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How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire: Love at Stake, Book 1 | [Kerrelyn Sparks]

How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire: Love at Stake, Book 1

So what if he's a bit older and usually regards a human female as dinner, not a dinner date? Yes, Roman Draganesti is a vampire, but a vampire who lost one of his fangs sinking his teeth into something he shouldn't have. Now he has one night to find a dentist before his natural healing abilities close the wound, leaving him a lopsided eater for all eternity. Things aren't going well for Shanna Whelan either... After witnessing a gruesome murder by the Russian mafia, she's next on their hit list. And her career as a dentist appears to be on a downward spiral because she's afraid of blood.
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So what if he's a bit older and usually regards a human female as dinner, not a dinner date? Yes, Roman Draganesti is a vampire, but a vampire who lost one of his fangs sinking his teeth into something he shouldn't have. Now he has one night to find a dentist before his natural healing abilities close the wound, leaving him a lopsided eater for all eternity.

Things aren't going well for Shanna Whelan either... After witnessing a gruesome murder by the Russian mafia, she's next on their hit list. And her career as a dentist appears to be on a downward spiral because she's afraid of blood. When Roman rescues her from an assassination attempt, she wonders if she's found the one man who can keep her alive. Though the attraction between them is immediate and hot, can Shanna conquer her fear of blood to fix Roman's fang? And if she does, what will prevent Roman from using his fangs on her...

©2005 Kerrelyn Sparks (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Lulu KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 12-17-12
    Lulu KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2006
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    "If Profanity is Called for, Please Use It"

    There were parts of the book I really enjoyed. But there were three issues that bugged me.

    First, while I don't like books that have a bunch of unnecessary or unnaturally used profanity, when it makes sense and sounds natural, then use it. If I had to hear "God's Blood one more time I thought I would hurl my iPhone. Even a "Damn" would not have been amiss.

    Next, I kept reading reviews about the book being funny. I didn't see much humor in the plot or the characters. The one obvious humorous reference was the trip to the dentist. And that wasn't cracking me up. Molly Harper does humorous vampires much funnier.

    Finally, I didn't like the relationship between the heroine and her father. For some reason, that made me really uncomfortable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Calhoun, KY, United States 04-28-11
    Rebecca Calhoun, KY, United States 04-28-11 Member Since 2008

    I'm a PhD theatre student who loves not proofreading my reviews (sorry) because I have to do enough of that in school. :)

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    "God's Blood these vampires are elf-like"

    First impressions are everything and were I reading this instead of listening I still might be put off my a multitude of corny instances... but when you get a narrator who sounds like an elf (the Christmas kind) when they read guy voices, it's very off-putting. When vampires sound like they have had a puff or two of helium, it's hard to follow a book and take it seriously.

    Now add in the fact that a series of ridiculous instances starts off the book, including a very strong vampire breaking a tooth off in the plastic of a sex toy and a dentist that's afraid of blood, and this amateur attempt of storytelling comes of as a sad attempt of entertainment. I don't mean to be harsh, but with all the vampire novels flooding the market you really have to bring your A game as an author, and having vampires that suck blood rough their teeth like a straw, and then having their teeth be easily breakable, you'd think that they would have a dentist handy. But no, the only dentist is available is a hot young human woman with no connections who happens to be running from the mafia. And the mafia shows up on her dental doorstep right as the vampire does - gasp - and at the sight of blood, she faints! - insert sighing-fainty noise - Of course the vampire, who only two minutes earlier hoped for a guy dentist because he was so horny and could not hold himself back in the presence of a woman, not only falls instantly for this rare woman who can evade his vampy mind-tricks, but he now feels the need to rescue her by stuffing her in the getaway car and making her duck her head in his lap as they make their escape.

    Oh and he says "God's Blood" every other sentence.

    I really wanted to give this book 1 star but I guess another can go with it for effort since the author seems to have written more in this series. I just felt the need to warn others that this is definitely not worth a credit. Read about Sookie Stackhouse or Jane Jameson instead.

    25 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie tucson, AZ, United States 12-31-11
    Stephanie tucson, AZ, United States 12-31-11

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I REALLY LIKED THE LOVE AT STAKE SERIES"

    IM GOING TO HAVE TO SAY THE SAME THING FOR ALL THE LOVE AT STAKE BOOK IN THIS SERIES. ALL THE NARRATORS WERE REALLY GOOD. SOME BETTER THAN OTHERS BUT IT IS DEFINITLY WORTH BUYING OR USING YOUR CREDITS ON. JUST MAKE SURE YOU LISTEN THO THE BOOKS IN ORDER ACCORDING TO THE BOOK # OR THE RELEASE DATE. ONE OF THE BOOKS IS NOT PART OF THE SERIES BUT PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE. AFTER BOOK 9 YOU WANT TO LISTEN TO VAMPIRE MINE.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Davis Port Charlotte, Florida 03-04-14
    Tracy Davis Port Charlotte, Florida 03-04-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Bored and not romanced at all :("
    What would have made How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire better?

    A different narrator and getting the story going more quickly.


    What could Kerrelyn Sparks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More romantic scenes, getting the back stories started earlier, and moving the story along more quickly.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her nasal, whiney voice for the scienitst was grating like nails on a chalkboard.


    What character would you cut from How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire?

    It wasn't any of the characters, it was the poor plot line and slow moving story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    N'Teasha Baltimore, MD, United States 07-15-13
    N'Teasha Baltimore, MD, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Not the worth book."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Damn near everything. But if I to had to pick it would be the narrator and the plot.


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

    Haven't made it and am not sure I am going to.


    What didn’t you like about Suzanne Cypress’s performance?

    Her entire performance.


    Could you see How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure what else to say other then the author tried too hard. I just don't know if I hate it or not. I am honestly conflicted with my like or dislike for this book. I know I strongly dislike the narrator. But the plot is so very weak, but I am going to try to force myself to finish it. But I warn you it is not worth the credits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Damita Little Rock, AR, United States 05-24-13
    Damita Little Rock, AR, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not at all what I expected"

    The overall story was okay and it had its funny moments, but somewhere along the way the story lost or never picked up something. I'm not sure which, it left a lot to be desired. I truly expected more and kept waiting and waiting but it never came. Like I said overall it was an okay book. The story ends up being more about avenging old debts and enemies. It also has some of the most cheesy lines you have ever heard. If you ever watched old, old black and white Dracula movies then you know exactly what I mean, but the writer wants you to believe this is happening in modern times. Can't have it both ways.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Cleburne, TX, United States 12-13-12
    Brenda Cleburne, TX, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2008

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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    "This book has everything"

    From the moment you start listening you will be hooked. It has romance, humor, mystery and so much more. I listened to it in one day. I love being able to laugh and cry in the same book. Each characterd was well done. It's a fun read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Germany 11-08-12
    Amazon Customer Germany 11-08-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Hilarious book!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story is so funnily written I can almost see the different situation before me. Very witty and funny!


    What about Suzanne Cypress’s performance did you like?

    The reader is exceptionally good. She is so brilliantly getting the different accents and all very convincing und adding to the fun!!! I will surely look out for more audiobooks read by her.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I DID listen to it in one go. I just couldn't stop till I almost fell asleep becuase it was so late in the night!


    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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    "Vamp-onaire"
    If you could sum up How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire in three words, what would they be?

    Funny! Sizzling! Loving!


    What other book might you compare How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire to and why?

    I would compare Kerrelyn Sparks to Lynsay Sands


    What does Suzanne Cypress bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scottish accents...lol


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sex, vamps and money... oh my!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Pensacola, FL, United States 10-01-12
    Amazon Customer Pensacola, FL, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great lighthearted listen!"

    This is a delightful lighthearted listen. It is the first in the series and introduces Roman, the inventor of synthetic blood and leader of the good vamps. He is old, lonely and bored when he looses a fang to a recent invention. He has to use a mortal dentist--who just happens to be in the witness protection program. There are plenty of plot twist and turns to keep you listening and just enough humor to keep it very light.

    The narrator did a wonderful job. It was very easy to loose myself in the story and not hear the narrator, just the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Idea entertaining, funny parts"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would skip the many repetitions found throughout the book. I found the idea quite entertaining, but was somewhat bored at the end of the story of the many iterations of explanations, ideas, ...


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kerrelyn Sparks? Why or why not?

    I thought about listing the sequel, but - even though I liked the book and found it entertaining - I am afraid that it would mainly repeat parts of the first book.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The book contains some funny parts. I liked the part with the ride in the car at the beginning of the story


    Do you think How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No follow-up book required


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saranne
    South Croydon, United Kingdom
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    "So terrible it's funny"

    This is a fast paced romp, but the narration is so terrible as to be funny - comedy Scottish, Romanian, French and Russian accents abound. The accents are so all persasive and hilarious that it massively distracts from the story, which isn't that great anyway. Having said all that I have listened through to the end which is something but I won't be buying anything else from this series.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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