Take a road trip with the undead . . . in this latest in the argeneau series by New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands
For Basha Argeneau, anything is better than facing her estranged family. Even hiding out in sweltering southern California. But when a sexy immortal in black shows up determined to bring her back to the clan, she’ll do anything to keep far, far away from the past she can’t outrun.
Marcus Notte isn’t here to play games—especially not with someone as crazy as the infamous blonde. Asked by Lucian Argeneau to bring her back for questioning, Marcus is determined to carry out Lucian’s request—no matter how the seductive little mind-reading vamp feels about it.
Basha doesn’t mind fighting fire with fire, especially with a hot immortal involved. But if he wants to take her away, he’ll have to catch her first . . .
Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there’s occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. For more information.
So, when I agreed to review this book, I didn’t notice that it was book 20 in the series! Holy crap, 20 books! Well, fortunately you don’t need to read them all, or in order, to appreciate this one. I adored the idea of a vampire working as a fortune teller in a travelling carnival and found the family politics involved (that had obviously spanned the previous books) to be intruiging.
The book, although strictly a paranormal romance, was actually quite dark in its themes and included a strong emphasis on abuse, which isn’t for everyone. To be honest though, I thought the whole thing was actually done very well, and for me, it was a pleasant change from the usual sickly sweet romance. Vampires are not as ‘in’ as they used to be, but it was good to see them portrayed as intricate and dark characters – rather than moody angst filled heart throbs.
From a writer’s perspective I found the third person head swapping hard to follow (this is just me, I always find this) however with this one there were no chapter breaks between, so was more 3rd person omnipotent than limited. My biggest gripe though is that this book included the ‘soul mate’ side plot which I do find frustrating generally. I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again, but having characters who are meant to be together is unrealistic and cheapens the plot. I know, vampires aren’t real (that we know of!) but when it comes to the paranormal having real aspects of life helps to strengthen the overal world building, and have your two main characters in love so quickly without much effort, does make me roll my eyes.
The front cover is okay, but it doesn’t include the carnival or really expresses the essence of the book. I realise that there is a branding theme at work here, but a ferris wheel in the background a slightly more playful background colour could have made all the difference.
Overall, I’d give Vampire Most Wanted 4 out of 5 stars, a dark romance you shouldn’t miss.