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Friday, July 27, 2012
Book Review: The Lady is a Vamp by Lynsay Sands
Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau, book 17
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Source: From Edelweiss
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Hoping to save someone he loves, Paul Jones kidnaps Jeanne Louise Argeneau to try and convince her to help him in a way only an immortal can. He thinks he's prepared, yet the one thing he never planned on was falling in love with the woman who has become much more than his captive. Jeanne Louise should be furious with Paul but she understands his motives and soon realizes that he's more than just her abductor, he's her lifemate. But lifemates or not, laws have been broken and Jeanne Louis and Paul are in a race to find a way to make things right before they're torn apart forever.
Paul has had to watch as someone he loves suffers in pain and is dying. He's aware that immortals, vampires but don't call them that, exist and hatches a plan to kidnap one in order to convince them to help. For him, his coworker and the woman he's gotten to know from a distance is his only choice. I was a little put off by how Paul got to know Jeanne Louise while watching her when she didn't notice. Though the behavior and methods were kind of disturbing, I probably would've done the same thing if I was in his position. He's a caring and devoted family man who treats Jeanne Louise with respect so I forgave him for his slightly creepy behavior in the beginning.
I had no strong feels going into this story either way for Jeanne Louise because up to this point she's played a minor role in the series. She's very understanding of Paul's situation and does everything she can to help him while hiding from the Enforcers, immortal police, who are looking for them. I can't say there's anything to her that makes her my favorite character or even heroine from this series but she kept me entertained and I was happy for her in the end. Even if I didn't think their relationship was all that spectacular.
Paul and Jeanne Louise are lifemates, or destined mates. Relationships between lifemates come on fast and intense. Their relationship progressed really quickly but I wouldn't call it intense. They had a lot in common and they should have made a great pair but that connection never seemed to happen.
This book has a darker story than previous Argeneau books. The humor that there was and the uniquely Argeneau wackiness doesn't ever really shine through the dark cloud hanging over Paul and Jeanne Louise. The story wasn't bad, it was actually interesting and different but it just didn't feel right for this series. With the exception of Born To Bite and Hungry For You, this series just isn't as good as it was pre-Rogue Hunter and I'm not sure how much longer I'll stay with it.