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BAD LUCK VAMPIRE by Lynsay Sands


by Lynsay Sands

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 2023
ISBN: 9780063292109
Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins

A strange series of events brings a human woman to the attention of a centuries-old vampire.

Sophie Ferguson is tired of gambling on love. When she was a child, her parents died in a house fire and she was adopted by the family of a friend. As an adult, Sophie had not one but two fiances die in freak accidents before the weddings could take place. When a blind date goes terribly wrong, she’s saved by a pair of handsome, mysterious men who are actually vampires. One of them, Tyberius Verde, asks her to be his plus-one at a large, exclusive wedding where he's the best man, and Sophie can’t help but say yes. Sophie is shuffled off to a table while Tybo takes care of wedding duties, and she's seated next to Alasdair MacKenzie. All the vampires at the wedding immediately realize that Alasdair and Sophie are fated to be life-mates, part of Sands’ vampire mythology. Sophie’s not sure why she has more chemistry with Alasdair than Tybo, while Alasdair is worried about the particulars of being mated to a human. The wedding functions as plot, with Alasdair’s twin brother and four Scottish uncles comically volunteering to help Alasdair woo Sophie, and also as fan service, with beloved couples from the previous 35 books in the Argeneau series making appearances. Sophie and Alasdair allow themselves to be pushed together, but when Alasdair survives several incidents—poisoning and a hit-and-run accident—that would have killed a mortal man, the couple realizes that Sophie isn’t suffering from bad luck, but is instead the victim of a stalker. The romance between Sophie and Alasdair feels a bit perfunctory, as everything falls neatly into place with only external forces threatening to keep them apart.

There’s nothing revolutionary here, but Argeneau fans will enjoy the fast-paced and competent romance.