Reviewed by: Candace
Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
VBC fans, Lynsay Sands has hit her stride again with the Argeneau novels in Immortal Ever After. Let there be a collective high five.
I gave the last book The Lady is a Vamp four and a half stars because Jeanne Louise and Paul’s story was everything a good series should be and then some. Now, it’s Anders’ turn and he does his very best to follow up Jeanne Louise with a bang.
Sands deserves big props for not letting the prior heros and heroines fall off grid completely. With this book, we get the lovable Justin Bricker (Lynsay, from me to you, we really need his book), Lissianna and Greg, Christian, Mortimer and Decker and their lifemates, Marguerite and Lucian and Leigh. As much as Anders is the lead in this book, Lucian Argeneau does not hesitate to let everyone know that he doesn’t sit back well. Oh, no. Lucian is a force to be reckoned with, especially when it comes to Leigh.
Now we come to the love story between Anders and Valerie. Anders, much like Jeanne Louise in the book before, is an Immortal who prefers the quiet shadows as opposed to the limelight. He is a warrior, but does so without fuss. We know very little about him, other than he has been with Lucian for a long time. Just how long is a little surprising. His life was heartbreaking, having basically lost everyone who meant anything to him, keeping people at a distance for that very reason.
Valerie begins the story in a cage. Kidnapped by rogues along with several other women, she was basically a blood supply. She figured out how to escape, calling the authorities for help once free. The cops show up, as do Anders and Bricker. Long-time Sands fans know what happens now—Anders discovers he can’t read Valerie.
So we’ve got a woman who begins her exposure to the immortal world by being kidnapped by the worst of their kind. We also have an immortal who has waited many lifetimes to find the one meant for him, only to discover that sparkle or not, vampires scare her. Does this work? More importantly, can it work?
Yes. Anders’ saving grace comes from the most surprising of places—Lucian. The big guy (and my favorite Argeneau, BTW) ends up being a shoulder to lean on, needing one in return before the end of the book. Where prior books in this series have ventured too far into humor, these last few novels show Sands returning to the things that drew us to the series to begin with. Whether or not you are directly related to the Argeneaus or Nottes, if you’re associated with them at all, you’re family.
In classic Argeneau fashion, our hero and heroine find that they can’t possibly live without each other by the end of the book. But that’s not the best part. There are new developments in the Argeneau world, new characters and promises of adventures to come.
Sexual Content: Sex