How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

September 13, 2007

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire

by Kerrelyn Sparks
Pros: Engaging characters
Cons: Somewhat fluffy

I’m a major romance reader and a major vampire fan. So when I read the synopsis on the back of this book at my local bookstore, I was a little hesitant. I mean, come on – vampire loses fang and has to find a dentist? Sounded kinda lame at first glance. But, seeing as she is a local writer here in Houston, I figured I’d support the cause and bought it anyway. I’m very glad I did! I enjoyed this book much, much more than I expected to.

The story is fresh and original, which is tough with so many vamp stories out there. Her original vampire mythology makes sense, which, again, so many do not. And her characters are funny and lovable. Very quickly, I was drawn into the story, and engaged by the characters. The heroine is real and despite her extreme circumstances, is someone most of us can relate to. Unlike so many other authors, Ms. Sparks made her heroine right where I like them – not so gorgeously perfect and supermodel-like that I can have no relation to her, nor so flawed and down on herself that I want to slap her. This heroine is basically a smart, attractive person who, like most of us, is pretty attractive but still has a few things to work on.

The hero is just vampirically gorgeous enough to make him interesting, while normal enough for us to believe that he’s managed to survive in a human world for a few hundred years.

The book includes lots of well developed and interesting side characters as well, and I will look forward to seeing some sequels that flesh them out. But even if those don’t appear, I will be keeping my eyes peeled for the next Kerrelyn Sparks novel, whatever it may be.

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