An Argeneau Novel #24
On Sale Date: September 20, 2016
Ebook & Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Hardcover (304 pages)
Digital Audiobook: Unabridged/ Lisa Larsen (Narrator), HarperAudio (Publisher)/10 hours
Fiction / Romance / Paranormal
E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
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 . . .
I have always loved this series and look forward to each new book and line in the Argeneau or Notte family tree.
But, I can’t say this was my favorite novel in this series.
The male Immortal, Tomasso, seems to me not to be the brightest bulb in the post-Atlantean Immortal box. I see him as a brooding cover model, or like a longer-haired Joe Manganiello: very nice to look at, probably kind and possibly great in bed, but not necessarily the smartest guy around. His newly met lifemate is nice enough, but she doesn’t really seem bright enough for medical school. She doesn’t seem to have recognized she is unwell.
I did enjoy the somewhat suspenseful read, along with the cliff hanger ending, but, I am feeling the series must have to come to closure sometime soon as I feel it’s really getting stretched thin. Marguerite is now identifying life mates for her relatives by telephone and Lucian is just getting crankier and crankier.
But, the series is predicated on a formula of a blood-fueled Immortal meeting a life-mate in a somehow dangerous situation and then having to escape that situation as well as having to either turn the person or with the person being turned voluntarily.
I almost feel the couples in this series cannot meet without a life-threatening situation. There’s always one of the race who has “gone bad,” or an outsider, or an accident that results in turning. In one case I recall it was an accidental event and in two a non-life-mate is turned into an immortal.
This is the only time I have felt this much beloved series must be coming to a natural conclusion.
It is not Lynsay’s fault: despite having the best-reasoned explanation for vampires, and a great ability to pull somewhat reasonable and always entertaining situations from wherever writers get their stories, every series has to run out sometime.
However, I think it is the formula and the naive way both love interests approach their relationship that makes this an enjoyable book. Tomasso The suspense is a bonus. I was surprised by the degree of violence involved in the story.
This story does have a lot of peril involved. Much of it feels like a graphic novel, not the new ones based on books.
I kept wishing that either character had watched a “Les Stroud – Survivorman” episode.
If you are a reader of the series, and have loved it as much as I do, then this is a must read. If not yet a reader of the series, then you should start: preferably back at the beginning. By the time you get here this one too will be a must read!