Immortally Yours (Argeneau Vampire Series #26) Book Review

The myth of the vampire has been akin to catnip for writers for centuries.  The question that a reader must ask is, does the adequately distinguish their vampire tale from the multitude of narratives with the same basic concept?

In Immortally Yours (Argeneau Vampire Series #26), by Lynsay Sands, Beth Argenis is one of the most respected Rogue Hunters in the vampire community. Her job is  police her fellow vampires. Cullen “Scotty” MacDonald is a fellow Rogue Hunter. Not only has Beth had a crush on Scotty for over a century, she has had some rather steamy dreams about him. But the last thing she wants is to be the damsel in distress who Scotty must rescue.

For his part, Scotty is unsure if Beth is his life mate. That is until one explosive kiss confirms their mutual desire for one another. The kiss confirms everything that his heart has been saying, but his head has been denying. Then it becomes terrifying clear that Beth is in danger and the culprit is closer than anyone has previously thought. If Scotty does not get over his hesitation about love and Beth’s past, he may lose her forever.

The concept of the book sounded intriguing. I have not read any previous books in this series, so this book is the only thing I know about the series. While I appreciated the strong women that populate this world, I was not blown away by the book.  The hook in any story where romance is the basis of the narrative is the rising action where it appears that the lead characters will get together. I wanted to feel the heart fluttering, the blood pumping and I wanted to imagine what it would be like when these characters got together. However, by the time the book was finished, I was underwhelmed.

Do I recommend it? Not really.


A Moment Of Reckoning

Most, if not all of us, have a moment of reckoning, whether on a personal level or a larger cultural/societal level.

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday that killed 14 teenagers and 3 staff members dead is our national moment of reckoning.

The question that we all must answer is a difficult one: do we continue the useless cycle of reaction to mass gun violence or do we actually grow a pair and do something?

The fact that the shooter, who is only 19, was easily able to get his hands on an AR-15 assault rifle, despite the warning signs and the information the FBI had is more than appalling.  It is disgusting and alarming to consider that the FBI had the information they needed to prevent the loss of 17 innocent lives and did nothing to stop it.

It is also a moment of reckoning for you know who and the voting public. It happened under his watch and if he continues to be tone-deaf about the subject (meanwhile tweeting continuously about the updates to the Russia investigation), I have a feeling that voters will not soon forget his inaction.

It is finally a moment of reckoning for the survivors and the grieving families of the victims. The kids who miraculously survived the attack are not only angry, but will be of age to vote in the next few years or have recently become of age to vote. They will be the ones who will finally stop this endless cycle of mass shootings and create gun laws that make sure another school shooting never happens again.

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