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The Trouble with Vampires

An Argeneau Novel, Book 29
Written by: Lynsay Sands
Narrated by: Brian Pallino
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Irresistible desire and thrilling suspense combine in this electrifying new Argeneau novel from New York Times best-selling author Lynsay Sands.

For close to 3,000 years, the imposing, impossibly handsome Santo Notte has fought in armies across the world and battled his own more personal enemies. Of all the places he might expect to encounter his life mate, a quiet corner of upstate New York doesn’t seem likely. But as soon as he makes contact with history Professor Petronella Stone while hunting down a suspected rogue immortal, he knows she will be the greatest adventure of his eternal life.

He expects her to be surprised, confused, even overwhelmed. What he doesn’t expect is that Pet has a secret history of her own. There’s no mistaking the mind-blowing, mutual pleasure they share. But as Pet struggles to protect her nephew from a danger lurking too close to home, Santo realizes there’s another threat to her safety - him. And claiming their passionate future will be impossible until he leaves his past behind, forever....

©2019 Lynsay Sands (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • IME
  • 2019-04-30

Enjoyed the book, not the narrator

I love the Argeneau novels and I've listened to the last four on Audible and this was my least favorite narrator. It was mostly because of the inconsistency of the accents and the fact that all of a sudden in this reading Marguerite goes from having a mostly British accent to having an Italian accent just because her husband is Italian. The narrator was also kind of dry. But as far as the book goes, I enjoyed this new twist with the set up of the new bad guys waiting in the wings.

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  • Malinda
  • 2019-04-27

Very enjoyable story :)

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This was a very good story. I liked Santo and Petronella and enjoyed their story.

Petronella is a history professor that has an unusual background. Petronella (aka Pet) grew up in China and was the step-daughter to an immortal. Pet's family was killed except for a sister and after the both moved to the US and were adopted. Pet is single and her nephew is the closest she has to a kid.

Santo is a civil engineer for his family's construction business and is also is in a band with his cousins. Santo is also an Immortal, which are humans from the city of Atlantis that have nanobots that give them traits that are similar to the vampires of legend, including their need for blood. Santo is in the US and is helping with a Rogue situation.

When the story begins, Pet is staying at her sisters' place to watch her nephew, Parker, while his parents are out of town. Pet and Parker quickly meet some new people staying on their street, Marguerite Argeneau, her husband and a few cousins (and Santo is one of the cousins). Pet knows about immortals and her experiences haven't always been good so she freaks when she recognizes what Marguerite and her family are. Marguerite realizes the issue (due to her ability to read minds) and reassures Pet that they're no bad immortals and are only there because they're hunting a rogue that they believe is in the area.

Pet is comforted by Marguerite's reassurance and the family's actions in general but she's worried about the rogue nearby and her need to protect Parker. Santos tries to get close to Pet but he's had a rough past and it's made him rather solitary and very laconic. His lack of communication skills cause issues with Pet though and Santos has to step out of his comfort zone to make any progress with Pet. There is drama, part from the rogue issues and some from Pet's own issues combined with the interpersonal issues that arise as Santo attempts to court her. Thankfully, everything gets worked out and the story ends with Santo and Pet happily together and heading towards and HEA.

This was a very enjoyable story. I liked Pet pretty well. She was a good heroine but made some moves I thought were caused more by plot needs than anything. Santo was a good hero once he learned to talk, hehe. There were a few points in the story that didn't see completely wrapped up and that bothered me a bit but it wasn't anything too major. Overall, I enjoyed the story very much and liked the characters so I would recommend it (and the series). :)

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  • ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!)
  • Tallahassee FL
  • 2019-04-26

New characters and a new Immortal family mentioned

This book is in a long series. There are times when a book that has been part of a long series the newer book tends to suck. You want the author to just give it up and start writing a new because the ideas are repetitive and it hurts the series in the long run. I have had many series destroyed because an author just cannot let it go. However for Ms. Lynsay Sands that is not the case for this book.

The past two books however, Twice Bitten and Vampires Like It Hot was not the best, however I really loved her earlier books and I thought that I may have to give up on this series but this book made me want to continue this series.

I loved Santo at times. We knew a bit about him but did not know his story. I still feel as though I do not know his story. I know about some major life events however I do not know what he has been doing since something horrific happened to him. I still do not know how Dressler captured him in the first place. We got so much background when it came to Pet that Santo just seemed as an afterthought in this book.

There were so many great things that happened within this book and so many things that I was confused about. I have no idea what happened with the timeline. One minute someone is pregnant and then it is never mentioned again, it is a major player in the story as well. What happened with the pregnancy? Did Ms. Sands forget that she made this character pregnant or did she make a mistake and think that no one would catch it. Either way it had me confused and I kept going back to other books to make sure I was correct.

I enjoyed Parker, Pet's nephew. I cannot wait to see that happens with him. I am a bit concerned about Pet's sister, Quinn, I think there are somethings that Quinn is hiding. I have no idea what that is but I do think there is more to her then what Pet is telling everyone. I also believe she knows more about what is happening and what has happened but will not tell Pet about.

I am intrigued about the Golden Circle. I love the Argeneau's and the Notte's however I want to know more about the other Immortals that survived Atlantis. I understand that these two families are super important but there are a lot of different Immortals out there and I want to know more about them. With this book we learn a bit about them but nothing that would make me feel as though my curiosity was quenched. I need to know more about the different countries and all about the different people.

The next book in this series, Immortal Born, has a character that I know nothing about. I hope that the timeline is back on track because this being lost madness is just.. well.. madness.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-24

good book

good book I loved it so much that I cant wait for the next one

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  • Melody
  • 2019-06-24

Love it

I have read every book in this series up to this one and many of her other series and so far she has never let me down and her ability to take me to New and wonderful worlds

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  • Cindy
  • 2019-06-20

Good Story, Good Narration

Brian Pallino sounds like he's trying to be quiet while he reads. Marguerite has an Italian accent rather than British, but Pallino does a good job with the story in emotion and editing, as well as his Italian and Russian accents. Sands does a good job giving Santo his story and introducing a possible future antagonist.

Spoiler Alert: Sands has a small appearance of Dr. Dressler in this story, and all of the sudden this brilliant, mad, scientist isn't smart enough to have a plan other than running to his cousin's house. Then he turns the dad without any information as to why. Where is the depth? I know she can do better than this. It just feels lazy.

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  • J. Storie
  • 2019-06-07

another great installment in the best series

this story went by so fast cant wait for the next one! narrator did a good job.

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  • BJ
  • 2019-05-23

Accents and pronunciations!?!?

As always, I love the Argeneau stories! My problem here is that Marguerite and Lucian have completely different accents from any other book in the long list of beloved books. My other problem is that somewhere in the middle of the series the narrators have changed the pronunciation of Lucian. Who the hell is Lu-Chen???? I would like Lynsay Sands to please clarify the character name pronunciations. I also think that the narrators need to research or consult the author for that, as well as the accents of the characters. As I said before, I love the story line, always do! I just wish that narrators could do them justice. They seemed to in the beginning!

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  • MM Ese
  • USA
  • 2019-05-21

Loved the whole series more please 💜

I enjoyed the bit of humor with Margarete. Can't wait for next book. Thanks 👍👍👍

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-05-13

love the Argeneau series

yet another fun love through drama, story in the Argeneau series. my favorite character, Margerite is in this story. I like that the main female character, Petra is not a clueless or brainless woman. she takes in the new information and drama with grace. she is also a badass that doesn't have a chip on her shoulder. her twin sister, Quinn, could soon have her own story! appreciate the way thos storyline plays out. Sands is able to write vampire chick lit w a darker storyline that isn't too heavy.