“Another amazingly wonderful installment in the Love at Stake series. Dougal and Leah's romance had me crying through the last chapter, but it is so well worth the tears. Great romance, great sex, and overall another wonderful set of memorable characters.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Another amazingly wonderful installment in the Love at Stake series. Dougal and Leah's romance had me crying through the last chapter, but it is so well worth the tears. Great romance, great sex, and overall another wonderful set of memorable characters.”Missy Jane wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Awesome book.”Wolffae wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have to admit that Dougal never really stuck out in my mind before this book. He's been there of course, in the background of several stories, but I never really paid him much attention until his hand was cut off. And even then, it was like "oh that's sad" but I never really felt a connection to his character. So, it was a very pleasant surprise to find myself so enthralled with this book. I loved his sad history and the story behind his dragon tattoo. I love the idea of past lives and loves searching for each other over centuries. It was fun to see the angels back into play, and Sparks never fails to shock me by pulling out new supernatural beings for the story lines. This time we meet a fox shifter with nine tails, or a kitsune as I know them. I hope we get to see more of her in future stories. As I've finally reached the end of the published volumes of this series, I have to say I'm sad to have to wait until next year to read the next. ”Myndi T wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a really good book. It had some good life advice. Romance sure but there is some great passages. On page 194 a former angel talks about ridding the world of "demons ". There are 5 types of angels: Messengers, Guardian, Healers, Warriors, and Delivers. "... the Heavenly Father has decreed that all his children must have free will. " "If a mortal decides to follow a demon, they(angels) can not interfere. The mortal has the right to his decision. " "As long as mortals choose to do evil, then evil will triumph and Lucifer will laugh when people blame it on the Heavenly Father. But even with all the suffering in the world, the Heavenly Father will not take away your free will. He wants you to choose good or evil. He will not force you to choose good".
“I enjoyed this paranormal romance. I liked how the relationship developed with such a nice hero and heroine. The story was good with an exciting finish and an interesting philosophical spin at the end. Mortal genius doctor Leah is recruited by Dougal's vampire group for her genetic knowledge to fight evil vampires.
High 3 stars
Overall, I’d have to say that I enjoyed THE VAMPIRE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. For this to be the 14th book in the series, I think it’s still going strong. At times keeping all the characters straight can get challenging, but that’s to be expected.
Dougal Kincaid has been searching for his ‘one’ true love for over three-hundred years since losing her after she helped him escape his enslavement. The torment he’s suffered has only doubled since the accident that took his hand. Now with a prosthetic hand, he’s dealing with his friend’s inquiry and trying to get back on active duty again.
Things chance when he spots Dr. Leah Chin on security camera. Leah’s brought in to work on a genetic serum that will change the mutated human warriors fighting for Master Han and Darafer back to normal. She takes the vampire news so bad they have to wipe her mind and try again.
Dougal feels through his dragon tattoo on his chest that Leah is ‘his.’ I liked how Dougal didn’t strictly go off getting to know Leah based on what he knew of her from her past life. He fought for her for the present and treated her like he just met.
However, by not telling Leah about their past, it makes her harder to win over. As a scientist, she’s very hard to convince life with a vampire is possible despite all the evidence of happy couples around her. She fights her attraction very hard while working on the serum.
Once Dougal breaks the barrier they don’t get too much of a reprieve before their efforts take them to China, the place of Dougal’s past.
Darafer’s attack and capture of Leah sends Dougal into a feeling of déjà vu from the last time he lost Leah. Their break comes with the Warriors of the Lord when Leah’s free will is violated by Darafer’s bite of evil.
Evil has a price and Leah’s cost her more than she can handle. Not being able to stand seeing her guilt, grief and self-hate over killing the Tiger Lord, Dougal erases all but her memories of working in the lab, including him.
We all make choices and Leah get the choice to remember the good and bad. In doing so, she also learns to forgive herself.
Finding Dougal, she berates him for erasing her memory and promises her love forever all at the same time.
There really wasn’t any backstory for the previous characters which of course kept the main focus on Dougal and Leah. This is a good mix of romance and a war against evil.
“guess I got to go back and start with Book 1.”Steph wrote this review Saturday, September 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a great continuation of the story as well as a great independant read. Love the character developement and the relationship growth in this one.”KLConole wrote this review Tuesday, September 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo is #14 in the Love at Stake series which just happens to be one of my favorite Paranormal Romance series. So while I know you don’t have to love every book in a series I am a bit sad to say that this book was not my favorite one. It was a decent story with an interesting plot and plenty of humor. There were just a few moments that seemed to drag and that made the pace go a bit slower than normal. I usually finish one of these books in about a day but this one took a little longer to get through.
Now there is one plot point that sticks out in my mind which did bother me a bit. That is the part where Leah is the reincarnated past love of Dougal. I am not a fan of story lines where one character is waiting for their true love to be reincarnated so that they can be with them again. For me that did put a little damper on the romance between these two characters.
So while I may not reread this particular book I will most definitely read the next books in this series. I actually can’t wait for it to come out next year!
“The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo was a fabulous addition to the Love at Stake Series.
Dougal Kincaid has just been reassigned to Romatech as head of security. It seems after a few years of recouping from the loss of his hand in battle he is ready to turn in his responsibilities as Jean Luc’s family’s personal body guard and return to full service.
Just when he thinks everything might be taking a turn for the better, Dr. Leah Chin is brought into the vampire world. Dougal believes Leah is his reincarnated lover...a lover he lost 300 years ago. Now his well practiced stoicism is going to be tested as he faces the doctor’s reluctance to believe in the vampire world.
Darafar and Master Han are plotting evil deeds and Leah’s research might just solve Romatech’s problem...this creates a big bull’s-eye on Leah’s head. Can Dougal learn to love again or will he loose the love of his life once again?
Kerrelyn Sparks has a fascinating way of pulling funny and serious together to blend into a wonderfully crafted story. For a heart racing, action packed love story with a hot alpha with fangs in a kilt check out The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo.
I received this ARC copy of The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo from HarperCollins - Avon in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication August 27, 2013.
Written by: Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: Love at Stake
Sequence in Series: 14
Paperback: 384 pages
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Age Recommendation: Adult”