After 700 years of life, Marguerite Argeneau finally has a career. Well, the start of one, anyway. She's training to be a private investigator, and her first assignment is to find an immortal's mother. It seemed simple enough, until Marguerite wakes up one evening to find herself at the wrong end of a sword. Now she realizes she's in way over her head.
Julius Notte wants to protect Marguerite, and not because someone just tried to take her head off. She doesn't know it yet, but she's his lifemate and he's determined to woo her. It's been over 500 years since he last courted a woman, but surely the techniques haven't changed. Now if only he can keep her alive--so to speak--so they can have that happily-ever-after.
©2008 Lynsay Sands; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
Sorry, loved the book, but the narrator's 'breathy' voice is just not sexy.
I do think that even though Marguerite is supposed to be a 700+ year old vampire, she is supposed to look only 25-35 years old and have a body the same. The narrator may have been better to have made Marguerite's voice more commanding rather than of an older woman's.
A very happy grandmother of 4, who finds Audible extremely conveniently for my way of life.
Even though the story was better than a three the narrator was so irritating it was hard to listen to to get to the end. I had to take this audible book in small bites just to get to the end. Ms. Sands don't use her again, her talents do not do your books justice.
I've read the book several times but this narrator sucks! She goes way to fast, not giving you time to enjoy the story, has this phony 'breathy' voice. There's very little difference between the dialogue and the descriptions and she makes Tiny sound like he's retarded. I've read all the Argeneau books but didn't like any she's read. The guy reading the others is better. I know everyone cant be as great a Barbara Rosenblatt ( listen to an Amelia Peabody book) but there must be better readers then this one and that's all this, is is someone plodding along, reading words on a page with very little performance involved. When she read my favorite parts of the book I almost didn't recognize them. I'd be willing to buy the book all over again if they got a decent reader. If I hadnt read the books first I'd think this book stunk. It's an insult to Lynsay Sands.
When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!
I have enjoyed Lynsay Sands books therefore I will continue to support her. Victoria McGee has preformed some narrations that I enjoyed, but she did a very poor job showing any enthusiasm for this story.
Margarette of course! I admire her strength of love and dedication she shows her family. She is what every mother should be like; supportive, loving and even a little nosy.
The narration was dull with no life. Although the character voices did change their seemed to be little if any passion or strong emotion. Disappointing...
The train, the stairs...basically all the hot scenes. This story is more apealing b/c the characters, though immortal, are older and more mature. They find love after bad relationship choices from their youth and post kids. How many of us can relate to that? I'm glad Margarette found love -after the a#$hole she married previously. Gives some of us a bit of hope even if this is sci-fantasy. LoL
The story is a good one but the narrator made listening to this painful. She sounds too breathy/monotoned and her attempts at doing various character voices made me want to throw my ipod across the room. She made the detective sidekick sound like a cave man instead of sexy. Her performance wasn't authentic and made it difficult to get lost in the story. I don't usually take the time to comment but I had to on this one. She should stick to kids books or something else. Overall, thumbs down.
Julius...mature, moraled/integrity, protective yet respectful of his mate, Italian, alpha male, wealthy, intelligent...swoon. Enough said...
Great story but the narrator should be changed to one of the others she's used.
This made me laugh, smile and cry. Very well written and love how all the little stories from other books make sense in this book, enjoyed this very much.
Well, having read the other reviews, I decided to download the book anyway. Vampires are Forever left the plot line hanging, so... Other reviewers were right - reader's breathy voice, poor reading style (inflection at the wrong part of the sentence, like the end of the written line was the high point in the sentence) makes it annoying. Needs a lesson from Barbara Rosenblatt when it comes to character voices! Hope the story makes up for the narration.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: England and Italy - contemporary
Genre: Paranormal romance
This was a fun little paranormal romance, with lots of sex, mystery and suspense. The characters were close to fully fleshed out, and the plot was intricate without being confusing. This story is taking place at the same time as the book preceding. Marguerite Argeneau is on her first case as a trainee private detective with her trainer Tiny. Christopher Notte hired the pair to find out about his mother because his father won't tell him what he wants to know. There are murder attempts, and the mystery becomes who is trying to kill them and what is the connection to Christopher's mother. Margeurite and Tiny are joined by Christopher and his father, Julius. Julius wants to stay close to Margeurite because she is his true life-mate. The romance develops as the group follow the mystery. The mystery was interesting and compelling. I didn't figure it out until the last little bit of the story.
This was a fun story, and worth the time and money if you are reading the series.
Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.
The story - is GREAT. I was not suspecting this plot at all, and the little hints the author dropped at the beginning got past me until I stopped for a while and thought, "now wait, what was that?" I also love how Marguerite is able to accept what has happened, and not be bitter. I'm not sure I could be so kind, but it is in the nature of this woman, as evidenced by all the previous stories, to react this way.
One thing I really like about this whole series is that even though bad things happen during the book, the story always ends with me smiling. Perfect escape from real life.
I read other comments about how this narrator "ruined" the book, and I must say she is difficult to listen to. She spends so much effort at "sounding sexy" (or something) that she looses continuity in reading. This will occasionally bring me out of a story enough to glare at my iPod and say "just read, woman!", but not enough for me to stop listening.
I decided to give it a try anyway as I really wanted to hear Marguerite's story, especially as the previous story was pretty much a set up for this one, and she is such an integral part of all the stories. I figured if it was too awful I would just return the book, but I was not disappointed in the story. The narrator is distracting but not horrible, and sounds like she does in all the other books she's read. She has a good control of her voice, so the different characters are easy to distinguish, she just needs to relearn breath control. Actually, when she is reading the lines as a character, she is wonderful. However, when she drops back to "narrator" mode, it's like a cheap vampire/sex goddess person took over. It's weird.
So I listened to another book in the series first, read by one of the male narrators so I wasn't already annoyed by this woman, and got through the book just fine. I just know I can't listen to 2 books in a row, read by Ms. McGee.
Also, I would like to emphasize this series really needs to be read in order.
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