by Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau #19
Published by: HarperCollins
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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 new state 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.
One Lucky Vampire is the nineteenth book in the Aregeneau Vampire series by Lynsay Sands, and I was a little leery jumping in so late into the game, but it ended up be a good read. I had no difficulties as it appears each tale involves one immortal vampire, one mystery/case and a human who becomes their mate. Mini-review: steamy, insta-love, humor and suspense.
One Lucky Vampire features Stephano Notte who was turned seven years ago in order to save his life. This didn’t sit well with Stephano, as he had already decided at eighteen when he learned the family secret that he wanted no parts of it. Fate intervened; he got angry and moved across the country and changed his name to Jake Colson. When Marguerite, a respected family member asks for his help to watch over a human, Jake finds himself playing housekeeper/cook in order to protect Nicole. Nicole is fourteen days shy of a divorce and has had several near fatal accidents. Playing housekeeper proves a little difficult for this body guard. The tale that unfolds is hot, sweet and filled with danger.
Jake is a smexy vampire, who is independent, and stubborn. He is carrying some family issues around on his broad, chiseled shoulders. Nicole’s marriage was a dark time for her, but she is convinced her ex is an ass, but he’d never try to hurt her. I easily connected with both characters; they were funny, sexy, and their chemistry was good. Like a lot of paranormal romances, you have to let the insta-love flow, and go with it. Sands shares a unique twist in the form of “nanos” regarding soulmates and it was fascinating. Siblings, cousins, Marguerite and other family members added wicked banter and had me laughing. While they weren’t fleshed out, (probably happened in precious books) the author did manage to give them individual voices. Their humor and shared camaraderie was fun and made me want to know them more.
One Lucky Vampire had an interesting thread regarding the accidents and Nicole. It created some intense moments and heightened the attraction between Jake and Nicole. It also drew family members from both sides to Nicole’s home adding drama and some of the most hilarious conversations. Sands’ vampires are different, and despite this being the nineteenth book she did an excellent job of sharing their history, the nanos and mates to us. Sexual encounters between life-mates are super hot, intense but also made me giggle-snort. No, the sex scenes weren’t awkward, in fact, they were smoking hot but trust me you will giggle. Now let’s talk endings and why this little gem wasn’t a four for me. From the reveal of who was causing these accidents to whether or not Nicole and Jake get their HEA felt like one of those blurbs at the end of the movie. You know the ones where words slide across the screen telling you so and so married, and he went off to write a best seller about the events etc. It was rushed, and very anti-climatic. While I do not mind open-endings and the author is clear about our couple, it just all fell flat for me and knocked this down to a half-point.
Fans of paranormal romances with strong, smexy vampires and snark should check out One Lucky Vampire and the Aregeneau series. Despite the flat ending, I quite enjoyed this and will be checking out more of Sands’ novels featuring this family.
Three and half cups of coffee out of five
I am giving away my copy of One Lucky Vampire to a US/CAN follower, good luck!
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