Series: Argeneau #21
Published by HarperCollins on February 24th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal Romance, Romantic
Source: Personal Copy, Publisher
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
A few hours ago, Sherry Carne would have sworn that vampires didn’t exist. That’s before rogue immortals rampage through her store, leaving bloody chaos (literally) in their wake. The kicker comes when Sherry learns that one of the vamps on the bad guys’ trail may be her life mate. Her head says it’s impossible. The rest of her takes one look at Basileios Argeneau and has much more interesting ideas.Whatever Basil expected in a life mate, funny, outspoken Sherry isn’t it. But mind-blowing chemistry and instinct don’t lie. They tell him something else, too—that Sherry’s connection to the immortal world goes deeper than she knows. And that she’s in the kind of danger only Basil can save her from—if she’ll just trust him, now and forever . . .
I need to preface this review with a confession: I have read most, if not all, of the Argeneau Vampire series, and if I hadn't, I am not sure I would have enjoyed THE IMMORTAL WHO LOVED ME as much as I did. Still, there are a bunch of things to like in this latest instalment.
Lynsay Sands' dialogue is always spot on, and I love a series that doesn't take itself too seriously. Her characters are able to have light, funny moments as well as dramatic ones, which makes reading the Argeneau books fun and easy. Sands uses dialogue really well as foreshadowing in this novel, and it was subtle enough that I only realised what was going on a few pages before the characters; that is exactly what you want, so that you can relish the characters' reactions.
As well as being a love story between two fun and interesting characters (a smart, business owner and a 2000 year old vampire lawyer), this book also wraps up a continuing storyline, where a “no-fanger” (a mad, homocidal fang-less vampire) is trying to get a young girl he kidnapped and turned back from the Argeneau family and killing tons of humans in the process. Stephanie, the teenager, is very well written, and it's nice to have a character who isn't madly in love/lust for once. She is entertaining and pertinent to the story, without being a slave to the lifemate madness.
A lifemate is a vampire's “fated” love, the only person they cannot control and whose mind they cannot read. It is an interesting concept, and finding your lifemate is supposed to be super special. Earlier books in the series relied on chance meetings, but in the last few books, two of the characters have discovered that they can read people's energy and can tell instantly is someone they meet is a lifemate for someone they have met before. In this book, they literally set up a blind date with two characters that they know will click. Boring.
There were also a lot of characters in this book. I felt as if the entire casts of the previous twenty books were, if not present, at least mentioned in passing. Honestly, I don't care if the couple from book twelve is in England chasing a rogue vampire. Enough name-dropping!
I felt that THE IMMORTAL WHO LOVED ME shows the series' age, but also introduced some cool concepts and mythology to the Argeneau world. I am looking forward to the next book, which according to the blurb, will not have as simple of a lifemate setup.Series Titles:
- A Quick Bite
- Love Bites
- Single White Vampire
- Tall, Dark & Hungry
- A Bite to Remember
- Bite Me If You Can
- The Accidental Vampire
- Vampires Are Forever
- Vampire, Interrupted
- The Rogue Hunter
- The Immortal Hunter
- The Renegade Hunter
- Born to Bite
- Hungry for You
- The Reluctant Vampire – 4/5
- Under a Vampire Moon
- The Lady is a Vamp – 2/5
- Immortal Ever After - 4/5
- One Lucky Vampire
- Vampire Most Wanted