How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks (Love at Stake #1)


263179Roman Draganesti is charming, handsome, rich…he’s also a vampire. But this vampire just 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 lop-sided eater for all eternity.

Things aren’t going well for Shanna Whelan, either. After witnessing a gruesome murder, she’s next on the mob’s 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?


I picked up this book on the recommendation of a friend who said it was better than the synopsis. Said synopsis: vampire loses a fang and rings up an all night dentist to have it fixed asap. When he arrives at the office the lady dentist is being shot at. He saves her, of course, and vows to protect her as the Russian vampire mafia closes in.

It was just as bad as it sounds.

The story had a chance to rise above the sum of its parts but the whole thing felt like a draft. The vampire mythology didn’t feel well thought out and the character list was longer and more convoluted than necessary. The ending was rushed and the heroine was promised everything she wanted – a big house, a big dog, a white picket fence, kids, the works. Oh yeah, our hero promised to do some DNA splicing so biological children could be possible because he’s awesome like that. ~eyeroll~

I like reading paranormal stories because of the unusual twists they put on an imagined world. When an author sets up restrictions then wishes them away (did I mention the hero also invented a daylight potion?) I feel cheated. Let vampires be vampires, and let contemporary romance be contemporary romance. Let’s not confuse the two.

3 thoughts on “How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks (Love at Stake #1)

  1. Well, is it a comic story? Because the synopsis made me laugh. It leaves me slightly aghast that a publisher bought this and paid someone with the idea that people would be ok to spend money on it.

    1. I was hoping for the same thing – so crazypants that it’s good! – but the story never got there for me. It is the beginning of a 13 volume series, though, so maybe it gets better as it goes along…?

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