Release-Day Review: Immortal Unchained by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau #25)


Immortal Unchained by Lynsay Sands // VBCImmortal Unchained (Argeneau #25)
Lynsay Sands
Published: March 28, 2017 (Avon)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference events from the previous book. If you need a refresher, check out VBC’s review of book 24, Immortal Nights.

The Immortal population has been dealing with mysterious disappearances of their people for quite a while now. With the escape of the Notte twins Tomasso and Dante (from Runaway Vampire and Immortal Nights) we learned that a man by the name of Dressler is the one behind the abductions. Now, Lucian Argeneau has to figure out a way to infiltrate Dressler’s stronghold located on an island off Venezuela.

That’s where Domitian Argenis comes in. Domitian, a skilled and well-known chef, has been propositioned by Dressler many times over that past few months to come be his personal chef on his island. Lucian recognizes this proposition for what it is: a trap. But when Dressler also lures Domitian’s lifemate Sarita to the island, there is nothing that will stop him from going, regardless that he’s not a Hunter.

When Sarita receives a message stating that her grandmother has been injured, and is in need of care, Sarita leaves her life in Canada as a police officer and heads immediately to Venezuela. Instead of finding her grandmother, however, she’s waylaid by the mad Dressler and unwittingly pulled into his plans, whatever those plans may be. Now, she must work with the mysterious and delicious Domitian if they have any hope of escape.

Immortal Unchained marks a milestone in the series for Lynsay Sands in that it’s the 25th book! That’s impressive by any standards. I found that I overall enjoyed Immortal Unchained. There’s this undertone of The Island of Doctor Moreau running through it. And if you are at all familiar with this story, you will immediately understand the type of experiments Dressler has been conducting on his island, to a point.

I was a little thrown off in the beginning—with Domitian having already declared that Sarita is his lifemate and why exactly Sarita was on the island to begin with—I felt like I missed something somewhere.

But I liked the way Lynsay Sands builds up the specifics of the opening details in the way Domitian and Sarita get to know one another. They’re ‘getting to know you’ is a little unconventional in that they are definitely not meeting up for a coffee date. No, they end up being kept captive on a smaller more secluded island with little to no clothing between them, and that sets the tone for much sexytimes to ensue. But I liked that beyond the instant attraction they have towards one another, they actually take the time to talk and learn about one another. Domitian has lived a loooong life, and he has a very interesting history. And just because Sarita is a mere human, she’s still had many obstacles that have made her into the woman she is today. Also, everything we learn about Domitian and Sarita only lends itself to their strength and resilience to get off the island and save the people they care most about.

Immortal Unchained hit the mark for me more than the previous two books in the series. The big plus being, we get a lot more in regards to the missing Immortals story arc. But to that end, I will say things aren’t exactly tied up with a nice bow at the end, and it makes me very interested to see where the next book picks up.

Sexual content: sex

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