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Vamps and the City (Love at Stake, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – April 25, 2006

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Book 2 of 16 in the Love at Stake Series

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After spending the last four years living in a vampire harem, Darcy Newhart knew her television career was over. Even if the vampires, nice as they are, were willing to let her return to her former life, everyone thinks she is dead. So when the chance to work for DVN, the Digital Vampire Network, presents itself, Darcy seizes the opportunity. Inspired by the popularity of reality television, Darcy proposes the idea for a show called "The Sexiest Man on Earth," in which a vampire harem picks their new master. What the vampires at DVN don't know is that to give the show a twist, Darcy plans on including a few mortal men among the candidates. What Darcy doesn't know is that one of those mortals is Austin Erickson, a CIA agent whose mission is to kill vampires. Sparks skillfully infuses her writing with a deliciously sharp wit, and the second in her sexy contemporary vampire series is wickedly fun. John Charles
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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: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060752017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060752019
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story revolves around the DVN, or Digital Vampire Network, a television station with shows like "All My Vampires" and "General Morgue" and stars by the name of Don Orlando de Corazon and Corky Courrant. The Heroine Darcy, is part of the harem, (girls previously belonging to Roman, who found love in the last book, and are now between Masters and in desperate want of one). Darcy was turned 4 years ago, she's a very modern thinking woman who lost everything when she was turned, by Connor, one of the many yummy Highlanders that provide security, all in full Highland garb; kilts, wooden dirks, and sexy long hair. Darcy is hired on by the DVN to produce a new show called "The Sexiest Man on Earth." Where the winner will receive a cash prize and the harem. There's a tense vampire war brewing, we have CIA Vampire Hunter's who call themselves the "Stake-Out" team who think all Vamps are demons in need of killing, in which our hero Austin is a member. Using the name Adam he becomes a contestant on the show to gather information but really to get close to Darcy, he's convinced that she's human and being held against her will. I have to admit that I thought that there was a lot more chemistry between Darcy and Connor the Highlander, but hey, I didn't get a vote. And Austin was a good 2nd.

This really is a fun series. Yes, some say it's full of "Vamp clichés," but I'm not picky when it comes to that. Part of liking Vamp books, I expect the basics, no reflections and all that. The author has done a great job with all of the elements that she incorporates in this series. It's a mixture of perilous situations with a lot of comic relief.
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Most of the great characters from the first novel in the series, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire, are back including lovable Gregori, The Harem Ladies, Shana & Roman, & highlander Conner who is this time portrayed as slightly more dangerous...

Catching up 8 days after the finale of Millionaire Vampire, the Stake-Out team is still up to their usuaul tricks. Sent to spy on the Digital Vampire Network in hopes that it will reveal the location of Shana, the head of Stake-Out's daughter, Austin Erikson spies something he likes in the form of Darcy. He falls totally in love at first site.

Now that Roman's harem has been kicked out thanks to Shana, Darcy is being allowed the opportunity to work again- as long as its in the vampire community. Gregori has implored her to get the rest of the harem out of his house ASAP. So when her new boss is set to fire her for being female she coerces him into keeping her with the idea of a reality show. The Sexiest Man on Earth will be the winner of millions of dollars, the disfunctional harem, and the darling of female vamps everywhere. Only Darcy is adding a secret twist-5 of the contestants are human!

Seeing their chance to infiltrate vampires, Austin & Garret are assigned by Stake-Out to infiltrate the show as contestants. When the spies beat vampires in the challenges their getting closer & closer to winning the competition. Austin's main goal though is to solve why Darcy went missing four years ago, figure out if she's human or vamp, & get a lot closer to her with the aid of the penthouse hot tub...

This was a very quick but great read,especially after the show starts taping. I cried at the end as well, but something in the resolution of the story was missing for me. Oh, well! We're sure to get to see more of these fantastic characters in the next book in the series. Bring it on as fast as you can please!
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I thought the book was pretty silly actually. The love conflict between Darcy and Austin kept enough of my interest to finish the book but there were times when I was ready to be done and move on to something better. I absolutely hated the "Holy Seduction", "Holy Moley", "Holy Crap", "Holy Sexual Tension" phrases....they really got on my nerves. I honestly don't think I would recommend this book to anyone.
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A while ago, when I was searching for simply Vampire Romance novels I bought this. I have since refined my interest to militiaperson/turn vampire, such as Blood Ties by Tanya but where the heroine actually is turned. I realize that is extremely picky so I settle for what the Goddess directs me towards. I prefer to focus on what I enjoy and want more of...

Vamps and the City by Keerelyn Sparks, is rather generic for vampire romance but it is positive and uplifting, so I was happy to read it; And for having purchased it. The world seems to be set in modern times but Ms. Sparks does very little to flesh out the world past it having vampires. The vampires themselves are somewhat rigidly set according to the fictional rules set by Stoker's Dracula. Authors that create seemingly unique cryptology for vampires for their stories I find more interesting.

Of course, very little is actually unique; Though a great deal is unique enough to my finite experience.

The vampyres in this novel follow all the old rules except being soulless and having to kill their victims. The antagonists are members of a black budget CIA covert affairs group that call themselves "Stake Out". Their motto is "the only good vampyre is a dead one". This being a romance story, of course there is more to the story. Except not much more.

After finishing with reading the novel I realized that this is a second book in a series. So it is useful to note it is an abundantly self-contained story. Overly-so in my humble opinion; I was hoping for a story or two continuing Darcy and Austin's life. Though I am also grateful there is not for reasons that I should leave vague.
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