The Trouble With Vampires

The Trouble With Vampires

For close to three thousand years the imposing, impossibly handsome Santo Notte has fought in armies across the world and battled his own, more personal enemies. Of all the places he might expect to encounter his life mate, a quiet corner of upstate New York doesn’t seem likely. But as soon as he makes contact with history professor Petronella Stone, while hunting down a s...

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  • Thomas

    This is a good one. I enjoyed it immensely with one caveat.

    I don’t think it’s Lynsay’s fault, but I listened to the audiobook and there was one thing about it that detracted from the experience: Marguerite is portrayed by the reader as having an Italian accent, which is wrong. Yes, her husband is Italian, at least as much as someone who was born before there was an Italy or an Italian language could be. Somehow the reader and the producers of this audiobook did not get that memo and it lessened

    This is a good one. I enjoyed it immensely with one caveat.

    I don’t think it’s Lynsay’s fault, but I listened to the audiobook and there was one thing about it that detracted from the experience: Marguerite is portrayed by the reader as having an Italian accent, which is wrong. Yes, her husband is Italian, at least as much as someone who was born before there was an Italy or an Italian language could be. Somehow the reader and the producers of this audiobook did not get that memo and it lessened my enjoyment of the book, particularly since Marguerite is one of my favorite characters. I refuse to fault the book itself for this since nowhere does it actually say that she is Italian.

    Overall, this was a fun rousing adventure with the usual romance as another worthy finds his life mate, everything you could want in another installment of this fine series. Just to be fair, I should admit that I can never be impartial about these books since they will always hold a special place in my heart. I don’t think I need to go on and on about that but I have a few thoughts and observations I’d like to throw in.

    It makes sense that, in a series about a bunch of immortals, the past looms large over everything. A number of these books has had horrible past experiences come back to haunt the main characters. In this case, both Santos and Pet have nightmarish stuff in their pasts, the kind of things that would, at the very least, leave you emotionally scarred for life or, at worst, completely insane. Lynsay isn’t big on explosions, but she can sure deliver the goods when it comes to horrific histories.

    So now we have a Chinese martial arts expert whose name is Petronella Stone, which should get high marks for originality. Cool.

    Both Pet and her sister are technically illegal immigrants, a nice touch in the xenophobic zeitgeist of our current age. I’d love to see ICE come after them. That would be fun.

    There was a nice curveball at the end. That mysterious guy who was trying to break into Parker’s room and who attacked Pet at her apartment turned out to be Pet’s brother-in-law. Meanwhile the evil Dr. Dressler escapes to create mayhem in another book.

    I guess Parker is used to not having friends his own age. He is not likely to find many among the immortals, given how rarely they reproduce. Maybe Livy is somewhere around his age. You never know with the way time passes in books.

    I really hope that Quinn gets through the turn okay and manages to adjust. Since she’s Pet’s twin, I have no doubt she could make an excellent focus for a future book.

    We'll be hearing more from the Brass Circle in future books. Bet on it.

    The power of service dogs is displayed at the end of this story. A nice touch. Also, we see a practical use for shared dreams aside from the usual one.

    Anyway, I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I always enjoy stories where a painful past is put in its place and the future looks bright.

  • Niki

    After centuries of battling enemies both external and within himself, Santo Notte has yet to find his life mate and he certainly didn't think he'd find her in upstate New York. But when he meets history professor Petronella Stone while investigating a rogue immortal, things finally change for him. Pet just wants to keep her nephew safe and with danger lurking ever closer and sketchy neighbors all around her sister's house, she's not really sure who to trust. Santo has waited so long to find his

    After centuries of battling enemies both external and within himself, Santo Notte has yet to find his life mate and he certainly didn't think he'd find her in upstate New York. But when he meets history professor Petronella Stone while investigating a rogue immortal, things finally change for him. Pet just wants to keep her nephew safe and with danger lurking ever closer and sketchy neighbors all around her sister's house, she's not really sure who to trust. Santo has waited so long to find his life mate that he almost doesn't recognize her at first, but now that he's found her, he has to figure out how to properly woo her and he has no idea where to begin. Pet recognizes the immortals for what they are but isn't sure if they're the good sort or the bad. Santo is amazed that she knows what he is and even more so by her acceptance of him once she sees he's not a corrupt immortal.

    But with a rogue immortal now living next door, Pet and her nephew aren't safe. She had her life torn apart by such rogues when she and her twin sister were young and Santo vows to keep her safe now. They're both amazed by the electricity between them but Pet isn't sure if it's real or something Santo is using his immortal abilities to manufacture, so she tells herself to stay away; that's safest for her nephew anyway. Santo has his own inner demons from years spent being held captive and tortured and Pet's own experiences with immortals have taught her that none of them are safe to be around. She's determined not to get attached to Santo or get to know him beyond the physical pleasure he can give her. With other threats to contend with these two have more keeping them apart than just their communication issues. But unless they can both overcome past traumas, they won't have much hope of a future together.

    I've never read any of the books in this series and I'm only just starting to branch out into this genre a bit but I've read other books by this author and loved them so I wanted to give it a try. This book was action and suspense from the start that drew me in immediately. Santo was adorable with his total lack of social skills and I loved Pet as the strong heroine because she was believably so and without being snarky or unlikable. I also don't think I've ever read a hero who suffered quite so much torture as this one. This book kept me glued to the kindle and sucked me in right from the get go. It was also quite unexpectedly hilarious. There was a satisfying ending, but lots of loose ends left undone that I'm hoping will be addressed in later books and which I'm very much looking forward to.

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Candace

    Santo Notte has lived nearly three thousand years. He works for the Notte Construction Company as an engineer. He's presently volunteering as an immortal Enforcer. With his cousin Zanipolo and a family friend, Justin Bricker, and Julius and Marguerite Argeneau Notte, (uncle and aunt), they are watching Max Purdy's house to catch Dr. Dressler. He is a top priority target because he knows about, and has experimented on, immortals.

    Quinn Peter calls her twin sister, Petronella Stone, to watch over h

    Santo Notte has lived nearly three thousand years. He works for the Notte Construction Company as an engineer. He's presently volunteering as an immortal Enforcer. With his cousin Zanipolo and a family friend, Justin Bricker, and Julius and Marguerite Argeneau Notte, (uncle and aunt), they are watching Max Purdy's house to catch Dr. Dressler. He is a top priority target because he knows about, and has experimented on, immortals.

    Quinn Peter calls her twin sister, Petronella Stone, to watch over her son, Parker, when her husband, Patrick, changes his plans on the week she has to attend a conference. Petronella (Pet) packs a bag and comes right over. Parker goes to school and Pet, a history professor, teaches classes. Parker is worried about Mr. Purdy. He's been acting strange and has not been taking care of his prize garden. Plus his cat, Mrs. Wiggles, is hiding at Parker's house.

    Julius, Marguerite, Santo, Zanipolo and Justin come over to meet the Peters family. Pet introduces herself and Parker. She takes notice of Santo because of his height and the width of his shoulders. She also recognizes the group as immortals, but she doesn't know if the are good or bad immortals. That night Pet locks the house up tight. She stays up til midnight reading an ebook. After getting a glass of water, she walks by Parker's bedroom and hears growling. Opening his door, she notices the cat growling and hissing on his bed. Next, she sees a dark silhouette trying to get in through Parker's bedroom window. Parker wakes up and screams. Pet gathers up Parker, the quilt and the cat, and rushes to the bathroom, where her cell phone is charging. Telling her nephew to dial 911, Pet starts to leave when Parker screams no. She comes back into the bathroom, closes the door and duals 911.

    I haven't been reading this series in order, but this book easily could be a standalone. Both main characters have horrible past histories. Both have tried to move on, but those histories still haunt them. They'll have to get passed the past before their love can fully grow. The plot and subplots are well crafted. The attention to detail is always impressive and satisfying. Some series become redundant because of the same plot points repeated ad nauseum. Ms. Sands's Argeneau series isn't in this category. Her tortured hero and heroine and their struggles to become more than their pasts are so realistic the reader feels like they know them personally. The pages tick by quickly as the reader immerses themselves into the story. I definitely recommend this series and this novel.

  • Beth

    Lots of funny, tons of steamy and loads of cute!

    Santo is searching for a "rouge" that has torched and murdered when the leads him next door to Petronella, Pet, a history professor baby sitting her young, but highly intelligent, nephew. After a little nudging from his Aunt by marriage, Santo test to see if he can read Pet's thoughts and realizes that she is his life mate. Pet quickly recognizes Santo and his family for what they really are...immortals, and discovers that they are on the hunt for

    Lots of funny, tons of steamy and loads of cute!

    Santo is searching for a "rouge" that has torched and murdered when the leads him next door to Petronella, Pet, a history professor baby sitting her young, but highly intelligent, nephew. After a little nudging from his Aunt by marriage, Santo test to see if he can read Pet's thoughts and realizes that she is his life mate. Pet quickly recognizes Santo and his family for what they really are...immortals, and discovers that they are on the hunt for a killer and both her and her nephew's lives are at stake. When the home is invaded the danger level increases and Pet gets a great big target on her head.

    Some would think that Santo has is easy, since his very human life mate already knows about immortals...BUT, he stumbles his way through wooing Pet. Which made for some really good LOL situations and comments.

    I enjoyed

    . It was fun, fast and enjoyable read but not much has happened in the progression of the series with a quick closing to the storyline.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Avon Books. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication April 23, 2019.

    My Rating: 3.5 stars

    Written by: Lynsay Sands

    On Sale Date: April 23, 2019

    Ship Date: April 2, 2019

    ISBN 9780062855176, 0062855174

    Mass Market | 400 pages

    $7.99 USD, $10.99 CAD

    Fiction / Romance / Paranormal

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  • Lover of Romance

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    The Trouble With Vampires is the latest release into the Argeneau series and I can't believe we are almost on number 30 in the series!!! Its incredible to see the growth in this series and you know....its not boring. I am still having a fun time with this world that Lynsay Sands has built. This book features Santos' story and a bit of a twist with the heroine that isn't the norm for what we see in this series normally so I had a fun time se

    This review was originally posted on

    The Trouble With Vampires is the latest release into the Argeneau series and I can't believe we are almost on number 30 in the series!!! Its incredible to see the growth in this series and you know....its not boring. I am still having a fun time with this world that Lynsay Sands has built. This book features Santos' story and a bit of a twist with the heroine that isn't the norm for what we see in this series normally so I had a fun time seeing Santos figure out what to do with his lifemate.

    The Trouble With Vampires begins with our heroine and her nephew who are in a very delicate situation involving a rogue vampire. Petronella is taking care of her nephew while his parents are out of town for the week. But her nephew suspects that somethiing bad is going on with their next door neighbor. Petronella knows the truth about vampire/immortals. Petronella lost all but one sister to rogue vampires when she was just a girl and she is still haunted by those memories. But when a group of good vampires come to handle the situation with their next door neighbor, she runs into Santos. Santos is one of the oldest vampires at living three thousand years and never expected to find his lifemate but then he runs into a woman needing his help and Petronella is his mate and now he is at a loss. He has to talk and make conversation, he is confussed by the courting rituals of the modern era, and plus they have a rogue vampire to hunt down. Both Petronella and Santos have much more in common than they realize, but they will both learn that being lifemates isn't always the easy road...

    I found The Trouble With Vampires to be a sexy and fun read that only Lynsay Sands delivers plus a sexy Italian hero and YUMMY!! I have become really impressed with how this author has written these books and developed this world and somehow I haven't become bored with it....not even when being on book 29. So CHEERS to Lynsay Sands for her storytelling talent that strikes a chord with this reader. There were so many unique elements that made this story grand but what really did it for me was the relationship between Santos and Pet. Neither of them have had easy lives and both have suffered some severe trauma so we see how this has affected their characters and their relationship.

    Both our characters have some serious lessons to be learned if they want to make a relationship work. Our hero, Santos is OLD as time ...almost. He mostly is this big warrior who just grunts a lot and doesn't really talk ever. But when he finds Pet, he realizes he might need to carry on some conversations if he wants to convince Pet to take a chance on him as his lifemate. Pet, now she has her own issues that she needs to deal with and we see how she has to face up to her past in some difficult ways. But with Santos being an immortal, she does understand the life more than the regular mortal and I love how open she is with him. She doesn't shy away from his life or what being his lifemate could mean. Seeing them find their own journey together was priceless and I was all for the ride of bumps that they carry you on including the precious successes that we see them overcome.

    Overall I found The Trouble With Vampires to be a vampire romance that is packed with thrilling suspense, an evolving world, a sexy Italian hero and a sassy heroine who both takes us on a journey of growth, maturity and a powerfully fight for love and...eternity!

  • Malinda

    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked Santo and Petronella and enjoyed their story.

    Petronella is a history professor that has an unusual background. Petronella (aka Pet) grew up in China and was the step-daughter to an immortal. Pet's family was killed except for a sister and after the both moved to the US and were adopted. Pet is single and her nephew is the closest she has to a kid.

    Santo is a civil engineer for his family's construction business and is also is in a band with his cousins.

    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked Santo and Petronella and enjoyed their story.

    Petronella is a history professor that has an unusual background. Petronella (aka Pet) grew up in China and was the step-daughter to an immortal. Pet's family was killed except for a sister and after the both moved to the US and were adopted. Pet is single and her nephew is the closest she has to a kid.

    Santo is a civil engineer for his family's construction business and is also is in a band with his cousins. Santo is also an Immortal, which are humans from the city of Atlantis that have nanobots that give them traits that are similar to the vampires of legend, including their need for blood. Santo is in the US and is helping with a Rogue situation.

    When the story begins, Pet is staying at her sisters' place to watch her nephew, Parker, while his parents are out of town. Pet and Parker quickly meet some new people staying on their street, Marguerite Argeneau, her husband and a few cousins (and Santo is one of the cousins). Pet knows about immortals and her experiences haven't always been good so she freaks when she recognizes what Marguerite and her family are. Marguerite realizes the issue (due to her ability to read minds) and reassures Pet that they're no bad immortals and are only there because they're hunting a rogue that they believe is in the area.

    Pet is comforted by Marguerite's reassurance and the family's actions in general but she's worried about the rogue nearby and her need to protect Parker. Santos tries to get close to Pet but he's had a rough past and it's made him rather solitary and very laconic. His lack of communication skills cause issues with Pet though and Santos has to step out of his comfort zone to make any progress with Pet. There is drama, part from the rogue issues and some from Pet's own issues combined with the interpersonal issues that arise as Santo attempts to court her. Thankfully, everything gets worked out and the story ends with Santo and Pet happily together and heading towards and HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I liked Pet pretty well. She was a good heroine but made some moves I thought were caused more by plot needs than anything. Santo was a good hero once he learned to talk, hehe. There were a few points in the story that didn't see completely wrapped up and that bothered me a bit but it wasn't anything too major. Overall, I enjoyed the story very much and liked the characters so I would recommend it (and the series). :)

    * note - I listened to the audio version of this story and the narrator did a very good job.

  • Christa

    Not my favorite Lynsay Sands, but not the worst either.

    Pet wasn’t too bad, her nephew was cute. But I couldn’t get into this one as much as others.

    It’s still an enjoyable series.

  • Ana

    The story started off well enough...for the first few pages. Soon into the novel, it started feeling more like erotica than a fantasy novel. The relationship was intended (I believe) to be passionate but there is no build-up in the relationship save for physical attraction. I get that she is his "life mate" and he's supposed to be smitten but I can't accept how 60% into the book, all the characters have done is think about sex, perform sex or almost have sex. There is a few points in the backsto

    The story started off well enough...for the first few pages. Soon into the novel, it started feeling more like erotica than a fantasy novel. The relationship was intended (I believe) to be passionate but there is no build-up in the relationship save for physical attraction. I get that she is his "life mate" and he's supposed to be smitten but I can't accept how 60% into the book, all the characters have done is think about sex, perform sex or almost have sex. There is a few points in the backstory but sex is so prevalent in the book that I found myself skipping the sexual scenes after the first three just to see when action related to the initial story line would take place. I gave up on the book along the way. I liked the book when i first started it because it was a somewhat different storyline (nanites making people immortal versus old-fashioned biting; the reason why sun "harms" them;etc). But the focus on sex in EVERY moment is too much. I ended up putting the book down and not continuing.

  • Darcy

    This one was just ok for me. I didn't really feel the I love you now lifemate connection that usually happens with couples in this series. Instead I was more interesting on both Pet and Santo's past. Pet because she knew about Immortals and Santo because of all the horrible things that happened to him. I thought the ending was a bit over the top with what happened to Pet's family, but am looking forward to seeing what happens to them.

  • Heather

    I was kind of meh on this one. I didn't particularly like either of the main characters. And I'm not even sure why. :\

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