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High Stakes (Vegas Vampires #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,147 Ratings  ·  257 Reviews
Unlike other politicians, Ethan Carrick is a nice guy-and a hot, casino-owning vampire. And with elections coming up, he'd like to find his First Lady-if his opponent's hit men don't find him first.
ebook, ePub, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Berkley
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Alexis has come to Ethan Carrick's casino to pry her sister from his life. Her sister, Brittany, has left her career and home to come be his arm candy. Alexia knows that he has brainwashed her sister, so she's ready to do anything necessary to remove her. That includes acting in a manner that would get most people arrested.

That right there is when I started to get a bad feeling about this book. Alexis is some awesome prosecuting attorney, but she barges into the situation with the subtlety of a
Jul 19, 2012 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i friggin loved this book it was so funny and loved all the character's fabulous story line some hot sexy scene's and wonderful connection and relationship between the two main character's and loved their casual jokey attitude as well as feisty passion for each other fabulous.

can@t wait to read the next few in the series but not on kindle so awaiting the books :-( i am spoilt with my one touch kindle books hehe xxx
No sé si he sido yo o la traducción del libro (que apenas se entendía nada), que no, no me ha gustado y además me aburría un montón, así que para leer algo que no me trasmite nada, prefiero dejarlo y leer algo que verdaderamente me atrape. Tenía ganas de leer High Stakes, porque me llamaba la atención todo el tema de vampiros llevando casinos y eso jajaja. Podía haber sido mucho mejor de lo que me he encontrado. A lo mejor mejora en los capítulos siguientes (sólo he llegado hasta la página 75 má ...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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I've been wanting to read this series for quite some time now, mainly because I looooooove Erin McCarthy's writing in her contemporary stuff and this one looks like fun. And it was fun. Just not exactly what I expected, maybe?

So we have Ethan Carrick who is the head of the vampire council and running for re-election. He's campaign manager recommended that he should get married and settle down in order to give a good image while running for re-election. A
Fun and full of great banter and steamy moments.
Ethan is the best kind of male lead, he brings strengths and weaknesses that make him seem like both someone you could meet and too real to be good. Alexis is a firecracker and I really liked how she loosens up over the course of the book.
Little sister Brittany is the one thing I didn't like because her saccharine sweetness and naiveté annoy me beyond reason, but she's a minor character in this book so it's not that bad.
I've now read the entire s
Feb 24, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~* 3.5 Stars *~
Erin McCarthy's Vegas Vampire series opener, High Stakes, is one of those light, funny vamp romances that can be gulped down in large bites and leave you feeling a little happier for it. It's been described as Vamp Chick-Lit and that just about sums it up.

And there's nothing wrong with that!

I strongly believe that reaction to this book in particular, and probably the series in general, will entirely depend on what you're looking for when you pick it up. Personally, I just spent s
Apr 21, 2008 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um, I'm not sure what to make of this. I was expecting better?

I didn't think the characters were strong at all. I felt almost no chemistry between Ethan and Alexis. Sure, there were some sparks, but I think Alexis flies way off the handle a little too much for my taste. I didn't feel a dept to the characters as I was expecting.

I thought the plot weak. Other than getting Alexis to fall for Ethan and winning the election, I didn't really see much of a story here. There were a few action scenes tha
Mar 06, 2008 Daisiemae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: good, humorous, vampire book
Recommended to Daisiemae by: I like the author
This book was a really fun, light read. I loved the character's rapport with one another, and I found myself laughing out loud at some of the witty conversations they had with one another.
Plus, I really liked the way the hero and heroine came to trust, like and then love one another. I found myself caring about them and the outcome of their romance.
I really like(love) a deep, dark vampire romances...this is not one of those books. But, I liked the sweetness about it, and the ease that Erin brou
May 03, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, 4-stars, vampire
This book I already read in the past from the library, but I wanted to have it myself too and that is why I ordered and read it again.
Alexis is used to protecting her sister. That is why she takes her place next to Ethan. That she feels attracted to him, has nothing to do with it. By the way he is a bit crazy, because he pretends to be a vampire. Till she finds out that he really is a vampire.
At that point she still doesn’t now what to do with the attraction between them. For the answer on what
Mar 30, 2014 WiLoveBooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
This is a fun read. Not meant to be particularly serious. The characters are very exaggerated, but that's what makes it so funny. Ethan, president of the vampire nation, is looking for a wife before the upcoming election. He has chosen Brittany, but her protective sister Alexis steps in. The sparks fly right away between the two, though Alexis is the exact opposite of what he is looking for in a wife. A funny, steamy book, with just the right amount of surprising twists to keep things interestin ...more
Ok, so I got such a kick out of this book. I know it’s silly, but it was so much fun. I think part of it is the fact that I was just in the mood for something light hearted and that doesn’t take itself too seriously. No heavy drama just lots of maybe slightly over the top life changing events.

Ethan Carrick is a vampire, not only that he’s the President of all vampires and it’s an election year. It’s been decided that the thing he needs more than any other is to find a nice wife to have on his a
Jackie M
I really liked this book because it was fast paced and made me laugh out loud.
Alexis is a feisty woman who gets and does what she wants.
Ethan is vampire who is almost a thousand years old and has never fallen in love or met the "one" for him.
This is a fast paced love story that has the couple in love and wed in a matter of weeks. Believable? No... but hey it's a vampire romance book for crying out loud.
I really liked the book and will continue on with the series.
Alexis Baldizzi is upset that her younger sister has blown off her dental practice and started living at a hotel/casino with the owner. She thinks her sister has been kidnapped and brain washed so she storms into the casino, ignores the front desk attendants and bullies her way passed security and demands to see her sister. The hotel and casino owner, Ethan Carrick, is polite to Alexis but…despite being a prosecutor, Alexis starts pulling martial art’s moves on him and trying to beat him up. It ...more
I liked this book. The idea of vampires in Vegas is intriguing since I live in Vegas and I could see how it would be the perfect city for them to inhabit. Alexis was a bit strong, but weighed out by Ethan's cool demenour. They were fun to read about and the idea of vampire politics was interesting. Alexis' sister Brittany grated on my nerves a bit. She seemed too dimwitted instead of innocent for my tastes. Overall a great read.
Nov 29, 2010 Cindyg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I laughed out loud and did a lot of smiliing. It was a light, sexy read that I looked forward to picking up. I loved Ethan and Alexis, both were witty, while one was charming the other was a smart ass and it worked. yYou'll love the chemistry between the two. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book, it's hot, it's charming and it's funny. Enjoy, I sure did.
Highly Recommend!!!
Princess Allie
Oct 13, 2007 Princess Allie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I learned from this books that I cannot stand vampire fluff. I thought since I enjoy MaryJanice Davidson that I would enjoy Erin's books, but I'm thinkin' no. Her characters tend to over react and scream at each other. I feel like I'm watching Pokemon when I read this book. From now on I will have to be picky with my vampire romance.
I had been putting off reading this book for no specific reason and chose it for a monthly reading challenge. I'm glad I did b/c it was a light, easy, sometimes funny read. Good vamp fluff to break up the "tougher" reads. I'll definitely check out book 2 at some point.
A brainless read. I only read it because I knew I could finish it in one day.
That's a sad reason to read a book, now that I'm actually acknowledging it. Oh well.
Benita Vehnom  Ruiz
Apr 09, 2011 Benita Vehnom Ruiz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vamps
Great light easy read. Love the chemistry between Alexis and Ethan, you wont be disappointed with this read. On to the next book in the series!!!!
Mar 30, 2010 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
this book was fun to read, not complicated at all lol, enjoyable with a happy ending to go with it!!!
Nov 09, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It was full of fun and of course, sexy vampires!
I just don't get all the great reviews for this book. Its not a bad book. Its just not at all impressive. Alexis is a lawyer who meets a vampire/casino owner/president of the vampires named Ethan who is holding her sister Brittany. She trades herself for him and in a matter of seconds they go from hating each other, to bed together, to madly in love. The supporting characters too, were fairly unimaginative. I felt this book boldly took ideas from Lydsay Sand's Argeneau vampire series including t ...more
i feel like as soon as i finished this book i immediately forgot it. It isnt a bad book though it is extremely poorly edited, but it just doesnt really stand out that much for some reason. Heroine is a warrior princess/lady lawyer (and it just doesnt get any better than that for me) with mommy issues that lead to her putting up a high wall keeping everyone but her sister out. Hero is a once hugh hefner like vamp who has turned into a stodgy politician (an interesting plot though not entirely nov ...more
Sep 10, 2015 Sabine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Auch in Las Vegas gibt es Vampire..

Das muss die Staatsanwältin Alexis Baldizzi feststellen, als ihre Schwester mit dem Casinobesitzer Ethan Carrick verschwindet. Wutentbrannt stürmt sie in sein Casino und verlangt von ihm, die Finger von ihrer Schwester zu lassen. Doch die hat längst erkannt, dass Ethan ein Vampir ist und will ihn nun vor der ewigen Verdammnis retten. Ethan hingegeben kandidiert für die Wiederwahl des Vampir-Präsidenten und braucht eine geeignete Partnerin an seiner Seite. Er da
Apr 06, 2010 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 21, 2010 Jacqueline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Eh, no one really, it wasn't all that impressive
Recommended to Jacqueline by: Me, Myself, and I
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Jun 03, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had to grudgingly admit (this is coming from someone who runs away from the romance shelves) I actually liked this book. Alexis is a great likable character; she's got wit, she's stubborn as an ox, she knows how to fight back (literally), and her sense of humor is hilarious. With a main character like that, it was thanks to her that got me so interested in this book I read at least more than half of it in one morning and then finished it the next day.

The plot was all right. It does follow the
Jun 08, 2010 Maria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I guess the book was written to be fun, perky but that was totally lost on me. I found it mostly almost boring. Alex is a tom-girl that fights, and not only verbally, and uses tons of irony. The thing with irony is that it is very difficult to get trough in text so quite often it falls flat on its face.

The first scene in which Ethan and Alex are going to kiss the begin with a loooong fist fight. Rather boring I must confess. The story is so predictable. Ethan is a perfect gentleman not wanting t
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USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has since written almost fifty novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult, and adult romance. Erin has a special weakness for New Orleans, tattoos, high-heeled boots, beaches and martinis. She lives in Ohio with her family, two grumpy cats and a socially awkward dog.
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“Feeling downright giddy, which must be the lack of blood, Ethan flung his arm over his face and winced. Doubled over.

"What? What is it! Are you bleeding again?" Alexis reached for him.

He dropped his arm and smiled. "No. It's just that I was momentarily blinded by your beauty."

Her jaw dropped and she slapped his arm. "Idiot."

But as he laughed, he saw her struggle not to grin.”
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