“I was able to get drawn into this book easier than the first. It's still not quite what I expected from this series but it was enjoyable. I like the idea of a vampire TV station and reality show. I also really liked the main couple in this volume. Yes it was cheesy at times, but sometimes...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Boring and dumb. Book 1 was way better. I won't be reading the rest of the series.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I was able to get drawn into this book easier than the first. It's still not quite what I expected from this series but it was enjoyable. I like the idea of a vampire TV station and reality show. I also really liked the main couple in this volume. Yes it was cheesy at times, but sometimes that's the kind of book you need to read. I also liked learning a bit more about Roman's harem and seeing them evolve.”Myndi T wrote this review Friday, October 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Boring and dumb. Book 1 was way better. I won't be reading the rest of the series.”Crittercrazy wrote this review Saturday, May 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Had a hard time getting into this book...I did like the ending...hope the next one is better..”Dianne wrote this review Friday, February 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What do I say about this book? It was defitnitely not what I was expecting yet I did enjoy reading it. It was interesting, corny, and funny.
This book had me laughing at all of the nonsense that it had. I really enjoyed the harem girls and I only wished that Sparks would have concentrated more on them and the reality show. I found it quite silly that these vampires think of themselves above mortals yet are so backwards in many ways.
The downside of this book was that the two main love interests have instant love. It was very irritating because Austin sees Darcy from far away and becomes obsess with wanting to know if she's mortal or vampire, meets her for five minutes, kisses hers, then they both claim that they are in love all within these few minutes. That's not love. That's lust. I wouldn't have mind if these characters did ended up falling in love, but towards the end. Everything happened too fast for me to take it as real.
Other than that, the rest of the book was good. I also really enjoyed the twist at the end. It suited Darcy's character very much. Overall, it was a decent read.”
“A great 2nd novel in the series. Had enough of the characters we grew to love (or hate) from book one and taking a minor character and pushed her to the front displaying her in a new light.”L. Link wrote this review Tuesday, July 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the second book in the Love at Stake series, and although I enjoyed aspects of it, in comparison to the first book, it was missing a little something.
If I'm honest, I was already slightly put off by the premise of the reality game show concept. But having thought similar things about the broken fang in the first book, I gave it the benefit of the doubt. Unlike book one however, where the fang thing was just the "hook" to get your attention followed by a decent plot, this time the goofy plot took up the entire book. And that was all there was to it really- A girl vamp TV producer and an undercover boy vamp slayer. They can't be together but they want to be. There was no mystery, no bad guy, no action, nothing. When I think of all the explosions and stuff in the first story, I'm kind of baffled as to why this was all missing this time.
That's not to say I didn't enjoy any of it though. The game show scenario provided many amusing moments. I particularly enjoyed contestant Otto wis his big muscles, yah! You vant to touch Otto's big bulges too don't you! He was great, as were many of the others including the ex-harem ladies from the first book. They are the reason for the game show, having been kicked out now that Roman has his new wife Shanna, they needed to find a new master to take care of them- hence the reality show idea.
The romance was quite good as well, although, again, not as good as the first book. There was a bit of drama caused by their conflict of interests as you might expect, and this was well written.
Basically this one just about kept my interest but I'm hoping for a lot more action and suspense in the next one.”
“Darcy's story.”Iceangel9 wrote this review Friday, November 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Took me a while to get into the plot, but one the characters got more involved and past characters made an appearance, I grew to like this story as well. I'm just more a fan of a vampire male and a human female. Seems like the story balances better.
Darcy Newhart has never fit into the vampire world in the four years since her turning. Once a news anchor, Darcy submits an idea for a vampire show on DVN and gets the job as director.
The reality show involves finding the Sexiest Man Alive, but vampires won't be the only contestants. With Darcy brave move she selects mortal men to be mixed in with the vampire males.
Not aware that two are CIA agents from Shanna's fathers group Stake-Out. Austin Erickson and partner Garrett infiltrate the show and are to report any news on Shanna's whereabouts to Sean.
Initially thinking Darcy is a human, Austin tries to gain her trust. Only after pursuing her does he learn his true nature.
Now he must take what he's always been told and what he's learned himself and decide if all vampires are bad or just the Malcontents like Shanna and Roman tried to tell them in the Park.
Darcy told Austin about Roman's failed experiment to become human and also have children and it's always stuck in his brain. While watching the news segment following her disappearance he strikes gold.
Using her human DNA, Roman's experiment gives her the chance to become human again. Taking the chance, she wakes as a human once again.
Both offered jobs to hunt the head Malcontents, their future looks bright and sunny. ”
“I really loved this book. It had a nice flow of the story. And Austin and Darcy were good together.”Flavia-Adriana wrote this review Monday, September 5, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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?