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|Rating: 4 Stars|
I’m not usually into vampire romance, though I used to read my fair share of paranormal romance. I really enjoyed some of Lynsay Sands’ historical romances though, so I thought I’d give this one a spin. Pro tip: They’re not vampires, they’re Atlanteans with some highly advanced technological stuff that basically give them characteristics of what we’d call a vampire. I love that Sands gives a scientific, technical reason for why the “immortals” are the way they are, and I DO happen to have a weird thing for Atlantis and Atlanteans, so it turned out this book was actually right up my alley after all (surprise!)
This is such an exciting book and I’m not quite sure how to classify it. There’s definitely an element of romance, but also some murder mystery intrigue, some detective/cop type storyline, paranormal themes… A little bit of something for everyone, really. The writing is phenomenal, and I only put this down once (and very grudgingly) when I needed to do some adulting, so thankfully I started this on a Sunday morning and was able to power through and read it in mostly one big gulp. The murder mystery plotline totally kept me guessing, which I appreciate because sometimes you can see “who done it” coming a mile away. Not so much for this one!
I really liked Elspeth, who is a very strong female character dealing with a SERIOUSLY controlling mother. Wyatt was also really great, and I love his background as basically the Canadian version of the Navy SEAL turned bodyguard, which really comes in handy when it turns out someone is seriously intent on killing Elspeth. I like a little more romance in my romances, where this one seems to focus more on the murder mystery type plot and on Elspeth’s issues with her family. And why do lifemates pass out after sex? Is there a logical explanation for this? Because it just doesn’t make sense unless as a plot device to make things happen while they’re K.O., which bugs me a lot especially after the careful explanation of why immortals are the way they are.
A lot of time is spend on going into the backstories of various side characters, which I guess makes sense with 26 previous books in the series, but it got to the point that I felt it kind of took away from the main storyline(s). That being said, there had better be a book about G.G., because I need to read more about him right now!
This is the 27th book in the Argeneau series, but each book is written to stand on its own. There are a LOT of side character, including at least half a dozen couples that I assume are the main characters in earlier books. There are a few references to past escapades of some of these couples which may or may not actually be described in prior books. That being said I don’t think there are any serious spoilers for earlier books, and despite there being about a billion character to keep track of, you’re fine reading this one without reading any of the earlier books. The only downside is that I enjoyed this book so much that now I need to go back and read the previous 26 books. Good lord, that’s a lot of books…!!
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