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Wanted: Undead or Alive (Love at Stake) Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2012

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Book 12 of 16 in the Love at Stake Series

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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

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

  • 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: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Pacey1927 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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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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I like this series, its funny and not over dramatic which is a nice break from some of the "dark" leaving paranormal romance books. That being said it took me forever to finish this book just becase I could not get it to it.

The 1st half of this book was so ridiculous to me, that I kept thinking it had to get better, that a writer of Kerrelyn Sparks depth would not think the stereotypes she used of blacks for the 1st half of the book could possibly be funny?

Fineas, aka "The Love Doctor." has never been one of my favorite characters, he was always just to cartoony of a character and not relatable, just annoying. The first couple of chapters are mainly about him and his brother. His brother is his agent as Fineas is doing the Vampire Commercials for their brand of blood and wine called "Blardonnay. (which is funny!)" So as his agent, of course he has to go get a purple limosine and where a fedora with a feather in it and an animal print velvet jacket, what is this 10960? In a different context it would have been funny but not in this. Which was actually serious vampire "save the world" business and they were trying to be taken seriously, a continuation of the verabl humor and banter would have been better than devoting pages to writing that nonsense?? And of course he is a black male, so he has to be a reformed drug dealer, right?

Once Fineas met his wearwolf lady love again, it got better, with more action. But it took forever to get to that point.

The first half of the book just set a bad tone, as schtick and not commedy. Not just for Fineas but most of the characters: the villan "Corky" and the other Blardonnay acttress Tiffany, they were coookie cutter molds of the dumb blondes witht the cornious lines, that were just n really all that funny. I kept waiting for the "ba dump dump" sound or at the very least a gong!.
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I rarely find a bad book in the Love at Stake series that I disliked.There are a few weak ones, but for the most part they were still fun to read. This one I could not stand. It was repetitive using the love doctor and Phang over and over as derogatory terms to describe Phineas to himself and to Brynly got old fast,so did snout face and so did all the stereotypical reference to being black, such as the shop that sold over the top clothes that we are so racially oriented, being a drug dealer or on drugs, the language Freemont uses. It seems like Sparks took all the nonsense that stereotypes a race and used them in this book. The relationship between Brynly and Phinias held no sparks and seemed more forced than real. I did not enjoy this book, but I made myself finish it because I am addicted to the series. I think this was a topic that Sparks was not comfortable with and the advice she got did not helpl.
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