|Be Still My Vampire Heart (Love at Stake, Book 3)
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If it was still beating. Angus MacKay has been undead for almost five hundred years and it's not often something, or someone, surprises him. Until Emma Wallace. The sight of this luscious agent from the CIA's elite Stake-Out team was enough to stop Angus in his tracks. But then he discovers that she's a vampire slayer, intent on killing the "monsters" who killed her parents. And it's Angus's job to stop her.
The only good vampire is a dead vampire. It's been Emma's motto since she committed her life to the destruction of these things. Now Angus MacKay wants to convince her differently.
Sure, he's a sexy Highland warrior who seems to have stepped off the cover of a romance novel, complete with brogue, kilt, and sword, but he's also one of them. And it's her job to kill him.
The war is on, but will it end in the destruction of one or both of them . . . or in total surrender to a passion for the ages?
- great read
This book is very well written. Story flows smoothly, wonderful characters and lots of action and romance. I highly recommend it....more info
- I love all of these books.
This book was great. But then I would say that about all of these books. They are sexy, funny, smart, mysterious, suspenseful. Everything you could want in a vampire romance novel. I can't wait for the next one to come out. ...more info
- be stil MY heart
Emma Wallace has a grudge against all vampires after psychically seeing her parents killed by them. She has made it her job to wipe out as many of them as she can. With her number at four dead vampires and counting, Emma knows it is only a matter of time before they become wise to her and who she is and try to get the drop on her. However, she has no intention of going down easy. Armed with stakes, she meets Angus Mackay, a vampire, in Central Park. The only thing she is sure of where Angus is concerned is that she is very attracted to him; but is he human or vampire?
Angus is an ancient Scottish vampire who is instantly besotted the first time he sees a picture of Emma, who has earned the name of the "slayer" among his kind. A good guy, unlike the Malcontents who murder humans, Angus ingests his meals from a bottle. He takes on the job of convincing Emma to leave him and his band of good vampires to the job of taking care of the Malcontents. Thinking he will easily convince Emma to stop killing vampires, he finds out soon enough that, mutual attraction aside, Emma has every intention of killing him once she discovers he is undead.
When Angus finally realizes that Emma is serious, he sets about trying to convince her not all vampires are evil. Eventually they come to an uneasy truce, and Angus becomes her partner. It soon becomes clear there are other players, and that someone from Angus' past has every intention of killing not just Emma but him as well. In the meantime, their attraction turns into something deeper, though Emma is convinced there is no way a relationship between them can work. While Angus tries to convince her otherwise, they are ambushed by their enemies and only time will tell if they survive being captured.
Be Still My Vampire Heart is a hilarious and highly emotionally charged, though very enjoyable, read. Ms. Sparks gives us a humorous look into the world of the undead, where good vampires drink synthetic blood, and the Scottish ones think nothing of checking to be sure they are completely intact after teleporting! However, just like in the human world, there are the good guys and the bad guys, and I found it very refreshing that Ms. Sparks added this dichotomy to her universe. The emotional tug-of-war that Emma feels when she realizes she is in love with a vampire, knowing her parents were killed by them, is at times heart wrenching but in a very satisfying way. Angus' old-fashioned view of the world and women in general is extremely funny and had me roaring with laughter at times. His admiration of Emma, her will to survive, and her dedication to her mission are heart warming. Ms. Sparks has outdone herself with her Love-At-Stake series and I for one cannot wait to read the rest of it!
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- Great Series!
I love this series! The books have great humor and romance. It is not chalk full of racy sex scenes but the actual romance is wonderful! I can't wait for the next book to be released!...more info
- Good One
I really like Sparks she is very imagative. She really draws you in and makes you care about the characters....more info
- Keeps getting better
I'll make this short and sweet. Ms. Sparks doesn't disappoint. It's still a very humorous series. I love that we still get to see the same characters from the 1st and 2nd book. We are even introduced to a few new characters. The hero (Angus) is a sexy strong Scottish vamp and the heroine (Emma) is also sexy and strong but very determined not to have anything to do with Angus because he is a vamp. A very great read. Can't wait for the next book. ...more info
- okay i get it he is scottish
So i loved How to marry a millionaire vampire and i was like eh with vamps in the city but i still haven't finished Be still my vampire heart. i can't bring my self to finish the other half. I only picked this book up was for the cameos of Roman and wife but what really irritated me with this book is that Sparks writes out the Hero's words the actual way a Scot might pronounce words. i mean okay sure its cute when its like an occasional word like "dinna" but the whole book is written like that. I mean seriously can't we leave a little to the reader's imagination? Of what i read it seems to be more of the same blade runners or whatever they are called in this series trying to stake the evil vamps and more blundering ignorance of the humans. yawn.I think this is another vampire series that i am going to have to give up on (which really sucks cuz i am now down to 2 series)....more info
- Awesome vamp love story
I usually read Nora Roberts, but I came across this book and thought I'd give it a try; despite the boring cover, which doesn't do anything for the book (I think). Anyway, I loved it to the end, and am now sad this part of the series is over. Now I have to backtrack and read the first two books in the series. However, reading this one first did not make me feel like I missed anything, as with some book series.
I guess you really can't judge a book by it's cover....more info
- With a weak and boring second book, BE STILL MY VAMPIRE HEART has redeemed the LOVE AT STAKE SERIES!!
After reading VAMPS IN THE CITY - and being very disappointed, as in my opinion the book was dreadful, it was with trepidation and somewhat reluctance that I picked up BE STILL MY VAMPIRE HEART. But based on the reviewers comments, I decided to give the series another chance.
I was very glad that I persevered as the story of Emma and Angus is brilliant!
Emma Wallace is part of a group of underground CIA agents, gifted with strong mental powers, which enable them to block a vampire's mental commands. An Englishwoman, on a quest to avenge her parents and as a member of the Stake-Out team, Emma has become a vigilante vampire slayer, planning to literally stake-out every blood sucking vamp in New York's Central Park.
Angus MacKay has been summoned to New York, as the Dragonesti's Coven has gotten word that a human is slaying vampires and the Russian Coven of Malcontents are blaming it on Roman Dragonesti's group. Angus has lived 500+ years (give or take a few) and provides Roman with his loyal group of security officers to guard Roman and his clan.
Emma is taken aback when she meets Angus MacKay. A roguish, amusing, sexy Scottish warrior, with great legs under his kilt, he doesn't have the feel of a typical Vamp, as he is too polite and gentlemanly (not to mention hot). But a good Vamp is a dead Vamp and Emma still forges ahead with her plan to kill Angus, no matter how charming or hot he is.
Eventually, Angus convinces Emma not to stake him through the heart and she finally realizes that there are indeed two factions to the Vampire world. Good vs. Evil.
But Katya Miniskaya, the leader of the Russian Coven, has other plans for Emma and Angus.
I loved BE STILL MY VAMPIRE HEART, as it was just as good as the first book, HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE VAMPIRE. You will fall in love with Angus who after 500 years of teleporting still checks under his kilt to ensure his manly parts are still intact!!!!!!! LOL!!!
There is plenty of kick butt action and wonderfully funny parts, as well as tender and sexy episodes between Emma and Angus. The war between the Malcontents and the good Vampires is on the verge of erupting and I am anxious to see how Kerrelyn Sparks handles the battle of Good vs. Evil! This is a not to be missed installment in the Love at Stake series, from a great humorous and sexy Vampire author....more info
- A Wonderful Read
I first found this book, in all of places, Wal-Mart. I read it in three days, it was that good. If you haven't read the first two books, STOP NOW & read them before going on to this one. The characters are great & well written & story keeps you quite entertained.
The only thing I will say about these books is it takes almost a year or so for the author to put out the next one, really annoying on that. The book after this one doesn't come out til Jan 08.
But these books are totally worth the time, if you're looking for a good Scottish Vampire read, lol. ...more info
- Great book!
This vampire series is great. This is my second favorite of the series, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire being first. Kerrelyn Sparks characters are funny, witty and with personalities we can relate to. Good series, would recommend starting with book 1 before reading this one....more info
- THIS BOOK IS A PAGE TURNER!!!!
First I would like to say I gave this story a 5 star rating because of the depth and the development of the Main Characters and the Depth of the Secondary Characters!! In Sparks 1st book I gave her a 3 star rating for the lack of character development and the ending. But Be Still My Vampire Heart was EXTREMELY WELL WRITTEN AND THOUGHT OUT!!! THE ENDING WAS GREAT A MUST READ!!!! BRAVO TO Kerrelyn Sparks ...more info
- Utterly fantastic
If you've seen all of the Harry Potter movies you might recall the scene where Harry's cousin has a hissy fit over recieving fewer birthday presents than the year before. Forgive me if this analogy is too far out there but I believe that 'Be Still My Vampire Heart' is like those 30-something presents the year before in that Ms. Sparks must exceed the exceptionally high standards for the series she set in this book. It's possible the first two books were even better but I never read them.
Angus McSomething is a compassionate vampire hero who finds himself falling in love with a vampire slayer who is intent on killing him. CIA operative by day and psychic slayer by night, Emma Wallace cannot fathom the idea that there are good vampires as well as bad. Every vampire she meets MUST be evil like those who killed her parents. So Angus makes it his mission to enlighten her and get her to retire before she not only gets herself killed but starts a war between good and bad vamps.
So what I loved about this book and I hope you will too include the following:
- Angus was awesome despite being a little bit self-depreciating. And imagine a man who sees the good in a fierce warrior woman despite her obvious ignorance and prejudice regarding his life er... lifestyle. He also turns out to be a thorough gentleman.
- That Emma could truly hold her own in a fight. Too often authors tell you that the heroine is independent and capable of defending herself without supporting that assertion
- Their relationship was definitely unlike either of the previous two's
- The secondary characters: young Ian, gangster McPhee, wise Roman, and Jean Luc
- Ms.Spark's logic did work. Humans can be good and bad so why can't vampires? The vampires don't just poof in and out of crowded areas in an arrogant manner. Even the way in which the nuissance CIA team tracks the vampires makes total sense. I don't know about you but I need a bit of real life in my fiction.
Of course I disliked some things too:
- I tired of the kilts... and the purse jokes. I respect a man who hangs on to tradition as much as the next woman but I suspect Angus hung on enough for two men.
- The heroine's thoughts were a tad repetitive but that couldn't really be helped.
- Besides mentioning Edinburg a few times and refering to her deceased mother as 'Mum', Emma did not seem to be Scottish. There may have been an accent (which is debatable) but her words were that of an average twenty-something American. She had knowledge of Scottish objects but didn't fight in a Scottish manner or use Scottish weapons.
- The future of the couple is open and slightly unclear
This book is definitely a BUY....more info
- Average vamp romance...
The third volume of the "Love At Stake" series by Kerrelyn Sparks is, unfortunately, the second in a row that ends up just being average. The first "How to Marry A Millionaire Vampire" is amazing. The next two just follow the same formula shared by millions of vampire romances... the vampire falls for the mortal, there is angst while the mortal comes to terms with the vampire lifestyle and alternates between being intrigued and turned off by it. Then the vamp and human become intimate. One or the other runs off due to a misunderstanding. They get back together at the end and kiss and make up. I'm tired of this dated formula and I am ready to read something more creative.
Angus McKay, there hero of this novel is very interesting as a character. I loved his Scottish accent and kilt and all that. Emma could have been any of the heroines of any other romance book. There was some humor and I truly enjoy the cast of supporting characters here. Vampire mind-sex is getting stale. Is it too much to ask for things to be shook up a little?
This is not a horrible book, nor will you remember it with any clarity in a week or two....more info
- great book
great book, hope there will be more after book 4, you really get into the people in the book, I want to know what happens to Ian...more info