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That hot guy tied to Lissianna Argeneau's bed? He's not dessert - he's the main course!Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood...an especially annoying quirk for a vaThat hot guy tied to Lissianna Argeneau's bed? He's not dessert - he's the main course!Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood...an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn't hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?Dr. Gregory Hewitt recovers from the shock of waking up in a stranger's bedroom pretty quickly - once he sees a gorgeous woman about to treat him to a wild night of passion. But is it possible for the good doctor to find true love with a vampire vixen, or will he be just a good meal? That's a question Dr. Greg might be willing to sink his teeth into...if he can just get Lissianna to bite....

Title : A Quick Bite
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ISBN : 9780060773755
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Number of Pages : 360 Pages
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A Quick Bite Reviews

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    2019-03-21 16:33

    This was a pretty good read for the first book in the series. A little slow, I started to get a little bored a few times but over all enjoyable.

  • June Junebug
    2019-03-16 12:30

    PROS: - A few solid ideas (like the anemia thing in the beginning).- Great opening.CONS: - Cringe-worthy writing.- Hasn't been proofread/edited enough; too many errors.- Terrible at foreshadowing; Chekhov's gun much?- Thesaurus abuse and neglect.- Very little "showing" and too much "telling".- After page 13, the story dipped.- Poor character development and male protagonist is a moron.- Too many useless minor characters.- Story was as bland as the characters.- Trying too hard.- Obvious villain was obvious.- No chemistry between Greg and Lissianna (love interest and protag respectively).- Misogynistic, sexist, and objectifying.- Cringe-worthy dialogue.COMMENTS: Let me preface this by saying that I love porn, smut, and sex. I am very pro-sexual freedom for all so I am in no way a prude. However, poorly and irresponsibly written porn, smut, and sex is where the problem lies. I normally finish books but I already put myself through too much halfway through and received a massive migraine because of the book. This rarely happens and it would have happened with Twilight. At least that book was so bad, it was lulzy. This book was just plain bad. I expected a lot out of it because of all the high ratings it was given. Even so, who wouldn't be interested in a vampire book where the vampire suffers from hemaphobia? I was excited when I started but was disappointed after the thirteenth page when the cousins were introduced. It felt like Sands was trying too hard to give them unique personalities but it didn't take. They all had inauthentic characteristics and, quite frankly, they were a little cheesy.What I meant by "showing vs telling" was that I want to be shown what the characters look like versus just telling the audience that they're attractive. I can pull a 1-line description out of my ass and that will show you more of how a character looks than Sands can write in a novel. Observe: "His auburn hair peeked out from under his cream-colored beanie, perfectly sculpting his sharp cheekbones." How's that compared to "he looked good"? The only character that was "shown" was Lissianna and her mother. The description was very vivid and I could already imagine how they looked throughout the book without having to try (yay eurocentricism because western features are the only features that are beautiful /sarcasm). However, I was told that Greg was attractive but I still couldn't put a face on him. Which is odd because isn't this supposed to appeal to horny, heterosexual women instead of being male gaze-y?Why does Lissianna and her mother get to be fully described as "beautiful creatures" and not Greg or anyone else for that matter? The women in the book were described to be "overdeveloped" and whatnot but all I got for Thomas was that his eyes were "just as piercing as Lissianna's." There were so many things wrong with this book that played on double standards. For instance, it hinted how women should be dependent on men but not too dependent or else they'll look desperate...?! There was also absolutely no chemistry between Greg and Lissianna after their first meeting and Greg was objectifying her throughout the rest of what I read. He was kidnapped by strangers and, instead of worrying about his life being tied up and all, he'd fantasize about being a sex slave to his offenders.The closest thing to a non-sexual connection they had going on was when he wanted to "hold her when she was sad" (the cheesiness in this book has just gone through the roof). BAD WRITING!Another problem: the writing reminded me of an adult Twilight. That's a bad thing. I'm sorry to make the comparison but it couldn't be helped. Twilight had useless minor characters (like Mike, Jessica, etc) as does this book (the cousins). It felt like the cousins were just there to fill in some extra pages; it wasn't even to move the story along. Chapter 5 was especially painful to read. Each of the eight cousins went into Greg's room to ask that he not be mad at Lissianna for keeping him hostage and each begged him to cure her phobia...ONE. BY. ONE.None of them explained what the phobia was until Lissianna went to him last. Even then, after about a hundred pages in, Greg was still unable to guess the glaringly obvious fact that Lissianna and her family were vampires. Even when they spoke about feeding, mind reading, and Greg being dinner IN FRONT OF HIM. Lissianna even bit him during their encounter prior to the conversation (which was actually very well written so it was a nice break from the shitty prose; but it was also a shitty plot device) and what did he think? He thought it would leave a nice little hickey.He should have at least thought they were cannibals or feared for his life or something. THIS IS NOT GOOD WRITING! I was ready to throw the book out the window but I like to give every book a chance (and I wanted to return the book and get my $8 back)...so I kept reading.The book was trying too hard in all areas possible. Tried too hard to make the names aesthetically pleasing, feeble attempts at humorous dialogue (which ended up sounding dull), poor foreshadowing—it just tried too hard. Period. Never even thought to refine any of it—not even the language. There were errors in every single chapter as well as incomplete sentences and...argh! There were times when she abused the thesaurus and times when her thesaurus collected dust (quit with the "mental kicks" and "grimacing" and use different words or don't use it at all!). Did I mention I wanted to throw the book out the window?It's also incredibly unrealistic. Yes, vampires = not real maybe. Well, neither is Hogwarts and yet I can still imagine what it would be like to live in the world of magic. I don't have as big of a problem with nanotechnology in Atlantis (look at Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire; I think that's pretty advanced) but there were so many other things that drowned out the sci-fi idea. The historical explanations sounded ridiculous and diluted the vampires' personalities even more. I have a huge problem with the language and characteristics. You'd think that after a few hundred years, these people would learn to grow up and mature a little. Thomas was annoying—I felt like Sands was trying to make him out to be some kind of hilarious flirt. If I were sitting in a room with him, I'd think he were a stupid-ass wannabe pimp. He's the kind of person who thinks pickup lines like "So, you're a girl?" would work.The other cousins were also annoying because of how bland the dialogue between everyone was and how useless they were. They were just there to meddle. They spoke like they were still in kindergarten. I remember Greg saying that they had accents as well as the mother but their language...if you were that aged, the new culture's language wouldn't take on nearly as quickly. I'd imagine old habits die hard. I just couldn't stand it. Lissianna being over 200 years old and still suffering from hemaphobia because of something that happened when she was 13 and no one ever thought to get a therapist for her...that's unrealistic. I was overwhelmed by how ridiculous the book was getting, I had to stop halfway. I didn't even have to think to know who the villain was. I will withhold this information for anyone who wants to read it buuuut HINT*HINT: Less than halfway through the book, you're told that they have a room full of crosses and that they put garlic in Lissianna's food...all on one page.Great marketing device (cover, synopsis, etc) but the actual product was a huge disappointment. I think Sands was just writing it as she went along and had no idea how the story would end. She slapped together a lackluster book with cliche blond vamps with bodies meant to be on the cover of Maxim and cliche men with six packs and a big dong. It'll teach me not to read through reviews with low ratings as thoroughly as reviews with high ratings. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to return the book for something that's actually entertaining.

  • Lynsay Sands
    2019-03-10 19:43

    I think I read this one a looong time ago. GRINLynsay

  • Dina
    2019-02-27 17:35

    This story is marketed as being funny, light and cute. I prefer my PNR books to be on the dark and dangerous side, but I needed to read a "Q" book to finish the RRRC's A-Z Book Challenge and A Quick Bite was the only one I had on my TBR - for years, I might add - so I decided to finally give it a chance.Lissianna Argeneau is a 202-year-old vampire who happens to be, gasp!, hemaphobic. That's not a good thing considering what she is. Concerned about her future, her mother Marguerite decides to give Lissi "the best birthday gift ever": Dr. Greg Hewitt, a 35-year-old psychologist who specializes in phobias. Marguerite is sure he'll be able to cure Lissi's phobia so she can leave a "normal" vampire life.From the awkward moment they meet, Greg and Lissi feel attracted to each other, but nothing good can come out of it because (1) she's a vampire, (2) he's a mere mortal and (3) he'll have his memory erased as soon as he cures her phobia. Naturally, nothing goes according to Marguerite's plan, and Greg and Lissi find themselves running for their lives. But who's after them? Her wacky family? An unsuspected vampire hunter?That wasn't a bad setup, but I'm afraid Ms. Sands didn't make it work for me. I didn't laugh at any of the attempted jokes, I hated Lissi's silly cousins (to the point that I lost track of who was who), I didn't care for the numerous one-dimensional secondary characters and I didn't feel any sexual chemistry between Greg and Lissi. They were both nice enough - well, they weren't annoying - but I didn't feel any love between them. They had a strong connection, I grant you that, but it only veered into the friendship zone - at least, that's how I felt.Simply put, there was no character development in this book. Lissi was unbelievably imature for her age. I don't care if she was considered extremely young in vampire years. Come on, she was 202 years old! She should have been way wiser than she was. I just don't get it. Unless... Do vampire brains develop at a slower rate than mere mortals'? Does vampire blood affect their learning curve so bad that 200-year-old vampires act and talk like teenagers? *groans*Greg was another "problem", as I couldn't understand his actions. He was kidnapped, tied up and left without food or water for hours, and took it all in stride. Sure, he had a hissy fit at first, but then calmed down and became the most complacent kidnapped victim of all times. Puh-lease! And when he found out that those deranged people who had kidnapped him were vampires, did he freak out? Of course not! He simply sat down with Lissi - actually, he was tied up to the bed, but at that point, he couldn't care less - and listened attentively while she recited History of the Vampires: Origin & Evolution. Gah!To be fair, I thought the explanation for the origin of the vampires devised by Ms. Sands was unexpected and interesting, but I didn't like the way she explored that concept. When all was said and done, I got the feeling that the Argeneau vampires were just like any regular mortal human with a few enhanced characteristics to make them different. For a PNR, this book was the most un-PNR I've ever read.So, as you might have guessed by now, I didn't like this book. It had some good parts - mainly when Greg and Lissi were on their own and away from her wacky family - but those few and far in between moments weren't enough to make up for everything else. Overall, this was a very disappointing read to me.

  • Exina
    2019-02-28 12:35

    Lissianna Argeneau has hemaphobia, she faints at the sight of blood. It’s not the worst of phobias, you’d think, but Lissi is a vampire, so this phobia makes her life extremely difficult. Vampires don’t feed the old-fashioned way anymore, they use bagged blood. But Lissi can’t stand the sight of it, so she has to ‘feed off the hoof’. She hates the hunt, let alone the dangers of it. It’s not easy to find someone healthy to feed off, someone who is not on drugs or alcohol. So when Lissianna finds a hot man tied to her bed, she thinks he’s her birthday present from her mother. Except, Dr. Gregory Hewitt is here to cure her phobia, not to be a dessert. But when someone is that delicious and tempting like Greg, it is impossible to resist taking a quick bite. I used to read a lot of PNR, and I probably would have liked it more years ago. Though the origin of the vampires is very interesting and unique, I expected more from the story: more humor, more steam, more action, and a much better developed romance: true life mates – oh, come on… haven’t we heard this enough? Of course, this book was published more than ten years ago, and by now the destined mate thing has got old. All in all, it’s not bad, but I don’t think I’ll continue the series for now. Originally posted on my blog on May 14, 2016.

  • Jilly
    2019-03-19 11:21

    I know I may talk a little more than is healthy normal about the coming robot apocalypse. It's just that I don't think people are taking this whole robots-are-going-to-kill-us-all thing seriously enough. They keep making creepier robots every day. Did anyone see that robot on The Tonight Show? Holy crap. That thing is definitely planning on murdering someone. Probably Jimmy Fallon.By the way, can we talk about the fact that "Sophia's" designer must have been male? Is there any other reason that she had to have such large breasts? I'm guessing they aren't extra battery packs, or any other reasonable explanation. Just a robot-designer who had a dream...Why am I on yet another robot rant when I am talking about a vampire book? Because this vampire world has the best explanation for the existence ever - nano robots in their bloodstream. These tiny robots cure disease, make them stronger and faster, stop cell degeneration, but feed off of their blood. So, they need to drink blood to replenish.In other words:The robots have transformed the humans into blood-thirsty killers! See? It's part of the master plan that all robots have!I knew it!!!So, although the romance was okay, but a little bland because the two main characters were about as exciting as milk (NOT chocolate milk). I loved the world where tiny micro-robots were the real killers.I also loved the Argeneau family and their dynamics, so I will continue this series happily. See? The robots have gotten to me. I'm totally on board.

  • LibraryLass
    2019-03-20 13:30

    Loved this one. I have so many new series to read cos of developing a love for yet another romance genre, but I have to say this will be one of my favourite series if they are all the same as this. It was a light refreshing read, with none of the 'usual' formula romance angst etc. Unlike other reviewers, I liked the concept of the vamps coming from Atlantis. I am completely new to this genre and it's all fantasy/paranormal/romance to me anyway, so if the book is entertaining and keeps me reading I'm not too hung up on the details of their 'world' as it's all make-believe anyway. I loved the humour. I am always a sucker(!) for a book which is fun to read and this was. I thought the whole phobia thing was hilarious, but would have liked to have seen it resolved (not sure if it is in upcoming books??). Overall I loved the whole thing. The sex was hot, the romance was yummy and the characters were entertaining. No-one in the book annoyed me (which is great from mpov). Anyway, I loved it and will definitely be continuing with this series. (I have SOOOOOO many to start!)

  • Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽
    2019-03-02 17:34

    For PNR fans, this is $1.99 at Amazon (1-28-2015):http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...I can't do it. Maybe I'll try a re-read in the future, but I have too many books on my TBR list to force myself to get through this. If you are just getting into paranormal romance and "paranormal chick-lit," you might like it. I think I have just outgrown this kind of stuff for the most part. I need something a little more complicated than the typical formulaic romance story.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-06 14:30

    A Quick Bite is the first installment in Lynsay Sands's vampire paranormal romance series titled Argeneau. I had never read anything from this author or this series before and I have to admit the popularity and impressive ratings had me pretty excited. This book ended up just being OK for me. I never really felt engaged in the storyline or connected with any of the characters. It was too easy to put the book down while reading and I kind of had a "take it or leave it" outlook. I considered adding it to my DNF shelf, not because it's bad but because there are too many books and too little time to read something that isn't completely capturing you. But I stuck it out...I mean have you seen how many books are in this series????? It's obviously working for plenty of loyal readers. I should note there were things I did like about A Quick Bite: I liked the fact that the female lead is the vampire while the male lead is the mortal. Usually it's always the man who wears the fangs. I also thought the blood phobia was an interesting addition to the vampire world. I mean, who would have thought lol? But like I said, overall it was just OK. I finished the book but didn't like it enough to continue the series. Two stars. The Argeneau series includes the following installments as of June 2015:#1:A Quick Bite#2:Love Bites#3:Single White Vampire#4:Tall, Dark & Hungry#5:A Bite to Remember#6:Bite Me If You Can#7:The Accidental Vampire#8:Vampires are Forever#9:Vampire, Interrupted#10:The Rogue Hunter#11:The Immortal Hunter#12:The Renegade Hunter#12.5:Bitten by Cupid#13:Born to Bite#14:Hungry for You#15:The Reluctant Vampire#15.5:The Bite Before Christmas#16:Under a Vampire Moon#17:The Lady is a Vamp#18:Immortal Ever After#19:One Lucky Vampire#20:Vampire Most Wanted#21:The Immortal Who Loved Me#22:About a Vampire#23:Runaway Vampire

  • Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
    2019-02-19 17:33

    4.5 Quick Fun stars :)A one-time read.Though I did throughly enjoy reading the book and its characters. Looking forward to reading the rest.

  • Tara
    2019-03-09 15:37

    ...and they all lived cheesily ever after...Sigh, maybe it was because I kept putting off this series, maybe I was just on a book high from having really enjoyed the last 4 books, 3 of which were actually authors I'd never read before, or maybe it just wasn't a great book. I don't know. I wanted to like this book, I really did. I'd read the descriptions and reviews and it just didn't do it for me.Lissianna Argeneau is a vampire with a serious phobia and at 200+ years old, she needs to get over it. Luckily she comes from a very large and supportive family. Oh and did I mention that they get annoying after a while? There are female cousins and a friend and her one male cousin. Thomas, the sole male was witty enough that they didn't need the scantily clad, over-exuberant cousins. It was kind of funny at first but she went to that well too many times early on and by page 130 I was ready to be done with them.Dr. Greg Hewitt finds himself surrounded by this family and despite the fact that it is a romance you begin to wonder if they will ever be left alone long enough for the romance part of the book. Finally about 175 pages in or so Thomas gives a push and things start rolling. By the end of the happily ever after, there were still 60 pages left and then I remembered the very minor sub plot they'd been building throughout the book that I think was supposed to be funny but fell a little flat. Maybe it was because from the first moment it was introduced it was obvious what it was, maybe it felt a little forced, like it was added in to give the story more conflict or maybe it was because I just didn't think it was funny. Who knows?I think that I would have liked this book with less of her giggling cousins and a more integrated sub plot, I don't know. I know that I'm hoping this series gets better because I've gathered them all from paperback swap and can't see myself sending them back without at least trying 3 or 4 more... and if I still really never get into them, I'll skip to Thomas' book.In her acknowledgments section the author mentioned that the book was written out of order, so maybe that's why it felt off to me. I'm moving forward with Lynsay Sands and chalking this up to a bad first start.

  • Anzu The Great Destroyer
    2019-03-12 17:33

    First of all I didn’t like this book AT ALL. The story was utterly boring, the main characters were irritating and the rest of the secondary ones seemed like they were added just to take up some space in the book. The author tried (maybe too hard) to make everyone likeable but she didn’t succeed. The hero and heroine have no chemistry, and all the hot and sweaty scenes just left me cold.More than once I thought of just deleting the damn book and picking on something better. I saw people compare this to an adult Twilight and I have to say they’re right.I eventually ended up skimming the last chapters because I couldn’t stand reading it anymore. Too much talk, very little action. I won’t even touch the rest of the series unless someone I trust recommends it to me.

  • Slavena
    2019-02-27 18:22

    Lynsay Sands is a great author and I think that's why she can get away with a book like this. 60% of the book is introduction to the characters that will get their own books. I know it is hard to introduce your own fantasy world but putting 15 family members in this book was way too much for me, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, one big happy vampire family.I was extremely disappointed that the hero/heroine got very few minutes together without the family constantly interfering, I mean they walked in 2ce when Lissi was kissing Greg, when she was feeding of him, when they were having sex, and the person interrupting it is not like "oops sorry" and closing the door, no he marches in and starts up conversation. "yeah I know that you are inside my cousin but I have to tell you that we have to go groceries shopping" (that's not a quote from the book just making a point) I guess if you have discovery fantasies this book will rock your world, they are constantly getting caught.The other thing that was infuriating is the view of the vampires. They are created from Atlantis nano technology/bio-engineering with the main heroine, who is 200 years old knowing nothing about it, like she is not even interested in explaining anything. The mystery that is so alluring when you read about vampires is totally destroyed.One of the first scenes in the book is Lissi having a birthday party, turning 202. What does she do for her birthday - she stayed home with her siblings/cousins and had a pijama party all dressed up in teddies and their one male cousin, in a child's spiderman pajama. Mind you these are vampires 200-600years old. It was ridiculous that this made the cut for publishing. It didn't make me laugh, it made me sad. I am happy I didn't pay $8 for this book but got it from the library. If you want funny vampire romance read Kerrelyn Sparks. Don't even attempt this book

  • Summer
    2019-03-12 15:33

    I start this book thinking maybe it will be cute. The description of the book describes the main character Lissianna as a vampire with a tendency to faint at the site of blood. Silly, but not the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Dr. Gregory Hewitt is a psychiatrist who wakes up in Lissianna's bedroom tied up and she wants a bite. Interesting enough to be put on my to-be-read pile anyways. So I start reading it. Lissianna comes from a family of vampires. Her parents, siblings, and friends are all vampires too. It's also her 202nd birthday. She's had some bad luck finding some good food, and arrives early at her mothers for her birthday party. Vampire birthday party. That was strike number one. So she goes up to her room and finds Dr. Gregory all tied up and sexy and decides to open up her present early. She gets interrupted by her mother explaining that the present wasn't for eating, but for curing her phobia with blood. Lissianna sulks and heads back down to the party like a chastised child. That was strike two. The party winds down later and Lissianna and her friends and family are downstairs. All of the females are described as in pastel colored baby doll outfits. Oooookay. The vampires then all gather around asking what do you do at a pajama party. When someone explains they all try to decide which to do first. Should they tell scary stories? Gossip about boys? Riiiiiight. So that would be strike three. I don't require vampires in stories to be full of angst or anything like that but a vampire pajama party sorta crosses the line for me. She's supposed to be 202 years old for goodness sake. Perhaps the story gets better and less ...ridiculous later but I couldn't really stomach any more after that.

  • CC
    2019-02-24 12:13

    This was kitschy. You have to be able to find humor in their unusual personalities. The heroine, in particular, will drive you crazy if you do not. It was like reading a sitcom or some slapstick comedy. I liked Lissiana, but not a lot. She was just a bit too detached for me. And a bit too naive (a nice way of saying frustratingly oblivious). I liked Greg, but did not love him. I had issues with his reactions to his "kidnappings" and did not always love being in his head. But overall I was entertained and plan to continue the series. Safety gang safeThere might be little nits that people do not like that I will list below, but this is a safe book.(view spoiler)[Lissiana does bite men for blood. They agree to not bite OM or OW after he is turned.Greg has a few thoughts about how beautiful her cousins are, just did not like the entire scene, however, I can see that it was funny to most people.Neither are virgins. No info on her history and he has not has sex in a year and that was a ONS. He has been too focused on career. She is pretty shy but over 200 years old. (hide spoiler)]

  • ♥Rachel♥
    2019-02-22 19:28

    2.5 starsOkay story. Really liked the romance, but the beginning was painfully repetitive and slow. Luciana had to be a pretty dim bulb to miss the identity of the bad guy! So frustrating. Wouldn't really recommend the audio. I did enjoy the narrator's voice, but in parts the cadence seems so very slow. Also, I'm not sure what was up with some of the really long pauses out of the blue. ??I did get this on sale on audible so I guess I can't really complain too much. :/

  • Sarah
    2019-03-10 17:34

    Lissianna has an unusual problem for a vampire - she faints at the sight of blood! As you can imagine that makes life extremely difficult for her and her family are all worried about how hard it is for her to feed. Her mother decides to take matters into her own hands and she kidnaps a psychologist who specialises in phobias so that he can help Lissianna get over her fears. Things start to go wrong when Lissianna wrongly assumes that Greg is her dinner rather than her doctor but surely one quick bite isn't going to do any harm?I've been wanting to try the Argeneau series for such a long time now so when I was offered a review copy of A Quick Bite I was really excited and couldn't wait to get started. I'm a huge paranormal romance fan, it's one of my go to genres and I'll never get tired of reading about vampires and other creatures that go bump in the night. I picked this up expecting a fairly light and funny read along the lines of Katie MacAlister's Dark Ones series and I have to say for the first couple of chapters I thought that was exactly what I had got but unfortunately the humour got old very fast and I ended up hating most of the characters.Lissianna is a 200 year old vampire but along with her cousins (some of whom are even older than she is!) she acts like a 12 year old tween most of the time. They were all just so incredibly childish that it was hard to take any of them seriously and I ended up getting really annoyed with all of them. The way they all kept spying on Lissianna and Greg was just creepy and so was the way everyone could read his mind and know that he was constantly thinking how hot she was. I just got very tired of all the erection jokes! On the subject of Greg I thought is reactions to the situation he found himself in were completely unbelievable. He wakes up in a strange house tied to the bed after arriving in very unusual circumstances yet he's more interested in the thought of being the beautiful stranger's willing sex slave than he is about trying to escape. We get told a lot about how attracted they are to each other but if I'm honest I just didn't feel the chemistry between them, it all felt very clinical and there wasn't enough of a build up for me to feel invested in their relationship.Although this story is mainly focused on the romance there was also a bit of a suspense plot in the background with someone attempting to murder Lissianna. That could have added something to the book and made it much more interesting apart from the fact that a five year old would have been able to tell you who was behind the attempt pretty much the first time we met their character. It was so completely obvious that the perpetrator might as well have been walking around with "I'm a Vampire Hunter" tattooed across their forehead yet Lissianna didn't once think to question their weird behaviour. To put it politely Lissianna is an idiot, I think this quote says it all:Lissianna shook her head, thinking it was rather amazing she'd survived to reach two hundred if she'd made many mistakes like that over the years.Honestly I'm not sure how she made it to 200 either, she made so many stupid mistakes when it came to feeding that I stopped counting them but I feel like I spent half the book rolling my eyes at her.I'm just so disappointed that this book didn't work for me because I had such high hopes for it in the beginning. I am kind of tempted to give the next book a try though, first books in a series can always be a bit hit and miss and since this series is still going strong after 24 books have been published there must be something good about it. So I may give it a second chance at some point but unfortunately I don't think I'll be in any rush, not when there are so many other books on my TBR pile that I'm actually excited about reading.Source: Received from Gollancz in exchange for an honest review

  • Karen
    2019-03-20 17:35

    [image error]This was a sweet little vampire read. A little different than any I've read before. Definitely a light and mildly amusing story, with a touching romance to keep you guessing just how this story would end.The Argeneau's, are a very close knit Canadian family of vampires that huddle around each other worrying and caring for each other. The story starts out as the family is celebrating the two hundred and second birthday of Lissianna Argeneau. She is one of the younger siblings of the group, and suffers from a debilitating phobia... at least debilitating for a vampire. (view spoiler)[ She is hemaphobic (that is, she faints at the site of blood). (hide spoiler)] Not a good phobia for a vampire to have. Lissianna's mother, Marguerite, has been struggling to keep her well fed because of this fear. So, for her birthday, she brings home a very special gift for Lissianna, one that she hopes will help her, not only cure her phobia, but may also bring her the happiness she has sought but not found yet in 200 years. So, when Lissianna comes home to get ready for her party... she is quite surprised to find a really hot guy tied down to her bed... with a red bow wrapped around his neck. Is he just a snack... or something more? That is how this story opens.In the beginning, I found that keeping up with all of the siblings and cousin's names and characters was a challenge, almost annoyingly so. As well as the baby doll and Spiderman pajamas. But once I got past that, and Lissi and Greg started to fall for each other... I was hooked. This story was definitely a little different than I am used to. I did have it's level of suspense, but was almost a little quirky in its style. The only books I could think to compare it to, were the Sookie Stackhouse books.. but only in the offbeat style of writing.The story was cute and refreshing especially after some of the heavier books I've read lately. I liked the characters Lissi was very loving and protective, not only of Greg but of everyone she encountered...including her victims! She would even put herself in danger to protect others... even when their intensions were not honorable. Greg was also a great guy. Not only handsome and intelligent..but very protective and caring to Lissi. And he even turned out to be a bit of a tough guy.. going against Lissi's vampire relatives. I also liked the author's scientific explanation of vampirism... very interesting. I always like to see how the author lays out the background and rules of being a vampire. They tend to differ somewhat from series to series. And Ms. Sands version was very interesting to read. Very light and fun paranormal read.***3 Stars***["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Sara
    2019-03-01 19:32

    Not a fan. I know people will laugh when I say this, but it didn't feel very believable....I know, I know. It's a story about vampires, but they are trying to claim some advanced science from the time of Atlantis made these vampires. Huh? I understand that Atlantis was supposed to be advanced...for their time. To say that they had nanotechnology back in those days? Please! I am fine with vampires being supernatural. They are something you can't explain. When you get into the sci-fi reasoning, I would like it to be plausible. This is not. The other hard to fathom area was the relationship between Greg and Lissi. Huh? He is kidnapped but doesn't mind so much because he thinks Lissi is hot?That Lissi faints at the sight of blood just seemed silly instead of ironic like I think it could have been. I had a lot of other problems with this book, but I don't really want to go into all of them.I am hoping that since this was the first in the series that maybe they get better as you go. I will try another one. If I feel the same, then I will have to stop. Ugh, I really hate starting a series and not finishing it though. Oh well.

  • willaful
    2019-03-17 14:14

    Seems like I never enjoy these as much as I think I will; I keep hoping for another The Accidental Vampire but no luck so far.This started out pretty well, with psychologist Greg being kidnapped to be vampire Lissianna's "birthday gift" from her mom. Sands sacrifices character authenticity/plausibility to maintain a frothy, light feeling--Greg is way too mellow about being tied to the bed against his will, over and over again--but I was interested in the story. It all kind of petered out though, and Lissianna is just Too Stupid to Be Undead -- what 202 year old vampire wouldn’t be suspicious of garlic and crosses suddenly showing up where she works, for crying out loud? (Okay, they're not actually dead/undead in Sand's mythology, but I couldn't resist the joke.) I didn't mind the flaws as much as the general dullness.

  • Madison
    2019-02-21 18:31

    2.5🌟

  • Maggie
    2019-03-10 13:32

    What a fun read! Lissi is a vampire with a strange condition, she faints at the sight of blood. This means that Lissi has to feed the old-fashioned way, "off the hoof," or straight from mortals, instead of feeding off bags of blood from the blood bank like good vampires are supposed to! So, for her birthday, her mom "kidnaps" a psychologist to cure her of her condition. When Lissianna sees Greg tied up on her bed, she things he might be a birthday present of the snacking kind and hilarious hijinks ensue.While the "who done it" in this book was pretty obvious from the get go, it was still highly entertaining and there were enough twists and turns to keep me wrapped up in it. I also appreciated Sands original twist on the creation of vampires and their lives. It was also pretty funny, too! This would be a great vacation read or a great book to read in between heavier subjects.

  • Inara
    2019-02-21 17:20

    Lissianna Argeneau is a vampire with a problem. Every time she sees blood she faints. She has to feed "the old ways" by biting her victim and afterwards make him forget he ever saw her. But vampire council has decided to protect their race from discovery and feeding is only allowed with blood of special blood banks (execpt for emergency situations). Lissi´s familiy is very concerned about her hemaphobia and wants to help her. On her birthday her mother has the great idea to kidnap Dr. Greg Hewitt a psychologist who just wanted to go on vacation and to "persuade" him (tied to Lissi´s bed by the way) to treat Lissi against her phobia. Although Greg would like to help Lissi and they are instantly attracted to each other he is really pissed off at being kidnapped and wants to leave...I never thought I would enjoy so much reading about this exceptional vampire family. It was fun, really! Just the scene when Lissi and Greg escaped her family and their dog on a pink bicycle was worth the money. Lynsay Sands has also created a very interesting theory about the origin of vampires I may add. Even Lissi acting a bit dense at times and not to be able to put two and two together and figure out who the "villain" is – and no one needs to be a Sherlock Holmes for that it was clear from the beginning – didn´t spoil my fun. There´s not much action and suspense in this book but this is more than compensated by the humor in my opinion and the ridiculour situations Greg finds himself constantly in. This book was funny and entertaining and I´m looking forward to meet the Argeneau family again!Website of the author: www.lynsaysands.com

  • Karolina
    2019-03-11 17:41

    This book belongs to what I call a 'light PRN' shelf. It was smoothly written, with some potentially good ideas that could have made Quick Bite into a pretty decent read. Unfortunately the prospect has not been fully explored. Quick Bite has been, however, very popular among para fans, which, after having read it, leaves me more than puzzled. What I did like about this book was the fact that it was filled with potentially (that word again)hilarious ideas. If you think of a hemaphobic vampire, psychologist strapped to bed hoping to be a sex slave, guy filling his pants with a cucumber or many family invaded scenes (that gave me a feeling of The Adams Family) those are all quite comic.Having read quite a lot of books from this genre, to be satisfied I'm looking for more than a simple plot of a vampire girl meeting and falling in love with her 'true mate', falling into some random trouble that I felt were written only for the sake of creating a bit of a drama to otherwise dull story line, than finally having their cheesy happy ever after, surrounded by foolishly grinning members of an Argeneau clan. My dear fellow reader judge for yourself.

  • Adi (Reading in the Windowseat)
    2019-02-22 14:23

    When I first added this book to my shelves I thought, sure, give it a go - it looks funny, cute, original; maybe even thrilling.I'd be happy to put a check to funny, to cute too; but as for it being original and thrilling... well, not so much.The first book of the Argeneau series struck me as light, humourous, sweet, but not all that captivating. I'd say you should give it a go if you're after something relaxing, but if you want something thrilling, I'd recommend you leave it for another time.There were some great parts - funny, endearing (the romance was pretty good, as were some of the family aspects); but there were also others (like the team "six & a half" cousins and what not going all "I want to... Really? Me too... Me three!...") which were unrealistic and a bit annoying.I did, however, note the exceptional twist on vampire mythology - it was one I had never seen before, and would have never come up with.So though I'm not jumping onto the next Argeneau story right away, I'm going to have the series in mind for when I'm up for something light in the future.

  • Lili
    2019-03-04 19:31

    I really think this is the worst book I have ever read!Why can't I give it ZERO stars?I had to make myself finish it.The plot was silly, the writing was baaaad (someone get her a thesaurus!), the characters were stupid and the bad guy was... I think Father Joseph was the worst!!A priest who hasn't had enough sleep so he's gotten into a state of delusion and wants to stake a real person so he can prove she's not a vampire... and he does 'cause God has given him a mision!Greg, a psychologist who's so smart that he can defeat the bad guys with his wit and knowledge!And finally, Lissi... a vampire who faints at the sight of blood.A story when half of it happens in one conversation between the main characters is just boring.By the way, what is it with Ms. Sands and bouyerism?, every time they were close, someone was watching them... it's not sexy, it's just plain creepy.

  • SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
    2019-03-14 17:15

    A nice, light, humorous, quirky read about vampires.A fresh take on the vampire genre, nothing too dark or angsty, and an interesting new view on vampire originsThe most "normal" people who just happen to be vampires, it was quite refreshing to read.It never took itself too seriously, but some of the secondary characters that were mentioned, have made me curious, such as Lucien, Bastien and Thomas.At the start, there were possibly too many characters introduced, it took me awhile to get them all sorted right in my head.All in all, a nice enjoyable read, that is not overly taxing to read, or where I am dreading turning the page due to too much drama!

  • Kinga
    2019-02-28 18:31

    Been a while since I've read about vampires. Exclusively about vampires. This is fun, friend/family filled and slow/hot romance. The first half was a bit off. It seemed like a never ending let's tie up the mortal dude and forgot about him.Then was the never ending interview as in question after question. Then there was Lissi with her attitude of Oh they are going to maul his mind, should I care about him?But overall, if you need a fast read with no angst, you might read it.

  • Umaiya ⚡A Far Off Memory⚡
    2019-03-17 13:34

    This is one very weird series and I read sci-fi alien romances . . .But it was kinda fun. Enough so that I picked up the next book.Also, It was probably all the tying to the bed and the woman basically wearing the pants in the relationship but I got some very submissive vibes from this. Not my cuppa. I'm more of an Alpha-male kinda gal but this is was nice for something outta my element.I liked the Nano take on the vamps but I remember there being a hole in the plot, only I don't remember it anymore... the hole, not the plot... :pRight.That's all I've got.Buh-bye.

  • Diana
    2019-02-26 11:15

    This book was just ok, I didn't really care for the main characters and since my library had it listed as a romance, that kind of flopped for me as well. I may give the second book in the series a chance but it won't be right now.