Be Still My Vampire Heart (Love at Stake, Book 3)
Upon completion of book #3, I realized that this series is of a similar style to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. The series follows the lives of a group of vampires, and human characters, allowing the familiar characters to appear and interact with each other throughout each novel. However, each book follows a particular storyline geared towards a new specific couple (or potential couple). While I do enjoy this style, I find that when I have become attached to a particular character (or set of characters) I prefer to follow their specific adventures closely throughout future installments.
How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, Book 1)
Now this is more like it! I started with Book #2 (which was good, but not great). Book number one (this one), however, was hard for me to put down. I laughed a ton, and found the romance was quite intense. Roman Draganesti is the perfect vampire! Handsome, intelligent, rich, spiritual (as a human, he was a Monk) and completely in touch with his emotions.
I admit, like most books of the genre, some may find them easily predictable. They frequently follow a typical story format (and even have similar characters), but it is the depth of emotional connection between the characters, and the humorous dialogue that sets each of them apart. This one, in my opinion had that depth.
I was wondering when a movie would be produced from this series, and it looks like it has captured the attention of Lionsgate (in the form of a TV series)!
The show will be produced by Lionsgate and After Dark Films and adapted by Glen Morgan (“X-Files” &”Final Destination”) who will also be the executive producer. Production will begin this summer, and it looks like they will somewhat accomodate the “provocative and erotic nature” of the novels.
As per the press release:
What’s it about? Kandace just asked that, too!
Kandace: What are the books like? Angst, romance? I’m sort of a newbie to this genre.. I’ve only read the fever series and a few BDB books.
Maryse: YES!! ALL of that, Kandace. Teacher-student romance!!! But… all of that vampire protection stuff. She is of a certain “breed” half human/vampire (I think if I remember correctly) and they are trained to bodyguard the royal breed of vampires. Her teacher is like her (half/half)… and he trains them in their Academy.
Meredith Gentry, Princess of the high court of Faerie, is posing as a human in Los Angeles, living as a P.I. specializing in supernatural crime. But now the Queen’s assassin has been dispatched to fetch her back–whether she likes it or not. Suddenly Meredith finds herself a pawn in her dreaded aunt’s plans. The job that awaits her: enjoy the constant company of the most beautiful immortal men in the world. The reward: the crown–and the opportunity to continue to live. The penalty for failure: death.