Lynsay Sands~~4 1/2and 5 Star Reviews
Vampire Most Wanted
Madame Divine works as a fortune teller at a carnival, using her immortal gifts to help or even protect her human customers. This vagabond lifestyle suits her well, as she has spent much of her very long life on the run from the powerful Argeneau clan. There’s a new guy at the carnival who is also immortal. She’s wary of him and does her best to keep her distance, but he wants to stay close.
Marcus Notte has been sent in search of Basha Argeneau, and it is suspected that Divine is the long missing, possibly rogue, Basha. He can’t tell if she is who he seeks, but he does know that he can’t read her, which might mean that she’s his life mate. He hopes she’s not Basha, for if she’s rogue, she may well be put to death. She’s certainly wary, and clearly in danger--someone knocks her over the head and abducts her, then her RV is set on fire with Marcus in it. Can he get answers before anyone else gets hurt?
Long time readers of Lynsay Sands' "Argeneau" series will marvel at her extraordinary ability to keep this series fresh; introducing new perspectives on the Argeneau clan. Divine is a complex, often troubled heroine, and Marcus is an excellent and thoughtful hero. The romance portion of the tale has a slow start, but this fits perfectly with the plot, and once it gets going, it is both erotic and hilarious.
Heather Nordahl Files
For the past several days, Valerie Moyer has been held in a cage in a basement with six other women. Each night, one woman is let out of the cage, and when she comes back her neck has been bitten. When it is her turn again, Valerie is determined to free herself. She fights Igor the henchman and then calls 911. They do not believe her story, but the Enforcers do.
The Enforcers capture rogue vampires who don’t follow the rules. While the rest of the women—those who lived, anyway—are sent back to live their lives, Valerie stays in a safe house to heal from her wounds. What she doesn’t know is that one of the Enforcers, Anders, needs her to stay around. She is his life mate, and he and the Argeneaus want her to have a chance to get to know him before she discovers that Anders is a vampire too.
Fans of Lynsay Sands’ series will love seeing Anders find his mate, and new readers of the series will enjoy this tale too. There are many characters from earlier tales, but they do not intrude on Valerie and Anders’ well-crafted story.
The Immortal Hunter
Decker Argeneau (or maybe Pimms-- his family changes names with the centuries) is a Rogue Hunter who has just finished one job when he runs into another. Two women have been abducted from a grocery store. At first he thinks that his rogue cousin Nicholas is the villain, but he just leads Decker and his partner to the place in the woods where the guilty rogues have brought the women. They capture five of the rogues and rescue one of the women, Dani McGill, but the sixth rogue escapes, taking Dani's sister Stephanie with him. At first Dani doesn't know who to trust, and the strange conversations she overhears makes her think her rescuers must be insane. But all too soon, in the midst of a whirlwind day, she comes to realize that she is in the company of vampires, and her sister has been taken by a rogue vampire. And one of the captured rogues has disappeared, which turns out to be a very bad thing.
Lynsay Sands' second Rogue Hunter tale still heavily features the extensive Argeneau clan, and new and initiated readers alike will enjoy this combination of humor, excitement, sex and suspenseful terror. Put this on your must-read list!
Heather Nordahl Files
The Renegade Hunter Heather Nordahl Files ..
When Nicholas Argeneau sees a rogue entering the property of an enforcer house, he goes after him, even though Nicholas is a rogue himself. Fifty years ago he lost his life mate and then he did something horrible, which forced him to live on the run. But he keeps tabs on his family, and he has rescued women from dangerous rogues. This time he rescues Jo Willan from the fangs of the rogue, but then he discovers that she's his life mate. It usually takes centuries, if at all, to find another life mate, but Nicholas is in no position to claim her. Other Argeneaus get Jo back in the house and wipe her memory, but when she sees Nicholas again and overhears certain key conversations, most of her memory comes back. She has enforcers to guard her, but when the rogue gets past them, it's clear that she needs more protection. So they go on the run together, but Jo needs to know what's really going on. Nicholas must tell Jo that he's a vampire.
This latest tale is what all Lynsay Sands fans have come to expect-- an excellent tale with sizzling sexual tension, vivid flashes of humor, and characters we all have grown to love. Like all Argeneau or Rogue Hunter tales, this one stands on its own, but no one will read this one without wanting to read more. It ends a little abruptly, with a few things left unexplained, but hopefully the answers will be provided in the next installment.
Heather Nordahl Files
Avon Mass Market
Evelinde has a difficult life with a selfish, cruel stepmother. She has arranged a marriage for Evelinde to the Devil of the Highlands, a man notorious for his cruelty. Is she desperate enough to leave her horrible home that she would willingly jump into a worse situation? She contemplates this on a horseback ride, then falls into the river, soaking her dress. As she rides back and forth, waving her dress over her head in hopes of drying it, Cullen, her prospective groom, arrives in the clearing.
At first Cullen, a man of few words, thinks she's insane, but soon he's distracted by desire. When he gets her back to her home, he quickly sees what a nasty piece of work her stepmother is. So when she forces a wedding and a hasty consummation, he stages the bride's deflowering with Evelinde, who is impaired, and whisks her away to his Scottish home. But this man of few words must learn to speak the words in his heart to avoid hurting his new bride. And after a few "accidents," it becomes clear that Evelinde's life is in danger.
Lynsay Sands brings her historical writing talents to Avon with this strong medieval, flavored with a dose of slapstick humor and sweetened with its charming heroine. The mystery may keep you guessing in this fun tale.
Heather Nordahl Files
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