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Sucker Bet ( Vegas Vampires, Book 4) Paperback – January 2, 2008
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The fourth installment of McCarthy's toothsome Vegas Vampire series (following Bled Dry) finds sexy Gwenna Carrick, a 900-year-old vampire, living at the casino owned by her brother, Ethan Carrick, the current president of the Vampire Nation. She meets Metro police detective Nate Thomas at a crime scene and offers her help in cracking a case involving an Internet vampire slayers group. Nate is grieving over the death of his sister, and Gwenna has been divorced from Vampire Nation vice president Roberto Donatelli for 300 celibate years. Sparks flare into true love very quickly—inflaming Gwenna's jealous ex-husband, who quickly orders a hit on Nate. Worse challenges await the lovers, as McCarthy delivers her latest with fang-in-cheek flair. (Jan.)
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Erin McCarthy, the author of A Date with the Other Side, Bad Boys Online, Smart Mouth, Houston, We Have a Problem, and Mouth to Mouth.
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Gwenna is a very old vampire, born in the 11th century. Having gotten a divorce from her controlling husband Gwenna has lived the last 300 years or so in almost complete isolation. She came to Las Vegas to witness the marriage of her brother Ethan, Vampire President, to his wife, Alexis, and decided to stay.
She's been filling her time on the computer in a Vampire slayers chat room, when she finally decides to meet one of the members, Slash. Only when she gets to the meeting spot Slash isn't there, instead she finds a dead body.
Detective Nate Thomas is investigating the murder and at the same time going through a horrible time in his personal life. Gwenna has been through a lot in her long life and the two find common ground and an easy companionship in each other. But soon the bodies are piling up, tied into the slayer group and the Vampire Nation. The two work together trying to solve the crimes, even though Nate is oblivious to the Vampires and their existence.
Erin McCarthy writes an emotionally complex tale in this fourth book. Gwenna is finally starting to come out of her shell, find herself, and stand up for herself. Her ex is still harassing her and is creepily obsessed and possessive of her, but Gwena is fighting back. With the murder mystery looming over their heads Nate and Gwenna share some similar sorrows and quickly fall under one another's spell. They have a whirlwind romance and a promising future...except Nate doesn't know what she is.
Like usual I flew through this book in a day, Ms. McCarthy has a knack for writing books you can't set down. My only complaint about this book is it lacked the easy humor most of her books usually contain. There are a few laughs but it's far from the page after page of giggles I usually enjoy with a McCarthy read. Even without the giggles, I enjoyed this book immensely; Gwenna is a fascinating heroine.
This is not a stand alone tale; you must read the previous three books to really know what's going on.
High Stakes (Vegas Vampires, Book 1)
Bit the Jackpot (Vegas Vampires, Book 2)
Bled Dry (Vegas Vampires, Book 3)
In the 4th book Sucker Bet you learn more about 900yr old vampire Gwenna Carrick aka the president of the vampire nations sister and ex wife to Roberto Donitelli. She has been living a very sheltered life and is now ready to gain a backbone and stand up for herself and have a little adventure, but when she finds a dead body she meets sexy detective Nate Thomas. After battling with her past emotions and her ways of living she finds that adventure and life shes been looking for.
A must read by Erin....I only wish she could keep this series going!!
When she meets up with him that night in the hospital, they share a connection. Brittany has given birth to a beautiful baby daughter, with a long list of names. But Detective Nate Thomas has just lost his sister to leukemia. He is devastated by the loss, and as his parents are abroad, he will have to take care of all the arrangements. He is not looking forward about. So when he meets his beautiful suspect again, and she asks him for a cup of coffee, he agrees. He does not want to be along or go home just yet. And when she tells him of her own loss, her own daughter, they connect.
Gwenna takes him to the Ava with her, to find a quiet place to talk some more. But soon they end up having sex against the wall, something she has never experienced before, but decides she quite likes it. She likes not being treated as if she was made of porcelain, but someone to be desired. When the guards come upon them, she is mortified, but when Nate does not want to let her leave just jet, they continue their evening together. Until Alexis calls her, needing her help consoling Kelsey. Apparently, she has left her husband for good this time, when he tried to sell her services to other vampires. Gwenna feels horrible leaving Nate behind, but she thinks she will be back before he wakes up.
The only thing that consoles Kelsey is the promise that Alexis and Gwenna will join her tomorrow evening for the concert she is going to. A band pretending to be vampires for their fans, but who are vampires in reality. And Kelsey knows them personally.
Roberto Donatelli wants his ex-wife back, she is his. And Gwenna standing up to him is something he really cannot appreciate. Of course, wanting her back does not give him up other women at all. Nor does he give a thing about her wants or opinions. He needs her on his arm for the next political party. So he really won't take no for an answer. But Gwenna stands him up, just to be with Nate at his sisters wake. Donatelli is not amused, and has one of his goons follow her around. And when he finds out, she has had sex with Nate, he decides to have him killed. That will teach Gwenna a lesson. If he can't have her, no one will.
In the meantime, more bodies are found at places that Gwenna has been, and they will have to find this killer fast.
I was totally surprised by the mystery part of this book, and loved it. I enjoyed how Gwenna became her own woman, how she stood up to her ex husband and her brother, and did her own thing. Nate encourages her to get a job, to do something useful with her life, and I liked that about him. He is a cop and sees the world in white and black, and he is good at his job. So finding out that vampires are real, really threw him for a loop. But he is in love with Gwenna, and he knows it. And after a little time of being stupid the way only men can be stupid when in love, he wakes up, and knows what he wants and tells Gwenna that. Lovely scene. And I loved it when Gwenna told him how she felt about it all. Go Gwenna!
I think that from the whole series, this is my favourite book. Now I do wonder, will there ever be a fifth book, where Roberto finds his match and reforms? And what will happen with Ringo and Kelsey, and his dead brother Kyle. Is he really a ghost Kelsey can see? Or did I imagine that part?
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