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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Love to Stake Another Day: Love Bites Book 2 by J. Morgan

Love to Stake Another Day: Love Bites Book 2 by J. Morgan
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (136 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

Lyssette Ravell finds herself smack dab in the middle of a mess her brother started. When a new threat surfaces to threaten the Vampire/Human alliance recently set in place, she finds herself teamed with Kristain Marshall, who just so happens to be her almost brother-in-law.

Sent to rescue her brother Eli from the clutches of Rudolpho's daughter Valerious, Lyssette finds more than she bargained for. There's a traitor on the Vampire Council. Now, Lyssette must save her brother, root out this traitor and at the same time avoid at all cost falling in love with Kristain, the one man who could make her forget all the vows she's ever taken as an agent of the VCI.

This second book in the Love Bites series is as funny, intriguing and captivating as the first book.

Love to Stake Another Day continues where the first book left off, but soon takes a swift turn onto its own path. The story is told by Lisette, a vampire and agent of the VCI. She and Kristain, a human Slayer, are thrown together when the human / vampire alliance sends them to rescue Lisette's younger brother, Eli. Valerious, a vampire traitor who is definitely on the wrong side of sanity, has kidnapped Eli. Lisette and Kristain fly to Egypt but Valerious always seems to be one step ahead of them.

Their journey takes them to an ancient underground temple where they unexpectedly meet priests who are so old they have become dangerously childlike. Miles of endless desert must be crossed before they can confront Valerious in her own lair. Unfortunately the main aim of Valerious is to kill Kristain. Lisette realizes she has fallen in love with the human and does everything she can to protect him.

The emotions and interaction between Kristain and Lisette are easy to follow. Both of them use humor to its full advantage, sometimes to cover emotions—at other times as a twist on words. Of course introducing a human to ancient vampires causes a lot of hilarity too, especially when they think he is a blood tribute. Reading the story from the vampire point of view gave more insight into their history and their interaction with humans during their long lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Despite being the second book of the Love Bites series, Love to Stake Another Day is a story in itself and does not rely on the reader having read the first book. However I would warn that if you read this book, you will enjoy it so much the first book of the series will be next on your wish list.

J. Morgan has not convinced me to become a fan of other books of the paranormal genre, but I would definitely like to read more of the Love Bites series.