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Monday, December 1, 2008

The Rogue Hunter



The Rogue Hunter by Lynsay Sands
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Review by Hibiscus

Samantha Willan is a workaholic lawyer. She's grateful for some rest and relaxation in cottage country, and after a recent breakup she wants to stay as far away from romance as possible. Then she meets her irresistible new neighbor. There's something strange and mysterious about his eyes. Is it just her imagination, or are they locked on her neck?

Garrett Mortimer is a rogue hunter. His last assignment united Lucian Argeneau with his lifemate, and Mortimer is hoping this one will be less . . . adventurous. He's here to track down a reported rogue, but fun in the sun is every bloodsucker's nightmare. Worse, he can't seem to get his mind off Samantha, especially when he spies her skinny-dipping in the lake. After eight hundred years as a bachelor, is he ready to turn a volatile attraction into a lasting love affair?

The Rogue Hunter is number ten in The Argeneau Series by Ms. Sands. We have the character of Decker Argeneau Pinns, the son of Martine, who with Lucian Argeneau, as their boss, adds to the family connection. Rogue hunters investigate immortals who break council laws and bring them to justice if they are rogue vampires.

I liked Garrett Mortimer. He is slightly stuffy but that's to be expected when you're 800 years old. He has a less than 100 year old partner by the name of Justin Bricker. The play between them is very funny and reminded me of a father with his teenage son. They are in the boonies of Canada hunting what appears to be a rogue vampire. Their home base is Decker's cottage which just so happens to be next door to the Willan sister's cottage. When Garrett realizes that Samantha Willan may be his mate, he seemed to be devastated at first. I laughed when he said he envisioned his dream life mate to look like Jessica Rabbit but Samantha looked like Olive Oyl.

Samantha not only is tall and thin but she has a chronic ear infection which makes her appear intoxicated and more clumsy than her usual. Sam isn't all that keen on dating anyone but her sisters convince her to have a fling and who better with than Garrett. I was rolling at all the mishaps that happened whenever Garrett and Sam tried to be chummy in the great outdoors. Sam is also a workaholic who cannot say no to her boss. She is trying to eventually make partner in a law firm and interrupts her vacation to do favors for her boss.

The characters of Sam's sisters and Garrett's partners were very well developed. I wish that they had more important parts in the story but then again, that may be a deliberate tease for future stories in this series. The end to the Cathy Latimer piece was a little shallow but I think it amplified the fact to Garrett that even though Cathy looked like his Jessica Rabbit she was a shallow bit of fluff and not worth wasting a second thought on.

I enjoyed the story line of The Rogue Hunters and the ending did provide an unusual twist on the rogue vampire that I didn't see coming. I enjoyed how Garrett and Sam resolved their problems but I was still left hanging on some parts. I love happy endings and always want the characters to live happily ever after. I can't wait until The Immortal Hunter: A Rogue Hunter Novel comes out for the story to possibly continue and sew up any questions I still had.