Thursday, July 28, 2011

Review: The Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks

The Undead Next Door
Love at Stake #4
by: Kerrelyn Sparks
$7.99 mass market paperback
Avon Books
Paranormal Romance
Released: February 2008

Jean-Luc is a famous fashion designer from Paris, but people are starting to question why he hasn't aged at all in the past thirty years.  To avoid anyone finding out he's a vampire, he's decided to go into hiding until people forget him and he can reemerge as his son.  He's decided to go into hiding in Texas, figuring nobody will recognize him, even if he does go out.  Too bad he's going to be pretty lonely, with only his guards and his clothing designs to keep him company.

Heather is thrilled to hear that the famous Jean-Luc Esharpe is coming to her town to put on a fashion show.  One dress of his costs more than what she makes in a year, but she still plans to go and have a look around.  She's always wanted to be a fashion designer for average-sized woman, so she does a couple sketches at the fashion show, only to be confronted by an angry (but hot) man.  Turns out it's Jean-Luc, and he thinks she's stealing his designs.  Once she explains, he offers her a job.  Before she can say yes, he's attacked by a man with a cane, and without thinking she comes to his rescue. 

Now she's on the bad guy's hit list, and Jean-Luc has sworn to keep her and her daughter safe.  But can he keep her safe from himself and his desire for love and a family, especially when there's a killer out to take away everything he holds dear--including Heather.

This story seemed a little more down to earth to me, in that all Jean-Luc really wants is a family to call his own.  Seeing Heather and her daughter, he begins to yearn for something he's never had.  Too bad there's an angry vampire determined to ruin his life by killing everyone he's ever loved.  Because of that, Jean-Luc really struggles with his personal desires vs. keeping the woman he's falling for safe.  Then there's Heather, who's getting over a controlling and fearful marriage, and trying to make a new start with her daughter.  There's certain things about Jean-Luc that don't add up to her, but she can't help the way she feels.  She has to decide which is more important to her--keeping her daughter safe, or taking a chance to finally be happy.

Out of the four I've read so far, I think this is my favorite, followed closely by Vamps and the City.  Let's see how the rest fare.

Carla gives this book a

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