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Review: Wanted: Undead or Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks

Wanted: Undead or Alive (Love at Stake #12) by Kerrelyn Sparks
Paranormal Romance, Vampires, Werewolves
Mass Market Paperback $7.99 (384 pages, AVON)
Ebook $4.99
He's a vampire from the big city . . .
Phineas McKinney thought New York City was tough, until he was attacked by Malcontents—evil vampires who consider mortals to be snacks. Saved by the good vampires, Phin swore to devote his now undead life to stopping the Malcontents. He's got his job cut out for him when word comes that their enemy may be hiding in Wyoming. What does a city boy like him know about horses and campfires? Good thing he's got Brynley Jones with him . . . if only she didn't hate every vampire on earth.
She's a werewolf princess . . .
Bryn believes vampires are seductive and charming, and that makes them dangerous. So she's more than a little annoyed about teaming up with Phin, even if he is the only bloodsucker able to make her inner wolf purr. But as they hunt down the new leader of the Malcontents, danger threatens . . . and Phineas and Brynley discover a passion that will rock the foundation of their supernatural world.

Author Site: kerrelynsparks.com

The Cheese Is Thick With This One (1 star)

The thing I love about paranormal romance series is that you can almost always jump in at any book and enjoy the story. Then if you like it you can read the back-list. This is usually very true for 'light' paranormal titles known for their hilarious dialog and tongue-in-cheek situations. Unfortunately, I haven't had much luck with this of late. Along with another similar series I attempted the 'just jump in and enjoy' theory, WANTED: UNDEAD OR ALIVE, managed to completely turn me off to an entire series.

Call me curmudgeonly for saying so but WANTED: UNDEAD OR ALIVE was so cheesey it choked me. I only made it about 70 pages before I had to give up. The bad vamps versus good vamps plotline seemed like it would be great and just as I was starting to get interested in the heroine I realized I couldn't stand the hero. I'm usually a big fan of the slutty, lady's-man types getting their romance match but Phin was... squicky. The way he treated Tiffany (is that her name? I can't even remember now), his Blardonnay co-star rubbed me the wrong way. I hate it when men treat women like bimbos—whether they are or NOT—and lost all respect for him quick.

I spent a couple of weeks trying to get into this one before I finally caved to the advice of my Goodreads friends. Sometimes you just have to give up on a book because you're not enjoying it enough to finish it. That said, based on what I did read I'm pretty sure readers who already love the series will find this one especially great. It just was not for me, I found little things a bit offensive about it and would rather read lighter paranormals that don't rub me the wrong way.

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Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.

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1 comment:

Crystal @ RBtWBC said...

I need to catch up on this series still and read Vampire Mine and The Sexiest Vampire Alive but I have to say that I wasn't looking forward to this one (Wanted: Undead or Alive) at all. I think you said it all with cheesy. Right when the 'Love Doctor' stepped on stage I said "Ug, you can't be serious!" lol Oh well, can't win them all I guess. Though the rest of the series I really enjoyed. I wouldn't throw the whole series away just on this book. :)


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