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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hungry For You by Lynsay Sands

Hungry For You by Lynsay Sands
Publisher: Avon Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (353 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

This vampire has been alone for far too long . . .

As one of the most ancient in the Argeneau clan, Cale Valens has given up on finding a life mate. His friends and family, however, have not. In fact, they believe they've finally found his perfect match. Getting them together, however, requires one little white lie . . .

Alexandra Willan is in a panic. Her restaurant is due to open in two weeks, but her chef just walked out. Then a highly recommended replacement arrives, an impossibly handsome culinary genius who sends electric tingles racing through her body . . .

Except he can't cook. In fact, Cale hasn't eaten real food in two thousand years. Yet he's determined to prove to Alex his prowess in the kitchen . . . and elsewhere. Because never has he hungered so for any mortal woman. And not just for a taste of her, but for the whole delicious feast!

Ms. Sands has done it again and given her readers and fans another winner of a romance.

For readers who have been following the series, they know that Aunt Marguerite has an uncanny knack for setting up hapless and unsuspecting immortals with their equally unsuspecting future mates and then sits back to watch the sparks fly. Sometimes Marguerite outdoes herself and I think Hungry For You qualifies as one of her best matches to date.

Cale, whose very name caused a smile or two once he met Alex, is adorable. He’s gruff, filled with ennui and happy with that fact. He has no interest in humans – at least that’s his story and he’s sticking to it. What a reader eventually realizes is that Cale is no different than the other immortals. He too yearns to find the love of his life but doesn’t believe it’s really going to happen. How sweet it was to have him get his happily ever after. What is even better is how much fun a reader has watching him bumble his way through it.

Enter Bricker. Honest, Ms. Sands had me in stitches with what Bricker said and did to poor Cale. I mean, talk about set up. Bricker’s sense of humor and mischievous antics are off the charts as he plays backup matchmaker to Marguerite. I laughed so many times from his dialogue and character input, it was great. His idea about the van was giggle worthy especially considering what actually happened and Cale’s response. I’m still laughing.

Alex is the sister of Sam, the one who mated with Mortimer. Sam wants her sisters to be happy and to that end, it means Alex needs to be mated to an immortal too. I loved how Alex explained “the look”. That whole internal dialogue scene made me smile. I liked Alex a lot. I liked her dedication and her full belief that people were inherently good and of course, that’s key to the plot and to the villain. I sort of had an idea what was going on to poor Alex but I never would have guessed as to whom. Meanwhile, she has to contend with Cale’s knight in corporate armor to help save the day and her restaurant. I enjoyed her slow tumble into passion and trust and thought it hysterical that a famous chef showed up to save the day. I don’t think Ms. Sands has ever done a pseudo-cameo like that before and I found it really cool.

When Cale and Alex finally overcome the initial hurdles to their getting together, the sparks fly and the heat soars and readers get treated to some very hot and passionate clinches. I enjoyed their enthusiasm.

All’s not whipped cream and chocolate however. There is a villain. There is strife and doubts and worries that plague and torment both hero and heroine both internal and external. Ms. Sands brings just enough light suspense and drama to keep a reader gripped by the story and its effect on Alex and Cale which in turn kept me turning the pages swiftly. The dialogue has the Sands/Argeneau brand that I look forward to and which is evident in spectacular fashion. One of the best aspects of this series is when Ms. Sands includes the family in all their helpful, intrusive and loving glory. Whether providing the soon to be lovebirds incentive to be together or defending them against an unknown foe, the Argeneau clan is a force to be reckoned with and, as usual, enhances my enjoyment tremendously. Wait until you get to the part when one of my favorite secondary characters shouts out about it ‘raining clothes’. I love that guy. I can’t wait until Ms. Sands makes him dance to the tune of love too. Oh! And then there’s the part when the sisters get together and do a toast. I think readers are going to enjoy that whole scene. What an upper and it too made me smile.

Hungry For You is a sensational and very spicy adventure of love, Argeneau style sure to thrill fans of Ms. Sands. It has everything a reader looks for; the family love and annoyance, the thrill of discovery and passion that follows, a villain with a twisted mind, an alpha man who can’t cook a trout and a woman who finally finds the love of her life. I had the best time reading this story and couldn’t wait to share it with fellow readers. Need a reason to smile? Read Hungry For You.

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