Runaway Vampire

An Argeneau Novel
Narrated by: Bebe Kaye
Series: Argeneau Vampires, Book 23
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (743 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Buckle up - the Argeneaus are back in a sexy, witty new novel from New York Times best-selling author Lynsay Sands.

Dante Notte has heard it said that love hurts. He just wasn't expecting it to run him over in an RV. Still, a punctured lung and broken ribs are nothing compared to the full-body shock he feels whenever he's near the vehicle's driver, Mary Winslow. He needs to keep her safe from their pursuers while he rescues his brother. Most challenging of all, he needs to claim this smart, stubborn woman as his life mate.

The naked, injured, insanely gorgeous younger man who clambered into her RV insists they belong together. If Mary wasn't feeling their incredible connection in every inch of her being, she wouldn't believe it. But now that the men who took Dante's twin are after her, too, trusting her gut means risking her life for an immortal who's the very definition of a perfect stranger.

©2016 Lynsay Sands (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Cliffhanger...

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This book was not typical "Argeneau", so not very witty and lacked the joy I expect from one of Sands' novels. Very disappointed in the ending. If I had known the story was only part one, I would have waited for the next book in the series to be published before purchasing.

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bad narrator

Omg I'm on 2nd chapter but don't know how much more I can take. When the narrator does the male characters voice it sounds horrible and painful. You can tell she's really trying to do a deep voice but it just sounds dumb and uncomfortable. Like she"ll be hoarse for days after recording because she's strained her vocal cords. It's the main character so I know ill have to suffer through this voice throughout the entire book. Also he's Italian but she didn't bother trying to do a accent. Wonder if the author got a cousin or friend to narrate instead of a professional voice actor? Ill probably be returning the book soon.

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Not up to par

I have loved all the books in the series, but this one did not do it for me.

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Story was good...

I'm sorry to write bad things about people, but the narrator of this book had no range. The women had regular voices and all the men had a raspy voice. The same raspy voice. I thought these guys were Italian? They sounded like New Englanders with a cold. I sped the reading up because I really didn't enjoy the narrator . I feel bad, but it's a good thing this was bought with a credit and didn't pay the usually HIGH price they charge. I have always enjoyed the narrators, some I loved, this one not so much.

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love this book

I do believe this is one of Lindsay's and best books. And ls one of my favorites and I think I'll just read it again

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Just Okay

Mary was unconvincingly believable despite this being a fantasy novel. For a psychologist she wasn't too sharp and became increasingly predictable. Frankly, she was annoying throughout the whole story.

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Very good addition to the series :D

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This was a very good story. I really liked Mary and Dante and their story was very enjoyable. I really love this series and how Sands is able to make the Atlantian Vampire storyline continually enjoyable and interesting with each new couple.

Mary is a 62 year old widow who lost her husband a year ago. She and her late husband had some bad times between them but their marriage had many years of love and companionship so Mary misses him deeply. Mary and her husband used to drive their RV south to Texas and some other places in the winter and this year Mary decided to make the trip on her own. Well, her and her dog Bailey.

Dante is an Immortal (aka Atlantian Vampire) that's just over 100 years old. Dante has an identical twin, Tomaso, and they both agreed to help the Immortal enforcers try to capture some mortals that have found out about their kind and has been kidnapping young Immortals to experiment on. They both got captured and due to unfortunate circumstances, only Dante is able to escape.

When Dante is able to escape, he has to run miles through the woods to get to a highway. Unfortunately, Dante is going too fast to stop when he reaches the highway and he ends up half sliding in front of a moving RV which then proceeds to run him over. As you may have guessed, Mary is the person driving the RV. She stops and gets out to try to see what she ran over but finds nothing on the road or by it that she could have run over. She does see movement in the trees though and gets spooked, deciding she should stop at the next gas station to report the incident. Before that can happen, Mary discovers an unexpected passenger in the back of her RV.

Dante manages to explain his kidnapping and escape to Mary and even though he finds he can't control her mind, he manages to get her to believe him. He's thrilled that Mary is possibly his lifemate and it's decided that he should stay with her to protect her from the kidnappers (who probably saw her pick him up) and also to try to draw the kidnappers in so they can capture them and find out where Tomaso is. It isn't too long before Mary realizes that Dante isn't normal and it takes some time and explanations (and a bit of proof) to get Mary to believe Dante when tells her what he is and what they are together as lifemates. Once she takes in everything and believes, it's not too bad but there are some issues to deal with. The story ends with Dante and Mary getting a HEA together but there is a bit of a cliffy in the fact that Tomaso hasn't been found so Dante and Mary are heading out (with Lucian and other Enforcers) to find him.

This was a very enjoyable story. I liked Mary very much as a heroine. The fact that she was 62 years old and got the man and an immortal life with a body at it's prime is something I would love to have myself so I could really relate. Dante was a good hero, nice and sweet with a decent head on his shoulders. Overall, the story was good and kept me interested so once I started I didn't want to stop. I'd recommend this story and series. :D

* note - the narrator did an alright job but Dante was supposed to have an Italian accent but I don't feel she did very well. Dante sounded more gruff with some slight lilts to some of his words that may have been considered some sort of accent.

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No plot, just sex

Same old same old immortal match making with Atlantean nanonites with no conclusion of who the underground immortal kidnappers are. If you're gonna have a mystery it has to lead somewhere. I've been following the series and unfortunately Lyndsay Sands must have writer's block because she can't finish the suspense.
I doubt I'll stay on this train. The story line isn't going anywhere but introducing new life mates and sex. There's no substance. I'll use my credit to better use.

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Average story, less than stellar performance

Setting: Texas Contemporary Genre: paranormal romance Mary Winslow is a 60-something widow returning to Winnepeg from Texas in her RV. On a dark backroad, she hits something she thinks must have been a large animal, but when she gets out to look, she doesn't find anything immediately, and it’s dark and spooky, so decides to call the police at the next truck stop. When she gets there, she discovers a bloody, naked man in the back of the RV. Dante Notte has escaped from people who want to experiment on vampires. His twin is still with them, so he calls Lucien to assist. The book is the rather desultory story about Mary and Dante trying to lure the kidnappers out so the Enforcers can track down the whereabouts of Tomosso and other missing vampires, during which there is a near-fatal accident which necessitates Dante changing Mary to an Immortal. Some of the books in this series are near stand-alones, with enough explanation of the world Sands created for her vampires so that the reader doesn't get confused, but not so much as to bore those who are deep into the series. That isn't the case with The Runaway Vampire. The world description is nearly absent, yet there isn't enough reference to other characters and events from other books to make this one feel comfortably slotted in to the overall arc. There's too much shortcut and not enough connectedness, is that makes sense.h Neither Mary nor Dante have much depth as characters, and it was difficult to care what happened to them. In previous books in the series, Dante and Tomosso were almost a unit, a couple of big, beautiful brutes, who never did much of anything. Dante isn't much without his brother, but they've never seemed like much of anything anyway. Giving Dante his own story was probably premature at this point. The dialogue between Mary and Dante isn't riveting. It is without the wit usually evinced by Sands' characters, though there was one scene with Bricker that was amusing. The plot doesn't have much to recommend it. Not much really happens, and there isn't the tension needed to make a good tale. Altogether, the whole endeavor comes across as underdone. Sands had a character, but the story she put him in didn't show him to his advantage, as though it was forced. If you are well into this series, you'll want to read this so you won't ever wonder, "whatever happened to that guy?" If you aren't enamored of the series and the world it inhabits, you can give this a miss. It wasn't a total waste of time, but neither was it riveting. Overall, it is average. If I could make one wish regarding this series, it would be that they all the books had the same narrator. But not this one. She differentiates well enough between genders, but nor so much between characters. Many of the characters sound exactly like one another. Dante’s accent doesn’t sound very Italian. And the friends Mary and her late husband knew from Winnipeg who bought the campground in Texas — well it’s not like it was a decade previous, so why did she give them such a southern twang? Not the worst narrator in this series, but nowhere near the best.

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Great read

I really loved this story and will continue with the series. The reason I didn’t give full 5 stars is the main female character is 62 yet references herself as “an old lady” several times. I guess since I’m not far from that myself, I don’t think of 62 as old in the same context this character was written .

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  • Dolores
  • 02-21-20

HOT, FAST AND COMICAL

I adore the Argeneau /Notte series. Here we've got Danté running straight into 62yrs old Mary, well he ran straight into her RV & this was the start of their time together. We see how things turn out from the good & not so good. In typical Lynsay Sands way with the fantastic Immortal way & here Mary takes things about Danté so at ease. Then we get the comical ways of the way the century-millianeum Immortals get to know the modern ways & having their sexual/food appetite back 💓💞💘

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-18

excellent series

brilliant narration. I have most of the books in this series. excellent stories. highly recommend. wish more were on audible at a price I can afford!!!

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  • Angie xXx
  • 02-27-18

Lynsay Sands xXx ❤

The narrator is excellent & performance from her is fantastic..! I loved this book throughout , when you close your eyes 👀 you can almost see yourself there xXx Thankyou for another excellent read 📖 / listen 👂

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  • Karen
  • 11-09-17

great listening

if you enjoy fantasy you will enj Lynsey sands. I really enjoy the books an the audio books do not disappoint

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  • B. Malone
  • 06-19-17

Where's the story?

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It's a good book as background noise as it's lacking in much story.

What will your next listen be?

My next listen is a book by Nalini Singh. Similar in that it's fantasy with a good dose of sexual interludes but at least there will be a plot to consentrate on!

Did Bebe Kaye do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Lots of different voices but a slightly slow narration.

Could you see Runaway Vampire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Heavens NO.

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  • Lucie K
  • 08-11-16

Brilliant!

The first book I read from this series. Funny, witty, fast moving. I couldn't believe how quickly I got to the end. It was simply brilliant. .... good for gran Mary :-)

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  • Periwinkle O'Connor
  • 09-05-16

Funniest Argeneau Novel Yet

I've read all the Argeneau/ rogue hunter novels and have loved most of them and this was one of the best. It was definitely the finniest. I adore the characters, especially Dante.,