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Phineas McKinney is a New York City guy or…er…vampire. Wanted: Undead or Alive by Kerrlyn Sparks, Phineas was turned into a vampire by the Malcontents, a group that is out to kill all other vampires so they can control the earth and treat humans as food, and Phineas has vowed to do everything in his power to stop the Malcontents. Phineas just didn’t realize that would mean holing up in a cabin in the middle of nowhere Wyoming with the sexiest werewolf he has ever met. Known as “Dr. Love” to the other vamps, Phin has always believed in love and encouraged his friends to trust their hearts to find their true love but Phin has struggled to find his own love.

Brynly Jones believes all vampires can’t be trusted because they are sexy and seductive and Phineas, actor for the Digital Vampire Network, is the worst of the lot. Too bad Bryn finds herself attracted to the sexy Phin. When the Malcontents are reported in the area near her home, Bryn agrees to help the vampires tracking them down as a favor to her brother, who is married to one.

Kerrlyn Sparks is one of my favorite paranormal authors, her mix of humor and tension keeps me giggling and flipping pages. Wanted: Undead or Alive is a great addition to The Love at Stake series.  Phin has played a minor role in several of the earlier novels, turned against his will by the Malcontents Phin accepted a job Angus to work in his security division as a way to support his younger siblings and aging grandmother. One of my favorite scenes is when Phin is shooting a commercial for a vampire product and it is in the style of the Old Spice commercial, it had me giggling. Wanted: Undead or Alive is the thirteenth book in The Love at Stake series but you don’t have to read the previous books in the series to be able to enjoy Wanted: Undead or Alive. I recommend the entire series!

You can read an excerpt here.

The Love at Stake Series:

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire

Vamps and the City

Sugarplums and Scandal (Novella)

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

Vampire Mine

Sexiest Vampire Alive

Wanted: Undead or Alive

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Title: Wanted: Undead or Alive

Author: Kerrlyn Sparks

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-0061958069

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: March 27, 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

A mysterious circus appears in the middle of the night and as patrons are invited in they notice the entire circus is black and white.  In The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Celia and Marco are the masterminds behind the circus.  In a battle of wits Celia and Marco are slowly falling in love while unbeknownst to them they are fighting in a deadly game under the instruction of their magician teachers.  Each person in the circus is a pawn as well and slowly Celia and Marco are growing weary of this game.  Will Marco and Celia be able to bear the burden of the circus?

I really enjoyed The Night Circus.  I think I enjoyed it so much due to listening to it as an audio.  I’m not sure I would have liked it as well if I would have read it myself.  The narrator is the same as the Harry Potter novels so he brings you to England, Scotland, and even Germany with his many accents.  The story is a bit descriptive and it does jump around in narration.  The characters are a fun group and with such a unique setting Erin is able to create a fun atmosphere.  There is some language so readers to be aware.  All in all I would recommend listening to this book.

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern

Format: Audiobook

Page #’s: 387

ISBN: 0385534639

Publisher: Doubleday

Release Date: September 13th 2011

Available for Purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Megan

Novel Reaction is excited to welcome James LePore as part of the blog tour for his latest release Gods and Fathers. Let’s learn a little more about James.

James LePore is an attorney who has practiced law for more than two decades, and an accomplished photographer. He is the author of three previous novels, A WORLD I NEVER MADE, BLOOD OF MY BROTHER, and SONS AND PRINCES, as well as the story collection, ANYONE CAN DIE. He lives in Westchester County, NY with his wife, artist Karen Chandler.

Nationally bestselling author James LePore has established a reputation as a writer whose vividly drawn characters and morally complex plots have kept readers up to all hours turning pages. His new novel promises more sleepless nights and more nonstop thrills

Connect with James Lepore:
Website: www.jamesleporefiction.com

You can read Jocee’s review of Gods and Fathers here. Novel Reaction is pleased to be able to share with its readers some of Gods and Fathers. 

“Why can’t you stay at your mother’s when they’re away?”
“I told you, Basil’s worried about security.”
Though this statement was challengeable on several levels, Matt let it pass. The marriage six years ago of Debra DeMarco, nee Rusillo, and Basil al-Hassan, a rich and handsome Syrian businessman, had marked the beginning of the end of Matt’s long and tortured fight for a place in his son’s heart. Armed with the ultimate weapon—-her new husband’s money—-Debra had made quick work of destroying the last vestiges of Matt’s hopes. A penthouse on Park Avenue, a beach house in Easthampton, a flat in Paris, a “cottage” in Bermuda, clothes and cars virtually on demand, Matt had no way of competing with all this, and no way of expressing his anger—-until tonight.
“What about Mina?” Matt asked.
“What about her?”
“Why aren’t you seeing her?”
“She’s studying.”
“Studying?”
“Yes, studying. You keep repeating what I say. She’s a student. Students study.”
This statement was delivered dismissively, not sarcastically. You’re stupid, Dad. I’m tired of you. Why am I bothering with you? are what Matt heard, and it occurred to him, with a clarity that shocked him after all these muddled and painful years of effort and rejection, effort and rejection, ad nauseum, that he could not hurt Michael, that his own son was indifferent to him, and this was a blow, and strangely a release.
“Well, your friends are assholes, and you are too, Michael. You’re an arrogant, shallow asshole. Where you came from, I don’t know. But not from me.”
“That could be. Maybe Mom had an affair–like you did–and I’m not your son. Do I care? No, I don’t. Can I go upstairs now? I’ll leave in the morning.”
In the kitchen, Matt poured himself another scotch. He took the pizza out of the refrigerator and sat down to eat it, surprised to find that he actually had an appetite. Until tonight, despite the bad cards he had drawn, he had never stopped trying to break through to his son. It’s over, he said to himself, over and done. He’s not your son. He’s Debra’s son, Basil’s son. You lost him a long time ago.
He finished the pizza and was wrapping the garbage to take out in the morning when the doorbell rang. Looking out the kitchen window he saw that it was snowing heavily. Those idiots, he thought, they’re probably stuck someplace. No choice but to let them in. But when he swung open the front door, it wasn’t Adnan and Ali, but his friends Jack McCann and Clarke Goode, homicide detectives who he had worked with for many years, standing facing him. He could see their unmarked car at the curb, and behind it, blocking his driveway, a Pound Ridge patrol car, its engine running and headlights on, two uniformed officers in the front seat. McCann, a florid Irishman whose blue eyes were usually lit by some inner secret joke, looked grim; and Goode, a gnarled black man who never failed to greet Matt with a big smile, was not smiling. Far from it.
“Come in. What’s up?” Matt said. Then, nodding toward the street where the patrol car sat: “What’s with the uniforms?”
The two detectives stepped into the foyer.
“Take your coats off,” Matt said. He could see they were dressed for work, sport jackets and ties on under their trench coats.
“Matt…,” McCann said.
“Talk, Jack,” Matt said. “Is somebody dead?”
“Is Michael home?” Goode asked. He had not taken off his coat, and neither had McCann.
“That’s his car out there,” Matt said. “You know that.”
“Where is he?”
“He’s upstairs.”
Matt looked from McCann to Goode, then back to McCann; looked in the eyes of each, and did not like what he saw. “What about Michael?” he asked.
“We’re here to arrest him,” McCann replied.
“For what?” Drugs, Matt thought, good, let the kid get a taste of the pain he’s always inflicting on others. Him and his two Arab suppliers.
“For murder, Matt,” Goode said.

Matt DeMarco is an unhappy District Attorney in Gods and Fathers by James LePore. His marriage failed years ago, and his only child, Michael, hates him. When Michael is arrested for rape and murder of his girlfriend, Matt jumps in to help Michael prove his innocence. Matt enlists the help of his cop friends and they uncover a plot that involves more then just Michael and his girlfriend. Debra, Michael’s mother, is married to Basil al-Hassan, a political figure in Syria. When Matt uncovers a connection of al-Hassan and the murders, he must find out if it is Basil involved or someone working for him. Can Matt save his son, and does he really want to?

Gods and Fathers is a very intense book. It took me a little bit to get into it, but once I did, I couldn’t put the book down. It is an interesting story involving Syria and the CIA. It was a little difficult to keep up with which character was who, especially at the beginning. There is some sex and quite a bit of violence that would keep me from recommending this book to everyone. I felt James LePore did a great job of giving the characters justice and keeping the suspense through the entire book. It is a short book and a good read!

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: Gods and Fathers

Author: James LePore

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 300

ISBN: 978-1611880298

Publisher: The Story Plant

Release Date: February 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jocee

 

**I received a copy of this book from the author but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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