Vamps and the City (Love at Stake, #2)
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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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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...more
ßk☼lvr
4 stars for the beginning!

Love how Garrett and Austin go undercover on a new Vamp Reality Show...



...The Sexiest Man in America...



...to gather vampire information, names...and hopefully 'staking' a few in the meantime...



But beautiful, sweet Darcy has not only made his manhood stand at complete attention. She's given a little tug on his heartstrings too ♥




The middle dragged. 3 stars! Too much time spent on the 'Haremette' events and things that weren't very interesting. Mostly. To me. ♥

Then Austin
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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...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,...more
Дани
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
Liz
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...more
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...more
Holjo
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...more
Danielle Book Boss
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...more
Beth ♥Addicted to HEA♥
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,...more
Monica
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
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...more
Denni
Nov 20, 2008 Denni rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Jenifer
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...more
Adele
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...more
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
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...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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Ren
Jan 09, 2011 Ren rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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)...more
Daniela
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......more
t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
Jan 10, 2013 t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire lovers and those who like Humor in their reading
Recommended to t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ by: PA Lupton, the Enabler supreme
So I generally don't like books where the heroine is a vamp and the hero a mortal, that being said I really enjoyed Kerrelyn Sparks' Vamps and the City.

Using the TV station as a backdrop was sheer genius...With Darcy being a reluctant Vamp and Austin a Vamp Slayer..but what I really loved was the reality show KS created it was a hoot! Slimy bosses and casting couches and all. Again KS has created great characters, a great story and a very fun read:)

A fun 3.5 star read for me. I liked it..but th...more
Lisa
3.5 stars. Vamps and the City is a fun poke at reality shows like The Bachelor, which I have to confess to watching this past season. What made it so fun to watch was texting my friend in another state who was watching it at the same time. It was fun "talking" about the different contestants, etc. Like the first book in this series, Sparks is creative and has some fresh fun angles to her vamp world. I really like it and there were quite a few funny moments, one in particular that had me laughing...more
Lisa Sanchez
Two words: Austin Erickson.

Swoon!

Book two in the Love At Stake series picks up where we left off in How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire. The CIA Stake Out team headed by Sean Whelan, is on the warpath, taking out good vamps along with the bad in their search for Sean's daughter Shanna.

Enter Austin Erickson. He's a hunky spy with some serious psychic mojo. Boyfriend can enter anyone's mind (both vamp and human) and read/manipulate thoughts. He's also got some kick ass telekineses going on. Sean'...more
Julia
I thought the first book in this series was bad, but this was even worse. Only my obsessive perseverance enabled me to finish it at all. I found it stylistically awful, complete with glaring grammatical errors, shoddy writing, and overuse of annoying phrases such as 'holy moley' which induced near-ceaseless groans of revulsion. The premise, while somewhat intriguing, was wildly unrealistic and this showed through repeatedly in the plot. Both hero and heroine were stereotyped past the point of re...more
Amanda
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Olean Public Library
This second book in the series is not a stand alone novel. This book builds on the ending of the first and is a wonderful introduction of Women's Lib. to vampires. A reporter accidentally turned into a vampire finds the culture very stifling. As a woman she is supposed to lounge around in the harem, get pampered by her Master, and gossip with the other women. Well when the Master of one harem falls in love, he decides to disband them and let them find another Master. Well the spunky reporter sei...more
Maria
Probably the worst book in this series (however, I may be speaking too soon, as I'm only on book #6). Why oh why do I torture myself with this book? Only because it has a hint of the continuation of the story line of the 1st book's main characters, Shanna & Roman. I hated how disgusted Austin was in regards to Darcy being a vampire. He actually asks himself how he could stand "waking up next to a dead girl." I never believed the romance. His turn around from being disgusted with her undead s...more
Lili
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Sonia
I didn´t like this one. The humor from book 1 was totally missing, the story was oh-so-predictible and I didn´t feel the lovestory at all. It was really boring in fact.

The whole book Austin was disgusted by the idea that Darcy might be a vampire and from out of nowhere he loves her and is willing to sacrifice himself for her? No.Friggin.Way!!!

Sorry but I couldn´t take this book seriously enough to like it. The candidates in the vampire reality show (seriously?) were supposed to be funny I guess...more
K
Mar 22, 2009 K rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K by: a friend
Since I have already read the majority of the books in this series, I could not help but read the others. And as with the other books, I found this one an enjoyable read. This book tells the story of Darcy and Austin. Overall, I found the story intersting and enjoyable; and loved seeing how the characters mentioned in the 5th book came to be together. I liked the author's use of humor, and how the characters from other stories were included. As with the other books, I appreciated the fact that y...more
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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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“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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