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Magnus & Allie
Sept 24, 2019
Nothing compares to the physical chemistry between an immortal and his life mate—or to the spellbinding thrills in a new Argeneau novel by New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands…
A simple promise to protect her friend’s infant son has turned Allie Chambers’ existence upside down. Caring for—and feeding—an orphaned vampire baby has been tricky enough. But as little Liam grows, so does his appetite. He needs more blood than she can personally supply. And when her attempts to steal from a blood bank go awry, Allie wakes up surrounded by doctors, cops…and the gorgeous, mesmerizing Magnus, who she can neither trust nor resist.
Magnus never expected to find his life mate breaking into a blood bank. Clearly, Allie is already entwined with his world—in deeper, more dangerous ways than she realizes. A band of vicious rogue immortals is in pursuit, and Magnus’ first task is to keep her safe. His second: to awaken her to mind-blowing pleasure, and hope she’ll accept the life, and the passion, that only he can offer.
Prologue Allie was curled up on the couch in front of a rerun of The Big Bang Theory, slurping down a late dinner of ramen noodles, when the knock sounded at her front door. Her lips immediately slid into a smile. It was nearly midnight and there was only one person she knew who was likely to be up this late. Stella, her neighbor from across the street, was a night owl like herself, but she was also a new mother. Setting her noodles on the coffee table, Allie scooted off the couch and hurried to the door. It was mid-February, had been snowing most of the day, and was freezing cold outside. Too cold to be standing on a doorstep with a month-old baby. "Oh, good, you're still up!" the petite brunette greeted her cheerfully when Allie opened the door. "As usual," Allie said with amusement, automatically backing up when Stella started forward. "I'm nearly done with the project, so knocked off early." "And probably want to relax now," Stella said with an apologetic smile as she shifted a bundled-up baby Liam to cradle him in one arm so she could push the door shut behind her. "Well, I won't bother you long." Gesturing to the bag dangling from the wrist of the arm holding Liam, she added, "I just realized that I forgot to drop this off earlier today and thought you might like—" Her cheerful chatter and smile died the moment the door thunked shut. Expression suddenly grim, she whipped the receiving blanket off of little Liam and held him out. "You have to take him." Allie's eyes widened, but she took the baby and pressed him to her own chest. The moment she did, Stella tugged a doll out of the bag and began to wrap the receiving blanket around it as Liam had been wrapped in it just moments ago. Allie watched her with concern, but before she could ask what was going on, Stella announced, "They've found me." Allie's arms tightened protectively around Liam, her concern turning to all-out fear. "What happened?" "Nothing . . . Yet," she added quietly. "I spotted them following me on my way home from the coffee shop." "So you came here." "Just to leave Liam with you," Stella assured her. "Now I'm going to lead them away to keep you both safe." Finished with the wrappings, she set the doll on Allie's hall table and reached up to remove the heart-shaped locket she always wore. She met Allie's gaze and asked solemnly, "You'll keep your promise and take care of him?" "Yes, of course." "Thank you," Stella breathed, and then quickly moved around behind her to put the necklace over her head. "This has a picture of Liam's father and me. Someday, when he's old enough to understand, show him the picture and explain. Tell him I loved him more than anything. Don't let him forget me." "No, of course I won't," Allie murmured, peering down at the locket where it rested against her breast next to Liam's small, warm body. Frowning, she glanced up to see that Stella had reclaimed the swaddled doll and was settling it against her chest much as she had held Liam on arriving. Biting her lip, Allie eyed her friend with concern. "Stella—" "I'm sure everything will be fine. This is just in case," Stella interrupted her, and then managed a smile. "Thank you . . . for being my friend and for loving Liam." "I—" Allie's mouth closed on the words she'd wanted to say. Stella was already gone. Allie stared at the closed door briefly, startled anew at the incredible speed the woman sometimes displayed. She shifted Liam to cradle him in one arm as she moved to the door and tugged the edge of the blind aside just enough to peek out. She noted Stella cooing to the "baby" as she laid it in Liam's waiting carriage on the sidewalk in front of her porch, but then she scanned the street, searching for someone out of place or watching Stella. She didn't see anyone, but it was dark. An army of men could be hiding out there among the row of town houses and she probably wouldn't see them. Biting her lip, Allie shifted her gaze back to Stella as the woman finished settling the "baby" and started pushing the carriage down the snow-covered sidewalk. "I should have cleaned the walk again when I finished work," Allie muttered to herself with self-recrimination. She had pulled out the snow blower and cleaned the sidewalk that afternoon, but it had continued to snow after that and there were a couple of inches of the white stuff out there. Not a crazy amount, but enough to make pushing a baby carriage a bit of a trial. Not that Stella appeared to be having trouble, Allie noted. But Stella was a lot stronger than the average woman. Despite the hour and lack of traffic, Stella paused to check both ways before crossing the road and making her way to her own town house. Stella then scooped up the "baby" and mounted the steps to her small porch. Allie watched her unlock the door and step inside. The door was just starting to swing shut behind her when the explosion happened. The sound was deafening, and Allie felt the floor vibrate under her feet as the building across the street shuddered. Its windows shattered, glass flying as flames roared out of them with a stunning fury before receding back inside. "Don't worry. I'm sure she got out the back with that crazy speed of hers," Allie whispered when Liam began to fuss in her arms as if he had seen and understood what had just happened. The words had barely left her lips when Stella reappeared in the still-open door of the burning town house. The fake Liam was still clutched to her chest and her body was cloaked in fire. Stella stood there briefly, obscured by the flames shrouding her, and then turned back into the house and collapsed into the blaze. Allie stared at the burning entrance to the woman's house for a long time. She had no idea what she was waiting for. Perhaps for Stella to reappear and wave to let her know everything was all right. But that didn't happen, and finally, she made herself release the edge of the blind so it blocked the burning house from view. Swallowing thickly, Allie looked down at the baby in her arms. The promise Stella had mentioned was to raise and keep Liam safe if anything happened to her. Stella hadn't been specific on what that something might be, but dying in a fiery explosion would fall into that category. "Dear God," Allie breathed, staring down at the little orphan in her arms. She now had a baby to care for and keep safe. Her, Allison Chambers—a thirty-year-old single woman with no children of her own, or any likelihood of ever having them—was now a . . . mother? Foster mother? Adoptive mother? She didn't know what she was except that she was responsible for the child in her arms . . . And she didn't know a thing about babies. She knew even less about raising vampire babies. What the hell was she supposed to do? Chapter 1 Magnus stepped out of the plane and stopped abruptly on the steps, his fingers tightening around the handle of his suitcase as a frigid north wind blasted over him. It was cold enough to steal his breath away and had him briefly wishing he could turn around, reseat himself on the plane, and demand to be taken home to the UK. Then he spotted the SUV pulling onto the private landing strip. Straightening his shoulders, Magnus ducked his head and quickly descended the stairs to the tarmac, leaning into the frigid, roaring wind to do so. He was resolved to staying. He hadn't flown all the way here from England just to turn tail at the first chill breeze and fly back home without collecting the woman he'd come for. "What did you do? Check the weather forecast for the coldest time of year to arrive and book the flight for then?" Magnus lifted his head at that shouted comment to see that the SUV had pulled to a halt just a few feet in front of him, and a young dark-haired male had got out on the driver's side to rush around to him. "Tybo," he greeted mildly, giving up his suitcase when the younger man reached for it. "It is a bit brisk." "Brisk, my ass. It's freezing." Tybo shouted to be heard over the wind as he stowed the suitcase in the back of the SUV. Closing the door then, he hurried around to the driver's side, adding, "I'll be surprised if the pilot can take off now he's here. His wings probably have ice on them already." Magnus merely grunted and slid into the front passenger seat, eager to enjoy the waiting warmth. "How was the flight?" Tybo asked, fiddling with buttons and knobs to adjust the heat. "Uneventful. I slept most of the way," Magnus admitted as the younger man put the heat on full blast, sending a rush of warm air over him. "Good. You're all rested up, then, and ready to go," Tybo muttered as he shifted the vehicle into gear and pulled a U-turn on the landing strip. "To go?" Magnus asked, eyes narrowing. "The only place I am going is to Marguerite Argeneau Notte's. I was told you would take me there." "Well, as it turns out, Marguerite came to collect you herself," Tybo informed him. "Then why are you driving past the house toward the gates?" Magnus asked, turning his head to stare at the Enforcer house as they passed it. "Well, see, as I said, Marguerite came over to get you, and while waiting, she happened to be chatting to myself and Sam about your life mate—" "Possible life mate," Magnus corrected, mostly for his own benefit. He was trying to keep from getting too excited until he knew things would work out. He'd lived a long time and for most of that time had longed for a mate. Getting his hopes up only to have them be crushed would be unbearable. It was better he hold on to a "wait and see" attitude. Tybo grunted, but continued. "Mortimer came into the kitchen where we were talking, just in time to hear her name was Allison Chambers." "Allie," Magnus corrected. "Marguerite says she prefers Allie." "Right. Allie. Anyway, it seems he'd just heard on the police radio that an Allison Chambers had been arrested for robbing a blood bank and he was going to send—" "What?" Magnus interrupted with horror. "My Allie robbed a blood bank?" "Yes. Well, we're quite sure it was your Allie. It's the blood bank where she works. Mortimer was going to send Valerian and me to the hospital to see if this robbery was immortal related or not, but once he realized she was your life mate—" "She robbed a blood bank?" Magnus repeated, still stuck on the fact that she'd robbed anything. Then Tybo's latest words sank in and he asked with alarm, "Why the hospital? Was she hurt?" "Mortimer wasn't sure why the police took her to the hospital. You know that officers only radio in the bare basics." Magnus scowled at the lack of information, now worried that his possible life mate might be injured, or even dying. That would be just his luck. Find a life mate just as she died. "So, we're going to the hospital to find out what's what," Tybo finished solemnly. Magnus nodded and then shook his head. "Why the devil would she rob a blood bank? Marguerite said she was mortal." Tybo shrugged. "That's something Mortimer wants us to find out. If she was actually robbing the place," he added meaningfully. "I mean, she works there, after all. Maybe the police made a mistake."
Goodreads review are in at 4.37 stars! The latest in Sands' paranormal Argeneau series, though returning characters do appear in it, is a standalone tale about the romance between immortal Magnus Bjarnesen and his mortal lifemate, Allison "Allie" Chambers. Magnus is what Allie thinks of as a vampire. But while he and his fellow immortals do need blood to survive, the rest of what Allie believes about vampires proves to be wrong. Those who attack humans for their blood are rogues; these immortals get their blood from a blood bank. Allie is the adopted mother of a four-year-old immortal boy, Liam, after his biological mother sacrificed her life when he was a baby to keep him out of the clutches of the rogue who had turned her. Unfortunately, that rogue is still after Liam. Luckily for Allie, Magnus and his fellow immortals arrive in the nick of time. Sands' unique explanation for why immortals are immortal and why they need blood turns most vampire lore upside down. Reviewed by Lois Ray at Booklist Review. Life for Allie Chambers was altered permanently the night her best friend Stella was killed in an explosion. Stella, a vampire, left her infant son, Liam, in Allie’s care moments before her demise. Fearing that the same rogue vampires who were hunting Stella would try to abduct Liam, Allie began a four-year journey on the run with her new son. Literally drained from trying to feed her son the blood he needs to survive, Allie comes up with a desperate plan to rob a blood bank. The caper goes awry, and rogues once again try to capture her son. Enter immortal vampire Magnus Bjarnesen. He has been waiting a millennium to find his life mate, and if Allie shares his feelings, he will stop at nothing to protect her and her child. Magnus’s loyalty, however, is soon tested when their lives are threatened once again. VERDICT The latest installment in Sands’s long-running “Argeneau” vampire series (after The Trouble with Vampires) can stand alone. Paranormal romance fans will definitely enjoy this tale of immortal love and devotion. Review by Vicky M. Coffin at Library Journal Online. IMMORTAL BORN has a fierce mom who winds up with the family she never had and the vampire of her dreams. Lynsay Sands spends a significant amount of this book giving the reader a strong sense of who the main characters are and what their backgrounds are. It’s nice seeing so many familiar characters from pasts books. There are many unique and downright delightfully weird moments in IMMORTAL BORN that will make this book stand out from others in the series. At times Allie seems reminiscent of Sarah Connor from the TERMINATOR films. I look forward to reading the next “Argeneau” book by Lynsay Sands. Review by Miranda Owen at Fresh Fiction. When it comes to PNR, no one does it better than Lynsay Sands. This series is the only one so far that I read that a reader can walk away from it, then pick it back up without being lost in the plot or character’s drama. Immortal Born, had the right pace and tension. Tense action & drama from the very beginning. The chemistry between the two main characters was great. A great book, I highly recommend this title. Reviewed by Yearwood Daily Book Reviews. Sands’ effortless character creation leaves no stone unturned as she spells out the sprawling world of the immortals and their history. With this modern take on vampire lore, Allie and Magnus become as believable and relatable as any other romantic leads. Allie is a modern-day heroine thrown into the confusing world of immortals. Readers will have no trouble identifying with Allie as she faces difficult choices and displays a refreshing, no-nonsense attitude toward survival. When faced with the ultimate choice to protect Liam, and put her heart on the line in more ways than one, Allie weighs the options with a clarity and relatability that comes from thorough character building. Magnus and his family of vampires, who prefer to be called immortals, are warm and inviting when his and Allie’s worlds are thrown together. Readers will revel in Sands’ expert, slow build of the couple’s chemistry as Allie finds herself more curious about Magnus with each passing day, and as Magnus struggles with his own desire. The intimate moments between these two characters make this book shine and romantic sparks fly. Immortal Born is a take on the vampire genre grounded in emotional realism that allows readers to imagine themselves in the characters’ shoes with ease. Review by Sarah Thomas at BookPage. This is a romance after my own heart. The cast of characters is delightful, the placement of their physical love is perfect and I adore the relationship between Magnus and Allie. They’re so cute together. I enjoyed how the author used a circular story pattern in the beginning to show how Allie and Liam came to be together and why the heroine was so afraid and distrustful when Magnus first came on stage. Later on I discovered the tragic and sadly wasteful truth. What I mean is that the “if only” from 20/20 hindsight about Stella made Allie’s reality more intense, sad and emotionally poignant. And, it justified what Allie eventually did at the action packed climax, making it all the more satisfying because it brought closure. I didn’t expect that in the aftermath of such a serious battle, Ms. Sands could make me laugh, but she did. When Magnus and Tybo discovered how Allie’s dramatic action went down, their reaction was priceless. I could talk about how wonderful and adorable I thought Liam’s character was, how happy the happy ever after epilogue is, or about the great dialogue and supporting secondary characters woven throughout the novel, but I won’t. I will wrap this up by saying that Immortal Born is my new favorite romance in the series and that any fan who hasn’t bought the book yet needs to so they can add it to the rest of their Argeneau family keepers. It’s a great read. Given 5 stars by Xeranthmum from Long and Short Reviews. Immortal Born is a catchy title but is really true in how it portrays the story that is proved in depths here. I did have a fun time with this story, and Lynsay Sands truly knows how to work a story in all the best ways. This was a bit different in that we have a mortal heroine who is taking care of a immortal child and only knows a little bit of Immortals, and has no idea what is ahead of her. There was such edgy thrills that delivers this book with such a punch and you really are on the edge from beginning to end. Given 4 stars by Addicted To Romance.
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