Saturday, April 16, 2011

Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks

 The Back of The Book:

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?
 My Review:
Kerrelyn Sparks' 10th book in her popular Love At Stake series has all of her trademark sparkling wit, sexy humor and dangerous adventure.  Connor rescues Marielle after she has lost her wings, and he is immediately smitten by the gorgeous angel, falling head over heels in love and lust.  Connor, although nearly 500 years old, is the young one in this relationship, as Marielle was created thousands of years ago.  But Marielle, for all her experience as an angel of death, has never spent time in a human body.  Particularly a body with working parts.  There are several really funny incidents as Connor must teach Marielle how to take care of herself (her reactions to toilets, running water, chocolate and zippers are laugh out loud funny). 

As she and Connor begin to fall in love and are overwhelmed and confused by their emotions and physical reactions to one another, Marielle is also dealing with her sudden separation from the Heavenly Host.  But Connor's behavior toward Marielle is so tender and sweet, she begins to question whether she really wants to earn her wings back.  Taking place over a seven day period, their romance is strengthened by her faith and compassion, and his strength and sacrifice, as their love transforms each other.  If you think this is sounding too serious and gooey, have faith, dear reader!  Because somebody has the nerve to paint Connor's nails hot pink while he is in his death sleep, the murderous Casimir is still on the loose with a wacked girlfriend, and the early stages of a new romantic couple are evident. 

Kerrelyn Sparks has seamlessly tied together information mentioned in previous books to support Marielle's role in the Vamp's lives, providing evidence of a divine plan.  This belief is strengthened when the Vamps learn Marielle can sense death,  and they decide to use her to hunt down Casimir.

There are a two really unexpected plot twists in Vampire Mine, and I won't spoil it for those who have not read the book.  But I will say I never saw either event coming, and I like being surprised in a book series that's been around as long as this one. Another great aspect of this book is the theme of the redemptive power of love.  Connor's selfless love for Marielle, and his attempts to help her get back to Heaven, cause her to love him more.  And Marielle's love and faith in Connor as a good and noble man allow him to overcome his belief that he is damned. 

Vampire Mine is the 10th book in the popular Love At Stake series.  Kerrelyn Sparks has done a great job maintaining a sparkling, witty and sexy voice throughout the entire series. 


  1. i haven't read any of these i don't think> hhm i read one vampire book by the author i likes it was called The Undead Next door. Loved it. Sounds like maybe they have to be read in order? I like humor in my books no matter what kind they are and this one sounds like it fits the bill. lol

    Lisa B

  2. Hi Lisa - I think you'd really like these books. They are fun and a fast read. They're better read in order, but it's not critical to do so. Sexy Scottish vampires in kilts, what could be better?! Check around for her 1st book, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire - it was offered for free as an ebook about a month ago!

  3. i bet i have it then. I need to go check my Kindle