Review: Under A Vampire Moon by Lynsay Sands

Title: Under a Vampire Moon
Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau Book 16
Release Date: April 24 2012
Publisher: Avon- Edelweiss
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: 3 Hoots
Reviewer: Tiffany

Christian Notte's story, the sixteenth book in the Argeneau series is set on an island paradise called St. Lucia. After a bad relationship and an even worse divorce, Carolyn decides to go on a long overdue and much needed vacation with the 'girls'. Only the rest of the vacationers didn't get the memo. Around every corner there seems to be another couple celebrating their honeymoon or anniversary and the few single men she does see are far too young to even consider, including an irresistibly attractive rock violinist she meets. It's really too bad he's so young but in the end it doesn't matter because according to his cousin, Giacinta, women in general aren't Christian's type. But there's a catch, Christian needs Carolyn's help. He needs her to be his beard (to play the part of his fake girlfriend) for the week to appease his 'machismo' family. Carolyn just can't seem to say No and decides to help Gia's cousin. The only problem is that being around Christian and acting like they are a loving couple is wreaking havoc on her emotions. Carolyn's thoughts keep drifting back to places they shouldn't, like kissing his full lips or feeling his broad shoulders under her fingertips... good lord, she's in trouble. (Goodreads)

Full of goodwill, humor, love, romance, betrayal and conflict.  Very well written and extremely detailed.  What more could a girl ask for?
Well, a lot.  While this story truned out to be a beautiful romance, its more of a contemporary novel than a paranormal.  Sure there are vampires, it is an Argeneau novel afterall, but the only way one would know that is the fangs and bagged blood.  So, readers going into this book thinking to read more on the rogue hunters or the fangless vampires reeking havoc, will be sorely disappointed.  Sorry to say there is no mystery or suspense in this one, though there is tons of humor in watching these two lifemates fall in love and get to know one another. 
Christian's story is more of a laid back variety, in comparison to the stories of the rest of his large tight knit family.  Fans will get to know Christian a little better and see him interact with both of his parents and his Notte cousins, though not with his Argeneau side.  Fans will also get a kick out of what Carolyn's birth name really is.
I would only recommend this book to readers who would like to take a dab into the paranormal but are not quite ready to jump all the way in just yet.  As I said, it is a wonderful story but more of a contemporary then anything else.  Fans of the Argeneau series, go in knowing what to expect, and what not to, that way you may be able to get more enjoyment out of it.
Looks as though Jeanne Louise is up next, here's to hoping for more action!  So far, it looks rather promising, as well as heart-wrenching.  The Lady is a Vampire is set to come out July 31, 2012.


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