Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Secret Life of a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

Secret Life of a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks (Love at Stake #6)

Publisher: Harper Collins
Age: Adult
Species: Vampires, Shapeshifters, Human
Rating: 4/5
Interest: It's Kerrelyn Sparks.

Nothing's sexier than a man who can keep a secret.
A typical bachelor party is all about beers and beautiful women. A vampire bachelor party is no different — except the men are drinking Blissky (whiskey-flavored synthetic blood). And no one can throw a party quite like Jack, the illegitimate son of the legendary Casanova. But when the party gets out of hand and the cops show up, Jack has some explaining to do . . . if only he wasn't struck speechless by the beauty of Officer Lara Boucher.
Lara is sure there's something more than a bachelor party going on. What is Jack hiding? And why is he so interested in the recent disappearance of young women all over town? Her investigation uncovers more than she wants to know, especially about this modern-day Casanova. But if she's ever to make detective, she'll need to expose all his secrets . . . if only her heart wasn't on the line.
This is the only book I've read from Kerrelyn Spark's Love at Stake Series. It probably wasn't the best idea to start in the middle, but it was all I could get my hands on at my library.

I liked this book a great deal. The plot was fresher than what most vampire books have been featuring. The head of security at a synthetic-blood manufacturing company run by vampires falling for a nosy and unforgettable cop is an intriguing storyline in and of itself. However Sparks adds in murder, mind control, exotic locations and some roman god-complex vampires too. At times that much variety makes it a little difficult to keep up with who is who and where and what is happening to everyone. The fact that I haven't read any of the other books might have lent to the confusion.

Sparks' writing though is wonderful, she knows how to create suspense and craft steamy sex scenes. However, I was a little flustered by Lara's indecision. One second she was completely head over heels for Giacomo (Jack) De Venizia, the next she was horrified and suspicious of his state has a vampire. Granted, it was more that he lied and kept a secret from her, but a tiny bit of revulsion was still there. I hope the other characters in the series were a little more open-minded. On the whole, Lara was a nice girl with an honor-code in desperate need of proving she deserved to be a detective. I ended up loving her more than I thought I would.

The only disadvantage of reading Jack and Lara's book first is that Jack is, from what I gather, different from the usual heroes in the love at stake series. He was emotional, sappy, romantic, protective and Italian. Almost all of the other men I read about (which I saw had books about them) were scottish, loud, protective and more domineering. I like the tenderness in Jack, but I look forward to seeing a more aggressive male lead.

Secret Life of a Vampire is definitely a book for paranormal romance junkies who like sweet and slow love, with a bit of murder mystery on the side. Lovers of the Love at Stake series devoured this next installment and new readers will want to check out the rest of this series to know what they missed. Overall, this was a very satisfying book.

Teaser Lines: "His father had seduced hundred of women without any problems whatsoever, and he was having trouble with just one. This was the real reason he never used the Casanova name. He could never live up to his father's reputation. The old man was probably laughing in his grave."
Series Order: (But can be read out of order)
1. How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire
2. Vamps and the City
3. Be Still my Vampire Heart
4. The Undead Next Door
5. All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire
6. Secret Life of a Vampire
7. Forbidden Nights with a Vampire
8. The Vampire and the Virgin
9. Eat, Prey, Love
10. Vampire Mine (TBR March 29th, 2011)

Happy Reading,

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