Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wanted: Undead Or Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks

Wanted: Undead Or Alive
by Kerrelyn Sparks

Wanted: Undead Or Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks
Wanted: Undead Or Alive (Love at Stake #12)
by Kerrelyn Sparks

Release Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: Avon
Length: 384 pages


Genre: Paranormal Romance/Vampire, Shifter
4.0♥s Very Good/Recommended

Alive and Kickin'
Book Review by Lisa Annesley

Are you a fan of Phineas McKinney, a.k.a. Dr. Phang, a.k.a. the Love Doctor? He gets a new moniker in Wanted: Undead or Alive. He makes a commercial for Blardonnay, the chardonnay-blood fusion drink, and becomes The Blardonnay Guy (like The Old Spice Guy). He even says "Hello Ladies." Fans of Phineas, rejoice!

And now to our story. If you're not a fan of the Love doctor, you'll be happy to know that Phineas grows up in Wanted and drops the Love Doctor routine. He goes undercover to catch Corky Courrant, the self-proclaimed Queen of the Malcontents. When the plan goes awry and Corky escapes, teams from MacKay Security and Investigations are spread across the world looking for her. Phineas receives a clue that she's in Wyoming, and he needs a day guard to go with him to check it out. The person available is Brynley Jones (introduced in Vampire Mine).

Phineas is secretly in love with Brynley. There's a slight problem with that, however. Brynley is a werewolf who hates vampires. She does have a thing for The Blardonnay Guy, though. Brynley agrees to go to Wyoming, but only if she can stay hidden from her father. She'd run away from home when he tried to marry her off to an alpha she didn't want to marry.

Phineas and Brynley go to Wyoming together and find much more trouble than they were expecting … 
I have to admit that I dragged my feet before getting around to reading this book, because I wasn't a fan of the Love Doctor. I didn't see how Sparks could make a hero out of a running joke. I should have known better. Within the first few pages I knew that Phineas was hero material and that I was in good hands.

Likewise, I wasn't fond of Brynley in Vampire Mine. But in Wanted, Brynley is a likable, sympathetic character. As hero and heroine, Phineas and Brynley were funny together and well-matched.

As are all Love as Stake books, Wanted was a fun, light read. Sparks is very clever with a turn of phrase that can make you smile or even laugh out loud. 
 "…Those Scottish barbarians will never--" [Corky] gasped when the door crashed open and a horde of kilted barbarians rushed in at vampire speed. 
On second look only Angus, Robby, Ian, and Dougal were wearing kilts. The others wore pants, but would probably enjoy being called barbarians.
I won't spoil the ending of Wanted, but there's a great twist that you won't want to miss. I'm sure it will figure in future books.

In case you need to catch up, the rest of the Love at Stake books are listed below. The next book is Howard's story, Wild About You (Love at Stake #13). It will be released September 25, 2012.

Happy Reading!

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire, Kerrelyn Sparks
How to Marry a
Millionaire Vampire
Book 1
Vamps And The City, Kerrelyn Sparks
Vamps And The City
Book 2
Sugarplums And Scandal, Kerrelyn Sparks
Surgarplums And
Scandal, Story 2.5
A Very Vampy Christmas, Kerrelyn Sparks
A Very Vampy
Christmas, Story 2.5
Be Still My Vampire Heart, Kerrelyn Sparks
Be Still My Vampire
Heart, Book 3
The Undead Next Door, Kerrelyn Sparks
The Undead Next Door
Book 4
All I Want for Christmas Is a Vampire, Kerrelyn Sparks
All I Want For
Christmas Is A
Vampire, Book 5
Secret Life of a Vampire, Kerrelyn Sparks
Secret Life Of A
Vampire, Book 6
Forbidden Nights With A Vampire, Kerrelyn Sparks
Forbidden Nights
With a Vampire
Book 7
The Vampire And The Virgin, Kerrelyn Sparks
The Vampire And The
Virgin, Book 8
Eat Prey Love, Kerrelyn Sparks
Eat Prey Love
Book 9
Vampire Mine, Kerrelyn Sparks
Vampire Mine
Book 10
Sexiest Vampire Alive, Kerrelyn Sparks
Sexiest Vampire Alive
Book 11
Kerrelyn Sparks

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