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The latest entry in the sizzling paranormal vampire series featuring the Argeneau family - no one does wickedly funny and irresistibly steamy like 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 thThe latest entry in the sizzling paranormal vampire series featuring the Argeneau family - no one does wickedly funny and irresistibly steamy like 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....

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  • XxTainaxX
    2018-11-18 21:52

    Audiobook review. While I liked the story and thought it was written well enough, it just didn't really move me. I think the series is burning out and losing that spark for me. I also struggled a bit with this one because the hero's name is the same as my kiddo and that was SO flipping weird to listen to. Lol >.< However, I liked the slightly awkward cougar vibe when I could disregard the name. Weirdness aside, Mary was fleshed out solidly. At times, however, it felt like in doing so, the story got long winded in some areas. I liked her reaction to certain facts about her new life because it included all of the things that passed through my mind when I first started reading the series and discovered this world. Dante was ok but we don't really get to delve too deep into his development. I think this would have done credit to the story. The supporting characters added value and context to the story even if, at times, with a negative connotation. The plot left too many questions and offered no real resolution to the main conflict. I understand that we will probably get answers in the next book but I'm not inspired to ready it to be frank. Don't get me wrong, this was not a bad story, it just didn't stand out for me. Safety: No others for either. Heroine was previously married to a serial cheater. Heroine is a mature woman of 62 and the hero is older but looks 25. No rape, though someone in the story intended to attempt it. No abuse.

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    2018-12-06 23:39

    Kitty's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book ReviewsWell, Runaway Vampire gave this woman hope that my life mate may just be out there waiting for me. Of course, you probably won’t ever find me driving an RV but maybe I could run him over with my Rogue???Like usual, Lynsay Sands bowled me over with Runaway Vampire. It was fun, as usual ... It was exciting, as usual … The sex was off the charts, as usual. What was different? Well, I missed Aunt Marguerite. She actually didn’t have anything to do with these life mates. They “accidentally” ran into each other and nature took its course. Uncle Lucien was there, of course, being his normal grouchy self (I thought he would have lightened up, just a little, by now). But, the storyline is what really held me. Lynsay has a way of really bringing you into the story and making you wonder just where everything is heading. Who kidnapped Dante and Tomasso? Why were they kidnapped? Where did they really take Tomasso? And, a cliff hanger from Lynsay Sands! She just kept me hanging on this one. She really surprised me with that and really has me wanting the 24th book in the Argeneau series, now.It’s funny that, after all this time, after all the books that she has written about the Argeneau’s, everything is still fresh and new. When I look back over this series, I realize that it takes a very talented writer to do this many books in a series and not repeat one storyline. Actually, it amazes me that I am still interested to see what she is going to write next, I’m not bored with it all. The writing is always fresh, clean and precise. The “life mate” storyline doesn’t get boring because each character meets and falls in love with their mate in their own, unique way. Each character has their own quirks and Lynsay makes sure that they are brought out in an interesting way. Unique, interesting, fun, sexy … just a few words to describe the stories that Lynsay Sands gives to her readers.Review copy provided for an honest review.

  • Beth
    2018-12-10 04:41

    Being run over by an RV isn’t the smartest way to meet your mate, but then tortured, drugged and escaping in the nick of time wasn’t in Dante’s plan. Now he isn’t just running for his life but has his human mate in tow.Mary isn’t past her prime she’s just spent a lot of well lived life years getting here. Her beloved human husband has passed and she endeavors to make their yearly RV trip on her own. When she thinks she hits something on a long deserted stretch of the road on her way, Mary gets more than she bargained for. A beautiful man, obviously bloody and damaged by her RV, in desperate need of medical help.Mary is swept into Dante’s plans of rescuing his brother. The same group that captured him are also in hot pursuit of Dante and Mary. Now Dante is doubled in value because he’s found his mate, making him more useful in their nefarious schemes and experiments.I loved Mary, she was older, wiser and someone who already knows her mind. Confused by the serious cougar relationship budding between her and Dante, it was great to see the conflicts of her draw to Dante and social norms at play. I honestly couldn’t see how Sands was going to bring it all together but she masterfully kept me enchanted.Don’t miss this amazing, exciting, paranormal, vampire, heartfelt adventure, all captured in Runaway Vampire.I received this ARC copy of Runaway Vampire from HarperCollins - Avon in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication Feb. 23, 2016.My Rating: 5 StarsWritten by: Lynsay SandsSeries: Argeneau VampireMass Market Paperback: 368 pagesPublisher: Avon Publication Date: Series: (February 23, 2016)ISBN-10: 0062316044ISBN-13: 978-0062316042Genre: Urban Fantasy | RomanceAmazon: http://www.amazon.com/Runaway-Vampire...Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/runaw...For Reviews and More Check out: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  • Helen 2.0
    2018-12-05 01:56

    DNF, though it's not the author's fault. I stopped because this is a smut book and yet the main character is 62.It's not that I have a problem with senior citizens having sex. I just really don't want to read detailed accounts of it. So nope to this book.

  • Lover of Romance
    2018-11-26 21:39

    This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance SummaryDante Notte never expected that his own lifemate would run him down. Mary Winslow is a widow in her sixties and driving her RV to visit her closest friend and her husband when suddenly she realizes she has run over a person. She is shocked to learn that he is still very much alive and hiding out in her RV. She doesn't understand why she is involved with this mysterious yet gorgeous man who seems to be attracted to her in ways she doesn't understand especially since she feels so much older. She isn't a woman to "rob the cradle" as it were. Dante is on the run from his kidnappers who drugged both himself and his brother and he managed to escape to get help only to run into his lifemate. Now Dante and Mary work together to find his brother and explore the connection they have together!!Plot and Story LineRunaway Vampire has been on my shelf for the LONGEST time and I knew that I needed to pick it up. And I finally did and I am so glad that I read this book because Sands doesn't disappoint and I have been waiting for Dante's book for so long. Now this set up is a bit different, and it might not be for everyone. Now granted technically Dante is years and years older than Mary. Mary looks younger than her age, however she is still up there. I really liked that she resists Dante for quite a while. It isn't until she learns the truth about Dante and what he really is that their relationship changes, especially when they start sex dream sharing, yeah definitely nothing she ever experienced with her husband previous. It was quite interesting to see how Mary deals with the truth. However she does struggle in the end with not seeing her children again. I liked the aspect of seeing her deal through that and have some personal realizations about her family and how real of a connection she has to Dante. We are still left with not knowing what happened to the brother yet---I am hoping the next book will solve that. *crossing fingers* so in that way of the plot, its a bit of a cliffhanger but not to the romance at all. We definitely get a solid HEA out of this one. We also get some fun interaction with old favorites such as Lucien (hehe this man cracks me up and yes his lifemate still plays phone tricks on him ) as well as Mortimer!!The CoverHunky SEXY!! That is all because what more is there. Except its the best cover of the series yet.Overall viewRunaway Vampire is a stimulating and laugh your socks off romance that pulls you back into the Argeneau world. SPECTACULAR!![foogallery id="18775"]

  • Irina Villacis
    2018-12-17 01:07

    Reto de l-i-b-r-o-sGrupo lecturas conjuntas6b continuar una saga o serie . no puede ser el primer libro.Antes de la lectura Sands y Hamilton ( la que escribio anita la cazavampiros) eran MIS MEJORES ESCRITORES DE LA VIDA. Y aunque yo he cambiado de aqui ha 7 años atras lamento decir que lo que no me gusta de ellas es que sus sagas han sido muy largas ( la de Hamilton tiene 25 , y sands ya va por el 27) . Es de maduros reconocer cuando algo debe acabarse. yo no lo entendia pero es mejor que se acabe de una buena forma a que se acabe porque todo va mal. este es el segundo caso. el libro anterior 22 de Bricker , uno de los personajes mas divertidos de las serie , se volvió otra persona cuando conoció al amor de su vida. asi que con tanta decepción de mi alma me atrevi a leer estos libros. Yo ya fui rota. solo pueden romper tu corazón una vez.Durante la lectura hablamos de lo bueno .Me gustó que uno de los gemelos le buscara novia , la señora tenia 62 años y el parece de 25 . jajajjaja ¿sugar mommy eres tú? Sands ¿tambien quieres uno de 25? . Me gustó que la señora es buena gente y no hay muchas dificultades huyendo para que nos lo atrape. Tiene acción lo malo. A medida que iba avanzando me di cuenta que no hablaba nada de quién era el que secuestra a un pocotón de inmortales que son súper hombres . Eso me parece inverosimil. luego me pongo a pensar como es que Mary es tan madura , será porque ha vivido mucho. PUES SI. osea es una loca . LOCA . ALÉJATE. Pero mejoró asi que le disculpo las tonterias que hacia. Dante le disculpó todo pero ¿ que mas le puede hacer? es su mujer Al finalizar la lectura Me di cuenta que este era el inicio de una trilogia como la de Sam y Mortimer pero es la versión mala. la lei rápido saltandome las partes de los " compañeros de vida"

  • Amyiw
    2018-12-09 05:03

    When I read a book like this, from a series that I loved at one time, I have to berate myself for not waiting to read it. It is one of those series that I used to run out to get the next book. Now it is a habit to read pretty quickly, instead of waiting until the mood hits for the specific world and characters. Perhaps the mood will never come, or maybe it will. This will decide whether I stop a series or go on usually, my mood. But... I don't think I was in the mood for this and I don't think it was as good as many of the others. Though really it was better than many of other recent ones. For the last 8 books, I have given these 3 stars for somewhere between 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 stars meaning, for me, at 2 1/2 OK to good but just so. Just good enough that I'm not sorry I read it, at 2 stars I usually wish I didn't read it, as it was a waste of time. So 2 1/2 is just above a waste of time, but I didn't hate it. 3 is good but has a bunch of flaws. With most series, I'll drop reading them if they start out as a 3 or too many in a row have become that. So 3 1/2, 3 1/2 is the turning point, there were flaws, but I liked it pretty well. Humor can push it to 3 1/2 frequently even with a OK to Good plot.So talking about this book... it is a 3. Here are the flaws, IMO... 1. The main characters don't have chemistry... well until the end. (Mainly this is because they are always interupted in the beginning and she does nothing to show why he is attracted. She is his LM and so he is. Not much chem happening there. After her turn of course she talks looks.). 2. This was more of a set up for the next book, Tomasso's (I really dislike when author's do this), 3. Not much humor at all, this is a reason I read these books and there just wasn't much.OK so why did I mark it 3, well I liked the characters and the story. I thought more should be answered for her life and the people in it but it kept me entertained. Dante was sexy as hell but not so much Mary. I understand that she is older but could we make her spunky or humorous to create some chemistry. She was straight forward and interesting in other ways but more of someone you would want to know as a friend. Lynsay used to be able to keeping you laughing at the absurd but here we didn't get that for Mary. Just a down to earth older lady, trying to help out, a perhaps, crazy man. There was a little fun but not what I would look for in these. So once again, this gets just a 3. And I am wondering why I keep reading them since they don't fullfill my humor niche anymore.I really think she should have taken a turn with this series, like do a retro Argeneau, where the couples are in the past. Or maybe just start something new altogether and end the Argeneau line until a real spectacular plot comes to mind.

  • StephanieG
    2018-12-07 00:52

    Dante Notte is facing a few challenges…he has to rescue his brother and keep Mary Winslow safe from their pursuers but the most challenging of all is claiming this smart stubborn woman as his life mate.Mary wasn’t sure that this naked and insanely gorgeous man didn’t have a head injury to go along with all of his other injuries and the reader can’t help but get caught up in the thrills as Mary has to trust her gut and risk her life for an immortal who’s the very definition of a perfect stranger. There is not a doubt that there is plenty of chemistry sizzling between Dante and Mary but making it to the life mate part of this relationship takes quite a bit of work that is full of gut wrenching emotions and past purging not to mention the whole difference in ages taboo that Mary has to overcome which readers can certainly relate to but will find that Mary and Dante cause quite a few chuckles with some humorous situations. The characters are strong, compelling and quite the trip as they demand that the readers get to know them in this fast paced and smooth flowing plot full of the romance, suspense and excitement.Speaking of excitement, readers need to hang on tight because starting at the beginning, there is lots of it to be found and quite a few unforgettable scenes like the one that takes place when Dante enters Mary’s life which is one humdinger of an event, I’ll certainly never forget. But of course there is lots more action and adventure to be found throughout the story as they run from the pursuers and try to find Tomasso with when Lucian and the other hunters adding additional humor and excitement as the well written scenes and intriguing events guarantee that there is never a dull moment.Once again, Lynsay Sands had my undivided attention until I had read every last page of Dante and Mary’s story and here’s a bit of a warning, there is a new enemy that is causing quite a bit of mayhem and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.- Eva

  • Malinda
    2018-12-04 00:40

    4 starsThis 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 - I listened to the audio version of this book and 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.

  • Paraphrodite
    2018-11-20 03:50

    3.5 stars. Nothing new but still an enjoyable read.

  • Maria Itliong
    2018-12-06 05:48

    I can't wait for Dante's twin Tomasso to have his own book...

  • Fanny
    2018-12-09 23:44

    Runaway Vampire de Lynsay Sands narra la historia de Dante ( personaje secundario de la saga ) y Mary, un nuevo personaje.He leido pocas series tan largas como esta pero casi siempre despues de un tiempo suelo pensar lo mismo : las autoras no saben cuando parar y cerrar una saga, en cambio con estos libros nunca se me ha pasado esa idea por la cabeza, quizas porque siempre ( o casi siempre ) suelo disfrutar mucho con estas lecturas.Es cierto que despues de tanto tiempo ( y libros ) no espero que todas las novelas esten a la misma altura, e incluso admito que algunas de las historias de esta serie no son tan asombrosas como las primeras. Sigo pasando muy buenos momentos con la familia Argeneau pero tengo que reconocer que el nivel a bajado un poco segun han ido pasando las novelas.Aun asi estas novelas son una de las primeras opciones que se me ocurren cuando alguien me pide que le recomiende historias divertidas, entretenidas y distintas, a pesar de que como ya digo estas ultimas partes no son tan memorables como la de Lissianna, Bastien o Lucian.El libro de Justin Bricker me decepciono bastante y las primeras paginas de esta novela no me parecieron la gran cosa, por lo que pense que esta parte tambien seria floja pero lo cierto es que luego la trama coge muy buen ritmo y termino gustandome mas de lo esperado.Que la protagonista tenga 62 años me dejo un poco contrariada, por un lado me parecio diferente y original pero tambien en ocasiones me resulto un poco extraño, sobretodo al imaginar a Dante aparentando 25 años y ella su edad real, pero en general me gusto la lectura.En conclusion, no es de las novelas mas destacables de Lynsay Sands pero es entretenida y amena de leer.2.75 Estrellas!

  • Tracey Clark
    2018-12-05 04:50

    I loved this book... the twins Danta and Tommasso (spelling could be wrong) are always great to have in one of Lynsay Sand's books... but now we get to see them (well we see Danta) in a central role, more vocal of a part... and his interaction with the female MC, Mary, is great... as for Mary... she is very cool... she is a very impressive MC... and I cant wait to see how Tomasso is rescued (b/c in this novel he has been kidnapped... love, love, love this series..

  • Danielle
    2018-11-27 00:52

    Sands is back with another Argeneau book! I still can't believe this is book 23 and it looks like Sands doesn't plan to stop! Mary is driving in her RV to go to the campground her friends own. This is the first time she is going alone since her husband passed away last year. While driving she runs over something but when she stops to check it out she doesn't see anything so she continues on her journey until she finds a naked man in bedroom who definitely needs medical attention. Dante was kidnapped, drugged and stripped but he escaped. The only thing he didn't plan on was running right into a RV and being run over by his life mate. Now he has to find out who kidnapped him and his brother, get Mary to agree to spend forever with him and get his twin back all in matter of weeks. This won't be easy but Dante is up for the challenge. In the past few years I have pretty much given up on paranormal romance but this series is still one that I enjoy reading. Sands does an awesome job with writing these characters and the sense of humor she brings with them. There were so many parts that I had a good laugh at. We met the twins so many books ago so I wasn't sure what Dante's story would be like but I really enjoyed it. It took sometime for me to like Mary but when she told her story of her marriage I felt torn between feeling sorry for her and wanting to give her a high five. She was one strong tough as hell woman. The one issue I did have was seeing her as 62. Honestly I didn't want to think about her getting it on with Dante but I am happy how it turned out and how Sands had them come together as a couple. Normally the mortals kind of freak out when they are told about the immortals so I was kind of surprised how well Mary actually took it and understood the rules and such. Like a said before she was strong for a heroine. Of course we get to see some previous characters from other books which is always a plus especially if you already read there story. I would have liked to see more of them but I understand not everyone could be in this one. Overall I was happy with the ending. It doesn't leave on a cliffhanger but it does set up for the next book because they need to find Dante's twin. Yippee! So yes it looks like Tomasso's story is next and it takes place in Venezuela!! A must read for all Argeneau fans!!

  • Gaele
    2018-12-15 04:06

    I wonder just where the idea of a ‘cougar-like’ relationship came into Lynsay Sands head – especially when the cougar in process is recently widowed and all too human Mary. Completely defying expectations, Mary is older, still mourning the loss of her husband and taking that one last ‘dream trip’ in their RV to recapture the feeling of their yearly trips. Running over the very beautiful, and now damaged Dante was not part of the plan, but she can do nothing BUT try to help. Tomasso was kidnapped and Dante has been ceaselessly trying to find his twin before the unthinkable happens. At just over a century old, Dante has yet to find his mate, and this search for Tomasso while avoiding those who are chasing him has pushed the desire for companionship aside. You’ve heard the phrase ‘it was like being hit by a bus?” Well, Dante was run over by an RV, and lo and behold his destined mate was behind the wheel. Talk about making an impression. It was SO very easy to get lost in Mary and Dante’s story: as the attraction grows and secrets are revealed. Mary is so very solid and wonderful, and manages to challenge Dante in the right ways, that keep their relationship moving forward even when finding Tomasso and avoiding the threats that are coming are foremost in their minds. Clever dialogue, some serious steam and a wonderful pairing that felt unlike any other ‘fated mates’ I have ever seen with a nice balance of give and take between the two. Working well on its own, this story kept me engaged and felt fresh and new, even as a later installment in a long running series. I received a paperback copy of the title from the publisher via Avon Addicts for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. This review was originally posted on I am, Indeed

  • Renee
    2018-11-19 03:58

    I think I might be done with this series. While I liked the premise that the love interest was a woman in her sixties I hated hat once turned she was back in her super perfect 25 year old body. Also all that crap about the first 15 years of her marriage her husband cheated on her and had kids with other people? Honey the solution to that isn't a therapist who tells you that he cheated because you were a horrible wife and that you should do couples therapy and stick it out....NO woman deserves to be with a man who cheats on her, even if she is a bitch. He should LEAVE. The solution is for you to FILE FOR DIVORCE. It wasn't as funny as the others and I no longer need all that info about Atlantis. This author needs to end this series. She has totally run out of original ideas. So Four points for trying something new Ms. Sands and negative one point for failing at it.

  • Zel Polev
    2018-12-13 03:04

    I was initially going to rate this book a four star since it wasn't that bad. However, the more I read, the more the book went downhill for me. I went through a phase where I read the Argeneau series from the start back to back. The earlier ones were good but the more you read, the more you realize how repetitive they are. I actually don't know whether it is just oversaturation or whether it is the writing. Anyways, my opinion of the later books wasn't that great. This is my first Argeneau book in a while and I thought it was pretty alright at first. By the end, I was tired. I felt like they exhausted all the storylines and was stretching what is left. The scene about him looking for condoms was so long. The euphemism bit for sex went on forever and it wasn't really comical. Okay, once, sure, twice, okay, more than seven times, shut up already. We get it, you can search the internet.The characters weren't that interesting. I was sick of Mary by the end. Her hysterical schtick was painful to read. I get that she had her concerns but her plan to turn her family and screeching at him was not a good look for her. I mean I get it, she was newly turned but I was sick of it. She definitely had crazy down. Anyways, I think the character was all over the place from being cheated on throughout her marriage to being this ingrate about her second life. I felt her character wasn't really developed. I didn't really feel that a core self was being carried through from beginning to end. She had storylines as the wronged wife, a rehabilitated marriage, a good looking older woman, a possible GILF, a newly turned immortal and at every iterations, she seemed like a new person instead of a continuous one. I don't know. I don't have much respect for her as a person. Her daughter even commented that her life revolved around her husband and she seemed shocked to hear such a thing, methinks Mary is a bit deluded. There was also this revisionist story about the husband changing his ways, either he did or he didn't. It was such a weird throwaway line. I'm inclined to believe that he didn't. Anyways, my review is definitely coloured by previous reading experience of the series. I think it is just one of the bunch. The story isn't that new. Vampire finds his lifemate, mortal lifemate spends a good deal of time being skeptical, mortal turns immortal and has problems with their new life. The characters aren't compelling either. It was alright in the beginning but ultimately, it lacked substance and story lines got extended needlessly. I also didn't like the line about the gay vampire couple looking forward to clothes shopping with Mary. Mary's line about the stupidity of homophobia was just so predictable. Heroine discovers gay couple, couple wary of possible homophobia, heroine swears up an down she is on their side, instant friends for life, it was just so cliche and overdone. Is this a thing now? expect new people to be against gay marriage? Is that the default? Anyways, it was just a transparent attempt to make heroine likable and it usually does the opposite for me. Story revolves around Dante and Mary. They are attracted to each other. Mary is sixty-two and Dante looks twenty-five. She is averse to any relationship because she is old and she is mourning her cheating husband's death. He is hunted by kidnappers but they hardly make contact. One of the supposed contacts was the kidnappers being chased out of the grounds by dogs while the main characters slept through it. Anyways, there is a big accident and she is dying. He turns her immortal. She bemoans the fact that her adopted children will die and she now wants to make babies. She is hysterical. He tells her that immortality has to be kept a secret. She flips out that her old life is gone. She sees her daughter and she gets a new view on her life. People aren't distraught over her death and view her life as a bit sad. I'm glad she has a new one because it seemed that she really lived her first one poorly. Anyway, Dante's story is that he escapes from being held for experiments. He leaves his twin behind since they couldn't escape together. He meets his lifemate while on the run. He courts her much to her simultaneous discomfort and arousal. He explains his superpowers and she thinks he is crazy. He changes her into an immortal when she was dying. He tells her to obey the immortal law now that she was one of them. He is relieved when she ultimately followed the rule since breaking it would lead to her death. He is now part of a party to hunt the doctor experimenting on the immortals in order to rescue his twin.

  • Fangs for the Fantasy
    2018-12-11 04:39

    Like most, Mary's life had been a series of ups and downs. Now a widow, Mary decides to take one last trip in her RV but the memories of the trips that she took with her husband haunt her so much that she decides to return home early, making a stop at friends RV park. Mary had believed that the trip would be uneventful but that immediately changes when she accidentally runs over Dante Notte, who is on the run from kidnappers.Dante is only looking to find help for himself and his brother Tomasso and doesn't expect when he is run over by Mary's RV that he has met his life mate - the one person who he can let his guard down around and love forever, With the danger closing in around them, Dante must somehow convince Mary that he is an immortal and that they are meant to be together, all while keeping her safe from the kidnappers who may target her to get to him. Those who are new to this series, will have no problem following along with the romance between Dante and Mary because Sands takes care to explain who and what immortals are, along with her concept of life mates. For longtime readers, Sands does take the time to bring back Lucien the leader of the Immortals and since this is Dante's story, it's a return to the Notte twins. I would have liked to have seen more of the Immortals that we have been introduced to this far.I really liked that fact that Mary is 62 and had lived a full life. It's not often that mature women are presented as sexual beings and Sands left absolutely no doubt what Mary wanted from the moment she spied the very naked Dante. This is the second book in this series in which Sands has gone out of her way to pair her handsome Immortal with an older woman and I love it. Mary is also not a woman to be played with and unfortunately has a very tragic backstory. It is however problematic that Sands heavily implies that had Tomas not entered Mary's life that she was destined to be a lonely old woman living in a one bedroom apartment with her dog. I don't understand why Sands would go to such lengths to make a strong, sexual woman and then turn around and have her being content to just wilt away. It absolutely belies just how vital women can be at all ages. Runaway Vampire, while focusing on the romance between Mary and Dante also served as a set up for the next book which will clearly feature Tomasso finding his life mate in Venezuela. To some degree, this left the story feeling unfinished. I understand that the point of each book is to bring a couple together but I've always felt that there should be more to even paranormal romance books than the coupling, particularly when they are as long running as the Argeneua series. One of my long running complaints about this world is that despite the length of the series, we have only recently been introduced to the idea that LGBT immortals exist and until Runaway Vampire, we haven't actually met any of them. One would hope that after waiting so long to introduce gay characters to her series and the homophobia that Sands has engaged in in the past, that inclusion would be a step forward but alas, that was not to be the case.Read More

  • Noura
    2018-12-07 22:43

    Dante Notte, one of the big hulky eating-machine twins meets his lifemate in the form of a very mature Mary Winslow.Travelling alone with just her dog Bailey, she accidentally runs over him in her RV one night. While injured badly he managed to slip in, hitched a ride and found out that he couldn't control her mind to help him out. He's also just escaped from his kidnappers (who seem to know how to down immortals like him with special tranq-darts) was forced to leave his twin, Tomasso, behind. Dante and Mary then have the kidnappers tailing them. At the same time, he must convince the 62-year old widow that she is his lifemate. The pairing is cute, awkward and bittersweet. Dante is supposed to look like a dashing young Italian hunk although he's twice her age. She looks old enough to be his mom (but, it was hinted many times in the story that Mary is an attractive mature lady). She's also a wise woman and a steady character. Their romance could have gone the cougar way but it was actually quite classily done - there were some hot and heavy moments between them but nothing over-the-top. I don't know whether to feel relieved or disappointed that we are not treated to a full-blown lifemate sexytimes scene between the two before Mary was turned (so in case you might feel disturbed by the idea of old lady/young man pairing, rest assured that the really raunchy ones were saved towards the later part...when she's turned). The previous book spoke heavily on loyalty in marriage, this one touches on the topic of infidelity (boo! don't like). There is a new aspect to the immortals added in - same sex lifemates (when before this we've been getting straight m/f pairings)- the whole idea so so adorable and sweet (i confess i love the characters Russell and Francis!). Also, a new mysterious villain is out there providing a new twist to the whole Argeneau series as before this the recurring villain is Leo and his crazy off-springs. Now that Leo is out of the picture, this new villain will prove to be a more dangerous foe as he/she (we don't know much yet at this point) seem to have found a way to overcome the almost invincible immortals. There is a cliffhanger which has not occurred since that time where Marguerite went missing (leading to book Vampire Interrupted). I am definitely looking forward to the next book where hopefully we get to know more about their mystery baddy, find out how Tomasso meets his mate and, i'm hoping, more Russell and Francis. I think after a short lull period where the story has become formulaic and a bit blah where the light-hearted humour apparent in the first 10 books or so seem to have disappeared, the series is picking up pace again.

  • Kym
    2018-12-17 00:47

    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. But then she also gets too spooked to investigate very far, 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.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.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. The plot doesn't have much to recommend it either. 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.

  • P.A. Lupton
    2018-11-30 00:05

    The Argeneau series is still one of my favorites. It's a great lighthearted read. It can be silly at times, but it can also get steamy. I love the vampires this author created. I know some people are not a fan of instalove, but I like it if it is paranormal and has a soul mate element attached to it. What I especially loved about this book, in particular, was that the heroine was a 62 year old widow and the hero looked like he was 24 (although he was 100). It's such a unique story line that soul mates meet and fall in love no matter what. One couple in this book, the vampire discovered his life mate was another man. Yet, he never knew he was gay. It's an interesting idea that there are no boundaries to love. Plus, who wouldn't dream of being a 62 year old woman who meets a hot 24 year old then gets turned into a vampire and reverts back to her 24 year old self. If only it could happen in real life.

  • Shannon
    2018-11-20 23:50

    Runaway VampireThe Characters:Dante NotteMary WinslowThe Story:HOW COULD SHE LEAVE ME ON A CLIFFHANGER!?! Okay so Mary and Dante’s story is complete but the whole Tomasso situation is up in the air and I NEED to know what happens. It’s no lie I already love this series. Dante has been a gentle giant that has deserved his Happily Ever After for many years and I’m so glad he’s found Mary. Their story was so engrossing that I actually had dreams about being in an RV. I love the overall story arc that we are climbing. This is a solid hit for me from the Argeneau family. The Random Thoughts:4 Stars

  • ValerieC
    2018-12-01 04:44

    I enjoyed this a lot, but the old lady turning business has become really formulaic. Maybe the fMC is easier for a mature writer if the character also older, I dunno. Anyway, I'm certainly getting bored with it (and I AM an old lady).

  • Heather
    2018-11-29 01:56

    As always, Lynsay Sands doesn't disappoint. Fun characters. Hot sex. And this one had a neat twist I wasn't expecting (I don't even read the back anymore! She's an Insta-buy!). Love me some Argeneau vampires!

  • ♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡
    2018-11-16 05:43

  • ShoSho
    2018-12-08 04:04

    2.5 stars Exactly what I expected!

  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2018-12-15 00:39

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:Some of the best stories start with a bang, and RUNAWAY VAMPIRE starts with our main character getting run over by an RV, whilst naked, whilst running away from his captives who still have his twin brother. BANG! I thought the last few books in the Argenau series lacked action, but I was pleasantly surprised with this book, adoring the characters and storyline as well.Dante Notte and his twin Tomasso have been featured in quite a few of the books before, acting as bodyguards, teaching new vampires how to feed, and punching a few bad guys in the face. I was pleased that their stories happened separately though, since it gives more room for the individual romances to develop. Unfortunately for the twins, someone managed to kidnap them and is planning all sorts of terrible things for them. Dante manages to escape but must run away before he can free his brother. As he’s running at full vampire speed, he meets Mary, and the broad side of her RV.The initial romance is a bit stunted; when Dante meets Mary, she is a widowed 62 year old woman who cannot understand why the hunk she ran over would be interested in her. Yeah, he’s cute, but she’s old enough to be his grand-mother! Dante does give her space to grasp the idea, but he sizzles when he’s near her.You get to hear a lot about Mary’s life and previous husband, which was interesting. It’s nice to have a heroine who isn’t fresh out of college and finding her way in a busy city or something. Mary has grown up children, friends her age and definite ideas about what she wants in a guy. She was incredibly interesting to read about, and definitely plays a hand in saving herself and Dante, and maybe even Tomasso in the next book. She’s smart, has lived and loved before, and is overall one of my favourite paranormal romance heroines in recent memory.I also really liked that we saw a glimpse of something that is often glossed over in these books; a person’s family after they become a vampire. Most of the time, authors chicken out and make the person a loner with no friends or family and no one will really miss them after they disappear and join the vampire ranks. Mary is a grandmother; she has people in her life. She even tries to visit her daughter after her change, which is forbidden.As much as I was disappointed with Bricker’s story, the Notte twins seem to have lots of action in their stories, and even seems to spark a new arc in the Argeneau series. Someone is kidnapping vampires and doing experiments on them? Oh dear! Hopefully this arc lasts a few more books and isn’t finished up in IMMORTAL NIGHTS which comes out in September 2016.

  • Ann Lorz
    2018-11-25 01:56

    I'm so happy that I am getting caught up on Sands. I'm up to my one of my favorite characters of hers. I love the twins! They have been in many of the books in this series but you really never totally get to know them. Each book gives you a little more. It's been a slow build up to a most wanted story. Up first we have Dante. I'd love to tell you that out of the twins he's my favorite but since until his book I really didn't know him, I couldn't tell you that. What I will tell you is that I really like him as a character. He's so tough and sweet at the same time. I love his life mate. Mary is a great characters. She's had a shitty life that she herself has pulled herself up from. I'm glad she's going to find her happily-ever-after. Dante story and his brother Tomasso happen at the same time, and why wouldn't they, their twins. I'm snickering here. What I'm trying to say is because they happen at the same time you really don't have a ending to the story thread that starts with Dante and Mary's story. I'll have to read the Tomasso's story to know more. I can't wait. You'll love Dante and Mary together. I love the age difference between them when they first meet, or at least Mary things their is a age difference with her being old. Silly Mary. It's been a fun, at times sad ride with these two. I'm sure I'll be seeing more of them soon. Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog:http://romancingthereaders.blogspot.c...Romancing the Readers Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe...

  • Heather
    2018-11-22 04:02

    The latest entry in the sizzling paranormal vampire series featuring the Argeneau family - no one does wickedly funny and irresistibly steamy like 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. Another good story by Lynsay Sands. I like how this story developed and the flow of it. It was believable but not over the top. I do not agree with some reviews that state there is a cliffhanger. This story has a definite ending and while there are things to still do they were not an aspect of this story.

  • Em Taylor
    2018-12-12 01:37

    Officially the funniest Argeneau novel. Dante naked on top of the RV in the gas station and poor Mary thinking he's lost his mind because he says he's going to get into the minds of the kidnappers and make them stop following them. I was in stitches. I love Lynsay Sands books anyway and you'd think by book 23 this series would be getting old hat and boring but she keeps changing it and improving it and Lucien, despite having Leigh is still a crusty old git who would kill anyone if they got in the way of the safety of his people. He's no nicer to Mary than he was to Greg in book 1. Well written, adorable characters and well-narrated audiobook.