Author: Lynday Sands
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Release Date: April 24th 2012
Christian Notte's story, the sixteenth book in the Argeneau series is set on an island paradise called St. Lucia.
After a bad relationship and an even worse divorce, Carolyn decides to go on a long overdue and much needed vacation with the 'girls'. Only the rest of the vacationers didn't get the memo. Around every corner there seems to be another couple celebrating their honeymoon or anniversary and the few single men she does see are far too young to even consider, including an irresistibly attractive rock violinist she meets. It's really too bad he's so young but in the end it doesn't matter because according to his cousin, Giacinta, women in general aren't Christian's type. But there's a catch, Christian needs Carolyn's help. He needs her to be his beard (to play the part of his fake girlfriend) for the week to appease his 'machismo' family. Carolyn just can't seem to say No and decides to help Gia's cousin. The only problem is that being around Christian and acting like they are a loving couple is wreaking havoc on her emotions. Carolyn's thoughts keep drifting back to places they shouldn't, like kissing his full lips or feeling his broad shoulders under her fingertips... good lord, she's in trouble.
Marguerite Argeneau is at it again, excuse me, Marguerite Argeneau-Notte now. This time she's found a life mate for her son, five hundred plus year old Christian Notte. She quickly calls him and his cousins in the band down to St. Lucia when the resort band has to cancel at the last minute.
Forty-two year old Carolyn is on vacation with her good friend Beth in St. Lucia where their other good friend works as the entertainment director for the resort. She is disappointed when Beth gets sick and she's left to her own devices in honeymoon hell. Everywhere she looks there are only couples in love. Still smarting from her separation and two year ongoing divorce proceedings, she hasn't had sex or been on a date in a long time and seeing all the young couples is hell and makes her feel old. Upon meeting twenty-five year looking Christian, she is horrified to realize how really attracted she is to him, a virtual child.
There is hot chemistry between Christian and Carolyn and passions are almost constantly inflamed even under the circumstances.
I was a little disappointed in this latest installment of one of my favorite vampire series. While it did have a couple very funny scenes, it wasn't as hilarious as most Sands' stories are and given the plot itself lends itself to comical situations, this was not capitalized on.
It seemed to me Carolyn's reaction to Christian's first secret was too quick without any anger. Additionally I felt Carolyn's initial reaction to finding out Christian was an immortal was believable and caused her to run, but her following acceptance was too quick.
I also was disappointed with the ending; it ended too soon. We didn't get to see Carolyn's final reaction to the changes she would be going through nor how much better things would get.
But it was still a good story, just not as good as the others in this series and not as good as the plot would have allowed.
I do recommend this and since it is written as a true stand alone story, it need not be read in order. But if this is the first book in this series you read, do yourself a favor and read some of the others because they get much better.