This is the 10th book in Kerrelyn Sparks’ Love at Stake series but it struggles as a successful standalone book. In the first 5 pages, the author introduces 9 named characters and by the end of chapter one, you will be trying to keep track of nineteen characters. Plus, there will be a dozen more named characters by the time you reach the last page.
If you stripe away all the other characters, the romance between Connor Buchanan and Marielle is quite charming. The fallen angel from heaven and the vampire damned to hell are on a journey to meet in the middle and find love on earth. She disobeyed orders to save human lives and then has to find her purpose to live among them while Connor has to come to terms with his past in order to have a future with Marielle.
If you are a fan of Kerrelyn Sparks, this book is a wonderful addition to her collection and you will enjoy the updates in the lives of so many of her characters. If you haven’t read this series, it might be helpful to start at the beginning to get a better grasp on what’s going on. Either way, the author’s strength is stringing together a well-crafted story and sprinkling in humorous scenes. In fact, you will wonder if the three-step-rule will apply in your life as well as it did for a red-eyed vampire and one lucky angel.
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 but 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?