Tuesday, June 26, 2012

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks

Roman Draganesti is charming, handsome, rich...he's also a vampire. But this vampire just lost one of his fangs sinking his teeth into something he shouldn't have. Now he has one night to find a dentist before his natural healing abilities close the wound, leaving him a lop-sided eater for all eternity.

Things aren't going well for Shanna Whelan, either. After witnessing a gruesome murder, she's next on the mob's hit list. And her career as a dentist appears to be on a downward spiral because she's afraid of blood. When Roman rescues her from an assassination attempt, she wonders if she's found the one man who can keep her alive. Though the attraction between them is immediate and hot, can Shanna conquer her fear of blood to fix Roman's fang? And if she does, what will prevent Roman from using his fangs on her...?

Type: Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Heat: 2.5 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Was it campy? Yeah, yeah it really was. Did I love it? Hell yeah I really did. How could you not love a book that starts with the hero losing a fang in a blood donor sex bot? I mean, really?! 
Roman pressed the handkerchief against the gaping hole where his right fang should be. "Thit."

"You could use your own healing powers to seal the vein shut," Laszlo suggested.

"It would be clothed permanently. I'd be a one-thided eater for all eternity." Roman removed the bloody handkerchief from his mouth and reinserted his fang into the whole.
 "Sir, I suggest you go to a dentist." Laszlo picked up the fang and offered it to Roman. "I've heard they can put a lost tooth back."

"Oh, right." Gregori snorted. "What's he supposed to do, waltz into a dental office and say, 'Excuse me, I'm a vampire and I lost a fang in the neck of a sex toy.' They're not going to be line up to help him."

I really like the world Sparks created where Vampires are still in the PNR closet and there's a battle going on between the modern vampires, who drink fake blood, and the Malcontents who still want to snack on people. After the whole sex bot debacle tensions rise even higher when Roman saves his human dentist from a Malcontent hitman that's been hired to eliminate her and decides he's going to protect her.

Right from the start there's an attraction between Vamp Master Roman and human dentist Shanna but it takes a while for things to really heat up since life and a lot of nosy vamps keep getting in the way.There's this whole Vampire Mind Sex thing, where they don't even have to be in the same room, that was...interesting. Kinda hot in an odd way until everyone living in the house tried to join in. Ack!

I really liked Roman. He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders and feels incredible guilt over being a vampire but he's sweet, thoughtful and pretty sexy. You just want to hug the guy and show him all of the good things he's done. Shanna though can be a bit hard to warm up to. She has a tendency to be irrational and doesn't handle finding out about vampires well at all. But once she settles down she's not bad and she does add a lot of humor to the storyline.

The support characters...OMG...fanfreakingtastic! LOVED them. A dozen Scottish highlanders? In kilts? And deep, sexy accents? Yes, please! There were a lot of side characters which could get a little confusing but they were so much fun and so entertaining I didn't mind having to sort them out. From the Scottish highlander vamps that provided security to the kinda geeky modern day vamp scientists. They added a fantastic layer to the story and I seriously cannot wait to read all of their stories.
She smiled. "You're looking hot, dude."

Gregori strutted toward the door. "I'm too sexy for my cape, too sexy for my fangs. Too sexy." He whirled in a circle, then struck a disco pose with a hand pointing at the ceiling. "Too sexy!" He left with a flourish of his cape.

Shanna grinned. "I think he enjoys being a vampire."
In the end I thought it was a fantastic start to a series and a lot of fun to read. If you go into this one expecting serious, dark vamps you're going to be damn disappointed. But if you can embrace a bit of over the top humor, some dramatics and just take it as light hearted entertainment you'll probably have a blast with this one like I did.

Are you a vamp purist that prefers the classic scary ass ones or do you like a little variety with your vamps?


  1. I have been reading this series since early last year (completely caught up) and love it. I love the humor and romance mixed with a little ass kicking.

    1. I put off reading this one forever and can't believe how much I ended up liking it. Now just have to get my hands on the rest of them! Can't wait to get to some of the highlanders :)


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