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How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, Book 1)
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117 of 127 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 7, 2005
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I loved this book! And I'm betting it's the start of a new series. In fact, I demand that it be! The secondary charcters were so charming and well written that you couldn't help falling in love with them.

Roman is your typical alpha male bored, rich, playboy vampire. But like all vampires who are worth their cravable books, Roman has hidden depths and secrets from his past that way heavily upon him. In fact he was a human monk, a healer half a milllenium ago, who was kidnapped by evil vamps and transformed. He was tortured for years before breaking free and forming what is now an extremely powerful group of vampires, many of which he transformed. Because of his original vows to God, Roman takes the burden of his fellow vampires damned soles personal.

These days he is a brilliant scientist. He developed synthetic blood for the benefits of his species and human kind. And he's on the verge of a formula that will allow him to stay awake during daylight.However, thanks to two of his slightly bumblesome but extremely lovable vampire employees he now finds one of his fangs stuck in a sex toy. If he doesn't get the tooth fixed before dawn. the wound will heal sans tooth and he'll be a lopsided eater and laughingstock for eternity. What he needs is an all night dentist...

Shanna's life is boring. well atleast it is now. Stuck in the witness protection program after witnessing a mafia hit gone bad, Shanna has no one and no life. But what little existance she has left is in jeopardy when one night at her dentistry practise the mafia decides to silence her for good. Lucky for her a sexy man carrying what looks like a wolf fang comes to carry her to safety.

It's weird that he has a staff of Highlander security guards (were those really tartan covered coffins she saw them sleeping in?), a harem of woman in the parlor watching the DVN channel on the tv ( Digital Vampire Network - their joking right?), and the ability to have telepathic sex (yummy!) but whose complaning?

This book is a laughing rollercoaster of fun that will leave you craving more! Read it today!
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153 of 177 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2005
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The plotline was exciting, but the actual execution of the story, not so much.

I tend to have four settings for reading romantic fiction.

1.) Can't put it down, stay up all night, cancel dinner

2.) Can't wait to finish it, but can function

3.) Have a difficult time getting into and finishing it but

end up enjoying the story anyhow

4.) Can't get past the first third of book throw it away/donate or sell it without finishing

"How to Marry A Millionaire Vampire" fell somewhere between 2 and three for me. I loved the plot, but the execution was off, and I can't put my finger on exactly why.

This is definitely worth buying though and I look forward to following the evolution of the Kerrelyn Sparks, but this book isn't a keeper.

I decided to review it because all of the reviews were 5 star -- and I feel that is misleading. It's a good book with a rehashed but interesting idea, but it isn't a five star book.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 16, 2009
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Plot Summary: Dr. Shanna Whelan is a dentist on the lam, living under the Secret Witness program after she witnessed a murder. On a shift at the all-night dental clinic, a handsome man comes in with a huge canine he needs reinserted. Roman is a vampire, and before Shanna can fix his tooth, a group of assassins shows up. Roman saves Shanna, and takes her back to his five-story town house, complete with a harem of vampire chicks, and a barrack of Highland vampire guards. Cozy. Roman falls for Shanna like a stone in a pool, while she vacillates like a windmill in a tornado.

Reading this book was like going to a comedy club, and quickly realizing that I'd need to get completely blitzed to make the comedian even remotely funny. It was uncomfortable watching the jokes do belly-flops during the supposed-to-be funny bits. I like my humor either dark, dry or raunchy, and all the artificial sweeteners here were burning a hole in my gut.

I categorize this type of story as `vampire-lite,' and it's very much in the same vein as the Argeneau Vampire series by Sands (pun unintended). I wish I could say it pulls off the same effortless charm, but it doesn't work here because this story never celebrates vampires. If the goal is to write a sanitized vampire story, and have them drink synthetic blood out of bottles, so be it, but don't castrate them completely.

The heroine grated on my nerves. Shanna is one of those yes-no-yes-no characters, who spins like an emotional top in each and every scene, and as a result she comes across as a wimpy drama queen. Roman Draganesti was no better, and his self-loathing was tiresome. I don't want to read about a 500 year-old vampire who apologizes for who he is, or what he does. When Roman bites Shanna in a moment of passion, you'd think that the world had ended based on their reactions. Hello? Vampires are supposed to bite people, and treating it like a bad behavior was weird. Roman uses science to undo everything that's cool about vampires, and I kept wishing the bad guys would win.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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I wanted to like this book: I love paranormal romance and have read almost everything else. I was excited about a new author with fresh ideas. Unfortunately, the ideas aren't fresh, the heroine is whiny and immature and the book ends without resolving two very major issues.

First, roman IS a vampire, yet Shanna refuses to entertain the idea of being bitten. Yes, he has another food source but is love not about accepting and sharing the most important aspects of your partner? We're not talking about liking sports or sharing tastes in music here.

Second, her father clearly intends to kill Roman and all other vampires. Shanna's response is a flippant joke. This seems to underscore the whole problem with the book. Shanna is extremely self-oriented and responds to almost every situation childishly. How are we to believe a 545 year old man, who was once a monk, would be attracted to such a woman?
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2011
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I was thrilled to find a vampire book that had the word "hilarious" in the description, and it was free, so even better. Then I started reading it. I get why it's free. If Roman didn't say "God's blood" on every other page, I'll eat my Kindle. It would make a great drinking game, not a great read. And yes, Roman is a monster, forsaken by God...we get it already. As for the "hilarious"...WHERE? The only mildly entertaining thing that happened was Roman losing a fang in a sex doll. That's it. Glad it was free because I would have been royally ticked if I had paid money for it.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 18, 2006
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Wow, and I do mean WOW!! Tired rehashed plot? Nope, not here. Fresh and original? Absolutely. First off, it's a comedy vamp romance, and yes, there are plenty of those to be had these days, but again, the humor and situations leading to it are fun and a totally new experience in Spark's version. Let's face it, fellow authors and readers, with the vast majority of romance talent out there, there's more than enough room in the vamp subgenre to welcome this new series into the ever growing vamp fold.

Roman Dragonesti is a vamp on the run--for a dentist! Through a freak accident, and a little snafu of misplaced fang action, he's lost one of his sharp eating utensils. He must find a dentist he can coerce into fixing his problem, or forever bo faced with the stigma of single fanged eating for eternity. Shanna Whelan is on the run too, from hired thugs threatening to snuff her life because of murders she witnessed. Due to the murders, her tenuous career as a dentist is rockier than ever, for she cannot abide the sight of blood. When Roman rescues her from an assassination attempt, she suddenly has a gorgeous new savior--one she finds out all too soon is not quite as perfect as she hoped. With problems no girl should have to face in a relationship, will Shanna overcome her fear of blood and learn to see there's more to life than a "normal" existence? Roman certainly hopes so. Shanna has brought smiles and warmth into a life he thought long dead. He means to have her for his own and he's willing to make some sacrifices.

Okay, so this isn't some supercharged, superhero-driven vamp rollarcoaster ride in tight black leather and spandex. Too that, I say good! What we have here are some awesome characters from Scottish vampire security guards (complete with kilts) to a plethora of amusing vamp "harem" girls ready to get hot and heavy with the hero and heroine. Shanna is a super heroine, torn by her determination to live, despite being marked for death and attracted like nobody's business to Roman. Her reactions to his vamp culture are hilarious and fun to read. Roman is a tortured hero, but what vamp that survives hundreds of years and many gruesome atrocities wouldn't be? He is honorable, good and a true leader to his fellow vampires, one that cares. Sparks has done a superb job of creating yet another vampire world where her particular breed of vamps thrive with vitality, wit and stellar development. There were many characters, but she does a great job of keeping the focus on Shanna and Roman. Good clean writing carries the reader swiftly through the action and romance. Five very enthusiastic and well-deserved stars!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2011
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Kerrelyn Sparks is the best author ever! This is not the first book I read by (read Forbidden Nights with a Vampire 1st) her, but once I started I could not put it down! This is a first in a series of books that keep you coming back for more! What I look for in a good paranormal romance is all the lovey dovey stuff with a heaping dose of hilarity! This book has it in spades, you won't be able to stop laughing! I have all the books in Kerrelyn's series. Read them in order or as a standalone item; you will NOT be disappointed! A++
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2007
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I am a big vampire fiction reader and have read many other vampire romance/adventure novels in the past. Although this books keeps you somewhat interested you never really dive into the story. It's too cliche and everything seemed too convenient. All the characters lack depth, and when she tries to make each one quirky it comes off as trying too hard. One guy was too Russian, One girl was too Parisian, Another guy was too nervous. Most books have a way of expressing themselves and you can imagine how the main character looks, acts and feels, with this main character I kept changing her in my head about 50 times. Was she smart? Dumb? Ugly? Who knows! Half way through the book nothing exciting has happened, and when something exciting DOES happen it falls short. I've read fan fiction better than this!

However, if you like fluff than this may be the book for you it does have some cute moments and again it is a romance novel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2011
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I am really curious about all the high ratings for this book. The premise was actually quite interesting and the H was likable. What brought my entire entertainment to a screeching halt was how unbelievably irritating the h was. About a third of the way in, I found myself rolling my eyes and saying, 'shut up you, annoying twit!' She's supposed to be a dentist which, I'm assuming involves brains and intelligence, yet she seemed void of both. The man saves her and how does she show her gratitude? Gets bossy, huffy, etc. Ugh. I wanted to scream at her asking "who ARE you?! You just met him about 2 hours ago and you're telling him how to run his security!" She has the Russian mob after her and she's behind of fortress of armed guards yet she wants to leave. Childish temper tantrum. Sorry. I'm about suspension of belief but I find it hard to believe someone would put her anguished feelings for a guy she met less than 24 hours prior over her own life.

And all the "God's blood" comments were just too much. I found that incredibly irritating.

Not a fan. I may give another book in the series a chance, but this one just didn't do it for me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2010
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I was hoping for so much better after reading the many good reviews. Possibly it was a question of timing. I read this book right after finishing Queen of Shadows by Dianne Sylvan - which i found to be a truly fabulous story. By comparison, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire felt embarrassing to read. Another reviewer used the word "cutesy" and that's probably quite apt. And i agree with whoever made the point about the use of the phrase "God's blood" - I was reading on a my iTouch and at one point the term was used once per screen for several screens in a row! Anyway, if you are in the mood for something campy and silly, this might be what you're looking for; the book does have a decentish pace with lots happening.
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