Not sure what my deal is lately, but I've been hoarding angsty books and reading them like they're chocolate cake and I'm on a no sugar diet. I can'tNot sure what my deal is lately, but I've been hoarding angsty books and reading them like they're chocolate cake and I'm on a no sugar diet. I can't get enough of them, and this story hit the spot.
Oh, the angst. The delicious, heart-wrenching angst. Read it. Read it now. So good....more
Book two in the Love At Stake series picks up where we left off in How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire. The CIA StakeTwo words: Austin Erickson.
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's number one operative and the best man for the job, Austin goes undercover in a new vampire reality TV show, The Sexiest Man Alive. His mission: to get info on the whereabouts of Sean's daughter and compile intel with which to bring the vamps down. But then he meets Darcy Newhart, and his world is turned upside down. Austin is forced to take a good, hard look at his beliefs. Maybe all vamps weren't bad.
Darcy Newhart is a young vamp. Just four years into her vampire existence, she's bottle fed and a virgin when it comes to biting humans. Like the rest of her friends (the good vamps) she doesn't believe in harming humans and drinks synthetic blood. Turned against her will, she doesn't care for her life as a vampire and longs for daylight, warm sun and sandy beaches. Producer for the new vamp reality show, The Sexiest man Alive, Darcy's finds her job hanging in the balance when she falls for Adam (Austin) one of the sexy contestants who she refers to as "The Sun God Apollo."
When I read the blurb for this book I wasn't sure if I would like it. I'm usually all about the hero and was looking forward to reading about one of the Scottish warriors like Conner or Angus. I'm happy to say that any reluctance I had in reading this story flew out the window in the first few pages. Darcy and Austin drew me in right away and I loved their story.
I particularly enjoyed the small moments we got to spend with the harem ladies. Stuck in different eras dependent on when they were turned, their odd speech and mannerisms provided endless laughter throughout the story.
I'm a huge fan of Kerrelyn Sparks. I won a signed copy of The Undead Next Door (book 4) a few years ago and fell in love with her engaging charactersI'm a huge fan of Kerrelyn Sparks. I won a signed copy of The Undead Next Door (book 4) a few years ago and fell in love with her engaging characters and witty voice. Having read books 4-6 out of order, I decided it was time to pick up the first few and dive into her world again from the beginning.
I'm so glad I did!
In How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire we're introduced to Roman Dragonesti, a five hundred plus year old vamp who is tired of his life. Blessed with the gift of pure genius, he has founded Romatech, a world renowned company that provides synthetic blood. His goal in creating the artificial blood is to prevent the need for vamps to "kill for their meals" and in turn make the world a safer place for both vamps and humans alike. Roman is an all around good guy with a serious case of self hatred. Once a monk, he believes he is an abomination and that God has turned from him. After a disastrous relationship with a mortal woman years ago, he's sworn off relationships with the fairer sex, believing himself a demon. How could someone love a demon? Along with some darker elements, the book sports a lighthearted tone that had me laughing on several occasions. In fact, a humorous situation including a VANNA doll (Vampire Artificial Nutritional Needs Appliance) leaves him missing a fang and in need of a mortal dentist.
Cue Shanna Whelan. She's a sassy dentist with a serious problem. Girlfriend is deathly afraid of the sight of blood. After witnessing a mass killing that was meant to take her out, she enters the witness protection program in the hopes of regaining her life while eluding the Russian mob who's after her. Roman breaks the monotony of her new life when he shows up late one evening asking her to implant his missing fang back into his mouth. Believing he's a loony who wants her to implant a "wolf tooth" into his mouth, she tells him to take a hike. He does as she asks, but takes her with him when the Russian mob shows up moments later to kill her.
From this point on Shanna, and the reader, embark on a roller coaster ride filled with sexy Scottish Vampires, evil Malcontents, vampire fusion cuisine (Blood Light and Chocolood) as well as a wonderful romance between Shanna and Roman. Both stubborn in nature, they fight their feelings through most of the book, making great strides only to fall back when an obstacle comes their way. Of course, love prevails and the their journey completes with a satisfying ending.
As I said above, Ms. Sparks has a wonderful sense of humor and I found myself chuckling throughout the majority of the book. Some of my favorite "LOL moments" were:
"Gregori though we could advertise her on the Digital Vampire Network. You'd have your choice of VANNA Brown, VANNA Black––" "And this would be VANNA White?" Roman grimaced. "The legal department will love this."
"Jeez, it stinks in here. What is this place?" "A cigar shop. I gather you don't smoke?" "No. Do you?" He smiled wryly. "Only if I'm out in the sun."
I think my favorite scene, though, might have been when Shanna was placing Roman's fang back in his mouth. His guards gave a blow by blow account of what was happening over the phone. Hysterical!
"She's returning the bird to the nest. I repeat, bird is in the nest."
Thoroughly enjoyable read. I plan on purchasing the next book and diving in right away....more
Just finished this book and (contented sigh) it was wonderful. The hero, Tristan, is every womans fantasy come to life. The journey he and Julia takeJust finished this book and (contented sigh) it was wonderful. The hero, Tristan, is every womans fantasy come to life. The journey he and Julia take is a bumpy one, but definitely worth following. I absolutely love Ms. Showalter's work and this book did not disappoint. ...more