The Accidental Vampire (Argeneau Vampire Book 7)
I’ll admit that my reviews on this series may not be in the proper reading order (woops!). This is book 7 in the series. To be honest, while it is *best* to read this books in order, (references about past couples and events appear throughout each new novel), these are easily read and understood as stand alone books. How vampires are created is explained in each installation, how a “lifemate” is discovered, and the cast of characters in each book are described (in reference to the Argeneau family).
This book features Victor, a 2000 year old “Immortal” (a vampire – but they don’t like to be called that). He is the younger brother of Lucian Argeneau (one of the oldest Vampires , and head of the governing council), and Victor is one of his enforcers (sent to hunt down rogue vampires not abiding by vampire law).
Victor is sent to a small town in Ontario after hearing rumors of a female vampire (Elvi) living openly as a vampire amongst the mortals, and feeding off of them. She is also discovered to be publicly searching for a “vampire” mate in the singles column (all of which are against vampire law – namely, “Immortals” must keep their status a secret, except to the mortals that are close to them, and feeding from mortals is against the law, except in cases of emergency).
Under the guise of answering her “singles” ad, he arrives in town, only to discover that he will be one of 5 males living in “Elvi’s” home (a Bed & Breakfast), so that she may get to know each one better, and possibly choose one as her mate.
To Victor’s dismay, he is incredibly attracted to this sweet woman. He realizes that she has no idea how she became a vampire, has never had a “Sire” to guide her and teach her the laws, and that the town she lives in accepts and fully embraces her vampire status. She is not openly disobeying the law, as she has never known another vampire. In fact, she has learned how to be a “vampire” by watching old Dracula movies, and is living the vampire myths.
“We can eat?” Elvi echoed faintly. It was really the only thing he’d said that stuck in her head. “I can eat?”
“You didn’t know?” DJ asked, his teeth now back in place.
“Dracula never ate,” Mabel pointed out, confusion and concern on her face as she peered at Elvi.
“Dracula is a fictional character,” Victor said dryly.
Her well-meaning mortal friends are realizing that as they age and die, she will be left alone, and therefore, devise this “singles ad” plan (unbeknownst to her). Elvi is embarrassed when she realizes what they have done, but is so happy to meet other vampires, that she entertains the possibility of them at least, becoming her new friends. She finally has people to answer her questions.
“Mabel and I arranged this week to find you a mate,” he started as he steered out of the parking lot. “We don’t like the idea of leaving you here on your own.”
“Yes, I know. She told me.”
Teddy nodded. “Well it seems we did good. Out of all the vampires in the world, she picked the four who would be suitable lifemates.” He paused, and concentrated on driving for a minute before saying, “Elvi, if you love this guy, don’t let your fear keep you from him. You’ll regret it. Trust me, I know,” he added solemnly, and then said, “You’re home. Get out.”
“That’s it?” she asked with disbelief. “Don’t let fear stop me. We’re home, now get out? That’s your wisdom?”
“The best advice is often the simplest,” he said with a shrug…
This book has a bit of everything. The usual humorous moments (my favorite was an unfortunate birdbath colliding with a male groin, incident – apparently vampires DO feel pain…). There are also a few romantic couplings that happen in this installation. Some fun tension while the handsome vampires vie for Elvi’s attention, and even some stress as to how Victor will submit her case to the council for re-evaluation.
This book certainly fits well within the series, and does not disappoint!
Interested in the series? –> Lynsay Sands – Argeneau Vampires Series Reading Order