ARC Review: After the Bite (Argeneau, #35) by Lynsay Sands. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

After the Bite by Lynsay Sands

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Argeneaus are back! New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands returns with another sexy, passion-filled romance about everyone’s favorite vampires.

Immortal Enforcer Valerian just wants to relax. His last assignment had been more grueling than he’d care to admit, and golf has always helped him unwind. If golf course owner Natalie thinks it’s a little odd for him to tee off at sunset every evening, she’s keeping it to herself. The single mom is sexy as hell, and her little daughter Mia only adds to his delight. He knows Natalie is wary of a relationship of any kind…what will she think when she discovers he’s an Immortal? His best course of action is to woo her the old-fashioned way.

But the course of true love never did run smooth—especially for a vampire and a mortal. And when danger stalks Natalie, Valerian realizes he’s playing a game of life and death and if he loses this round, he risks losing her forever.

After the Bite

The Angel-Maker!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💚🖤💙💜❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘📔
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌏
Character development: 😤😥😊🤩😘

The heroine: Natalie – she is the owner of a golf course and clubhouse in Canada. Natalie has a two year old daughter, Mia and a huge Great Pyrenees dog named Sinbad. She went through a tragedy in her life not long before her daughter was born and is running herself ragged trying to save up enough money for a new clubhouse with an attached apartment for herself and Mia, rather than the dingy basement they now live in. She is 5’3” and weighs only 95 pounds.

The Hero: Valerian – he is an immortal who has lived over two hundred years. He now works as an enforcer for Garrett Mortimer’s team, going after rogue immortals who feed from humans. Though his team had been focusing on a rogue vampire/serial killer whom the press had dubbed The Angel-Maker for the way he posed the women he killed and drained of blood in snow angels he created. Though they haven’t found any trace of the killer since it is now summer.

The Story: Valerian loves to golf in his free time. His family owns a bunch of golf courses and he loves the game, though being an immortal, the only time he can go is at dusk. Since renovating a nearby farmhouse he has been golfing nearly every night at Natalie’s golf course. The first time Valerian meets Natalie he knows she is his life mate.

I have liked all the Argeneau novels I have read so far, some more than others, and I do tend to read more of the ones where the male is the immortal (which is just how I roll). I also like them best when the woman is just a normal woman from outside the immortal world. So this one hit all my buttons, to top it off, Lynsay Sands is starting to have some really good villains included in the stories, and the angel-maker is a good one. A rogue but also a serial killer, with a signature or calling card.

I also liked how the serial killer storyline was a major plot in the book, in some of the other books in this series, there has been villains that are mentioned a few times, then most of the book is about the romance and immortals but the action doesn’t come up again till the very end. This one had romance throughout and the story was very good and funny at times.

Natalie scowled at him, but then admitted, “my manpicker must be broken.”
“Your what?” Tybo asked on a disbelieving laugh.
“My manpicker,” she repeated with a glare, and then said, “My guydar.”

I really liked both characters in this book. Especially Natalie since she had been through a terrible tragedy but wasn’t broken like in a lot of books. She had been through three years of therapy and is coming out the other side after dealing with her issues in a healthy way. Though she is a workaholic and definitely type ‘A’ personality when it comes to work, she is not an overbearing feminist or anything like that, she is tiny and soft on the inside yet has an inner strength that I really liked in a female character. Valerian was handsome, hot and a protective Hero. I think this might be the best Argeneau book yet.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.


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