- Series: Love at Stake (Book 12)
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon; 1st edition (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 (174 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,661 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
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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This book was quite slow in comparison to the other books in this series, but the relationship budding between Phinneas and Brynley was well suited to go slow. And it permitted the readers to really get to know both of them a lot better, and to understand their hang-ups and their defensive mechanisms. And I guess the vamps all needed a little breather after all that happened in the prior book. Of course, loose ends from before were both discussed and explained, so that was a good point as well.
I loved how Phinneas and Brynley were both trying so hard to not have feelings for each other, and trying to persuade themselves that they were all wrong for each other, to the point where the Brynley actually thought Pinneas hated her, and vice versa. It was funny how they were both a little insecure, but still always acting so strong and prickly towards others. Every female always thought Phinneas really was the Love Doctor, and he came to hate that this was what people thought was the most important thing about him.
I got punked at the very start of the story, I totally believed Phinneas' spiel, and I was shocked! However, when I think about it, it truly was the best way to get Cory out of hiding, and he played his role so well that even reading about it was very convincing! I like that the vamps in this series can teleport - if I could have a super-power; that would be the one I'd wish for. Of course, it makes things very interesting when the vamps being chased can teleport as well, as it is impossible to follow someone that way, and the vamps can only teleport to places where they have already been before - or through calling someone and going towards their voice.
I loved all the interactions between Brynley and Phinneas, and their chemistry is sizzling! It was really a true love story, where most of the action happened with only Brynley and Phinneas in the picture, the other characters being elsewhere. Phinneas handled himself perfectly well, he showed his growth, he has changed a great deal from when he was first introduced, and the way he has matured is very pleasant.
There were quite a few bad guys in this story, and they were chased all over the world, while our good vamps were doing their best to keep everybody safe from harm or worse. There were a few new characters introduced to the cast, and both Freemont, Phinneas' human brother and Nate, Brynley's long lost friend were really great. Hopefully, we'll see more of them in the future. There were some not-so nice additions as well, but that was to be expected. I especially loathed Brynley's intended husband, and I was appalled at the way her father used her as a pawn to make himself stronger. No wonder both Phil and Bryn ran away from the pack at the first chance they got!
A blast form the past came in the character La Toya, luckily, only by phone, but her treatment of Phinneas made me hate her all over again - and here's to hoping she will not show up later.
The final battle was epic, as usual, but with an unexpected twist that caught me completely unaware, and I was really worried for Phinneas.
He wanted to be more than that. He wanted someone who would look past his outward appearance to connect with his soul. Someone who would see him as special. Worthy of a lifetime, not a singe night.
"So you got tired of one-night stands?" Freemont wrinkled his nose. "Is that even possible?" "Yes, it is. Eventually, I realized that being wanted as an oddity is an insult. I want to be appreciated for being myself."
Both of these quotes point out the change in Phinneas, from being the love-doctor only thinking about having fun and canoodling with different women every night, he realizes now that he wants more, and that he deserves more. It also made him treat other people (and vamps) differently, as he understood that he might not have been the only one playing a role.
If you are a fan of the `Love at Stake' series, this is a must-read! And if you haven't read it yet, but love paranormal romance with a dash of humor, I recommend that you start with book number one at your earliest convenience, and then just enjoy the ride.
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For most of the series Phineas has been the comic relief, with a few moments of unexpected wisdom to give us an inkling of his true character. The truth is that he is a hero in every sense of the word. He is determined to get past the mistakes of his former life, which were entirely understandable since he had good intentions the entire time but simply made bad desicions. Bryn is a strong heroine who was born into a male chauvinistic and difficult society she simply cannot abide any longer. Both become stronger together, and that is part of what makes this romance so sweet. In a sense, they rescue each other.
The dialog is classic Kerrelyn Sparks, the story flows beautifully, and the ending is one of the best one of the series so far. While their main story is over, I cannot wait to read more about them in future installments. I am also anxiously expecting the next installment where we will see our favorite day time bodyguard Howard get his happily ever after. This series gets better with each installment and this particular volume will leave fans of the series very happy. New readers could read this as a stand-alone (although there are many parts that relate to previous novels, Sparks explains enough that you will not be entirely lost), but I would recommend reading the entire series. It is that good and the overall story arc can be appreciated much better when you have the background story.