Posted by: Jennifer | October 6, 2008

The Accidental Vampire – Lynsay Sands

Sands, Lynsay. The Accidental Vampire. (New York: Avon, 2008). ISBN – 9780061229688.

Main Characters: Elvi Black (or Ellen Stone) and Victor Argeneau

Related Works: This is part of Lynsay Sands Argeneau series. Other books in this series include the following:

  1. A Quick Bite– Lisianna Argeneau and Dr. Gregory Hewitt
  2. Love Bites– Etienne Argeneau and Rachel Garrett
  3. Single White Vampire– Lucern Argeneau and Kate C. Leever
  4. Tall, Dark & Hungry– Terri Simpson and Bastien Argeneau
  5. A Bite to Remember– Jackie Morrisey and Vincent Argeneau
  6. Bite Me if You Can– Lucian Argeneau and Leigh Gerard
  7. The Accidental Vampire– Elvi Black (Ellen Stone) and Victor Argeneau
  8. Vampires are Forever– Inez Urso and Thomas Argeneau
  9. Vampire, Interrupted– Marguerite Argeneau and Julius Notte
  10. The Rogue Hunter– Samantha Willan and Garrett Mortimer

Description from book:

Fate gave her fangs . . .

Ever since and 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 motal 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 his pick of any woman – dead or alive

He’ll show her how to use them . . .

Rich, powerful, and drop-dead gorgeous, Victor’s the perfect man for a novice neck-biter like Elvi. He’s willing to teach her everything he knows, but he’ll have to do it fast. Someone’s out to put a stake through her new vamp life, and only Victor can keep her safe – and satisfied – for all eternity.

My Thoughts:

In my experience, the majority of vampire and paranormal romances have a tendency to be dark and intense – and this is one of things that I really like about them. If you had asked what I thought about farcical portrayals of vampires, I would have said that I didn’t think it would work so well. However, I would have been wrong. Lynsay Sands’ The Accidental Vampire is a rather lighthearted, comical romance with vampires as the main characters. This book made me laugh many times over. It definitely explores the lighter side of our vampire friends.

Elvi Black is the heroine of this story. She is a sixty-something year old woman who was accidentally turned into a vampire while on a trip to Mexico with her best friend Mabel. Mabel immediately realizes there is something drastically wrong with Elvi when Mabel comes to after the crash. She takes over helping to get a much-younger looking Elvi back home and hiding her condition from Mexican authorities (and her sire too). Of course, this means that Elvi never gets any training or information about being a vampire. She has no idea if there are any others like her or if there specifics to her survival. Instead, she relies upon the movie Dracula for information about her kinds. To this end, she stops eating food, starts sleeping in a coffin and assiduously avoids daylight. But what is more amazing is the way that her neighbors and friends in Port Henry rally around her – and help her. They routinely donate the blood that Elvi needs to survive. They protect her – and they care for her. They are so concerned about her losing all of her friends to old age that they decide to find her a vampire mate. To this end, they advertise in a local paper for vampire men. They invite these vampires to their town in order to let Elvi get to know them.

In the beginning, six different men arrive at Elvi’s restaurant in order to meet her. They are greeted by the town sheriff – who is extremely protective of and concerned about Elvi. I thought this part of the book was hysterical. The confusion on the part of the immortal vampires as they struggle to figure out exactly what is going on is rather priceless. This comment by Sheriff Brunswick to Victor  and DJ almost caused me to laugh out loud:

I thought only girls traveled to the bathroom in packs, but you male vamps do it to, huh? Is it in case someone tries to stake you while you’re taking a leak? . . . You don’t have to worry about that here. We’re vampire friendly in Port Henry (p. 57).

And, honestly, the book got funnier. Elvi’s reactions when she found out she could have food and that she didn’t have to sleep in a coffin were priceless. Meanwhile, there were 4 vampires who were jumping through hoops to help her. The fact that the vampires ended up cooking most of her pies was an excellent touch.

Anyway, this book made me happy. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Victor and Elvi were great characters who really seemed to fit together. The townspeople of Port Henry were as wacky as they come, but in a way that made you believe that they truly loved Elvi. I mean, who could dispute that fact when two neighbors try to kill Elvi and all is immediately forgiven when the misconception is straightened out. And, all works out for the best even if Victor believes that his older brother Lucian is punishing him making him and Elvi remain permanently in Port Henry!

Read first October 6, 2008

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