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Immortally Yours: An Argeneau Novel (An Argeneau Novel, 26) Mass Market Paperback – September 26, 2017
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“Super-hot chemistry and a plot full of action and adventure make Sands’ latest installment in the Argeneau series a keeper. Sands’ characters are both fun and well drawn... Kudos to Sands!” -- RT Book Reviews (top pick)
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 www.lynsaysands.net.
- Publisher : Avon (September 26, 2017)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062468952
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062468956
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1 x 6.62 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #187,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beth had one of the most tragic lives of any mortal. The rollercoaster ride of hurt, betrayal, heartache, backstabbing and tragedy that Beth endured as a mortal would have broken most people. A chance meeting with an immortal named Dree and the friendship they shared was the only bright spot in her mortal life. Dree saved Beth's life and finally allowed her to make her own choices for the first time. But even Dree couldn't protect her from the horrible way she would become an immortal.
Fast forward 100 years, Scotty, the immortal that saved her and Dree's lives 125 years ago has come into her life again. But is he finally ready to tell Beth his her lifemate? Is he finally able to accept Beth's past life, her mortal life and the choices she had made for her or by her? What about his baggage?
The story of how these two lifemates finally wake up to each other and accept what Fate had known all long will keep you on the edge of your seat. You'll run the gambit of emotions and flip back and forth on how you feel about the characters. The heartache and tragedy is overwhelming. The ability to overcome, succeed and thrive will give you something to aspire to. I must say this novel is deeper, darker and more heartfelt than the rest of the series. The dry humor that makes me laugh out loud while reading this series isn't there but the thoughtfulness, heartache, and triumph are amazing. I can't wait to see what's next.
I'm pretty sure I'm being judgmental now, but if I was destined for someone and I met them at a bad point in their life, I wouldn't go hide somewhere and wait for them to "get better" alone. I wouldn't randomly show up and treat them coldly and undermine their life for a myriad of reasons but never once tell them who I am to them. Personally, if you can't BE there for the bad then you shouldn't be there for the good. Maybe that is a "spite your face" kind of sentiment but that's how I feel. Eventually she would have found another life mate (which I was routing for by the end).
Beth was AWESOME. She was a fantastic character with strength and elegance that only someone who has known trails a tribulations but survived can really be. LS wrote some wonderful lines for Beth. "Some years back I decided God is like a blacksmith, and I think all these horrible experiences are just him putting us in the fire and hammering at us, and then putting us in the fire again, and hammering some more until he makes us the strongest , finest, and sharpest we can be." This is pure gold when explaining how hardship makes us stronger. Beth deserved a truly dedicated mate, even if he did make mistakes but not one who just wasn't there for one hundred twenty five years of her life by CHOICE. He avoided her for all that time and then avoided her for two weeks in the story when he realized what his real problem was. That Beth had been a pros titute as a mortal.
This is where the stereotyping that LS does annoyed me. Pros titution is not an evil thing. It doesn't automatically make you a bad person. It is the "oldest" profession in history. It will only ever die when sentient beings do. As the author eventually wrote, most people are in that field of employment against their will or for survival. Especially during a time in history that wasn't favorable to women in particular. But, Scotty's character never even once tried to give Beth the benefit of the doubt as to who or why or what had lead her to that position. He branded her as a "w h o r e", because his mother used s e x as a means to an end. But his mother wasn't a pros titute! His mother was raised at court and was probably taught that by her family as par for the course for women in that social setting. (Granted the rest of her behavior can not be condoned by any grounds other than that she was a complete "B'.) So the connection here is tenuous at best. He pulled the typical man double standard that women are to be saintly and virginal for them to pluck when they are ready for them. While men can go be man w h o r e s all the rest of their days. But LS doesn't address this. She glossed over this fact like it wasn't even there.
I strongly didn't like the OW drama as the conflict was based around. I always thought that LS wrote that immortals lose their sexual desires after a certain age to avoid the other woman trope. That if there was an OW it was simply them being nutso buttso crazy and completely one-sided. But here there was grounds for the misunderstanding and it bugged me big time. Even if it was off page history. Again, Scotty's fault.
Scotty eventually earned some of my favor but only in how he treated her when he was around her and not the off page history that the author throws in for context on their long wait for each other. While he did apologize and promised to make it up to her for all his days moving forward, I still felt it wasn't enough. The author should have made him grovel more, lol.
The side characters were interesting, I can't wait to see how Matias, Donny and Kira turn out. I LOVED Matias! Kira disappeared somewhere towards the end without explanation though. Anyway, I read this book when it came out and I'm pretty sure I wrote a scathing review back then but I couldn't find it to update it. I reread it because it stayed in my head all these years later and I wanted to give it a second chance. While I wasn't as frustrated with it this time around and I was more forgiving of the Scotty characters thought processes, I still wasn't satisfied with this story. I HATED how Scotty judged a woman and I felt that the author shouldn't have used this as her character build up for Scotty. It was still a good book, well written, good characters (mostly) and a good plot. There were as usual too many shenanigans. Still, I was happy to see Beth get HER HEA. I just wish it had been with someone else. Scotty needs more work or a complete rewrite. I gave it three stars because the story lingered with me and NOT for Scotty.
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They’ve been lifemate’s for a long time, but only one of them has really known. Scotty, having a few (major) family issues doesn’t know is he can get over his past to accept Beth’s shady history, but not can he entirely let her go or stope loving her either.
Beth, a fierce warrior, is obstinate about pretty much everything, including having a lifemate. Especially when someone is trying to kill them both.
Don’t they make a pair?
This was action packed, funny and in some places felt like a psychology study. But despite that, the romance was sizzling and the ending was charming.
They Both have known for nearly as long as they had met & Beth became an Immortal over the 100 yrs ago. But this episode of the Argeneau series we see 1 attack after another attack against Beth, & at first they thought it was a fluke until after the 3rd attempt but it then started to question who from The Enforcers' Family was doing these such near misses towards Beth but not so lucky for others..
But heck how I loved & laughed towards the way Scotty reacted & acted towards & to Beth.
Then there's the sorrow you feel for her, when we go further into her Mortal life, then finding that there were interlinking similarities that Beth & Scotty shared as mortals, though from one end of the island to the other & over 800yrs apart
Another Fantastic Argeneau Episode Lynsay Sands has done again. Can't wait for the next one
Four stars because I missed the laughter and the usual extended London family. A must read. Once again - Lynsay Sands has delivered!