Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Review: One Lucky Vampire

Book description:

No one does wickedly funny and irresistibly steamy like New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands—especially in this red-hot romance between a reluctant vampire and the beauty who needs his help.

Luck be a vampire tonight . . .
When Nicole Phillips agreed to hire a housekeeper, she pictured someone a little frumpy and almost certainly female. Instead, she gets gorgeous, unmistakably male Jake Colson. The man is proving indispensable in the kitchen—and everywhere else. Except Jake might not be a mortal man at all.
. . . and every night
Who wouldn't want to be a tall, dark, powerful vampire?Jake, for one. He's barely had time to adjust to his newstate before he's roped into a family favor. Still, secretly playing bodyguard to sweet, sexy Nicole is turning out to be the wildest ride of his life. First, he'll put a stop to whoever's targeting her. Then he'll prove that this kind of love, and luck, happens only once in an eternity.


It isn't easy to keep a longstanding series fresh and fun, but Lynsay Sands succeeds on both counts, with a suspenseful new vampire romance in the Argeneau series. The set up for each couple is basically the same, with matchmaking Marguerite putting two unsuspecting people together, because over the centuries she has become an expert at knowing who might make perfect partners, and letting the nanos take over from there. 

In this case, we get Nicole, an amazing artist that is going thru a miserable divorce, and Jake, the incredibly sexy vampire that is sent over to protect her. Strange things have been happening at Nicole's house and Marguerite suspects that the soon-to-be ex husband might be involved, so she gets Jake to pose as her cook/housekeeper until they can figure out who might want to harm Nicole. 

The mystery concerning the threats to Nicole were very well done and it isn't easy to figure out who the bad guy really is, even towards the very end. Everyone can so easily look guilty! For longtime readers of the series the suspense is a needed addition to the plot since most already know about lifemates and nanos, so the surprise doesn't stem from the actual romance anymore, although that angle is equally good. Nicole and Jake are perfect for each other! Both of them needed to heal, Nicole from a nasty marriage that ruined her self esteem and Jake from the betrayal he feels regarding his turn into a vampire. Oddly enough, these are the very issues that help them come to terms with the lifemate business in the first place because had they not both needed to do some personal reflection it might have been easier to dismiss the chemistry they feel as nothing more than really awesome sex. Instead, they take the loneliness from their pasts as an excuse to share some of themselves and indulge in more than a few bouts of mindblowing sex. 

A fun vampire romance that has comedy, suspense, and is perfect for easy weekend reading! 

For more information about all the Argeneau vampires, correct reading order and/or release dates for upcoming books visit Lynsay Sands at her website.

*reviewed by Anna

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