Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Under a Vampire Moon: Reviewed

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By Lynsay Sands

Christian Notte's story, the sixteenth book in the Argeneau series is set on an island paradise called St. Lucia. After a bad relationship and an even worse divorce, Carolyn decides to go on a long overdue and much needed vacation with the 'girls'. Only the rest of the vacationers didn't get the memo. Around every corner there seems to be another couple celebrating their honeymoon or anniversary and the few single men she does see are far too young to even consider, including an irresistibly attractive rock violinist she meets. It's really too bad he's so young but in the end it doesn't matter because according to his cousin, Giacinta, women in general aren't Christian's type. But there's a catch, Christian needs Carolyn's help. He needs her to be his beard (to play the part of his fake girlfriend) for the week to appease his 'machismo' family. Carolyn just can't seem to say No and decides to help Gia's cousin. The only problem is that being around Christian and acting like they are a loving couple is wreaking havoc on her emotions. Carolyn's thoughts keep drifting back to places they shouldn't, like kissing his full lips or feeling his broad shoulders under her fingertips... good lord, she's in trouble.

I do love this series, we are up to book 16, I have read every single one of them (including most of the novellas) and I am still excited when a new book comes out. That for me is the sign of a great series. Is Under a Vampire Moon the best book in the series? No, for me that will be Lucian's book Bite Me if You Can, followed quickly by Victor and Vincent and too many to choose!!! OK I just love them and this is another really good entry into the series.

We first met Christian Notte in A Bite to Remember, found out more about him in Vampire Interrupted and now it is his turn to find his life mate. One slight problem... she has issues with younger men and has been seriously 'burned' by her first marriage. But that wouldn't stop and Argeneau and it won't stop a Notte! 

One of the reasons I love this series is because of the humour and this book is no different, for a start Christian's cousin Gia tells Carolyn that he is gay! He is so clearly not but it does set us up for some fun moments and some real consternation for Carolyn. Not only that but how hard is it to woo your life mate whilst your parents are watching you, giving you advice and dragging you away by your ear before you make a fool of yourself! It was those bits which made this into such a fun book. The story is solid, an interesting plot with challenges and a sub plot your start to suspect about half way through, after all Carolyn comes with friends but she is often alone... it makes you wonder why! But I am saying no more.

Christian and Carolyn are great, both as individual characters and as a couple, like many of the life mate pairings they compliment each other, yes they like similar things but there is more, emotional ties which lock in like a jigsaw. Christian is strong, serious, brooding but Carolyn brings out his lighter side. Carolyn is nervous and insecure and Christian brings out her confident sensual side; she also learns that it is not just Christian who wants her. Wiping all memories of her ex husband from the floor!

A great summer read which I give 3 frillies too, add it to your beach bag and don't forget your sunscreen. That way when they dream on the beach so can you.... and it is HOT! I'm really looking forward to the next book Jeanne Louise's, the extract in the back was great: roll on August!!


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