Wednesday, March 28, 2012

ARC Review Wanted: Undead or Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks

Title: Wanted: Undead or Alive (Love at Stake #12)
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Source: Edelweiss
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 374 pgs
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Wanted: Undead or Alive Book Cover

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.
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My Review:

With this latest in the Love at Stake series, we get to see a whole other side of Phineas. There is more to him than just comic relief.

The story starts with a comical conversation between Phineas and his brother after having confessing the night before he is a vampire. His brother, Freemont "Da Freeze", is hysterically funny and has a thing about aliens.

Now somewhat famous as the Blardonnay Guy, Phineas shows his talent for misdirection and intrigue as well as his vulnerability.

The first time Brynley and Phineas meet in an earlier book (Connor's book), it doesn't go very well and now he finds himself needing to work with her. However, whenever he thinks of her, he sees "sky-blue eyes and a long mane of hair that glimmered with shades of brown, red, and gold. Beautiful, impossible Brynley. She wasn't a dream, but a nightmare. Dressed in a fur coat." You see, she's a werewolf.

The hunt for Corky, now calling herself Queen Corky, is still on. And we meet a new shifter, a werebear, in this installment who coincidentally also has a thing about aliens.

Is the Love Doctor, a.k.a. Dr. Phang, a.k.a. the Blardonnay Guy, off the market?
Will Phineas take the "As the Vampire Turns" acting job?
Will working with Brynley change Phineas? Will working with Phineas change Brynley?
Will Brynley be forced to marry the werewolf her father has chosen for her?
With Phil and Brynley get to see their little brother and sister again?
Does the Alaskan Packmaster have a good chance at becoming the North American Pack Leader?
Will Corkey and Dimitri ever get caught?
Will Brynley and Phineas ever be able to let go of their pasts?

These questions and more get answered in Wanted: Undead or Alive.

I highly recommend it. While you can read this as a stand alone book, I strongly suggest reading this series in order so you'll know all the background since Phineas has a part, not necessarily a big part but enough for his personality to shine, in most of them.


  1. As usual, great review W.A.B.! Sadly, I am waaaaay behind in this series. I've only read the first one, but loved it. Kerrelyn Sparks is awesome!

  2. @redzsm - Thanks much! Yes, you do need to get back into this series if only for the humor and the sexy vamps a lot of who are Scottish, kilt-wearing ones.

  3. I do love this series! Great characters, great stories with romance and action. And where else can you find sexy Highland vampires who wear kilts and fight the bad guys?


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