Book 20 in the Argeneau Series
This book I own, this series is one I collect
Book Synopsis from Goodreads:
For Basha Argeneau, anything is better than facing her estranged family. Even hiding out in sweltering southern California. But when a sexy immortal in black shows up determined to bring her back to the clan, she’ll do anything to keep far, far away from the past she can’t outrun.
Marcus Notte isn’t here to play games—especially not with someone as crazy as the infamous blonde. Asked by Lucian Argeneau to bring her back for questioning, Marcus is determined to carry out Lucian’s request—no matter how the seductive little mind-reading vamp feels about it.
Basha doesn’t mind fighting fire with fire, especially with a hot immortal involved. But if he wants to take her away, he’ll have to catch her first . . .
Oh Ms. Sands what is happening to this series I love? The last two books have just felt off, almost as if someone else is writing the story. I love this series because it is fluff, a light-hearted quick read that will make me laugh with its silliness. Sure there have been some darker more serious stories mixed in, but on the whole I read this for the wit, humor and craziness. I know Sands has three more books in the works for this series and I will read them, I’m not driven off yet, but I hope the are better then the last two.
This is probably the darkest book in the series to date, much of the story dealt with some pretty gruesome events from the Divine/Basha character’s past, and the things she had to endure don’t easily lend themselves to slap-stick humor. So I can see taking a more reserved approach to the book and keeping the silliness to a minimum. Still it just didn’t feel like and Argeneau book for most of the story.
Like the last book the chemistry between Divine/Basha and Marcus felt forced. Even the supporting characters in the book noted how they needed to spend some time together just bonding. Being that they were both immortals they accepted the fact that they were life-mates pretty quickly, but I don’t think that was the only problem. I just don’t think I cared for either of them very much. Again Divine/Basha did have that awful history, which did explain some of the quirks in her personality. I liked Marcus marginally better, but not much, I just had trouble finding reasons to root for him to get his girl.
The bad guys were well written as they definitely came off as psychopaths that needed to be staked and left out in the sun. Not much was resolved in regards to them, so I’m sure they are going to be with us for the next few books. This story actually took us back to an arch that was begun many books ago, back to events that begun about mid series in books 9-12. While it is nice to go back and wrap up some of those loose ends, perhaps a bit too much time has past. We do get quite a bit of history to come out in this story though, just most of it was really, really awful. Not the writing, but what took place to these characters.
It wasn’t all bad, there were moments I really enjoyed and I’m glad I did read the book. I just won’t be reading it again when I get around to re-reading the series. I did enjoy seeing some old faces from previous books, my favorite as always being Lucian. His scene at the very end almost bumped the book up to a three star rating, but in the end I couldn’t give it the extra star based on the last 15 pages of the book. If you are a long time fan of this series, read the book, you will get some good information from the past. If you are new to the series, go read some of the earlier books they are a lot more fun.