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Monday, September 26, 2011

Sexiest Vampire Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks

Sexiest Vampire Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks
Publisher: Avon / HarperCollins
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (384 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Poppy

The secret is out . . . Vampires do exist!

When a video reveals to the world that vampires live among us, it’s up to “young” vamp Gregori Holstein, VP of Marketing, to persuade the U.S. government to declare the video a hoax. But first the president wants a favor, one that requires Gregori to spend forty-eight hours in very close contact with the First Daughter.

Abby Tucker would rather spend her nights in a lab than attend her father’s state dinners. She’s dedicated her life to finding a cure that will save her dying mother and needs only two more ingredients. To find them, she’ll have to venture into the most dangerous region of the world—with a vampire. Her Armani-clad escort may be Undead, but he still makes her heart race. And the greatest danger won’t be the predatory hordes lying in wait for them; it will be her undying desire for the Sexiest Vampire Alive.

After being teased for being young, Gregori’s youth and inexperience in being a vampire is coming in handy ... it seems the president of the United States has called for a meeting, one desired by the vampires as well. They want his help to quash the video released in the book prior that proves the existence of vampires. But the vamps need to send someone who can honestly say he’s never bitten a mortal for blood.

Gregori is such a fun character, and I was thrilled to see him finally get his own story. He’s always been so carefree, good-natured and adorable. We see another side of him in Sexiest Vampire Alive, and it’s interesting. He’s not just a sexy playboy. Nope. He has ambition, intelligence and can be very serious when it’s required.

Don’t get me wrong – he still plays his share of practical jokes (especially on Sean Whelan), and VANNA is still hanging around for fun, but when it counts, he settles down and does what needs doing.

I love that they found the perfect foil for Gregori’s heroine, Abigail. To be honest, I would have expected him to fall for someone like her sister: sexy, flighty, a little silly – sort of a Paris Hilton type. But his heart was nabbed by the more serious Abigail. She was so focused and scholarly, that when she did crack a joke, it was twice as fun (I loved “Gori”).

Truthfully, there really wasn’t much of a conflict in the story. A few things create tiny speed bumps: the fact that she’s the president’s daughter and he’s a vampire, issues regarding mind control ... but nothing really big until right at the end, and even that is rather easily overcome (though we do get reminded about the new “big bad”).

Regardless, I never even thought about putting this book down. The interaction between Abigail and Gregori was priceless, and I fell madly in love with Madison, too. Ms. Sparks strength is in her characters -- they are what keep us reading no matter what, and once again her book is populated with characters I cared about and wanted to follow.

Sexiest Vampire Alive is a book for someone who wants to enjoy the romance of two people falling in love without a lot of angst and high drama ...if they're in the mood for hot fun, then Ms. Sparks delivers.