- Series: Argeneau Vampire (Book 21)
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon; 1st Printing edition (February 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062316001
- ISBN-13: 978-0062316004
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (470 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Immortal Who Loved Me: An Argeneau Novel (Argeneau Vampire) Mass Market Paperback – February 24, 2015
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“Sands continues her Argeneau series with Basil’s story and maintains the levels of suspense, heat and humor she’s known for. Basil and Sherry’s relationship moves beyond the sexual, and the physical and emotional dangers they have to confront create a strong, endearing bond. Intense sensuality, captivating romance.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Humor and delightful character interactions between both familiar and new faces…resulting in a rich, satisfying read for both series veterans and newcomers.” (Publishers Weekly)
Basil and Sherry’s romance is thrilling and sexy, and fans of the series won’t want to miss this latest installment (Romantic Times BOOKclub)
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.
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First, the minor problems:
1. If a writer is going to write an ongoing story, he/she needs to keep track of all the characters and their backstory. First, Elvi's friend is named Mabel, not Hazel. Secondly, since when does Victor drink bagged blood? He and his son, Vincent, have a genetic problem and as a result they can only driink blood "off the hoof." Was a cure discovered? Next, Elvi's outburst about Sherry not mentioning that she saw Leonius was completely understandable as it was noted in her book (The Accidental Vampire), that she lost her daughter in a car accident! Somebody should have put the pieces together and tell Sherry. Instead, Elvi makes an apology stating she was worried about her "daughter" Stephanie.
2. Basil was the first Argeneau that I didn't really like. He was bland and his relationship with Sherry was bland. There were no dilemmas, angst, fights or misunderstandings - just "let's have sex to find out if we are lifemates." It sounds like they were part of a lab experiment. And the sex scenes were so boring that I almost nodded off (even the mild bondage scene was boring). And 26 children....Really???? I understand that having a child would give him something to live for, but apparently that child was only good for 100 years! Children are always your children and should give you a reason to live, regardless of their age. Marguerite is a perfect example - She has 5 children and is close to all of them and is involved in all of their lives even though the oldest is 600! Mary (his baby mama) probably feels like a breeder and his kids have been made to feel useless once they reach 100. 26 kids wasn't cute or sweet - it was just creepy. Also there is no way that Lucien and Basil are alike - they are exact opposites. And why is it that we are just learning in book #21 that Lucien has another brother? All of these errors make me think that Ms. Sands is getting bored with the Argeneau family. If that is not true, then she should hire someone to make sure that all the parts of the story make sense and do not contradict previous books. On the other hand if it is true, just bring it in for a landing and have an epic final installment.
3. The dialogue was painful. It was either mind numbing boring (pages and pages about the history of the Immortals) or it was extremely juvenile (Bricker's listing all the different names for male genitalia). I used to like Bricker but that just made him creepy too. Stephanie, who actually is a kid, had the most interesting, insightful and mature dialogue.
4. It is just beyond belief that Stephanie would run into a store, grab Sherry and then go on the run to escape Leonius. And then sit down for a slice of pizza??? And then Stephanie goes on to explain all about Immortals??? That is a big no-no in the Argeneau world. (Remember - Lucien was ready to execute Rachel because she didn't want to tell a lie that would protect "his people", yet he doesn't even have a strong word for Stephanie for spilling all the beans!!). And Sherry just sits there and calmly listens to the story of the Immortals???
5. We've followed Leonius for quite a few books now and while it is true that his character was getting tedious, his death was a bit anticlimatic considering the problems he caused with so many people. It seemed like Ms. Sands was getting bored with him like a lot of her readers and decided to just stick him in this book to get it over with.
Now for the major problem: Rape is rape, PERIOD. To say that since there was no violence it wasn't really rape is ludicris at best and insulting, outrageous and dangerous at worst. It is demeaning to all women. When damaging misinformation like this is published it is no wonder that rape is the most underreported crime. What Alexander's father did to Sherry's mother was the same as using a date rape drug. He made her docile. He took away her choice. Yes, he did (in his own way) watch over Sherry during her childhood, but that doesn't erase the fact that he is a rapist. All it did was make the reader feel sorry for him - which in the end made me even angrier. And then the punishment was for the fact that he interfered with a married mortal - not for the rape! And while on the subject of the punishment - it was ridiculous and it led to childish jokes and dialogue. So instead of having a strong female character we got one more joke about rape.
If this is any indication of Ms. Sands's understanding of rape, then I am not interested in reading any more of her books. We have enough real people saying stupid things and making jokes about rape - we don't need fictional characters to do it as well.
*edit - part of the story involves Sherry's relationship w/ her father, and there are some really difficult themes there. From reading other reviews, I can completely understand where they're coming from, but I didn't feel the same way about what happened there. I thought the explanations were solid - who among us HASN'T made mistakes when we were kids? And despite the label give to what happened... I didn't see it as a black & white thing. That was just me. If you have certain triggers, I encourage you to read other reviews & decide from there about reading. For me, the way Sherry came about her final feelings sort of mirrored my own journey.
I'm a little more concerned for Bricker & his story that's coming out soon, but all in all I enjoyed this read & there were several parts that had me laughing out loud or smiling really big, and a couple parts that had me tearing up. So it gets a thumbs up! : )