One Lucky Vampire by Lynsay Sands
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have a vague recollection of Jake from previous books, but this almost read as a complete standalone (you know, if not for the matchmaker herself showing up in the first few chapters and then coming to the rescue). Honestly, I think you can probably pick up just about any of the books in this series and not have a problem catching up. Sure, the couples are familiar, but at this point there are so many of them I’m having trouble keeping them straight. The switching narrators (I’m doing the audiobooks) also makes it more difficult to keep them all straight (sometimes they have an accent, sometimes not, etc.).
So, this story is about Jake. He’s essentially exiled himself from the meddlesome Argeneaus after they forced him into vampire-dom while he lay dying. Ungrateful? Yup. He is definitely sulking, which for a vampire can take quite some time. Under his new name, he has become a bodyguard, and he’s pretty sure he’s avoided all family entanglements until Marguerite shows up. Marguerite’s housekeeper’s relative is in desperate need of a bodyguard, but one that can pretend to be a housekeeper/cook so that it doesn’t raise his client’s suspicions. Nicole (said client) is dead set against hiring someone to protect her, no matter how many attempts on her life. By selling her on the idea of a housekeeper, Marguerite manages to sneak Jake into her life without raising any alarms. The attempts, however, just keep coming.
Through the combination of life threatening situations, live mate attraction, and just the fact that these two are perfect for one another, they begin to quickly fall in love (and in bed). While there are almost constant houseguests, these two manage to work on their relationship and get into even more life threatening situations. While other books seemed to focus on the romance, this one was definitely more of a murder/mystery, with twists and turns to have me guessing until the end. There are so many members of this family (and extended family) that I don’t think this series will ever dry up. As little yummy distractions, they are the perfect audiobook series for me!
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