Immortally Yours by Lynsay Sands

Book Review

 


Immortally Yours (Argeneau #26)Book Genre: Romance, Paranormal, 

Book Series: Argeneau #26

Released: 9/26/17 by Avon

Pages: 384 Price$7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book:  Immortally Yours: An Argeneau Novel

Source: I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

One hundred and twenty-five years is a long time to nurse a crush. That’s how long it’s been since Beth Argenis first met Cullen “Scotty” MacDonald and he instantly became the star of her most X-rated dreams. Back then, he was rescuing her from a Rogue Immortal. Now Beth’s a Rogue Hunter—a damn good one. She doesn’t need saving anymore, despite what Scotty thinks. What she does need is the fierce, wild desire that finally erupts between them.

Scotty has hesitated to claim Beth as his own. But one explosive kiss confirms what he’s long suspected: She’s his life mate. But Beth is tough, fearless, beautiful…and in immortal danger. Unless he wants to lose her forever, he’ll have to rethink everything he once believed about love and destiny as well as confront an enemy who’s terrifyingly close.

My Review:

I’ve been reading this series for some time now and have absolutely no plans to abandon it anytime soon.  I’m in it for the long haul regardless of if I love the current release or not.  Fortunately, the latest book is one that I LOVE!

The 26th installment of the Argeneau series brings us back to Canada where the rogue hunters are little scarce thanks to the drama going on with the doctor.  They are relying on hunters on loan from Europe and we end up with Beth and Scotty’s story.  Some parts of this story felt familiar and we probably met these two before for another couple’s coming together.  Please note Ms. Kenyon, this book is a perfect example of how you can revisit a plot from an earlier book without copying scenes word-for-word…  Moving on.

Beth and Scotty’s book is one of the more somber and serious Argeneau books focusing more on drama than laughs.  Don’t worry they are in there too.  But both leads had a pretty tough human life and we deal with topics in this book that don’t lend well to slapstick.  I loved how Ms. Sands tackled some heavy topics and didn’t sanitize what was most likely reality for many young poor women from Beth’s human era.

I enjoyed how it wasn’t an easy coming together for these two.  They had to work at finding their h.e.a.  Both needed to overcome insecurities and prejudices and grow as individuals before they could work as a couple.  Scotty was fun but came with his own set of baggage and needed to own up to it.  Beth was a kick-ass heart of gold heroine and I simply loved her.  She was a great pick for the pompous Scotty.  In the end, as with all of Ms. Sands’ stories, they found their H.E.A. and the mystery was solved.  There were some fresh faces in this book and I look forward to seeing who they might get paired up with in future novels.

If you love this series then I think you will love this one too.  If you feel that it is getting a little stale then I implore you to hold on for this book as it had a fresh feeling to me.  Over all, it simply was a great read and I enjoyed every minute of it.

My Rating: 5 Stars

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Immortal Unchained by Lynsay Sands

Book Review

 


Immortal Unchained (Argeneau, #25)Book Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

Book Series: Argeneau #25

Released: 3/28/17 by Avon

Pages: 384 Price:$7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon Immortal Unchained: An Argeneau Novel

Source: I own a copy of this book.  

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Ever since Domitian Argenis recognized Sarita as his life mate, he’s been waiting for the perfect moment to claim her. Those fantasies did not include him being chained to a table in a secret lab or both of them being held hostage by a mad scientist. Somehow, they have to escape…

Sarita has seen some crazy things as a cop, but nothing to rival Domitian. A vampire? Seriously? But his healing ability, incredible powers, and their mind-blowing physical connection—none of it should be possible, yet her body knows differently. Now, not only do they have to save each other, but other innocent lives are at stake. Failure is not an option, for Sarita intends that Domitian show her exactly what an eternity of pleasure feels like…

My Review:

Another enjoyable addition to a series I adore.  I was disappointed to see how some of the blogs I follow are growing tired of this series and have decided they are done.  I get that this is addition number 25 after all and we won’t always love every new release Ms. Sands gives us.  I, however, am not done.  This is one of the series that I’m (most likely) going to see through to the end.  Why?  Because I know 8 out of 10 times I’m going to get a story that I love.  One where I sit on the couch all day and do nothing but read the latest escapades of the characters in a world I enjoy.  Ms. Sands books might have similar themes but she always delivers a story that helps me escape reality and leaves me smiling at the end.

I’ve said before in my reviews of this series that the books fall into one of two camps.  They are either silly fun romps, true chick-lit, or they are more suspenseful and even a tad dark, with gripping plots that keep you on your toes wondering what happens next.  This latest addition to the series was one of the suspenseful tales but it did manage to throw in some fun as well.

This was Domitian and Sarita’s story.  I have to confess I don’t remember Domitian at all but after 25 books Ms. Sands has to be scraping the bottom of the barrel as far as finding a new Argeneau for each story.  We have to be onto second cousins twice removed or something like that.  That’s okay.  I don’t need a long history with these characters to find their stories compelling.  I did find it interesting that this was the first time that an Immortal was waiting to claim their lifemate.  I guess it had never occurred to me what would happen if a vamp met their mate when they were a child.  Had to agree that the private investigator was a bit creepy but compared to some of the other things that went down in this book easily overlooked. I liked this pairing, the couples complimented each other nicely and I enjoyed my time with them.

What really hooked me about this book, however, was all the progress with the mysterious Doctor that had been kidnapping Immortals.  We finally got some serious progress on that storyline.  I don’t want to give anything away but he is a serious scumbag and I can’t wait until they catch him.  I kind of hope we return to this island though, there are some characters left here that I wouldn’t mind seeing again.  This whole multi-book plot thread though has definitely breathed new life into this series.  I’m looking forward to the next installment that comes out later this year.  I need to know what happens next!  I do hope we return to Canada again sometime, though.  I miss the exploits of my favorite matchmaker in the series and would love to check in with what is going on up there.

My Rating: 5 Stars

ARC Immortal Nights by Lynsay Sands

Book Review

 


Immortal Nights (Argeneau, #24)Book Genre:
Paranormal, Romance

Book Series: Argeneau #24

Released: 9/20/16 by Avon

Pages: 384  Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

In a sizzling new Argeneau novel from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands, an impulsive rescue pairs a sexy immortal with the woman made to be his for eternity.

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…

My Review:

While I adore this series, there will always be books I LOVE and few I dislike (like one so far) and some I feel ambivalent about.  This is one of the latter.  It isn’t that I didn’t enjoy reading this piece of the Argeneau world it just wasn’t my favorite.  Still devoured it in a day, doesn’t that make you feel like a total bad-ass, but I just couldn’t connect with Tomasso and Abigail. Sorry.  Still glad I read it and will be picking up my own copy to keep once it hits the shelves. To complete my collection!

So what was up with this book?  What didn’t work for me.  I’m thinking it might be a case of I should have read something else between the last vampire book and this vampire book.  The two series I read were vastly different from one another.  One dark and heavy and this one light and fun.  Both are styles of stories I enjoy but I might have enjoyed this one better if I had read a sci-fi in between.  Live and learn, I guess.  The insta-romance really stuck out to me and while I accept it in this premise I wish their coming together had a little more foreplay.  The first half of the book just didn’t gel with me but the second half picked up quite a bit and I loved the ending.  I really think it was just I didn’t care for Tomasso and Abigail because once the other characters joined the story I became more invested.

This one takes place over the same time-frame as the last two books and we are still dealing with this mystery doctor that is kidnapping Immortals.  We learn quite a bit more about his plans and even get to meet him at the end of this book.  I am intrigued about this story line and hope we get to the meat of this plot in the next book.  We also have a new human, Jet, added to the world and who will probably be one of Marguerite’s new match-making victims soon. I missed her in this book and look forward to her return.

Bottom line I’m glad I read this book.  Was it my favorite in the series, no.  Still enjoyable and if you are a fan of the series I would not skip it as you will miss a vital piece of the puzzle with this kidnapping plot.  If you are new to this world, please, give it a try! This series is a lot of fun and quick reads that will definitely keep you entertained.  I would start at the beginning though and with this being book 24 you will have lots of enjoyable reading hours ahead of you as you follow the sometimes outrageous plots and the more suspenseful ones that make up the Argeneau series.

My Rating: 3 Stars

Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands

Book Review

 

Runaway Vampire (Argeneau, #23)Book Genre: Paranormal Romance, Chick Lit

Book Series: #23 in The Argeneau Series

Released: 2/23/16 by Avon

Pages: 349 Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links: Author’s Site, Goodreads

Source: I own a copy of this book.

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

After finishing up book #22 in this series I wanted to dive right into the next, so I broke my book-buying-ban and went out and picked up a copy of Runaway Vampire.  While I’m not disappointed in the book and do not regret my decision I have to say this book wasn’t as good as the last one for me.  Not the worst in the series by far, but still I think it had trouble measuring up to Bricker’s story.  That probably has something to do with I’m not as familiar with Dante as I was Justin.  Still though this was a good read and more of a series addition to this series instead of a wacky one.

There was some major drama going down as the uniting thread between this book and the next which is Dante twin’s story.  We have a new set of bad buys introduced that is kidnapping immortals and I hope this signifies the continuation of this series beyond the next book which is the last one Sands was under contract for last I read.  Hopefully the publisher will extend that and we will have many more adventures in this world to come.

Like I said I’m not as familiar with Dante as I am with some of the other characters floating around waiting for their life mates.  I have to say while I liked him and thought he was a really sweet guy, he just isn’t my cup of tea.  I think Mary was a good match for him and I found her background fascinating, infuriating and heartbreaking all at the same time.  I like how Sands went with an older woman in this story, one who has lived a full life and wasn’t fazed by much.

The supporting characters were just as fun as the main characters as always with this author and I loved having tough guy Lucian getting so much page time.  I was thrilled to see the introduction of same-sex life mates in this book!  Yay.  I hope someday we might get to read the story of one of these couples being paired up.

All in all this was another fine contribution to this series.  The story didn’t feel finished but that probably has something to do with Dante’s twin’s story coming out next.  With these two books you will want to read them in order.  This contribution to the series was one of the more serious stories, but there was still plenty of fun situations to make you laugh out loud.

My Rating: 4 Stars

About a Vampire by Lynsay Sands

Book Review

About a Vampire (Argeneau, #22)Book Genre: Paranormal Romance, Chick Lit

Book Series: #22 in The Argeneau Series

Released: 9/29/15 by Avon

Pages: 384 Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links: Author’s Site, Goodreads

Source: I own a copy of this book.

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

With immortal good looks and scorching charisma, Justin Bricker has yet to meet a woman he can’t win over. His potential life mate should be no different. But instead of falling into his bed, Holly Bosley runs away and ends up mortally wounded. To save her, he has to turn her. And then Bricker learns the shocking truth: Holly’s already married.

Holly wakes up with a bump on her head, a craving for blood, and a sexy stranger who insists they belong together. She needs Bricker’s help to control her new abilities, even as she tries to resist his relentless seduction. Choosing between the world she knows and the eternity he offers is impossible. But Justin is fighting for his life mate—maybe even his life—and he’ll break every rule to do it.

My Review:

Oh what a fun addition to this long run series!  I love the Argeneau books.  They usually never fail to make me happy as I read about the latest crazy situation that brings two life mates together.  This book was long in the waiting as we finally get Bricker’s H.E.A.  After serving as the comic relief for many of the mate’s various stories it is Justin’s turn at finding his mate and payback’s a bitch along with a lot of fun.

When this story started out I knew it was going to be in for a great ride in the first chapter.  The cute meet for these two was one of the best of this entire series.  I’m not going to ruin it for you, but I thought it was hilarious and so true to form for this talented author.  Sands then quickly shook things up though by throwing a huge wrench in the plans by making the heroine married!  My breath stopped at that moment (because I don’t read the synopsis for this author’s books anymore) and I though oh no!  I couldn’t believe it and had to quickly push on and read the first 200 pages in a day because I had to know how she was going to save this h.e.a. for Justin.  How was he going to win over his Holly.

In my opinion this was a great way to shake up the series.  The limitations put on Justin just broke my heart as I felt so bad for him finding his life mate but not being able to claim her.  Then we had some of the previous heroes who didn’t help matters out by making the situation so much worse in how they paid Justin back.  Granted he probably deserved it but it was also a little unfair to Holly.  I was delighted to see how things ended up for the meddling duo at the end of the book.

Holly was a great match for Justin.  I loved the integrity and strength of this heroine and I am so glad things worked out for her and her former husband.  I was worried about what was going to become of him, but shouldn’t have because he was always in good hands with Ms. Sands.

This was such a fantastic addition to this series and I enjoyed it so much I went out and bought the next book in the series instead of waiting.  I want to live in this world just a bit longer.  I see that there is one more book for sure after #23, but personally I hope there are many more beyond that.   Sure some books are better than others, but most of the time we get an exciting fun read that puts a smile on our face and lets us escape for just a while.  If you are a fan of this series you will not want to miss Bricker’s story it will not disappoint you!

My Rating: 5 Stars

The Immortal Who Loved Me by Lynsay Sands

The Immortal Who Loved Me (Argeneau, #21)

Linked to Goodreads page.

Book #21 in the Argeneau series: Published 2/24/15

I borrowed this book from my library saving me $7.99

Author’s Site

Book Synopsis:

A few hours ago, Sherry Carne would have sworn that vampires didn’t exist. That’s before rogue immortals rampage through her store, leaving bloody chaos (literally) in their wake. The kicker comes when Sherry learns that one of the vamps on the bad guys’ trail may be her life mate. Her head says it’s impossible. The rest of her takes one look at Basileios Argeneau and has much more interesting ideas.

Whatever Basil expected in a life mate, funny, outspoken Sherry isn’t it. But mind-blowing chemistry and instinct don’t lie. They tell him something else, too—that Sherry’s connection to the immortal world goes deeper than she knows. And that she’s in the kind of danger only Basil can save her from—if she’ll just trust him, now and forever . . .

My Review:

I had avoided this book for a few months, when normally I would snatch up one of Ms. Sands’s books as soon as it hits the shelves.  My reason; I didn’t enjoy the last two books and I was afraid of being let down again by this one.  So I waited, looked at it each time I went to Target, but just couldn’t bring myself to bring it home.  I saw it was available at a new library I joined and decided I’d put it off too long and checked it out.  Then it sat there on my coffee table for two weeks until I started to feel the pressure of its due date looming and I settled in to finally read the blasted book I was afraid to start.  I SO love this series and just didn’t want to think it might be time to give it up, and I would have if this book was a disappointment too.

Good thing I LOVED it, and plan on bringing home my own copy next time I visit Target to add to the other 20 books in the series I already own.  See library usage can lead to book sales… I was so relieved that this book felt like earlier stories I had enjoyed in this long run series.  Sure they are formulated vampire romances, but who cares!  They are fun light-hearted sexy fluff that I love to escape into.  It’s like a cheesy movie that you can’t stop re-watching.  We all need a little fluff in our lives to make us smile, to make us happy, and Ms. Sands’s books do that for me.  This book had everything I love about this series, a fun inst-love vampire romance, quick-witted dialog, a sassy heroine, a mystery to unravel, and plenty of check-ins from former favorite leads.  And Lucian.  Lucian is my absolute favorite Argeneau and he had a pretty significant role in Sherry and Basil’s book.

When I went to look up what others had thought of this book I was surprised to see how many negative reviews up at the top.  I loved it, why didn’t they also?  After reading a few I noticed that most of them were either tired of the formulaic feel of this series, something that doesn’t bother me, and most of them were upset about the issue of rape in this book.  While I agree that rape is a horrific crime and a sensitive topic, that does not mean it should be taboo.  How often in real life would a rapist get off lightly for the crime he committed if it was like the one described in this story.  Quite often I bet, and they shouldn’t.  Ms. Sands’s rapist was caught and is going to pay for his crimes in a very painful manner.  So I am satisfied and not offended that it was part of the plot.

This book also brought about resolution to the long-run Leo story arc and I am happy to see that come to an end.  It also felt like Ms. Sands worked to explain some of her plot holes when she did her info-for-new-readers section to set up the world for them.  I appreciated that as well, made reading that section more interesting for long time series followers.

This was Basil and Sherry’s book and I thought they were a great pairing.  I liked them both and it was fun watching them come together.  I had wished the book was a couple of chapters longer though.  We are left with a cliffhanger, something that is not new for this series, but I wanted to know more.  I wanted to see what happen the next day.  I’m hoping that it will be continued in the next book which is Justin Bricker’s book.  About. Damn. Time!  I’m back on board with this series, thank you Ms. Sands for an excellent read.

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

 

Vampire Most Wanted by Lynsay Sands – 2 Stars

Vampire Most Wanted (Argeneau, #20)Click on cover to visit book’s Goodreads page

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.