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The Undead Next Door: Love at Stake, Book 4 | [Kerrelyn Sparks]

The Undead Next Door: Love at Stake, Book 4

Heather Westfield has always lived a quiet life, but that all changes when she helps a very handsome, very mysterious stranger. There's something not quite right about Jean-Luc, but still, she's never been with a man so charming, so attractive... so wonderful. Now if only a murderous villain wasn't after them, they might get their happily-ever-after.
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Publisher's Summary

Three signs that something is very different with your new man:

1. He sleeps all day... which would be annoying, except he's so attentive at night.

2. He's attacked by sword-wielding assailants, yet insists he can handle it on his own.

3. He never seems to age.

Heather Westfield has always lived a quiet life, but that all changes when she helps a very handsome, very mysterious stranger. There's something not quite right about Jean-Luc, but still, she's never been with a man so charming, so attractive... so wonderful. Now if only a murderous villain wasn't after them, they might get their happily-ever-after.

Bite into another Love at Stake novel.

©2008 Kerrelyn Sparks (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Tammy Arnold, MD, United States 01-28-12
    Tammy Arnold, MD, United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible narration - couldn't finish"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure who would enjoy it. The narrator did such a terrible job with the accents that I could only listen to about 10 minutes of it before I turned it off.


    What was most disappointing about Kerrelyn Sparks’s story?

    My review is based solely on the audio version of this book. I don't know if the story is disappointing or not. I could not get past the first chapter. In that time the story seemed interesting. I have read other books in this series by Kerrelyn Sparks and really liked them. I have not listened to those audio books however.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The accents, especially the French, were cartoonish and over played. It is difficult to connect with the romantic hero of a book when he sounds like Pepe Le Pew. The book would be better with a narrator who could do subtle accents.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Undead Next Door?

    I cannot judge the story in this book because I was unable to listen to much of it.


    Any additional comments?

    This audio book was a waste of my joining credit. Don't waste your money or credits on this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Watsonia. Australia 04-18-12
    Lynne Watsonia. Australia 04-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointed listener"
    What did you like best about The Undead Next Door? What did you like least?

    After loving book 3 and the narrator with the Scottish accents especially angus and Emma, then this one just ruins the whole feel of the characters feels like you are listening to a whole different series. Enjoyed book 1 & 2 also including the narrators, but it won't stop me from listening to the rest of the series I am hooked


    Would you be willing to try another one of Deanna Hurst’s performances?

    Not if she is doing Scottish accents


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    The narrator from book 3


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CHRISTINA Minatare, NE, United States 07-30-11
    CHRISTINA Minatare, NE, United States 07-30-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent!"

    I really enjoyed this book and got into the story very easily. This narrator does such a superb job of reading the different accents and she gives Bethany (the little girl) just the right touch. Very enjoyable listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 01-12-13
    Aimee SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Most irritating narrator ever"
    What would have made The Undead Next Door better?

    A decent narrator.


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

    Predictable. The book really left no lingering emotion when it was over. It was just over - nothing to think about or evaluate.


    What didn’t you like about Deanna Hurst’s performance?

    The narrator's accent imitations were so annoying I couldn't concentrate on the story. She was also a very slow reader and I just kept thinking - get on with it already!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    This book definitely wasn't my favorite in the series. In retrospect, I would have skipped it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    barbara tulsa, OK, United States 12-27-12
    barbara tulsa, OK, United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I love the undead"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Undead Next Door to be better than the print version?

    They r both great I read the print version frist, the audio let's me enjoy it the secound time around


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sparks allowes her people to b real, not even the heros make misstakes,or is that stakes


    What about Deanna Hurst’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is suthoing


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

    Even the undead can love (n not get fangy)


    Any additional comments?

    Sparks is a hell of a story teller

    0 of 0 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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    "Wonderful!!!"
    Where does The Undead Next Door rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Worth buying... enjoyed the listen. I own the book and now audio. Love it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Humor and romance


    Have you listened to any of Deanna Hurst’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    I like Deanna's voice.

    0 of 0 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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    "Formulaic, but good."

    I'm beginning to see an emerging pattern in Sparks' love scenes, which makes listening to the series one right after the other pretty monotonous, because the romance is a big yawn at times. I liked the main character, she's pretty feisty, and the babysitter is a total hoot, and the hero is, again, handsome and rich...but that's what makes romance novels--paranormal or not--fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Louis Henderson, MD, United States 07-13-12
    Louis Henderson, MD, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2011

    Avid reader. Listen to audio books on long drive back and forth to work.

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    "I really enjoy this series!"
    What did you love best about The Undead Next Door?

    I love the characters and how they play off each other. How they bring out a rich and exciting story, keeping your interest and wanting to know more about them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Love At Stake series is great. The characters, the emotions they show, the fascinating story all pull you into their lives and make you care and want to know more about them. Plus you get to hear more about the others that continues to fill in their characters, making them more real and intersting.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Deanna Hurst’s performances?

    Yes as I enjoyed the way each characters was just enough different that I had no problem keeping them separated and knowing who was speaking at any given time. The characters voices were each separate and distinct.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to getting the rest of this series in audible format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Noirbear Rochester, NH, United States 07-03-12
    Noirbear Rochester, NH, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A story performed well"
    Where does The Undead Next Door rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    That depends on the rating system and the types of books. You can't rank them in the same league as the BDB JR Ward series, L Adrian's Breed series or even Larissa Ione's demonic series. While I absolutely love those books, this is a little lighter. With an interesting yet predicable storyline. I find this series entertaining and relaxing. Not quite as humorous as Lynsay Sands A-Vampire series but a close second.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the way Deanna read the store. I almost didn't pick this as listen because everyone seemed to trash the performance. But I felt the performance fit the story. Of course the French accents were over the top but this is not like we should expect the Les Miserable performance.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think when the ex was scrabbling around thinking he was a cock roach


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

    Paris to Texas and back again


    Any additional comments?

    If you want an enjoyable listen go for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol League City, TX, United States 05-23-12
    Carol League City, TX, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Enjoyable read"
    What did you love best about The Undead Next Door?

    Funny, some good lines by hilarious Hispanic babysitter!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Accents of various voices poorly performed including the Texas one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    J Luc's moments with Bethany.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the best lines by the babysitter had me laughing out loud. Heroine not very sympathetic and pretty much an idiot at times. The phrase "at war with fear" could have been used less. But worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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