Friday, May 6, 2011

Review: Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks

Book Description:

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 by 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?


Right off I need to say that I loved this cover despite the fact that the male model does not fit the description of Connor at all. This is usually a pet peeve of mine and often it can affect my initial impressions of the book itself. I guess I'm a cover snob. However, the story started off strongly enough that I wasn't too bothered by the images being different than the descriptions, and since the images were so hot, especially the inside cover with Conner pinning Marielle to the stairs, I quickly forgave the hair color mistake.  Just give the guy auburn hair already! 

Now on to the book...

Connor's protective nature towards Marielle was instinctive and wonderful to watch. He was always so lonely and isolated (by his own choice) and she just naturally fit right in, like it was the most natural thing in the world. The attraction was instantaneous between the both of them, although they did have reservations about acting on anything. I was glad Marielle retained her gentle, angelic disposition when she took her human form. It reminded me a bit of Amalthea in the movie The Last Unicorn- she was ethereal and unsure of the human world. At least that is the image that came to my mind at the beginning of the book. And then her progression as she became more aware and more curious was very well done. In fact, I would say that the cover images match quite well to the different stages of Marielle's new form. The inside cover shows her looking more innocent and captivated by Connor and the front shows her new, naughtier attitude, like she can easily take him on and win.  

The best part of any Kerrelyn Sparks novel is the wit and humor that shines in all the character interactions, and Vampire Mine is no exception. I was laughing out loud throughout the entire book, which wasn't very appropriate for the elementary school setting where I work! Here is a peek at one of my favorite scenes:

Brynley walked back to the table, a plate of cake in one hand and a fork in the other. "You haven't heard of the Three-Step Rule?

"The what?" Marta asked.

Brynley set her plate on the table and took a seat. "This is how it works. At any given time, sex is only three steps away in a man's thoughts."

Vanda grinned. "All the time? What if I ask Phil to take out the garbage?"

Brynley counted the steps off on her fingers. "One: sure, I'll take out the garbage for her. Two: what could she do for me? Three: blow job."
Other books in the series:

How to marry a Millionaire Vampire
Vamps and the City
Be Still my Vampire Heart
The Undead Next Door

All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire
Secret Life of a Vampire
Forbidden Nights with a Vampire
The Vampire and the Virgin
Eat Prey Love

For more information visit Kerrelyn's website.

*This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes. 
*Reviewed by Anna Dougherty for VampChix

1 comment:

The Major Jeremy said...

Well,and do you know who the guy on the cover is?