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All I Want for Christmas Is a Vampire: Love at Stake, Book 5 | [Kerrelyn Sparks]

All I Want for Christmas Is a Vampire: Love at Stake, Book 5

This Christmas isn't so merry for Toni. Her best friend's been locked up in a mental hospital ever since she told the police she was attacked by vampires, and the only way for Toni to get her out is to prove that bloodsuckers really do exist. So she's taken a job as a bodyguard for the Undead, but she gets more than she bargained for, especially when she meets Ian MacPhie, a Scottish rascal looking for Ms. Right.
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Publisher's Summary

Toni Davis's Christmas wish list:

1. Springing my best friend from the psych ward.
2. Living somewhere that doesn't have coffins in the basement. Occupied coffins.
3. Finding Mr. Right. Please make him tall, dark, handsome, and alive.

This Christmas isn't so merry for Toni. Her best friend's been locked up in a mental hospital ever since she told the police she was attacked by vampires, and the only way for Toni to get her out is to prove that bloodsuckers really do exist. So she's taken a job as a bodyguard for the Undead, but she gets more than she bargained for, especially when she meets Ian MacPhie, a Scottish rascal looking for Ms. Right. Although Ian's nearly five centuries old, he looks and acts like a 27-year-old hunk. How can a dead man be so damn sexy? Could Mr. Wrong be Mr. Right? One forbidden kiss could lead to an eternity of passion, and all it takes is one moment under the mistletoe....

Bite into another Love at Stake novel.

©2008 Kerrelyn Sparks (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Amy Reidsville, NC, United States 11-28-12
    Amy Reidsville, NC, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Always cute"
    What made the experience of listening to All I Want for Christmas Is a Vampire the most enjoyable?

    This was a cute and sweet book, one of her best so far. I loved Ian and his struggle for acceptance. Here is a man willing to induing and struggle to find his one true love. Plus I listened to it around Christmas and that made it all the sweeter.


    What other book might you compare All I Want for Christmas Is a Vampire to and why?

    This book had the humerus quality's of the first book in the series, the laugh out loud sort of book. Most enjoyable


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Noirbear Rochester, NH, United States 09-08-12
    Noirbear Rochester, NH, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Yes all there is a Santa"

    And his name is Ian. I loved this story and would agree by far it is the best in the series. It had everything. Bad guys on the chase. A strong female heroine and a sexy scottish hero in Ian. The interaction with all the other characters from the agency and interplay between couples just sizzles. You won't want to wait until Christmas to open this gift from K.Sparks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. Tucker 11-30-11
    S. Tucker 11-30-11 Member Since 2006

    JackintheBeanstalk

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    "Best narration of the series so far"

    This series just keeps getting better and better as our beautiful, sexy vampires find their true loves and the family grows. This installment contained some delightful laugh-out-loud passages: 314 messages from women (and a couple of men!) who think Ian is HAWT after his profile goes up on an internet dating site, so funny. And, Ian gets an unexpected side effect from the stay-awake medicine, yum.

    The writing gets better and better too, with just the perfect balance of madcap comedy, blooming romance, and violent peril. One of my favorite things about this series is the careful attention of the secondary characters. Even the children are endearing instead of annoying, a tricky feat to pull off. Dr. Fang? OHHH Yeah. This book introduces a new sidekick who is also completely charming...and the shapeshifters are finding a role too.

    To make this listening experience perfect was the narration by Coleen Marlo. Not only does she have a lovely voice, but she reads prose and dialect with flawless rhythm, and delivers credible accents to the Scots, the Italian, the Russians, the Texan, and more. I wish she had been hired to narrate the entire series, it could have vastly improved a couple of the earlier installments. Thank you and great luck Coleen, you were born to read audiobooks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    The Book Nympho United States 11-09-13
    The Book Nympho United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2011

    Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy

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    "Fun & Sexy PNR Listen"

    Rating: B
    Narration: B-

    All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire is a fun and sexy paranormal listen.

    The narrator, Coleen Marlo did a pretty good job with the narration but I found her accents for the male character slip from time to time. A Scottish brogue would change to something that sounded Russian then back to Scottish. And I didn’t care for her voice for Phineas I thought it was cheesy and a little racist or stereotyping of a black man, which changed my narration rating from a B to a B-. I think this book/series would be a great fit for Robert Petkoff, who narrates Kresely Cole’s IAD series. If he had narrated I could easily see my rating for the narration go to an A.

    All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire was a fun paranormal romance listen with just enough touches of the holiday season to put me in the mood for my very own Scottish Vampire for Christmas. The plot and characters are you typical PNR series format. Couple meets and there’s a push and pull with the romance to finally end in a HEA. Sparks weaves humor and just enough action/danger to the romance. This is the 1st series where I didn’t start with the 1st book in the series but like most PNR series I was fine. I was not lost in the plot since it was about one couple. I’m sure the other couples mentioned are in the earlier books of the series so I will go back and start from the beginning and I’m bet I’ll see Ian, the yummy Scot vamp before he grows a few inches (LOL).

    While I was not a huge fan of the narration of some of the characters, I enjoyed All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire and I will be listening to the earlier books in the series. Each book has a different narrator so it will be interesting to see which ones I like and which ones I don’t.

    Will I continue this series? Yes. I will continue this series by starting with the 1st book.

    Would I read this author again? Yes. Sparks does a great job of mixing sexy and humor.

    Similar Books/Series: Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. McNeil Colorado USA 11-07-12
    C. McNeil Colorado USA 11-07-12 Member Since 2012

    Words I live by: Charm is a glow within a woman that casts a most becoming light on others~Jason Mason Brown

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    "Oooh La La"
    What made the experience of listening to All I Want for Christmas Is a Vampire the most enjoyable?

    I love the Scottish accent and own all of Kerrelyn Sparks book and now buying them in audio form.


    What other book might you compare All I Want for Christmas Is a Vampire to and why?

    All of Kerrelyn Sparks series


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The romantic scenes and the ending.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Minnie SPRINGBORO, PA, United States 08-23-12
    Minnie SPRINGBORO, PA, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The best in the series to this point"

    Can I just say that I want THIS vampire for Christmas? I was so excited that this go around was the character Ian, who I was hoping would get his H.E.A. The online dating site stuff is really amusing, and I just really enjoyed the story. The narrator did a passable job, so I was happy about that. For sure, my favorite so far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Brawley, CA, United States 09-13-13
    Debra Brawley, CA, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "SO SWEET"

    All I want for Christmas is my Vampire, This is so sweet LOVE IT on to the next one

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    EnVee JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, United States 06-22-13
    EnVee JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, United States 06-22-13
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    "All I want for Christmas is my time back"

    O.k..first off,the story was o.k.,the narrator was awesome with changing character & doing several different voices(awesome)BUT not good at doing a male Scottish Brogue.It kind of ruined the listening experience because you envision the main male character to be sexy & instead he sounded like the character"leprechan"from the Lucky Charms commercials. Total bummer.The story too was a bit stupid over all & the female character couldn't decide if she was whoopen a$$ or a weakling.Might be better reading it than listening.Coleen is great though with ALL other voice characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC, United States 02-16-13
    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not my favorite."

    This seemed more like a space filler than a real stand alone story. The female lead was boring. She obtained a job under the wrong reasons. What was worst, to be in the middle of a big vampire war, no one checked her out. The simply relied on the information on her application. The vampires made stupid decisions that endangered all their lives. I don't feel this story was well thought out.

    The narrator was just not good. I have heard better accents in previous books. Some of the characters who should have accents did not. At one point the the Spanish shifter spoke with the highlander's accent. I was not sure that I heard it correctly so I rewound just to make sure. I hope she is not narrating any other books. I may have to go back to reading rather than listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Hamilton 01-28-13
    K. Hamilton 01-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "meh"
    Would you try another book from Kerrelyn Sparks and/or Coleen Marlo?

    The story itself was just so-so, but the reader was reasonable. I would be persueded to try another book by the reader before I would buy a book by the author. Author was too repetitive with the dialog - couldn't get past that.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable


    What three words best describe Coleen Marlo’s performance?

    Needs more energy


    Did All I Want for Christmas Is a Vampire inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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