Monday, October 25, 2010

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

(Love at Stake #1)
by Kerrelyn Sparks

So what if he's a bit older and usually regards a human female as dinner, not a dinner date? Yes, Roman Draganesti is a vampire, but a vampire who 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 by the Russian mafia, she's next on their 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...

My Review
Shanna Whelan is having a really bad day. Not only is she stuck in a crappy job set up by the Witness Protection Program after witnessing a murder, but now the Russian mafia has found her. Roman Draganesti isn't having such a great day either. Product testing led to a broken fang, and if he doesn't get it fixed before sleeping for the day, he'll be a lopsided feeder for the rest of his immortal life. When it turns out that the mobster in charge of the hit on Shanna is a rival vampire, Roman decides to take Shanna under his protection. But protecting a human isn't as easy as it looks.

I went into this book thinking that it would be okay, but not great. However, it turned out to be a great story! How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire is a light-hearted, fast-paced vampire chick lit tale. Sparks builds a unique world with her brand of vampire mythology. Although there are a lot of characters, the focus still remains on Shanna and Roman's story. This was a very quick, enjoyable read, and I have high hopes for the rest of the series.

Love at Stake is the first in a well-established series. Kerrelyn Sparks's bibliography, with info on the nine published books and various anthologies in the series, can be found here.

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