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The Undead Next Door (Love at Stake, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 2008

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Book 4 of 16 in the Love at Stake Series

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Kerrelyn Sparks is the bestselling author of the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list. Kerrelyn is honored that her band of merry vampires and shifters is spreading love and laughter worldwide in fourteen different languages.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 1st Printing edition (January 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061118451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061118456
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sweet Heather Westfield has an adorable daughter, an overbearing ex-husband, a feisty nanny, and too many dreams that were never fulfilled. The talented designer/seamstress stayed in her small Texas town to appease her mother and became a school teacher instead of pursuing her ambition to be a fashion designer. When one of the world's top names in couture opens a boutique nearby, she is drawn to the life she gave up, and to the man who has designed fashions for some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

World-weary Jean-Luc Escharpe has seen it all since he was transformed into a vampire centuries ago. A skilled swordsman, he fought as a lieutenant-colonel in the vampire army, and in later decades, pursued his skills a businessman and designer. His career has kept him in the public eye a little too long, however, causing many to wonder how the designer who clad Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant still looks so young and handsome. What he needs is some time away and a place to hide out. But on the eve of his self-imposed isolation, he meets a beautiful woman who has been burned by love. Heather awakens long-dead feelings in Jean-Luc and makes him start to wonder if he could have another chance at love after all.

But with a crazed killer bent on revenge tracking Jean-Luc's every move, being around him is not exactly the safest place in the world. Then there's the whole undead element thrown into the mix. Jean-Luc is certain a relationship with Heather would never work out because she could never accept him as he is. But Heather has some surprises up her homemade sleeves: she's declared a war on fear, and this Texas sweetie vows not to let anyone stand in the way of what she wants. And she wants Jean-Luc.
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An immortal living in the public eye must occasionally disappear for a decade or three. Even with modern-day advancements such as plastic surgery to explain away an eternally youthful appearance, a vampire must periodically leave the life he has built to prevent rousing suspicion amongst the human populace.

Ultra-famous fashion designer Jean-Luc Echarpe has stretched the limits of his current existence and is preparing to sequester himself away in a small Texas town for a time before re-emerging to the world with a new identity. It promises to be a long, lonely life - until he meets the inimitable Heather Westfield.

The single mother, schoolteacher, and budding designer shows Jean-Luc a world such as he has never known for himself. A world of love, hope, and family. But once again, he unwittingly puts a woman he cares for at unacceptable risk as his centuries-long enemy resurfaces to destroy everything Jean-Luc cherishes.

Last year, I reviewed the third book in Kerrelyn Sparks LOVE AT STAKE series, read the first two, and loved each so much that I have purchased all three for several friends as `just because you have to read these' gifts. Needless to say, I was more than eager for the new release in this saga, THE UNDEAD NEXT DOOR!

As her fans have come to expect, Ms. Sparks does not disappoint readers with the new edition to this addictive paranormal romance series. Infusing the stories with a heavy dose of humor, balanced with the darker side of the paranormal world her characters inhabit. See, just as with humans, you have good Vampires and you have evil Vampires. The good Vamps drink synthetic blood and co-exist peacefully with the human population, protecting them from the threat of the Malcontents.
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I have read Kerrelyn Sparks other books in this series and they are great, but this one is my favorite so far. It is funny,romantic,sexy, intruiging. I never wanted it to end. The hero is sweet and sexy and I wanted him for myself. The sexual energy and tension gave me tingles.
I just wish she could whip out the next book in about a week because I hate to wait for the next one. Do yourself a favor and get all the books in this series, you won't be disappointed.
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I find that often in your area of residence they introduce a particualr product (in this case a novel) sell it off, and never bring in anything like it in again. I bought "Sexiest Vampire alive" by Kerrelyn Sparks on island and found I was intrigued by the characters. Even though they are of a different world including non-existant fictional creactures, their struggles and hardships are of the real world. I was happy that I could find more of her books (Kerrelyn Sparks) on Amazon and I have enjoyed every one of them.
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I've really been enjoying the Love at Stake series (I'm up to book 5 now).
This book (#4 in the series) isn't as good as the 3 preceding. There was just too much sex (or talking about sex or thinking about sex) and not enough plot.
I would have preferred for Jean-Luc and Heather to have built up a relationship a bit more slowly instead of immediately wanting to get in each other's pants. There really was very little "suspense" in the love relationship. it was blatantly obvious where it was going to end up. So once it got there, the novelty had already worn off.
I still like the story line of these books. The world the author has created has been great fun and I want to see more of it. And I love some of the very humorous dialog. When does Fidelia get her own book? I thought she was a real hoot. But maybe because she's not a young, incredibly beautiful, well built woman, she's not going to get her day in the sun (or dark, as the case may be). That would be a shame, I'll bet there are plenty of Vamps out there that aren't young looking and beautiful that would make a great match for Fidelia!
So my suggestion to the author is for a better balance between world building / plot and the romance. After all, the creative part of these stories is the world they live in. The sex is something that is only exciting when you really care about the people involved.
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