Reviewer Comments: I continue to be amazed that Lynsay Sands finds new and interesting stories to tell about the Argeneau vampires. This is the 19th book in the series and just a delightful as the others. Lynsay Sands knows how to tell a story that not only makes you believe in vampires, but also makes you root for them to find true love. Jake Colson never wanted to be a vampire (or immortal as they prefer), but when he was found close to death, there was no other choice but to turn him. Jake didn’t react well to this incident and fled to Toronto where he has found work as professional security. He has spent the last three years trying to adjust to the changes in his life. When he is asked by Marguerite Argeneau to watch over a young artist as a favor for her, Jake has trouble saying no. He isn’t sure how he is going to pull off being a cook/housekeeper, but he does plan to keep Nicole safe. Nicole Phillips is a renowned portrait artist. Unfortunately, she chose the wrong man to marry and after a few years of his emotional abuse, has finally decided to divorce him. In the wake of the nasty divorce, Nicole has had to deal with several unusual incidents at her house including doors being blocked, gas lines being messed with and locks being mysteriously unlocked. Nicole is sure these are just innocent mistakes and finds it hard to believe that she is in any danger.
I loved every minute of this story. We get to see the other side of being an immortal. Jake knew about them, but never wanted to be a part of their world. He was content being human and didn’t want that to change. When he is turned to save his life, he has to cope with what that means and all of his prejudices and fears about being a vampire. It can’t be easy to have your whole world turned upside down and to suddenly find yourself part of something you never wanted. Nicole comes across as very naïve when she denies that her ex-husband could have anything to do with the attempts on her life. She seems to be denial or maybe still in love with him. We soon learn that Nicole has worked hard to put her life back together and is trying to throw herself into her art so that she can feel whole again. I will say that things in this story are not always what they appear to be and there are a number of twists and turns that are surprising. I appreciate that Lynsay Sands keeps us guessing and interested in the story throughout the book. I had trouble putting this one down since it sucked me so completely into the story of Jake and Nicole.