Monday, June 14, 2010

Vamps And The City by Kerrelyn Sparks

Day Two of Eight Days Of Love At Stake

Title:  Vamps In The City
Author:  Kerrelyn Sparks
Released:  May 2006  
Series:  Lover At Stake, Book 2
How I Got It:  Purchased ebook for NOOK
Lend Me Feature:  No

Book Summary
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 named 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 wanted 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?

My Thoughts
In the second book in the Love At Stake series, we catch up with Roman's ex harem.  By the title of the book, we know the vamps are about to go Hollywood.  At first, the way they did it, I thought was super cheesy.  But of course you know these vamps are always cheesy, but funny.

Since Roman is a married man, and Shanna is not into the orgy thing, the harem had to  go.

Trouble is most of these ladies were turned so long ago, they don't know what life outside of the mansion is like. They are so used to being mistresses, that they can't function without a master.

So, being the loyal friend that Gregori is, he offers to be their captain save a hoe, I mean friend, and take the gold diggers in for a spell.  Little does he know that these heifers were going to take over his house and make him feel like a house guest.

Darcy, on the other hand, isn't the typical harem girl.  She hasn't been a vamp long and has never forgotten how she got her fangs.  I thought it was really odd to see her trying to shun her vampireness to hang on to her human habits.  For awhile, I found myself questioning if she were still human or not.

I was so curious to find out why Darcy was being such a vamp snob.  When I found out her story, I didn't love her , but I started to like her, a little .

Anyhoo, Kerrelyn Sparks created diva monsters when she decided to put them on a VH1 type reality show to help the girls find a new master.  Now at this point, I'm thinking a Sex In The City type of show, but it turned out to be more of The Bachelorette type of show.  But in any reality TV show, there's always a train wreck. Of all the other girls, Darcy turned out to be the biggest train wreck thinking she could help the other girls, but didn't have the guts to get her shit straight.

In the quest to crown The Sexiest Man On Earth, the ladies actually started to get a little sense and realized that they didn't need a master after all, but the money the winner received would come in quite handy.  What did Kanye say?  "I ain't saying she a gold digger, but she ain't messin' with no broke..."

Now the show is suppose to be for vamps only, but to make it a true hit, Darcy manages to add two human males to the mix.  Of course the two she selects are the worst ever.

Not that the guys were  paper bag moments, they were actually the most handsome of the bunch.  They just happened to be part of The Stake Out Team, the psychic CIA team that Shanna's crazy father heads.  And keeping with the crazy, these two were suppose to play Romeo long enough to find out where Shanna is being held prisoner so the team can continue with their retarded operation of staking all vampires.

Austin couldn't believe that he would have to put up with this. Out of all  the Stake Out Members, Austin's psychic ability is the highest, meaning he can resist all vampire threats to control his mind.  Instead of parading around like vampire chow, he feels that his talents can be better used doing anything else.  But the boss seriously disagrees. When being around Darcy comes with the job, he's suddenly eager to do his job.

Of all the idiots on the team, Austin appears to be the only one with a brain. After interacting with all the vamps on the show, Austin is more than convinced that Shanna has been right all along.  The concept of good and evil vampires is starting to sound about right, especially when he's fallen head over heels for Darcy.

And what is a reality show without drama?  The shit hits the fan when Darcy discovers who and what Austin really is.  To show Darcy that he truly loves her, Austin tries his best to get thrown out of the competition.  Image his surprise when he actually wins-the money and the harem!
My Rating
This book wasn't as good as the first book, but it was still a good read.  I give it 3.5 stars.  The reality show was crazy.  The harem girls were divas to their hearts and dumber than a bag of rocks. On with the girl power!

Read an excerpt of Vamps In The City

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