About a Vampire (Argeneau, #22)
by Lynsay Sands
Review by Gayle Surrette
Avon Kindle Edition ISBN/ITEM#: B00RTLYRQ6
Date: 29 September 2015
Justin Bricker has watched as several of his Rogue Hunter colleagues found their lifemates. He'd been envious but, since he was so young, assumed it would be a long time before he came across his lifemate. Then while at a crematorium with Anders, taking care of the bodies of some recent rogues, he literally ran into a woman that he couldn't read or control. Holly Bosley was were she shouldn't have been and the sight of two men burning bodies scared her and she ran -- with scissors -- and impaled herself. Bricker turned her to save her life.
Of course it was after the turning that he learned that she was married. The immortals have some very strict rules that they follow. Each immortal is only allowed to turn one person and Bricker just used his turn. A second law says that no immortal is to come between a married couple -- ever, and the punishment is really, really, really painful especially if you are a male immortal.
Sands tells the story by moving between Bicker's point of view and Holly's. Holly seems, to this reader, to be pretty conservative. To her the immortals are soulless vampires who prey on humans and that's only IF she believes they stories they are spinning for her. She tries to escape and return home to her husband and her safe and regimented life. Luckily, Bricker manages to save her from trying to feed off her husband. Bricker and friends try to convince her she needs training to deal with her new needs and abilities but she fights against believing them the whole time.
Meanwhile, Bricker is trying to figure out how to convince her that they are lifemates and she should leave her husband without violating that pesky rule and bringing down wrath upon himself. Can he do it? Will she finally deal with things as they are, rather than the regimented and scheduled way she wants them to be? Will Bricker be able to wait her out? Will he have to?
As per usual, there's some comedic elements, romance in several shades from thwarted to frustrated to tender, and some interesting twists and unexpected turns in the story. For me, the most frustrating part was Holly's inexplicable inability to face what was happening to her and hold on to a life that, as far as her memories showed the reader, was boring as heck and didn't really make her happy. She's an accountant and had very little socialization as a youngster, but still … it was frustrating.
All the Argeneau books can stand on their own, so you don't have to have read previous books to read this one. However if you enjoy paranormal romance with wit and a bit of comedic shading, you may find yourself going on to read the rest of the series.