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The Undead Next Door (Love at Stake #4)

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Three signs that something is very different with your mew man:

1. He sleeps all day . . . which would be annoying except he's so attentive at night.

2. He's attacked by sword-wielding assailants, yet insists he can handle it on his own.

3. He never seems to age.

Heather Westfield has always lived a quiet life, but that all changes when she helps a very handsome, very mysterio
Published March 29th 2011 by HarperAudio (first published January 29th 2008)
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Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
I admit I came to this novel with less than enthusiastic expectations when I found out it was Jean-Luc's book. You see, the impression I'd got of him in the previous books had made me think he was only ever going to be a secondary character. He just didn't seem like leading man/hero material. I think it's because he's a french fashion designer and whenever I see that description, I get this in my head:

Franck Eggelhoffer - Father of the Bride

Of course, now that I've actually read the book, I get
Apr 03, 2015 Yodamom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, library
It was the typical HEA read I expect from this series/author filled with humor and lusty bits. it should have been great I love her characters but the voices, ARGUH ! The French vampire had the cheesiest cartoon worthy accent (Pepe le Pew), the Texan woman was so dang terrible think Foghorn Leghorn and you are close.

(I hated hearing her voice) The Scotsmen who were done so well in the previous book by the previous narrator sounds like sickly women. How could I could I enjoy what should have bee
I would give 2.5 stars to this book because it was the one I enjoyed the least in the series.

I don't get it though, Heather and Jean-Luc were great, one of my favorites couples in the series. He was hot and Heather had this great personality, so different from the rest of the heroines; at the beginning I thought this would become my fave.But then I got a bit bored at the middle. But well, the ending was amazing.

The problem, IMHO, was that the relationship took forever to settle because she kept
Sep 14, 2010 Natasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Undead Next Door is the fourth installment the Love At Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks. I recently picked up a copy of The Undead Next Door and The Secret Life of a Vampire, and loved both. If your a fan of Lynsay Sands, than this is the next series for you. It's mostly based on vampires finding their true love, and always having a difficult time wooing their girl/guy.
The Love At Stake series always guarantees a good laugh and a hot, light read.
I look forward to reading the next book in th
Sep 12, 2013 Julianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Humorous PNR Romance
Reviewed for THC Reviews
The Undead Next Door was another solid read in the Love at Stake series. The entire series thus far contains just the right mix of emotional romance, depth of characters, LOL humor, and exciting adventure to keep me turning the pages and eager for more each time I finish a book. This particular novel also had an inspiring theme of conquering your fears right when I needed it the most. The romance is both sweet and sexy, and there is just enough action to keep the reader o
Feb 15, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I could give 3 1/2 stars I would. The book itself was pretty good. I remember Jean-Luc as a minor character in an earlier novel in this series, and it was interesting to give the fashion designer his own story. That said, I felt that Sparks didn't quite rise to the challenge in this one.

For the most part the story was good, though it seems to be part of a trend I've noticed lately. Lots of sexual tension with little payoff. This may sound odd, but when I'm reading a romance novel, I'd usuall
I loved this so much!!! "The Undead Next Door" was a mixture of paranormal-vampire awesomeness, action, adventure, humor and love. Zut, forget the Twilight series! If you're looking for a vamp read with substance and characters that you don't want to slap the hell out of (*ahem Bella Swan) then this is the book for you! [And also if you like hot guys in kilts.....;)]

After reading the first book in the series, I jumped straight to this one because this was all the library had (I never read books
Alexa Ayana
Jean Luc si designer ternama dari Paris akhirnya mendapat bukunya sendiri setelah dia sliweran di buku sebelumnya dan cuma dapat sedikit spotlight. Jujur aku tidak menyangka latar belakang kehidupan Jean Luc begitu beragam sebelum menjadi designer. Yea, buku ini membuatku lebih menghargainya daripada sebelumnya, karena dia jauh dari kriteria seorang diva dan pria pesolek.

Pasangannya Heather adalah single mother dengan tubuh size plus yang curigaan, tidak matre dan kreatif. Wanita ini dibilang me
Not as good as the previous book, but I'm still enjoy it.

Because GR acting strangely, I'll write the entire review, when it get well..
OKAY. Because my GR is well again. Like I promise, I'll write my full review now

If I can compare this book with the previous book, I enjoyed Be Still My Vampire Heart (Love at Stake, #3) by Kerrelyn Sparksmore.

Jean-Luc Echarpe ( when I'm reading this book, I pronounce his name "Jaan Luk", but there are some explanation, that his name is pronounce Jeaa Luu . I know,I can't speak French *LOL*), is a famous designer, and o
Sarah Marie
The Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks

Fourth in the Love at Stake series

4.25 stars

Heather Westfield is a recently divorced single mom living in Texas. When she met Jean-Luc Echarpe she couldn’t deny her attraction to him. Something’s off about Jean-Luc. He sleeps all day, has sword wielding bodyguards, and never seems to age. Heather has always lived a quiet life, but her world is changing and they might have a chance at happily-ever-after. That’s if a murderous vampire villain doesn’t kill the

Samantha (Book Lover's Cozy Cafe)
Alright, so when I first started reading this series, I was more than a little iffy on it. However, the more I read it the more I'm loving it. This book "The Undead Next Door" is so far my favorite in the series. I love the different take on vampires, and I love the use of science in it as well. Kerrelyn Sparks, is an imaginative, creative, spectacular writer. If the rest of this series keeps getting better, she will become another one of my favorite authors.
Poor vampire, he has to reinvent himself once again because the humans are beginning to notice that the famous haute couture fashion designer never ages. So he thinks to hide away in a basement in a small Texas town. More fool, he!
Nice single mom schoolteacher with a manure-for-brains ex-husband, and a gun-toting live-in senior who babysits for her, just wants to be left alone and wishes that she could afford to make elegant clothing at reasonable prices for REAL women.
At first he thinks that he
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Sparks has penned another winner in this series. Heather and Jean-Luc have both been bullied in their lives. They deserve the solace, love and passion they find in each other's arms. We are let in on some secrets about other characters from this world, and true to form love, passion, and some adventure is always included. Great read!!

The Undead Next Door is the fourth novel in Kerrelyn Sparks' Love at Stake series, and Jean-Luc is the hero of this novel. We met him briefly in the previous books, and with the little page time that he had, you wouldn't really expect him to be this hunky, romantic, swoon-worthy hero. His lady love is Heather, a full-figured mortal woman with whom Jean-Luc is *immediately* attracted to at first sight. Heather is also a divorced mother with a young daughter and an ex-husband who is the definition
Dharia Scarab
This is a great series, plenty of humor, great story lines, and engaging characters. In each book you meet more characters in this world, which makes it more fun when the time comes to see their story play out.

And best of all, the story telling is always focused on the two main characters and their point of view rather, unlike another author in the genre who shall remain nameless.

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my
t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
Jan 13, 2013 t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who enjoys humour with their PNR
Recommended to t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ by: PA Lupton, who wants people to have TBR piles bigger than her's
How can one not love a lonely French fashion designer vampire who is straight and thinks size 12 girls are the cats meow?

Jean-Luc was everything I had hoped he would be from his introduction in previous books. Sauve, sophisticated with old fashioned charm. A beautifully written character. His love interest is Heather, a bit timid but trying not to be, history teacher from who knows where Texas. Ok she too is a budding fashion designer. Not one of my favorite heroines in the series I have to ad
Nov 25, 2011 Steph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
Book 4 in the Love at Stake series.
We met Jean-Luc in the previous book.
This couple have been my favourites so far alongside Angus and Emma. I will say that the storyline that concerns Casamir was a little lacking but the sole focus was on Jean-Luc and Heather. Heather is my favourite Heroine to date, just above Emma.
There was a storyline that came with Jean. An old enemy 'Lui' has been following him for centuries killing off his girlfriends because Jean stopped him from assassinating a k
Jimmy Hanson
Dec 13, 2009 Jimmy Hanson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, m-f
So, a definite note of K.Sparks: the titles of her books don't reflect ANYTHING on what the book is about. Not saying that's a bad thing ... but if you forget the title and have to guess, there's nothing in the book itself that will hint to what the title is.

In saying that, this is the story of Jean-Luc and Heather. In the other novels [1-3:], I thought Jean-Luc was an interesting side-character but as a prime chara I wasn't so sure. Thankfully, I was proved wrong. Sparks made him unique and cle
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
OK... hmmm. It was good until the middle, then it got... "Oh no you're dead. I can't love you. You're a monster"... well... since Twilight came out, who thinks that any more, and geez! Every one of these books so far has a lame girl who goes from totally smitten to "get away from me" because of glowing eyes or fang flash for 3 chapters to all of a sudden IN LOOOOOVEE in 2 seconds because of some "thing" they did... I may start lowering my stars if it becomes the same theme in every book.

Other t
It was really good except for the fact that the ending felt rushed. For some reason after a week of abstinence the heroine finally decides to seduce the hero and then instead of major battle between good vamp and bad vamp it takes several strikes and a good howl to kill the vamp who'd plagued Jean-Luc for several centuries.
Kelli Klein
May 05, 2014 Kelli Klein rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
The Undead Next Door is book 4 of the Love at Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks. It featured Jean-Luc and Heather. I have to say this is my least favorite book of the series so far.

While Jean-Luc was a delicious Frenchman and Heather was like the girl next door with a great personality, the book itself was a bit boring. It took me longer than usual to finish the book. It went on too long, and the ending was a bit corny and ridiculous if not predictable. I got the feeling that it would have been b
Another great story I didn’t expect to like! Jean-Luc is a jaded French vampire who wants to exile himself for 25 years in the most unlikely place – Texas. It’s fun to read a vampire story in a rural setting, like in Charlaine Harris’s “Stookie Stackhouse” novels, but the two series are incomparable.
Ms Sparks gives us a plus-size heroine, which Jean-Luc found refreshing. He’s tired of skinny models that are really shallow. I like Heather’s strong will and Jean-Luc was kind to her irritating ex-h
Oct 23, 2014 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #4
The list of reasons why Heather Westfield would never date famous fashion designer Jean-Luc Echarpe;
#1 Stubborn as a mule
#2 Over Inflated Ego
#3 Overbearing
#4 Too Handsome
#5 Ambiguity
She has just gone through a nasty divorce from a man who was controlling and overbearing. Fear ruled her life until she decided that she was at war with fear and made the decision to divorce her husband and live her life to the fullest even though her small town is anything but exciting. She’s a history teach
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Jean-Luc Echarpe is being slowly forced into heading for the next 25 years due in part to not taking Angus's advice about reinventing himself. He only has himself to blame for it. Jean-Luc is hosting grand opening of his new store in Texas of all places. He spies a young woman sketching his designs becoming furious with her. Heather Lynn Westfield Looking Echarpe's designs thinking she could make them better and more realistic than Size Zero into Size 12. When Jean-Luc accuses her of stealing hi ...more
Sep 30, 2015 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I put this series down a while ago because I didn't really connect with any of the characters and a lot of the dialogue seemed so childish. I liked Heather. Did I connect with her? No. But that could be because she has a child and her mind works differently than mine would. who knows. I got a little bored with the story because she kept rejecting him.

Jean-Luc was one of my favorite males from the series so far. I loved how he was with Heather's daughter B
Jun 21, 2014 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Heather Westfield lives in Texas with her daughter Bethany. Jean-Luc (yes they comment that he has the same name as Picard) Echarpe is a vampire fashion designer from Paris. He is opening some stores in America including one in Heather's hometown. They meet at the opening of the store. Jean-Luc sees Heather sketching and believes that she is stealing his designs. He confronts her and ends up offering her a job.

Jean-Luc has a vampire enemy who has been trying to kill him for centuries. Jean-Luc
I know 2 stars is somewhat of a harsh rating and I like the series very much. It's predictable, not overly sexual and creative in its own way. I just couldn't get into Jean Luc. And this is coming from a person that loves all things French. Well, Parisian French. Jean Luc didn't seem masculine enough for me. I couldn't get past the fact that he was a designer. I finally pictured a Tommy Hilfiger type of character and I guess that ruined the character image for me because I don't like Tommy Hilfi ...more
May 17, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this isn't my favourite book in the series it's a very close second. I loved the banter between the characters and I love that Heather isn't your typical size 2 blonde. Jean-Luc is definitely one of my favourite heroes in this book.

The only thing that's starting to bother me about these books is that some of the dialogue is way too creepy and OTT before they hardly know the other person. For example, in this one, Jean-Luc believes that Heather is stealing his designs and she makes a commen
Jan 23, 2015 Sylvia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Kerrelyn Sparks book (I did not know it was part 4 in a series...) But it was easy to like the book.
It was a nice story and a good read.
There were a lot of people at once, a few too many to get to know in such a short notice. But I think that's because I started with number four....
The story itself was really nice but it took Jean and Heather a really long time to really 'love' each other..

I was actually getting pissed for mentioning the lame sentence: ' I'm at war with fear'..
Dec 05, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first vampire book by Kerrelyn Sparks and not the normal genre that I read. That said this was a great book and I enjoyed the characters immensely. Heather Westfield is a small town girl, a school teacher and aspiring fashion designer. Only she wants to design for real woman not toothpicks. So she sets out to copy some designs from a top designer who has opened a store in her town. Thus meeting Jean-Luc Escharpe as he accosts her in his store and accuses her of stealing his designs. I ...more
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“My point, exactly. Those poor women are so malnourished, they can’t think straight. Take my friend Sasha. Her idea of a three-course meal is a celery stick, a cherry tomato, and a laxative. She’s killing herself to fit into these clothes. Women like me can’t dress like that.” 47 likes
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