Author Lynsay Sands isn’t “just another vampire” author, in fact, in her Argeneau series, despite vampiric tendencies, the characters will remind you that they are not vampires at all. In fact, in a fun twist, they are the children of Atlantis, descendents of the final survivors who used nano technology to ward off disease and extend their lives – making them immortal.
Another great thing about Sands’ books is she’s not above poking fun at the ‘stereotype’. Vampires are old world and don’t change? Her hero runs the number one online game about vampires. Vampires can turn anyone? Not these guys, they only can turn one in a lifetime. Vampires instinctively recognize their mates. Not the Argeneau, they hope they get it right, but if they turn the man or the woman they love, they have the same set of chances the rest of us do.
And that’s what is so bloody appealing about Sands’ books. The characters are sappy, sane, crazy and lovable with the same quirks and flaws as the rest of us. It helps that her writing fills us with emotion for the tempestuous events these characters face as the brothers and eventually the rest begin to connect with their mates.
Top picks in her Argeneau series include:
Etienne Argeneau’s three hundred years of bachelorhood were at an end. Either that, or he’d be forever alone. He could only “turn” one human in his lifetime, and most of his kind reserved that power for creating a life mate. If he turned the wrong woman . . . But what choice did he have? He had to save Rachel Garrett. He didn’t know her very well, but the beautiful coroner had saved his life. To save hers he would make her immortal.
It bit: New York hotels cost an arm and a leg, and Terri had flown from England to help plan her cousin’s wedding. The new in-laws offered lodging. But they were a weird bunch. There was the sometimes-chipper-sometimes-brooding Lucern, and the wacky stage-actor, Vincent. (She couldn’t imagine Broadway casting a hungrier singing-and-dancing Dracula.). And then there was Bastien. Just looking into his eyes, Terri had to admit she was falling for him – someone even taller, darker and hungrier than the other two. She was feeling a mite peckish herself. And if she stayed with him, those bloodsucking hotel owners wouldn’t get her!
After seven hundred years of life, Marguerite Argeneau finally has a career. Well, the start of one, anyway. She’s training to be a private investigator, and her first assignment is to find an immortal’s mother. It seemed simple enough, until Marguerite wakes up one evening to find herself at the wrong end of a sword. Now she realizes she’s in way over her head.
Julius Notte wants to protect Marguerite, and not because someone just tried to take her head off. She doesn’t know it yet, but she’s his lifemate and he’s determined to woo her. It’s been over five hundred years since he last courted a woman, but surely the techniques haven’t changed. Now if only he can keep her alive – so to speak – so they can have that happily-ever-after.
Check out more of Sands book and the “reading order” of her Argeanau series.