Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Release Date: April 24th, 2012
Mass Market Paperback $7.99 (384 pages, AVON)
When Vampires Go On Vacation . . .
Escaping a horrible marriage, Carolyn Connor has no desire to think about men—a vow she's determined to keep while on vacation in St. Lucia. She'll take the Caribbean sun and sea and plenty of tropical drinks with those cute umbrellas poolside, thank you. She absolutely does not need male company, no matter how tan and rock-hard his body may be.
Easy enough, but then Carolyn meets the charming Marguerite Argeneau, who is infamous among her family for her matchmaking prowess . . .
Christian Notte has well known the power of finding a life mate. He's seen enough of his Argeneau relatives taken down for the count, but he never imagined he'd let himself fall in love—until he meets the enthralling, charmingly skittish, and oh-so-mortal Carolyn. But how will he reveal what he is and still convince this once-bitten mortal to trust him with her heart . . . and her forever?
Author Site: http://www.lynsaysands.net/
Maybe it just wasn't for me... (1 star)
In need of a get-away as her messy and unhappy marriage nears the final stage of the divorce, Carolyn Connor finds herself in St. Lucia. With her traveling companion down with a stomach flu Carolyn has a tough time enjoying herself alone while surrounded by honeymooning couples. Having a chance meeting with Marguerite Argeneau, a matchmaker of epic proportions, Carolyn becomes the target of her latest life-mate finding scheme.
Called to St. Lucia by his mother, Christian Notte, is surprised to find that his life-mate is terrified of him. Not of him per se, but of the perceived age difference between them. If he's going to woo her he first has to find a way to spend time with her without scaring her off. If she cannot accept the age difference she thinks is between them, how could she ever accept that he's actually very much her senior?
I have to giggle because it was on the recommendation of one of my guy cousins—thank goodness I have several so his secret is safe lol—that I decided to give this book a try. He insisted this was a great series so when I had a chance to try this I figured I should pick it up. Alas, the plot left much to be desired. The hero (with the help of his mother, father, and cousins) pretends to be closeted gay and asks her to help him fool his family by pretending to be his love interest during their vacation. Why? Because she's a nitwit with some serious issues and he looks 25 while she's in her early 40's. Seriously? Yeah, seriously.
Maybe if I'd liked Christian or Carolyn I might have been able to suck it up and enjoy it to a point. But the whole thing just irritated me. His personality is flatter than printer paper. Hers is a little more fleshed-out but her hang-ups seemed really silly for someone her age in this era. The whole life-mate thing kind of ruined it for me too. I'm not a huge fan of destined mates as it is but Christian knew he was coming to St. Lucia to meet his life-mate so it begs the question of whether they would have liked one another without the whole 'destiny' thing. I did like Gia and the other Notte cousins as well as Captain Jack who played a minor 'conflict' role in the story but overall I just didn't care for much about this book.
In the end I skimmed most of the last third of the book hoping something would change my mind. I didn't want to not finish it since it was a recommended read for me but if it hadn't been a review copy I'd have put this in my DNF pile. I think this might be one of those books people love because they know the secondary characters well rather than because it's hilarious (it really wasn't) or greatly steamy (it was alright but I've read better) or just a great plot (ugh seriously!?!).
Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.