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Hungry For You: An Argeneau Novel (Argeneau Vampire) Mass Market Paperback – November 30, 2010
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This vampire has been alone for far too long . . .
As one of the most ancient in the Argeneau clan, Cale Valens has given up on finding a life mate. His friends and family, however, have not. In fact, they believe they've finally found his perfect match. Getting them together, however, requires one little white lie . . .
Alexandra Willan is in a panic. Her restaurant is due to open in two weeks, but her chef just walked out. Then a highly recommended replacement arrives, an impossibly handsome culinary genius who sends electric tingles racing through her body . . .
Except he can't cook. In fact, Cale hasn't eaten real food in two thousand years. Yet he's determined to prove to Alex his prowess in the kitchen . . . and elsewhere. Because never has he hungered so for any mortal woman. And not just for a taste of her, but for the whole delicious feast!
About the Author
Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. Please visit her on the web at lynsaysands.net.
- Publisher : Avon; 0 edition (November 30, 2010)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061894575
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061894572
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.96 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #515,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Author: Lynsay Sands
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Romance; Mystery
Rating: 4 stars
Summery: Cale Valens is a very old immortal. When his aunt wants him to meet a woman she’s sure will be his life mate, Cale humors her but doesn’t expect anything to come of it.
Alexandra Willan is very busy trying to open her second restaurant, one that seems to be cursed with nothing but bad luck. Not only does she not have time for a relationship, past betrayals makes her always on guard.
This one had more of the feel of the first books, before the rogue hunter series. The way Alex finds out about Cale’s secret is definitely different then past stories.
Leonius is mentioned (their still searching for him) but isn’t part of the story.
Audible Audiobook: I’m relatively new to audio books but I think Kirby Heyborne did a great job on this one. I’ve listened to a couple that I didn’t think did a very good job, in fact on of these was part of the Argeneau series.
Argeneau and Rogue Hunter series
1) A Quick Bite
2) Love Bites
3) Single White Vampire
4) Tall, Dark & Hungry
5) A Bite to Remember
6) Bite Me If You Can
7) The Accidental Vampire
8) Vampires Are Forever
9) Vampire, Interrupted
10) The Rogue Hunter
11) The Immortal Hunter
12) The Renegade Hunter
12.5) Bitten By Cupid [anthology]
13) Born to Bite
14) Hungry For You
15) The Reluctant Vampire
15.5) The Bite Before Christmas [anthology]
16) Under a Vampire Moon
17) Lady Is A Vamp
18) Immortal Ever After
19) One Lucky Vampire
20) Vampire Most Wanted
21) The Immortal Who Loved Me
22) About a Vampire
23) Runaway Vampire
24) Immortal Nights
25) Immortal Unchained
But the female character, Alexandra, a chef, bothered me. Alexandra, to me, is a bit too career focused and never appeared truly to want to have a significant other. I have no problem with career-oriented females, but this one didn't seem to want a man in her life at all - men were an afterthought for her and her work was all-consuming. As a jaded woman, she turned her attention to work, which seems plausible. The problem, as I saw it, is she never decided she wanted a man in her life and had Cale thrust at her. It felt forced and even up until the end she still, for me, seemed to fall for Cale simply because he was the one around and they had great sex. Cale's family/friends even went so far as to use mind control to aid in their relationship. Sands never offered a solid reason for Alexandra to fall for him, over her work and over all others - I just didn't feel their chemistry, but perhaps it was more the "restaurant" setting and jaded, career focused, female that didn't work for me. It was okay, and I still adore Sands and her Argeneau clan, but prefer her later books in this series.
For those who intend to purchase the book on Kindle, you should know that the poor kindle formatting about which I originally commented has been corrected! I'm not sure if the corrections are due to Amazon or the publisher but it is nice that we were pushed a corrected version.
(I had said originally that you should be aware that the publisher obviously didn't take the time to be sure the product they produced was of good quality. There are several places where spaces between words have been omitted. Simply put, the ommissions detract from the reading experience. These are obvious mistakes that should have been caught by a simple spell check, much less a human proof reader. A quality reading experience is just as important to us Kindle readers as it is to those purchasing the book in print (especially when we pay the same price at release).)
Top reviews from other countries
I just wished I didn't have kids at home and a more willing partner like these books..
A good read though , I really hope bricker has a book of he's own, he deserves one but fill by page 12 he to Will be on the sex scene...
Didn't fill so excited about this book but still looking forward to the next in line.
Still a good read, laughed cried felt happy felt sad. Wished it had more.
The story is about Alex, the last sister yet to be mated and Cale, older than god immortal.
Sam, Alexs sister, has been trying to get her to meet her lifemate for months and when Marguriette says that she has a good feeling about Cale, she rushes to set something up.
When Alex's restaraunt has yet another emergency and can't make it, Sam lies and says that Cale is a chef and send him over so the two can meet. Cale can't stand food and has never cooked in his life, but after realising that Alex is his lifemate, he will do anything to hang around her.
There are some funny moments and sweet ones, but they just don't make the cut, which is dissapointing since I am a huge fan of the series.
What annoyed me is that whenever they ran into a problem with Alex, out came the mind control and, though Cale glared over it, he didn't stop it. Even after they slept together Bricker went into her mind and soothed her fears so she would be more open to the relationship. That's when I started to resent characters Id loved so much in earlier books. Even Marguriette who controlled Alex and wouldn't even let her stand up and one point!!
How could Alex ever really be choosing him when they were playing around in her head so much and be complete jackass' about it. Even bricker who is kind of friends with her.
Her sister, Sam, who I loved in her book, I wanted to slap. She lies about Cales cooking abilities, risking her sisters buisness, let's them run around controlling her and has been lying to her for months and then just shrugs it off as it was for her own good.
And who did I want to hit most of all? Alex.
After everything that has happened and the trautmatising way she discovered Cale's secret, she just takes a nap and suddenly she's okay with it and want's to be with him forever.... Yes, you read that right. Then when he leaves to go fight the bad guy (because that's what big strong men do) she just sweeps her anger and resentment for it under the rug. It was all written like a really bad cheesy romance novel and like she was just rushing through the story, which I have never read from her series before. Normally it is well written, funny and even with all of the unbelievable things happening around them, the characters reactions were believable.
This book was a let down, I had hoped it would be more from her past books.
Alex has been experiencing loads of problems trying to open her new restaurant and the latest is that her chef has just quit - Alex desperately needs a replacement and miraculously for her Sam has one (or does she?) and sends Cale straight over to her restaurant - just one problem Cale stopped eating about 2000 years ago and is repulsed by the mere smell of food!
This book was really fun, plenty of comedy from Bricker and Cale's lack of understanding of modern women. Alex was a good leading female - tough but with a vulnerable side - reminiscent of the earlier novels. The book also took a different and much more dramatic route for the reveal of immortals which was fantastic and I couldn't put the book down until the end. The mystery of Alex's run of bad luck was beyond obvious from the very beginning and so was concluded pretty quickly and anticlimactically but this didn't bother me too much.
Overall a really enjoyable read - well recommended.