Monday, September 26, 2016

Immortal Nights

Immortal Nights (Argeneau Series)- Lynsay Sands
Release Date: September 20, 2016

Rating (Out of 5):

Synopsis:Abigail Forsythe’s life hasn’t been easy lately. Still, if there’s one thing guaranteed to take her mind off an empty bank account and abandoned dreams, it’s a naked man locked in a plane’s cargo hold. A very big, incredibly gorgeous naked man. And when instinct prompts her to free him, Abigail must rely on this stranger for survival . . . a stranger who leaves her thrumming with need every time they touch.

Tomasso Notte knows he’s found his life mate in Abigail. Now he just has to hold on to her. They’re miles from civilization, hunted by his kidnappers. Abigail has no idea of Tomasso’s abilities, or of how intensely pleasurable their unique connection can be. But he’s about to show her, beginning with one wild, hot, immortal night . . .

Immortal Nights was a great way to follow Runaway Vampire, Sands' last book.  The two take place at roughly the same time, each following one of the Notte twins as they escape from their kidnappers and find their life mates along the way.  Nights finds twin Tomasso Notte in a cage on a cargo plane heading for destination unknown and too drugged to do anything about it.  Fortunately for him, Abigail Forsythe has stowed away in the cargo hold and doubts that Tomasso is there of his own free will.  She frees him, he takes her along when he jumps out of the plane.  Through days of walking along the beach/jungle in South America they get to know each other. Tomasso knows Abigail is his life mate, but keeps holding off on telling her a few important details about himself- like he's an Immortal.  When Abigail finds out, will that be the breaking point in the relationship?

I really enjoyed how, for a chunk of this book, the fact that Tomasso was an Immortal didn't really impact the story.  They were removed from civilization, depending on each other, getting to know each other as individuals and potential romantic partners.  Tomasso had the expected problems of a vampire forced to spend several days in the sun with no food source (other than one he was determined not to use) but the relationship and the characters developed alone.  There were no extra characters making mistakes that would lead to Abigail getting suspicious, no hidden bags of blood in a fridge to explain away. It was just two people surviving. And being attracted to each other. And the shared dreams. . .

Because the Nottes are known for not speaking much, before their books it was hard to get a read on their characters, so we were discovering almost everything about Tomasso right along with Abigail.  Who knew the man was a closet geek?  Abigail is a great character- strong despite having gone through so much, with a fun way of thinking about life.  Her mental ramblings were tons of fun to follow.  By the time reinforcements come in the form of Dante, Mary, Justin, and Lucian (who still lets Leigh believe he doesn't know how to change to awful ringtones she programs into his phone), you're sure they are on a good starting point for the future.  Of course, then the kidnappers show up again and everything goes downhill.

The bad guys have played a shadowy backseat role for the last few books.  We see just enough to be sure that they aren't ordinary vampire-nappers, but the plans and who's in charge have been a mystery.  We just know it's not good.  In Nights the bad guy creep-factor rises a lot- both with these two particular bad guys and the mysterious Doctor who seems to be the boss.  We get just enough hints to know that in the next book (Immortal Unchained, out in March) the bad guys are probably going to be a major presence, and very mad scientist-like.

While all of the Argeneau books can stand alone, I'd recommend at least reading Runaway Vampire before or after this to have the whole picture.  Of course, I recommend reading the entire series (in order because its more fun that way) before the next installment in March.  This was a fun new book in a great series.  Lynsay Sands doesn't let her readers down!

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