Thursday, March 14, 2013

Immortal Ever After by Lynsay Sands

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lynsay Sands, has given us another wonderful novel in her Argeneau Series.  Immortal Ever After is the story of veterinarian Valerie Moyer.  While walking her dog one night, she is abducted and plunged into a waking nightmare.

She finds herself caged in a large dog crate on the floor of a dark, dank basement.  There are other women there, similarly caged.  They never see each other's faces, only hear their voices when it is safe to talk.  Each night, one woman is removed, bathed and groomed for her night with the "master".  When it is Valerie's turn, she can barely remember anything but terror and pain.  She has two big puncture wounds on her neck.  She resolves to escape.  When her next turn with the "master" comes, she is ready. After a harrowing escape, she manages to call 911 for help.  She is injured further jumping out of a second story window and rolls under the shrubbery to hide where it is safe until the authorities arrive.

Days later, she awakens in a house with strangers.  She is told she is in a safe house to protect her from her kidnapper who was never caught.  As she begins to recover from her ordeal, she finds herself attracted to Anders, the man who found her and brought her to the safe house.  Instinctively, she trusts Anders.  But there is something different about him.  Valerie isn't quite sure what it is.  Any questions she asks him about himself, he evades or answers in general terms.  What is it about this man that attracts her so much?  What is he hiding?

Valerie's story is filled with danger as her kidnapper is tracked.  She doesn't know what to think.  Vampires are only fiction, aren't they?

Immortal Ever After unfolds richly, a sensual treat of a love story spiced with tension and looming danger. 

It is a read in one sitting novel - at least it was for me.  While I admit I have long been a fan of Ms. Sands' work, this is one of her best.  Her characters are vivid, navigating the paranormal world realistically, with emotions the reader can understand.  Added to the story are a host of familiar characters who had their own stories in this wonderful series.

If you aren't familiar with Lynsay Sands, you are in for a real treat.  This novel is a must read for fans of vampire romance. 

If you haven't read any of the Argeneau Novels, why not?  You'll love them.  Brava, Ms. Sands!

A kiss doesn’t mean eternity . . .
Valerie Moyer doesn’t believe in vampires—until she is kidnapped by a fanged psychopath! After escaping her bloodthirsty captor, she’s through with creatures of the night. Until she finds herself under the protection of the darkly handsome Anders. Not only is she expected to accept that Anders is immortal, but also that she is the woman destined to be his life mate!

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