Reviewed by: Candace
Rating (out of 5): 3 stars
Lynsay Sands built a world full of vampires that is different from many that paranormal romance fans are used to with her Argeneau series. These guys function completely normally in the human world, and many are industry leaders, chefs, doctors, private investigators and delivery drivers. Part of the draw to the Sands novels is that the vampires are so relatable.
That, however, is a double edged sword in Vampire Most Wanted. I want a vampire who will completely lose his sh…marbles when his mate is in trouble. I’m talking about full-on vamping out, leave a bloodbath in your wake, flipping out. And I desperately wanted that with Marcus Notte.
There are two very definitive Alphas in the Argeneau universe—Lucian Argeneau and Julian Notte. Lucian has served as father figure, uncle, Enforcer and all around badass. Julian was the sulking, brooding, vampire who felt he was betrayed by his life mate. Along with Julian, came the Notte clan, who brought a new energy to this series: Christian, Marcus, Dante and Tommaso. Christian’s story has been told, and anyone who is a fan of the series will tell you that the stories of the other three Italian Immortals is highly anticipated.
Beneath the refined, cultured appearance of Marcus, I hoped would be something dark and primal. That was not the case. And with Basha, his mate, as an Argeneau, I hoped for something that would make the page tingle. Not so much with this one either.
In the middle of the book, Tiny and Mirabeau are cooking. Jackie is working to relieve Basha (or Divine, as she is known at her job) so that she can recover from an attack, while Vincent seems content to reconnect with his acting roots.
Basha, earning her status as a rogue, which is the reason Lucian sent Marcus after her, is all tied up in the no fangers storyline. Again, this is not a personal favorite. The last time I read a series of books about vampires without fangs, they sparkled.
When I discovered the next book was about Marcus, there may have been a HOT DAMN! and a fist pump. But Marcus was rather anticlimactic. As was Basha. These two have been without life mates for more than 2,500 hundred years. They should have been all over each other, instead of almost and not quite and running away.
The big draw with Vampire Most Wanted, and the thing that keeps me coming back for more of Sands’ Argeneau series, is her writing. The humor and snark are fantastic. She has the ability to give you a set of characters that you fall in love with. The entire family—both sides—makes the reader want more. Basha has a heart-breaking back story and Marcus has multitudes of centuries of loneliness, which gives the reader heartfelt moments.
I just wish there had been more electricity and less domesticity.
Sexual content: Sex