A Quick Bite (Argeneau, #1)
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A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1)

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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...more
Published September 15th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jul 26, 2012 Junebug rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone who wants their brains to turn to mush.
→ A few solid ideas (like the anemia thing in the beginning).
→ Great opening.

→ Cringe-worthy writing.
→ Hasn't been proofread/edited enough; too many grammatical errors.
→ Terrible at foreshadowing; Chekhov's gun much?
→ There were times when the thesaurus was abused and times when the thesaurus wasn't used enough.
→ Very little "showing" and too much "telling".
→ After page 13, the story dipped.
→ Poor character development; male protagonist is a moron.
→ Far too many useless minor charact...more
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 gi...more
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...more
...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 i...more
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 walk...more
2.5 stars

Okay 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. :/
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...more
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,...more
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 a...more
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 hijin...more
Adi (Reading in the Windowseat)
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.

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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 s...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
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...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Shortly after I started reading I realised this wasn't going to be the best book in the world though there were a couple of good jokes, one of them involves a cucumber...in a snack's trousers being used to cover his inability to get it up -the dude was anaemic and was faking everything: fake tan, fake job, fake shoulders (i.e. shoulder pads); the other involves Lissiana, a vampire with haemaphobia (a fear of blood) who faints at the very sight of blood. When I thought about this I couldn't help...more
In author Lynsay Sands first Argeneau book we meet Lissianna Argeneau and Dr. Gregory Hewitt

Lissianna is a vampire, well, kind of—she drinks blood but she also faints at the sight of it, making needing blood and getting it more tedious for her to say the least, unlike for other vampires now-a-day’s who do not bite people unless it is an emergency. This year for her birthday her mother has decided that she needs cured and so she gets her one—a psychologist that deals with phobias.

Dr. Gregory Hewi...more
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, ps...more
Dec 27, 2007 Inara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: people who like funny vampire books
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 Hewit...more
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Solid 4 Stars

This is the third time I'm reading this book, and every single time, it's been an enjoyable experience.

First of all, I completely adore and admire the premise. There are so many vampire books or series nowadays that now the name of the game has become origin stories. This is usually what will set a vampire book apart, make it stand-out; their version of how the vampires came to be, not to mention their strengths and weakness, what is new and what is taking from the old vampire myt...more
This is a funny book. Reading the back of the book or the synopsis on Goodreads, I really should have realized that “A Quick Bite” by Lynsay Sands was going to read on the light side. But when I started giggling and finally laughing out loud, I realized that I was reading this book without the slightest inkling as to what I was getting into. I bought this book ages ago and just let it sit there, so I had completely forgotten what to expect. Turns out it’s light, sweet, quirky, sexy and fun. It a...more
Felicity Heaton
Okay, so I've read a later book in the series and it was good enough (borderline) to make me want to read the series from the start, but now I'm not so sure.

The story in A Quick Bite was very flat, the writing was childish and in DIRE need of a good editor and perhaps a few lessons in plotting and character creation, and I just couldn't get past the fact that a psychiatrist who was apparently a genius was acting completely idiotic about what sort of people he was suddenly kidnapped by, and acce...more
I couldn't even finish this book it was so boring page after page of Blah blah blah blah. never in my days of reading Paranormal romance novels have I ever read a novel with such gutless,Back boneless leads ughhh...200 year old vampires who act like their 16 a vampire who faints at the sight of blood but has no problem sinking her fangs into someones neck, a vampire whose whole life is in jeopardy unless she can overcome her phobia *que the violins* oh but wait all she has to do is close her eye...more
Julie (Mom2lnb)
Mar 26, 2013 Julie (Mom2lnb) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of Light PNR Romance
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Based on all glowing reviews and recommendations I've see for Lynsay Sands' books, I'd really been looking forward to trying one for quite some time. I picked up A Quick Bite, the first in her Argeneau Vampires series, thinking it was going to be a great read, but in the end, it was lackluster and just OK for me. The story premise showed a great deal of promise, but ultimately proved to not be very compelling. The characters were likable enough, but rather flat and one-di...more
t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
A bit slow for an Introductory book.


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 vampire. Of course it doesn't hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck...more
Molly Haselhorst
Age 200 Going on Twelve:

This was the most painful thing I've read in a while. Though the premise is interesting and the Partridge Family-esque nest of vampires a refreshing change from the broody loner stereotype, I had to force myself to finish the book. "A Quick Bite" is full of plodding exposition and 2-D characters who conveniently miss or ignore cues in order to move the simple plot towards its conclusion.

So little happens during the course of the book that the author fills the pages with...more
J.A. Belfield
Okay, I'll admit, I have no idea what to rate this book. There are good things and bad things about it and I'm having a little difficulty deciding which outweighs which. So, for the first time ever, I've decided to leave my review unrated.
As for my thoughts? Well, whilst I believe the author may have been aiming for the vampires to be charming, the effect wasn't quite pulled off. It was stated that they were descendent of an intelligent breed from Atlantis, yet not one of them (other than the mo...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
If you wanted to read these books in order, this is probably the one I'd start with. The publishing dates don't help much; the only way to know is who has already been paired off and whose wedding it is in each book. In A Quick Bite, no one has been paired off that I can tell, though Lissianna's brother Lucern, Ettiene and Bastien don't make much of an appearance.

Lissianna has a problem: she faints at the sight of blood. Not a big problem for most people, but a complication for a vampire. It mea...more
It was fun, light, juvenile and funny.
I was a little let down having just read about bad-ass warrior vampires to reading about a hemophobic vampire. Lissi has hemophobia, the fear of blood. She faints that the sight of blood! It's ridiculous but strangely endearing.

The story is romantic and fluffy, with a little intrigue and conflict thrown in there. There were a lot of lol-worthy moments, with the story itself, with some of the ideas and with parts of the writing. The characters were cute but...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Cute
Rating: NC-17
Thumbs Up: 3
Overall: entertaining
Characters: Well Done
Plot: Get a doc, a vamp needs to be cured of her fear of blood
Page Turner: Sure
Series Cont.? Maybe
Recommend: Maybe
Book Boyfriend: Gregory

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
Well, the premise was cute and seemed like a book that could deliver. And well, it was cute and maybe even funny at times. But it wasn’t at all what I expected. Read full review for more.

For a full review and yummy pic, see my blog post a...more
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You can currently pre-order the Paranormal Romance A Quick Bite with Bonus Material on Amazon Kindle for only $1.99, until July 19th, 2011.

Here's the official description from Amazon:

That hot guy tied to Lissianna Argeneau's bed? He's not dessert—he's the main course! For a limited time, discover the Argeneau saga for only $1.99, plus three excerpts, including The Heiress, The Reluctant Vampire, and a preview of Lynsay’s short story in A Bite B...more
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Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She's been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fit...more
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