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Under a Vampire Moon by Lynsay Sands
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Feb 22, 2012

did not like it

Maybe it just wasn't for me...

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!?!).

**ARC received via Amazon Vine.
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Reading Progress

February 22, 2012 – Started Reading
February 22, 2012 – Shelved
February 23, 2012 –
page 82
March 2, 2012 –
page 115
March 3, 2012 –
page 187
53.28% "Ugh. Just ugh."
March 4, 2012 –
page 322
March 4, 2012 –
March 5, 2012 – Finished Reading

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Melindeeloo So, looks like you've almost made it...

Rhianna Yeah, just about there. Been skimming the last few chapters. This plot is just not for me and the humor folks told me this series is known for isn't really showing. I'm going to have to check your profile to see if you've read this series and see what you thought. I have a few of these but just had never started the series since it's so many books in. Ah well.

Melindeeloo I don't know how you manage to read so many ARCs, I'll try a few and then not feel like writing a review for all of thema and then swear ARCs off for a while and then get sucked back in and read a few and then...

You probably have to take my opinion about the Argeneaus in context, I started this series when there were only three and have kept up with them so for me the may be a nostalgia factor at work and while this one wasn't hilarious it was actually better than I expected (once you get past the awkward 'bearding' of the heroine) - I thought the last few books in the series had slipped into tired old formula land...

My favorites of the 19 in the series are about 10 books back, The Accidental Vampire and the following one which was one of the funniest. If I were starting the series now, I don't now how it would stack up - there are so many offerings in the genre now due to the Twilight Effect that I've wondered the same thing about several of the series that I've been following for a while.

Rhianna I know that feeling! He nostalgia factor at work. It used to be what kept me reading certain series (The Hollows for example) and then one book will come along in a series and I just fizzle on the whole thing. All that could bring me back would be that urge to check in with characters I once loved.

That's def the word for it... the whole 'beard' bit was just awkward and I don't know why but it offended me a little. Kind of like it insulted Carolyn's intelligence that she couldn't see through the lie. I don't know. lol

It's not hard for a romance series to get stale FAST. It's one reason I lean more toward UF over PNR series. Romance only has one basic formula really so there are only so many ways you can flavor that formula before they all taste the same.

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