Book Review

by Kerrelyn Sparks

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Vampire, Paranormal Romance

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Darcy Newhart is unhappy being a vampire, even if she isn't the blood-sucking variety. When she was human, she was a TV journalist. Now she's directing the Digital Vampire Network's first reality program, The Sexiest Man on Earth. Austin Erickson is a member of the CIA's Stake-Out team, a group with psychic powers that hunts vampires. He and his co-worker Garrett
sign up as contestants on the show.

The program's winner acquires the ex-harem of Roman Draganesti (the hero of Spark's How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire) -- five beautiful vamps from various periods in time. But Austin only has eyes for Darcy, whom he's convinced is a human. Darcy also has feelings for Austin but doesn't want to get him mixed up in her complicated world. Can they have a future together, and who will win the harem?

This is a delightful novel! It's great revisiting some of the characters from Sparks' previous book, and she makes this tome enjoyable for newcomers. It has laugh-out-loud vampire humor, sparked by Sparks' creativity. While it may seem as if human/vampire romantic conflicts have been played out, the author puts a new spin on them -- with a satisfying twist. Darcy and Austin are extremely likeable, and readers will love their story. Plus, the secondary characters -- especially each harem lady -- are charming and integral to the book, and the subplots add to the story without distracting from the romance. A must for fans of the vampire genre. (May, 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Cheryl A. Hoahing

Publisher: Avon

Published: May 2006

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4.5 Stars

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Vamps and the City

Submitted by Robin in PA on September 23, 2010 - 11:54pm.

Darcy Newhart has been a vampire for only a short time, but she still longs for her old life. Trying to make a life for herself, she gets a job as the producer of a new reality TV show where mortals and vampires vie for the title of The Sexiest Man on Earth. She just has to make sure a mortal doesn't win the competition. If only she wasn't distracted by a mortal contestant named Austin. But Darcy doesn't know that Austin Erikson is a CIA agent working for the Stake Out Team. He has infiltrated the TV show to get information on the vampires working at the TV station. And, he has his eye on Darcy.

This is the second book in the Love At Stake series and I found this book thoroughly entertaining. I liked it even better than the first book in the series. It's light and fun. My rating: 4.5 Stars.