Love at Stake #7
by: Kerrelyn Sparks
$7.99 mass market paperback
Released: May 2009
A former harem member, Vanda is now the owner of a male vampire strip club, and she couldn't be happier. She prefers skintight clothes and purple hair, and who cares what others think. Too bad others don't agree with her. After several assault complaints are filed against her, Vanda is forced to take anger management classes. Normally, it wouldn't be a problem, except he's offered to be her sponser. Phil, the smokin' hot mortal bodyguard to the vampires. She's secretly lusted after Phil for years, and taken every opportunity to flirt with him. What she doesn't realize is he's attracted to her, as well...
Phil spent years being tortured by Vanda, one of the vampires he guarded during the day. Her innocent flirting drove him wild, but because he was her guard, he was never allowed to make a move on her. Now that she's on her own, he's decided to throw caution to the wind and pursue her. He figures since he's a shifter, he's learned to tame the beast within, and is in a perfect position to help Vanda with her anger issues.
But Vanda's anger may have to wait. The Malcontents are staging a showdown, and someone from Vanda's past will come back to haunt her and make her question her feelings for Phil.
Vanda has a lot of issues. She had a traumatic past, which has shaped her into the paranoid prickly vampire she is today. Only Phil sees beyond the barbed wire exterior to the loyal, loving woman she is on the inside. But when Phil learns of her past, he fears his own past might cause her to reject him. It'll take all his tricks to convince her that love's something to fight for. A few new characters are introduced in this book, and a couple traumatic events affect characters we already know. It kept me turning pages until the very end.
Carla gives this book a