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Wanted: Undead or Alive (Love at Stake) Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2012
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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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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. It just feels lacking somehow.
On the plus side, I loved seeing my favorite characters again. I am enjoying the direction Ms. Sparks is taking the overall plotline. She is keeping it very fresh. She does a fantastic job of bringing in new blood. When we meet a new character I automatically wonder when he will get his own book! I loved reading about Phineas and Brenley's well developed back stories.
If you have enjoyed the series, this book is a must read. It was a fast and fun story. I just wish Phineas could have found his happily ever after with a little more zing and while retaining a little more of his trademark personality.
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.
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!.