The Trouble with Vampires
Argeneau Series #29
by Lynsay Sands
Publisher: Harper Collins | Avon
Release Date 4/23/2019
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader’s copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Irresistible desire and thrilling suspense combine in this electrifying new Argeneau novel from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands. For close to three thousand years the imposing, impossibly handsome Santo Notte has fought in armies across the world and battled his own, more personal enemies. Of all the places he might expect to encounter his life mate, a quiet corner of upstate New York doesn’t seem likely. But as soon as he makes contact with history professor Petronella Stone, while hunting down a suspected rogue immortal, he knows that she will be the greatest adventure of his eternal life.
He expects her to be surprised, confused, even overwhelmed. What he doesn’t expect is that Pet has a secret history of her own. There’s no mistaking the mind-blowing, mutual pleasure they share. But as Pet struggles to protect her nephew from a danger lurking too close to home, Santo realizes there’s another threat to her safety—him. And claiming their passionate future will be impossible until he leaves his past behind, forever.
This book takes place in Albany, NY which is where I was born and grew up, and the main character is a history professor at The University at Albany where I went to college. That was enough to really get me into the story: would they go to any of places or streets familiar to me, eat at my sister’s restaurant. A town in Massachusetts next to the town where we have a cottage was also mentioned.
But, sadly for me the references were pretty generic and it could have been in any city with a university. That’s really neither here nor there, unless you’re me and grew up in the book’s locale.
If I think about it most of Lynsay’s books are pretty generically located, even the St. Lucia location in Under A Vampire Moon. This is a personal disappointment but preferred than the brand placement in some other series.
And, what a series – book 29. Not every author can pull it off. And, the books are romantically formulaic with an immortal finding a lifemate, a threat to that relationship and being changed to an immortal. This one is no different. The differences come in the heroine’s story, and in the unexpected ending which I found a little empty or glib. The characters’ back stories are a little more horrific than I have experienced in the series before.
Sands is trying hard to inject new life into her series to greater or lesser effect. Less successful is the use new locations without exploring them. More succesful is is adding heroines, and humans more able to protect themselves.
I also found some of the language strange. For example, the characters often refer to going downstairs in a house with a more nautical term, “going below.” Also Lynsay refers to a history professor being “trained.” I have taught college courses and no one ever “trained” me in my field. And Sands worked very hard to vary phrases, for example “mad passionate sex,” versus “mad passionate love.” Changing one word in a cliche doesn’t make it less cliche. But, after writing love scenes for as many books as Sands has I think I understand why she would want to use some different language.
Sands has the best explanation for vampires, and because of her characters’ immortality an unending supply of new characters. If she is able to further open up the series and give it new life; perhaps further varying the plot lines, she can keep it going for at least a few more books.