Release-Day Review: About a Vampire by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau #22)


About a Vampire by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau #22) // VBC ReviewAbout a Vampire (Argeneau #22)
Lynsay Sands
Published: Sept. 29, 2015 (Avon)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Enforcer Justin Bricker wants to find his Life Mate. At only a little over 100 years old, he’s still young to be looking, but being a self-proclaimed ladies’ man Justin figures it won’t be difficult to find the one. He actually gets more than he bargains for when he runs into mortal Holly Bosley late one night while he’s disposing of bodies after completing a job hunting Rogues. He forgets all about his task when he realizes that he can’t read Holly’s mind, which is the typical sign of a Life Mate.

Being so terrified of what she’s stumbled upon Holly, naturally, runs. But in her haste to get away, she mortally wounds herself. In order to save her, Justin has to turn her. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things since she is his Life Mate and all. Except Justin is in for an even bigger surprise when Holly wakes up and he learns there still might be a problem with Holly as his Life Mate: She’s married.

I loved that absolutely nothing goes according to Justins plans and perceptions in finding his Life Mate. It makes for many hilarious moments as Justin tries his hardest to win over Holly and keeps coming up short. To be fair, some of these failures are due in large part to Justin receiving payback from other Enforcers for the way Justin hazed them when they were finding Life Mates of their own. What these failures show readers is a very sweet side to Justin. He definitely learns a lesson in humility, but it was great to see how determined he was for Holly to understand why she should choose to be with him.

Holly has subconsciously fit herself in this little box of a life. Having grown up with archaeologist parents whom she was constantly on the move with, she ends up marrying her one and only childhood friend James Bosley. Until she’s changed, and thrust into the world of Immortals, she doesn’t realize how contained her life was. Even when she does realize the shortcomings within her life, she’s loyal to a fault. She doesn’t let any attraction she may feel toward Justin change the fact that she’s made vows to another man, which speaks volumes about Holly’s character. The very things Justin found stubborn in Holly were things I admired about her.

When I read the synopsis for About a Vampire I was immediately interested to see how Lynsay Sands could pull off the happily-ever-after with Holly being married already. For me, cheating scenarios are a slippery slope. You can have a likable and relatable character, but having them cheat runs the risk of the character losing credibility. Sands pulls off this challenge really well. I obviously won’t tell you how things play out specifically, but I still liked each character at the end of the day.

I think the only minor complaint I could give for About a Vampire is that I would have liked to see Justin and Holly have more one-on-one time together getting to know each other. These were the sweetest and most telling moments in the book, but I think at times dealing with Holly’s transition as well as Immortal/Life Mate politics, they were kept apart too much.

Overall, About a Vampire is a really good read. Even if you are new to this series you can easily pick this book up and enjoy.

Sexual content: graphic sex

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