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Lucern Argeneau has moved from history texts to romance novels and as Luke
Amirault has written a successful series about vampires. So successful in fact
that his new editor Kate Leever's job depends on getting the reclusive writer to
do some publicity work. So when force-of-nature Kate meets immovable-object
Lucern, something has to give and with Lucern's vampire nature and all too real
inspirations walking about, it has to give quickly.
This is the third
book in the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series (after A Quick Bite and Love Bites) although it was the first to be published as the first four were
released in a mixed up order. This is the only book where the confusion shows
and it is a little annoying, especially as mistakes (whether Lucern eats
normally and Kate's home state) are made in terms of the series that mean this
book doesn't sit right when the series is viewed as a whole.
The story is
a lot of fun and well-paced with some laugh out loud moments (especially those
relating to Etienne's coffin). I loved reading Kate and Lucern's letters at the
start of the book, and Lucern's gruff nature definitely stands out from the
other Argeneau siblings. That said I wasn't as swept away by this installment,
possibly because there are two distinct locations that the characters move
between and the gaps in the story between the two are a little jarring.
really enjoyed the view into the publishing world, fictional though it is.
Seeing how Lucern as an author interacted with his editor, and how hard Kate and
her fellow editor Chris worked for all their authors made me realise how much
effort goes into creating the books I read. I also now would love to attend
Romantic Times although it sounds like such a blast here that it may be a little
disappointing in real life.
I liked Lucern from the very beginning. He's
rude and curmudgeonly and hilarious to read about, and his gruff nature fits
with someone of over 600 years old. Kate manages to be determined without being
overly pushy, pressing Lucern's buttons and generally throwing his life into
chaos. The other Argeneaus make a welcome return with Greg and Rachel's wedding
happening in the background and Marguerite happily interfering in Lucern and
All in all, this was a fun read and I'm looking forwards to
Tall, Dark and Hungry.
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