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Vamps and the City

(Love at Stake #2)

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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
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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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Jilly
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
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Dinjolina
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
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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
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Yodamom
Sep 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, audio, free
Audiobook-
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,
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✘✘ 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!
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,
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TheEuphoricZat
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
We have a reality show, damn sweet
John
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I enjoy silliness and three stars means "I liked it," but there's nothing in this sequel that matches the wildly funny beginning of the Love at Stake series. I still remember it (How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire) after these years--wealthy vampire Roman Draganesti test-bites an experimental sex dummy and loses a fang, must get it fixed before sunrise or he'll be One Fang forever, finds an all-night dental clinic (!) staffed by Shanna, saves her from attack by the Russian mob, and their happy e ...more
Monica
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 shift...it 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
Pam Nelson
I hate writing reviews like this but I sadly could not get past the narration it really put a downer on my whole experience.

I didn’t liked how Austin couldn’t get past his prejudice. And all he could fixate on was dead this and dead that.

I like the idea of the show and how the harem came to some realizations that was the best part for me.

I hate to give it such a bad rating but I was just over it.
Sarah Marie
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

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Alexandria Tale
2.5

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,
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Sarah
Although I enjoyed the first book in this series I had serious reservations about the way Roman's vampire harem was described. They're all vampire women who are hundreds of years old but they act like idiotic teenagers constantly cat fighting amongst themselves and belittling other women. Even worse is the fact that they are simply incapable of making a single decision for themselves and are totally reliant on a man for every single part of their lives. The old male vampires in this series are a ...more
Holly
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
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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.

The GOOD:

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
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Insidious
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.
MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD

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valee
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,
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Lisa Sanchez
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Two words: Austin Erickson.

Swoon!

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'
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Natasha
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
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Jenifer
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
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CupcakeBlonde
Jun 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to CupcakeBlonde by: Marie
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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
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Debra Johnson
So well written that it flows like a silky stream of decadent cream. Before you know it, you have drank every last drop!!
The characters and situations they find themselves in are often highly comical and sometimes a little scary. It is a perfect blend.
Kerrelyn Sparks 'Love At Stake' series has made it to my top 10 Series Following file!
And this was only the 2nd book in the series.
Sionna
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....
kookyquinn
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 & h m
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Gloria
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure why, but I didn't care for this one as much as the first. I think Darcy was a weaker character and Adam/Austin was less likable as a hero as well. The narration was ok - I did not care for the way the voices of the harem were done. I will read the next one in the series, as I still really want to see Connor get a heroine and see more of the world.
Julianna
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
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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
Amanda
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Summary:
Austin is a new recruit to the Stake Out team, within the CIA. His mission to bring down all vampires! He is staking out the DVN (Digital Vampire Network) when he sees a leggy, drop dead gorgeous blond walk in with a bunch of vampires. But he is not sure if she is a human or a vampire, everything about her looks human. Darcy has been a vampire now for 4 years and she hates it. As a human she was used to working and making her own way in life, she had friends and a family. As a vampire sh
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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 Netwo
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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

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  • Forbidden Nights with a Vampire (Love at Stake, #7)
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