Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrelyn Sparks


Dougal Kincaid has something to prove. After being injured in a battle with the Malcontents, he's ready for active duty protecting unsuspecting mortals from these villainous vampires who want to rule the world. But first he has to get control of himself . . . because just the sight of a certain lovely doctor has his injured hand doing some peculiar things, not to mention the sizzling sensation that burns along his dragon tattoo.

Vampires? Vampires?! As a scientist, Leah is having trouble believing that these immortal creatures exist. But there they are, standing in front of her, asking for help in solving a genetic puzzle that can save mankind. There's even one in a sexy kilt! Just one look into Dougal's gorgeous green eyes sets her pulse racing. But can she trust him—and the overwhelming desire that refuses to be ignored?



Let me start off saying this is one of my favorite book series. Kerrelyn Sparks weaves a great story with humor unlike anyone else. She can have me crying one minute and laughing out loud the next. I mean, come on half the males in this series wear kilts, how hot is that!?! Not to mention Phineas McKinney one of the funniest characters ever. ANYWAY, this is book #14 in the series, and like many books in a series this long the story line has strayed a bit from the central conflict in recent books. But I feel like she is starting to bring the conflict back to the forefront of the stories. Let’s hope she continues that in future books.

This book is about Dougal Kincaid (YES a Scotsman in a kilt!!!!) who lost his hand in the war against the Malcontents. He is struggling not only to adjust to using his prosthetic hand but fighting the demons of his past. When he meets the new doctor brought in to work at Romatech Industries not only does his past come flooding back but he has to fight his attraction for Dr. Leah Chin. Leah has been invited to help in finding a cure for the new breed of soldiers being created by Master Han for Darafer. Of course in the process she must be told of the supernatural world, big shocker is doesn’t go well at first, but in time her curiosity gets the best of her. I liked this book and was glad to see more “story” going on other than just the romance. 

Oh and just a personal note. Many of you may know my sister Bitch, our partner in crime and I like to attend book signings, it is where we have met many of our friends/sisters. In the last few years it has become less personal with some authors and more corporate. Yes I know it is a business and they have every right to make money for the hard work I completely understand. It is just some forget that without their readers they would have nothing. Back to my point. When Kerrelyn did a signing for Vampire Mine two friends of ours attended her signing. When they went up to have their books signed they mentioned how three of us couldn’t be there and asked if she would sign one of the books marks she was giving away for us. Not only did she sign the book marks and post cards, she was sweet enough to personalize them with our names. She even let them video tape her saying hello to us as well. How awesome is that? Now she is someone I would love to meet in person. And she has a fan in me for life.

One Lucky Vampire by Lynsay Sands


Luck be a vampire tonight . . .

When Nicole Phillips agreed to hire a housekeeper, she pictured someone a little frumpy and almost certainly female. Instead, she gets gorgeous, unmistakably male Jake Colson. The man is proving indispensable in the kitchen—and everywhere else. Except Jake might not be a mortal man at all.

. . . and every night

Who wouldn't want to be a tall, dark, powerful vampire? Jake, for one. He's barely had time to adjust to his new state before he's roped into a family favor. Still, secretly playing bodyguard to sweet, sexy Nicole is turning out to be the wildest ride of his life. First he'll put a stop to whoever's targeting her. Then he'll prove that this kind of love, and luck, happens only once in an eternity


SPOILERS!!!   This is the19th book in the Argeneau series. I have enjoyed this series over all, Lynsay Sands is a good writer. I love her unique explanation of the origins of “vampires” and their need for blood. The only problem I have is the last few books have become predictable. You meet the main two characters with in the first chapter. Then Marguerite, the matriarch of the Argeneau family, whose gift is to know when two people are life mate’s, shows up and somehow arranges for the two to meet. Then of course there is a small conflict between the characters, usually it is one of them coming to terms with the other being a vampire. Then within the story there is a problem/conflict but it is resolved in a short period of time. The End….

What happened to renegade vampires? A central villain/bad guy? I know this is a paranormal romance so the focus is on the characters and their relationship, but there has to be more to a story other than just hot sex then passing out(for those who have read the book you will know what that  means LOL). Don’t get me wrong, I love a hot sex scene as much as the next person, but for me there has to be a story as well, one that will hold my attention and have me wanting more. Have me begging for the next book. I may be in the minority about this, but this is only my opinion on the series.