Also in this series: Single White Vampire, Vampires Are Forever, Love Bites, The Accidental Vampire, A Quick Bite, A Bite to Remember, The Immortal Hunter
Series: Argeneau #32
Published by Avon on April 27, 2021
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Vampires
In the newest Argeneau novel from author Lynsay Sands, an immortal barely escapes a raging fire only to kindle a sizzling passion with his potential life mate.
Mac Argeneau knows all too well: immortals can be killed. Not with holy water or silver crosses, but by decapitation or being set on fire. So when Mac’s house bursts into flames—with him inside—he’s sure it was no accident. But who would want to kill a scientist specializing in hematology? There is a silver lining: a blonde investigator appears on the scene and sparks feelings in him that have been dormant for centuries.
CJ Cummings is in town on a special investigation, but she’s been waylaid by the local police to deal with this arson case. The biggest mystery is how this sexy scientist with silvery blue eyes has emerged from a blazing inferno without a burn mark on him. He’s clearly hiding something. Sure, she’d love to see him without his lab coat, but she’s got a job to do—despite his insistence that he needs a bodyguard and...he wants her.
But when a second attempt on their lives puts CJ in harm’s way, it’s Mac who will do anything to safeguard the woman who’s destined to be his life mate.
Meant To Be Immortal is a story that takes us back with the wonderful, laugh out loud Argeneau’s and I am in love with this series and while I don’t get the sense of pleasure like I did with the first half of the series, I definitely do get a fun kick out of these books and they are a wonderful distraction which is definitely needed. I will be honest though in stating that Meant To Be Immortal is a book that I didn’t really enjoy like I expected, the pacing of the story started out slow for me, or maybe I just wasn’t connecting to the chemistry with the characters, it just didn’t fit right and so I personally just struggled being invested in this story, I wanted to be so badly but it just didn’t happen until about half way through and then I couldn’t wait to see how their romance would evolve.
Meant To Be Immortal is a romance that begins with our hero, Mac, who works as a blood doctor, in researching blood for his kind. But when he moves to a new house, his house ends up on fire and he saves himself by going into the bathtub and is then rescued by the emergency staff. But then he is assigned a police investigator, there is no one else to assign a safety protection to, and while CJ isn’t a true police officer anymore, as she works in a different department, she is determined to get down to the bottom of the crime and see who was involved. CJ is in over her head with Mac, and in other ways Mac has no idea how to deal with a woman like CJ. But as they battle out their differences, a chemistry builds between them.
Meant To Be Immortal is a story with a grump and sunshine type of pairing. But our heorine is the grump of the pair and our hero Mac is Mr. Sunshine and daises. He is very upbeat and positive and always looking for the bright side and making CJ laugh. CJ, has had a rough life and has become bitter about the hand that she has been dealt and doesn’t know how to deal with a man that is so gone for her and is trying to win her heart. She is baffled throughout most of the story, because she doesn’t understand why he is chasing after her. She really doesn’t even suspect what he is or that they are mates till towards the end. So you have this courtship happening, where CJ is pretty blind to most of the specifics. Which considering she is a “no relationship” gal, it actually makes sense, but you also feel for her because she doesn’t truly comprehend the depth of the relationship that Mac is wanting from her.
Despite some of my issues with the first half of the book, I actually truly had a fun time with this one and was charmed by the whole story. We, of course, get plenty of fun shenanigans and I had adored seeing the interfering Argeneau family and all their courtship meddling that we have going on in this one. While its far from my favorite of the series, it was humurous and light and had a warm mystery to keep you guessing on the reveal of the villain.
Overall I found Meant To Be Immortal to be a likeable, endearing and playful addition to the series and eager to see where she takes the series in the future.