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In the newest Argeneau novel from author Lynsay Sands, an immortal barely escapes a raging fire only to kindle a sizzling passion with his potential life mate. Mac Argeneau knows all too well: immortals can be killed. Not with holy water or silver crosses, but by decapitation or being set on fire. So when Mac’s house bursts into flames—with him inside—he’s sure it was no ac In the newest Argeneau novel from author Lynsay Sands, an immortal barely escapes a raging fire only to kindle a sizzling passion with his potential life mate. Mac Argeneau knows all too well: immortals can be killed. Not with holy water or silver crosses, but by decapitation or being set on fire. So when Mac’s house bursts into flames—with him inside—he’s sure it was no accident. But who would want to kill a scientist specializing in hematology? There is a silver lining: a blonde investigator appears on the scene and sparks feelings in him that have been dormant for centuries. CJ Cummings is in town on a special investigation, but she’s been waylaid by the local police to deal with this arson case. The biggest mystery is how this sexy scientist with silvery blue eyes has emerged from a blazing inferno without a burn mark on him. He’s clearly hiding something. Sure, she’d love to see him without his lab coat, but she’s got a job to do—despite his insistence that he needs a bodyguard and...he wants her. But when a second attempt on their lives puts CJ in harm’s way, it’s Mac who will do anything to safeguard the woman who’s destined to be his life mate.


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In the newest Argeneau novel from author Lynsay Sands, an immortal barely escapes a raging fire only to kindle a sizzling passion with his potential life mate. Mac Argeneau knows all too well: immortals can be killed. Not with holy water or silver crosses, but by decapitation or being set on fire. So when Mac’s house bursts into flames—with him inside—he’s sure it was no ac In the newest Argeneau novel from author Lynsay Sands, an immortal barely escapes a raging fire only to kindle a sizzling passion with his potential life mate. Mac Argeneau knows all too well: immortals can be killed. Not with holy water or silver crosses, but by decapitation or being set on fire. So when Mac’s house bursts into flames—with him inside—he’s sure it was no accident. But who would want to kill a scientist specializing in hematology? There is a silver lining: a blonde investigator appears on the scene and sparks feelings in him that have been dormant for centuries. CJ Cummings is in town on a special investigation, but she’s been waylaid by the local police to deal with this arson case. The biggest mystery is how this sexy scientist with silvery blue eyes has emerged from a blazing inferno without a burn mark on him. He’s clearly hiding something. Sure, she’d love to see him without his lab coat, but she’s got a job to do—despite his insistence that he needs a bodyguard and...he wants her. But when a second attempt on their lives puts CJ in harm’s way, it’s Mac who will do anything to safeguard the woman who’s destined to be his life mate.

30 review for Meant to Be Immortal

  1. 4 out of 5

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    Casper the friendly vampire! The following ratings are out of 5: Romance: ❤️💙💜💛💚 Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙📔 World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏 Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤 The setting: Canada The Hero(s): Macon Argeneau - recently moved from New York City to a small town in Canada where he was setting up his hematology lab in the basement. He works for a company called Argentis Inc. which is family owned. He is a doctor who does research on the blood and is also an immortal. The heroine: C.J. Cummings - a fo Casper the friendly vampire! The following ratings are out of 5: Romance: ❤️💙💜💛💚 Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙📔 World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏 Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤 The setting: Canada The Hero(s): Macon Argeneau - recently moved from New York City to a small town in Canada where he was setting up his hematology lab in the basement. He works for a company called Argentis Inc. which is family owned. He is a doctor who does research on the blood and is also an immortal. The heroine: C.J. Cummings - a foster child who first went into Police work, moved to CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) and now works for the SIU (Special Intelligence Unit) which is a civilian oversight unit that investigate the police especially where there is an officer involved death. She is in town for an investigation when she is asked by local police to help investigate a fire. The Love Story: C.J. is at the home of Macon Argeneau after it had been set on fire with him inside. It is unclear as to whether Macon was hurt or not, but he was trapped in the house while it was ablaze and had to fill a tub in his basement with water and submerge himself until he could be rescued. He learns pretty quickly that C.J. is his life mate. The romance was super steamy, the storylines were great and I loved the book. There were several storylines, one being the investigation that C.J. is in town to conduct. Another is about who is trying to kill Macon. Lastly is the storyline about Macon and C.J. being life mates. So Mac has to keep finding ways to spend time with her until she falls for him. C.J. has some issues due to her past and Mac has to find those and overcome them. I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own. Blog|Goodreads|Facebook|Instagram|Twitter|BookBub

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katie Utterly Unashamed

    4 life mate fainting stars. Okay, first thing. I'm still kinda obsessed with learning that when life-mates have sex they pass out immediately after they have smexy time! Its technically that their orgasms are so incredible (which they always finish together because they can feel each other's pleasure) they basically faint. And supposedly in the first year their connection is so intense they might "faint" for hours after. I have several feelings are this. 1. I'm super fucking jealous. 2. I'm wond 4 life mate fainting stars. Okay, first thing. I'm still kinda obsessed with learning that when life-mates have sex they pass out immediately after they have smexy time! Its technically that their orgasms are so incredible (which they always finish together because they can feel each other's pleasure) they basically faint. And supposedly in the first year their connection is so intense they might "faint" for hours after. I have several feelings are this. 1. I'm super fucking jealous. 2. I'm wondering how you get anything done in the first year if you are banging like bunnies and taking long power naps after. 3. I'm really, really, really jealous about all the things that comes with life-mate sex and the fact that I only get to have regular sex! You are too, don't fucking lie! Quick little honesty time - even though this is the 32nd (that is not a typo) book in this series, it is also only the 2nd book I have finish by Lynsay Sands and I'm definitely going back and reading more. Especially Decker and Bricker. This book entertained me from the first page. I wasn't expecting it to be on the slower burn side, but it was well worth the wait, because when these two caught fire, it was HOT AF!! I have not read a book with a guy like Mac in forever. He was not your typical alpha. He is a geeky alpha, who is kinda awkward and basically follows CJ around like a cute little puppy until he gets what he wants. Man, I have puppy fever so bad!! CJ is a hard ass, and not easy to crack. But once you hear about her past you will understand!! So Mac not being a Casanova is quite hilarious with this prickly heroine. And once Decker and Bricker come in, I spent so much time smiling and chuckling to myself that I was so surprised when the booked ended. And sad, honestly super sad. “I know, so you've heard of Casper the Friendly Ghost, right?” CJ's eyebrows rose, but she nodded. "He was a happy little ghost, not scary like the other ghosts?" CJ nodded slowly again. "Well, we're like that, only we're vampires, not ghosts. Happy Casper Vampires" - Bricker explaining to CJ about immortals Definitely add this book to your TBR list and grab it when it comes out. Even if you haven't picked up any other books from this series you won't be confused. But once you finish it, you will want to go back for sure, because I do! ARC kindly provided by NetGallery and Avon and Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review. Instagram | My Blog | Facebook

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    I always enjoy dipping back into the Argeneau world... I would say it's probably my favorite version of a paranormal vampire romance series I've read. That said, I do think at this point, it's quite hard for new readers to jump in with the series, as it is so self-referential. I appreciated that this entry put a lot of emphasis on the relationship with CJ & Macon, which was a welcome change from the last few, and I thought that making the suspense portion of the plot center around police brutali I always enjoy dipping back into the Argeneau world... I would say it's probably my favorite version of a paranormal vampire romance series I've read. That said, I do think at this point, it's quite hard for new readers to jump in with the series, as it is so self-referential. I appreciated that this entry put a lot of emphasis on the relationship with CJ & Macon, which was a welcome change from the last few, and I thought that making the suspense portion of the plot center around police brutality was a timely theme to include. Overall, not the best in the series, but if you are a lover of the Argeneaus, this will give you a lot of the vibes that I've come to know & enjoy from these books CW: police brutality on page; marital abuse & infidelity; chronic illness

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    This was a pretty entertaining book to read. The hero and his family are all immortals. When Mac finds his life mate, he and his family had to find a way to be around her and still keep hidden what they are. Then you throw in the way CJ kept trying to shake him off, and that is what made this fun to read. CJ is a pretty closed off heroine and that can make it difficult to enjoy a dance like this. What was fortunate is the way Mac and his family navigated around her isolation to embed them into h This was a pretty entertaining book to read. The hero and his family are all immortals. When Mac finds his life mate, he and his family had to find a way to be around her and still keep hidden what they are. Then you throw in the way CJ kept trying to shake him off, and that is what made this fun to read. CJ is a pretty closed off heroine and that can make it difficult to enjoy a dance like this. What was fortunate is the way Mac and his family navigated around her isolation to embed them into her life. Mac is more laid back, and went with the flow. I wouldn't call this guy an Alpha but I still liked him. I am a bit late to the Argeneau series party, but I like that you don't have to read these books in order to enjoy one of them. This book can definitely be read as a standalone, but I can guarantee you will get a kick out of some of the side characters enough that you will want to check out more in this series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ivy Deluca

    Quick(ish) Review This is ok and if you're a fan of the series, there's plenty of past characters to enjoy, but the central romance is what I struggled with. This story follows Macon Argeneau finding his lifemate after the house he just rented is set on fire and he almost becomes a crispy critter. Now, the Argeneau formula is tried and tested. My issues with this book and the reason I am rating it lower is a)I'm not a fan of the "take a serious illness and cure it with nanos" approach. Secondly, Quick(ish) Review This is ok and if you're a fan of the series, there's plenty of past characters to enjoy, but the central romance is what I struggled with. This story follows Macon Argeneau finding his lifemate after the house he just rented is set on fire and he almost becomes a crispy critter. Now, the Argeneau formula is tried and tested. My issues with this book and the reason I am rating it lower is a)I'm not a fan of the "take a serious illness and cure it with nanos" approach. Secondly, but even more importantly, I didn't feel any chemistry between the leads. There was more time spent explaining the history/nature of lifemates but no real time establishing some good chemistry between them. The heart of each of these romances lies in the freshness of the central characters because everything surrounding them, including the way their romance will play out, isn't really changing much from story to story over the course of this long-standing series. Now, that can be a comfort, much like a longstanding soap opera is for its viewers. But the exposition to catch up any possible new reader is unwieldy at this point, and as much as I like seeing returning characters, I wanted to connect with Macon and CJ and I just didn't. It's a shame because I have enjoyed earlier books. Bottom line is, this isn't my fave but it doesn't mean I wouldn't welcome another return to this 'verse. I'd just hope I'd like the next couple a bit more.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kirkland

    Mac had just moved into the home he's renting and hasn't even finished unpacking when he smells smoke and knows there's a fire. Now being immortal means that it's hard to kill him but fire will definitely do the trick. He finds himself with only one way to stay alive until the fire department can get to him, but it's not gonna be pretty once he gets out. CJ is just getting into town to interview a police officer about a complaint against him when she gets recruited to go to the fire and investig Mac had just moved into the home he's renting and hasn't even finished unpacking when he smells smoke and knows there's a fire. Now being immortal means that it's hard to kill him but fire will definitely do the trick. He finds himself with only one way to stay alive until the fire department can get to him, but it's not gonna be pretty once he gets out. CJ is just getting into town to interview a police officer about a complaint against him when she gets recruited to go to the fire and investigate it because the the other police are busy on another case. She thinks she's just getting the run around again but goes to the fire and that's when things start to get weird. Mac is an immortal (think vampire) but they don't call themselves vampires because they are nice but they don't want humans to know they exist. So when Mac is hurt in the fire, he has to drink blood from several firefighters in order to heal. But that just makes CJ more curious about why he was being transported to the hospital and then they changed their minds and turned back. It was would have been easier to just wipe her mind of that and give her new memories but since he can't do that to her because she's his mate, he has to come up with a believable lie. Mac has just found his mate, but she's human and knows nothing about him or immortals and she's not interested in pursuing a relationship with him because of her past. So Mac has no choice but to make himself seem like there's a stalker after after him trying to kill him and he needs her to be his bodyguard. CJ tries everything she can to get away from him and out of this assignment but things just seem to pile up in her way every time she wants someone else to take his case so they end up spending a lot of time together. CJ has feelings for Mac and Mac wants to spend the rest of his life with her but it's not going to be easy to convince her of everything he has to tell her about him and his people. The truth comes out after they are both put in danger and now CJ has a choice to make. The romance and the mystery surrounding the fire and the officer with the complaint against him made this a very interesting book. I really like how everything came together and we get a couple of twists thrown in at just the right time. I've been reading this series for such a long time and the books are always so good. I love this series and plan on reading as many books as the author plans to write. Disclosure: I was give an eARC of this book via NetGalley but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Phillips

    3.5 Fun and silly popcorn books as I like to call this series!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    See the full review & more at HarlequinJunkie With all the quirkiness, humor, attraction, and beloved Argeneau characters I crave from this series, Meant to Be Immortal was an entertaining new read by Lynsay Sands. If you can believe it, we are thirty-two books into the Argeneau series now! And I’m still finding the plots to be solid and the offbeat cast as charming and fun to catch up with as ever. Mac and CJ’s book might not have been the most thrilling or fastest moving one of the lot for some See the full review & more at HarlequinJunkie With all the quirkiness, humor, attraction, and beloved Argeneau characters I crave from this series, Meant to Be Immortal was an entertaining new read by Lynsay Sands. If you can believe it, we are thirty-two books into the Argeneau series now! And I’m still finding the plots to be solid and the offbeat cast as charming and fun to catch up with as ever. Mac and CJ’s book might not have been the most thrilling or fastest moving one of the lot for some readers, but I definitely enjoyed their polar opposite personalities... Read More

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elyse Alba

    I absolutely adore Lynsay Sands! This is another great read. I laughed out loud several times. One of my favorite character Bricker is in this one which is amazing! Definitely a must read for the immortal lovers!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    In book #32 of the Argeneau Vampire series we are following Mac Ageneau who after just moving in to his new house gets caught in a fire and almost dies. While dealing with the aftermath of the fire he meets CJ Cummings who is in town to investigate one of the town's police officers and gets roped into helping out at the fire. Mac is a vampire and CJ is his potential life mate so now he has to try and convince her to be with him without scaring her off. I always love these stories because they ar In book #32 of the Argeneau Vampire series we are following Mac Ageneau who after just moving in to his new house gets caught in a fire and almost dies. While dealing with the aftermath of the fire he meets CJ Cummings who is in town to investigate one of the town's police officers and gets roped into helping out at the fire. Mac is a vampire and CJ is his potential life mate so now he has to try and convince her to be with him without scaring her off. I always love these stories because they are always a good time. You have a love story going on but you almost always have a ton of action that helps the story move forward. One of things I really love about this series is that you can really jump on at any point, the author always gives enough background so new readers can jump in and old readers get a little refresh. If you are looking for a fun paranormal romance series, I highly recommend these and I think that this one is great for new readers to jump in with. Thank you to Avon Books, Harper Voyager and Netgalley for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sydney M Neblett

    Time to turn up the heat And just like that another Argeneau hottie has found their lifemate. The author really brought her A game with this book! Right from the beginning she hooked me with an impossible situation and then kept the story moving with danger and laughter right until the very end. I fell in love with CJ and the hardships she has had to overcome and Mac is her perfect partner. I enjoyed getting to see some of my favorite characters and could that be a future story in the making, on Time to turn up the heat And just like that another Argeneau hottie has found their lifemate. The author really brought her A game with this book! Right from the beginning she hooked me with an impossible situation and then kept the story moving with danger and laughter right until the very end. I fell in love with CJ and the hardships she has had to overcome and Mac is her perfect partner. I enjoyed getting to see some of my favorite characters and could that be a future story in the making, only time will tell. This book is a fantastic addition to the series and I am already looking forward to reading the next installment.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    I love these books they are so well written. They move along at a pace where don't get bored with the story and have sweet funny moments. CJ and Mac meet at a fire that was set with him inside and immediately he knows she's his life mate but finding the time and the right way to explain that before wooing her is difficult especially since he has been trying to heal being boiled alive in the fire. While that seems weird it is but it get quite comical at times and is a sweet story. You'll love it. I love these books they are so well written. They move along at a pace where don't get bored with the story and have sweet funny moments. CJ and Mac meet at a fire that was set with him inside and immediately he knows she's his life mate but finding the time and the right way to explain that before wooing her is difficult especially since he has been trying to heal being boiled alive in the fire. While that seems weird it is but it get quite comical at times and is a sweet story. You'll love it. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    If you are a fan of this series you will probably enjoy this addition. If you have never picked up one of Ms. Sands 'Immortal' books you will have no problems reading this one as there is plenty of back-story. The mystery was a bit frustrating and I found the romance to be a bit tepid. No, not the sex. The sex as usual was described quite erotically. Plenty of juices, positions, tastings, etc. I liked this book but I think it is time for me to step back from this series. I have many of these books If you are a fan of this series you will probably enjoy this addition. If you have never picked up one of Ms. Sands 'Immortal' books you will have no problems reading this one as there is plenty of back-story. The mystery was a bit frustrating and I found the romance to be a bit tepid. No, not the sex. The sex as usual was described quite erotically. Plenty of juices, positions, tastings, etc. I liked this book but I think it is time for me to step back from this series. I have many of these books that I consider my 'comfort reads' and I think I will stick with re-reading those! *ARC supplied by the publisher, author, and NetGalley.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    I’ve enjoyed all the Argeneau books since I started reading them way back when. Sands writes her books with humor, fun plots and Oh-La-La romance! Once I start a title, it’s almost impossible to stop. “Meant to be Immortal” was won in a Goodreads Giveaway.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lorna

    Fun read. Review will be posted closer to release date in April 2021.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Eskimo Princess Jenkins

    Loved this once I got into it, which it took a little bit. The first couple chapters are kinda boring but it gets much better. This is not as great as most of the others in the series, but still a good book I received my copy in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    The book starts with a fire and gets hotter from there. Immortal Mac meets internal affairs cop CJ after his newly rented home burns down with him in it. There are immediate sparks between the two but CJ is reluctant to start anything because of her troubled past. This book has so many swoon worthy moments. This is another great addition to this series. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Hudson

    I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is my first Lynsay Sands book. While I didn't necessarily feel lost coming in at book 32 in a series (it was really easy to jump into the world), I don't think I would have finished this book had I not received an ARC (it took me over a month to read it, with a couple of breaks for other books). The plot felt very dated to me. I actually checked a few times to see if it was a rerelease from the early 2000's or 90's. Ther I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is my first Lynsay Sands book. While I didn't necessarily feel lost coming in at book 32 in a series (it was really easy to jump into the world), I don't think I would have finished this book had I not received an ARC (it took me over a month to read it, with a couple of breaks for other books). The plot felt very dated to me. I actually checked a few times to see if it was a rerelease from the early 2000's or 90's. There was also way too much minutiae. So many descriptions of things like walking into a house or getting something out of a desk. 2 stars because there is a lot of sex, which I did appreciate. This book wasn't for me, but if you've read 31 books before this one, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 3.5 hearts When I requested Meant to be Immortal, I apparently didn't see the 3 in front of the 2.  I thought this was the second book in a series and could just read the first book and then jump into the second.  But there is no way I could have read 31 other books in the Argeneau series before this one, so I jumped in cold.  I ha This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 3.5 hearts When I requested Meant to be Immortal, I apparently didn't see the 3 in front of the 2.  I thought this was the second book in a series and could just read the first book and then jump into the second.  But there is no way I could have read 31 other books in the Argeneau series before this one, so I jumped in cold.  I have no backstory for all the characters, or the world.  Good news is, I was able to catch onto everything that was going on. First, off props to Lynsay Sands for writing 32 books in a series since the early 2000s, that in itself is a huge accomplishment.  Second, I was so surprised I'd never heard of this series before since I read a lot of UF and totally went through a vampire phase.  While true the immortals are not really vampires, they are close.  Third, even though I hadn't read any of the other books in the series, I was able to keep up with the story.  Of coarse I think I would have enjoyed it even more, if I also knew some of the side characters that were obviously from other books in the series, but this story at least is pretty self contained.  I could tell there are some nuances to overlaying characters I missed but it didn't seem too bad. Mac meets his life mate after someone sets the house he is living in on fire.  Immortals are very flammable so he was lucky to survive.  CJ is in town to interview a cop accused of using too much force on someone he pulled over.  When the small town has an extra busy night she gets roped into helping and Mac figures out a way make sure she is the one protecting him from whoever might be out to kill him.  CJ is really prickly and standoffish and the last thing she seems to want is Mac around, but he needs to figure out a way to get her to thaw to him or lose this chance at a life mate. Overall the story is cute.  Mac is likeable enough but I'm not overly attached to him.  CJ is a little harder to like since she has some baggage she is dragging around and goes out of her way to keep people at a distance.  It seems she was a side character in a different book so maybe if I would have read that one I would have had a better base for her.  Still I liked how Mac and CJ finally start to talk and get to know one another, building something.  Her reasons for being off men were valid and her history a little sad.  Still once she opened up I liked her a lot more. The mystery in the small town was interesting and the reason the fire set, when it came out was almost comical.  Still that was the weakest part of the story when it is all boiled down since this was much heavier on the romance aspect than the mystery.  After reading this book, I will probably give the series a shot.  It is interesting and I liked how the origin story of nanos seemed a little different than some of the other vampire/immortal origin stories.  I could see really enjoying the series overall and liking this book even more had I read some of the others.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    Hematologist Macon Argeneau knows that immortals like himself can still be killed and fire is especially dangerous for them. When his house is set on fire with him trapped inside, evidence points to arson. Mac can’t think of anyone who’d want to kill him, but he’s able to see the bright side in the whole mess when the lovely investigator on scene turns out to be a potential life mate for him. CJ Cummings is only in town to investigate a potential case of misconduct in the local police department Hematologist Macon Argeneau knows that immortals like himself can still be killed and fire is especially dangerous for them. When his house is set on fire with him trapped inside, evidence points to arson. Mac can’t think of anyone who’d want to kill him, but he’s able to see the bright side in the whole mess when the lovely investigator on scene turns out to be a potential life mate for him. CJ Cummings is only in town to investigate a potential case of misconduct in the local police department but winds up being roped into going to the fire scene when the locals are shorthanded. She’s amazed that the wildly attractive scientist made it out unscathed and she’s sure he’s hiding something. She’d love to get to know him a bit better anyway, but she can’t afford a distraction from her work. But when it becomes apparent, he needs a bodyguard, Mac insists it must be her. When another attempt on their lives puts CJ in danger, their roles are reversed, and Mac is the one determined to keep her safe. I liked the premise of this book and Mac was a lovely hero. CJ was rather rigid and downright rude to Mac though her reasons made sense when they came out. Still, I wanted more time with her actually being nice to Mac and developing that relationship with him rather than most of that occurring off page and the reader being told about it later. I loved the scenes we did get in which CJ began to open up to and trust Mac and I especially enjoyed the scene when she learned about immortals and such. The villain aspect here had promise and I appreciated that law enforcement was shown respect and not painted with a broad brush. There was, however, a lot of potential here with the villain element that was lost and handled a bit nonsensically, only to pop up later and be given a very speedy resolution. The ending to that particular storyline felt rather abrupt, as did the conclusion of the book in general. I would’ve liked a bit more, perhaps an epilogue, to make things seem truly settled between Mac and CJ. Nonetheless, I loved how Mac had no real clue how to woo CJ and eventually she was the one who escalated their relationship. The help they received from other Argeneaus was also pretty hilarious to me. Though I wanted a bit more development of both the mystery and the romance, I thought this was a cute story and I enjoyed it. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog link: https://mustreadalltheromance.blogspo...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Matilda Dix

    Are you ready to fantasize about a hot, nerdy immortal (aka Vampire)? Well, Mac Argeneau just might be the book boyfriend for you. Mac is a hematologist doing research on blood for Immortals. Totally makes sense. If you have kept up with the previous 31 books in this series, you will know that the family trees are huge and intertwined. Mac is one of Basil’s 23 children and he has been on his own for a very long time. Sands does not disappoint on the bedroom scenes, but I would say that this was Are you ready to fantasize about a hot, nerdy immortal (aka Vampire)? Well, Mac Argeneau just might be the book boyfriend for you. Mac is a hematologist doing research on blood for Immortals. Totally makes sense. If you have kept up with the previous 31 books in this series, you will know that the family trees are huge and intertwined. Mac is one of Basil’s 23 children and he has been on his own for a very long time. Sands does not disappoint on the bedroom scenes, but I would say that this was a bit more of a slow burn because Mac was trying to woo CJ and not just surprise her with the whole Life Mate story. I mean, wooing is super romantic. It gets even better when the rest of the family steps in to “help”. Readers will recognize some of the family members from previous books, but you could jump right in without knowing all the details from their backstories. They are funny and determined so a few of the scenes will make you laugh out loud as they try to help with the wooing. I think you will like CJ’s character. She is a former police officer who is now an investigator of the police. She does the detective work when there is a complaint against a police officer. Because of that, she is not very well liked by the officer or the department she is investigating. However, she is called in to investigate a local arson case because that particular small town does not have enough police to take care of it. It just so happens that it’s Mac’s house that caught on fire. He had just moved in and he barely escaped. In fact, it would have been impossible for a human to escape such a devastating fire. So, now she has two investigations to conduct in the same small town. I love the Argeneau world and I keep coming back to read all the new releases. I enjoy the author's style of writing and the humor sprinkled throughout the books. I also love the sexy scenes and the great chemistry that all the couples have. Nothing better than a happy ending! I highly recommend this series, especially if you want to escape into a bit of fantasy set in the real world. I just read somewhere else today about a STEM romance and I sort of laughed at that term. However, I think I would consider having a lab and being a hematologist fits right into the Science and Technology part of the acronym, so maybe we label this a paranormal STEM romance???

  22. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    Thank you so much to NetGalley and Avon and Harper Voyager for providing me with this eARC in exchange for an honest review. This book....whew. I'm not sure where to start. Let me preface with the fact that I was a big fan of the Argeneau series about ten years or so ago. I was for sure too young to have been reading them but they were exactly what I wanted right after my peak Twilight phase and I devoured and all vampire romances. These books were such a different take on a typical vampire trope Thank you so much to NetGalley and Avon and Harper Voyager for providing me with this eARC in exchange for an honest review. This book....whew. I'm not sure where to start. Let me preface with the fact that I was a big fan of the Argeneau series about ten years or so ago. I was for sure too young to have been reading them but they were exactly what I wanted right after my peak Twilight phase and I devoured and all vampire romances. These books were such a different take on a typical vampire trope and thought it was fun and interesting and steamy. Fast forward ten years and I haven't read any of this series in a long time, but I still have a lot of nostalgia associated with it because I enjoyed them so much. So I'm still not sure if my different feelings about this book compared to the rest of the series are due to my growing up, or because the quality really has declined as the series went on, and I also don't think I really want to find out. Mac and CJ as characters were...underwhelming. I was so interested in Mac being a nerdy scientist, but that was not really a factor in his character at all. His entire character was "ooh she's my life mate and I need to claim her", to the exclusion of anything else. Honestly, his thoughts and his family's recommendations were all geared toward the best way to manipulate CJ into spending more time with him and liking him back, regardless of the things that have happened in her history or reasons for being hesitant about a relationship. And CJ herself...I was so interested in her backstory and history, but I think they could have spent a lot more time helping her work through a lot of that. Instead, a particular issue (for lack of a better word that could give away what it is) that she had for not wanting to be in a relationship (I won't go into specifics because spoilers) was thrown out the window simply because Mac lied to her and said that he shared that "issue". And when she found out about that and what he and his family all really are.....there was no adjustment period. She just shrugged it off and went immediately to "taking care of her man". And on top of that, (I don't think this is a spoiler because it's an inevitable discussion at the end of all of these books but if you don't like anything remotely spoiler-y, stop reading) when the discussion of her being turned came up at the very end, her resistance to the idea was similarly thrown out a window simply because "she didn't want to do anything to make Mac sad." Are you kidding me? Like that wouldn't be a major life altering decision that you need more than 5 seconds to decide on for a guy that you've known for three weeks? I just....yeah. I didn't hate this, and I managed to read it as what it was supposed to be: an easy, light hearted (?) vampire romance. But I think I'm done with this series in the future, and probably won't be re-reading the older ones to try and preserve some of the nostalgia I still have for them. I gave this a 3 stars, but that feels generous and it probably was more like a 2.5, realistically.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another episode one of my very favorite series. It always feels like going back to visit old friends. This one was fun. It was really a low-event story, between beginning with a blaze and an incident at the end. In between, not a great deal actually happened, though much was discussed, and the characters were fleshed out. So Mac is a scientist, a hematologist with his own lab. I thought more would come of that in this book. Maybe in a future installment. CJ is definitely a memorable character. I k Another episode one of my very favorite series. It always feels like going back to visit old friends. This one was fun. It was really a low-event story, between beginning with a blaze and an incident at the end. In between, not a great deal actually happened, though much was discussed, and the characters were fleshed out. So Mac is a scientist, a hematologist with his own lab. I thought more would come of that in this book. Maybe in a future installment. CJ is definitely a memorable character. I kind of wish she had a bit more to do. There’s a lot of potential there. I thought it a little odd that a Canadian character would refer to an Ojibway man as a “Native American.” They tend to be called “indigenous” in this country. I guess it’s a tip of the hat to the large American audience. I can’t say it’s wrong as this is North America, which makes all of us here technically Americans. It’s always nice to see Marguerite again. She’s one of my favorite characters and the reason why it’s no coincidence that so many immortals have found their life mates in such a short time. I see that the baby is almost here. There’s potential for future drama though we’ve already had a suspenseful childbirth episode. Sometimes I wish we could have more Argeneau books with the further adventures of same main characters, but these stories follow the romance playbook. Once the romantic tension is resolved, the story is over. Still, we’ll see more of these characters in the future. Count on it. When a series goes as long as this one has, you get a little frustrated because you hope it will go a certain direction, but it doesn’t. It’s Lynsay’s series so I’ll just have to be content with seeing where it goes from here. There’s something to be said for not knowing. I still think she should consider taking the Argeneau books off the romance reservation occasionally. I suppose that would be a no-no as it would probably subvert fan expectations. It might very well be bad marketing, but it could be a creative bonanza and introduce these characters to a new audience. It’s unlikely to happen, but I can dream. I enjoyed this one and look forward to the next one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Candace

    Mac Argeneau is a hematologist who works from home. He is setting up his lab in the basement of the house he is renting, when he smells smoke. He opens the door to the basement and realizes the house has become an inferno with him stuck inside. Being an immortal, Mac knows fire is one of the ways to kill him. But who would want to kill a hematologist? Mac sees the firemen outside his basement window, and signals them by throwing his microscope through the window. He thinks fast, fills the claw-f Mac Argeneau is a hematologist who works from home. He is setting up his lab in the basement of the house he is renting, when he smells smoke. He opens the door to the basement and realizes the house has become an inferno with him stuck inside. Being an immortal, Mac knows fire is one of the ways to kill him. But who would want to kill a hematologist? Mac sees the firemen outside his basement window, and signals them by throwing his microscope through the window. He thinks fast, fills the claw-foot bathtub with water, submerged himself into it, and waits to be rescued. CJ Cummings is in the town of Sandford to investigate a policeman. She gets roped into handling the arson case because the sheriff doesn't have a detective. CJ determines that the house was set on fire on purpose. What she can't explain is how Mac Argeneau survived the fire? Officer Jefferson said Mr. Argeneau has blisters from the water he'd submerged in practically boiling him alive. Yet, there are neither blisters or burns on Mac. There is clearly something strange going on here. Mac knows in a matter of moments that CJ is his life mate. But how to stay close to her until he can convince her of this fact? She can be his bodyguard. Now to make her believe he needs one. Sands' novels flow effortlessly from start to finish. The reader is submersed into the story and the convincing world building is expertly executed. The characters are fleshed-out; even the secondary characters play a vital role in the plot. Having Marguerite and Julius Notte, and Decker and Bricker involved in the story from previous novels, made the substance of the plot more believable. Mac and CJ's romance is a sizzling five on a scale of one to five. I feel the sex scenes are for adult readers only. In Lynsay Sands' novels, there is humor and this one is not an exception to this rule. One of her characters has HIV. Sands handles the condition delicately, but also adds touches of humor. I believe this is the 31st novel in the Argeneau series. Every one I've read has been fresh and holds a special place in my heart. I look forward to reading her next novel in the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    Ever since the looming crisis of evil insane fangless vampires were taken out there has been no big bad for the good guys to fight which has allowed the stories to become light hearted again. The problem with the last few books is that they are too light. Unfortunately this installment doesn't avoid that fate. There were some great possibilities to give the leads scary villains and actual conflict. The thing that basically brought the two leads was Police Brutality. What's the point of bringing Ever since the looming crisis of evil insane fangless vampires were taken out there has been no big bad for the good guys to fight which has allowed the stories to become light hearted again. The problem with the last few books is that they are too light. Unfortunately this installment doesn't avoid that fate. There were some great possibilities to give the leads scary villains and actual conflict. The thing that basically brought the two leads was Police Brutality. What's the point of bringing up such a currently hot button issue if it's not going to be explored? Especially if you make the female lead a Cop whose job it is to investigate corruption amongst Police? There was so much potential for the leads to be in risky situations and have deep conversations that actually bonded them together. Instead a crew of beloved characters showed up and we got long interactions with them talking about frivolous things. I'm so disappointed the female lead didn't actually get to do her job. Like so many other Paranormal Romance stories the leads didn't actually fall for each other organically. If the nanites didn't keep Mac from "hearing" CJ he wouldn't have given her a second glance and vice versa. Also the reason why CJ didn't just drop her panties right away and turn was another thing that could've been so interesting and explored. Once again creating real conflict and actually bonding the leads. Especially when you consider Mac's job. To me that issue should've been one book and the police issue should've been someone else's story. But it was brought up at the very end of the book and solved like two chapters later without any fanfare. This story had so much potential. Instead we got two people who ended up together at the end of the book with and HEA just cause. It wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't very good. I will be reading the installment. I love this world and want to see what happens with the characters in it. Hopefully we'll get a much needed grand conspiracy overarching enemy soon.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kym

    Setting: Sanford, Ontario, Canada Contemporary Genre: paranormal romance While setting up his lab in his new rental, Macon “Mac” Argeneau smelled smoke and discovered that he was trapped by fire. Well as everyone familiar with this series knows, there are only two ways to kill a Immortal (AKA vampire), and fire is the surest. Luckily he was able to alert the firefighters that he was there, and they managed to pull him out of the tub full of water he’d been hiding in. CJ Cummings is with the Speci Setting: Sanford, Ontario, Canada Contemporary Genre: paranormal romance While setting up his lab in his new rental, Macon “Mac” Argeneau smelled smoke and discovered that he was trapped by fire. Well as everyone familiar with this series knows, there are only two ways to kill a Immortal (AKA vampire), and fire is the surest. Luckily he was able to alert the firefighters that he was there, and they managed to pull him out of the tub full of water he’d been hiding in. CJ Cummings is with the Special Investigations Unit, a civilian agency in charge of investigating instances of police misconduct. She is in Sanford to interview the people involved in accusations against a local police officer. When she gets to the station for her appointment, she gets roped into assisting with looking over the arson crime scene. She is surprised that the fire victim is not dead, and he is surprised that he can’t read her. This, of course, means that since she isn’t psychotic, they are life mates. Mac manages to talk her into being his body guard. The story is mostly a whodunnit regarding the arson, and the investigation into the local police officer, spiced up with a couple of murder attempts. Also Mac hiding his true nature from CJ, and her angst related to her past. This is the least Lynsay Sands sounding book I’ve ever listened to. At times it sounded almost like fan fiction. So much seemed to be missing. There weren’t the usual emotional highs and lows, the shock on the mortal’s part on learning about vampires. The characters weren’t well developed. There was no real tension. The climax was kind of out of left field, and the denouement was just...meh. The narration by Stacey Glemboski was pretty fair. She didn’t have a huge range, but it was easy to tell characters apart. I wouldn’t reject future narrations by her. Overall, this is average, so actually pretty good. Not the worst in the series. If you’re an Argeneau fan, you’ll want to add this to your library — I did, and would have even if I’d read a review just like this one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)

    Series: Argeneau #32 Rating: 4 stars - It was really good Mac Argeneau knows all too well that immortals can be killed, especially by fire. So when his house burst into flames he is sure that it wasn’t an accident and someone is trying to kill him. But who would want to kill a hematology scientist? As with most of the books in this series, this one can be read as a standalone. Having read the previous books, just means you have a better understanding of the world and the side characters who are Ma Series: Argeneau #32 Rating: 4 stars - It was really good Mac Argeneau knows all too well that immortals can be killed, especially by fire. So when his house burst into flames he is sure that it wasn’t an accident and someone is trying to kill him. But who would want to kill a hematology scientist? As with most of the books in this series, this one can be read as a standalone. Having read the previous books, just means you have a better understanding of the world and the side characters who are Mac’s family members. After 32 books, this is still one of my favorite vampire romance series. Lyndsay Sands does an amazing job at creating wonderful characters and stories in this fictional world with immortals. This series is actually the one that got me hooked on vampire romances when I was a teenager. Mac Argeneau is a character who we don’t know much about from previous books. He has been briefly mentioned but hasn’t played a big role. I actually really liked Mac. He is one of the older vampires and has really lost touch with the modern world, and how to talk to women. CJ Cummings was a strong woman who has had a rough go when it comes to relationships. There is no instant love with this couple, Mac had to woo CJ and show her he truly cared for her. I adored the slower pace this relationship had, especially when it came to CJ learning about immortals and changing. Overall, this was a strong addition to the Argeneau series. This was a strong couple who had a great story. Also the return of a few previous characters from the series were great additions to the story. Trigger warnings: - Miscarriage discussed - STD discussed - Domestic abuse referenced for a minor side character *ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.* You can also find my reviews at Red-Haired Ash Reads.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Panach

    I am not sure how this is possibly my first Argeneau book. Like there were 31 books before this. So - possibly not the best time to start the series? But - I will say I didn't feel like I had missed anything. The world is so well defined and created that you almost don't need any introduction to it. I really liked the concept of vampires who weren't stereotypical vampires. Mac (Macon Argeneau) is really really old. He is also a scientist who specializes in hematology. He's moved to a new town af I am not sure how this is possibly my first Argeneau book. Like there were 31 books before this. So - possibly not the best time to start the series? But - I will say I didn't feel like I had missed anything. The world is so well defined and created that you almost don't need any introduction to it. I really liked the concept of vampires who weren't stereotypical vampires. Mac (Macon Argeneau) is really really old. He is also a scientist who specializes in hematology. He's moved to a new town after many years in New York City - and on his first night in his new house someone burns it down. This is a big problem, because Mac is still inside and apparently immortals are very flammable. CJ Cummings is a detective who works with a civilian agency that investigates police misconduct in Canada. She is in town investigating misconduct by an officer and gets roped in to helping investigate Mac's fire. She has a complicated history and absolutely no idea about what Mac and his family are. When they meet - Mac immediately knows that CJ is his life mate - but with CJs history he needs to tread carefully. I really liked Mac and CJ and it was really sweet to see Mac woo CJ. I will say that I didn't feel a whole lot of depth though. CJs personal history is very tragic and involves a rare good foster care experience - but does involve a lot of personal loss. But for whatever reason, I didn't get a strong emotional connection to her. I also didn't feel like we got a lot of depth to Mac or background from him. Perhaps that happened in other books? Overall - this was a good read in the paranormal romance area. I think I would have probably loved it more had I read the previous 32 books though! I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, but these opinions are all my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    **I received the this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.** I quite enjoyed this slow-burn vampire romance. Mac and CJ built a relationship before they acted upon their attraction for each other, which I liked. I would definitely not consider this romance novel an insta-love story. They first mutually respected each other before they fell in love (but it does get quite steamy toward the end!). I also enjoyed the whole “big family” aura surrounding this book. I came to realize **I received the this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.** I quite enjoyed this slow-burn vampire romance. Mac and CJ built a relationship before they acted upon their attraction for each other, which I liked. I would definitely not consider this romance novel an insta-love story. They first mutually respected each other before they fell in love (but it does get quite steamy toward the end!). I also enjoyed the whole “big family” aura surrounding this book. I came to realize—as more and more vampire characters popped up—that other books had been written about these other vampires first. But I quite enjoyed the colorful cast and the protectiveness and love this clan of vampires felt for each other. I did not realize this was #32 in a series. Even though this book was one in a series, though, it can be read as a standalone, as I understood everything clearly. I felt as though the actual plot of the book was a bit slow, but I didn’t mind it too much. I don’t much like romances with mysteries thrown in and much prefer a mystery with a bit of romance. I feel as though the latter does a far better job at developing the plot and the romance than the former, simply because romance authors haven’t dealt in the medium of mystery all that much, and can’t always pull it off. But this is simply my personal opinion. **Slight Spoiler** The one thing that I felt did not match the tone of the book was Mac realizing that CJ was his mate. He didn’t seem excited or even surprised, even though he had been waiting for her for literally hundreds of years. End of Slight Spoiler** Overall, I quite enjoyed the character development, this crazy family of vampires, and the relationship between Mac and CJ. I would definitely read another installment in this series. **I received the this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.**

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Meant To Be Immortal is the 32nd book in the Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands. For anyone who's read any of the books in this series, the plot outline will be familiar: immortal meets life mate, immortal has to woo life mate, trouble ensues and brings the two closer together, immortal and life mate end up blissfully together. And don't forget some hot bedroom scenes that will keep readers coming back for more. In Meant To Be Immortal, readers meet Macon Argeneau, or Mac for short. Mac is a hemato Meant To Be Immortal is the 32nd book in the Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands. For anyone who's read any of the books in this series, the plot outline will be familiar: immortal meets life mate, immortal has to woo life mate, trouble ensues and brings the two closer together, immortal and life mate end up blissfully together. And don't forget some hot bedroom scenes that will keep readers coming back for more. In Meant To Be Immortal, readers meet Macon Argeneau, or Mac for short. Mac is a hematologist and brother of Katricia, making him one of Basil's 23 children that we learn about in Immortal Who Loved Me. When someone sets fire to Mac's house, CJ is asked by local police to step in and help investigate. There, at the scene of the crime, Mac realizes that CJ is his life mate and spends the rest of the novel learning about CJ's past and wooing her so they can both have their happily ever after. As with every Argeneau novel, I was quickly interested and invested in the main couple's story. I knew they would end up together, but I just couldn't put the book down until I saw them through their trials and saw CJ accept Mac as her life mate. Sands' writing always grabs me; it's easy to get swept away into her story. Meant To Be Immortal also brings back some fan favorites from previous novels, simultaneously expanding this world that Sands has built and adding to previous character's stories while introducing the reader to Mac and CJ. Meant To Be Immortal is another wonderful addition to the Argeneau series, and I can't wait for the next book! A huge thanks to Avon Books and Netgalley for the chance to read Meant To Be Immortal in advance of its release date.

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