Monday, August 17, 2015

review: THE IMMORTAL WHO LOVED ME by Lynsay Sands

Argeneau #21
HarperCollins: Avon
released February 24, 2015
source: bookstore
357 pages

Rating: Really liked it!

A few years ago, Sherry Carne would have sworn that vampires didn't exist. That's before rogue immortals rampage through her store, leaving bloody chaos (literally) in their wake. The kicker comes when Sherry learns that one of the vamps on the bad guys' trail may be her life mate. Her head says it's impossible. The rest of her takes one look at Basileios Argeneau and has much more interesting ideas.

Whatever Basil expected in a life mate, funny outspoken Sherry isn't it. But mind-blowing chemistry and instinct don't lie. They tell him something else, too - that Sherry's connection to the immortal world goes deeper than she knows. And that she's in the kind of danger only Basil can save her from - if she'll just trust him, now and forever . . .

My Thoughts

Sherry is just going about her everyday life and trying to get her taxes done when a teenage girl runs into her office and all hell breaks loose down below in her shop. She soon finds herself on the run from an immortal madman, learning about the immortal world, and meeting her supposed life mate . . . all while trying to convince herself that this is just a drug-induced dream. There's no way vampires are real . . . right? Right?

In many ways, this was the perfect book for me to read after a long break in the series. I have trouble with remembering details, and Sherry's introduction to the world of immortals also served as my reintroduction to the series. Of course, there were some characters that I would have liked to revisit as well, but with so many books there are just too many characters to try to give all of them a decent plotline in each installment.

As some other reviewers have noted, it would be nice to get back to the other style of Argeneau books in which the main couple is able to spend some time alone together to allow the romance to develop rather than being forced into family time with no privacy.

The only issue I had with this book - although it is a big one - is the author's view on rape. It comes up in the storyline, and one character's comment rubbed me the wrong way:
He didn't rape her... at least not in the violent, violated way. She was attracted to him and he just mentally veiled her reasons for not sleeping with him, and subdued her conscience.
This is on page 308 in my copy. There's a bit more to that quote that's also relevant, but it would be giving away key plot information, so I won't share it here. My general reaction was WTF followed by a feeling of disbelief that this attitude could still be published in this era. I'm trying to separate out this section from the rest of the book in my memory so I can move on to the next book without the pall of this viewpoint hanging over the series. After 21 books, I'm fairly invested in the world. Why, Lynsay, why would you do this to me? Argh.

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