by Kerrelyn Sparks

April 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-166785-5
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Mass Market Paperback

When Officer Lara Boucher is called to quiet down an out-of-hand bachelor party she didnít expect to walk into a room splattered with blood. The Łber sexy Jack swears it isnít what it looks like. Things only get weirder as the night progresses. The claymores in the hotel room clue her in that the groom is Scottish. She proceeds to crash every Scottish wedding in the city until she finds the right one with Jack attending. Lara has every intention of finding out what Jack knows about the strange goings on and tells herself it has nothing to do with wanting to see him again.

Jack is intrigued with Lara. The woman is impervious to his power of control. For him, the son of Casanova, it is a dream come true. It has been over the course of hundreds of years that Jack has had to overcome his fatherís reputation. Jack tried to hide his parentage in order to escape the expectations that inevitably went together with the knowledge. With Lara, he knows her reactions to him are true and completely her own. There is another secret he keeps from her as well. Having known love and loss, Jack hides the fact that he is vampire. He has seen the revulsion on mortal womenís faces after they find out his true identity. At least with them, he was able to erase their memory. With Lara, he does not have that power. Therefore whatever memory she makes with him will be with her forever. Jack canít bear the thought of her living with fear and revulsion every time she thinks of him. He knows it is best to stay away from her. It will protect his vampire friends, his heart, and Lara. Fate, it would seem, had different ideas.

There is something different about Jack. Lara witnesses firsthand his ability to teleport and to control minds. What did that make him? A hero or a villain? She isnít sure, but when college girls start disappearing and it appears mind control plays a huge part, it is Jack Lara turns to first.

Secret Life of a Vampire is the next book in the Love at Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks. The authorís humor is polished in this installment of the series, but it is the growing relationship between Lara and Jack which truly shines. They have a chemistry that reaches through the pages of the book and involves the reader. You will inevitably cheer them on as Lara and Jack overcome the obstacles thrown their way.

Reviewed in March 2009 by Rho.

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