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Sands' (One Lucky Vampire, 2013, etc.) newest Argeneau Vampire novel follows Basha, who has lived on the fringes of society, trying to avoid the powerful family searching for her while unwittingly setting up a showdown between the child she raised as her own and her newfound life mate. Basha has sought to live her centuries-spanning life in the shadows, safe from powerful men she can't trust. Lost at birth and kidnapped as a child, Basha endured every kind of torture, then sought freedom in the life of a wanderer, constantly reinventing herself in order to maintain her independence and protect her only child. But in hiding for all of her adult life, most recently in a circus as a fortuneteller known as Divine, Basha has clearly missed some vital information and has perhaps created ties with enemies of the Argeneau family. Someone is acting brutally against humans, and Marcus Notte is sent to find Basha, the beloved long-lost niece of Lucian Argeneau. But in the centuries since anyone has seen her, has she truly become attached to a gang of rogue murderers? Marcus can't deny that Basha is hiding something, but every instinct tells him she's a nurturer. Unfortunately, he's also pretty sure she's his life mate, complicating his feelings toward her as well as his investigation into what she's been up to. This latest episode of Sands' highly popular Argeneau Vampire series fleshes out the ancient history of the superhumans from Atlantis and pits two drifting souls against each other, seemingly keeping their happily-ever-after out of reach. A little trust, a little blistering attraction and a few scrapes they'll have to survive with each other's help just might put them on the path to lifelong delight. Sands easily holds the reader's attention with the right mix of sexual tension and romantic misunderstanding plus a clever, engaging overarching history that offers an intriguing backbone to the series. Sexy and captivating, mingling darkness and humor.