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

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Blood Vow by J.R. Ward

Book Review

 


Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy, #2)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Book Series: Black Dagger Legacy #2

Released: 12/6/16 by Ballantine Books

Pages: 459 Price: $28.oo Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon Blood Vow: Black Dagger Legacy

Source: I own a copy of this book

 

 

Book Synopsis:

The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.

For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.

Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.

As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep—and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.

My Review:

Again I have to start my review out about this “spin-off” series by asking; why is it considered a spin-off?  It is set in the same location, features many of the same characters, and is pretty much a continuation of the timeline in the main series.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t care either way how the author wants to give us more stories in this world.  Sign me up I’m all for it, it just feels strange to call it a spin-off series when it feels so much like simply the Blackdagger Brotherhood series.  Alright, nit-picking aside this was an awesome book and once I got a chance to get into it I loved how the plot played out.

Okay, small confession time.  I wasn’t into Axe and Elise’s storyline all that much.  Not that I didn’t like them, I did, I just wanted to know what the hell was going on with Rhage and Mary so much more.  Whenever the story moved off their POV I almost skipped ahead because I did not want to wait to hear how their drama was playing out.  I was good though and kept reading as Ms. Ward intended us to read, but man it was so tempting to jump ahead.

I did like Axe and Elise as a couple, however.  I truly believe they are a good match and loved the contrast in their upbringing. They helped each other grow past their baggage and fight for what they wanted for their life.  They learned together to stop being victims of other people’s ideas and prejudices, something all would be wise to remember more often.  I was surprised to see how they ended up and expect that we will see more from this couple in future books as their story doesn’t feel quite done yet.

I’ve already said how I found Rhage and Mary’s storyline so much more captivating.  Now I’ve never been one to be into kids but the uncertainty around their adopting Bitty just got to me.  Maybe because she is an older child and not a baby worked for me, I do better with pre-teens and teens.  This plot just grabbed me by the emotions and didn’t let go.  I was so thrilled with how everything ended up, though!

One last thought before I go.  Thank you!  Thank you, Ms. Ward, for giving Lassiter an actual part in this book.  He is one of my favorite characters in this series and usually only gets one scene where he is little more than a court jester.  I loved that he had a more substantial part in this story.  I hope we can see more of him in the future.

My Rating:5 Stars

ARC The Turn by Kim Harrison

Book Review

 


The Turn (The Hollows #0.1)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: The Hollows #0.1

Released: 2/7/17 by Gallery Books

Pages: 407  Price: $26.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death

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

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Can science save us when all else fails?

Trisk and her hated rival, Kalamack, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.

Death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government’s new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague takes the world, giving the paranormal species an uncomfortable choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved.

Kal surreptitiously works against her as Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

My Review:

If you are a fan of the now finished Hollows series then you will not want to pass this one up!  Especially, if like me, you always wondered how all the turn that outed all the paranormal species happen.  This prequel will deliver that answer and more as we are taken back to the 60’s and find out how the world almost lost its humans.

I loved this book, a chance to visit this world once again and maybe see some familiar faces was such a treat.  Took me a bit to actually figure out how each new character would eventually fit into the world as I would come to know it but I caught on soon enough.  The story was a bit slow in the first half but by the second half the action had picked up to a pace that felt true to this series.

The characters were a great mix and while many were missing, not having been born, their absence was barely felt with all the new people to take their place.  Trisk was great, a strong female lead that did this series proud.  Kal, on the other hand, was a complete and utter ass.  In fact, my only disappointment with this entire book was that he got off far top easily for his crimes.  Personally, I think being drug off to hell would be the only fitting reward for his actions but then he would not be there to set up events for the future series.  Still, totally unfair he deserved worse….the spoiled brat.  I also feel bad for Trisk’s future but if I look at it logically she did some pretty questionable actions as well.

This book was not what I was expecting when I learned there would be a prequel to The Hollows series.  I was expecting a short little novella with a fun tale that would make me nostalgic for a series now finished.  What we got was a full-length adventure introducing a whole set of new characters and bringing back a few of our favorites.  This book has depth and substance and delivers so much more than just a tale about where The Hollows’ world all went wrong.  This book also takes a look and raises some interesting questions about human genetic modification of crops and viruses along with government control and coverup.  Just when does the end no longer justify the means?

So again, if you love The Hollows pick this book up and enjoy the ride.  If you have no previous history with this world or its characters I say give it a go too.  Ms. Harrison is an excellent author that delivers an excellent read.

My Rating: 4 Stars

ARC Lucifer by D.B. Reynolds

Book Review

 


Lucifer (Vampires in America, #11)Book Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Vampires in America #11

Released: 11/18/16 by ImaJinn Books

Pages: 298  Price: $7.99

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon Lucifer (Vampires in America: The Vampire Wars Book 11)

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

 

Book Synopsis:

Montreal, Quebec . . . A charming city on the St. Lawrence River, historic, sophisticated, but beneath it all lies an extensive underground where treacherous vampires are plotting to seize the country.

Lucifer Scuderi is a vampire—handsome and charismatic, a powerful hunter of unusual skill—who arrives in Montreal to take on the most important hunt of his life. Someone has kidnapped the mate of Canada’s ruling vampire lord, and it’s up to Lucifer to find him before his death sets off a crisis that could engulf the entire continent.

Eleanor Morel lost everything—including the love of her life—when she became a vampire. But now, twenty years later, she’s a trusted bodyguard to the Canadian lord, Sophia, and the only person Sophia can count on to lead the search for her endangered mate. But what Eleanor doesn’t know is that the special hunter she’ll be working with is none other than her long-lost love. And he’s demanding answers.

Lucifer’s love for Eleanor burns as hot as his anger towards her for leaving him. But they’ll have to find a way to set history aside and work together if they’re going to unravel the twisted betrayal that threatens not only Sophia and her mate, but the whole continent. Because the European vampires are on the move. And if Canada falls, the rest of North America could follow . . .

My Review:

Book number eleven in this series I adore brings us back to Canada to deal with Lord Sophia’s missing mate.  He has been kidnapped by the European vampires who are becoming ever more bold in their attempt to claim this continent for their own.  While I love this author and series I have to say this book wasn’t my favorite in the series.  I would have to say it fits in with other books I didn’t care for in the series, books 3-5.  Still committed to this world just didn’t care for Sophia’s drama I guess…

So what went wrong for me. The book had a different feel to it as we gear up to travel to Europe and take the war to those vamps on their home turf.  I did like Lucifer and Eleanor but struggled to build a connection with them.  I also didn’t care for the flashbacks.  I know they were necessary to build the history between these two, but I’m usually not a fan of them when they are used in any book/series I’m reading.  I just don’t care for the jumping back and forth in time.  A few are okay but this story had quite a few flashbacks in the first 50 pages and it didn’t agree with me.  As we move into the current action they decrease and I was finally able to get into the story.

Most of this book I wanted to follow two threads; how were they going to rescue the mate and how were they going to work it out for these two lost loves to stay together.  I’m not going to spoil anything but it did work out nicely and I appropriated how things played out.  Having just read Aden’s story I did enjoy revisiting this character, even if he didn’t get a lot of page time.

If you are a fan of the series I would NOT miss this book.  Don’t skip it.  If you’ve not tried this world yet start back at book one and enjoy the ride.  I’m glad I read this one, even if it wasn’t my favorite.  Looking forward to the next.  I’m curious to see how the series shifts as we journey to Europe and kick some ass over there.  Its time to take this war to them instead of waiting for the attack at home.  Should be good!

My Rating:3 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

The Beast by J.R. Ward

Book Review

 


The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #14)Book Genre:
Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Back Dagger Brotherhood #14

Released: 4/5/16 by NAL

Pages: 508 Price: $28.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…

And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world…and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from…

My Review:

Well I’m all caught up with what is going down with the brotherhood.  I rather enjoyed reading these three books back-to-back.  Gave me the opportunity to get really entrenched in the world and not have to refresh myself with the current rules of the world I was visiting.  I also have enjoyed the revisiting of each of the brothers from previous books that Ms. Ward has been taking in her stories.  This book we got to check back in with Rhage and Mary to see how things aren’t always perfect once the H.E.A hits. As with life there will always be issues, there will always be challenges and a couple needs to work together to build the life they want.  The work never ends but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy and appreciate the journey.

As with all Ms. Ward’s books there are several plot threads to keep track of, this one, though, was a bit easier to follow, but that might have to do with the fact that I was in the world already and up-to-date on what was going on.  Rhage and Mary had been having issues for several books now and all the drama comes front and center in this story. The story started off rough and after how The Shadows played out I was a little cautious as I read this one but had faith that Ms. Ward probably wouldn’t rip our hearts out two book in a row.  I was not really expecting the issue that these two to be facing to be the one that unfolded but I could totally see it once we knew the root of the problem.  While it wasn’t easy for me to identify with what they were feeling, I tend to lean in Doc Jane and V’s philosophy on this topic, you would have to be a total cold-hearted bitch to not feel for their pain.  I know it isn’t all resolved at the end but I have hopes that these two will get what they want and deserve in the end.

On the other front there was a lot of development with Assail’s story line in this book and I must say he is starting to grow on my.  Finger’s crossed for his own book eventually.  We also had the introduction of a new human character, Jo.  I can’t wait to see what develops with her! Then there is Layla and her Bastard.  I am not really looking forward to her book which is next.  I just don’t care about these two.  The only saving grace I can find is that it won’t be the only plot thread in that book and there is enough going on that I probably won’t hate the book.  After all The Shadows really surprised me.

This was a good book and like I said I’ve been enjoying these revisits with the boys and the peeks into the daily lives that goes on in the compound.  There were some issues resolved in this book but like anything in life it has just lead to a new set of problems that need to be solved.  I have a feeling we will be focused more on V and Payne in future books and I hope these two get a chance to resolve their feelings about their mother.   This series feels like it is regaining its footing a bit and I am in for the long haul!

My Rating: 4 Stars

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

Book Review

 

The City of MirrorsBook Genre: Paranormal, Dystopian, Post-apocalyptic, Science Fiction

Book Series: Book three in The Passage Trilogy

Released: May 24, 2016 by Ballantine Books

Pages: 598 Price: $28.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley and a signed ARC at BEA for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

“The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?”

The Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy – humanity’s only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.

One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.

My Review:

As I sit here and collect my thoughts about this long-awaited finale to a journey started back in 2010 I’m not entirely sure how to put into words what I think.  Lets start with what drew me into this story.  My name is Amy and I live in Iowa and I work in library and love vampire stories (granted most of the time mine are love interests not monsters out to destroy the human race) and  I learned of this new vampire book where a girl named Amy from nowhere is destined to save the world.  I was so in.  I really enjoyed the first book, sure it was long and I was put out a bit from the cliffhanger, but I waited and two years later the second book came out.  This one took a bit for me to get into because it was such a shift, we had all new people and it wasn’t so much a continuation as a look at another area of the country along the same timeline.  Eventually the book picked up, the parts set in Iowa City helped a lot here, and the two timelines combined and the battle was on.  If I had stopped before the last section or two of that book I would have been totally satisfied and able to walk away, but I read that second blasted cliffhanger and needed to know how this ended up.  Dammit.  Then there was the wait, four years this time and when I finally got my hands on this beautiful book, after having met the author (who is super sweet btw) I was ready for some closure.  I was ready to learn how Amy saved the world.

Looking at the grand picture I have to say I am totally satisfied with how this trilogy ends, it was beautiful and bittersweet, everything I had hoped for.  Mr. Cronin did an excellent job of wrapping up loose ends, still wonder what happen to the folks near Iowa City, but we got so much closure that I, like Amy, am at peace.  If you didn’t care for book two I would urge you to give this one a try.  I was pulled in from the beginning and only found one tedious part where we learned Zero’s back story.  Not that I don’t think it wasn’t important, but it was so freaking detailed and long…  Being there was a six-year span from the first book to the last I gave up trying to place where everyone was from and who was related to whom.  I just went with the flow and figured it would all come to me.  Now I’m sure some was still lost in that aspect, but I don’t think it hurt the story.  The plot and storytelling made up for any holes in my memory.

As I sit here and digest this tale it is growing on me, I am even going to bump up my initial star rating by one.  This is an epic story that is rich in detail and spans a thousand years.  I do believe that it is the longest time span I have read to date.  It was so worth it though, we get to witness so much over those years.  There are moments of such beauty and sadness to be found in this story I will take it with me always.  This is one of those tales that changes how you look at society, on family, and makes you hope for something better.  Hope that what traverses on these pages does not end up a reality.  Not us becoming vampires, but the destruction and possible extinction of the human race.  Because that is possible.  This book gives me hope that even if things seem at their worst and society is crumbling around us that we will survive as a species.  That there will be people who still have honor and step up to do what needs to be done.  Of course there will be those that prey upon others, but in the end we could all come together and realize we are not all that different, we are all human and simply want to survive.

Some of what I really loved about this book were the answers we are finally given.  We learn about what happen in the rest of the world, something I had been wondering about since book one.  We also learn what truly caused the epidemic, something that surprised me.  We get to follow Amy through her complete lifespan, and we get to learn a bit of the world after all the virals are gone.  We also get a glimpse of how America recovers from its infestation of humans and returns to a state of beauty.

I’m glad I stuck this one out, it was worth the effort and I was honored to read something that is a beautiful contribution to the literary world.  I hope you give this trilogy a try.  It is long, but it is finished now.  Pick it up and read about Amy a girl from nowhere who saves the world.

My Rating: 5 Stars

ARC Compelled by D.B. Reynolds

Book Review

Compelled (Vampires in America, #10.5)

Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

Book Series: Vampires in America series #10.5

Released: 4/29/16 by ImaJinn Books

Pages: 122 pages Price: $2.99

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

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

 

Book Synopsis:

VAMPIRE . . . Raphael is a power like the world has never seen, the force behind the first ever alliance of North American lords, Cyn’s mate, lover, master.

SORCERER . . . Nick Katsaros, deceptively charming, ancient and commanding, driven by vengeance and a devastating loss, Cyn’s friend and one-time lover.

HUMAN . . . Cynthia “Cyn” Leighton, beautiful, sexy, and smart, the woman both men desire.

It was only a few months ago that Raphael lay helpless and dying, taken by treachery, while Cyn fought to save him. Unexpectedly, it was Nick who provided the key to his freedom. In exchange, he secured a promise that they would help him find and recover the same magical artifact that had been used to imprison Raphael. But when he calls on them to keep that promise, it will be Cyn who pays the price.

Torn between the two powerful men, struggling to keep them from killing each other, she undertakes a desperate search that will find her fighting for her life against a madman who wants her for himself.

My Review:

This series is so. much. fun!  Ms. Reynolds delivers again in this Cyn and Raphael novella and teases us with an intriguing cliffhanger that I think has set us up for a yummy spin-off series (fingers crossed).  While life got in the way of sitting down and devouring this book in one sitting I so could have.  Cyn and Raphael are the backbone to this series and hope the novellas featuring just them keep on coming.  I have read all but Adam’s story in this series and hope there are plenty of stories yet to come despite the fact that all the territories now have masters. The next full book is titled Lucifer and I’m hoping for another alpha male like Christian to spice things up.

This novella also featured Nick who is a past lover of Cyn’s as well as a sorcerer.  I believe this was mentioned in previous books, but I had forgotten.  If you did too, don’t worry Ms. Reynolds gives us all the details we need and dishes pretty deep on this aspect of the world we are just learning about.  We also get hit with the fact that Cyn has some special powers of her own and I hope we get to discover more about them in either the next book or novella.

As always this book features action, drama (this time between Nick and Raphael), and plenty of smoking bed sheets.  The chemistry between these mates is as strong as ever and they continue to make a great team.  I loved the cliffhanger ending as it did set up a spin off series that I think I found listed over in her books on Goodreads.  Yay!  This is a kick-ass series and if you enjoy paranormal romance or urban fantasy give it a try already.  I’m sure it will delight you as much as it does me.

My Rating: 5 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