Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Argeneau, book 18
Rating: 3 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Summary (via Goodreads):
A kiss doesn’t mean eternity . . .
Valerie Moyer doesn’t believe in vampires—until she is kidnapped by a fanged psychopath! After escaping her bloodthirsty captor, she’s through with creatures of the night. Until she finds herself under the protection of the darkly handsome Anders. Not only is she expected to accept that Anders is immortal, but also that she is the woman destined to be his life mate!
. . . Or does it?
Anders felt a connection to Valerie from the moment he cradled her bruised body in his arms. But before he claims her, he must destroy the vampire who almost stole her from him forever. His job would be easier if Valerie didn’t fight him every step of the way. Still, Anders loves a challenge, and the green-eyed beauty is worth fighting for!
Quick Note: This is the first book of this series that I’m reviewing and reading. There’s a lot of books in this series and can all be read as stand-alones from what I’ve gathered. So that’s what I’m doing.
I liked this book. It’s fun and interesting, a different kind of vampire world than I’ve read before. In this series, these supernatural beings refer to themselves as immortals – not vampires. Their physiology has a fictional scientific explanation using Atlantes as its backdrop.
There’s too much explaining things that could have been shortened significantly – not just about what immortals are but how life mates work and who each character (there and not there) is. Too late to add, I know, but perhaps this series could benefit from including a cast of characters list at the end (or beginning) of the story instead of having characters constantly explain in-story connections each person has to each other and job functions. Something both new and familiar readers could use.
Valerie and Ander’s relationship was a 50/50 for me. They’re good characters, but some things didn’t add up.
On one hand, although they immediately desire each other on a physical level, they actually do fall in love with each other by getting to personally know each other. There’s evidence shown instead of inferred. Neither of them immediately accepts the other as life mates.
On the other hand, I have a hard time accepting Valerie’s initial reactions to Anders and unhesitating intimacy with him. I’m not an expert on trauma but it seems implausible that Valerie would feel so safe so soon with Anders after escaping a severely traumatizing situation. The whole story takes place in matter of days. I highly admire her strength and bravery for getting herself and the other women out of that mess and escaping with more sanity than most would. But the effects of the ordeal are very minuscule at first and then non-existent at all. I think Anders should’ve given her more space, but he never pressures into doing anything she doesn’t want to and always puts her first.
Valerie’s a smart girl. So I’m confused by the lack of important questions from her after her escape. I get she’s recovering and at most she remembers to ask about her dog, the wonderfully adorable Roxy. But she mostly excepts everything she’s being told despite it being so far different from human common protocols. For example, people under protection aren’t taken to a grocery store.
The dialogue exchanges between characters was very amusing as were the other secondary characters in the story – like Leigh. The conflict was good, but the level of suspense and tension could have been so much higher. One too many holes in logic that I couldn’t suspend my disbelief over prevented me from giving this book a higher rating.