Series: Argeneau #19
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Avon Romance
Rating: 4 Stars
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Luck be a vampire tonight . . .
When Nicole Phillips agreed to hire a housekeeper, she pictured someone a little frumpy and almost certainly female. Instead, she gets gorgeous, unmistakably male Jake Colson. The man is proving indispensable in the kitchen—and everywhere else. Except Jake might not be a mortal man at all.
. . . and every night
Who wouldn't want to be a tall, dark, powerful vampire? Jake, for one. He's barely had time to adjust to his new state before he's roped into a family favor. Still, secretly playing bodyguard to sweet, sexy Nicole is turning out to be the wildest ride of his life. First he'll put a stop to whoever's targeting her. Then he'll prove that this kind of love, and luck, happens only once in an eternity.
We first see Stephano, aka Jake, in A Bite to Remember where he was mistaken for an immortal and staked through the heart to die. Being a mortal, a stake to the heart is also death, but miraculously he is saved and turned just in time. Needless to say, Stephano was not happy at all. He had no desire to live as an immortal.
We fast forward seven years and now Jake, who uses his middle name, works as a bodyguard far away from his old life and a family full of “monsters.” Jake is roped in to doing a favor for Marguerite Argeneau Notte and finds himself face-to-face with a strong, stubborn Nicole, a world-renowned portraitist two weeks shy of her divorce being finalized.
Marguerite fears Nicole’s soon-to-be ex-husband is trying to kill Nicole before the divorce is final and asks Jake to pose as a cook/housekeeper to investigate and protect this stubborn somewhat naïve spitfire. As the action heats up and more attempts are made on Nicole’s and Jake’s lives, they find that the mystery of the threats may not be coming from the ex-husband after all. But who else could be after Nicole? Unless she wasn’t the target to begin with…
I do love a good mystery! This book even had me fooled. I was sure I knew who the culprit was but I was COMPLETELY wrong! I enjoyed the story. I was glad Stephano/Jake was finally able to put his demons to rest and accept the new life he has now, and be grateful for it. I liked Nicole’s character. She was pushed around and bullied in her last marriage and that left her with a lot of insecurities and I enjoyed watching her slowly take back her independence and conquer her own demons as well.
We also got to see more of the delicious Notte twins, Dante and Tomasso. I love their witty humor and the fact that they are almost 100 and still act like teenagers. But I also enjoyed watching the times where their age and wisdom showed and they both were revealed to be more than strong muscle and comic relief. I wonder which lucky ladies will catch their eyes.
The story was good, but I felt that I didn’t get the closure I wanted with Nicole’s brother and his situation. Other than that, it was a fun-filled ride of mystery, intrigue, passion and the happily ever after we all yearn for.