Book Reviews

Book Review: About A Vampire by Lynsay Sands

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Argeneau #22
Recommend to Others?: No

ABOUT: 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.


My Review: I did not enjoy About A Vampire. Below is a rather conflicting review but please bear with me as I try to make sense of everything.

The more I read the more I disliked Justin and I couldn’t remember why I wanted to read this book in the first place. I only kept reading because this is the first book I’ve encountered where a “mate” is already married when they meet the destined mate. I wanted to know how the book would handle that despite everything.

I didn’t like this book mostly because of Justin. He has nothing in common with Holly except the life mate bond. He shows no respect for her or the fact that she is married. The end goal always seemed to be having great life mate sex with her. Most of the time he just wants to sleep with her. And even though it’s an immortal rule not to interfere in human marriages or influence a life mate who was already married before they turned, he still does it anyway. His only redeeming quality is that I know he’d treat Holly right if she accepts him as a life mate.

The other immortals treated Holly kindly and helped her adjust to this new life. But then there are other times it seemed like they didn’t care that she was married and seemingly worked to help Justin win over Holly. They meant no harm. Given their long existence, they knew Holly and Justin were inevitable. Despite knowing this perspective, it was still incredibly hard to like this story. And Holly doesn’t put up much resistance or fight for her marriage.

Holly is an admirably honorable woman despite her unusual situation. But I don’t think Holly’s marriage would have lasted. It seemed more like a marriage of convenience. There were a few glaring red flags in the language she used when talking about being married and James, as well as the lack of fight she put up to defend her marriage.

As a whole, Holly and Justin were so-so characters; neither flat or dynamic. I did however like Gia for her impartial wisdom towards Holly and Justin.

The ending wrapped up too conveniently and nicely and unsatisfactorily. While I can see and understand both human and immortal (not vampire) perspectives, but this book just couldn’t cut it for me.

Argeneau series
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