Reviewer: Jillean Key
Title: All I Want for Christmas is A Vampire - 5th in the Love at Stake series
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: October 2008
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Present day northeast US
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Kerrelyn's Website: www.kerrelynsparks.com
Ian McPhie was a Highland Warrior. During battle he was gravely wounded and found by Roman Draganesti, head of Romatech Industries who turned him into a vampire to save his life. There was only one downside to being turned; he would look no older than a teenager for the rest of his life.
The story picks up in present day Texas. Ian has just taken a couple weeks vacation where he tried Romanís latest experiment, a drug that will make a vampire age. Every pill that is taken will age the vampire one year. Appropriately aged, Ian intends to return home to find a vampire bride to spend eternity with. On returning home he finds that nobody recognizes him, heís outgrown his coffin, and the new guard thatís supposed to be watching over him during the day is a woman.
Toni is on a mission. Her best friend is in the hospital claiming to have been attacked by vampires. Toni is out to get proof that they exist so that her friend can be released. She is attacked by a group of bad vampires (the Malcontents) in the park. Another vampire comes to her rescue and gives her a choice: she can have her mind erased or she can become a daytime guard for him and the other vampires. She accepts his offer of being a guard. Could this help her get the proof she needs?
This is an awesome book. Yet again I find myself getting in on the middle of a great series. These books are written, however, so that you donít have to read them in order. I love that Kerrelyn has divided the vampires into good and bad. So many books list them as one or the other and it doesnít seem fair. I love that the women in these books are good, strong characters but not domineering. I have started reading the other books in this series and I highly recommend getting them.
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