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Product Details

  • Series: Love at Stake (Book 12)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061958069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061958069
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

He's a vampire from the big city . . .

Phineas McKinney thought New York City was tough, until he was attacked by Malcontents—evil vampires who consider mortals to be snacks. Saved by the good vampires, Phin swore to devote his now undead life to stopping the Malcontents. He's got his job cut out for him when word comes that their enemy may be hiding in Wyoming. What does a city boy like him know about horses and campfires? Good thing he's got Brynley Jones with him . . . if only she didn't hate every vampire on earth.

She's a werewolf princess . . .

Bryn believes vampires are seductive and charming, and that makes them dangerous. So she's more than a little annoyed about teaming up with Phin, even if he is the only bloodsucker able to make her inner wolf purr. But as they hunt down the new leader of the Malcontents, danger threatens . . . and Phineas and Brynley discover a passion that will rock the foundation of their supernatural world.

About the Author

A former tap dancer and high school French teacher, New York Times bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks has always searched for creative ways to express herself. A prolific reader since childhood, she discovered that writing her own stories provided the ideal way to combine her loves of comedy, language, and history. And what a relief that the voices in her head have led to a paycheck instead of a padded room! A native Texan, Kerrelyn lives with her husband in the Greater Houston area.

More About the Author

Kerrelyn Sparks is the New York Times bestselling author of the Love at Stake series. Her heroes are generally fanged or furry, but never suffer from cavities or fur balls. And in spite of a tendency to nibble or howl at the moon, they're still wonderfully romantic. Please feel free to visit www.kerrelynsparks.com where you can read excerpts, play vampire games, join the forum, or send Kerrelyn an e-mail. She loves hearing from readers!

Customer Reviews

Very well written characters with a great back story.
Katherine Williams
SPOILERS* I have always been interested to see what Phineas back story would be and who he would end up with, and I'm glad this is the book we learn about him in.
Pampered Prepper
There is plenty of comedy involved as well, so you get the serious heart-warming romance and the fun, uplifting laughs.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. McCullough VINE VOICE on February 28, 2012
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Phineas...I loved him from his very first appearance in the Love At Stake series. He was street wise, cocky, and oh so amusing. This series has been on my automatic pre-order list for quite some time so I delighted to get an opportunity to review an early copy, especially since it was Phineas's story. We have had a good idea for awhile of who Phineas might end up with as he and Brenley had some scenes showcasing their great chemistry in the recent past. The large focus of "Wanted: Undead or Alive" is on the budding relationship between Phineas and Brenley but the arching plotline is about McKay Security attempting to locate and obtain Corky, who is the main bad guy since the previous one's storyline has been resolved. Phineas needs a guard who can watch over him during the daytime and Brenley knows the territory well.

While I really enjoyed this book, I had a couple of disappointments. Phineas has matured and is ready to settle down. That is great, but he is ready to shed his "Love Doctor" persona and in doing so seems to have lost some of the spark and uniqueness that made him stand apart from the other Love at Stake heroes. If the name was changed I may not have recognized him as the Phineas I have come to know and love. It is almost like Ms Sparks knows she is losing something special by having Phineas settle down because the book quickly introduces us to Phineas's younger brother Freemont. Freemont is young and cocky and just learning about the supernatural world. Basically, we have a brand new Phineas- replacement ready to go. The other thing that bothered me is the relationship between the couple. These two are perfect for each other. Both have vibrant and larger than life personalities. But there was no lead up or tension to the story of them coming together.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Howard VINE VOICE on February 26, 2012
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In the earlier books, Phineas was an occasional, marginal character. He was fairly one-dimensional, portraying himself as "Dr. Phang" or "The Love Doctor" but with a nerdy immaturity that belied his big mouth. This book lets us get to see more of Phin. It develops his character to the point that the reader can understand his motivations and share his hopes & dreams.

Some of the werewolf machinations are explained weakly or not at all, but readers learned of the abuse of the werewolf "Princess" at the hands (paws) of her Alpha father in earlier books. That made it easy to sympathize with her fears and how she overcame them.

As always, the love story is a strong element in the plot, and did not disappoint.

If you have enjoyed any of the earlier books about Romatech and Blissky and the Malcontents, you will certainly appreciate this latest installment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tracy VINE VOICE on July 12, 2012
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Phineas McKinney has fought the good fight since Malcontents stole his life and turned him into a vampire. He's been rockin' the Love Doctor persona of Dr. Phang since then, making all the undead ladies happy, but after a few years of that, it's gotten kind of old. Phineas wants what so many of his friends have. Love. Family. Commitment.

It doesn't matter that his professional life is super sweet right now, or that all sorts of attention is rolling his way since he started doing the commercials for the vampire's newest fusion drink, Blardonney - half synthetic blood, half Chardonnay. That, on top of his security job, has set him up right. But he's still feeling that emptiness inside him. That need.

Going undercover on a job for MacKay Security and Investigation has him playing turncoat in the hopes of catching Corky Courrant, current leader of the remaining Malcontents. The setup was going well until the self-proclaimed Queen Corky got away from Phineas and the security team sent in to catch her. When fresh intel reaches the vampires about Corky's possible location, Phineas heads to Wyoming to try to track her down.

Problem is, Phineas is a city vamp, born and raised...and killed and raised again, so he's going to need a bit of help in the form of one vampire-hating, prickly werewolf named Brynley Jones. She knows the area, it's where her pack lives. Phineas has some hot memories of Brynley from when they first met. Memories like how strong and proud she is. How her eyes remind him of a cerulean blue sky he can no longer see. How much she loathes vampires in general and him in particular.

Yeah, that last one is a problem.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RVAbooklover VINE VOICE on March 5, 2012
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Phineas McKinney was "turned" after he was attacked by the Malcontents, the bad vampires, in order to secure the availability of a drug that renders vamps immobile. The human Phin supplied the Malcontents with Nightshade, and the Malcontents wanted a way to keep that drug pipeline secure. Phin was rescued by the good vamps, and has turned his afterlife around. He works for the good vamps as a security professional for MacKay S and I, helping to rid the world of the Malcontents. He was introduced at the beginning of the series as a swaggering horn dog who prefers the moniker Dr. Phang or the Love Doctor. He's never been one of my favorite characters, but in Wanted, we see more depth to Phin. His shame for his past mistakes is a driving force behind his current behavior.

Brynley Jones, twin sister to Phil from book 7 and werewolf princess, has run away from her controlling, Alpha monster of a father. She is a teacher at Dragon Nest Academy, the school for the offspring of the past heroes and heroines, and a few other assorted supernatural children. When Corky, the self proclaimed Queen of the Malcontents, shows up in Wyoming, Bryn is tapped to help Phin hunt her down. Wyoming is home turf for Bryn and Phin needs a guard as well as a guide. Bryn is ever so prickly, full of anger and snark. We find out why she is so angry in Wanted.

Phin and Bryn have been striking sparks off of each other since their first meeting. Bryn hates vampires, and is kind of horrified when she finds herself attracted to Phin. Phin knows how Bryn feels about his kind, and resists his attraction to her. Their attraction to each other has been set up since their initial meeting, so it felt very believable. Both Bryn and Phin have some serious issues to work through.
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