Wednesday, October 8, 2014

One Lucky Vampire - Book Review

I’m still making my way through some of the paranormal (romance) books a customer brought into my store. I have at least three books on the go right now from various genres. Too many books to read and not enough time unfortunately.

Lynsay Sands’s One Lucky Vampire was one of the books in the pile my customer brought in. I read the back and cringed, another romance. When I started the book, I was surprised to find it set in Ottawa. I looked up Sands and was pleasantly surprised to find she is Canadian! I like to support Canadian authors and musicians when I can, so that was a big mark in her favour.

One Lucky Vampire is part of the Argeneau series, which follows a family of vampires, though according to the main character in this novel, they aren`t really vampires, they just have vampire tendencies. It’s the bio-engineered nanos developed in the lost city of Atlantis that gives them their abilities and they need blood because the nanos use more blood to work...more about that in a moment.

In the book, Jake Colson is still adjusting to his life as a vampire, which he didn`t want. He ran away to Ottawa to get away from his vampire family and is working as a bodyguard. Matriarch, Margaritte Argeneau, finds him and asks for a favour; he needs to pose as a cook/housekeeper to keep an eye on mortal Nicole Phillips until her divorce is final because it seems someone, likely her husband, is trying to kill her.

Naturally, Nicole expects a woman to fill the position and is surprised when Margaritte brings her nephew Jake. The attraction is instant but after the horrible way her husband treated her, Nicole isn’t ready for a relationship, let alone with her now employee.

When I first started the book, I was a little reluctant because I’m not a fan of romance novels. I like a good love story but not the writing style most romances tend to have. It took me a while to get into the book but, when I did, I didn’t want to put it down.

I loved the humour and laughed out loud at several of the awkward situations Sands incorporated, especially the scene when Jake has to reveal that he’s a vampire to Nicole and the part about “eating out” – if you read the book, you’ll get it. The writing flowed well, making it a light, easy read, which was nice for a book I was only reading while I ate and didn’t need anything too deep.

Nicole is a fun, sexy character. I liked her strength and honesty, as well as the fact that she’s independent and doesn’t rely on a man to support her. I also liked that she wasn’t sexually timid and would take control in bed at times. Jake is your typical yummy vampire with the sensitive side yet could kick ass when needed. I liked him, though found there were some lines of dialogue that seemed a little uncharacteristic for him. The heat and attraction between them definitely came across well.

The story lagged a bit in the first part and I kept waiting for an action scene, but everything picked up further in. I was more than half way through the book on a Friday and left it at work for the weekend since it was my lunch time read, but found myself anxious to finish it.

Because I enjoyed the characters and wit so much, I was able to get past some of the hokey romance writing and that everyone did things “wryly” (hey, all writers have their go to words). The plot was good given the audience it’s geared towards, for me it was a little weak and I wasn’t keen on the outcome as far as the attempts on Nicole’s life (no spoilers).

I did get hung up on the “we aren’t vampires” protest yet, through the book, they are referred to as vampires. Either they are or they aren’t. Jake protested the term so forcefully that it made me feel that they really shouldn’t be called vampires. Maybe it’s different in the other books...I’ll keep you posted.


Overall, yes, I think I would read another Lynsay Sands book if I needed a break from the darker fiction I tend to enjoy. Any author that makes me laugh out loud is good in my book.

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