Vampirates rule the Seas
Vampires Like it Hot (Argeneau Vampires 28)
Author: Lynsay Sands
Page count: 273 pages
Release date: 20th Sept 18
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
Student and psychologist Jess Stewart, is away at Punta Cana for her cousin’s wedding. Unfortunately she’s been lumped with the job of babysitting spoilt and whiney maid of honour Allison, another cousin.
After a visit to the Seaquarium, Allison runs into a Captain Jack Sparrow lookalike, who talks her and then Jess to join them on their boat for ‘feeding the sharks’ along with other tourists. When they get there, they find out who the sharks are, as a boat filled with vampire-pirates (vampirates) bites the tourists, mindwipes them and sends them on their way.
For Jess however, the boat trip is a nightmare, as cheesy vampire Vasco realises he can’t read or control her, concluding she’s he’s life mate. Pardon the fishy puns, he’s not exactly a fine catch!
As he traps her in his cabin and plans to snack on her cousin whilst he ravishes her, he expresses his romantic inclinations with compliments like, “Damn, I do like them jugs, lovey.” To add insult to injury, he has greasy hair and is kind of pungent. Though she does admire his choice in books.
Jess manages to escape and jump into the sea for a three hour swim back to shore.
Lucky for her, she is spotted by
immortal cousins Raffaele, Santo and Zanipolo. Santo - fans of this series may remember - was held hostage a few books ago, and tortured by Dressler. The cousins have took him on holiday as past trauma, brought back by recent months, have hit him hard and the only choice may be to wipe his mind if he doesn’t deal with this.
Back on safe land, for now, Jess is looked after by the Italian immortals. Thankfully, her attraction toward Rafaelle is ignited.
Though Vasco, the pirate is hard to resist, as long as he doesn’t open his mouth, Jess whilst attracted to Vasco, likes
“Vasco was a walking nightmare, a bloodthirsty vampire eager to turn her into soulless demon spawn, while Raffaele was a knight in shining armor.”
Yes, of course. Jess has no clue Raffaele is a ‘vampire’, too.
This novel has everything I enjoy about the Argeneau series; sexy characters, erotica at just the right level for me, romance, tonnes of humour and intrigue.
In particular, I was impressed that this dealt with the theme of consensual sex, historical abuse and control in partnerships, themes she has dealt with previously in this series. A lot of the advice delivered by Jess, as she talks about her own earlier experiences, is actually very useful, sound and delicately put.
Plus, Rafe and Jess are both in love with my favourite show.
“I want to watch Supernatural with him, and action movies.”
Yep, sounds good to me!
I really hope we get to see what happens next with Vasco and Ildaria though, as well as Santo.
I can’t wait for the next novel, out on 29th April.