Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Review: Be Still My Vampire Heart by Kerrelyn Sparks

Be Still My Vampire Heart
Love at Stake #3
by: Kerrelyn Sparks
$7.99 mass market paperback
Avon Books
Paranormal Romance
Released: April 2007

Emma is on a mission.  Ever since vampires killed her parents, she's made it her mission in life to eliminate as many bloosuckers as possible.  Joining up with the CIA's Stake Out team made sense, as did patrolling Central Park for the undead.  What she doesn't realize is her killing vampires is about to start a war between the good vampires and the Malcontents. 

Angus, the owner of McKay Security and Investigation, is brought in to New York to convince this mystery slayer to quit before a war starts.  He's shocked to discover it's a woman.  Not just any woman either, she's got a resistance to mind control and she works for the Stake Out team, the vampires' enemy.  Since wiping her memories is out of the question, he must resort to different measures to get her to quit killing vampires. 

Emma doesn't know what to think of the handsome kilted Scotsman, nor the attraction that flares to life between them.  But he's a vampire, so he therefore must be evil, right?  As Angus sets out to prove not all vampires are like the ones who killed her parents, Emma must decide if she can let go of her quest for justice long enough for a shot at true happiness.

Book 3 and the series is still going strong.  The characters have been well laid out, and the world is fascinating and dangerous.  In the midst of that, we have vampires and mortals who happen to cross paths and against all odds fall in love.  These are love stories at their heart, with a bit of action and intrigue thrown in to round out the stories.  Emma has to overcome quite a few obstacles in this book, and Angus has to reevaluate himself and what he wants most in life.  The only issue I had was Angus crying.  I just can't picture a vampire who's been around for hundreds of years and killed countless others as crying, especially in front of a woman.  That part just wasn't believable. 

Other than that, it was a great love story, and I'm anxiously throwing myself into the next one.

Carla gives this book a

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