The Undead Next Door (Love at Stake, Book 4)
I finished this book last night, and it is my 2nd favorite of the series! The comedic moments had me laughing out loud, and the action scenes were vividly described (I could actually envision it as if it were a movie). There was also a nice little twist or two. Although I found the beginning to be somewhat “strange” (I would have been creeped out by the initial encounter), and the dialogue hadn’t yet found it’s rhythm (I cringed a few times), the romance ended up being out of this world. This book kept me interested, and I was still smiling at the very end.
I have just finished Kerrelyn Spark’s “The Undead Next Door” and will be reviewing that shortly. Tonight, I will have the pleasure of starting the next book in the series that concentrates on Ian, called: “All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire”.
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.
Vamps and the City (Love at Stake, Book 2)
This is is the first book I read out of the series (it should actually be read as book#2). I DO recommend that you start with the “How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire” (book#1) . It’s not that the stories are specifically related to each other, but characters from the first book appear in the second, and I pretty much got the “gist” of what happened in the first book, because of what was recounted in the second installment.