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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  • Sissy's Romance Book Review

    The Trouble With Vampires by Lynsay Sands is book 29 in the Argeneau Series. This is the story of Santo Notte and Petronella 'Pet' Stone. I have read the previous book (and Loved it) but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so.

    Pet has come to watch her nephew Parker when she was asked to by her sister. Pet is a History Professor and her nephew is a very smart 6 year old. Santo is now hunting down the immortal rogue who captured and tortured him. Santo has been finding armi

    The Trouble With Vampires by Lynsay Sands is book 29 in the Argeneau Series. This is the story of Santo Notte and Petronella 'Pet' Stone. I have read the previous book (and Loved it) but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so.

    Pet has come to watch her nephew Parker when she was asked to by her sister. Pet is a History Professor and her nephew is a very smart 6 year old. Santo is now hunting down the immortal rogue who captured and tortured him. Santo has been finding armies for centuries so this is just more personal mission but what he didn't expect to have was to find his mate. Pet knows what Santo and his family are but she also has her secrets. Danger of course is following them both, so we get some drama with their love story.

    I am such a fan of Ms. Sands, so her books are a must read for me.

  • 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 it.

    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.

  • Clarice

    You Go Girl. Lynsay, just finished Santo's story and it was great. Just knowing some of the things that he has gone threw in his life. Life has been hard for him. The only thing that was driving him was his need to find Dr. Dressier and putting him down. That was all until Santo met a woman Pet,and her nephew, Parker. Still not knowing the changes that these two people will make in his life. Pet, also has had a lift no no one Santo has met before. She and her twin sister Quinn has seen horrors a

    You Go Girl. Lynsay, just finished Santo's story and it was great. Just knowing some of the things that he has gone threw in his life. Life has been hard for him. The only thing that was driving him was his need to find Dr. Dressier and putting him down. That was all until Santo met a woman Pet,and her nephew, Parker. Still not knowing the changes that these two people will make in his life. Pet, also has had a lift no no one Santo has met before. She and her twin sister Quinn has seen horrors and lived. Pet and her sister Quinn also knows just what immortals are. (How?) Which is a shock for Santo and the others to learn. Can these two broken souls heal each other and find the life as mates that they were meant to be to each other? Awaiting for the next book. Have questions about Pet sister Quinn? Where in the hell is Dr. Dressier now? Whom or what is the Brass Circle? I got it today. Couldn't put this book down until I had finished it.

  • Angela Lover  of all Books No Matter How Horrid They Are ❤❂☠

    This book is in a long series. There are times when a book that has been part of a long series the newer book tends to suck. You want the author to just give it up and start writing a new because the ideas are repetitive and it hurts the series in the long run. I have had many series destroyed because an author just cannot let it go. However for Ms.

    that is not the case for this book.

    The past two books however,

    , was not the best at all as you can tell from my review,

    This book is in a long series. There are times when a book that has been part of a long series the newer book tends to suck. You want the author to just give it up and start writing a new because the ideas are repetitive and it hurts the series in the long run. I have had many series destroyed because an author just cannot let it go. However for Ms.

    that is not the case for this book.

    The past two books however,

    , was not the best at all as you can tell from my review,

    , and

    ,

    . I really loved her earlier books and I thought that I may have to give up on this series but this book made me want to continue this series.

    I loved Santo at times. We knew a bit about him but did not know his story. I still feel as though I do not know his story. I know about some major life events however I do not know what he has been doing since something horrific happened to him. I still do not know how Dressler captured him in the first place. We got so much background when it came to Pet that Santo just seemed as an afterthought in this book.

    There were so many great things that happened within this book and so many things that I was confused about. I have no idea what happened with the timeline. One minute someone is pregnant and then it is never mentioned again, it is a major player in the story as well. What happened with the pregnancy? Did Ms. Sands forget that she made this character pregnant or did she make a mistake and think that no one would catch it. Either way it had me confused and I kept going back to other books to make sure I was correct.

    I enjoyed Parker, Pet's nephew. I cannot wait to see that happens with him. I am a bit concerned about Pet's sister, Quinn, I think there are somethings that Quinn is hiding. I have no idea what that is but I do think there is more to her then what Pet is telling everyone. I also believe she knows more about what is happening and what has happened but will not tell Pet about.

    I am intrigued about the Golden Circle. I love the Argeneau's and the Notte's however I want to know more about the other Immortals that survived Atlantis. I understand that these two families are super important but there are a lot of different Immortals out there and I want to know more about them. With this book we learn a bit about them but nothing that would make me feel as though my curiosity was quenched. I need to know more about the different countries and all about the different people.

    The next book in this series,

    , has a character that I know nothing about. I hope that the timeline is back on track because this being lost madness is just.. well.. madness.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • Teresa (Reads_Romance)

    I was a little nervous to re-start this much-loved series 29 (!?!?) books in. Paranormal romances tend to build over time and I was worried jumping in blind would leave me lost the whole book. I’ve read a few books in this series, but it’s been YEARS, and I remembered exactly nothing about them. After reading this book, I can confidently say you can hop in on this book and not be lost in the least. In my mind, a book is stronger if you can read it as a standalone.

    THE TROUBLE WITH VAMPIRES is one

    I was a little nervous to re-start this much-loved series 29 (!?!?) books in. Paranormal romances tend to build over time and I was worried jumping in blind would leave me lost the whole book. I’ve read a few books in this series, but it’s been YEARS, and I remembered exactly nothing about them. After reading this book, I can confidently say you can hop in on this book and not be lost in the least. In my mind, a book is stronger if you can read it as a standalone.

    THE TROUBLE WITH VAMPIRES is one of the best paranormal romances I’ve read in 2019 so far. I couldn’t put it down. Pet the strong and independent thirty-something, and the slightly monosyllabic, immortal, Santo were so flipping cute together. Pet was so mature and level-headed which allowed me to relax as a reader because I knew she wasn’t going to do anything immature or out of character. She had no problem telling Santo when she was upset or angry and took all the new craziness in her life in stride. I really appreciated her. Santo was a big hunk of love. He was all in with Pet from the first, and I loved watching him find out more about her and fall even deeper.

    I have found with some of Ms. Sans historical romances, the humor can get slapstick and ridiculous. I was worried it would be even worse in a paranormal story. Luckily, the humor in this story was perfectly placed and paced. I was surprised at how many times I ended up laughing out loud.

    The book did get a little weighed down with insignificant details towards the middle. The details helped to create a rich world but didn’t really move the plot forward. I also didn’t like that things felt a little unfinished at the end. There were a few dangling plotlines I felt needed a conclusion.

    Overall, this book was wonderful. I can’t wait to go back and read the rest of the series. All I want to do is binge Argeneau books now, and I’m not mad about it! Good thing I have 28 previous books to pick up!

    **I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**

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  • 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.

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