Review: Sexiest Vampire Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks

23 Sep

Sexiest Vampire Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks
HarperCollins (Sept. 27, 2011)
Mass market: $7.99; ebook: $7.99
ISBN: 9780061958052
Excerpt

Favorite Lines: “But you’re gay, right? I mean, you dress so well, and you were so nice and sensitive to…her.” (p. 12, egalley)

When a video reveals to the world that vampires live among us, it’s up to “young” vamp Gregori Holstein, VP of Marketing, to persuade the U.S. government to declare the video a hoax. But first the president wants a favor, one that requires Gregori to spend forty-eight hours in very close contact with the First Daughter.

Abby Tucker would rather spend her nights in a lab than attend her father’s state dinners. She’s dedicated her life to finding a cure that will save her dying mother and needs only two more ingredients. To find them, she’ll have to venture into the most dangerous region of the world — with a vampire. Her Armani-clad escort may be Undead, but he still makes her heart race. And the greatest danger won’t be the predatory hordes lying in wait for them; it will be her undying desire for the Sexiest Vampire Alive.

Sexiest Vampire Alive is book 11 in Kerrelyn Sparks’ Love at Stake series. Many of the characters from past books make appearances in the story. There is also follow-up from the last book, Vampire Mine. It’s not necessary to have read all of the previous books to understand Sexiest Vampire Alive, but knowledge of the world in which the vampire’s live is helpful.

Sparks is another hit or miss author for me. Sometimes I love her work and other times I’m disappointed with how the stories flesh out. I’m a little ambivalent about the story. There were moments that I cracked up laughing and others when I rolled my eyes at the cheesiness of the story. It’s one of those, “Don’t take me too seriously” type of books which can be read in a couple of hours.

Sexiest Vampire Alive is a paranormal romance which follows the president of the United States of America’s daughter and her romance with the spokesvamp for all the vampires in the world. Neither are really prepared for love, but the only one I really cared about was Gregori. He was hilarious. He’s constantly teased about being a “baby” vampire, but as the least aggressive and most modern vampire he’s nominated to be the vampire representative to humanity. He’s got a reputation of being a gigolo, but in reality he doesn’t sleep around. I liked him.

On the other hand, there’s Abby. I really wanted to like her, but she was kinda silly. I hated how she played the daddy card. Like do what I want or I’ll tell my dad and he won’t coverup the existence of vampires. She’s all about science, but is excited to learn about the paranormal. Sometimes she is all squishy for Gregori and other moments she’s standoffish. I wanted her to make Gregori happy. I didn’t care if she was happy.

Overall, Sexiest Vampire Alive is a light romp through the paranormal. It features a hero with a stress ball fetish, a heroine determined to save her mother’s life and great secondary characters who encourage the hero and heroine to see the obvious. Expect the best parts of the book to revolve around commercials and soap operas.



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