I like the formula!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌎
Character development: 😳🤬😏🤓
The heroine: Nicole Phillips – she is a niece to Marguerite Argeneau’s maid and her family believes her husband whom she is divorcing is trying to kill her. However, Nicole refuses to believe it and won’t do anything to protect herself.
The Hero(s): Stefano Jacob Colson Notte (a.k.a. Jake Colson) – a professional bodyguard to the rich and famous, Jake is an immortal, though he never wanted to be. He was working for Vincent Argeneau and he was attacked and was bleeding out when Vincent turned him against his will. He left his family and Argeneau Enterprises after that and is currently working security in Ottawa Canada.
The Story: Marguerite Argeneau tracks Jake down and asks him to provide security for Nicole. If you have read any of the previous books you know that Marguerite is gifted at finding fated mates for immortals. Marguerite tells Jake he has to go in undercover as a cook/housekeeper which Nicole needs.
The narration was good, though I really like dual narration. This one was narrated by Jack Dupont who is great with voices. He had a different voice for each of the characters, which I really liked. The story in this one was a bit different than some of the other books. It was a bit odd since Jake has only been an immortal for seven years and didn’t know everything about being immortal.
Jake grew up with immortal parents and a younger half brother who was immortal, though he must have been the child of a first marriage and so his family kept their immortality from him until his 18th birthday when they gave him the choice. Though he grew up as horror film buff and that was before vampires sparkled, before they appeared in diaries, when they were truly monsters, so he couldn’t get past the fact that they were monsters and didn’t want to be one. Then was later turned against his will.
These books follow a formula. The protagonist finds his/her life mate and they have to have the big reveal about the fact that they are immortal, they have to drink blood, the history of immortals and what it means to be life mates. Then there is usually some time where the human has some sort of hang up or isn’t ready to commit for life, then they discover how great steamy intimacy is between life mates, and they really enjoy that for a while, then there is some sort of outside force that tries to tear them apart and so on. This book followed that formula pretty well, but I still enjoyed it and plan to read more of the series.
I like the formula, love the meeting, the reveal, and the steamy life mate scenes and there is always a great side storyline to boot. There are always great supporting characters (many Argeneau’s and Notte’s). Also I love the fact that each is basically a stand-alone. I have been reading them all out of order and miss nothing.
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