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High Stakes

(Vegas Vampires #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  6,685 ratings  ·  285 reviews
From the USA Today bestselling author, a vampire-meets-girl story set in the city that never sleeps-except during daylight.

He's a bloodsucking freak of nature. But, unlike other politicians, Ethan Carrick is actually a nice guy. Not to mention a very hot, wealthy, casino-owning vampire. It's an election year for vampires, which means he'll first have to escape his opponent
Paperback, First Edition, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Berkley Sensation
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Cotton candy - cute, fluffy, sweet, and mostly air. But, I went in to this book expecting that, so I have no complaints. I like cotton candy! I just don't happen to like going to any of the places where cotton candy lives like crowded fairs, crowded zoos, crowded amusement parks.... Hmm, I guess wherever you see a crowd - cotton candy will be there.

Yes, cotton candy. I love you, cotton candy!

I found this book when browsing Listopia for funny paranormal reads, and I got what I came for: funny ch
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
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
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Janet Robel
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I could only give this 3 stars. While I love vampire books, this one was a bit on the fluffy side for my tastes. Overall, entertaining and I liked Alexis.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Ethan may be the current head of the Vampire Council but he's up for reelection and unless he does something about his image he may not be reelected. So when his advisors recommend he chooses a woman and settle down he reluctantly agrees. Brittany is perfect, she's sweet, kind and she also happens to be a half-vampire, not that she knows it. It's an easy thing for Ethan to use mind control to convince her to move into his casino hotel with him and even if he's not actually attracted to her at le ...more
Lyndi W.
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
I downloaded this book and I'm beginning to wonder if maybe I'm missing the 2nd half of the book because it just stops... I'm really confused and will have to get to the bottom of this. Challenge accepted.
Paranormal Romance
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The heroine may be short and she may be a bit chubby but goddamn it she is a feisty woman with the tenacity of a pit-bull, especially when it comes to protecting her baby sister. So when her naïve and innocent little sis gets wrapped up with rich playboy types in Las Vegas, the heroine has no hesitation storming the gates. She demands to see her sister, threatening to kick ass if anyone tries to stop her. When she meets the hero, her sisters 'boyfriend' she is immediately struck by how much she ...more
Feb 24, 2011 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 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 t
Feb 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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.
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.
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 16, 2007 rated it did not like it
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.
Oct 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
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.
Mar 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires
this book was fun to read, not complicated at all lol, enjoyable with a happy ending to go with it!!!
Benita Vehnom  Ruiz
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!!!!
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing

It was full of fun and of course, sexy vampires!
I have had a bad month. I needed something fun and happy to read. So I picked up High Stakes. And it was just amazing! I couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t get my mind off of the story. I can’t wait to open the pages of Bit the Jackpot. It was all just so cute and easy. A great, fun read to sink my teeth into (pun intended) when the world around me just isn’t quite working the way I want it to.

I’m not the kind of woman that most people would consider “traditionally beautiful and appealing”. I have
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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******************Spoilers Ahead*********************
High Stakes introduces readers to Ethan and Alexis. These two meet when Ethan uses influence to persuade Alexis’ younger sister Brittany to move into his casino. Ethan is the President of Vampires and needs Brittany to help secure support for his re-election. Alexis comes to rescue her sister and hilarity ensues.

The Good

Alexis and Ethan are really funny together. Al
Paula O'Connor
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read! The cover confused me once I started reading because it looked like Brittany with blonde hair and not Alexis. Other than that I enjoyed the characters and the plot and of course Carrick and Alexis getting to know each other better! I look forward to reading the rest of the series!
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Erin Rogoff
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were supernatural yet relatable, the writing style kept me hooked, the story line was something I enjoyed more than the Twilight Saga and Fifty Shades, and I cannot wait to read book 2!
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Waiting for answers that were avoided towards the end 🙄
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An applause for your history.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a good read.
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USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has since written over seventy novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult, and adult romance. Erin has a special weakness for 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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