Ok so this week we are spotlighting Kerrelyn Sparks and her tre fab Love at Stake series. Now Jenn and I have been in serious arm wrestling discussions about which one of us found this series first, and since I get to post before her....HA HA HA I win!!! I am totally taking credit for finding and suggesting this series!!! In all honesty this is probably one of those that we found together when we first started prowling the aisles of our Books A Million store after having had our toes done and partaking of some good red wine...you know the perfect girls night out! It doesn't matter who found it first all that matters is that we did and we couldn't be happier.
This series has all of the things that I love about paranormal romance, hot vamps, kick ass heroines, levitating ceiling sex and hilarious dialog. It's a little bit Food Network with the Vampire Fusion Cuisine, a little bit historical with your kilt wearing vamps, a little bit Matrix with the phone calls to teleport and a lot of interesting, fast paced storylines.
So I know that Phineas is usually described as Denzel looking...but in my head he will always be Shemar!!
Wanted: Undead or Alive, Kerrelyn Sparks, Love at Stake Series
He's a vampire from the big city . . .
Phineas McKinney thought New York City was tough, until he was attacked by Malcontents—evil vampires who consider mortals to be snacks. Saved by the good vampires, Phin swore to devote his now undead life to stopping the Malcontents. He's got his job cut out for him when word comes that their enemy may be hiding in Wyoming. What does a city boy like him know about horses and campfires? Good thing he's got Brynley Jones with him . . . if only she didn't hate every vampire on earth.
She's a werewolf princess . . .
Bryn believes vampires are seductive and charming, and that makes them dangerous. So she's more than a little annoyed about teaming up with Phin, even if he is the only bloodsucker able to make her inner wolf purr. But as they hunt down the new leader of the Malcontents, danger threatens . . . and Phineas and Brynley discover a passion that will rock the foundation of their supernatural world.
Phineas has been one of those character's whose book I have been hoping for since he first came on the scene. He has always been larger than life and has more charisma then any one man should be allowed. I, like a lot of people, thought that he would eventually win over LaToya but I have to say that I am more than happy with the way things turned out. Brynley Jones gives him a run for his money and because of her we get to see the softer side of Phineas.
We don't know much about Brynley at the beginning other than she is Phil's twin and is the reason that the "lost boys" found a home at the Dragon Nest Academy. But I have to say she is one of my favorite heroines since Emma. She may come in with a chip on her shoulder as far as the vamps are concerned but she comes around and doesn't hesitate to apologize when she needs to. Her ability to put everyone else's needs above her own makes her a very endearing person.
One of the many things that I like about this series is that Ms. Sparks doesn't dumb down her heroines after they meet their mate. They continue to be the smart, sassy, kick ass women that we meet in the beginning and I think that is one of the reasons the series has had the success it continues to have. I know it's one of the reasons I keep coming back.
Another reason I come back is the secondary characters...the ones that have already had the HEA's and the ones that haven't. I like the updates on the couples that we fell in love with originally but am always excited when a new vamp or shifter is introduced to see in what way they are going to enhance the world and story lines to come.
If you are looking for a series to sink you teeth into that might nibble back a bit then pick up How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire and become addicted like me!!
RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by the fabulous Kerrelyn Sparks. Many thanks.
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I would suggest a cold glass of Blubbly, or if you are like me and are a red person you can never go wrong with an Argentinian Malbec!(when are we going to get a red wine in the Vampire Fusion line?)