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The Accidental Vampire (Argeneau #7)

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Ever since an accident turned her into a knockout vamp, Elvi Black's been catching her z's in a coffin, staying out of the sun, and giving up garlic. She knows there's more to being undead than what she saw in Dracula, but she can't very well ask her mortal friends about proper biting etiquette. But when her neighbors placed a personal ad for her in the local paper, she n

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Paperback, 372 pages
Published February 2012 by Gollancz (first published December 1st 2007)
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Jessica
Nov 16, 2010 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy, oh boy. My first real paranormal romance -- not YA, not vampire hunting with a side of relationship, but an honest-to-goodness real-live romance novel. I read it on the way to Chicago.

Ah, the eternal question: where the [insert expletive of choice:] are the editors?

I spend a lot of time wondering this. I see movies like, for example, The Da Vinci Code, and am astonished that apparently, in every single stage of production, everyone involved failed to notice -- and remark upon -- the fact
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CC
This was so bad. It had a lot of potential, but it fulfilled none of it. Stupidest heroine of the series. I feel sorry for the hero.

I am giving 2 stars because I listened on audio and figure reading it would have been a little better. The narration sucked.

Buggy
Opening Line:" It was a high-pitched scream that woke Elvi."

THE ACCIDENTAL VAMPIRE is an amusing story with great characters. It also gives a slightly different take on the standard Vampire Romance, wherein the main characters are all in their 60's and the Vampires are decendents of Atlantis. This is also not a series that you need to read in order, which is great. It's nice to just pick up a book and not need a huge ammount of back story to know what's going on.

Elvie Black was accidentally tu
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Christel
Mar 28, 2009 Christel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lynsay-sands
Was okay, funny but not really what I expected but it was a good read. Funny how Elvi just watches the movie and believes that is what she is supposed to do to be a vampire. But the Birthday Bite was the best to me.
Kinga
Feb 09, 2016 Kinga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely on the range of funny. It's humorous and romantic and a bit of mystery added.

I loved the way the author just dumped a bunch of immortals in one town to woo Elvi. Interesting start. Victor was the not interested enforcer, Edward the grumpy, Harper the normal caring type, Alessandro the childish one, Dj the uninvited youngling.
I loved them all. Different personalities and aspects.

But I hated the heroine. I loved almost every woman in this series, but Elvi, God, just ...No. I
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valee
Jun 20, 2010 valee rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It had been so long since I have read an Argeneau book that I had forgotten how good they were. This one wasnt one of my favs in the series but it was very entertaining.

I enjoyed a lot the fact that the heroine was a woman of 60 something when she was turned into a vampire.This was so different from everything I have read before. Although I think it is IMPORTANT to clarify that even though she was turned at that age, afterwards she looked like a 25 year old woman. This made t
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P.A. Lupton
Feb 11, 2014 P.A. Lupton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I just finished a reread of this book. This time I decided to try it in audio. I love this book. It's cute and fun, a light easy read. I did not care for the narrator of the audiobook, however. She had a voice that was stilted and sounded almost like a computer program. I would recommend the book version for this novel.
Brenda (b)
What a fun story. It had me laughing and chuckling several times. The people of Port Henry were totally unexpected in the way they took care of Elvi. I was never quite sure what Victor's 3 rivals, Edward, Alessandro and Harper were up to and the side story about DJ and Mabel was a pleasant addition.
Merredith
This was a really quick read, I read it over 2 days. that's because there wasn't much substance. I guess it's part of a series, which I've never read the previous ones, but I don't imagine I was missing anything. A 60 something year old woman was accidentally turned into a vampire, and her whole town and friends are very accepting of her. She becomes 25 again, and even hotter than she was originally (all vampires = hot i guess). She lives for 5 yrs without really finding out what a vampire is. S ...more
Jennifer
FUN FUN FUN!

A Vampire puts a singles ad in the paper and boy does she get a response. Victor Argeneau and his assistant DJ drive out to the small town of Port Henry to meet this woman and find out what is going on. It's not exactly discreet placing an ad in the paper - and since Vincent works for the Vampires ruling Council, it's his job to access the damage and possibly bring this potential "Rogue Vampire" back to the council for judgement.

Vincent is in for a surprise when he gets to Port Henr
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Erin
I pity anyone who started the Argeneau series with this as their starting point.

The main character 'Elvi' (real name is Ellen, but she goes by the nickname Elvi because she's a vampire now, and thats what vampires do. Plus it's a take on Elvira.) is an absolute dumbass.

'I got rid of all the mirrors in my house because vampires (and thats what I am now) don't have reflections... never mind the fact that I still had a reflection after I became a vampire, I'm sure it's gone now but I'm too chicken
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Lakshmi C
Mar 16, 2016 Lakshmi C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourite Argeneau novels. Elvi is an accidental vampire, who was turned under unusual circumstances and has attracted the attention of the Council. Without a sire to guide her, she turned to popular culture for answers and is living in discomfort. Her community accepts her as a paranormal creature and are very protective towards her. This was a welcome change from paranoid, torch and stake wielding humans. Victor Argeneau is an enforcer for the Council. He is sent to investiga ...more
Lorre
Mar 03, 2013 Lorre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Up till now I didn't know much about Victor except he's Vincent's father, has the same genetic anomaly as his son so they can't feed of bagged blood and that his lifemate, Marion, died a few centuries ago burned at the stake. So I was pleased to see this book was about him.

Losing his lifemate has made Victor a bitter, lonely man. He even avoids contact with Vincent, his son, and the only thing that keeps him going is his job as an law enforcer for the council.

When he is sent to Port Henry on a c
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Jayden
Mar 04, 2009 Jayden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was gorgeous.

I chose it due to the blurb on the back, and I didn't regret it one second. It is as funny and unusual a vampire romance as I thought it would be. It had all the "usual stuff" with lifemates, the gorgeous looking vampires and so on, but the story in itself turned out to be surprising and inventive.

I mean, really... a 62 year old woman becoming a vampire by accident? A whole town standing behind her as she tries to find her way through the new un-life? And best friends so i
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Kas
Jul 01, 2011 Kas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, 5-stars
4.75 stars.

The accidental vampire is based on Lucian's brother, Victor, who is also on the council. When council gets word of a vampire outside Toronto who is breaking several laws, Victor is sent to find out what's happening. When he gets there he finds Elvi, who's been turned with no idea how she became a vampire, or how to live as one. Elvi also turns out to be unreadable by Victor, which complicates the problem of the council's verdict.

I loved this installment. The plot was totally unlike an
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Butterfly2507
May 10, 2015 Butterfly2507 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich liebe die Reihe wirklich sehr :) Es ist witzig, sexy und es geht um Vampire!
Amanda
Can I give this book ten stars? It was by far my favorite of the series so far! So funny and engaging and just so great to read! I loved the messes Elvi got into and how she found out what being an immortal really meant, rather than her pretending to be an Elvira knock-off. And Vincent trying to be patient and keep her out of trouble was so dear and in stark contrast with his crusty reputation. I love it when the Argeneau men drop their defenses. Such a fun book and as always I look forward to t ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
After being turned into a vampire on a trip to Mexico, Elvi Stone returned to her home in small town Ontario. The residents, feeling guilty for encouraging Elvi to go on the trip, after the loss of her daughter and husband, decide to protect Elvi because she is one of their own. Not having met her sire, Elvi has no real understanding of what it is to be an immortal and is forced to turn to movies, books, and folklore, to muddle through. With her friends entering the senior stages of their life a ...more
Sammy Loves Books
May 07, 2014 Sammy Loves Books rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
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Elvi was an IDIOT. I think this was meant to be funny, but it was a torturous nightmare!!!

Jessica's review sums my feeling up 100% so I encourage any and everyone to read her review.

Here's the link; https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Under the Covers Book Blog

What can I say? I think these books have just lost that spark I felt in books 2 & 3. Hmmm. This was a totally different setting. Victor (Vincent's dad) who works as an enforcer is sent to investigate who's behind a "Single Vampire" ad. So he travels to Port Henry to meet this mysterious Elvie. If she is a vampire and is advertising herself as such, he will have to bring her to justice for exposing herself.But she has no clue about the ad, her best friend Mable was the one to post it because

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Brandi
Apr 05, 2013 Brandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another one of my top favs in this series so far. Even though, as a woman, I was still left baffled along with the other males, as to the way Elvi's mind thought things through, especially with the Knight situation. The cheesecake emergency and then the other "cheesecake emergency" had me laughing. All in all, it was a great read. Very entertaining. I'm really enjoying this series so far.
Keri
This would be how I would be turned into a vampire is by accident. This was a funny cute book. I haven't read many in this series. I tried the first one and it was just ok, but this one was downright romantic, cute and funny. Birthday bites notwithstanding.
Sandra
Jan 26, 2011 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Victor Argeneau is sent to a little town, Port Henry to discover the source of vampire rumours that are circulating in Toronto. As well as the wanted ads for single, male vampires.

He arrives with DJ and is not happy to learn that he is not alone - Edward, Harper and Alessandro have heeded the call also.

Ellen Stone (aka Elvi Black) is the town vampire. She was created by accident down in Mexico, whilst in the middle of a car wreck. She doesn't know the rules and has been breaking them big time.

W
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t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
What a hoot...5 hunky men and a almost Vampire?

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Ever since an accident turned her into a knockout vamp, Elvi Black's been catching her z's in a coffin, staying out of the sun, and giving up garlic. She knows there's more to being undead than what she saw in Dracula, but she can't very well ask her mortal friends about proper biting etiquette. But when her neighbors placed a personal ad for her in the local paper, she never imagined she'd meet Victor Argeneau, a vampire who could have
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KellBell
Jun 21, 2012 KellBell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Hilarious! This book had some really funny scenes that had me laughing out loud! By far the funniest of the series so far! That being said, from hearing about Victor from other books, I expected more from his character. I guess I expected a tormented soul that was going to have to finally face his past after meeting a new life mate. It appears I had too high of expectations...or just wrong expectations. There really wasn't any new character development for him. He pretty much shared what we alre ...more
Jivita
Finished this book in one day. Read it on the recommendation of a friend who usually has good taste in books, but it was not at all what I expected. Honestly wasted 6 hours of my life that I could have been reading something else....

SPOILERS:

-- vampires with "nanos." The concept of the origin of vampires (from Atlantis, of all places) was a unique, if not absurd one. Brownie points for creativity though.

-- vampires can't be old and wrinkly, they must be all hot and vibrant. That's why the 62 y
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Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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What can I say? I think these books have just lost that spark I felt in books 2 & 3. Hmmm. This was a totally different setting. Victor (Vincent's dad) who works as an enforcer is sent to investigate who's behind a "Single Vampire" ad. So he travels to Port Henry to meet this mysterious Elvie. If she is a vampire and is advertising herself as such, he will have to bring her to justice for exposing herself.

But she has no clue about the ad, her best f
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Charlie
Feb 13, 2008 Charlie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore the "paranormal romance" genre quite a bit. Just take a look at my goodreads bookshelves and you will see that I have somewhat of an addiction. I jumped at the chance to read this NYT BSL book when I saw it on the list in January. I was quite surprised to find that I actually own another book in the series. According the family tree printed in the front I had already read about Vincent some months ago and didn't realize I had picked up a book from the Argeneau Series.

I wasn't disappointe
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Dianne
Jan 16, 2016 Dianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars


Lynsay Sands has one of the easiest to understand explanations of Vampirism or as the Argeneau's prefer, Immortals. Technology is a very cool thing to base your plot line on! I love it, and I really loved this story of an actual accidental vampire.

Elvi was changed on a trip to Mexico with her best friend and since it was the whole town of Port Henry that encouraged her to go they all feel guilty about her becoming a vamp. So they make arrangement's. Arrangements of all sorts, from findi
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LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author who is known for her hysterical historicals as well as the popular Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series. With her witty and charming personality, Sands describes books as, “Waking dreams or stories, tales to amuse, entertain and distract us from everyday life.” She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to ...more
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Argeneau (1 - 10 of 24 books)
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“Here, don’t forget your bells.” Elvi grimaced as she took the anklet laced with bells. They’d been a gift from Mabel right after her turning. She’d claimed she thought they were charming, but Elvi knew the truth was they kept her from sneaking up on the other woman and startling her. Mabel had never admitted it,” 3 likes
“DJ can stay here and help Mabel with the fire.” “I don’t need any damned help with the fire,” Mabel said with irritation. “I’m sure you don’t,” DJ said soothingly, then grinned and added, “but I bet between the two of us, we can make it burn hotter.” 2 likes
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