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review 2017-05-11 16:23
Review: About a Vampire (Argeneau #22) by Lynsay Sands
About a Vampire: An Argeneau Novel (Argeneau Vampire) - Lynsay Sands
Review originally featured on Angel's Guilty Pleasures
 
About a Vampire

Argeneau #22
Lynsay Sands
Paranormal Romance
Avon
September 29th 2015
eBook/Paperback
379
Library

 

In New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands' new Argeneau novel, a vampire accustomed to seducing every woman he meets finds the one determined to resist him...

 

With immortal good looks and scorching charisma, Justin Bricker has yet to meet a woman he can't win over. His potential life mate should be no different. But instead of falling into his bed, Holly Bosley runs away and ends up mortally wounded. To save her, he has to turn her. And then Bricker learns the shocking truth: Holly's already married.

 

Holly wakes up with a bump on her head, a craving for blood, and a sexy stranger who insists they belong together. She needs Bricker's help to control her new abilities, even as she tries to resist his relentless seduction. Choosing between the world she knows and the eternity he offers is impossible. But Justin is fighting for his life mate—maybe even his life—and he'll break every rule to do it.

 

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About a Vampire is book twenty two in the Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands and it can be read on it’s own. It’s not necessary to have followed the story from the begging to pick this one up.

 

Holly is currently working as a part-time worker for a funeral home when she unexpectedly encounters Justin one night. Justin is there doing his Hunter job and disposing of the bad vampires that have been killed.

 

I liked About a Vampire as much as I could, but I was hopping for more. It lacked the humor that I have come to love and enjoy. It didn’t have a very good explanation on why Justin is attracted to Holly. The only thing we get is that he can’t read her mind, which is one of the indications that an Immortal has found their lifemate. And, last their was no true conflict and so the story just dragged.

 

Justin’s lifemate in this one is Holly and it turns out she’s married. Is married before her turn and after to a human. I kinda felt bad for Justin having to deal with finding his lifemate and then knowing he can’t have her; because she’s married. Holly on the other hand never wowed me. I get her wanting to be loyal to her wedding vows, but the more we learn about her marriage the more it sounds like it was convent and that they are friends with benefits instead of true husband and wife team. But, what really upset me about this story is Justin’s friends and colleagues. They where deliberately mean to Justin. They gave him very bad advice on what Holly likes. Yes, in the other stories Justin razed them and gave them a hard time when they found their lifemates, but he was never deliberately cruel and the women never got hurt by his antics. It was just so wrong and upsetting to see this. Then their is the ending where everything wraps up nice and easy and it’s all a ok. It was to convent of a way to wrap everything up and make it all turn out for the best.

 

The only thing that I truly enjoyed was the return of shared dreams. Why? It’s one of the indications of a lifemate and one that we haven’t seen in a while.

 

About a Vampire was an easy and comfortable read, but disappointing for me as a fan.

 

Rated: 2.5 Stars

 

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Challenge(s): Backlist Reader | Pick Your Genre (PNR) | March Tack Control TBR | Library Love(2017)

 

 

 

 

Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2017/05/review-about-a-vampire-argeneau-22-by-lynsay-sands
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review 2017-04-07 21:55
House of Royals Audiobook
House of Royals - Keary Taylor

House of Royals was an interesting read for me. It has been a long time since I have fallen in love with a vampire novel as easily as I did with this one.

 

Keary Taylor wrote this lovely story. This is the first book in a seven-book series so far. It is about a girl named Alivia. She is a 22-year-old girl who just moved to the south after her father someone she has never met died and left her everything he had in his will. I will not go into more detail than that because I feel that every bit of the story is a giveaway.

 

Now, I listened to the audio book so I will get into details about how I thought the narrator did.

 

First, let us talk about the actual writing in the book. I really enjoyed the writing flow of how Keary wrote. It wasn't too fast or too slow. The main character Alivia I really enjoyed her. I found that I was really invested in the well being of this character. Although, I will say this about Alivia, I felt that was really wasn't reading a story of a 22 year old woman, but more of someone who was in their late teen years. Not saying that the character was not relatable. She was. I just felt that I was reading about a teenager. Closer to the end of the novel did I feel that I was reading about a 22 year old young woman.

 

Now on the narrator. When it comes to audio books I am really critical on the person who reads the novel. They can make or break an audio book. I have listened to a lot of audio books in my time.

 

I LOVED the woman who narrators this novel. Her name is Renee Dorian. The way she read this novel had me hooked from the very first paragraph that she read. Renee had a lot different voices when she was voicing for all of the different characters. This gives the narrator big brownie points from me. When any narrator can do this I know that I am going to enjoy the book. I am looking forward to hearing her narrate the rest of this series.

 

Oh wait I forgot to tell you that this book is free on the Kindle. I bought the audio book as an add on for $1.99. You can't beat that in my opinion.

 

I will have to give this book a 4.5 out of 5.

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review 2017-01-26 06:41
Thirst: An Energy Vampire Novel - Jacquelyn Frank

Renee Holden and James/ Jimmy Franconi were partners and are homicide detectives. The were called in to the homicide of Arnie Cooper who lived in the building very close to the alley where he was found and died. Anna Sophia a very rich lady had seen Arnie being attacked and swore it was a vampire . Rafe was a vampire bounty hunter and had been in the crowd and heard all that had been said. Rafe also knew what precinct Detective Holden and her partner worked at. Rafe went to the precinct but just sat in his car . then was a big storm that was suppose to hit that night and it had started to snow when Renee got out of work late , she went home and changed and headed for the organic market as she really had no food in her third floor apartment and even though tired she had to eat. The market was only a few blocks from where Renee lived. While at the store Renee and a hot stranger started to chat he then asked her to coffee but then she was really hungry so she went home and dropped off her groceries and met Rafe DeSilva and an organic Cafe she knew not far from her apartment. Renee knew it was crazy to have dinner with a stranger but her gut told her he could be dangerous he wouldn’t hurt her and she had her gun and could handle herself so she did meet Rafe to eat..  Renee never gave Rafe her last name. Rafe said he was an ambassador and not from America and Renee felt his courtesy and the gentleman he showed himself to be proved this  Then after dinner Rafe gave her a card with his name and cell number he wanted to see Renee again but left this up to her. Then Rafe kissed her at her doorstep and seemed to drug her with his kiss after awhile he bit Renee in the back of her neck she felt a harsh pain but shortly after it felt like nothing she had ever felt before.when Rafe was done he hypnotized Renee to forget everything but the kiss. Rafe was an energy vampire and was very careful to find pure clean sources to feed from Renee was such a choice now yet there was something even more special about her energy. It was not easy to find this kind of clean person. There was also evil bad lower culture vampires called sycophants and they fed off anything old or diseased or even a child and drained their victims at will. They didn’t care and often weren’t careful such as the one who killed Arnie Cooper in broad daylight.

I had mixed feelings about this story. I thought I would like the energy vampire definitely a different twist on vampires but didn’t really like them that much. Also there wasn’t much of anything for the vampire to be a afraid of and every vampire has to have something to fear just as do humans the balance thing. I didn't like how Rafe cold heartedly planned to just use Renee as a food source as well as to keep up with the case. But then he found Renee brought out something Rafe thought he would never have and it was feelings. He became protective of Renee and wanted her safe and that wasn’t easy as Rafe had enemies. Also clean vs dirty was used to much in this story. But i did like Simone was the queen of the vampires and wanted to bring then all back together as a species.Rafe works closely with the queen but he was gaining strong feelings for Renee and i liked she was no longer just something for him to use to get what he needed. Anyway there were things I liked about this story and things not so much.

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review 2017-01-22 21:20
Thirst
Thirst: An Energy Vampire Novel - Jacquelyn Frank

Title: Thirst
Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Publisher: Loveswept
Series: The Energy Vampire # 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four
Review:

"Thirst" by Jacquelyn Frank

My Thoughts.....

This one was one a PNR suspenseful story line. The story was of a homicide detective [Renee Holder] with a witness claiming that a vampire attacked the victim. Now with unusual murder on her hands [the victim had vampire puncture wounds] she get involved in the their 'vampire world'. The vampires were definitely different than the regular ones that I have read about. These vampire got there energy from the sun[they feed off of human's energy and not blood]. Be ready for a long read as this story comes together as we find Renee a very strong and independent woman [sometimes too much]who dealt with some emotional raw connections dealing with a romance with Rafe DeSilva[who was a energy vampire]. Now, this is where I hope the story would pick up but what I was left wondering if I had missed something. However, I kept on reading and by the time I got to the end I thought this novel was a OK read especially if you are into paranormal reads 'with murder, romance, suspense, energy sucking vampires, sycophants who feed and murder humans to stake their feeding lust.' In other words the readers will see clean energy vs unclean energy sources. In the end will Rafe be able to protect Renee? This is where I say you will have to pick up this unusual read to see what all with happen to Renee, Rafe and those sycophants, Since this read was the first of 'The Energy Vampire' it will be of interest what the author has planned in the next series.

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review 2017-01-17 18:16
Thirst
Thirst: An Energy Vampire Novel - Jacquelyn Frank

Thirst book one of the Energy Vampire series didn't leave me as excited as I wanted to be. The story as a whole was well written and as the reader I was able to get a clear idea of who all the characters were. It was the almost sterile nature in which it was written that threw me off. This entry has very good bones and would make an excellent series but with this one something was off.

Usually, in anything that I read there is one thing the draws me into the story but in the case of this one there is a couple of things that was just ... I don't know ... irritating. I know the sycophants are the bad guys of the story due to their impure nature but the sheer repetition of the term is distracting at best. Also, the constant clean vs dirty thing is chaffing but this is one of the main ideas of the story (clean energy sources vs unclean energy sources). Since, this is the case it is necessary to make this idea understood but it is just repeated so often.

As for the main characters, I wasn't drawn to them and even in their romantic scenes I didn't feel the fire but that isn't to say the appeal isn't there. All and all this is a good start to what should be a good series.

 

~~~Thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review~~~

Source: spbookhoarders.blogspot.com/2017/01/review-thirst-energy-vampires-1-by.html
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