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Vamps and the City

(Love at Stake #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  12,099 ratings  ·  504 reviews
Who says a vamp can't have it all?

Darcy Newhart thought it was a stroke of genius—the first-ever reality TV show where mortals vie with vampires for the title of The Sexiest Man on Earth. As the show's director, Darcy's career would be on track again. And she can finally have a life apart from the vampire harem. Okay, so she's still technically dead, but two out of three's
Mass Market Paperback, 387 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Avon
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Kim I think they can be read as stand alones. I have read the first one and am reading #16 at the moment. They all are different stories but seem to have…moreI think they can be read as stand alones. I have read the first one and am reading #16 at the moment. They all are different stories but seem to have some of the other characters from the other books in some of them, but are not imperative to the story, at least not that I have read. That is my opinion anyway.(less)

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Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Attention: everything we have been waiting for in vampire fiction has finally happened in this book:
Vampire Pig
Blisskey (blood whiskey)

We can all die in peace now.

That's right, there is a pig who was turned into a vampire. Okay, so he didn't exactly last long, but he was there and that's all that counts.

Apparently there is a guy on deviant art who does comics with Hampire, the vampire pig. I think we all need to take a minute to appreciate this. And, the fact that you can find anything on the in
People did not seem to like this book as much as the other Love at stake series.

Well I did!
In this day and age a lot of people love to watch reality shows.
I’m not one of them but I acknowledge that they can have spark.
This particular vampire show made me shed laughter tears all over the place.
I love the humor in these books!

‘You see. It is easy!’ Otto started to lower the chair when he yelped ‘Aagh!’ The chair tipped spilling Maria Consuela onto the floor whit a splat. Her scream was cut off whe
Liz F
May 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Vamps and the City is the second book in the Love at Stake series from Kerrelyn Sparks. This one only got 2 stars from me. It wasn't bad. I just didn't really care for it. But since I didn't hate it, I didn't give it 1 star.

In this book, Darcy Newhart is the focus. In book 1, she was less than a bit player. In fact, I could barely remember her. I had to go on Kerrelyn Sparks' website to remember who and what she was. Here, she is lacking purpose and is very bored. I wasn't sure if she was a vamp
Sep 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, free, library
Cute fun story, light humor, light drama, extra cheese.
I like this series there is a sense of fun that you don't find with many paranormal romance reads. It's a perfect audiobook for those long drives, walks... when you just want something light to chuckle at and forget the time.
What happened when humans are sneaked onto the Sexiest Man in the Universe which is supposed to have only vampire contestants ? Will the sexiest man be human ? No, it is impossible, just ask the vampires. Yes,
Beth (^v^)/
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
A vast improvement on the first in the series, I'm glad I kept reading. Fun and slightly surprising. PRN books have become a little predictable.

Boy meets mortal, mortal falls in love with vampire, vampire can't live without mortal. Sparkling may occur.

(Isn't that the best picture ever?)

Normally, I want to shake the crap out of the mortal.

But there's always a HEA, and that makes me happy.

I liked this story. First because the female vampire wasn't completely pathetic. She hates being a vampire,
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
This was quite a disappointing follow-up to How to marry a millionaire vampire! I really enjoyed the first book in the series but this book proved very cheesy and the heroine's constant whining was really annoying. The book also lacked the inventiveness and humor of the first installment. I think that what disappointing me most is the ending of the book and the choice made by Darcy... I definitely hope the third book in the series (Be still my vampire heart) is better than this one!
Alexandria Tale

I was terribly disappointed. Their romance didn't convince me at all. The first one because of the overuse of "I love you". I was sick of it. It seems they proclaimed their love in every page until I found it became a cheap thing. The second one was the fact that they were not in love, but in lust. There was no friggin' way they loved each other when they spent so little time together (at the beginning of their confession). And I was sick with the way ms. Sparks tried to convince us, readers,
Dec 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This is the second book in the Love at Stake series. I read the first one on an all night work was good, this one was way better. I love the depth Sparks brings to her characters, how you can actually see them caught between disaster and happiness and longing and pain. Its amazing. I love Darcy and Austin, they are adorable together, now I am ready to see Connor get his girl. I am a bit annoyed that Darcy couldn't see past her anger to not blame Connor so much, he just wanted to try a ...more
Sarah Marie
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of paranormal romance
Vamps and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks

Second in the Love at Stake series

3.5 stars

OK, I'm pissed I just rewrote this really good review and then that bitch sitting in the chair popped up telling me Goodreads was over capacity and deleted it. ARGGGGH! Well here it goes. I'm still annoyed. How dare that little girl come and delete my review! Darcy Newhart used to be one of the vampire women in Roman Draganesti’s harem. Darcy thought having a vampire TV reality show where mortals compete with vampir

Danielle Book Boss
So I didn't hate this book. It has some good points, some things that annoyed me, and some things that were just plain COOOOORRRRNNNYYY! Did I think this book was LOL funny? Naaaah. More like "Oh, that's cute" cue the small smile.


I liked Darcy up until about 83% through the book. She got really hot and cold at that point about her relationship with Austin and it became really annoying. Other than that she was strong, indepedent, but also likable aside from her whiny "Woe is me, I'm a
Katherine 黄爱芬

Austin sudah jatuh cinta pada pandangan pertama kpd Darcy, saat mengintai. Austin sampai rela menyamar jadi kontestan "Lelaki Terseksi di Dunia" agar bisa mendekati Darcy.

Austin boleh dibilang beruntung. Darcy juga jatuh hati dan memuja pada Austin. Sebegitu mabuk kepayangnya Austin sampai dia berkali-kali "menyangkal" bhw Darcy itu vampire, dan berkeras hati bhw Darcy adalah manusia. Nah ketika akhirnya Austin mengetahui kebenarannya, doi frustrasi dan patah hati. Darcy yg merasa diPHP dgn Au
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Ugh. Austin was such jerk it made it hard for me to enjoy the story. Frankly, I liked the nonromance parts of the book much better because I wasn't grinding my teeth over Austin's attitude. He just was not an admirable hero at all.

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Dec 07, 2009 rated it liked it
I really enjoy reading it, but I can't say that I adored it. I mean, the story is really nice and the book is a very interesting, funny, quick read.

Nevertheless, I can't enjoy this books as much as I do others more serious. Comedy is nice, but makes me not take the book as serious as I take other prn romances. Even Lynsay Sand's books were a bit more mature and with a more developed plot than this ones. Maybe the problem is that the word that describes these books is "cheesy". LOL. I like them,
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Много ми хареса тази книга! Беше по-свежа от колкото първата с това риалити шоу, което, по мое мнение, беше доста особено странно, като оставим на страна вампирите в него, или пък смъртните, зависи от коя гледна точка виждаш... :D
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, vampires
Le bachelor version vampire xD ... c’est gentillet mais moins drôle que le 1.

Le début est un peu bancale niveau parodie et second degré, mais ça se rattrape après.
Feb 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Summary: Darcy Newhart used to be part of Roman Draganesti's vampire harem. This meant that she lived in Roman's home and never had to worry about working or taking care of herself. Most of the harem was perfectly content with this arrangement, but Darcy is a modern woman and she desperately missed her human life. So when Roman fell in love with Shanna in How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire, and then freed his harem to make their own lives, Darcy was thrilled.

There aren't a lot of job options for
Lisa Sanchez
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Two 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'
Mar 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Vamps and the City is the second novel in the Love at Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks. I'm really enjoying this series. Some are better than others, but I find I always enjoy Kerrelyn Sparks books. If your a fan of Lynsay Sands, then you should check out Sparks! Both guarantee a great, light read!

I didn't read this series in order, like I usually would and should, but even though I didn't read it in order, I wasn't completely lost. Sure, you get more of a background on the characters if you rea
May 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
The second in the Love at Stake series, this book is just as good as the first.

Combining comedy, romance, and some interesting situations this book has become one of my favorites.

Meet Austin, a man who believes he is helping save innocent lives by joining the CIA Stake-Out team and helping rid the world of the creatures known as vampires, who is on his next mission: join onto DVN's newest show and gather information on the vampires.

Meet Darcy, former journalist turned vampire hoping to start a
Jun 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to CupcakeBlonde by: Marie
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Alexa Ayana
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku yang ke-2 ini jauh lebih lucu daripada buku pertamanya dan aku suukaaaaa banget.
Darcy, harem termuda Roman adalah vampir yang paling cepat beradaptasi ketika pria itu membubarkan haremnya. Aku suka pada penggambaran gadis vampir ini yang manusiawi banget.
Austin sudah muncul di buku pertama dan aku tak menyangka dia bakalan tampil adorable di bukunya sendiri.

Banter buku ini kocak, storyline ringan tapi lebih unik karena bak membaca parodi acara Bachelorette di TV. Ujian-ujian uji nyali yang
Carolyn F.
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Kind of a mad-cap happy vampire world. Darcy is a semi-new vampire that is the director of a new reality show starring Roman's ex-harem girls. Austin, from book one and one of the Stake-Out team, gets on the reality show and falls for Darcy convincing himself that she's a living human, but she's really a vampire. Now he's all conflicted and Darcy is trying not to get her heart broken.

Cute book. The series is enjoyable but I think I'm going to hold off on reading the rest because I do
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a fun read. Very entertaining with great humor. The first book I found to be more funny but, it was still good.

There were some issues here that were different than the first book.

Also.... Vampires don't have shadows?!? That is just so random....
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Dwa światy.

Jeden ludzki, zwyczajny.

Drugi wampirów, niezwykły. W dzień są trupami śpiącymi w trumnach, w nocy natomiast nie różnią się od ludzi.

Zdecydowanie na plus przemawia humor autorki, który świetnie ukazuje charakter jednego z głównych bohaterów. Już po paru stronach znalazłam ciekawe smaczki, przez które parskałam śmiechem.

Natomiast wielkim minusem jest popularny temat zakazanej miłości. Kocham go, a on mnie, jednak nie możemy ze sobą być, bo nic z tego nie będzie.

Ogólnie czytało mi się
Campy silly rom-com with vampires. Super fun read and I felt it was low angst.

A little bit slower than the first (hence the four stars) but still enjoyable.

Oh. While the mortal/vampire couple's lifespan from book one is still unresolved (grrr) this couples was sorted out nicely. I'm a happy girl.

This one was super romantic in that I really felt that despite the silliness these two were crazy about each other.

Standard KS minimal sexy times but the compelling characters and romance between H &
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of PNR Romance, Romantic Comedy, The Bachelorette
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"4.5 stars" Vamps and the City was another great installment in the Love at Stake series. It was a really fun read that was essentially a paranormal spoof of The Bachelorette, except in this case, rather than having only one bachelorette, there are five, the cast-off harem of Roman Dragenesti from the first book. I'm normally not a big fan of reality TV and have never actually watched The Bachelor/Bachelorette. I wasn't quite sure how I would like the premise when I start
Lover of Romance
Austin Erickson is a agent in the CIA, and he works for Sean Whealan, Shanna's Father who is determined to free his daughter. Sean thinks his daughter is captive against her will by vampires including the love of her life. Austin is part of the team that goes after vampires, determined to destroy every one of them. Shanna and Roman's wedding is coming up, and her father is going balistic over the news. He desperately wants his daughter back. On stake out one night, orders from Sean to try to see ...more
Ren Puspita
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Vampire fans, paranormal romance fans, fans of story with humor...
The story in this book is much the same like the previous book, instead the heroine is a vampire, and the hero is a mortal but with special ability

Darcy Newheart, is a newly turned vampire (she turned 4 years ago), and once a part of Roman's harem member (Roman is hero from How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks. When Roman get married so the harem is dismissed. The harem's member is desperate of course, without new master, they cant do anything, so Darcy take a step forward. She apply as an anchor for DVN (Digital Vampire Network)
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK, so maybe I should start stating that I wanted to see what a vampire book looks and feels like when this one came my way. It happens to be my first fiction book about vampires so my review may be a bit distorted because of that. Also I should mention that I am quite fond of the vampire lore, being well acquainted with it starting with The World of Darkness (that started way back in 1999) and not ending with The Masquerade, just to name a few of the most notable works in on this subject matter ...more
Originally posted at The Book Nymphoparanormal  AUDIOBOOK  smartfunnyVAMPS AND THE CITY by Kerrelyn Sparks was another fun and light listen. I liked the second book in the Love at Stake series a little more than the first book. I found the humor funnier and I connected better with the couple.

VAMPS AND THE CITY's plot of a reality TV in the Vampire World similar to the Bachelor was a fun way to get Darcy and Austin together and to showcase some great side characters.

Like many paranormal romance series each book is about a di
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Shut Up & Read: Vamps and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks 71 24 Apr 12, 2017 07:26AM  
  • Sugarplums and Scandal  (Love at Stake #2.5; Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries #22.5)
  • Vampire, Interrupted (Argeneau #9)
  • Bit the Jackpot (Vegas Vampires, #2)
  • Lady & the Vamp (Immortality Bites, #3)
  • Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang (Dark Ones #7)
  • Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home (Broken Heart #4)
  • I Only Have Fangs for You (Young Brothers, #3)
Kerrelyn Sparks apparently has issues with reality. After writing more than a dozen books about vampires, she has now completely gone off the deep end and wound up on another planet. But how thrilling that she can share this magical new world with her readers! Although she is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on th ...more

Other books in the series

Love at Stake (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, #1)
  • Be Still My Vampire Heart (Love at Stake, #3)
  • The Undead Next Door (Love at Stake, #4)
  • All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire (Love at Stake, #5)
  • Secret Life of a Vampire (Love at Stake, #6)
  • Forbidden Nights with a Vampire (Love at Stake, #7)
  • The Vampire and the Virgin (Love at Stake, #8)
  • Eat Prey Love (Love at Stake, #9)
  • Vampire Mine (Love at Stake, #10)
  • Sexiest Vampire Alive (Love at Stake, #11)
“Shanna was across the room with her new husband, chatting happily with Gregori's mother.
With a sly grin, Gregori motioned toward them. "Let's go congratulate Roman for taking five hundred years to find a bride.”
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