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.
“Maybe it was a coincidence that the entire cast of your play suddenly went anemic. Although, as far as I know, there really is no such thing as contagious anemia.”
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.
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