Friday, 6 July 2012
Tall, Dark & Hungry by Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau/Rogue Hunter #4
Type: Adult Paranormal Romance
After another of his mother's matchmaking attempts, Bastien Argeneau has relocated to New York in hopes of escaping to a more peaceful life. But with his brother Lucern getting married in the city, Bastien soon finds himself roped into helping by letting bride-to-be Kate's cousin Terri stay in his Manhattan penthouse. Terri and Bastien click straight away but with a wounded groomsman, Broadway actor vampire and all manner of wedding crises to deal with it looks like love will have to wait.
This is the fourth in the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series (after A Quick Bite, Love Bites and Single White Vampire) and focuses on Bastien who has always been presented as the level-headed business oriented Argeneau. Moving the story to New York was a great choice and allowed for some beautiful descriptions of the city.
This is the third book in the series to feature a previous couple's wedding but this time the preparation is featured when Kate and Lucern unexpectedly have to travel and leave Bastien and Terri in charge. This adds a chaotic element to the storyline which is well paced and cleverly plotted, and some of the wedding issues are incredibly funny in how they are written.
Bastien has always managed to maintain an air of professionalism in the previous books, stepping in to help out his siblings when their romantic circumstances required it. As such it's hilarious to watch him make even bigger mistakes than they did. Terri is sweet and generous but older than her years with a tragic past that leaves the reader rooting for her to move past her fears. Their romance is hampered by each of their pasts, so it is interesting to see how they each deal with it.
Chris Keyes, Kate's friend and fellow editor is back and ends up as the butt of several jokes as he lives through what could possibly be the worst week of his life. Problem after problem besets him in a variety of amusing ways. My favourite character though is Vincent who is introduced to the series in an outstanding fashion and quickly fills the supportive/flirty/funny role that Thomas occupied in the first two installments. Vincent's book is up next so it's great to get to know him as a character, especially as Bastien is the last of Marguerite's children so she'll have to move her motherly matchmaking elsewhere.
All in all this was another great read and I'm looking forward to A Bite to Remember.