HIGH STAKES

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Ethan Carrick owns a Las Vegas casino, is a vampire and the current president of the vampire nation. Ethan's re-election campaign is not going smoothly, so his campaign manager suggests he find a mate to project more stability. Ethan thinks he's found a candidate in sweet dentist Brittany Baldazzi, but that plan goes out the window when Brittany's D.A. sister, Alexis, charges to the rescue.

Once Alexis arrives on the scene, Ethan realizes he prefers sass and sizzle to sweetness. However, convincing the all-too-human Alexis to act on their searing attraction proves challenging. Plus, in vampire politics, they play for keeps -- and this campaign is about to get ugly.

A funny and steamy new vampire series has hit the market as McCarthy quickly carves out her own niche. The warmth and humor of this book make it an exuberant and charming read. The only caveat is that all the unresolved plot threads leave readers dangling and hungry for the next installment. (Aug., 304 pp., $13.00)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith