ARC Review: After the Bite by Lynsay Sands

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Title: After the Bite

Author: Lynsay Sands

Series: Argeneau #35

Pages: 397

Release Date: September 27, 2022

3 stars out of 5
3 stars – I liked it

Immortal Enforcer Valerian golfs to unwind after chasing rogues. What he doesn’t expect is to find his life mate on the golf course. 

This was another enjoyable story from Sands. Valerian is a protective alpha male who has spent his life wandering the world. He is currently an enforcer and has been tasked with trying to find the serial killer Angel-Maker, who seems to be targeting Natalie and her golf course. I liked Valerian. He was sweet, protective, and will be a great step-father for Mia. 

Natalie was an extremely independent and hardworking single mother. She has spent her whole life working overtime and doesn’t really know how to relax or slow down. It has taken a toll on her health and it took a threat on her life to realize this. She also suffers from guilt at not being a better mother to her deceased son. Natalie really has had a rough life but never stops fighting to build a better life for her daughter. 

Like all Argeneau couples, Natalie and Valerian had intense and immediate chemistry. They couldn’t keep their hands off each other, which for new life mates means you pass out in inconvenient places. I enjoyed watching Natalie learn about immortals and found her first reaction to it hilarious. Also, I liked that Valerian gave her space when she needed it and didn’t force her to listen to more truths before she was ready. 

The hunt for the serial killer in this was interesting, but not as suspenseful as I was expecting. The focus was mainly on Valerian and Natalie’s relationship and acceptance of immortals, instead of the threat this killer faced. Yes, they still were vigilant and discussed safety but I felt like, until the end, it wasn’t really much of a hunt. I still enjoyed the story and this couple though. I look forward to the next book. 

Trigger Warnings: death of spouse, child, and parents in a car accident; stalking by a serial killer; poisoning; pet injured; 

*ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.*

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Previous books and reviews for the series:

  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
  13. Born to Bite
  14. Hungry for You
  15. The Reluctant Vampire
  16. Under a Vampire Moon
  17. The Lady is a Vamp
  18. Immortal Ever After
  19. One Lucky Vampire
  20. Vampire Most Wanted
  21. About a Vampire
  22. The Immortal Who Loved Me
  23. Runaway Vampire
  24. Immortal Nights
  25. Immortal Unchained
  26. Immortally Yours
  27. Twice Bitten
  28. Vampires Like It Hot
  29. The Trouble With Vampires
  30. Immortal Born
  31. Immortal Angel
  32. Meant to Be Immortal
  33. Mile High With A Vampire
  34. Immortal Rising

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