4/5, Paranormal Romance, review copy

Review: The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrelyn Sparks

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About the book:

He’s out of control

Dougal Kincaid has something to prove. After being injured in a battle with the Malcontents, he’s ready for active duty protecting unsuspecting mortals from these villainous vampires who want to rule the world. But first he has to get control of himself . . . because just the sight of a certain lovely doctor has his injured hand doing some peculiar things, not to mention the sizzling sensation that burns along his dragon tattoo . . .

Vampires? Vampires?! As a scientist, Leah is having trouble believing that these immortal creatures exist. But there they are, standing in front of her, asking for help in solving a genetic puzzle that can save mankind. There’s even one in a sexy kilt! Just one look into Dougal’s gorgeous green eyes sets her pulse racing. But can she trust him—and the overwhelming desire that refuses to be ignored . . . ?

I enjoyed this book for the most part. I loved the romance between Dougal and Leah. Leah is standoff-ish in the beginning – who wouldn’t be after finding out about vampires and shifters? – and tries to keep the relationship between her and Dougal strictly business. Dougal doesn’t accept this, but he also doesn’t pursue her in an overly pushy way. He (quite romantically IMO) finds out her favorite things, places she wants to visit, and other things that matter to her and makes them happen. He doesn’t give up on them becoming a couple, but he really makes it about her and what she could gain out a relationship with him. Dougal doesn’t see himself as worthy of Leah because of his past. It leads him to work extra hard to keep her happy and safe. The vampires are fighting a Big Bad and Leah, a scientist, is helping with a formula to turn mutated humans back to their original selves. The lead up to the confrontation with the Big Bad was well done, but then it was just over and felt anti-climatic. My only problem with the book was that the fight at that important scene was so short after the characters had been talking about fighting the Big Bad for most of the book. There are appearances from many of the Love at Stake couples (especially Abby and Gregori). I really loved Dougal and Leah and their romance was enough to overshadow any other problems I had with the book.

the book girl gives THE VAMPIRE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO a 4/5

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