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Wanted: Undead or Alive (Love at Stake #12)

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He's a vampire from the big city . . .

Phineas McKinney thought New York City was tough, until he was attacked by Malcontents—evil vampires who consider mortals to be snacks. Saved by the good vampires, Phin swore to devote his now undead life to stopping the Malcontents. He's got his job cut out for him when word comes that their enemy may be hiding in Wyoming. What does a
Mass Market Paperback, 374 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Avon
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CREME de la CREME Pick

WANTED: UNDEAD OR ALIVE is one of my favorites of the LOVE AT STAKE series.

We first meet Phineas AKA Dr. Phang AKA the LOVE Doctor AKA the Blardonnay guy in BE STILL MY VAMPIRE HEART, book 3. I have always thought of Phineas as a little like J.J. Walker from Good Times, you know the jive talking, always making a joke kinda guy, who really has hurts and fears buried underneath all that good time charlie, playboy persona. In WUOA we see a
Oct 30, 2014 Jenifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
The 12th in the Love at Stake series.

I have to say that this was perhaps the best story of sexual and emotional tension I have read in a paranormal setting. He's a vampire, she's a's just great drama.

Phineas was turned by Malcontents but was saved by Roman and his gang of good Vamps. Now he's on a mission to find an enemy who considers herself Queen of the vampires, but she's hiding out in Wyoming. What's a city boy like Phineas to do?

Get assistance from Brynley, werewolf princess,
Goge (BARRONS) le Moning Maniac,
DR. PHANG!!! I don't like Latoya so I hope pretty please that it's not her but sighhhh most likely 'yah' pshh:( Dr. Phang deserves betterrr!!! Love you Dr. Phanggg hehehhXD

New update: WOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!! It's NOT Latoya!!:D It's bitchy girl number two, Brynley! She pissed me off, namely because I love Vanda and she dissed Vanda but hopefully I'll like her in this book. :D

My immaturity speaking: Hahahh SUCK THAT LATOYA! Being a snob/bitch outted you for heroine lmfao. Okidoodles, ciao nowXD
Kate August
Mar 10, 2012 Kate August rated it liked it
LOVE AT STAKE is one of my favorite series, and I can't really remember a bad book, until now. It's not that Phin's story is bad, it was just so lukewarm. 'The Love Doctor" has always been such a great character; smart, sarcastic ,funny, I was expecting a real rollercoaster ride. Taking Phin out of his native NY and transplanting him to Wyoming seemed to open the door for all kinds of hijinks , that just never happened. I'm sorry to say the story was sloooow, the dialog average and the story lin ...more
Apr 03, 2012 Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, 2012-books
Okay, so I’ll admit that I went into WANTED:UNDEAD OR ALIVE with a negative outlook. Phineas has never interested me in the previous books and I just didn’t see how I could enjoy an book about him.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover Phineas had a great story to tell that, for me, explained some of his behaviors and gave me a better understanding of him. Since it’s been a few days since I finished it, I’ll have to leave a generic review.

Phineas McKinney is thrown together with werewolf prince
With this latest in the Love at Stake series, we get to see a whole other side of Phineas. There is more to him than just comic relief.

The story starts with a comical conversation between Phineas and his brother after having confessing the night before he is a vampire. His brother, Freemont "Da Freeze", is hysterically funny and has a thing about aliens.

Now somewhat famous as the Blardonnay Guy, Phineas shows his talent for misdirection and intrigue as well as his vulnerability.

The first time Br
Phinneas aka Dr Phang aka Love Doctor story..
I hope his story still funny but not suck like Gregori's.

BTW see the stepback


Thanks God! His heroine is Brynley Jones (Phil Jones's twin sister at Forbidden Nights with a Vampire) not La Toya.
t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
Kerrelyn Sparks is so consistent with her writing you know she will never let you down.

He's a vampire from the big city . . .

Phineas McKinney thought New York City was tough, until he was attacked by Malcontents—evil vampires who consider mortals to be snacks. Saved by the good vampires, Phin swore to devote his now undead life to stopping the Malcontents. He's got his job cut out for him when word comes that their enemy may be hiding in Wyoming. What does a city boy like him know a
Karen Alvarez
Mar 15, 2012 Karen Alvarez rated it it was amazing
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(3 stars - pretty good) Starting off almost as adversaries, vampire security expert Phineas and his leading lady werewolf Bryn seem almost mismatched. They come from opposite sides of the supernatural 'tracks' - He's a poor, inner city raised, 'turned' vamp and she's a Wyoming werewolf 'princess' who hates vamps. But once Phin and Bryn are forced to spend time together in pursuit of the Malcontent 'Queen' who is stirring up trouble in Byn's former hunting grounds, they discover the taunts they'v ...more
Apr 03, 2012 Steph rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-read
I am so happy that LaToya is not Phineas HEA, she has been horrible every time we have seen her. If I had any doubts before I don't now, we saw a brief glimpse of her in this book and she was so cruel to him. I'm glad he found Brynley, LaToya wasn't good enough for him at all.

There was one thing that stopped me from giving this book 4 stars. I had really hoped we would see a change in this hero. Most the previous ones have been a lot older and miserable with lives, feeling lonely and without a
Scooper Speaks
Mar 22, 2012 Scooper Speaks added it
Shelves: dnf
Favorite Lines: "Phineas didn't want his aunt and sister to know the truth. Aunt Ruth would probably drag him into church and insist the Reverend Washington perform an exorcism on him. Luckily, the female members of his family were out of town this weekend, singing with the choir at some event in Buffalo." (p. 2, egalley)

Within a couple of pages it was clear to me that I was not going to appreciate book 12 in Kerrelyn Sparks' Love at Stake series. Wanted Undead or Alive irked me to the point tha
Redheads Review it Better
I have been patiently, who am I kidding! I have been impatiently waiting for Phineas' book since his character was introduced in the series. I was super excited when I found out that she was coming to Virginia with Pamela Palmer for a panel and book signing. When I found out I got on the phone and called my mom and told her if she had something planned she had to cancel because we were doing this. Kerrelyn was the author who got me hooked into romance novels. Before I was just reading YA (which ...more
Mar 25, 2012 Julia rated it did not like it
Very slow to start, I barely hung on long enough to meet Brynley. Phineas had an uphill battle to redeem himself from the ridiculous "reality T.V. espionage" and "pimp clothing" of the first few chapters, but once he and Bryn were in Wyoming things picked up. As a pure romance, this story was entertaining, but the paranormal elements were really lacking (really, no Alpha werewolf has EVER bitten a werewolf before? And Bryn has her magical transformation just to become valuable to all the a**hole ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
As someone generally unfamiliar with the Love at Stake series, WANTED: UNDEAD OR ALIVE started off very slowly for me. The first several chapters were a crash course in vampire politics, and “Queen Corky” is not the type of villain that could keep my attention. Phineas was up to his neck in some ridiculous reality T.V. plot to find Corky, and it was not until he and Brynley get some face time that the story picked up.

Brynley and Phineas both have emotional scars and insecurities, and I liked how
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Nov 16, 2015 Rebecca (everyday reader) rated it really liked it
Phineas is tired of one night stands and his rep as a sex enthusiast and the love doctor. He's got feelings for Brynley; Phil's were-wolf sister and a teacher for the lost boys at the secret vampire school. Surprisingly, she likes Phineas but is afraid of getting her heart broken since they are from completely different worlds and doesn't think they'll work. She admits to some bad stuff from her past, her alpha male ass of a father is stood up to by her, Phil, and Phineas, Corky is finally found ...more
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First of all, I, who often don't even notice covers, have to just mention this cover. That guy on the cover just can't be Dr. Phang! Dr. Phang is black - that guy over there is definitely not black. I don't understand why someone else is on the cover of Phang's book. There, now that's off my chest.

Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Phineas McKinney hasn't been a vampire for long - a petty drug-dealer who was attacked by Malcontents only several years ago, he was saved by the good Vamps. He now works for Angus McKay's company, which provides security and bodyguards for the Vamps and their businesses, as well as hunt bad vampires like the Malcontents. Now he's staged a convincing fallout with Angus on live TV (the vampire network) and bringing his younger brother Freemont in on the secret of what he really is. All so he can ...more
Apr 11, 2012 Pansy rated it really liked it
I love the Love at Stakes series. The books are not filled with a lot of sex which is okay because the stories are good. They are simple stories with action, suspense and romance. They can be cheesy but that is okay. I want cheesy sometimes. My only complaint would be that sometimes the sexual tension lasts a little too long and by the time the couple gets together it is toward the end of the book and she rushes through it.

When the two characters, Phineas and Bryn, finally had sex it lasted for
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
ok. I have to say that this book bugged me a lot. First, Phineus' character changed. He reminded me of J.J. on Goodtimes... I never watched it, but thats who I pictured. I had to google his name...

Now that his character changed "grew up" maybe. He just seemed off. Throwing his brother in there added the silliness back a little when they dressed in pimpish style famous guy & his agent clothes, but that connection was gone. I just couldn't picture him.

Also, on this cover... Is that a white du
Debra Taylor
Apr 15, 2012 Debra Taylor rated it it was amazing
Wasn't at the top of my to read list. I am a big fan of Kerrelyn Sparks & her " Love At Stake " series. I just saw Phineas as more of a supporting character role. Why... I don't know. Maybe because of his over the top character. However, I was pleasantly surprised. This was a quick read. The story just flew along. Probably because I was snickering half of the time. Dr. Phang hooks up with Brynley, a were wolf & Phil's twin sister. The two first met several books ago during Phil & Van ...more
Apr 28, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was ok
Phineas is a vampire. He works for MacKay Security and Investigation. What Phineas is really known as is Dr. Phang. He is a super star on the Vampire Network (think if it as the CW Network)

The Malcontents, an evil group of vampires are making a move in Wyoming. Phineas is being sent to stop them. He will be accompanied by Bryn. If Phineas was alive, he would probably slit his own throat. Bryn is the daughter of a very powerful werewolf pack and she hates all things vampires. This is going to be
Booklover, Indianapolis
(May) Closer to a 2.5* book. This series is getting tired. Glad to see Dr. Phang did not end up w/LaToya, but still - other than two semi-steamy scenes, this book was really very juvenile. The love happened w/o any real connection between Phin and Bryn (OMG, just realized their names rhyme!) - Bryn didn't even enter the story until around page 80! She didn't like vamps, then she was in love. She suffered some real trauma in her past, but that was glossed over. Her father set up her attack and ** ...more
Lisa Annesley
Are you a fan of Phineas McKinney, a.k.a. Dr. Phang, a.k.a. the Love Doctor? He gets a new moniker in Wanted: Undead or Alive. He makes a commercial for Blardonnay, the chardonnay-blood fusion drink, and becomes The Blardonnay Guy (like The Old Spice Guy). He even says "Hello Ladies." Fans of Phineas, rejoice!

And now to our story. If you're not a fan of the Love doctor, you'll be happy to know that Phineas grows up in Wanted and drops the Love Doctor routine. He goes undercover to catch Corky Co
Jul 12, 2012 Tracy rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Anyone who doesn't mind adolescent humor, egregious racial stereotypes, and stupidity.
Left Me Wanting
Phineas McKinney has fought the good fight since Malcontents stole his life and turned him into a vampire. He's been rockin' the Love Doctor persona of Dr. Phang since then, making all the undead ladies happy, but after a few years of that, it's gotten kind of old. Phineas wants what so many of his friends have. Love. Family. Commitment.

It doesn't matter that his professional life is super sweet right now, or that all sorts of attention is rolling his way since he started doing th
This the 12th book in the series "Love at Stakes" by Kerrelyn Sparks. Phineas, aka Dr. Love, aka the Blardonnay Guy, is out to find the new evil Malcontent queen Corky. Unfortunately the area where she is believed to be hiding is right in the middle of a strong werewolf territory stronghold. Brynley Jones, a female werewolf who tolerates vampires, knows the area as it's where she grew up and agrees to help the 'city boy' vampire. As a werewolf princess she's coveted as a pawn in the hierarchy of ...more
Pam Nelson
This baby has been on my TBR shelf since 2012! I have read books 1-11 and I guess I needed a break.
I am so glad I picked this baby back up even though it has been years. It was like coming home to a friend. I remember how much I loved this series!
What have I been thinking all this time letting him get dusty on my book shelf like that? I am terribly sorry Phineas!

Hello Ladies! I freaking love the Love Doctor! Ha Ha
I was looking forward to reading this book when I first bought it. So it’s no s
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
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Great book Great series!Gotta love Dr. Phang lol
May 14, 2015 Yodamom rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
Loved this story much more then I expected too. The narrator did a fabulous job. A Great addition to the HEA series
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Phineas McKinney aka Doctor Phang really has no luck with women undead or mortal. Phineas only wants one woman with sky blue eyes too bad she doesn't like him. Phineas appears to have broken ties with The Vamps choosing The Malcontents instead. Corky Courrant, who stylizes herself as Queen of Malcontents, is most wanted person in the vampire world yet no one can find her. Search parties are globally hunting Corky yet what if she's stateside. Phineas heads up the team for Corky's search stateside ...more
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“Damn.” Phineas turned the Big Boy off, then noticed he’d left the box on the bed. Damn, had Zoltan seen it? He stuffed the phallus back into the box, but must have jammed too hard, for it started wiggling again.
“Stop it.” He punched a button, but it merely increased its speed, the tip spiraling in wild circles.
Damn! He watched in horror. It was like a whirlybird on steroids! How could a man compete with that? He ripped the balls off it and emptied out the batteries. “Die, you freakin’ dildo, die!”
“Jack zoomed into the clearing at vampire speed. His eyes widened at the sight of Phineas and Brynley hovering twelve feet in the air. “I heard a gunshot. Are you all right?”
“Dagnabbit! Another alien!” Digger bellowed.
“Where?” Jack glanced behind him, then gasped when Digger shifted back into a bear and charged. He levitated, too. “Merda! Now I see why you’re floating.”
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