After hearing how fantastic this series was, and being a proud Canadian, I expected to fall in love with One Lucky Vampire and want to devour all the books in the series. Sadly, I was not even able to finish listening. If I had to hear the phrase cook-slash-housekeeper one more time I think I would have gone insane. I found myself counting how many times that phrase could be used in a ten minute period!
I did not start the series from the beginning, but had no problem following the gist of the arc. These vampires are genetically altered descendants from Atlantis, an intriguing premise in itself and one I am sure is dealt with in more detail over the previous 18 books. What I found most annoying was the weak plot line and repetition. Jake/Stephano has been hired by his aunt to surreptitiously guard Nicole, his aunt's housekeeper's niece, who is going through a nasty divorce, by posing as the ever annoying cook-slash-housekeeper. Several suspicious events have taken place, leading Nicole's loved ones to believe that her ex may be trying to kill her. Sounds plausible. Nicole is in denial and claims that her ex husband could not possibly be responsible for the gas leaks, sabbotage of brakes, poisoning of the hot tub, etc.... Come on, how many attempted need to be made on your life before you realize, yes, someone is out to get me. I know that all paranormal romance novels have the ever fated One, or Mate, and I buy into that aspect of the romance, but in this case it was just ridiculous - unconsciousness following lovemaking?? give me a break! I also found it silly the way meaningless events were overplayed without ever affecting plot or character. For example, Nicole suddenly felt she had to buy sonic mouse repellant from Canadian Tire when she had no reason to think she even had mice, but was for some reason afraid that she might and was worried Jake may find out. Needless to say, the sonic mouse repellant made Jake, and the other Immortals visiting the house, sick, which only lead to multiple instances of Jake questioning if Immortals could get sick, if they could get headaches, etc.... Considering it was the hot tub water that eventually made Jake sick, I didn't understand all the effort that went into the explanations about the sonar units. Likewise, so much effort was put into the dishing out of the chocolate cake, and wondering where it came from, and reading Melly's thoughts about gorging on cake, that I presumed the cake was going to be poisoned, or have other some other significance to drive the plot. Nope. Likewise with burning the grilled cheese sandwiches and scorching the tomato soup - at that point I just had to turn it off and walk away.
I enjoyed the references to Canadian Tire, Loblaws, Tim Hortons, but wanted to scream at the stereotypical Canadian voices the narrator chose to portray certain characters, usually workers hired to do repairs on the house.
I am curious about the previous 18 books in the series - obviously for a writer to sustain a series for so long, there must be something redeeming about it, but not this novel.
Finally Thor is back and healing. The Brotherhood needed him, John Matthew needed him, Autumn, Lassiter and Wellsie and Thor Jr are finally where they need to be! Thank you, Warden and Jim for another fantastic read! I can't wait for more!
Loved hearing the Brothers come to life! Sometimes Frangione's pronounciations were a little too precise, but truly enjoy his performance. Can't wait to hear more!!!
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