All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

Love at Stake, Book 5

Avon Books

Paranormal

ISBN: 978-0061118463

Reviewed by Cassie

   

 

After 500 years spent trapped in a body that looked fifteen, Ian MacPhie is ecstatic to finally look older.  Due to the side effects of a drug that keeps vampires awake during the day, he is finally ready to find his true love.  He soon discovers the dating scene is perilous.  Things get even more complicated when he meets the new day bodyguard…

Toni Davis doesn’t really want to work as a bodyguard for the Vamps.  She doesn’t trust vampires after she and her friend were attacked by vicious Malcontents.  Toni needs the job, however, if she wants to prove vampires exist and spring her best friend from a mental hospital (where she was placed after claiming she was attacked by vampires).  Toni plans to work for the Vamps only long enough to get the evidence she needs, but then she meets Ian.  He’s not what she expects, or thinks she wants, yet she finds herself attracted to him. 

All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire is another entertaining installment of Kerrelyn Sparks’ Love at Stake series.  I was really glad to see Ian get a story.  Having read about his struggles as a man trapped in a child’s body in previous books, I already liked and sympathized with him.  In All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire, he shows himself to be a worthy hero: brave, strong, kind, secretly vulnerable, and attractive.  His experiences trying to find his true love were really funny.  Toni makes a good heroine for Ian.  She’s courageous, tough, incredibly loyal to her friends, and also vulnerable due to childhood experiences.  Watching her go from mistrusting vampires to caring for Ian was sweet.  The Vamp gang’s all here as well, with characters from previous books turning up quite often.  The parallel storylines of Ian’s transformation, Toni’s attempt to save her friend, and the ongoing war with the Malcontents kept the action coming and me turning pages.  Fans of Kerrelyn Sparks will be sure to enjoy All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire, just as I did.  Newbies to the series might want to pick up the previous books before tackling this one.  While it could probably stand alone, the other books are a lot of fun and provide some much-needed backstory. 

     

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