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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 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.

Topics: Vampires, Series, First in a Series, Supernatural Powers, Sex Slave, Kidnapping, Family, Funny, Steamy, Mystical, Canada, Toronto, and Canadian Author

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First in a long series, A Quick Bite conceivably fulfils the meaning of its title - sadly not for me is this book a satisfying meal. Even with an interesting variation on vampiric origins I found the story-line too pedestrian, even vapid; possibly due to my preference for more artful intricacies in my paranormal particulars than pages of romantic eroticism - it just bores me these days. The basics of the plot coalesce around single, beautiful, 200 year old Lissianna, member of the Argeneau vampire family who, endearingly but unfortunately, suffers from a phobia and faints at the sight of blood. Enter gorgeous, single, human psychologist Greg Hewitt - plucked from his routine by Lissianna’s mother to solve the myriad of problems associated with her daughter’s dilemma - and it is not difficult to perceive the flow of the story-line thence. Whilst this was a quick easy read, possessing some diverting and unusual departures regarding the paranormal aspects, this book did not hold me engrossed. I found the characters simplistic in their development and rather banal over all; and though occasionally revealing an unexpected plot device there was never any doubt to the eventual outcome, nor any great fascination in the course of the journey.If your predilection in reading is for lightweight paranormal romance, with hot-blooded bedroom antics within an exotic, somewhat tantalising world, then this book will most likely satisfy and gratify. Even as I can definitely respect the appeal this series may offer, regrettably it did not for me; I will reconsider reading more of this series and leave these books for those who appreciate this genre much more.(Nov 24, 2010)more
Lynsay Sands has a way with story telling. She uses her unique talent with words while writing and putting
It on paper. Her books will soon be on your self and on your iPad, iPhone or any device that electronically records. more
Fluffy. No depth of characters, their love story felt rushed and shallow and the explanation of vampires mixed science and evolution which left it hardly believable. The villain was also soft and random, thrown in just because the two main characters had no real conflict of their own. I honestly did not even read all the way to the end; was BORED. more
Lissianna Argeneau even though she is a Immortal, faints at the sight of blood, so she has to feed from mortals for sustenance. When she heads to her mother's home for her birthday party, she finds that in her old bedroom a man in her bed, tied wide eagled. To say Lissianna is surprised is a understatement. Dr. Gregory Hewitt finds himself waking up in a strangers bed room, tied to the bed and then see's a gorgeous woman. Gregory is told that he is to be Lissianna's birthday gift. Lissianna is shocked to discover a stranger in her bed, not only that but she can't read his mind, which is even more puzzeling to her. But then her mother informs her that he is not for her to feed on or even have sex with, he is to help her cure her of her phobia of seeing blood. But Greg is much more irresistable that she would imagine, and she finds it difficult to resist him. A Quick Bite is the first in the Argeneau series, and here is Lissianna's story. This is where we get introduced into this series and I found the plot and the characters to be endearing. I loved the whole concept of the hero being kidnapped and tied to the heroines bed. I mean its definitely a great start for a romance, especially with Lynsay Sands at the helm. I found A Quick Bite to be a engaging and fun read, and definitely a hard one to put down. I just loved the plot and the characters equally. It was just a enjoyable read and very witty and full of everything that Sands puts in her books, and she delivers with A Quick Bite!more
Not my kind of paranormal romance. The conflicts were boring and/or ridiculous (hi, I am a 200 year vampire who faints at the sight of blood). I didn't like the hero and heroine enough to care about their relationship. The story and dialogue were silly without being funny. And I felt the way the vampire characters acted conflicted with how I imagine people who are hundreds of years old would think and act. Maybe I just like my vampires a little more tortured.more
I have waited a long time for this book as my library could not get hold of it until it was republished this year and it was worth waiting for but it not the best in this series.Lissiana Argeneau has been a vampire for over 200 years, and she has a problem. She can't drink blood as the rest of her family does, which is from bags from the blood bank as she feints at the site of blood so she has to either take in intravenously or off the hoof (from a mortal). For her brithday her mother Margurite decides to kidnap Dr Gregory Heweitt who is a leading phsycologyst to help with her blood phobia. Lidssiana is surprised to find Greg tied to her bed and she thinks he is a present for dinner so she gets up close and personal with him so she can take some blood - she soon finds out that he is not here for dinner but to help her - her mother has actually ordered chisese for her dinner!It was a pretty good story, they fall for each other fairly fast and Lissiana goes through the motions of not being able to read Greg (and that is one sign that they are life mates) - things gets a little hairy when someone stakes Lissiana hoping to kill her. This part of the story was a little weak I thought but in was okay.more
Plot:The Blurb does say it all.My thoughts:This one was on the lighter side of paranormal romance. Sure there was some passion and danger, but there was also this light vibe and some humour.I liked the plot idea. Lissianna is an 200 year old vampire, she has no problem biting down on a neck but in these modern times most blood comes in bad. And Lissi has one big problem, she faints at teh sight of blood. Her mother kidnaps a hunky men and leaves him on her bed, the doctor to fix her problems. A sexy doctor that makes her long for a bit more.Lissi was nice, and after delving deeper into her past I understand her fear of blood. Greg was understanding, well, after a while, and they seemed to good for each other. But being immortal is not that easy when it comes to men.And there I come into the best part of the book, the vampires. Not silly cross fearing, no shadows bloodsuckers here. No there is a good scientific reason; Atlantis, scientist, nanobots into bloodstreams to cure illness, and those same nanos were just too good. Which left the people almost immortal, but in a need of blood not to die. The same nanos can be transferred from mother to child, and if you find you perfect mate. There you got, vampires created by mistake by a superior people. I loved the originality of this.The tone is light, and had me reading fast. One thing did bother me, a certain danger that emerged and that was so obvious but that Lissi did not see. But then she did have Mr Hunk on her mind so I forgive her.My recommendation and final thoughts:I liked this book, and it is a series that I would recommend. There are still lots of single vamps that need to find true love, and I wonder what dangers might emerge. A 3,5 with a promise of more to come. I enjoyed this story, and I sure enjoyed the background for the story. It was a sweet story, throw in some passion and mix with one big nosy family.Reason for reading:Sounded funmore
It's not really worth reading. It feels very juvenile (though it's not young adult, just immature), and the author tells us everything, doesn't bother showing us anything. 1/3 of the way in and there's not even any sex to make it interesting in a different way. There's not really any plot/story, other than introducing Sands' "world" of vampires, and if there's any humor in it, it was too juvenile for me. For light vampire fiction go read Harris or Davidson and skip this, you won't miss anything.more
Lissianna (Lissi for short) is celebrating her birthday. She's 202 and her mom has a special present waiting for her. When she first sees Greg, she misinterprets her mother's intentions and makes a quick snack of him. While doing so, he awakens feelings in her that she didn't even know existed. She soon finds out though that he is there to help her get over her phobia; she's a vampire that faints at the sight of blood. This problem has plagued Lissi for some time and her family is desperate to get her better. Greg soon finds out that Lissi is actually a vampire, and instead of trying to escape her and her family, he only wants to understand them better. And he wants to help her in any way he can. As they get to know each other better, they began to wonder if they were destined for each other...but will Greg's knowledge about their race ultimately destroy him? My opinion: When I first started this book, I had trouble getting into the story. The writing just didn't pull me in so I found it hard to keep going. But I did, and ultimately I did enjoy this book. I liked the character's of Lissianna and Greg. I didn't, however, like most of her family. They just came off as annoying to me, every time they had a line I cringed. The only exception to that was her cousin, Thomas, who was witty at times which probably saved his character from being annoying as well. The story line itself was cute and inventive; I especially loved the explanation for how vampires came into existence; it was one I'd never heard before and I really liked that. The second half of the book was MUCH more interesting and the writing seemed to flow better. It was pretty obvious what was going to happen at the end (and by that I mean someone who was not as innocent as they seemed), but all in all it came together nicely. Of course it was the typical love story, where it's obvious they both love each other and you want to just shake both of them and say "Get on with it already! Just tell each other how you feel!!!" But of course then there wouldn't be much of a story, so I suppose it is necessary! My rating: 3/5 starsmore
This was a fun and quick read with a different spin on the normal vampire story I really enjoyed it and have since started the second book.more
"A Quick Bite" was a wonderful, light, one-time read. Although it isn't one of my favorites, I am going to keep reading the series just to keep up with the fun characters. (If I didn't continue, it would be like stopping midway through a great chick flick!)This is not your typical vampire story. (Ah, isn't that refreshing?) This novel circulates around a family of vampires that are ridiculously kind and they're just like a typical (human) family. These vampires are alive, not undead. Strange, right? Like I said, not your typical vampire story.Lissianna, our main vampire lady, arrived at home only to realize a sexy man is tied to her bed. Hmm...? Turns out her mommy dearest had him there as a birthday surprise! (For blood, not sex, perverts!) She is just going to take a quick bite, thinking no one would realize she had ruined her own surprise... after all, he isn't going to remember.Uh oh, she thought wrong. He IS a birthday present but he wasn't for dinner. He's a doctor and he's been kidnapped to help Lissi get over her ridiculous fear of blood. (Yes, she is a vampire who faints at the sight of blood!) Lissi has to feed the old way- "off the hoof." All of her family gets to feed from bags of donated blood like good little vampires do!This book was very predictable when it came to the "who did it??" aspect. There were a lot of plot twists and humor that kept me interested. The unique origin of vampires in this book also kept me reading. It is always good to get a new twist on an old (and awesome) genre.more
Cute but not particularly memorable.more
This is a good, easy read. Not a whole lot of action and kinda mild. It was sweet, funny and romantic. The intimate situations were well written and sexy.more
Greg is a psychologist who specializes in phobias. It was the day before his week long vacation in Cancun when he saw her on the elevator. Brunette, silvery-blue eyes and gorgeous. Next thing he knows, he is willingly crawling into her trunk and locking himself in, only to wake up tied to a bed and the woman says her daughter will love him.Lissianna being a 200 year old vampire has a phobia for blood. It has her family worried, since she has to feed "off the hoof" instead of bags like the rest of them do. When her mom brings home a psychologist to cure her, she wants more than just his help, she wants him in her bed always. Only to find out that he is her true life mate, does she worry he will not except her.Games with love, lust, and a delusional priest have Greg and Lissianna fighting not only to love one another, but for their lives.more
If you like your vampires ala Kim Harrison, Laurell K Hamilton, or even Patricia Briggs, don't expect more of the same here. Those writers obviously draw a compelling dark fantasy realm, where the vampires are frightening, complex, and darkly mysterious. Here the vampires are as human as you or I. They even refer to themselves that way. There are no evil demons in possession in "A Quick Bite" but I found myself suprisingly drawn into the story of how Lissa, a 202 year old vamp, and Gregory a mid-thirties physchiatrist meet. I found the vamp's family all to be intriguing and fairly fleshed out and I can see reading more books about them. There are definately some aspects of the relationship that don't ring true, for example how quickly they fall in love. Obviously, also, in real circumstances, if you were mind tricked, tied to a bed, and made 'dessert' for a vampire, you'd probably be freaked out and running away from, and not straight to, the vampire. However, this isn't reality and that is what I like to escape from when I read. I found this to be a fast, lightweight read that I enjoyed every minute of.more
Decent addition to Sands’ Argeneau vampire romance series. In this one, Lissianna Argeneau comes home on her birthday to find a guy tied up to her bed with a big red bow around his neck. She thinks he’s dinner, but actually her mom got her a psychologiest to help cure her hemophobia (fear of blood), something no vampire wants to have.more
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First in a long series, A Quick Bite conceivably fulfils the meaning of its title - sadly not for me is this book a satisfying meal. Even with an interesting variation on vampiric origins I found the story-line too pedestrian, even vapid; possibly due to my preference for more artful intricacies in my paranormal particulars than pages of romantic eroticism - it just bores me these days. The basics of the plot coalesce around single, beautiful, 200 year old Lissianna, member of the Argeneau vampire family who, endearingly but unfortunately, suffers from a phobia and faints at the sight of blood. Enter gorgeous, single, human psychologist Greg Hewitt - plucked from his routine by Lissianna’s mother to solve the myriad of problems associated with her daughter’s dilemma - and it is not difficult to perceive the flow of the story-line thence. Whilst this was a quick easy read, possessing some diverting and unusual departures regarding the paranormal aspects, this book did not hold me engrossed. I found the characters simplistic in their development and rather banal over all; and though occasionally revealing an unexpected plot device there was never any doubt to the eventual outcome, nor any great fascination in the course of the journey.If your predilection in reading is for lightweight paranormal romance, with hot-blooded bedroom antics within an exotic, somewhat tantalising world, then this book will most likely satisfy and gratify. Even as I can definitely respect the appeal this series may offer, regrettably it did not for me; I will reconsider reading more of this series and leave these books for those who appreciate this genre much more.(Nov 24, 2010)more
Lynsay Sands has a way with story telling. She uses her unique talent with words while writing and putting
It on paper. Her books will soon be on your self and on your iPad, iPhone or any device that electronically records. more
Fluffy. No depth of characters, their love story felt rushed and shallow and the explanation of vampires mixed science and evolution which left it hardly believable. The villain was also soft and random, thrown in just because the two main characters had no real conflict of their own. I honestly did not even read all the way to the end; was BORED. more
Lissianna Argeneau even though she is a Immortal, faints at the sight of blood, so she has to feed from mortals for sustenance. When she heads to her mother's home for her birthday party, she finds that in her old bedroom a man in her bed, tied wide eagled. To say Lissianna is surprised is a understatement. Dr. Gregory Hewitt finds himself waking up in a strangers bed room, tied to the bed and then see's a gorgeous woman. Gregory is told that he is to be Lissianna's birthday gift. Lissianna is shocked to discover a stranger in her bed, not only that but she can't read his mind, which is even more puzzeling to her. But then her mother informs her that he is not for her to feed on or even have sex with, he is to help her cure her of her phobia of seeing blood. But Greg is much more irresistable that she would imagine, and she finds it difficult to resist him. A Quick Bite is the first in the Argeneau series, and here is Lissianna's story. This is where we get introduced into this series and I found the plot and the characters to be endearing. I loved the whole concept of the hero being kidnapped and tied to the heroines bed. I mean its definitely a great start for a romance, especially with Lynsay Sands at the helm. I found A Quick Bite to be a engaging and fun read, and definitely a hard one to put down. I just loved the plot and the characters equally. It was just a enjoyable read and very witty and full of everything that Sands puts in her books, and she delivers with A Quick Bite!more
Not my kind of paranormal romance. The conflicts were boring and/or ridiculous (hi, I am a 200 year vampire who faints at the sight of blood). I didn't like the hero and heroine enough to care about their relationship. The story and dialogue were silly without being funny. And I felt the way the vampire characters acted conflicted with how I imagine people who are hundreds of years old would think and act. Maybe I just like my vampires a little more tortured.more
I have waited a long time for this book as my library could not get hold of it until it was republished this year and it was worth waiting for but it not the best in this series.Lissiana Argeneau has been a vampire for over 200 years, and she has a problem. She can't drink blood as the rest of her family does, which is from bags from the blood bank as she feints at the site of blood so she has to either take in intravenously or off the hoof (from a mortal). For her brithday her mother Margurite decides to kidnap Dr Gregory Heweitt who is a leading phsycologyst to help with her blood phobia. Lidssiana is surprised to find Greg tied to her bed and she thinks he is a present for dinner so she gets up close and personal with him so she can take some blood - she soon finds out that he is not here for dinner but to help her - her mother has actually ordered chisese for her dinner!It was a pretty good story, they fall for each other fairly fast and Lissiana goes through the motions of not being able to read Greg (and that is one sign that they are life mates) - things gets a little hairy when someone stakes Lissiana hoping to kill her. This part of the story was a little weak I thought but in was okay.more
Plot:The Blurb does say it all.My thoughts:This one was on the lighter side of paranormal romance. Sure there was some passion and danger, but there was also this light vibe and some humour.I liked the plot idea. Lissianna is an 200 year old vampire, she has no problem biting down on a neck but in these modern times most blood comes in bad. And Lissi has one big problem, she faints at teh sight of blood. Her mother kidnaps a hunky men and leaves him on her bed, the doctor to fix her problems. A sexy doctor that makes her long for a bit more.Lissi was nice, and after delving deeper into her past I understand her fear of blood. Greg was understanding, well, after a while, and they seemed to good for each other. But being immortal is not that easy when it comes to men.And there I come into the best part of the book, the vampires. Not silly cross fearing, no shadows bloodsuckers here. No there is a good scientific reason; Atlantis, scientist, nanobots into bloodstreams to cure illness, and those same nanos were just too good. Which left the people almost immortal, but in a need of blood not to die. The same nanos can be transferred from mother to child, and if you find you perfect mate. There you got, vampires created by mistake by a superior people. I loved the originality of this.The tone is light, and had me reading fast. One thing did bother me, a certain danger that emerged and that was so obvious but that Lissi did not see. But then she did have Mr Hunk on her mind so I forgive her.My recommendation and final thoughts:I liked this book, and it is a series that I would recommend. There are still lots of single vamps that need to find true love, and I wonder what dangers might emerge. A 3,5 with a promise of more to come. I enjoyed this story, and I sure enjoyed the background for the story. It was a sweet story, throw in some passion and mix with one big nosy family.Reason for reading:Sounded funmore
It's not really worth reading. It feels very juvenile (though it's not young adult, just immature), and the author tells us everything, doesn't bother showing us anything. 1/3 of the way in and there's not even any sex to make it interesting in a different way. There's not really any plot/story, other than introducing Sands' "world" of vampires, and if there's any humor in it, it was too juvenile for me. For light vampire fiction go read Harris or Davidson and skip this, you won't miss anything.more
Lissianna (Lissi for short) is celebrating her birthday. She's 202 and her mom has a special present waiting for her. When she first sees Greg, she misinterprets her mother's intentions and makes a quick snack of him. While doing so, he awakens feelings in her that she didn't even know existed. She soon finds out though that he is there to help her get over her phobia; she's a vampire that faints at the sight of blood. This problem has plagued Lissi for some time and her family is desperate to get her better. Greg soon finds out that Lissi is actually a vampire, and instead of trying to escape her and her family, he only wants to understand them better. And he wants to help her in any way he can. As they get to know each other better, they began to wonder if they were destined for each other...but will Greg's knowledge about their race ultimately destroy him? My opinion: When I first started this book, I had trouble getting into the story. The writing just didn't pull me in so I found it hard to keep going. But I did, and ultimately I did enjoy this book. I liked the character's of Lissianna and Greg. I didn't, however, like most of her family. They just came off as annoying to me, every time they had a line I cringed. The only exception to that was her cousin, Thomas, who was witty at times which probably saved his character from being annoying as well. The story line itself was cute and inventive; I especially loved the explanation for how vampires came into existence; it was one I'd never heard before and I really liked that. The second half of the book was MUCH more interesting and the writing seemed to flow better. It was pretty obvious what was going to happen at the end (and by that I mean someone who was not as innocent as they seemed), but all in all it came together nicely. Of course it was the typical love story, where it's obvious they both love each other and you want to just shake both of them and say "Get on with it already! Just tell each other how you feel!!!" But of course then there wouldn't be much of a story, so I suppose it is necessary! My rating: 3/5 starsmore
This was a fun and quick read with a different spin on the normal vampire story I really enjoyed it and have since started the second book.more
"A Quick Bite" was a wonderful, light, one-time read. Although it isn't one of my favorites, I am going to keep reading the series just to keep up with the fun characters. (If I didn't continue, it would be like stopping midway through a great chick flick!)This is not your typical vampire story. (Ah, isn't that refreshing?) This novel circulates around a family of vampires that are ridiculously kind and they're just like a typical (human) family. These vampires are alive, not undead. Strange, right? Like I said, not your typical vampire story.Lissianna, our main vampire lady, arrived at home only to realize a sexy man is tied to her bed. Hmm...? Turns out her mommy dearest had him there as a birthday surprise! (For blood, not sex, perverts!) She is just going to take a quick bite, thinking no one would realize she had ruined her own surprise... after all, he isn't going to remember.Uh oh, she thought wrong. He IS a birthday present but he wasn't for dinner. He's a doctor and he's been kidnapped to help Lissi get over her ridiculous fear of blood. (Yes, she is a vampire who faints at the sight of blood!) Lissi has to feed the old way- "off the hoof." All of her family gets to feed from bags of donated blood like good little vampires do!This book was very predictable when it came to the "who did it??" aspect. There were a lot of plot twists and humor that kept me interested. The unique origin of vampires in this book also kept me reading. It is always good to get a new twist on an old (and awesome) genre.more
Cute but not particularly memorable.more
This is a good, easy read. Not a whole lot of action and kinda mild. It was sweet, funny and romantic. The intimate situations were well written and sexy.more
Greg is a psychologist who specializes in phobias. It was the day before his week long vacation in Cancun when he saw her on the elevator. Brunette, silvery-blue eyes and gorgeous. Next thing he knows, he is willingly crawling into her trunk and locking himself in, only to wake up tied to a bed and the woman says her daughter will love him.Lissianna being a 200 year old vampire has a phobia for blood. It has her family worried, since she has to feed "off the hoof" instead of bags like the rest of them do. When her mom brings home a psychologist to cure her, she wants more than just his help, she wants him in her bed always. Only to find out that he is her true life mate, does she worry he will not except her.Games with love, lust, and a delusional priest have Greg and Lissianna fighting not only to love one another, but for their lives.more
If you like your vampires ala Kim Harrison, Laurell K Hamilton, or even Patricia Briggs, don't expect more of the same here. Those writers obviously draw a compelling dark fantasy realm, where the vampires are frightening, complex, and darkly mysterious. Here the vampires are as human as you or I. They even refer to themselves that way. There are no evil demons in possession in "A Quick Bite" but I found myself suprisingly drawn into the story of how Lissa, a 202 year old vamp, and Gregory a mid-thirties physchiatrist meet. I found the vamp's family all to be intriguing and fairly fleshed out and I can see reading more books about them. There are definately some aspects of the relationship that don't ring true, for example how quickly they fall in love. Obviously, also, in real circumstances, if you were mind tricked, tied to a bed, and made 'dessert' for a vampire, you'd probably be freaked out and running away from, and not straight to, the vampire. However, this isn't reality and that is what I like to escape from when I read. I found this to be a fast, lightweight read that I enjoyed every minute of.more
Decent addition to Sands’ Argeneau vampire romance series. In this one, Lissianna Argeneau comes home on her birthday to find a guy tied up to her bed with a big red bow around his neck. She thinks he’s dinner, but actually her mom got her a psychologiest to help cure her hemophobia (fear of blood), something no vampire wants to have.more
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