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The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo (Love at Stake #14)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  4,791 Ratings  ·  383 Reviews
He's Out of Control

Dougal Kincaid has something to prove. After being injured in a battle with the Malcontents, he's ready for active duty protecting unsuspecting mortals from these villainous vampires who want to rule the world. But first he has to get control of himself . . . because just the sight of a certain lovely doctor has his injured hand doing some peculiar thing
Mass Market Paperback, 369 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Avon
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

4 'love me some vampires in kilts' stars!

This 14th installment in the Love at Stake series has all the things Kerrelyn Sparks fans have come to expect; humor, romance, passion, and a great story of the continued battle between our beloved Vampires and the Malcontents.

He's Out of Control

Dougal Kincaid has something to prove. After being injured in a battle with the Malcontents, he's ready for active duty protecting unsuspecting mortals from these villainous vampires who want to rule
Sep 20, 2013 Gossamerblu rated it it was ok
Just finished Kerrelyn Sparks' Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo. Where to start from? The cover? Epic fail no. 1. Dougal Kincaid's right hand is a metal one. Publishers are too cheap to respect even that, so the guy on the cover has two normal hands. Yay! Not. One cool metal hand would do a lot for his appearance and make the cover appropriate.
The book itself: the first part, light and funny and promising, the romance lifts off, then troubles in vampire world cook up.
Second part - so many charac
May 14, 2015 Yodamom rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio

Yes, I was saying that a lot. This chapter in the series had so many sacrifices so many sorrows. There was a HEA so no worries. Read this to watch Scottish Dougal find his happiness.
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I will never tire of the Draganesti’s and their merry band of vampires and shape-shifters. It was wonderful to be back at Romatech and to visit with all of our old friends. And, Dougal, poor, sad Dougal finally gets his HEA and we learn all about him and his past. What an interesting past he had. Did you know he had a Dragon Tattoo? I didn’t! And, wait till you hear the story behind it – so touc
May 16, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo was a fabulous addition to the Love at Stake Series.

Dougal Kincaid has just been reassigned to Romatech as head of security. It seems after a few years of recouping from the loss of his hand in battle he is ready to turn in his responsibilities as Jean Luc’s family’s personal body guard and return to full service.

Just when he thinks everything might be taking a turn for the better, Dr. Leah Chin is brought into the vampire world. Dougal believes Leah is his re
P.A. Lupton
Aug 29, 2013 P.A. Lupton rated it it was amazing

I loved this story. I wasn’t too fond of the last Love at Stake book, but maybe that was just personal—I do tend to prefer vampires over shifters. The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo was awesome. It reminded me why I love the Love at Stake series.

The book had everything I could want in a paranormal romance. It has humor, romance, and just the right amount of spice. I loved the budding relationship between Dougal and Leah. It’s a sweet attraction and has a bit of a twist with the reincarnation as
Tonia Metz
Aug 29, 2013 Tonia Metz rated it it was amazing
Kerrely Sparks does it again. From the first book (How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire) I read of hers she had me hooked!
I hated to get to the last page. I want more!
In this book we finally see Dougal Kincaid find his true love. After 300 years and the last few years he sees all his friends happily married with children. Dougal thinks he would never find love again. Loosing is hand in a battle has changed him and they way people look at him. Mad at everyone he is happy to just go about being a g
Feb 23, 2017 Svenja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Das war mal wieder ein Buch der Reihe, das mich komplett überzeugt hatte (bisher wurden alle Bücher von mir mit 4-5 Sternen bewertet, also ist die Reihe trotzdem fast perfekt :D).

Dr. Leah Chin und Dougal sind natürlich zuckersüß zusammen! Die Geschichte von Dougal fand ich super!

Die Geschichte um den neuen Bösewicht fand ich sehr gut gemacht. Etwas mystisch, brutal und natürlich fantasievoll.

Wer die Reihe kennt, wird jetzt nicht unbedingt die große Überraschung erleben, aber es ist nun mal gen
Kitty Felone
Sep 14, 2013 Kitty Felone rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire-romance
I normally find myself a strong, opinionated person when it comes to reviews on something (yes, me!), and I normally hope my opinions don't upset the actual writer of the story I'm reviewing (unless, of course, that idiot deserves it, by which I'm then telling them to take notes). Now in saying this, I must also clarify that even if there is a story that I did not like, within a series by an author that I admire, I'll still review honestly while still staying true to that author.

That aside...

CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Aug 09, 2013 CoffeeTimeRomance andMore rated it it was amazing
Dougal Kincaid has spent more than three hundred years regretting the moment he is unable to save the love of his life. He has come to a point when it is not the first or the last thing he thinks of in a day. Still, after all the years he can never forget. The new doctor brings all the memories rushing back before he is ever in her presence. From the very beginning, he knows he has his second chance, and he is determined this time she will be safe. Leah Chin struggles to accept the fact her scie ...more
3,5 stars

What can I say? Tortured hero is one of my weakness, and Dougal is soooo tortured and full of melancholy, I want to hug him, lol! Also, while he has "I'm not worthy of you" and "I'm not worthy of second chance", and again "I keep failing to protect her" vibes, which is a type of hero that sometimes I despised, Dougal won my heart in the end. See, he full of sadness, stoic, and "woe is me", yet, he's so romantic to his lady love Leah. His antique and medieval attitude without so much bor
Sep 03, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Ah, Dougal. A sexy three hundred year old Scottish warrior-vampire with a heart that is loyal and true. When he was still human, and a slave in China, Dougal fell in love with a woman only to lose her to death. For three hundred years he has loved her and missed her, until Dr. Leah Chin arrives at Romatech and he sees his lost love in Leah. The fact that Leah also feels inexplicably aware of and drawn to Dougal creates an instant connection between them and pretty soon a sweet and sexy romance h ...more
Aug 28, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
Be still my beating heart, but I totally could dig a man in a kilt! Especially if he has that accent that I'd probably constantly be asking 'what?'

As others have stated, this is pretty much the series' standard. The author always throws in comedy throughout the story. We also get to visit with some characters from the past- I always like visiting older characters.

I do have to wonder how much longer the series can go on- who else is there who needs to hook up? Maybe Rajiv? JL? Russell?

Anyways, I
Sep 04, 2013 Eugenie rated it it was amazing
Dear Leah,

I know I frighten you, but I pray you will give me a chance. I know my chance is small, for you are so clever and beautiful. How could I ever be worthy of you?
You are a treasure to behold, a sweet melody to my ears.
You shine light into my dark nights and bring warmth to my cold heart.
You fill me with hope that all things are possible, even an eternity of love.
Kerrely Sparks does it again. From the first book (How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire) I read of hers she had me hooked! 
Debra Taylor
May 19, 2013 Debra Taylor rated it it was amazing
One of the best books in the Love at Stake series.

The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo is Dougal's story. It has quite a few lol moments & I felt it was Kerrelyn Sparks at her finest. I laughed. I cried. Mostly I was smiling the entire way through. In the end it was a beautiful story about a love that could transcend time. A story about sacrifice that put a tear in my eye. Sparks played the ending out perfectly, giving me some incredibly touching scenes that I enjoyed immensely.

A very satisf
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Aug 28, 2013 Vilia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review from Backchatting Books

I can’t believe we are up to #14 now in this series. We head off to Asia in this instalment which combined with a bit of reincarnation, introduced a freshness that was desperately needed to compensate for the lack of Malcontent fighting. Our vamps are worried about killing the demon Darafer’s human army. They hire Dr Leah Chin, a genius geneticist to help them remove Darafer’s influence. When Dougal Kincaid, head of security, sees her he feels and immediate connecti
Aug 25, 2013 Gaele rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, avon
I just couldn’t resist this title, even though I haven’t read the other books in this series (and there are 13 of them), and did not feel lost or confused about the story at all. Kerrelyn Sparks managed to include enough background information to make the story make sense, even as this is a story about Dougal. Swoon-worthy Dougal: the vampire with a large tattoo of a dragon on his chest for a constant reminder of a lost love.

Dougal is a Scotsman: a kilted, pipe playing, touch of the brogue Scot
Aug 17, 2013 Stephanie rated it liked it
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This is the 14th entry in Kerrylyn Sparks' popular Love at Stake series. I have not read every book in the series; I can't recall why exactly, but they felt funny, way out there, were mixed up between weird scenarios like harems and such. In VAMPIRE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO the phrase "Heavenly Father" is much used as the angels in the book have to come from somewhere.

The title refers to a large tattoo of a dragon Dougal wears in his torso. It
Sep 01, 2016 Megan rated it really liked it
There were things that I loved and then there were things that I hated about this book.

Leah is a scientist that specializes in genetics which is just what the vamps need. So she is brought in as a consultant to help them. Thats how Dougal meets her. He thinks she has the soul of he long lost love. This is one thing I have a problem with. Does he pursue her because of her lost love or does he pursue her because of her own personality? I understand that later on Dougal falls in love with Leah and
Lisa Annesley
Feb 06, 2013 Lisa Annesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Lynsay Sands and Molly Harper
Shelves: kindle, pnr, vampire, human
A Damaged Vampire

Vampire Dougal Kincaid lost his hand in battle. Since then, he's been fitted with a mind-controlled prosthesis. He's spent years gaining control of his new hand, trying to get back to active security duty. He finally reaches his goal, only to lose control of his hand at the sight of—

Dr. Leah Chin, a human, is brought to the vampires' research facility because of her expertise in genetics. But when she learns that vampires are real, she freaks out. Until she catches sight of—

Stephanie  G
Leah believes in science, not supernatural things like vampires and shifters but she must face the truth that these creatures exist when she's brought into help find a cure for demonically enhanced humans. She's received by warm, understanding vampires and one tempting Scotsman that makes her want to throw caution to the wind and give in to the growing attraction her heart refuses to ignore.

Leah and Dougal are a typical pairing for this series. Leah, a human with emotional baggage that's at firs
I could have hated this book. It's not badly written, it doesn't have anything truly wrong with it, it's just I personally hate self-pitying characters and the two main characters are so low on self-esteem!

What saved this book for me? Two things. First it was really funny! VANNA and Dougal scene was one of the funniest Sparks has written so far. Mina, Laszlo and Rajiv's grandfather also featured great pages. And second, I like the new variety of supernaturals Sparks is adding to the series. I'm
May 27, 2013 Carrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: calibre-library, 2015
This book was sizzling with some super-hot highlander action. Dougal is one of the last remaining kilt-wearing bachelors in the Love at Stake universe. He really got overlooked ever since his hand loss incident but this book gives him the great HEA we’ve been waiting for.

Dougal is still trying to figure out life with his prosthetic hand. He’s the only vampire who has one, so the novelty has not yet worn off on his overly concerned friends. They mean well, but he’d just as soon hide in a corner a
Jun 02, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This is the 14th instalment in the Love at Stake series and in my opinion it's one of the strongest yet! I highly recommend reading these in order to get the full enjoyment from them.

Dougal has been through a lot in his 300+ years of life, he has loved and lost and more recently he was severely injured in battle. We join him as he is recovering and trying desperately to find the correct path on which to continue his journey to defeat Master Han and the Malcontents(that sounds like a badly named
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He's Out of Control

Dougal Kincaid has something to prove. After being injured in a battle with the Malcontents, he's ready for active duty protecting unsuspecting mortals from these villainous vampires who want to rule the world. But first he has to get control of himself . . . because just the sight of a certain lovely doctor has his injured hand doing some peculiar things, not to mention the sizzling sensation that burns along his dragon tattoo.

Vampires? Vampires?! As a
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*Review copy provided by publisher*

Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Avon

Summary : A highly recommended paranormal read.

You have to start a series somewhere. Some would say start with book One. But I thought it would be fun to start here. Book 14 it is. The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo is Amazing. And what the fun part is, I have 13 previous books to look forward without having to wait.

How fun is that that you discover a Paranormal Book Series that alre
Vampire Dougal Kincaid has spent nearly three-hundred years mourning the loss of the love of his life. Despite his grief, Dougal and his friends are engaged in an increasingly losing battle against the evil vampire, Master Han, and his army of vampires and superhuman soldiers. Dougal and his group are reluctant to kill these superhuman soldiers, because when they die, their souls go straight to hell. They employ scientist Leah Chin to help figure out how the soldiers were created, and whether or ...more
Aug 09, 2013 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampire
The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo is Kerrelyn Sparks 14th book in her Love at Stake series. After reading all of the other books in the series, I was definitely looking forward to Dougal's story and it was well worth the wait.

The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo features Dougal Kincaid, kilt-wearing vamp who loves playing the bagpipes, friends with all the other vamps but very secretive. So secretive that no one but his sire knows he can speak Chinese or that he has a huge tattoo on his chest. Hi
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“It had replayed in her mind, over and over, growing in importance till it seemed her whole life could be slotted into two categories. Life before the kiss, and life after the kiss. Her life before the kiss had moved step by step ever closer to the predestined event. Meeting Dougal. And kissing him.” 4 likes
“As long as mortals choose to do evil, then evil will triumph. And Lucifer will laugh when people blame it on the Heavenly Father. But even with all the suffering in the world, the Heavenly Father will not take away your free will. He wants you to choose good or evil. He will not force us to choose good” 0 likes
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