I just couldn’t resist this title, even though I haven’t read the other books in this series (and there are 13 of them), and did not feel lost or confused about the story at all. Kerrelyn Sparks managed to include enough background information to make the story make sense, even as this is a story about Dougal. Swoon-worthy Dougal: the vampire with a large tattoo of a dragon on his chest for a constant reminder of a lost love.
Dougal is a Scotsman: a kilted, pipe playing, touch of the brogue Scot: cleverly played by Ms. Sparks with the occasional phonetic inclusion of spoken words to remind us of his heritage. He was injured in his last battle: losing a hand, and has been recovering from the trauma and learning to work with his new disability. One would think that a warrior with one hand would be a liability: but his protective nature and determination make up for any perceived disability, much to his opponent’s dismay.
Enter Leah, a talented geneticist brought in to study the new threat to the vampires. While she is perfectly content to work in the lab and study the anomalies, her acceptance of her new situation does not extend to a belief in Vampires. Unfortunately, Dougal realizes that she is his mate: the soul of his lost love those many years ago is now in Leah. While he doesn’t feel that he can speak the words he needs to her, he tries to convince her of his love by encouraging her to visit him during his death sleep.
Leah is starting to believe in, against all odds, the existence of vampires, but the other supernatural creatures that have become part of the story are just too much. And, what happens when she finds herself, against all reason, falling for the gorgeous Scotsman?
The story was sweet and believable, with plenty of UF and other paranormal activity and characters from other stories intermingled in to keep the plot moving forward. Dougal was so sweetly off-balance and tongue tied, while Leah’s curiosity overrode her fear and allowed her those moments to fantasize and formulate questions to ask in hopes of discovering why she is so drawn to him.
This was such a fun book from the romance to the inclusions of the characters from previous stories as we are able to see that their bonds have strengthened and grown. This could easily become one of my ‘must read’ series on my TBR pile, and since there are thirteen previous volumes I don’t think I could go wrong picking up any of them. A good introduction to this series, and a satisfying romance as yet another match is made for those who have read all of the previous books.
I received an eBook copy from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Title: The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Format: Paperback, eBook and AudioBook
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Love at Stake # 14
Best Read in Order: Not Required
About the Book:
Dougal Kincaid has something to prove. After being injured in a battle with the Malcontents, he’s ready for active duty protecting unsuspecting mortals from these villainous vampires who want to rule the world. But first he has to get control of himself . . . because just the sight of a certain lovely doctor has his injured hand doing some peculiar things, not to mention the sizzling sensation that burns along his dragon tattoo.
Vampires? Vampires?! As a scientist, Leah is having trouble believing that these immortal creatures exist. But there they are, standing in front of her, asking for help in solving a genetic puzzle that can save mankind. There’s even one in a sexy kilt! Just one look into Dougal’s gorgeous green eyes sets her pulse racing. But can she trust him—and the overwhelming desire that refuses to be ignored?
About the Author:
Kerrelyn Sparks is the New York Times bestselling author of a series that mimics its sexy heroes by refusing to die. Now up to book thirteen, the Love at Stake series spreads laughter worldwide in thirteen different languages. In spite of a tendency to nibble on necks or howl at the moon, Kerrelyn’s vampire and shapeshifter heroes are still wonderfully romantic.
Please visit www.kerrelynsparks.com where you can read excerpts, play vampire games, or join the forum. Kerrelyn loves hearing from readers, even those who howl at the moon. Letters may be sent to P.O. Box 5512, Katy, TX 77491-5512.