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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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    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.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janet United States 12-14-11
    Janet United States 12-14-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Love the Audio Book Experience"

    The "Love at Stake" series is one of my favorites and I have read every book through the current, in come cases, mulitple times. I enjoyed the audio book version of "How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire", and while the narration was not totally perfect, it was very good. For the most part I enjoyed how Ms. Cypress was able to vary the character voices and her treatment of the various accents of the characters. I particurly like how she captured the characters of Gregori and Laszlo.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    KIA melbourne, Australia 07-14-11
    KIA melbourne, Australia 07-14-11
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    "Enjoyable and Funny"

    I enjoyed this and found at some places it was pretty funny. Also I think the narrator think a great job on teh accents and characters. Would buy another book from Sparks again..

    3 of 3 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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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 08-15-12
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 08-15-12

    The deal of the day is awesome! Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.

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    "Human comes in many forms"

    A romance with a little blood & gore and of course sarcasm, what could be better.

    This book by Kerrelyn Sparks was extremely enjoyable. The reader, Suzanne Cypress, did an outstanding job vocalizing both male & female characters.

    The title intrigued me into purchasing the book but it definitely was not the over told story of the female hussy looking for Mr. Right with money. It was the story of humans in various manifestations both good & evil with the blooming of love, faith and hope.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 08-13-12
    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "bought for the title, keeping for the story"

    Title sounded good, and the reviews too. Once I got into the story, it kept me going. Think I'll try book 2 of the series. Vampire owns a pharmacutical company that makes special flavored blood substitute products for vampires, and regular blood substitute products to save human lives. Intersting story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer MCKINNEY, TX, United States 08-09-12
    Jennifer MCKINNEY, TX, United States 08-09-12
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    "LOVED LOVED LOVED this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version so I can't compare


    What did you like best about this story?

    Had me laughing from the first chapter on---and the love scenes WOW just WOW


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

    I always think giving the characters a voice gives them more life. I didn't read the print version, but I think that in this case I will always chose the audio over print


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

    I found myself laughing on more than one occassion.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this book and have since put more titles from this author on my wish list.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SELMER, TN, United States 09-14-13
    Amazon Customer SELMER, TN, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "vampires oh my"

    great series of books love the highlanders Roman is great its a great start to a series of vampire books. i have already read the books and love the audio be getting the rest soon .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Brawley, CA, United States 09-12-13
    Debra Brawley, CA, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "HOT AND FUNNY ALL IN ONE"

    A new twist to a vampire book I LOVE IT a great start to a series really has some funny parts Well done Kerrelyn Sparks starting the second book YEAH

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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


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  • Saranne
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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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