One Lucky Vampire by Lynsay Sands

One Lucky Vampire #19One Lucky Vampire by Lynsay Sands
*A review copy of this book was received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

When Nicole Phillips agreed to hire a housekeeper, she pictured someone a little frumpy and almost certainly female. Instead, she gets gorgeous, unmistakably male Jake Colson. The man is proving indispensable in the kitchen—and everywhere else. Except Jake might not be a mortal man at all.

Who wouldn’t want to be a tall, dark, powerful vampire? Jake, for one. He’s barely had time to adjust to his new state before he’s roped into a family favor. Still, secretly playing bodyguard to sweet, sexy Nicole is turning out to be the wildest ride of his life. First, he’ll put a stop to whoever’s targeting her. Then he’ll prove that this kind of love, and luck, happens only once in an eternity.

Ever since Jake found out that his parents and brother were immortals, he hasn’t wanted any part of it.  When his boss Vincent uses his one turn to save Jake’s life, he tucks his tail and runs away.  He changed his name and found a new career, now his family needs his help.  He can never say no to Marguerite so he agrees to help protect a family friend; little does he know he may have found his life mate in the process.

Nicole Phillips is having a round of bad luck; she and her husband are getting divorced, someone has tried to kill her and she is behind on her painting commissions.  Now thanks to Marguerite, she has a sexy housekeeper/cook living with her that she can’t quit thinking about.  She never expected to find love again, especially with an immortal.

I loved Jake because he isn’t your typical hero.  He is perfect physically but he has some deep emotional scarring.  He was hurt by his family when they revealed their true nature when he turned 18 because he had always thought of vampires as monsters.  He doesn’t want to believe that his loving family is the creatures that he has been obsessed with for years.  Then years later, when he is turned into an immortal himself to save his life, he tucks his tail and runs away.  He is grateful that Vincent used his one turn to save his life but then again, he was just going through the motions of his life and was ready to die.

I loved Jake because he isn’t your typical hero.  He is perfect physically but he has some deep emotional scarring.  He was hurt by his family when they revealed their true nature when he turned 18 because he had always thought of vampires as monsters.  He doesn’t want to believe that his loving family is the creatures that he has been obsessed with for years.  Then years later, when he is turned into an immortal himself to save his life, he tucks his tail and runs away.  He is grateful that Vincent used his one turn to save his life but then again, he was just going through the motions of his life and was ready to die.

He hasn’t had a serious girlfriend in a long time and when he figures out he can’t read Nicole, it takes him awhile to wrap his head around the fact that he may have found his life mate.   He knows he has to tread easy where she is concerned because she is just coming out of a bad marriage with an emotionally abusive man.  Seeing him struggle to protect Nicole is heartwarming, especially when you can tell at times he feels helpless.

Nicole is a smart, beautiful woman.  I love that she is not the “perfect” female like you see in a lot of stories; she has some curves.  She is a gifted painter that is coming out of an abusive relationship.  I also admire the fact that she doesn’t see herself as a victim and sought professional help when she left her husband.  She still wants to see the good in people so when bad things start happening to her, she tries to justify them away.  When Jake moves in to be her housekeeper, things continue to happen and she almost loses him.  Things heat up between the two and they finally start getting to know each other.

Like all Argeneau books this book is packed full of sexy vampires, hot romance and humor.  That is one of my favorite things about these books is that that make me laugh out loud when I am reading them.  They definitely entertain me and I can’t ask for more.  One of my absolute favorite characters is Marguerite.  She is such a fun character and I love how she always finds the life mates of her friends and family.

Overall, this was another great book in the Argeneau series and I give One Lucky Vampire 4 Flaming Hearts.