By Lynsay Sands
Avon, $7.99, 358 pages
As a carnival fortune-teller, Madame Divine has always hidden from her aristocratic family and her own troubled son, so when a fellow immortal joins their ragtag crew she is suspicious. Sent by the Argeneau leader to find a particular Rogue, Marcus Notte suspects she is the vampire he seeks, but his allegiances are tested when all signs point toward Divine as his lifemate. After several attempts on Divine’s life implicate her son and his followers, Marcus reveals his true identity and forces Divine to choose between running and fighting for the life she deserves, but never thought she could have.
The twentieth Argeneau novel from Lynsay Sands, Vampire Most Wanted is a vampire romance with an Atlantean twist, in the creation of vampires as the unexpected result of scientific experimentation with nanotechnology. The author’s decision to write Marcus and Divine as lifemates does take some of the fun out of the romance, eliminating the entertaining uncertainty of falling in love, but the carnival setting adds fun and whimsy to what would otherwise be a paranormal detective story, centering on the identification of one immortal whose psychotic ways threaten the entire vampire community. A rather abrupt ending will leave readers anxious for the next book in the series, but Vampire Most Wanted can be read as a single novel.
Reviewed by McKenzie Workman