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This book was so far off base from her previous story lines I couldn't help but wonder if someone else wrote it. Also, the usual characters are no where to be found. Lucien shows up briefly a couple times. Marguerite makes an appearance in the final chapter.
The story was basically as follows: Holly a whining, immature woman, meets an equally whining, immature Justin. Holly runs from Justin, (with scissors in her hand, of course) when she see him disposing of dead bodies. He stands there dumbfounded because he can't control her, which means she is likely his "life mate". When he finally goes after her he, of course, can't catch up to her, even though he has immortal speed. She falls, impales herself, he turns her. Justin is excited he has found his life mate and now can have wild monkey sex. That is all he talks about for the entire book in relation to finding his life-mate. Holly is married to a man who is as clueless as everyone else in the book and just as unlikeable. Their marriage is so disfunctional it is truly unbelievable. Mind you this is coming from someone who reads vampire novels!! That covers the first 4 chapters. The next 12 chapters have them living in the same house while he and several other immortals train her and consist of Justin talking about getting Holly in bed, although, he rarely talks to her and avoids her as much as possible. While Holly whines about not breaking her wedding vows. Literally nothing else happens! She then goes home to her husband, whom she has not spoken with for the 2 weeks she is gone to be "trained" and neither of them find this strange. Then there is 3 Chapters describing their dysfunctional relationship. I won't give away the ending, but I will say it was as anti-climatic as the rest of the story. The entire book could have been condensed into 3 Chapters.
I have loved all the previous books so much I am holding out hope the next one is as entertaining as the previous ones.
I love the Argeneau Series. Some are better than others, but all are a fun, fast read. Until this one. Where I finished the others in no more than a couple days, I struggled to finish this one. It's probably the only one I will never read again. That's a bummer because, like many fans, I've looked forward to reading Justin's book and I feel he was cheated.
I understand why Ms. Sands gave him a married life mate. He gave everyone else such a hard time while they tried to woo their life mates, Justin needed a difficult time with his. But, Justin didn't woo his life mate--no matter how much time he spent on flowers, picnics, dinners, etc. All Justin did was try to find ways to get her into bed. I got the impression the only reason he wanted a life mate was so he could experience life mate sex. It was all about the sex with Justin. He was told purposely erroneous things about Holly's likes and dislikes, and he used this in an attempt to bed her so he could experience life mate sex. Period. That was his sole goal throughout the entire book. Unlike many of the other immortals, Justin had no real appreciation for a life mate. And why, for the love of God, did it take him nearly the entire damn book to realize Anders and Decker were lying to him??? I seriously began to doubt his intelligence. I thought it a bit unrealistic that he believed them in the first place.
I don't feel Ms. Sands dealt with the married life mate situation very well at all. Justin had no respect for her married state whatsoever. In fact, no one in the book had any respect for her married state; they were all trying to help him find ways to get her to break her vows and leave her husband. Holly was at least adamant that she was not going to make her marriage work. However, that is the best thing I have to say about her. I found her to be a weak, somewhat childish character. She had no self-confidence (unless she was dreaming) which was extremely annoying. Flannel pajamas with stupid little animal characters on them and fuzzy slippers? Dear God. She was a 60 year old woman in a 24 year old body...and that was before the turn. Basically she was incredibly booooooriiing and I agreed with Justin when he whined that he'd wasted his turn on her.
The car accident, Holly turning her husband, and him turning out to be Gia's life mate I thought was a cop out to finding a fitting resolution to Holly's marriage. (Since this was the plan, and considering the superfluousness of the rest of the book, Justin's How I Met My Life Mate story could have been an afterthought mentioned in another book.) So then she goes rushing to Canada, back to Justin, because, supposedly she loves him. When the heck did that happen??? How?? Never once did he attempt to have a conversation with her to learn anything about her on his own--he just relied on others to tell him about her. And she was married so didn't need to know anything about him. They apparently had some conversations while dreaming, but we weren't privy to those. We didn't get to SEE them fall in love...FEEL them fall in love. We were cheated out of Justin's story as much as he was. He was a great character who was turned into a whiny, disrespectful, sex-on-the-brain adolescent.
Is this even the same author? I had to keep checking to make sure. The plot sounded promising but the story was severely lacking. Nothing like the authors regular books and it was the worst one of the series. I have been waiting for it because of it being Bricker story. Holly was whiny, unbelievable as a character, and really just blah! Bricker was lacking his usual smartasseyness, loss of brain...really how did it take him sooooo long to figure out that Anders and Decker set him up?, and just acted so not his self we've seen in past books. All he wanted was sex! There was no villian what so ever in this book and that would have been fine if there was a better story and not so much repetition. I find it odd that such a strick taskmaster Lucian would have just let a newly turned loose on the city, hardly any of them remembered she needed blood (and after the 1st attack from her it shouldn't have been hard), she got over being mad about being drugged quickly, loss of pay for her "trip" would have been a bigger deal (yet they could fund her clothes, food, wrecked car?), and excuse me she was diabetic to the point where missing two readings could put her in a coma, but didn't think of checking her blood hardly ever? The end was a neat little package you can see coming and I felt through the whole book Sands just wanted to get this book out the way and didn't really try.
The reason I gave two stars was because Bricker got his ending but I think we as readers were shorted.
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