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Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire

(Love at Stake #16)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  3,235 ratings  ·  342 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks delivers the exciting conclusion in the Love at Stake series, where a Marine-turned-vampire finds love with the shifter princess forbidden to him...

Russell wakes from a coma to find he's become a vampire. Now he has a thirst for revenge. Determined to hunt down the master vampire who turned him, he's used to working alone .
Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published December 30th 2014 by Avon
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Why does it have to end Stars

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OMG this book was good! Please Mrs. Kerrelyn Sparks don't end the series i need more!!

This is Russell and Jia's story and the last book in the series. As a couple I loved them together, they were very playful and cute. I loved how Jia melted Russell who only lived for revenge and Russell gave Jia the one thing no other male in her life had RESPECT! He respected her wishes and seen the fighter she was and she seen the honor and goodness in him when he thought he
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Listened to this on audiobook while at work. The narrator did a great job :) I'm sad to see the series end. I read most of the books in the series, getting to know this unique band of supernatural misfits who make one another family. Russell was always a loner and a mysterious man. His friends didn't know what to make of him half the time but they could count on him being at the right place and time when they needed him. Jia, a tiger were princess, had a quest for revenge that caused her to cros ...more
The last book in a very fun and entertaining series. I will miss this family of shifters, humans, angels, vampires and mixes of all. All the books ended in a HEA for the two main characters .Even as each had an expected ending, I always felt exhilarated and even giggly when it happened every time. Each book had characters I liked, good people with differences. I was lucky enough to start this series after it was published and went through each book on after the other all in audiobook form. What ...more
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finally finished this long amazing series, I honestly hope she would continue writing this series, I have fallen in love with the characters and it's just so sad to see it end.

In this book we follow Russel who has been in a vampire coma since the Vietnam war and was made a vampire by Angus and 5he other when they found him in a cave in Thailand

Years later he is hell bent on killing master han but what he doesnt know is that there is someone who wants master han dead more than him

This is how he m
Yes, once again another great series is coming to a close and what a conclusion it is… Don’t fret, look on the bright side… There has to be a bunch of new writing coming from the authors we love read including Kerrelyn Sparks.

Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire is Russell, the vampire found in Han’s cave, and Jia, a were-tiger princess, story.

Russell has a major vendetta burning against Han. Turning Russell took everything away from him, but leaving him in a cave in a near mummified state for dec
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I was reluctant to read Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire. Why? I’m saying good-bye to a family that I have known forever and have fallen totally in love with. No, not just one character, but all of them. It’s weird knowing that I won’t be reading about the Draganesti’s … hearing about how many donuts Howard ate at once. But, I’m fine with it now that they all have their happily-ever-afters, th
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing

It hurts to say goodbye to old friends. I have been reading The Love At Stakes series since 2005 the very first book How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire. How do you say goodby to characters you have read about for 10yrs. I hope it is just for now and not forever!!

Crouching Tiger Forbidden Vampire was everything I hoped for in Russells story and I think the were-tiger Princess Jia was a perfect match. The series ended very well with all questions answered and a final catc
Originally posted at Smexy Books

Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire brings a long running storyline to a close as our hero, Russell Hankleburg, solidifies his revenge against Master Han, the evil vampire who changed him and then left him in a coma for 39 years, with the help of a were-tiger who has her own reasons for wanting Han dead.

Jia, our heroine, is a royal were-tiger princess whose parents and siblings were slaughtered by Master Han. She has vowed re
Aly is so frigging bored
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I don't know if my taste changed so much or if the books started to.. decrees in quality, but I haven't been enjoying the latest books so much.
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did NOT realize this was #16, FU amazon, but I survived. Cute, fun series! I'll go back and read the rest IN PROPER ORDER. LOL
Stephanie  G
3.5 Stars

Russell has spent the last two years hunting the vampire that turned him over three decades ago. He wants answers and won't be slowed down by a partner. Well, that's too bad because Jia wants retribution against the same vampire for killing her family. Despite his best attempts, Russell can't convince Jia to back off so together they search for Master Han while avoiding the obvious spark that could threaten their mission and Jia's impending engagement.

Russell wants to know why was he tu
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series Love at Stake started with the story of Roman and now was closed by Roman. This latest couple, Russell and Jia brought the series to a temporary close. I absolutely enjoyed this book. It was thrilling, adventurous and sweet. And we get to see Hell. It was exciting book and brought the end of Master Han regime. Discovering the real identity of who Master Han is was something unexpected. Lots of twists. Seeing everyone again in this book was amazing. Rajiv finding his HEA. Watching t ...more
Dawn ♥ romance
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, paranormal
I loved this paranormal series and the exciting grand finale in this last book was great with all the characters coming together. The intrigue and outcome of this story was good too and I particularly like the heroine's assertiveness. Vampire Russell is attempting to kill his nemesis when were-tiger Jia gets in the way.
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good ending to the series. Wish the ending could have been drawn out a bit more or an epi since this is the last book of the series. I wasn't surprised at who Han was once the clues started being given.
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was so sweet! Great conclusion to a great series! <3 ...more
S. Rutherford
I was quite pleased with the way Kerrelyn Sparks ended her Love at Stake series. The way she wrote her last few books was rather disappointing. I suppose as a writer pushes through a series and spits out two books a year, they begin to lack detail and it shows that the love begins to fade. The work starts eating the enjoyment of writing. It's showed in her previous books.

While it somewhat showed in this book, she did a much better job. For about the first half of the book, it was like her last f
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dtb-s, galleys-arcs
After all these years, it is finally time to bid this series adieu. I have followed this series from the beginning although not religiously. I have a difficult time with series that start with one couple starring in several books and then each subsequent book stars a new couple. I never really get the feel for the later romances and the main story line of seeing the end put to great evil, seems to fall to the wayside.

Many fans of this series are going to be - either greatly upset at the way thi
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Crouching Tiger Forbidden Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks
Love at Stake Series Book 16
Ex-Marine and vampire Russell is a loner. A loner with a mission. Three years ago he woke up to find that he not only lost thirty-nine years of his life, but he’d also been turned into a vampire. His mission: Find and kill Master Han after pulling the evil vampire’s mask off and asking one question. Why me?

Were-tigress Princess Jia has a mission as well. She wants to be the one to kill Master Han because he killed he
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Book 16 in the Love at Stake series (the last one… maybe)

Wow! This was such a great book! I absolutely loved Russell AND Jia! They are so perfect together and for each other. Russell is on a revenge quest to kill Master Han, the evil vampire lord who put him in a vampire coma for 39 years. Jia, a were-tiger princess, is also seeking revenge on Han because he killed her family. They end up teaming up together even though Russell was extremely resistant. However, things are more difficult than the
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*NO Spoilers!

I love a great paranormal romance series that has steamy romances, amazing world building, fascinating cast of characters and a sense of humor. The Love at Stake series has all that in spades and apparently Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire is the last book in the series, for now.

Of course, because this is one of my fave series and since we don't know when or even if we are getting more novels in the series, I went into this newest installment with very high expectations.

I am very
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Russell wants revenge against Master Han, the vampire who turned him and kept him in a coma for 39 years. After tracking him for two years, Russell finally has him in his sights. But an arrow shot from the other direction alerts Master Han to the danger and he vanishes. Were-Tiger Jia wants revenge too. Master Han killed her family and she has vowed to bring him down in return. As Russell and Jia team up to kill the evil vampire, their business relationship starts to change into something neithe ...more
Cindi Phillips
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love At Stake

Omg I'm so sad this series is over, but it ended on a very high note. I wanted Russell to get his HEA and Jai was the perfect partner. The princess and the cowboy won my heart with their journey to forever. I was so happy to get to see many of my old favorites. Thank you Kerrelyn Sparks for sharing these adventures with us.
Kim Shumaker
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampires, paranormal
Good ending to a great series.
Russell was a difficult character to like but I loved his HEA.
Lisa P
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aaa-2019
Another fun book in the Love at Stakes series, and unfortunately, the last. I am still hoping that Kerrelyn Sparks will decide to continue with it sometime in the future. I will miss this fun family! This book was about Jia (the princess) and Russell (the cowboy)...another sweet, happily ever after romance, as is typical in all of the books of this series. There is a wrapping up of sorts at the end with one final battle, bringing everyone together once more...representing the overall theme of fa ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a fantastic last book to a series! Every single main character was back for an epic showdown and kicked major ass!

I adored Jia! She's one if my favorite heroines in the series! Russell redeemed himself nicely and every side character with an unresolved future has a pretty decent HFN so I was happy :)

This series had a few books I don't love but for the most part I was a big fan.
This is the last in the series Love at stake! I have to say it was very unpredictable, most of it i saw coming , but i loved it, but i really enjoyed it!!
This series was a wild ride but i had alot of fun reading them!! Thank you Kerrelyn Sparks!!
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Nov) I'm not sure when I first picked up How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire, but I'm guessing I've been reading this series - 16 books and 2 short stories I believe - for close to 10 years. Some have been so much fun, others have been dull and/or a disappointment (hello, Howard!). KS has been pretty faithful to the characters and the world she's created - a world filled with good and bad vampires, shape shifters, violence and children and love. And with CTFV, it's time to say goodbye to this wo ...more
Emily Rose
Jun 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Well, it was just okay for me. I have never been overly impressed by this series simply because it's very light-hearted and I tend to read darker, more dramatic or action-packed romances. I have always enjoyed the Love at Stakes series, though. While I rarely like to read fluffy romances, this is the series that I turn to when I'm in the mood for a "romantic comedy" type of book. So, it's possible I would have rated Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire higher than 3 stars if I truly enjoyed th ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

CROUCHING TIGER, FORBIDDEN VAMPIRE, the last book of the Love at Stake series has it all, from sweeping action, to tough as nails heroes, and a sweet romance between two very different people. In a previous review of another book in this series I complained that the much more interesting plot was overshadowed by the romance. In CROUCHING TIGER, FORBIDDEN VAMPIRE there is thankfully a balance and the romance actually works within the plot. The plot was e
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