No one does wickedly funny and irresistibly steamy like New York Times best-selling author Lynsay Sands - especially in this red-hot romance between a reluctant vampire and the beauty who needs his help.
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.
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.
©2013 Lynsay Sands (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good story. I've read the rest of the series and this was a great addition. Jake is actually Stephano Jacob Colson Notte (but goes by name Jake Colson) who was changed by Vincent Argeneau to save his life in A Bite to Remember. He didn't take his change in circumstances well and I was happy to see his story and him coming to terms with everything.
Nicole is a portraitist and a good woman. She's just getting out of a bad marriage to a man who was just trying to fleece her for her money. Nicole is related to Marguerite Argeneau's maid and has know Marguerite for many years. When she has troubles during her divorce, Marguerite thinks her soon to be Ex is trying to kill her off before the divorce to get her money but Nicole doesn't believe it.
It's been 7 years since Jake was turned in to a Vampire to save him from sure death. He never wanted to be a Vampire (most of his family are and he had decided not to be changed) so when he finds himself a changed anyways he freaks and leaves everything behind. He ends up in a job doing personal security and is stewing in his life but not really making any progress when he is contacted by Marguerite asking for a favor. She explains about the issues Nicole is having and asks Jake to protect her by acting as her maid/cook for 2 weeks until the divorce is final and he agrees.
Marguerite introduces Nicole and Jake and he starts the job for a 2-week trial and Marguerite leaves soon after. Jake and Nicole start to get to know each other and soon after, Jake realizes he can't read Nicole and she's probably his lifemate. He realizes that he hasn't really accepted or moved on with his life as it is now and now his lifemate is here he has to get things together soon. A couple of issues show up that seem to confirm that someone is attempting to kill Nicole. When Jake is made sick by one of these attempts, Nicole has to call Marguerite and his family, who come to help. The attempt ends up bringing Jake's differences to light and he's forced to tell her what he is and hope she'll accept it all without freaking. This actually helps Jake, because in explaining it to Nicole, he realizes just how faulty his own prejudices are and is able to put them to rest.
Thankfully, because of her long friendship with Marguerite and her growing feelings for Jake, Nicole is accepting of Jake and his family's Vampire status. She also learns about lifemates and is sure she's not ready for a new relationship (especially with as fast as it all seems to be going) but she does decide to give Jake a chance. There is more danger as the attempts escalate but they find the person behind the attempts isn't her soon to be Ex after all. Then everyone is left scrambling, trying to find the true villain. When the villain shows up in the end, I was surprised to find out who it was. With a little bit of creativity, the villain is dispatched and the danger is ended and Jake and Nicole head in to a satisfying HEA that left me smiling.
I really liked this story. Jake and Nicole are great and I was happy to see them get together. The story was interesting and kept me engaged throughout. The secondary characters are (as always) great. This was a great addition to the series. I'd recommend this. Thumbs up! :D
First let me say that I love Lynsay Sands and this whole series. I was, however, a bit disappointed by the slow movement of the first half of this book. I kept wanting the characters to get on with it already! The second half was much better and more up to Sand's standards and reputation. I'm still glad I read this book and cannot wait for more to come!
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.
I was disappointed with this book. I actually got distracted many times and left it to do other things. Normally with Lynsay Sands books I am captivated by the story, suspense and action. Not this time. But I am still a fan and will patiently wait for the next Argeneau Book to come out.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Book 19!!! ahhh where has all the time gone? - I'll tell you - listening to enjoyable books such as this one. Marguerite's up to her usual tricks by pairing off life mates and this time it's sexy Jake's turn and she's got a little favor to ask him..... become a Bodyguard for her friend Nicole because someone's trying to kill her. However, she's unaware they're Vampires and she mustn't know he's her Bodyguard so he has to meet her under the disguise of cook/housekeeper/yard guy but this proves all too much for Jake, especially as he can't really cook but more importantly he can't read her.
Lynsay Sands will keep you guessing throughout this mystery with it's share of suspense, passion, sex, danger, tension, humor and much loved characters from previous books, until the villain is revealed, his motives given and only then can the two lovers have their HEA ending.
For any Argeneau fan this is an enjoyable must have addition to the series but for those of you who haven't yet sampled any of the Argeneau Vampire clan's stories, this could be a stand alone listen. But, as a lot of the family and partners turn up at some point in this book willing to help Nicole and Jake, you will miss their own stories so I humbly suggest you start at book 1 and work your way up to this because they're all great fun listens.
Worth a credit? Well this is my 19th purchase dipping into the Argeneau family's lives and I don't regret any of them - so that's a YES.
Always danger, romance, mystery, comedy, drama and sex. Thank goodness for the nanos. Narration was very good. Lynsay Sands has an interesting take on the vampire genre. Each book is different enough to keep them interesting. They are my guilty pleasure. No reason to feel guilty but that makes them even more delicious.
Addicted to audiobooks. Can't go a day without it. Makes housekeeping,cooking and hobbyist more interesting.
This book wasn't the best story telling wise. I the ending was let me just say not up to ms. Lynsey's standards.
She has a great series some books are better than pthers. So I can't be to critical. I love this series and she has some good books. Please read and judge for yourself, this. Is only my personal opinion
Civil War Nut LH
I have the print version, but didn't read it this time. Just listened to the audio version.
I liked the twins. Nothing like the strong, silent type times two with unique senses of humor!
Any of the scenes where they had mind-blowing sex that left them unconscious!
Not quite, but close. I've been reading this series since the first book came out and wasn't too crazy about a couple just before this one. The twists and turns in this book held my interest.
I'm glad I took a chance on this one. Part of how I measure my like/dislike of a book is whether I can figure out who the bad guy is and how soon into the book I figure it out. This one kept me guessing so it goes in the "keep" pile.
Audiobooks are relaxing and 'food for the soul'.
While I love the series, this one wasn't one of my favorites. The narrator made the dialog sound like every little thing was a suspense crime waiting to happen.
The new and supporting characters from past stories were a welcomed experience. I'm definitely not going to let this installment deter me from getting the next though. Most of the books are truly entertaining
If you are a fan of the series and need a quick "Argeneau Fix", then listen out of habit rather than expecting a really great story.
I have read all of Lynsay Sands Argeneau Vampire series--it has become a welcomed friend. This book will not disappoint, still fun, one of those books you have to read. Marguerite Argeneau is up to her matchmaking tricks and this one has attempted murder and lots of new family. Always a fun read that will leave you with a smile and awaiting the next story.
"a great surprise"
I tried this as I was waiting for another series to finally become on UK audible. so after reading some reviews I dived right in and in one weekend I'd been hooked. I loved the characters many a time I end up with a smile or a grin because of funny character interactions. ok the ending was a little quick but it was nice to read about two people in love and of course the mind blowing sex "chuckles" read it and you understand the reference . so cannot wait to go and read the other ones am intrigued.
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