size for women. After she is turned into a vampire, Jackie is shocked that the nanos didn't take care of this for her. In a heart to heart Marguerite explains: "The nanos do see you are at your peak condition . So, if you haven't lost any weight, this size is your peak. It's the healthiest weight for you." She tilted her head."And you look a perfect weight to me, dear. I'm afraid your belief in what is attractive has been coloured by Hollywood's Twiggy-type figures. That isn't a natural weight for most women ... Including you." (page 166) I loved this passage. I loved that Sands took on the idealized shape and form women are pushed to conform to and declared unequivocally ridiculous. How many women are walking around starving themselves to fit into a standard that is natural for them? I think that this is a very important passage and I am glad that Sands made this point. We don't all have to be the same size and shape to be sexy and beautiful. In a book geared to women, written by a woman, this is an extremely important point to make. The Argeneau series continues to be incredibly erased. All of the characters have been straight and White. For the first time, we have a same sex interaction in this series and it us fraught with problems. Jackie is approached by a woman in the bathroom for sex and given the erasure of GLBT people in this series, her response is absolutely horrible. Nothing on God's green earth could have stopped her from whirling to face the girl with a look of abject horror and disbelief. Jackie even almost blurted, Do I look gay to you? before catching herself back, but it was her first thought. A Stupid one, she acknowledged. You couldn't tell someone's sexual preference by their looks. (page 130-131) Read More

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    YAY! Another book that was hard to put down. This book centered around Vincent Argeneau whom we were introduced to in the last book. He is an actor and heads his own production company to oversee all his plays. When one too many accidents happen that force him to close down play after play - he realizes these might not be accidents after all. He contacts his cousin Bastien who sends out the P.I. his company uses on a regular basis. (I assume Vampires need P.I.'s more often than us normies - so I YAY! Another book that was hard to put down. This book centered around Vincent Argeneau whom we were introduced to in the last book. He is an actor and heads his own production company to oversee all his plays. When one too many accidents happen that force him to close down play after play - he realizes these might not be accidents after all. He contacts his cousin Bastien who sends out the P.I. his company uses on a regular basis. (I assume Vampires need P.I.'s more often than us normies - so I cut this a little slack here.) Much to Vincent's surprise - Bastien sent him Jackie Morrisey and her partner Tiny. Vincent opens the door and not only finds a woman but a mortal! OHMYGOSH! It's the perfect set up for this book and the tango Jackie and Vincent dance with the background noise of a genuine mystery kept me enthralled. Also - I love that Tiny is built like a mac truck but has a tender heart and loves to cook. Ahhhhhh. What a fun read. Makes me wish for a rainy pajama day to curl up with it. On to book 6!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    1.5 stars rounded up to 2 This book is an example of exactly what can go wrong with this series. It had all of the hallmarks of a classic Argeneau book, but none of it was executed well. Instead of being comfortingly consistent and familiar, it was repetitive and boring. I usually love her heroines but Jackie was pretty terrible. Instead of a mature independent heroine with a great job that she was passionate about, Jackie was insecure, completely incompetent, and endangered everyone around her w 1.5 stars rounded up to 2 This book is an example of exactly what can go wrong with this series. It had all of the hallmarks of a classic Argeneau book, but none of it was executed well. Instead of being comfortingly consistent and familiar, it was repetitive and boring. I usually love her heroines but Jackie was pretty terrible. Instead of a mature independent heroine with a great job that she was passionate about, Jackie was insecure, completely incompetent, and endangered everyone around her with her negligence. She was too busy having sex to actually do her job. The plot is pretty simple. Vincent slowly (very slowly) realizes that his plays, actors, and company are being sabotaged and it's getting more and more serious. So he decides to hire a P.I. to find out who the saboteur is. He hires Jackie, who Bastien recommended. He's surprised that not only is Jackie a woman, she's also human. Like most of the Argeneau males, he's a bit sexist and isn't sure she can really do the job. They clash a bit over his blatant sexism but they eventually work it out. Jackie doesn't trust vampires because of past experience and when Vincent realizes Jackie is his mate, he sets out to woo her. Let the drama ensue! Vincent, while he's never been a favorite character of mine, was always really interesting to me because he seemed naturally goofy. This is a guy who in a previous book, wandered around Bastien's apartment in a long Dracula cape enthusiastically reciting lines for his vampire musical to no one in particular. When I picture a vampire, I don't think goofball, but that's what he was. I was excited to learn a bit more about him and maybe understand him better but this book really didn't deliver. I was so sure that with a little more exploration of who he was as a character I was going to love him as a hero and...I didn't. He knew nothing about what was going on in his own massive and lucrative company, he seemed like he didn't even care. Despite his sense of humor, he came across as uncaring, aloof, and above it all. Jackie's past experiences with vampires should have made her feelings for Vincent complicated or at least created a little angst but there was none. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Sure, she had trust issues (who doesn't?), but that's about it. She was wishy-washy and easily swayed. As for the whodunnit portion of the book, I solved the case long before Jackie did, but then again she was busy have sex with Vincent. While the fact that vampires FINE, immortals in this series can read the minds of those around them can often clear away the ever-annoying misunderstanding problem that plagues most romances, if it's overused, it can completely erase most of the conflict. There's a fine line between avoiding stupid misunderstandings and doing away with conflict completely. It also fucking pissed me off that Vincent didn't have to rely on gaining enough trust from Jackie that she felt comfortable sharing her trauma/issues, he just found a way around his limitations and did it the easy way. The only thing more annoying than the overuse of mind-reading is the underuse. Some things should be simple because of mind-reading but are ignored to the point that certain problems seem manufactured and forced. Most of the other books in this series handle this better and with more subtlety. In this book? Not so much. It's one thing for a character who can read minds to try and respect people's privacy, but come on. If there's a time and place for mind reading, trying to catch someone who is homicidal and threatening you and your loved ones is it. Overall, it was just...forgetable. Almost lazy. There was zero chemistry between the MCs, the plot was boring, Jackie and Vincent were both painfully dull as characters, and while it wasn't exactly torture to get through, you wouldn't be missing anything if you skipped it altogether.

  8. 4 out of 5

    kookyquinn

    Finally a heroine I absolutely loved. Jackie was the shit. I totally loved her. Vincent was awesome as well! My only complaint was the steaminess level. It was so blah. The books before this were so much hotter. What happened here? Super sad panda :(

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amyiw

    Sad, sad day. I always could rely on Sands, always, always... but this was a disappointment. Wow, I really hate to give a book of Sands a bad review and maybe it should get one and a half stars for the quick story at the end but this was bad, and I don't understand the 5 star reviews. 1. The Private Investigator is incompetent. (view spoiler)[She never goes over the background of all the employes that she meets. Doesn't even ask about the closest ones to Vincent. Does put safeguards into place aft Sad, sad day. I always could rely on Sands, always, always... but this was a disappointment. Wow, I really hate to give a book of Sands a bad review and maybe it should get one and a half stars for the quick story at the end but this was bad, and I don't understand the 5 star reviews. 1. The Private Investigator is incompetent. (view spoiler)[She never goes over the background of all the employes that she meets. Doesn't even ask about the closest ones to Vincent. Does put safeguards into place after the first break in so that a mortal guards the door? You have 6 vampires and the mortals answer the door? (hide spoiler)] 2. As some of the books go, the hero, Vincent, drags his feet to test whether he can read Jackie and find out if she is his lifemate. Too bad because if he had, maybe there would have been more sex and dreams, etc.. to make up for... 3. the lack of... everything, sex (not enough), plot (view spoiler)[(Vincent keeps on getting attacked and they never learn anything, nothing they do helps in the investigation, and the only reason they catch the bad guy in the end is because of a fluke of spotting someone in a passing car? Then the reasoning behind the attacks is told and it is a total out of the left field reason) (hide spoiler)] . 4. The story line doesn't hold up to explanations on how things work for immortals. (view spoiler)[OK, immortals get stronger as they get older, so how does the 'bad guy' have so much mental control? Why in the end, with 5 old immortals, could they not just take over the other's mind? (hide spoiler)] 5. Sex, I kept waiting as Sands can really put sex scenes out but... (view spoiler)[one OK scene, one rushed sex scene and a scant dream scene. None of the orgasmic sex bites, really none, and no fainting from the first immortal orgasm. Even Lucian passed out after his first with his lifemate because he had abstained for so long. I've read 'A Quick Bite', 'Love Bites', 'Single White Vampire', 'Bite Me If You Can', and 'The Accidental Vampire', of Sands' vampire series and all had the fainting/ love bites, and pretty good to great sex. (hide spoiler)] 6. Fun, where was the laughs. When I want a fun read, at least some laughs, I pick up a Sands. Some of her books are more serious than others, but she always infuses a little humor. I think I laughed once and it wasn't the 'I can't stop laughing, I'm crying' that many of her novels have inspired but a chuckle. 7. An unresolved occurrence in the book, (view spoiler)[the guy who gets turned doesn't have any of the cramps and thrashing, screaming, etc... They never talk to him again and you never hear about whether he is alright with it. You never find out why it didn't hurt him like turnings do. (hide spoiler)] OK, so is there any good? Well we meet some European vampires half way through and they have some character so further stories probably will be made. Then there is Tiny who is a mortal character. And we get to see who Marguerite leaves with to Europe. The only reason to read it would be for this, not a good enough reason. I would say to skip this one. I cannot believe I just said that about a Lynsay Sands book. Wow. And I don't know why the other reviewers rated this one so highly.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pixie

    I believe I read this in 2007 or maybe early 2008? I can't remember exactly, so I've just left the date to "not set". I know it's been a few years since I've read it. Haha. But the interesting thing is... I didn't forget that I did enjoy this book. I believe I've already stated in one review before that I don't read much erotica in general. It's not much my genre type. I don't have anything against it... I just have never been a huge fan, with the exception of The Black Dagger Brotherhood series I believe I read this in 2007 or maybe early 2008? I can't remember exactly, so I've just left the date to "not set". I know it's been a few years since I've read it. Haha. But the interesting thing is... I didn't forget that I did enjoy this book. I believe I've already stated in one review before that I don't read much erotica in general. It's not much my genre type. I don't have anything against it... I just have never been a huge fan, with the exception of The Black Dagger Brotherhood series (and even with that series, I'm not a huge fan of the erotica elements, and more fan of the storyline). Anyway, normally when I pick up an erotica, it's because a friend has loaned it to me or recommended it to me so much that I've went and bought it to see if it's really that good. In the case of A Bite To Remember, it was something a bit different. I saw it sitting on the bookshelf and the cover was interesting. I was out of material to read at the time and the blurb caught my interest enough to where I purchased it on a whim. A book that was in a genre that normally doesn't appeal to me, just out of nowhere. At the time, I had no clue that it was actually a part of a series, either. And even while reading it, I didn't know. I didn't learn about the series until later after finishing the book. I thought it read very well as a stand-alone piece. And that in itself was good for me. I thought the characters and action were well thought-out and structured. I also liked the fact that there was an actual storyline there, too, and not all about just sex. That's what I dislike about a lot of eroticas. The lack of a true story. But this one had a story, so that earned bonus points there. And while it probably was not a "wow" piece or some great, amazing piece of literature, it entertained, and I enjoyed it. I have yet to read anything else of this series... but thinking back now on how I did enjoy this book after all... well, I may just have to start looking into them sometime soon. :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    3.5 Stars Even though I feel this book was better than the last one, I did not get the same feeling I was expecting from this series. There was an ok connection between Jackie and Vincent, which was completely lacking in the last book, it just wasn't anything special. I still like Margarite. Tiny was a cute character too (please tell me that's not who Margarite will end up with!). The plot development felt like it was just going around in circles, nothing ever really happening! And I missed the hu 3.5 Stars Even though I feel this book was better than the last one, I did not get the same feeling I was expecting from this series. There was an ok connection between Jackie and Vincent, which was completely lacking in the last book, it just wasn't anything special. I still like Margarite. Tiny was a cute character too (please tell me that's not who Margarite will end up with!). The plot development felt like it was just going around in circles, nothing ever really happening! And I missed the humor! I don't think there was one funny memorable moment in the whole book. One thing I was happy about was the fact that there was no storyline about the wedding of the couple that got together in the previous book! What a relief, I was starting to worry that would be the theme of the whole series. I also liked that the turning of Jackie was dealt with in a new way. And I really wasn't expecting the end result of who the saboteur was, so I was pleasantly surprised, even though the motive was a bit silly.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kinga

    Vincent, the easy going funny and smily vampire and Jackie, the serious immortal-hater kind of detective. I love the pair. She's an amazing woman and matches Vincent well and they make quite the lovely couple. But then again I might be biased. I like the earlier couples more than those around the 20th book. Vincent, the easy going funny and smily vampire and Jackie, the serious immortal-hater kind of detective. I love the pair. She's an amazing woman and matches Vincent well and they make quite the lovely couple. But then again I might be biased. I like the earlier couples more than those around the 20th book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ♥♥Mari♥♥

    The cover of this edition, published by Gollancz, is somewhat misleading; this is by no means a creepy novel, in spite of that unfortunate little trickle of blood running out of the guy's mouth. I had already read this years ago, and really enjoyed it. So, I bought this edition (because of the good-looking guy on the cover) and dove in again, with the intention of reviewing the book this time around. Most people unfamiliar with the paranormal genre would most likely assume that vampires and humor The cover of this edition, published by Gollancz, is somewhat misleading; this is by no means a creepy novel, in spite of that unfortunate little trickle of blood running out of the guy's mouth. I had already read this years ago, and really enjoyed it. So, I bought this edition (because of the good-looking guy on the cover) and dove in again, with the intention of reviewing the book this time around. Most people unfamiliar with the paranormal genre would most likely assume that vampires and humor really don't mix at all. They would be totally wrong. First of all, there's a difference between the paranormal romance vampire and the vampire of traditional horror stories. These romance vamps are not bad guys at all. In the case of Lynsay Sands, they can be funny, as well. Sands' vampire world has a very unique origin, too; her characters are descendants of the ancient Atlanteans, who, with their advanced science and technology, created miniature mechanisms known as "nanos". Their whole function is to keep their host in peak physical and mental condition, totally free from disease and the aging process. Since these microscopic gadgets live within the bloodstream, they need blood in order to perform their work. Thus, the vamps in this series are really scientifically-enhanced humans who need to consume blood for the nanos to perform their duties. However, these vampires are not soulless monsters who suck their victims dry. In these modern times, they don't bite people at all, unless there's some very rare reason for it. Instead, they consume their liquid food from bags provided by blood banks. In this particular novel, which is the fifth in the series (it was the first one I read, though), the reader again encounters the lovable, easygoing Vincent Argeneau, a four-hundred-year-old actor who decided on his career after meeting Shakespeare at the age of 10. Currently owner of a play production company, he needs help finding out who is sabotaging his productions, and why. Vincent first appeared in the previous novel in the series, titled Tall, Dark and Hungry. A new character, Jackie Morrisey, detective, is introduced in the present novel. Together with her giant-sized assistant, appropriately named "Tiny", she is hired by Vincent to nab the elusive saboteur. This is a fun and lighthearted read, in spite of a murder and some other pretty serious criminal events. The dialogues between the characters are very witty, however. Vincent and Jackie are perfect together. Jackie is a very active, independent person, constantly coming up with ideas on how they might find the saboteur, while Vincent is very endearingly sexy, laid-back, and as sweet as can be. Although he's a very wealthy man, there's not an ounce of arrogance in him; instead, he's very down-to-earth, and his concern for his employees is exemplary. Jackie slowly warms up to him, as she discovers that not all immortals are as bad as her ex, who totally abused and controlled her. As determined as she is to stand on her own two feet, she can't help but be enchanted with Vincent, and consequently, some of her long-held emotional armor begins to chip away. Their romance is full of some totally hilarious twists and turns. The mystery is developed very well throughout the novel; I was sure at first that I had the right person as the saboteur, only to be totally surprised in the last few chapters. Throughout, Sands skillfully maintains the suspense, as well as the increasing sexual tension between the main protagonists. There are several scenes in which the interaction between Vincent and Jackie is totally adorable, and not "cheesy" at all. I also like the characters Tiny McGraw and Marguerite Argeneau, who is Vincent's aunt. These two became platonic friends way before the novel's conclusion, and I loved the way they cared for Jackie, giving her emotional support when necessary. Marguerite, in fact, became like a second mother to Jackie, something I found very endearing. There were other interesting minor characters as well, such as Christian and Marcus Notte, and their cousins, Dante and Tommaso, who were even taller than Tiny, and loved to scarf down half a pizza each (yes, these vamps eat regular food, too), with the expectation that seconds were on the way. The villain was convincingly, if also very sadly, evil. I never would have thought this person would ever have committed the acts of sabotage described in the novel, nor would I have expected this same person to go as far as to kill someone. Kudos to Sands for effectively hiding the villain's identity as long as necessary! I did think that the end of the novel was a bit drawn out. The villain engaged in the frequently-used technique -- which I believe is more common in films than novels -- of describing and explaining their previous crimes to the potential victim before they actually proceed to kill them. This type of thing is a little too overused. Besides, it's obvious that real criminals would never act this way. There are a couple of things I dislike about the vampires created by Sands; one of them is their ability to take over the minds of humans in order to control their behavior. They can also "wipe" the humans' minds, so these unsuspecting folks will entirely lose their memories of certain events the vampires might not want them to remember. Of course, in the hands of a an evil vamp, these powers would be used to harm humans. Vincent would never do that, but I'm still uncomfortable with the concept. I just don't like the whole idea of mind control. Mind reading, which is another power these characters have, is somehow not as disturbing to me. The ethical vamps, like the Argeneaus, don't read humans' minds without permission. Although this novel kept me engaged all the way through to the end, the above points brought my rating down to four stars. It was very well-written, though, and was otherwise a very enjoyable read. The title of this novel is also a rather witty one; it reminds me of the old Cary Grant film, "An Affair to Remember". As vampire romance novels go, I would definitely recommend A Bite to Remember, in spite of the negative aspects mentioned above. Besides being a fun read, it could even be categorized as "a cozy mystery". Also, there's little to no profanity in it (with NO "F bombs"), and the love scenes are very sweet, instead of raunchy. This is the type of book for a romance lover to curl up with, on any night of the year! For more of my reviews, please visit my blog, A NIGHT’S DREAM OF BOOKS. http://anightsdreamofbooks.blogspot.com

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    I liked this better than a lot of the earlier books. I feel like this book at least had a little something more going on than the meet vampire, find out about vampires, and be life-bonded. Vincent definitely had some trouble affecting his business and well Jackie is a little firecracker. She's a damn good PI and she doesn't let the fact that Vincent's a vampire deter her even though she's has reason to fear them. Sure the mystery here wasn't as strong as in a true mystery novel, but it did add a I liked this better than a lot of the earlier books. I feel like this book at least had a little something more going on than the meet vampire, find out about vampires, and be life-bonded. Vincent definitely had some trouble affecting his business and well Jackie is a little firecracker. She's a damn good PI and she doesn't let the fact that Vincent's a vampire deter her even though she's has reason to fear them. Sure the mystery here wasn't as strong as in a true mystery novel, but it did add a good layer of interest to the story. The ending was a bit rushed as well which took the story down a little bit for me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Hull

    "Never judge a book by its cover." We have all heard that saying before, and it's true! You never truly know a person until you take the time to know them. Another great read by Lynsay Sands. It's my 2nd time reading this series, and I love it even more than the 1st time. You won't be disappointed with these books! "Never judge a book by its cover." We have all heard that saying before, and it's true! You never truly know a person until you take the time to know them. Another great read by Lynsay Sands. It's my 2nd time reading this series, and I love it even more than the 1st time. You won't be disappointed with these books!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shyla

    Different? I’m not sure what was so different about this story but I enjoyed but didn’t at the same time. I loved all the new characters but the story line seemed off a bit. Jackie and Vincent at first just seemed awkward and forced then they relaxed some. I believe that they truly did not relax until the very end right before Jackie was killed or it’s all in my head!!! Lol Still recommend this book 📚.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Francais Parker

    World-building: A Mythology: A- Suspense: B+ Plot-Twists: A Girl Power: A Guy Hero: A- Love Interests: A Feels: A- For you clean-readers: this one DOES have mature content. Some scene-skipping/self-editing will be needed to read this one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Coral

    Plot: 3/5 Characterisation: 3/5 Prose: 4/5 How much I enjoyed it: 3/5

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Deluise

    a bite to remember i think this is my favorite of the series thus far. ilove how jackie puts vincent in his place instantly upon meeting him i love how she stands her ground and i love that there is a who done it mystery i think this book flowed very well up until jackie's turning, then it slowed a little but picked right up again yes the mystery very much helped make this a very enjoyable book did not want to put it down, while previous books, it was hard to keep my attention during the re-read but thi a bite to remember i think this is my favorite of the series thus far. ilove how jackie puts vincent in his place instantly upon meeting him i love how she stands her ground and i love that there is a who done it mystery i think this book flowed very well up until jackie's turning, then it slowed a little but picked right up again yes the mystery very much helped make this a very enjoyable book did not want to put it down, while previous books, it was hard to keep my attention during the re-read but this was good and there was an introduction of several characters who will be staring in their own books soon

  20. 4 out of 5

    _all_by_my_shelf_

    4.5 but I rounded it up🥰

  21. 4 out of 5

    Wende

    I love Vincent and Jackie. Oh my Tiny is so sweetly sexy. Is he going to get a vampire??? I just loved this book. 😍😍

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jim Neville

    Note: Although part of a series, this book can be stand on its own. The main plot involves Vincent, an actor and stage producer introduced in the previous book, Tall, Dark & Hungry. Someone is sabotaging his plays, so in steps private detective Jackie Morrisey. She's had a bad experience with "immortals," so that more or less defines her attitude with Vincent. The subplot is a mystery, who-done-it. The saboteur graduates from property damage to murder. Jackie and Vincent must find out who it is be Note: Although part of a series, this book can be stand on its own. The main plot involves Vincent, an actor and stage producer introduced in the previous book, Tall, Dark & Hungry. Someone is sabotaging his plays, so in steps private detective Jackie Morrisey. She's had a bad experience with "immortals," so that more or less defines her attitude with Vincent. The subplot is a mystery, who-done-it. The saboteur graduates from property damage to murder. Jackie and Vincent must find out who it is before too many people are killed. Notable new characters introduced in this book are: Tiny - Jackie's assistant. He's as big as a linebacker and gentle as a lamb. He cooks for a hobby. It's no surprise we'll see him again in Bitten by Cupid (#12.5). Dante & Tomasso - The Italian twins of the Notte family. Although other members of the family are introduced, the twins steal the show. I get the image of mobsters the size of Hulk Hogan. We'll see both of the twins again in future books.

  23. 4 out of 5

    bea

    I love this book series

  24. 5 out of 5

    keikii Eats Books

    To read more reviews in this series and others, check out keikii eats books! 60 points/100 (3 ¼ stars/5) Vincent Argeneau has a problem - someone is causing all his stage productions to shut down their shows. His person show was shut down due to a mysterious case of "contagious anemia" that shut down the play he was set to appear in as Dracula. PI Jackie Morrisey has been called to find out who is causing it.  So far, I have liked A Bite to Remember the least on this reread through the series. It w To read more reviews in this series and others, check out keikii eats books! 60 points/100 (3 ¼ stars/5) Vincent Argeneau has a problem - someone is causing all his stage productions to shut down their shows. His person show was shut down due to a mysterious case of "contagious anemia" that shut down the play he was set to appear in as Dracula. PI Jackie Morrisey has been called to find out who is causing it.  So far, I have liked A Bite to Remember the least on this reread through the series. It was mildly amusing. The side characters were marvelous. Yet, it just wasn't as fun as the others. It is a pretty basic "find who is causing trouble and make them stop" story without all the things that made the previous books stand out to me. Mainly, it was without the laughter. Vincent Argeneau is regarded as the family screw up. When his production of Dracula had to be shut down by "contagious anemia", everyone just assumed he was the one who did it. They went "crazy Vincent, not quite right is he?", poor thing. Him family didn't even bother to realise you'd have to be an incredibly stupid vampire to do that. He lives across the continent from the rest of the family, and isn't really close to anyone, as well. When he calls in for help, no one really comes to help him, they send in help from elsewhere, even when things are going really wrong. Marguerite, his aunt, is around, but that is mostly to meddle, though she does help, too. Marguerite is very good at meddling. Vincent is really quite lonely, though. Ready to give up. He doesn't really act like he did in Tall, Dark & Hungry. He is still kind of blase, but with a veil of depression over him. He is also much, much more dependable than they made him out to be. And also less creepy as well. Jackie Morrisey is afraid of vampires. She may act like she hates them, but in reality it is based on fear. When she was younger, she acquired a vampire boyfriend since her father worked with them and the vampire wanted her. She was looking for someone to love her, and he abused that. It has left her scared of them ever since. She is harsh, but inside she can't take her eyes of Vincent. She is just what is needed to break Vincent out of his funk - Jackie is a sexy, fun challenge. The real gem of A Bite to Remember is the side characters. They are amazing and so much fun. There is Tiny, a giant of a man who is Jackie's partner. He is kind of like a housewife for these two, who are quite awful at managing basic day-to-day tasks. Marguerite, who really is here just to meddle, because she is fun that way, refers to Tiny as her "second daughter". Which really is just perfect and says it all. Then there are twins Dante and Tomasso. They are giant eating machines who barely talk, yet are incredibly supportive. They're just there to eat, mostly. We are also getting closer and closer what I consider the modern Argeneau series. Most of the established norms are finally here. We still aren't passing out during sex, but we have the precursors to the shared dreams and everything else. It is amazing the evolution this series went through that I was oblivious to the last time I read it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    It's been about four years or so since I've read Lynsay Sands. I was going through my boxes of books this past weekend in advance of our upcoming move and I rediscovered her books. Instantly, I was reminded how much I'd loved her world and vampire mythos — one of the most unique I've come across — and quite eagerly purchased the ebooks for A BITE TO REMEMBER and BITE ME IF YOU CAN. I was a little worried, truthfully, that four years away from the world she'd created would dampen my enthusiasm for It's been about four years or so since I've read Lynsay Sands. I was going through my boxes of books this past weekend in advance of our upcoming move and I rediscovered her books. Instantly, I was reminded how much I'd loved her world and vampire mythos — one of the most unique I've come across — and quite eagerly purchased the ebooks for A BITE TO REMEMBER and BITE ME IF YOU CAN. I was a little worried, truthfully, that four years away from the world she'd created would dampen my enthusiasm for it. I'm thankful to report that wasn't the case. Though I forget a lot of the details about the previous books, A BITE TO REMEMBER is written so you don't need to have encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of the world. I found I was easily able to jump right back into it and get absorbed in the story. An actor who's been in the biz for about 400 years, Vincent Argeneau is also a successful businessman. When a series of escalating 'accidents' occurs at his plays, he turns to his cousin, Bastien, for help. Bastien, in turn, hires Jackie Morrisey, a private detective who knows all about immortals. As the incidents continue to increase in seriousness, Vincent and Jackie realize that they're dealing with an immortal who is proving impossible to stop. One of the things I've always loved about Ms. Sands' books is that her vampires are not the stereotypical dark, brooding, tortured monster. For the most part, if I recall correctly, they're actually pretty average. Rich, of course, and with concerns that go beyond the average person's, but they're fully rounded individuals with a full spectrum of personalities. Vincent is no exception. He seems to be a genuinely nice guy, despite being one of the few vampires that needs to feed from living hosts rather than blood bags. His family is concerned that he's begun to succumb to boredom — an immortal's worst enemy — though he doesn't see it in himself until Jackie arrives. Through her presence, he clearly finds the light and colour in the world again, and that's a fantastic development arc for him. Jackie was just my sort of heroine. Bright, sharp, and spunky, I loved her introductory scene. I had a huge smile on my face as I read it. I found her eminently likable and enjoyable to read. She was strong without being hard and unchangeable. On the downside of the book, I found the early revelation of why Jackie dislikes vampires to be a bit clunky, but it didn't detract from the overall story. The pacing, otherwise, was quite good. I would have liked to see more internal reaction from Jackie and Vincent to particular major events. Again, it didn't affect my enjoyment of the story to any great extent. I'm quite eager to dive into the next instalments of Ms. Sands' Argeneau series and very glad I've rediscovered it!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    Plot: Someone is sabotaging Vincent's plays and to his rescue comes a female PI, sexy, mortal, and with a bit of grudge against immortals. Then his aunt shows up too afraid that he is lonely and depressed. My thoughts: Shall I state my do not worry OCD peeps message again, ok. I read book 1 and now I read this one. Were there books in between yes, Vincent's aunt mentioned that his cousins had found life mates but that was it. And the nano thing was explained again and some other things. This book w Plot: Someone is sabotaging Vincent's plays and to his rescue comes a female PI, sexy, mortal, and with a bit of grudge against immortals. Then his aunt shows up too afraid that he is lonely and depressed. My thoughts: Shall I state my do not worry OCD peeps message again, ok. I read book 1 and now I read this one. Were there books in between yes, Vincent's aunt mentioned that his cousins had found life mates but that was it. And the nano thing was explained again and some other things. This book was a perfect stand alone novel. Trust me on this. Vincent then, an actor, 400 years old, and a bit tired of the hunt, and even sex. He has a disorder that the nanos can't fix. He needs to feed from a source, not bag of blood. He is a hottie, nice and cheery around others. Jackie is all business, good at what she does, and she has been bitten before and doesn't have happy memories of her old lover. But there was chemistry between this couple, even if it took some time for them to act on it. There is saboteur, and the hunt for this person. I kept wondering who it could be, and things will happen. That is all I am saying. This series is still very light, and with subtle humour here and there. Some romance, passion, danger, and interesting vampires. There was also one great side character and that was Jackie's associate Tiny, this huge guy who loved to work in the kitchen. I could just see him baking his muffins. Recommendation and final thoughts: I like this light series, and the Argenau family. They have a rich history and there are sure certain members of the family whose stories I would like to read. I also liked how easy it was to just jump into this series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I just started this book and so far. I don't like Jackie very much she is a bit of a jerk. She thinks she is better than any the vampires for some reason. I can't see myself liking her no matter what her reason is for acting like an a**. Update I know now what happen to Jackie and I must say it was terrible. But as an African-American woman I don't like prejudice in any form. While I would guard my mind around vampires I wouldn’t automatically be a jerk to one just because they are one. That is li I just started this book and so far. I don't like Jackie very much she is a bit of a jerk. She thinks she is better than any the vampires for some reason. I can't see myself liking her no matter what her reason is for acting like an a**. Update I know now what happen to Jackie and I must say it was terrible. But as an African-American woman I don't like prejudice in any form. While I would guard my mind around vampires I wouldn’t automatically be a jerk to one just because they are one. That is like me automatically being rude to a white person because one person did something horrible to me. You take a person as they are not based on the actions of someone lease. I would stop reading, but I like Vincent and would like to see him happy though I think he can do better. 3/1/2011 I took a very long time finishing this book. I kept stopping and starting again. I still must say I didn't care for Jackie. Although she changed in the end I already had a bad impression of her. I liked a little more then I didn't at the beginning but I still think Vincent could do better. The side story about the saboteur was very interesting. I really wanted to find out who it was and why. I loved Vincent's sacrifice for his friend he is such a good man. I also loved Tiny. He had me when he told Jackie that she was being a bitch he took the words right out of my mouth. Tiny is really sweet and I loved him. I book overall was pretty good. I was glad to see Vincent happy even if I didn't really care for the preson he was with.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robin Reynolds

    Very good entry in the series. While I've enjoyed all the books so far, the previous books were starting to feel very similar, i.e., the heroes and heroines after the first book were all alike and interchangeable, and I was feeling just a tad bored by the end of Book 4. But Book 5 shook it up a little bit. Our hero this time, Vincent, is a cousin to the previous heroes, and he's much less serious than they are, and more at ease in dealing with mortals and their world. The heroine is a mortal, bu Very good entry in the series. While I've enjoyed all the books so far, the previous books were starting to feel very similar, i.e., the heroes and heroines after the first book were all alike and interchangeable, and I was feeling just a tad bored by the end of Book 4. But Book 5 shook it up a little bit. Our hero this time, Vincent, is a cousin to the previous heroes, and he's much less serious than they are, and more at ease in dealing with mortals and their world. The heroine is a mortal, but she's known about the immortals since she was 19 (though she doesn't like them), so in this book there was no need to go through the whole "oh my god there really are vampires" stuff. My only beef with this volume is that Jackie, the heroine, does not faint after having vampire sex the first time, whereas in the previous books, all the heroines did, and it was explained to them that all females do in the beginning. Not that I care if she faints, and I'm hoping that maybe the author just decided to "forget" about that part of the mythology, as I thought it was kind of ridiculous. Anyway, I very much enjoyed this, and it's made me excited again to continue the series

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bernadette

    I've been reading the Argeneau Series for 2 weeks now and I love the series but it was not exceptional, I love the concept of a new vampire breed... This is the 5th book and by far this is the book that really caught my attention. I also dig the 3rd book maybe because I'm a book lover by heart. In the 4th installment, Vincent made me laugh so I'm expecting so much for his story and it did not disappoint... Vincent is a happy-go-lucky vampire but deep inside he is losing everything, the love of li I've been reading the Argeneau Series for 2 weeks now and I love the series but it was not exceptional, I love the concept of a new vampire breed... This is the 5th book and by far this is the book that really caught my attention. I also dig the 3rd book maybe because I'm a book lover by heart. In the 4th installment, Vincent made me laugh so I'm expecting so much for his story and it did not disappoint... Vincent is a happy-go-lucky vampire but deep inside he is losing everything, the love of life, food and enjoyment but that is until he met Jackie Morissey, the PI Bastien recommended to help him in his problem - someone is sabotaging his stage plays. I love that Jackie is an independent and a strong woman though she has an aversion to Vincent's kind due to her past experience with one. I also love how the H/H interact with each other. I also love Sands' wittiness and her books do not fail to make me laugh due to the fact that this family may be considered as an immortal's dysfunctional family. It was a good read and I almost did not sleep while reading the book it got me hooked... Waiting for Margueritte's story and Thomas (love Thomas!)

  30. 5 out of 5

    t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ aka Barbara

    I adore Vincent, funny, quirky one of the Argeneau's best heroes to date. Description: The bestselling author of "A Quick Bite" continues her popular vampire series. Sexy private eye Jackie Morrisey admits Vincent Argeneau is the hottest guy she's ever met--dead or alive--but she's supposed to protect him from a killer, not fall in love with him My Thoughts: LS stepped outside of her nucleus of the Argenteau family has introduced a whole new cast of characters and I for one find them more entertaini I adore Vincent, funny, quirky one of the Argeneau's best heroes to date. Description: The bestselling author of "A Quick Bite" continues her popular vampire series. Sexy private eye Jackie Morrisey admits Vincent Argeneau is the hottest guy she's ever met--dead or alive--but she's supposed to protect him from a killer, not fall in love with him My Thoughts: LS stepped outside of her nucleus of the Argenteau family has introduced a whole new cast of characters and I for one find them more entertaining than the original. Vincent is awesome, sweet, funny, caring, but you can feel a bit of steel in him. Kate is a fire cracker and no one's fool. The suspense in the story gives it a new feel and the Italian connection adds more spice to the plot and gives the other characters a new flavour. Solid 4 stars from me..now I"m anxious to read the next:)

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