Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Argeneau Vampire
Format: Paperback; 384 pages
Publisher: Avon (September 29, 2015)
Author's Website: http://www.lynsaysands.net/
Notes: I received and eARC loan from the publisher.
Justin Bricker has seen many of his fellow immortals find their life mates over the years and teased them mercilessly as they bungled up the task of explaining what they are and the unique bond between life mates. While by no means a saint, he's been looking forward to finding his mate and already has a game plan in place for when he meets the one. Just moments after finding her, however, he almost loses her to a fatal wound. He feels turning her is a no-brainer. After all, she's won the Bricker lottery, right? What could possibly go wrong? Little does he know there is one big complication which may cause his "no-brainer" to be the biggest mistake of his life.
Holly Bosley is married and vampire law dictates he can't interfere...
This is the 22nd book of the long running Argeneau series. If you haven't read any of the previous books, you can jump into this one without too much difficulty as Ms. Sands does a good job of explaining the background of how the vampires/immortals came to be. Your enjoyment, however, will be enhanced if you can read the prior books and get to know Bricker and some of the other characters better. In this book, Bricker will finally meet his match and she'll keep him on his toes while his friends get payback on him. I admit, I was a bit hesitant about this one when I learned Holly, his love interest, was married. Ms. Sands, however, seasoned this one with a lot of humor and roadblocks which made for a fun read.
From the very beginning we get the feeling that Holly's marriage may not be as blissful as she'd like, but she's determined to make it work. This creates problems for Justin because according to the rules, he's not allowed to go all out in dissuading her from staying married. She has to decide it on her own. For a man who thinks he's all that and them some, he has to eat a heaping helping of humble pie and that makes for some fun times for everyone but Bricker.
Overall, I gave this one 3 1/2 out of 5 roses. The complication of Holly being married distracted from my enjoyment, but was smoothed over by the ending. The ending, however, had a bit too much going on and I can't help but wonder if the secondary romance was thrown in at the last minute to appease people like myself. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one scores a STEAM rating - too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.