An Argeneau Novel; No. 30
by Lynsay Sands
On Sale: 09/24/2019
Harper Collins/ Avon
Paperback 375 pages
FICTION / Romance / Paranormal / Vampires/Thrillers / Supernatural / Fantasy / Urban
Nothing compares to the physical chemistry between an immortal and his life mate—or to the spellbinding thrills in a new Argeneau novel by New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands…
A simple promise to protect her friend’s infant son has turned Allie Chambers’ existence upside down. Caring for—and feeding—an orphaned vampire baby has been tricky enough. But as little Liam grows, so does his appetite. He needs more blood than she can personally supply. And when her attempts to steal from a blood bank go awry, Allie wakes up surrounded by doctors, cops…and the gorgeous, mesmerizing Magnus, who she can neither trust nor resist.
Magnus never expected to find his life mate breaking into a blood bank. Clearly, Allie is already entwined with his world—in deeper, more dangerous ways than she realizes. A band of vicious rogue immortals is in pursuit, and Magnus’ first task is to keep her safe. His second: to awaken her to mind-blowing pleasure, and hope she’ll accept the life, and the passion, that only he can offer. https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062855244/immortal-born/
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.
Wow! Thirty books in one series! That is an accomplishment. Well, I have always said that Lynsay has the best rationale for how vampires work. But, she has fallen into running the same formula: Immortal meets Life Mate, with few exceptions, and in no particular order, the immortal has to turn the life mate, convince them they are the life mate and that is a desirable thing, and save or be saved by the life mate.
So, the challenge, in each book, is to make the format interesting, credible as a match, and hot. She succeeds to variable degrees. In this one, I was attracted to neither the immortal nor the life mate. There are so-o-o many characters in the series that I do not recall Magnus. I didn’t like how easily the entire group of Argeneau and rogue hunting factions are tricked. But I did like the extensive inclusion of the original, big, bad Lucian Argeneau.
And, I thought the plot within the formula bounds was different and inventive; although I was troubled that the villain was gay and part of his evil was based in converting his minions and raising Allie’s stepson in his own image.
He’s not dumb though and manages to trick and elude the brilliant Argeneaus and the rogue hunters at nearly every turn.
So, in the end, I was not bored, and knew what to expect, although I found parts of the character development troubling.