Thursday, September 11, 2014

Kerrelyn Sparks - How to Seduce a Vampire

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?

Comment: This book is the most recent installment int he Love at Stake series by the author and it was released back in April but only last week did I read it. Too many books, not enough time, that is the question!
This book continues the adventures of the good vampires (and other beings) in the fight against bad vampires and, now, demons.

This is Zoltan's story, a recurrent character from many books ago. Zoltan is fighting the enemies that showed up in recent books. Then clues about his late mother give him the first hints about who she was and where did she came from make him travel to uncover that mystery. 
Neona is the woman he meets while he's looking for more clues and he feels connected to her. The more he knows about hr, the more he feels she is destined to him. And when he finds out her secret, her origins and the role she plays in the upcoming battle against one of their enemies, what everyone finds out is too unbelievable t be true.

This is another book full of advenure and the author's trademark funny moments and situations. Still, I have to say the latest books have a much more serious tone that wasn't there in the first books of the series. Maybe it's a natural evolution or simply the way the stories need to be told, but frankly I liked it because it adds a bit more drama to the series which I think is helping. Not that funnier books aren't bad, it's just that this darker tone gives more substance to the world, in my opinion.

What I'd change is the constant sex descriptions. I get it that it's part of the whole set up but more than the amount of sex scenes is how they are shown, which after a while can become repetitive. I don't mind that the characters have the time or the inclination to have sex but maybe with less description wouldn't be bad.

This story continues the fighting the Chinese enemy we've met some books ago. There is always something new to learn, to deal with and to wonder about in every new book. This one isn't an exception and there are findings that will give a turnabout to the whole vampire world...I am curious to see how far the author will go with these new elements and how much importance they might get in the overall idea.

The plot has enough elements, scenes and moments to keep the reading interesting and progressed. The main character's relationship isn't as brilliant but it does have its moments although the descriptive sex could be avoided a bit more and of course, the fastness of the love feelings showing up could also be played differently so it wouldn't feel as rushed. I think Neona's character is fresh enough to incite interest but not completely amazing to be a huge surprise, something I think these types of stories need.

All in all, i enjoyed the story and kept turning the page, which is something every reader adores and finds compelling. I'm curious already about the next book and what might be in it that will give me that elements of surprise again. As for this one, I think it filled all the needed spaces to be successful, but it sure needs something more (or less, depending on what) to be much better and even perfect.
Grade: 7/10

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