Review: The Lady is a Vamp by Lynsay Sands

Posted July 27, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Publisher: Avon, Harper Collins

One late night leads to . . .

Kidnapped When Jeanne Louise Argeneau left work, she never thought she’d end up tied down by a good-looking mortal. More attracted than annoyed, she quickly realizes there is more to her abductor than meets the eye.

One desperate act leads to . . .

Love? Paul Jones has need of a vampire, and only Jeanne Louise will do. He just has to convince this beauty of a Vamp to help him . . . never imagining that he would fall in love. But with the immortal world’s answer to law enforcement hunting them, their time together is running out . . . and Paul and Jeanne Louise will need to risk everything to spend an eternity together.

Jeanne Louise is a lucky girl. Well, kind of. You see she leaves work and is kidnapped so that’s not so great but when she meets her abductor, who is really very nice, she finds herself face to face with her life mate. This is pretty shocking as she finds out that he’s worked in the same building as she for the past 2 years as well as the fact that she’s only 102 years old and that’s really young to have found her life mate. So yeah, pretty darned lucky. Except that there’s the small problem of Paul, the guy who kidnapped her, will eventually have to face punishment no matter how far they flee.

Yep, when Paul and Jeanne Louise are located by the Immortal Enforcers they run so that they won’t be discovered. Jeanne Louise looks at it as her getting more time to get to know her life mate. Paul has a daughter, Livy, who is dying from a brain tumor. Paul wants Jeanne Louise to change her into an Immortal but if Livy does that then she can’t change Paul and will have to watch her life mate die. Jeannie figures that she can turn Paul and then he can turn Livy but she needs to make sure that Paul really cares for her and won’t leave her once he’s turned.

But life has a way of not turning out like we plan. Paul and Jeannie do get to know each other better and they do fall in love but the turnings don’t turn out the way they thought and Jeannie ends up using her one turn on Livy in order to save her life. You’d think this wasn’t a problem and that Paul and Jeannie love each other enough to deal with the fact that Paul is still mortal but it doesn’t happen. Soon no one is happy and there seems to be no solution to the problem.

You’d think that after 17 books in the Argeneau series that they would just all seem the same yet Sands just never stops amazing me with how her mind works. She’s constantly coming up with lovely new stories and this was one of them.

Paul is devastated when he finds out that his 5 year old daughter is dying of a brain tumor and after watching his wife die after an auto accident he just can’t do it again. He loves his daughter and wants Livy to live a long life with laughter and happiness. He kidnaps Jeanne Louise in a desperate attempt to save her but he’s also been attracted to her for a long time and knows tons about her. The two hit it off immediately even though Jeannie’s chained up at first. Very shortly after though she stays willingly in order to get to know Paul.

When Jeanne Louise turns Livy it’s because she loves her almost as if she were her own child. She doesn’t feel she has a choice but this leaves Paul and all of their plans in a grey area. Once all is worked out with Paul and the Argeneau family the couple then has to sit down and figure out how they will live as Livy and Jeanne Louise are Immortals and Paul is mortal. This makes him weaker, slower and of course more susceptible to death. Unfortunately this leaves Jeannie treating Paul with kid gloves and it starts to make him a bit crazy. Eventually the pair discover that they just can’t be together but neither of them are happy about it.

Oh the sadness of the story! Yes it had it’s fun times and I laughed at Sands’ humor as I always do but this one had me sighing and wondering how it would all work out in the end. I truly couldn’t see how it would happen and was so glad when it all came together. (That’s NOT a spoiler cuz ya know it’s gonna have an HEA – I didn’t tell you HOW it worked out!) Though I wasn’t necessarily happy with Jeanne Louise and her decisions at some parts in the book I knew she was doing what she felt was best for both of them. Didn’t make me like it but I understood.

I did feel like I got to know Jeanne Louise better in this book than I did Paul and though we learned some of his background we really didn’t get to know much. He said he didn’t want to leave his family – what family is that? They weren’t mentioned so I as the reader couldn’t exactly feel his pain as I hadn’t been introduced to them. Little things like that were a bit annoying but overall it was all good. Another great addition to the series.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Lynsay Sands

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