Argeneau Novel, Book 23
by Lynsay Sands
Harper Collins/Harper Audio
Narrated by: Bebe Kaye
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins Unabridged Audiobook, Format: Downloadable audio file
On Sale: 02/23/2016
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Buckle up—the Argeneaus are back in a sexy, witty new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands
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.
After twenty-three books in a series, one expects the author to be running out of ideas. And, when the series revolves around the lonely immortals, dependent on human blood to fuel their nanotechnologically-enhanced biology finding their lifemates while fighting off crazed members of their community, or, in this case, a new and undefined threat. And, even though I know it is going to be formulaic, I still buy and devour each book.
In this book, twin Dante Notte is able to escape a mysterious group of captors while investigating the disappearances of several immortals in Texas. He runs into Mary Winslow and realizes she is his lifemate. This is a smart, older, curvy woman who looks at this younger man insisting they belong together and thinks he’s nuts.
What’s interesting is how sleazy her late husband and his friends were, and the excuses she made for them as they went through therapy. Even though she is able to provide a rationale for her husband’s behavior I still felt pretty disgusted. on the other hand, as I am writing this, I’m thinking I shouldn’t condemn her for working on her relationship.
Mary, and a pair of her friends are the most prosaic of all Lynsay’s characters to date. Mary and her husband were Canadian Snowbirds who RV’s to the American South. Peggy reminded me of Peggy Hill in the cartoon KING OF THE HILL. Dante, well he makes me think, “Fabio.” We catch up to Mary and her German Shepherd, Bailey, on her first solo trip returning to Canada. Her life, and her relationships seem strangely distant.
I found the situations inventive, but really hard to believe. It all felt a little too glib and the sections that were really the hardest were somewhat glossed over. After the inevitable progression of Mary and Dante’s relationship, as she faces her seven stages of grief over what she has lost, the obvious counter to her situation isn’t really spoken.
I feel that the earliest books in the series were the best. And as the series has progressed, it has gotten harder to keep track of all the characters. If there were a final exam in who’s who in this series I would fail!
I chose the narration of the story because I apparently failed to get the request in for and ARC and I had a couple of extra Audible credits. The narrator is pleasant and I was interested in how she pronounced the names of the characters. She was very low key on the acting and that is appreciated. I wasn’t too sure about how Dante’s accent was done.
We are pretty deep in this series and so I caution about starting here. While the formula has a built in information dumping process in the Immortal telling each new lifemate the whole story, the back story is important to the experience. For that reason and because I don;t think it is the best of the series, I do not recommend you start with this book. But I do love the series, if for no other reason than the explanation for