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Vamps and the City (Love at Stake #2)

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Who says a vamp can't have it all?

Darcy Newhart thought it was a stroke of genius—the first–ever reality TV show where mortals vie with vampires for the title of The Sexiest Man on Earth. As the show's director, Darcy's career would be on track again. And she can finally have a life apart from the vampire harem. Okay, so she's still technically dead, but two out of three's

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Published March 29th 2011 by HarperAudio (first published April 25th 2006)
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Kim I think they can be read as stand alones. I have read the first one and am reading #16 at the moment. They all are different stories but seem to have…moreI think they can be read as stand alones. I have read the first one and am reading #16 at the moment. They all are different stories but seem to have some of the other characters from the other books in some of them, but are not imperative to the story, at least not that I have read. That is my opinion anyway.(less)

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Dinjolina
People did not seem to like this book as much as the other Love at stake series.

Well I did!
In this day and age a lot of people love to watch reality shows.
I’m not one of them but I acknowledge that they can have spark.
This particular vampire show made me shed laughter tears all over the place.
I love the humor in these books!

‘You see. It is easy!’ Otto started to lower the chair when he yelped ‘Aagh!’ The chair tipped spilling Maria Consuela onto the floor whit a splat. Her scream was cut off whe
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Yodamom
Mar 15, 2015 Yodamom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, free, library
Audiobook-
Cute fun story, light humor, light drama, extra cheese.
I like this series there is a sense of fun that you don't find with many paranormal romance reads. It's a perfect audiobook for those long drives, walks... when you just want something light to chuckle at and forget the time.
What happened when humans are sneaked onto the Sexiest Man in the Universe which is supposed to have only vampire contestants ? Will the sexiest man be human ? No, it is impossible, just ask the vampires. Yes,
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Beth (^v^)/
A vast improvement on the first in the series, I'm glad I kept reading. Fun and slightly surprising. PRN books have become a little predictable.

Boy meets mortal, mortal falls in love with vampire, vampire can't live without mortal. Sparkling may occur.


(Isn't that the best picture ever?)

Normally, I want to shake the crap out of the mortal.



But there's always a HEA, and that makes me happy.



I liked this story. First because the female vampire wasn't completely pathetic. She hates being a vampire,
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Denni
Nov 20, 2008 Denni rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of light, slapstick vampire humor
Did I read the same book? Alot of reviews label this book as a winner...the winner of what, a junior high writing contest? The winner in the "cheesy" catagory maybe.

Not my cuppa. Fans of light, slapstick vampire humor may enjoy tho.
Liz F
Jun 04, 2012 Liz F rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Vamps and the City is the second book in the Love at Stake series from Kerrelyn Sparks. This one only got 2 stars from me. It wasn't bad. I just didn't really care for it. But since I didn't hate it, I didn't give it 1 star.

In this book, Darcy Newhart is the focus. In book 1, she was less than a bit player. In fact, I could barely remember her. I had to go on Kerrelyn Sparks' website to remember who and what she was. Here, she is lacking purpose and is very bored. I wasn't sure if she was a vamp
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Lover of Romance
Austin Erickson is a agent in the CIA, and he works for Sean Whealan, Shanna's Father who is determined to free his daughter. Sean thinks his daughter is captive against her will by vampires including the love of her life. Austin is part of the team that goes after vampires, determined to destroy every one of them. Shanna and Roman's wedding is coming up, and her father is going balistic over the news. He desperately wants his daughter back. On stake out one night, orders from Sean to try to see ...more
Insidious
Ugh. Austin was such jerk it made it hard for me to enjoy the story. Frankly, I liked the nonromance parts of the book much better because I wasn't grinding my teeth over Austin's attitude. He just was not an admirable hero at all.
MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD

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Sarah Marie
Vamps and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks

Second in the Love at Stake series

3.5 stars

OK, I'm pissed I just rewrote this really good review and then that bitch sitting in the chair popped up telling me Goodreads was over capacity and deleted it. ARGGGGH! Well here it goes. I'm still annoyed. How dare that little girl come and delete my review! Darcy Newhart used to be one of the vampire women in Roman Draganesti’s harem. Darcy thought having a vampire TV reality show where mortals compete with vampir

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Danielle Khaleesi of Reading, Breaker of Boredom, Mother of Words
So I didn't hate this book. It has some good points, some things that annoyed me, and some things that were just plain COOOOORRRRNNNYYY! Did I think this book was LOL funny? Naaaah. More like "Oh, that's cute" cue the small smile.

The GOOD:

I liked Darcy up until about 83% through the book. She got really hot and cold at that point about her relationship with Austin and it became really annoying. Other than that she was strong, indepedent, but also likable aside from her whiny "Woe is me, I'm a
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Alexandria Tale
2.5

I was terribly disappointed. Their romance didn't convinced me at all. The first one because of the overuse of "I love you". I was sick of it. It seems they proclaimed their love in every page until I found it became a cheap thing. The second one was the fact that they were not in love, but in lust. There's no friggin way they loved each other when they spent so little time together (at the beginning of their confession). And I'm sick with the way ms. Sparks tried to convinced us, readers, th
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Monica
Dec 28, 2010 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the second book in the Love at Stake series. I read the first one on an all night work shift...it was good, this one was way better. I love the depth Sparks brings to her characters, how you can actually see them caught between disaster and happiness and longing and pain. Its amazing. I love Darcy and Austin, they are adorable together, now I am ready to see Connor get his girl. I am a bit annoyed that Darcy couldn't see past her anger to not blame Connor so much, he just wanted to try a ...more
valee
I really enjoy reading it, but I can't say that I adored it. I mean, the story is really nice and the book is a very interesting, funny, quick read.

Nevertheless, I can't enjoy this books as much as I do others more serious. Comedy is nice, but makes me not take the book as serious as I take other prn romances. Even Lynsay Sand's books were a bit more mature and with a more developed plot than this ones. Maybe the problem is that the word that describes these books is "cheesy". LOL. I like them,
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Дани
Jul 09, 2013 Дани rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Много ми хареса тази книга! Беше по-свежа от колкото първата с това риалити шоу, което, по мое мнение, беше доста особено странно, като оставим на страна вампирите в него, или пък смъртните, зависи от коя гледна точка виждаш... :D
Jenifer
Oct 30, 2014 Jenifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
The second in the Love at Stake series, this book is just as good as the first.

Combining comedy, romance, and some interesting situations this book has become one of my favorites.

Meet Austin, a man who believes he is helping save innocent lives by joining the CIA Stake-Out team and helping rid the world of the creatures known as vampires, who is on his next mission: join onto DVN's newest show and gather information on the vampires.

Meet Darcy, former journalist turned vampire hoping to start a
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Natasha
Vamps and the City is the second novel in the Love at Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks. I'm really enjoying this series. Some are better than others, but I find I always enjoy Kerrelyn Sparks books. If your a fan of Lynsay Sands, then you should check out Sparks! Both guarantee a great, light read!

I didn't read this series in order, like I usually would and should, but even though I didn't read it in order, I wasn't completely lost. Sure, you get more of a background on the characters if you rea
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Holjo
Feb 18, 2012 Holjo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Darcy Newhart used to be part of Roman Draganesti's vampire harem. This meant that she lived in Roman's home and never had to worry about working or taking care of herself. Most of the harem was perfectly content with this arrangement, but Darcy is a modern woman and she desperately missed her human life. So when Roman fell in love with Shanna in How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire, and then freed his harem to make their own lives, Darcy was thrilled.

There aren't a lot of job options for
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Amanda
Feb 25, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: Marie
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Carolyn F.
3.5 stars. Kind of a mad-cap happy vampire world. Darcy is a semi-new vampire that is the director of a new reality show starring Roman's ex-harem girls. Austin, from book one and one of the Stake-Out team, gets on the reality show and falls for Darcy convincing himself that she's a living human, but she's really a vampire. Now he's all conflicted and Darcy is trying not to get her heart broken.

Cute book. The series is enjoyable but I think I'm going to hold off on reading the rest because I do
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
This was quite a disappointing follow-up to How to marry a millionaire vampire! I really enjoyed the first book in the series but this book proved very cheesy and the heroine's constant whining was really annoying. The book also lacked the inventiveness and humor of the first installment. I think that what disappointing me most is the ending of the book and the choice made by Darcy... I definitely hope the third book in the series (Be still my vampire heart) is better than this one!
Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)
Originally posted at The Book Nymphoparanormal AUDIOBOOK smartfunnyVAMPS AND THE CITY by Kerrelyn Sparks was another fun and light listen. I liked the second book in the Love at Stake series a little more than the first book. I found the humor funnier and I connected better with the couple.

VAMPS AND THE CITY's plot of areality TV in the Vampire World similar to the Bachelor was a fun way to get Darcy and Austin together and to showcase some great side characters.

Like many paranormal romance series each book is about a diffe
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Christine
3.5 stars

In this, the second book in the Love at Stake (ouch) series, I realized why I don't like the romance -- it's lust at first sight with "love" being defined entirely through chemistry. In this case, the two see each other, can't stop thinking about one another, and quickly decide they're in love despite the fact that nothing else draws them together at all. In the "that which keeps them together" vs "that which tears them apart" dynamic, the latter overwhelmed the former by quite a bit. A
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Jo-Jo
Oct 02, 2015 Jo-Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read other reviews of this book that have labeled the humor and writing as being "cheesy." Well, if that is the case then I must like cheesy humor and writing. I found myself laughing out loud at the antics and just flat out genius silliness that Kerrelyn Sparks pours into her books. If I am outside the norm because of that, then that is fine, I can accept that happily.

I actually liked Darcy, the main character in this book. She was strong, independent, quick-witted, has a strong work eth
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Gabe
Mar 12, 2015 Gabe rated it it was ok
OK, so maybe I should start stating that I wanted to see what a vampire book looks and feels like when this one came my way. It happens to be my first fiction book about vampires so my review may be a bit distorted because of that. Also I should mention that I am quite fond of the vampire lore, being well acquainted with it starting with The World of Darkness (that started way back in 1999) and not ending with The Masquerade, just to name a few of the most notable works in on this subject matter ...more
Joy
I enjoyed this second installment of the Love At Stake series. I didn't read the description so I didn't know what to expect, but it worked out well for me.

There's the usual instant attraction between mortal and vampire but what I appreciated is the parallel sides of both the Vampire and human world. I just love the vampiric counterparts, DVN is really amusing.

After four years, Darcy still couldn't get over the truth that she's a vampire. It took a mortal, Austin, to set her straight. I love t
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Barbara ★
I instantly recognized this story so I assume I've read it before. However I don't remember a single thing about it so I may as well read it again.

Austin Erickson is a vampire slayer who works for the CIA's Stake-Out Team. His job is to find the CIA director's daughter who was apparently kidnapped by vampires. In his search he comes across Darcy Newhart, the director of the reality show, The Sexiest Man on Earth. He is instantly smitten with Darcy whom he believes is human no vampire at all.

The
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Adele
Sep 30, 2012 Adele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Shaping up to be one of those series.
the ones where you inhale every book. and can't get enough of the world that they are created in.
I am falling in love with these vampires as they are falling in love with each other.
the main focus of this book Is Darcy and Austin.
Darcy is a vampire who was turned against her will ( only to save her life) she had regretted it lever science. she lost her family and her job as a news presenter that day. so when she goes for a job at DVN for a journalist
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Hbeebti
This was really cute. The first book about dentist and now this one about a reality TV show . It was like The Bachelor for Vampires. Lol . Totally cute. I liked Darcy from the previous book. Maybe it was because she was one of nicest of the harem to Shanna. But yeah the harem is back and they are in the reality show to find a new master. I enjoyed how they were completely annoying and me wanting to strangle them to seeing them mature a little by the end. Darcy and Adam/Austin were great and they ...more
Mara
Apr 06, 2013 Mara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a lot better than the first in the series, thanks to a less cliched romance, more intriguing main couple, and a gimmicky setting that worked for me (similarly to the way the Talisman Hie, the supernatural version of the Amazing Race, worked for me in Kresley Cole's No Rest for the Wicked). Basically, a bunch of vampires, and some humans are all involved in the making of a vampire Bachelorette, except some of those humans are actually slayers undercover. Shenanigans ensue.

While I w
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Ren
Jan 09, 2011 Ren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire fans, paranormal romance fans, fans of story with humor...
The story in this book is much the same like the previous book, instead the heroine is a vampire, and the hero is a mortal but with special ability

Darcy Newheart, is a newly turned vampire (she turned 4 years ago), and once a part of Roman's harem member (Roman is hero from How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks. When Roman get married so the harem is dismissed. The harem's member is desperate of course, without new master, they cant do anything, so Darcy take a step forward. She apply as an anchor for DVN (Digital Vampire Network)
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Daniela
May 01, 2012 Daniela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Way to take a new twist to this genre with yet another idea. Kerrelyn Sparks manages to keep the mood light despite the un-dead vs. live people, without letting you off the hook until the end. Her books are such enjoyable nail biters... I am already on to number 3 and 4.

In this book vampire slayer Austin sees the woman of his dreams, Darcy, when observing the local vampire TV station. As there are a few mortals working with vampires it is unclear for a long time wether she is human or vampire...
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Kerrelyn Sparks is the New York Times bestselling author of a series that mimics its sexy heroes by refusing to die. Now up to book thirteen, the Love at Stake series spreads laughter worldwide in thirteen different languages. In spite of a tendency to nibble on necks or howl at the moon, Kerrelyn’s vampire and shapeshifter heroes are still wonderfully romantic.

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Love at Stake (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, #1)
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“Shanna was across the room with her new husband, chatting happily with Gregori's mother.
With a sly grin, Gregori motioned toward them. "Let's go congratulate Roman for taking five hundred years to find a bride.”
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