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Book #15 in Love at Stake series.
I own a copy of this book on my Nook
Vampire Zoltan Czakvar is on the hunt for the truth about his father’s death. He’s been searching for a very long time—since 1241, in fact. And he is not about to give up, even when he’s attacked by a woman with striking blue eyes and a hell of a right hook!
Neona is also on the hunt. She’s looking for a mate, and she thinks muscled Zoltan will work just fine. After all, men are good for only one thing. Soon, though, she realizes there’s more to this handsome vampire than just sexual prowess. But she’s keeping a secret from Zoltan, something so big that it will rock the vampire world.
Can their newfound love survive . . . even if their passion means the destruction of her world?
Was looking up how I rated other books in this series and added the next book to my to-read list when I noticed in the synopsis that #16 will be the conclusion to this series. Huh… Where the hell did this come from?! Not sure how I feel about it. This is such a fun series, sure I don’t always give it four or five-star ratings….like this one….but I love this world. It is one of the few light-hearted series I collect. On the other hand, I’ve recently not cared for how Ms. Lynsay Sand’s long running series has been going (these two author’s writing style is very similar), so perhaps it is better to end on a high note and just reread the titles I love. Still I’m a little bummed…
Meanwhile as I learn to accept change here is my review of book #15. I liked this addition to a much-loved series, didn’t love it, didn’t devour it in a single marathon read, but thoroughly enjoyed this trip into the Love at Stake world. This series is what many would call chick lit or fluff. Which is perfect for a summer vacation read, too bad I didn’t have a beach handy. The titles in this series tend to be inst-love, which I know annoys many of you, but for me in a paranormal book it’s not such a big deal. This is Zoltan’s story, he has been in the series for a while now and I’m glad the author finally gave him a H.E.A.
He was paired up with Noena, who I must confess I had to learn to like. She comes from a group of long-lived females who have a secret to protect. They are run by Noena’s mother, the Queen Nima, who has a huge chip on her shoulder when it comes to men and has passed that on to all the women under her rule. All the man bashing in the beginning of the book did get on my nerves a little bit. Most of the women came around, but that stubborn queen held onto her grudge till the bitter end. I can’t put my finger on it, but the first half of the book the new characters, including Noena, just felt off. I’m glad that by the end they improved, or grew, cause otherwise I might have had to give this one a lower rating. One character I did love was the snow leopard, Zhan, Ms. Sparks did an excellent job of using him as comic relief in much of the story.
There were a lot of familiar characters that showed up in this book, and being the series is ending soon it was really nice to see them one last time. The mystery surrounding Zoltan’s parents was interesting and well-played, woven nicely to the background of the female warriors. I would have liked to seen a little more of what life was like for Zoltan at home, the parts we get with him interacting with his community were a hoot, would have been nice to have more of them. One small error I noticed in the beginning of the book, she writes that Zoltan owns property in Sofia, Romania. Being that my husband grew up in Bulgaria, I can tell you that Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and near the Romanian border, but not a part of that country. Not a big deal, but I hardly ever catch errors and had to share this one time I caught one…
Like all the others in this series, this title can be read alone, but is so much more enjoyable when read with the others. This series has come a long way from the beginning, changed quite a bit. I both look forward to and am a little melancholy about the next book, Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire, that comes out December 31, 2014. I hope it goes out with a bang.