Amanda’s Take on Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks

Posted February 22, 2014 by Amanda in Book Review | | 2 Comments

Amanda’s Take on Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn SparksVampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: Love at Stake #10
Published by HarperCollins on 03-29-2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Purchased
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Nothing on earth can make this vampire fall in love . . .

After 499 years of existence, Connor Buchanan has arrived at an inescapable conclusion: he is a cold-hearted SOB. He's been watching his friends, those poor romantic fools,plummet off the cliff into love like a dazed herd of sheep. But not Connor. He knows that love leads to nothing but heartache.

Until Marielle . . .

She is an angel cast down from heaven for disobedience. Trapped in mortal form, she finds a protector in Connor, a Scottish vampire haunted by a dark past. Marielle hopes to heal his broken heart and earn her way back home, but suddenly she has these . . . feelings. This strange yet pleasant physical yearning for a vampire! Is this the work of a demon luring her into hell, or has this angel found heavenly bliss?

The setup

Scottish vampire, Connor Buchana, is not interested in love. he doesn’t understand how his friends could possibly let such a sappy emotion take over their lives. He understands that it might be a callus attitude, but…whatever. He is hard, gruff, and is sexy as hell – I love the idea of a hot vampire wearing a kilt. (sigh)

Marielle, an angel stripped of her wings. She is sweet and innocent. Her goal? To get back into Heave.

The two meet in the forest. Connor was out hunting “the bad guys” and over hears a struggle. He finds a Marielle severely injured. Que their instant attraction – he is a savior and she is the beautiful damsel in distress.

The issues

I LOVED Connor – like I said, sexy vampire in a kilt – He was a true alpha male, rough around the edges but a softy at heart.

As for Marielle, I loved the idea behind her character and her personality was sweet but too sweet. She seemed too nice, as in unrealistically nice…if that makes sense. I understand, she was an angel and perhaps her gentle demeanor would have been more believable if she had more depth. I just didn’t connect with her.

What worked for me

I did like the characters together, they were a great match. Her sweetness countered his hardness.

What was a challenge for me

Vampire Mine was the first book within the series I read. Even though it gave some back story of previous characters, there were times it was difficult understanding what was going on. I’ll need to go back and read the other Love at Stake books.

The bottom line

I really enjoyed the book and the world building. It was different than anything I’ve read before and I will definitely check out the other books within this series.


About Kerrelyn Sparks

Kerrelyn Sparks’ first paranormal romance, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire, zoomed out of the bat cave so fast it became Borders bestselling debut romance of 2005. Each book in the Love at Stake series has become a USAToday bestseller. When the fourth book, The Undead Next Door, landed on the New York Times bestseller list, even the Undead sat up and took notice, which made Kerrelyn a bit nervous. She lives in the Greater Houston area with her husband, children, and a house full of garlic. So far, there are no vampires in her family. Werewolves are another matter entirely.

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Amanda J. Greene is a paranormal romance author. When she is not writing, she can be found playing the role of a university student who also works full time at a cosmetology school. She lives in Southern California with her very supportive husband and their two dogs, a sweet cocker spaniel and a rambunctious blackmouth cur mix. Doing all the above and being a military wife is not easy, but rewarding! Of course, she accomplishes everything with a strong cup of coffee in her hand.
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2 responses to “Amanda’s Take on Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks

  1. You most defiantly need to start this series from the beginning. I started with book one and have enjoyed each one after. It’s not a series to just pick up in the middle. The author explains a lot, but you get a better picture of the world and characters from the beginning. Nice review!