By Lynsay Sands Editions: audiobook, ebook, hardcover, paperback Published: Published June 8th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published September 1st 2003) Genre: Adult Paranormal / Romance Source: own copy
Roundhouse Publishing editor Kate C. Leever’s first letter to her newest legacy author was intended to impress upon him the growing demand for his “vampire romances.” Though he’d expressed little to no desire for publicity, book tours or the like, it was clear that this was a writer waiting to be broken out. Correspondence with Mr. Lucern Argeneau tended to be oddly delayed, but this time his response was quick and succinct.
But Kate was adamant: Luc will attend a romance convention to meet his fans. By hook or by crook, despite his reclusive nature, odd sleep schedule and avoidance of the sun, the surly yet handsome Luc was going to be recognized as the real charmer a nationally bestselling author should be. But soon Kate would learn that his novels were more biographies than bodice rippers, and it’d be her neck on the line.
A sweeter surrender, or more heartwarming a love story—his own—Luc has yet to write.
Bomy’s Flutter: funny and sweet
World Building: Interesting, I loved how she tied in the Atlantis element to the nowadays vampire. The paranormal elements were smoothly integrated into a contemporary publishing industry setting, and I loved that of course.
Characters: Lucern was funny, in that grumpy bear roaring sort of way. I always find grumpy characters adorable, just like Kate found Luc. He was fun to read about, interesting and charismatic though he didn’t have that alpha-male sort of vibe to him too much. I liked him, found it easy to get emotionally in tune with him, but he didn’t reach me all the way. Perhaps because the paranormal angle wasn’t too focused on, and he wasn’t that much of turbulent character. I always go for the turbulent ones, evil reader for the win and angst addict as I am. He was mysterious, but not the angsty type.
Kate was awesome, spunky, independent, determined to the line of ridiculously stubborn. She made a great pair with Mr. Grumpy and kept poking at the proverbial bear until the man (vampireman?) lost his cool. They had good chemistry and lots of very fun banter going on, I felt they made a great pair.
The chemistry was there, and they were good together, had some one on one moments but it never came off as hot or intense, not even in the throws of passion. It kept coming off as funny, because Lynsay Sands is an obviously evil writer (fact that I love.) – codpiece moment, condoms moment – if you read this, you know what I mean. I laughed so hard I almost fell off my bed.
Plot: The romance arc was the main focus of the story, whatever else happened around was tied in or helped it develop. The story was engaging and had a good pace, no distractions from their chemistry and relationship for me as a reader. I loved that.
Writing: Third person narrative, his and her POV. Reading this novel didn’t feel like a race but a stroll, more of the easygoing chillax not so much a rush. I’m a big lover of humor, though I must admit I love it with some edge to it, this felt more like comedy humor. Still good and had me almost laughing my eyelashes off, but maybe because of that some of the romantic punch of the read was lost on me. If you’re into that style, this is for sure the type of read for you. I suspect more books in the series share the style, so dive in and enjoy.
Curb Appeal: Pretty strong. I didn’t buy this on impulse, someone recommended the series to me, but reading the blurb and seeing the second cover of the 2010 edition would have sold it to me pretty much. To be honest, after reading it I think the first cover conveyed the feel of the read better.
I didn’t read the first books in the series (do I ever? lol), but it’s a series of stand-alones pretty much and at no point did I feel like I was missing information or needing something extra to make sense of things.
All in all, this was a good lighthearted read, with some sweet romance that I wouldn’t have expected out of a vampire/human couple. If you wanna have fun and follow a light story, I say you should certainly read this novel, probably the rest of the series.
I’d like to read more of it at some point, though I have no idea when. In the meantime, if you read this book or others in the series, let me know if I’m right guessing the writing style is the same throughout. Pretty distinct and original, romantic comedy like, and I say give it a try if you haven’t already.