Series: Argeneau

Guest Review: Immortal Nights by Lynsay Sands

Posted September 20, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Guest Review: Immortal Nights by Lynsay SandsReviewer: Tracy
Immortal Nights by Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau #24
Also in this series: Immortal Ever After, Runaway Vampire
Published by Avon
Publication Date: September 20th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
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three-half-stars

Abigail Forsythe’s life hasn’t been easy lately. Still, if there’s one thing guaranteed to take her mind off an empty bank account and abandoned dreams, it’s a naked man locked in a plane’s cargo hold. A very big, incredibly gorgeous naked man. And when instinct prompts her to free him, Abigail must rely on this stranger for survival…a stranger who leaves her thrumming with need every time they touch.

Tomasso Notte knows he’s found his life mate in Abigail. Now he just has to hold on to her. They’re miles from civilization, hunted by his kidnappers. Abigail has no idea of Tomasso’s abilities, or of how intensely pleasurable their unique connection can be. But he’s about to show her, beginning with one wild, hot, immortal night…

Tomasso Notte is being kidnapped – for what reason he has no idea.  He is drugged and put into a cage then onto a plane.  On that plane is Abigail.  She’s with her friend, who is the pilot of the plane, just so they can have a little vacation.  Abs needs one desperately as she’s been taking care of her mother – who just recently died.

The men who chartered the plane stated that they wanted no one on the plane but the pilot, but Abs was already on it.  She hides in the cargo hold but when she looks under the tarp and discovers a naked man with an IV she’s shocked.  She takes out the IV and helps him but she wasn’t prepared for him to jump out of the plane with her in his arms.

Tomasso gets Abigail safely to a beach but he really has no idea where he is.  Abigail had hit her head on the way out of the plane so she’s not with it.  Tomasso needs to get to a phone to contact the Argeneau’s and to get blood.  Unfortunately there are no villages in site and he has no idea if the kidnappers will come after him.  He wants to keep Abigail safe because he’s a nice person but also because he’s realized that she’s his life mate.

When the pair finally get to civilization – after some pretty funny things happening – Tomasso is able to contact his people and get what he needs.  Unfortunately the kidnappers aren’t about to give up on their quest to kidnap immortals.

This was another cute story in the Argeneau series.  I thought that Abigail and Tomasso were very sweet together and I loved their interactions.  Tomasso, as we’ve read in previous books in the series, is a huge guy but he isn’t a brute.  He’s kind and caring and I loved how well he treated Abigail.

Abigail was in med school at one point in her life before she dropped out to take care of her mother.  She is a care-taker by nature and likes to take charge of a situation.  When Tomasso pulls some stupid stunts to stop himself from getting excited when he’s with her (prior to reaching civilization) Abigail is there to take care of him.  It’s so ridiculous but hilarious at the same time.  I also loved how Abigail handled the whole immortal thing.  She realized quickly that she wasn’t a soulless monster and dealt with it.  I liked that about her because she was so practical about it all.

The thing I didn’t care for about the story is that there just wasn’t a ton of depth to it.  Yes, it was a fun book and I understand that’s what it was supposed to be but I just wanted more.  I guess I’m greedy that way.

The story was a nice addition to the series.  We got to hear a bit more about why the immortals are being kidnapped (only a bit though!) and then we were left hanging without knowing anything in depth.  I guess I’ll just have to wait and read the next book in the series to find out the info – which definitely won’t be a chore. 🙂

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars

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Guest Review: Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands

Posted February 4, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Runaway Vampire by Lynsay SandsReviewer: Tracy
Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau #23
Also in this series: Immortal Ever After, Immortal Nights
Published by HarperCollins, Avon Romance
Publication Date: February 23rd 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Contemporary
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four-stars

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.

Dante is running away from the men who had kidnapped him and his twin, Tomasso, when he runs smack dab into Mary’s RV.  He manages to pull himself into the RV and hide in the back but eventually Mary finds him when she stops to get gas.  She runs for help but soon everyone is leaving the RV saying that Dante’s injuries weren’t that bad.  She’s confused but then the naked man who she thought was at death’s door is up and around.  What?  He of course was mind-controlling them but he soon finds that he can’t read Mary which is a sign that she could be his life mate.  He soon finds out that she definitely is his life mate and he’s not about to leave her on her own since the kidnappers can identify her RV and might come after her.

Dante knows he needs help to find his twin but he’s not about to let Mary be on her own.  Trying to get her to believe that he’s an Immortal and that she is his life mate isn’t easy as Mary is justifiably in the non-believer category.  Dante finally convinces her but at the same time they’re running for their lives and the dangers they face will change Mary’s life forever.

Dante Notte is one of those characters that’s been in several different books along with his twin as secondary characters.  I’ve been anxious to get their life mate stories for a while and was SO happy when I saw that this was Dante’s book.  He’s definitely the strong silent type but he was open and loving with Mary and it was wonderful to see another side of his character.

Mary was a funny woman.  Some of her thoughts when she first met Dante had me laughing out loud (he was naked and trying to cover himself with a loose weave afghan).  I kept imagining her as someone who looked like Blythe Danner who is in her 60’s and still looks great.  Of course we all know (if you’ve read any of the books) that she gets turned into an immortal and this was of course, in my mind, Gwyneth Paltrow.  Don’t judge – it worked in my head! Lol.  Anyway she was a fantastic match for Dante and his quiet ways and I loved them together.

This was another good story in the Argeneau series.  I keep thinking that I’m going to get sick of the series eventually but Lynsay Sands keeps me coming back for more every time.  🙂  I can’t wait to read Tomasso’s story and find out what happens when he meets his life mate.

Reading Order:

A Quick Bite
Love Bites
Single White Vampire
Tall, Dark & Hungry
A Bite to Remember
Bite Me If You Can
The Accidental Vampire
Vampires are Forever
Vampire, Interrupted
The Rogue Hunter
The Immortal Hunter
The Renegade Hunter
Bitten by Cupid
Born to Bite
Hungry for You
The Reluctant Vampire
The Bite Before Christmas
Under a Vampire Moon
The Lady is a Vamp
Immortal Ever After
One Lucky Vampire
Vampire Most Wanted
The Immortal Who Loved Me
About a Vampire
Runaway Vampire

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars

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Guest Review: Immortal Ever After by Lynsay Sands

Posted February 21, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Immortal Ever After by Lynsay SandsReviewer: Tracy
Immortal Ever After by Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau #18
Also in this series: Runaway Vampire, Immortal Nights
Published by Avon Romance
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal
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three-half-stars

A kiss doesn’t mean eternity . . .

Valerie Moyer doesn’t believe in vampires—until she is kidnapped by a fanged psychopath! After escaping her bloodthirsty captor, she’s through with creatures of the night. Until she finds herself under the protection of the darkly handsome Anders. Not only is she expected to accept that Anders is immortal, but also that she is the woman destined to be his life mate!

. . . Or does it?

Anders felt a connection to Valerie from the moment he cradled her bruised body in his arms. But before he claims her, he must destroy the vampire who almost stole her from him forever. His job would be easier if Valerie didn’t fight him every step of the way. Still, Anders loves a challenge, and the green-eyed beauty is worth fighting for!

Valerie Moyer is one of many girls being kept in cages in a basement but a complete nutjob who thinks he’s a vampire. Each night his lackey – a guy the girls have named Igor – comes and takes one of the girls up to the guy where he enjoys their fear and attacks their necks. Valerie is smart though and realizes that the food is drugged. She avoids eating and manages to save herself and the girls after some awesome heroism.

The Immortal Enforcers constantly scan the police frequencies for stories exactly like this one. When they hear this they head to to location and manage to work their “magic”, save the girls and make everyone forget they were there. But when Anders, one of the enforcers, tries to read Valerie’s mind he’s shocked. That’s a sign that this woman may be his lifemate. Anders isn’t believing it though because he thought that he was supposed to be completely attracted to his mate. While he thinks she’s pretty he doesn’t feel the passion stirring that he thinks he should…until he kisses her. That kiss sets off a chain of events that forces Anders to believe that Valerie is indeed his lifemate. The problem is, how does he tell her that he’s an Immortal that drinks blood when she just got away from a guy who drinks blood. It’s a problem.

The problem in this book is one that made me think. How DO you tell this woman that was caged and attacked that you’re similar to the guy who kidnapped her. Obviously Anders is a hell of a lot nicer than the kidnapper and yes, he drinks bagged blood but really if I were Valerie I would have high-tailed it out of the house the minute Anders started his tale. The way Sands worked the story she left Valerie more open-minded after a chain of events that confused her so that Anders explanation actually seemed plausible. If I was Valerie however, I still would have run. Lol

While I liked all the characters and the overall story I have to say the romance between Anders and Valerie was really more about sex than anything else, unfortunately. Yes, they spend time together and both with other Immortals as well, but I really didn’t feel that Anders really got to know Valerie all that well. She heard his story and yes, she told him bits and pieces but it just didn’t seem as intense as it has in past books.

While I like this series, and this book was good, don’t get me wrong, it’s kind of all starting to blend together and the books aren’t really standing out so much to me any longer. I don’t want to stop reading it but I think I might need another zinger love story like book 7 (The Accidental Vampire) or 9 (Vampire, Interrupted) to keep me going.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars

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