Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Vampire and the Virgin by Kerrelyn Sparks **spoilers**

As I was recently telling someone, Kerrelyn Sparks won me over when I read book three in her Love at Stake series, Be Still My Vampire Heart. That book made me laugh but it was Angus, the big bad vampire highlander who just had to check under his kilt to make sure Junior was still there after each time he teleported, that I found especially delightful. I love that one in particular but pretty much every book in this series has been enjoyable and The Vampire and the Virgin is no different, if you can get past the title (it certainly didn't keep me from buying it).

Olivia's packing list:
1. Sunscreen
2. Bathing suit
3. Flip-flops
FBI psychologist Olivia Sotiris was looking for a cool ocean breeze, sand between her toes, and a break from her crazy, chaotic, and sometimes all-too-dangerous life. But when she escaped to the small Greek island of Patmos, all she got were meddling grandmothers trying to marry her off. Can't they see that none of the men around interests her—except Robby MacKay?
Robby's packing list:
1. Synthetic blood
2. More synthetic blood
3. Jogging clothes
(even vamps have to stay in shape!)
Robby needs to cool off, too, since all he can think about is revenge on the Malcontent bloodsuckers who once held him captive—but then he meets Olivia, the beauty with wild curls and a tempting smile. When a deadly criminal from a case back home tracks her down, Robby will have to save her life—along with giving her a first time she'll never forget . . .

Robby and Olivia catch sight of one another one night in Greece and were in love at first sight. At the time, she's looking through her grandmother's telescope, the one she uses to spy on the hunky guy she's got pegged for Olivia, and he's looking at her, just using his vampire-enchanced eyeballs. Robby's in Greece on a forced vacation after he was tortured in the last book; he's got some serious anger issues with healthy thirst for revenge and he's just biding his time until Angus decides he can leave so he can hunt the Malcontents who hurt him. Olivia's in Greece because a murderer in prison has been stalking her, sending her apples of all things. Her boss and colleagues all think she's the one who is obsessed so they've sent her packing too. Will Robby and Olivia be able to keep their relationship going when they get stateside? The answer should be pretty obvious but I'm not giving away any more details, lest I blow it for all you potential readers out there.

However, I can say a few other things. One of my favorite things about this series is its slightly goofy humor, much like Lynsay Sands's Argeneau series. These books are fun reads that aren't too heavy and certainly don't take themselves too seriously. I love that. This may not have been my favorite in the Love at Stake series but I did like it and now have to wait for the next one, Eat Prey Love (now that's a title!), coming out on September 28, 2010.

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