Monday, January 14, 2013

Review: Vamps and the City (Love at Stake #2)

Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Publisher: Avon Books
Release Date: April 25, 2006
Page Count: 387
Source: The Library
Format: Paperback
Read Between: December 20 - December
Tag Line: Can the Undead find real love on reality TV?
Buy It: Amazon / B&N / The Book Depository

Who says a vamp can't have it all?

Darcy Newhart thought it was a stroke of genius - the first-ever reality TV show where mortals vie with vampires for the title of The Sexiest Man on Earth. As the show's director, Darcy's career would be on track again. And she can finally have a life apart from the vampire harem. Okay, so she's still technically dead, but two out of three's not bad. Now she just has to make sure that a mortal doesn't win. If only she wasn't so distracted by a super-sexy and live contestant name Austin...

But Darcy doesn't know the worst of it. Austin Erickson is actually a vampire slayer! And he's got his eye on the show's leggy blond director. Only problem  is, he's never want any woman - living or dead - as badly. But if he wins her heart, will he lose his soul? And if it means an eternity of hot, passionate loving with Darcy, does that really matter anyway?

Opening Sentence: "Eight-twenty P.M., male Caucasian, five-foot-ten, 180 pounds, mid-twenties, leaving a while Honda Civic," Austin Erickson murmured into his mini-recorder.


Warning: This is an adult paranormal book

*Sigh* Sadly enough this second addition in the Love at Stake Series was even harder for me to get through then the first one was.

There was absolutely no action, adventure or even suspense in this one. I mean, granted, I know I'm reading a romance and I know in the end the girl and guy are going to end up together, but I love to read about the trials and tribulations that they have to go through to get to that point. This book just dragged out and bored the living heck out of me during most of it. It took until like chapter 20 something before we even got any substantial romance between the two main characters. And during most of the book, the main male character isn't even addressed by his real name.

I can take slow plot lines as long as they are necessary to the books and characters growth, but the slowness served absolutely no purpose in this book. And some of the things and experiments that are taking place in this series just seem absolutely ridiculous. I mean you are writing about a vampires and you are trying to find a cure to turn them back into humans to please their human counterparts?? Not only that, but you made it into the fact that female vamps are stuck in periods were male rule them and can do anything to them that they like. In this series, female vamps have absolutely no voice and are simpering little wine bags that need a man to make their every decision. It was absolutely degrading in my opinion. I couldn't stand most of the (scratch that), all of the characters in this book.

I couldn't help but role my eyes throughout the entirety of it. I kept on with it only because it's on my list of series to finish by this year. But I doubt I will be getting to the next book in this series any time soon. I need to take a break from the world that Ms. Sparks has created here. I can only hope that when I get to the next book, it won't bore me so much that I forget most of what happened in the story, just like I have for Vamps and the City.

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