What's a young Vampire to do when a video reveals to the world that Vampires exist and live among us? Well, if you're Gregori Holstein, the VP of Marketing for Romantech Industries and the employee of Roman Dragonesti, Coven Master of the East Coast, it's your job to convince the U.S. government to declare the video a hoax. While pondering the Vampires requests, the president wants a favor in exchange - he wants Gregori to spend forty eight hours with the First Daughter.
Abby Tucker is on a mission to save her dying mother. She doesn't have time to attend her father's state dinners, she's got to work in the lab and find a cure, which she only needs two more ingredients for. To find the last two ingredients, Abby will have to go into the most dangerous region of the world - who better to escort her than a Vampire who can teleport them in and out. While Gregori might be Undead, he's more than sexy enough to make Abby's heart race. Will her undying desire for the Sexiest Vampire Alive be the biggest danger in her life?
"Sexiest Vampire Alive" is the hilarious and sweetly romantic eleventh installment in the Love at Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks. This book made me laugh from the first page; it reminded me of everything I love about this romantic series. Ms. Sparks voice is as fresh today as it was when she penned the first book, "How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire", which incidentally was our first introduction to Gregori, the hero of this book. While you can read this as a standalone book, I really feel you should read this series from the beginning and in the order recommended, in order to grasp all of the nuances of the Love at Stake world.
Gregori Holstein is the youngest Vampire in his coven, he was turned in 1993. He's also somewhat unique, he's never had human blood, and all of his feedings have come via bottle, courtesy of Vampire Fusion Cuisine which is a product of Romantech Industries. While Gregori isn't ashamed of not having drunk human blood, he's upset the master Vampires consider him a "fledgling". Something he's determined to change. He never thought he'd be involved in saving his fellow Vampires or that he'd fall in love with the human daughter of the president.
Abby Tucker is a young and intelligent woman who's determined to save her dying mother. She doesn't have time to play and definitely doesn't have time to attend political dinners for her father; she's only got time to work in the lab creating a cure. When her sister tells Abby that their father is meeting with vampires and that they can fly and teleport in and out of locations, Abby realizes there's a chance she might be able to get the final two ingredients she needs to cure her mother's lupus. A vampire could teleport her in and out of the remote area in China where the healing plants exist. She just has to remind herself she's not falling in love with a Vampire.
The scenes between Gregori and Abby were fun to read, they have instant chemistry and good dialogue. While their relationship progresses easily and fairly fast, we do get to see them develop as a couple. Gregori and Abby have a few things in common, they're both devoted to their mothers, and they're hard working and smart. They just clicked as a couple, while there isn't any conflict to their romance, once Abby gets past Gregori being a Vampire, they do have conflicts they're both trying to overcome. Gregori wants to be taken seriously as a vampire, though he does love to sing "I'm too sexy for my fangs, too sexy for my cape", and be seen as more than a ladies' man and people pleaser. And Abby wants to win her race against time, something she's going to need lots of help with.
The secondary characters are mostly characters we've met in the series before, but it's always nice to see them again and discover more about them as the series progresses. I especially like Howard Barr, and his love of Bear Claws, and grumpy Sean Whelan, a CIA operative, who's now been turned into a Vampire himself and finds himself in the sticky position of having to prove to his team that he's still human. Ms. Sparks really knows how to write fun and witty characters for readers to fall in love with.
Will Gregori and Abby both be able to accomplish their missions? And will their love overcome the differences between them? You'll have to read "Sexiest Vampire Alive" to find out. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next book in this series "Wanted: Undead or Alive", which will feature everyone's favorite secondary character, Phineas McKinney, a.k.a. Dr. Phang.
The secret is out . . . Vampires do exist!
When a video reveals to the world that vampires live among us, it’s up to “young” vamp Gregori Holstein, VP of Marketing, to persuade the U.S. government to declare the video a hoax. But first the president wants a favor, one that requires Gregori to spend forty-eight hours in very close contact with the First Daughter.
Abby Tucker would rather spend her nights in a lab than attend her father’s state dinners. She’s dedicated her life to finding a cure that will save her dying mother and needs only two more ingredients. To find them, she’ll have to venture into the most dangerous region of the world—with a vampire. Her Armani-clad escort may be Undead, but he still makes her heart race. And the greatest danger won’t be the predatory hordes lying in wait for them; it will be her undying desire for the Sexiest Vampire Alive.