Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review: Vamps and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks

Vamps and the City
Love at Stake #2
by: Kerrelyn Sparks
$7.99 mass market paperback
Avon Books
Paranormal Romance
Released: April 2006

Darcy used to be a news reporter, until the night she went after the wrong story.  Now she's stuck with a severe allergy to the sun and a need to drink blood.  To make matters worse, she's spent the past four years stuck in a harem to the North American coven master.  Thank goodness he let them go when he found his mate, but that leaves her with nowhere to go.  Figuring she might as well stick with what she knows, she applies for a job at the Digital Vampire Network, the only TV station for vamps.  She lands herself a job as the director of a new reality show called The Sexiest Man on Earth.  She's told to make it great, or else.  And what better way to make it great than to stick a few mortals among the vampire contestants?

Austin has trained for years to kill vampires.  A member of Stake Out, an elite vampire hunting unit that's part of the CIA, he's good at his job.  The team's been monitoring the DVN network, so when they hear about a casting call for human men, his boss sends him in undercover, hoping to infiltrate the vampires and learn all their secrets.  But Austin didn't anticipate his immediate attraction to Darcy.  Thinking she's a mortal, he tries to win her trust, hoping to not only get the info he needs, but also to save an innocent soul from the evil bloodthirsty vampires. 

When he finds out she's a vampire as well, he's not sure the feelings he's developed for her are enough to break through years of prejudice and hate.  And what about Darcy?  If she allows a mortal to win, she can kiss her job goodbye.  And when she finds out who Austin really is, she's not sure whether to run screaming into the night...or into his arms and his life.

The first time I read this series, I accidentally picked this one up first, and was instantly hooked.  The idea of a vampire reality show is genius.  In an age where reality shows rule the airwaves, is it so hard to imagine vampires wanting to get in on the action?  And what if the female judges had no clue which man was a mortal and which was a vamp?  Darcy's character is amazing.  She's gone through so much trauma in such a short amount of time, yet she manages to keep her head up and keep moving forward.  Yes, she's been scarred by the whole ordeal, but it's made her a better person because of it.  And seeing the sparks fly between Darcy and Austin was great, because you knew their relationship couldn't possibly work, yet there might still be a chance.

It's a great story, and now it's on to book 3 for me.

Carla gives this book a

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