Book Review

by Kerrelyn Sparks

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

RT Rating

This eighth book in the Love at Stake series is a good continuation. While introducing new characters and a nice romance, the story still allows readers to catch up with old friends. However, the heroine, even considering her past, is too quick to jump to conclusions about the hero.

Still recovering from his capture by the Malcontents, Robby MacKay is sent to the Greek isle of Patmos to recuperate. FBI psychologist Olivia Satiris is also headed to the isle to visit her grandmother -- and flee a stalker.

Olivia's gift enables her to tell when someone is lying and to sense their emotions. Surprisingly, when she meets Robby, she discovers she can't sense him at all. As for Robby, he falls for Olivia at first sight. When the stalker tracks Olivia down, her suspicions center on Robby. But Robby is not giving up on her, even though he knows he might lose her forever when he reveals his true nature. (AVON, Mar., 384 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Susan Mobley

Publisher: AVON

Published: March 2010

Reader Rating

4 Stars

Average Rating: 4 Stars
(2 ratings)

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The Vampire and the Virgin

Submitted by Robin in PA on January 29, 2012 - 8:29pm.

Recovering from being tortured by the Malcontents, Robby MacKay retreats to a greek island for a much needed rest. He is also planning his revenge. On the island he meets Olivia Sotiris, an FBI agent visiting her grandmother. Olivia has taken a break from work because she is being stalked. A serial killer she helped put behind bars has become obsessed with her, tracking her every move and sending her stuff in the mail. Robby decides to help her discover who his accomplice is. He also wants to get close to her so he can figure out how to tell her that he is actually a vampire.

This is a good addition to Sparks' Love at Stake series. Both the hero and heroine have obstacles to overcome. Olivia is used to feeling the emotions of everyone around her and knows when they are lying. She doesn't understand why she can't read Robby and doesn't know if she can trust him. Robby, must decide if revenge against the Malcontents should rule his life. And, will Olivia accept him when she finds out he is a vampire. My rating: 4 Stars.

Ignore the cover

Submitted by Oliva Love on June 25, 2010 - 2:41am.

Robby is suffering from post-traumatic stress after being captured and tortured by the Malcontents. Although most of his physical wounds have healed he is so full of anger and vengeance that he has become a liability to himself and others. He refuses to talk to a shrink so he is forced by his boss, who is also his great-great-grandfather, to take 4 months off to heal physically and mentally before retuning back to work. He spends this time at one of Roman and Shanna's homes in Greece.

Olivia works for the FBI and is somehow being stalked by a serial killer that is in prison. Olivia is also taking some forced time off from work at her grandmothers house in Greece. She arrives 3 weeks before Robby is ready to return to New York. Both her and her grandmother have the ability to read peoples emotions and can tell when someone is lying. Neither one of them can read Robby. Although Olivia's attraction to Robby is immediate, not being able to read his emotions both thrill and frighten her.

This book was not as humorous as the prior books in the Love at Stake series however I still found myself giggling and grinning often. As always, the support characters are a treat and add immensely to the story. Carlos was a hoot. Personally, I loved all the "catty" comments! I also enjoy the way the vampires tease each other relentlessly.

The mystery/suspense part was a little dark with the serial killer. Kind of creepy actually. Not having Casmir as the main focus was a relief. I mean really, how many times can this Casmir guy continue to get away before the readers give up hope? The romance was on the back-burner for too much of the story. I would have enjoyed more Robby & Olivia time. Overall I enjoyed the book and absolutely LOVE this series.

Side note: I understand the author has no say in the cover however I feel I must point out that Robby is Scottish with reddish-brown hair and green eyes. Where did the ghostie zombie lookin guy on the cover come from? Yikes.