Thursday, June 25, 2020

Lynsay Sands - Immortal Unchained

Ever since Domitian Argenis recognized Sarita as his life mate, he’s been waiting for the perfect moment to claim her. Those fantasies did not include him being chained to a table in a secret lab or both of them being held hostage by a mad scientist. Somehow, they have to escape…
Sarita has seen some crazy things as a cop, but nothing to rival Domitian. A vampire? Seriously? But his healing ability, incredible powers, and their mind-blowing physical connection—none of it should be possible, yet her body knows differently.
Now, not only do they have to save each other, but other innocent lives are at stake. Failure is not an option, for Sarita intends that Domitian show her exactly what an eternity of pleasure feels like...

Comment: This is the 25th installment in the Argeneau series by author Lynsay Sands. The stories follow a very large family, since they are immortals, similar to vampires in some regards, and they have very long lives which includes several family bonds and many members.

In this book we meet Domitian Argenis, from a Latin branch of the family and Sarita Reyes, the woman he has known would be his life mate.
Domitian has let himself be kidnapped by the enemy, dr Dessler, because many immortals have disappeared recently and it is feared they might be tortured and experimented on. However, Domitian didn't count on dr Dessler deceiving Sarita and bringing her to his island too so he could use them, as life mates, to do some experiment by observation.
The problem isn't so much their connection for it is true they are life mates, but the fact there are more people in danger and whatever they do, there are cameras everywhere. The moment they find a way to escape, they stumble on something even more unexpected which they can't simply ignore.
Will there be a way to finally stop the crazy scientist?

After so many books wit so many types of plots, it's no wonder the stories start to feel the same and characters are mixed up or forgotten. This means it's not really advisable to read these books out of order, for the world makes more sense if there's some background.
It's also to be expected the tone, the overall sensation of these stories changes with time. The series begun as a fun and sexy PNR and now is more angsty, a little darker, not as giggle enticing anymore and the romance isn't as cute as it used to be.

Why would old readers keep reading, then? Well, many didn't and many complain. I like some books more than others but that's also to assume, after so many stories. It's just impossible, considering the premise of these books, to really run that much from some implicit expectations.
Still, I must agree the romances are quite lacking since the love story stopped being the focus of the plots. With this I mean to say that although the main couple still has to deal with what happens between them, that situation is a given but it's not longer such fun to see it develop for the focus is on the sex and on the secondary things as it happened a little bit in this book.

The sex is to exist, after all this is romance, but I keep thinking the amount of time spent on sex scenes could be used instead to further advance the emotional connection between the protagonists. For several reasons, they usually bond very quickly but I think it would be funnier, more exciting, more special if that part of the relationship could be up, like a reward the characters could have after their mutual emotional connection. Here, despite a vocal no at first, the heroine immediately changed her mind and had sex with the hero in the first chapters because of how strong their connection. It's the way things are between life mates but... it was still lacking novelty.

Therefore, I read these books mostly for the family members and to see how characters are doing, etc. 
The plots can develop for a few books until a new enemy/situation happens and I'm mostly OK with that tactic but yes, some stories just feel like dragging, others are rather boring, others focus on stuff I don't find interest in and it's a pity because looking at our world today and all the problems it has, these stories could have quite a large amount of possibilities.
The plot of this book was OK because it read like a mission to be accomplished ad we discover new things about the bad guy and what he has been doing.
By the blurbs of future books it doesn't seem much will be develop in this regard but...oh well. At least in this installment it was exciting to see something new when it came to plot devices.

All things considered, this was an OK read, some elements were compelling enough to make me keep reading and it is good to see "old" friends. But yes, the story could be so much better, in my POV, were some details to be changed.
Grade: 7/10

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